New Holland Brewing The Poet Oatmeal Stout

New Holland Brewing The Poet Oatmeal Stout ABV: 5.2%, IBU: 37 New Holland’s The Poet is exactly what the name points to. Poetry. With a distinctive creamy, smoked chocolate goodness, this brew will having you speaking like a natural born poet upon the first sip. As you pour this year-round delight you are greeted by … [ Read more]

Style Profile: Russian Imperial Stout

This issue’s Style Profile examines an oft-cited, if little-understood, style of beer. By Michael Agnew Illustration by DWITT Rich, warming, and impenetrably black, Russian imperial stout is one of the most beloved beer styles. Twenty-five of Ratebeer.com’s top-50 beers of 2013 are imperial stouts. They comprise 16 of the 50 top-rated beers on Beer Advocate. … [ Read more]

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Deschutes Obsidian Stout

Deschutes Brewery ABV: 6.4%, IBU: 55 The transfer from bottle to the glass was similar to changing motor oil. Deschutes Obsidian Stout is black as the night and noticeably thick. A rich, dark head follows the pour. The aroma is huge; complex. Licorice, anise, coffee, espresso, vanilla, and roasted/smoked malt are all unmistakable in this one. The … [ Read more]

Epic Imperial Pumpkin Porter

Epic Brewing ABV: 8.1% Fall can be one of the best seasons. Not only is it hoodie weather, but time for the malty beers to roll through! To say that Epic Imperial Pumpkin Porter is one to watch for is an understatement. Pouring a nice, roasty, dark amber with a rich, spicy flavor, this brew is a … [ Read more]

Duluth’s Pike Lake Liquor Reviews Some Brews for October-November 2013

Pike Lake Liquor facebook.com/pikelakeliquor 5686 Miller Trunk Hwy Duluth, MN 55811 218-729-6474 Open since May of 1990, Pike Lake Liquor has remained a father-son operation fueled by the desire to remain a leader in our market. This has been accomplished by the constant expansion of both product and square footage as we’ve strived to introduce … [ Read more]

Dark Horse Plead The Fifth

Dark Horse ABV: 6% | IBU: — This is the finale in their Holiday Stout Series. Alas, this is not the barrel-aged version (life-changing) but it’s no slouch either. This is an imperial stout of majestic proportions – big, full-bodied, with over the top roasted malts that really coat the tongue. Rich and decadent with … [ Read more]

Clown Shoes Luchador En Fuego

Clown Shoes ABV: 11% | IBU: — Those lovable ruffians that masquerade as Clown Shoes (Mercury Brewing, Ipswich, MA) are marking their third anniversary in style with this limited release Mexican Style Chocolate Stout. It’s actually their “Chocolate Sombrero” on steroids– bourbon barrel-aged (Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey casks)– ramped up the ABV by adding … [ Read more]

Founders Porter

Founders ABV: 6.5% | IBU: 45 This maven of malt is a subtle, silky, sexy little secret in a Founders’ lineup that is full of loudly clamored-for legends. Milk chocolate and slightly burnt caramel aromas entice the drinker into a luscious, soft pillow like bed of malt and alcohol while a firm structure of hops keeps … [ Read more]

Hoppin’ Frog Boris The Crusher

Hoppin Frog ABV: 9.4% | IBU: — 2008 and 2011 GABF Gold Medal winner in the Imperial Stout category. Hoppin Frog has put Ohio on the craft beer map. This 60 IBU Oatmeal Imperial stout says it will crush you and you’ll want it to. A well balanced beer with espresso roast and licorice spice, … [ Read more]

Left Hand Milk Stout

Left Hand Brewing Company ABV: 6% | IBU: 25 “Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee.” This is the motto assigned to this wonderful concoction and we couldn’t agree more. Having said that, this author understands that not everyone who enjoys coffee appreciates it with cream, but those who do will … [ Read more]

Epic Big Bad Baptist

Epic Brewing Company ABV: 12.5% | IBU: — Normally you don’t think of Utah when you think about big burly stouts. However, Epic may have brewed the biggest, baddest stout out there. It pours so dark, it’s like a liquid black hole. The only hint of color is the thick, light brown head that rises … [ Read more]

Beer Review: Flat Earth Cygnus X-1

Flat Earth ABV: 6.5% | IBU: 35 Yawn! Looks like you had a fun night last night. Pop the recliner down and let the momentum propel you to your feet and land at the fridge and find the hiding Cygnus. This porter will wake your ass up like your Caffetto cold press. In the glass … [ Read more]

Brouwerij De Molen Hel And Verdoemenis

Brouwerij De Molen ABV: 10% | IBU: — Pouring this behemoth is like watching an awesome slam-dunk, in slow motion. In the glass, this beast is black to its marrow, much like the metal music from the Nordic region. Hell & Damnation is an Imperial Stout that has nothing to hide. The stout pounds your … [ Read more]

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Stout

New Holland ABV: 10% | IBU: — When this beer is poured into the glass, the best way to describe it is to quote Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel. “It’s like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.” The aromas explode from the glass with roasted coconut and … [ Read more]

Millstream Back Road Stout

Millstream Brewing ABV: 6.7% | IBU: 22 This stout from—gasp!—Iowa pours a deep brown that’s almost entirely opaque. The gorgeous, thick, tan head is exactly what one hopes for in a stout. The nose meshes charred grains with baker’s chocolate. I found myself dunking my big Irish nose deep in the glass to capture more … [ Read more]