On Jan. 30, 2012, Westbrook Brewing Co. released the first incarnation of a beer that would eventually become a national phenomenon with hype equal to—and in some cases, even surpassing—the hype surrounding beers like 3 Floyds Dark Lord and Foothills Sexual Chocolate.
Generally, when I sit down to do a beer review I go through a sort of routine. I've usually already consumed the product in question, so it's really just a matter of canvassing the internet for a little background information to try and give a little perspective on the beer I'm getting ready to write about. Unfortunately, in the case of I Love You With My Stout from Evil Twin Brewing, there wasn't a heck of a lot to learn.
Clown Shoes Beer has long been known as a brewery that is not afraid to take chances with its beers or its distribution, including releasing various beers that are only available in specific states.One such release for the Ipswich, Mass.-based brewery was the Texas-exclusive The Good, The Bad & The Unidragon, a 14 percent ABV Russian imperial stout that uses the brewery's Blaecorn Unidragon Russian imperial stout (11.5 percent ABV) as its base, but changes things up considerably by using malts grown in Texas by Blackland Malt Co.
If you live in North Texas, you know there are few locally-made beers that cause as much of a frenzy as The Temptress from the Lakewood Brewing Company. A versatile Imperial milk stout, it has been the subject of numerous adjunct treatments over time, even going on to inspire a line of specialty beers known as the Seduction Series. That bawdy band of brews includes the likes of Raspberry, Mole, French Quarter and Sin Mint Temptress.
Orange County is not a bad place to be if you are a fan of craft beer; easy access to the great brews coming out of San Diego, close to an emerging beer scene in Los Angeles and a number of great breweries here in our own backyard. Bootleggers, Noble, Bottle Logic, Valiant and Cismontane are some of the more known names in the area but The Bruery takes the cake for most Orange County beer nerds. The Bruery has been churning out their high ABV offerings since 2009 and have grown into a nationwide name in the craft beer market.
Gather round friends, and let me tell you the tale of that great whale[ref]In this particular instance, I am calling the beer a whale due to the hype that surrounds it, not as an indication of its rarity.[/ref] of a beer, Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout.
Appearing in early December, Barrel-Aged Legion is not the first foray into barrel aging for the now two-year-old Community Beer Co. of Dallas, Texas. In the past, the brewery has released limited barrel-aged versions of their spiced winter brew, Regalement, and their award-winning coffee porter, Ascension. This is in addition to Bourbon Barrel-Aged Glenstemmons, a somewhat more widely available treatment of a Scotch ale.
I am a big fan of brewers using adjuncts in beer, especially stouts. Coffee added to beer? Awesome. Peppers? Yep! Vanilla beans? Bring it on. But when Ballast Point put out Indra Kunindra, it took things a few steps further.
In 2007, the Eclipse line from FiftyFifty Brewing Co. began humbly enough, an imperial stout aged in Old Fitzgerald barrels before being bottled and sold with little fanfare. Only seven years later, there are a multitude of different variants, each aged in different barrels and each with its own specific profile.
It seems sort of appropriate to be writing about a beer called Péché Mortel around the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition - which, incidentally, occurred on Dec. 5, 1933. You see, Prohibition sought to quell cultural vices in an effort to slow what some saw as the moral decline of American society. Ban the booze, they said, and we'd all be the better for it. As it turned out, they couldn't have been more wrong.