It goes down quickly without much flavor to it. It’s sweet at first, and then the brown sugar kicks in. It’s not a bad flavor, but a blah flavor. I expected a more “nutty” flavor but it’s really just sweet on sweet. No bitters, and I don’t get much from the cacao nibs either.
My buddy, Michael brought a six pack of these beers to a get-together at our friend Nick's house. It was a very good and tasty lager. There wasn't really anything special about it, but it did have some good flavors, but nothing lingered.
The oatmeal flavor is definitely there. It's blends well with the cocoa flavors and gives a hint of having just eaten an oatmeal cookie. It's a little more dry/bitter than some of the others from this batch, but it is still okay. Not bad, but also nothing exciting.
I am a huge fan of Central State, and I've seen this beer advertised before, but never made my way down to buy one. I recently found a single can for sale at a liquor store, and picked it up for my holiday enjoyment. I saved it for Christmas Eve, with high hopes.
I wasn't disappointed, but I also don't love it.
This beer fell victim to the fact that I had just had the Rochester Mills beer the night before, and fell in love with it. This is a nice and full bodied stout, the flavors are wonderful, and it has enough coconut to notice, but it doesn't make itself known. It's very subtle. The beer is still tasty, and I would love to drink one from a draft line.
Double Chocolate is no joke!
This beer packs a massive explosion of chocolate into your mouth.
From the first taste to the lingering aftertaste, there's not much flavor aside from chocolate.
It's almost like drinking chocolate milk mixed with hot cocoa. It's got some really quality chocolate flavors all around.
I found it! I finally found it!
Caitlin and I have been sharing almost all of these Milkshake Stouts, and I let her have the first drink of this beer. She looked at me and said, "You're going to love this..." - and she was RIGHT!
Very smooth chocolate flavor upfront, that ends with an actual coconut flavor that lingers.
Both flavors are powerful and compliment each other.
It's delicious. One of the most enjoyable beers I've drank recently - and very high on my Coconut List. Of all the Milkshake Stouts, Caitlin and I agree that this has been the best.
While eating lunch at BrewDog today, I snagged a four pack of both of their holiday beers. I was really happy to get their LAST four pack of this beer. As far as IPAs go, it's light and smooth with mild bitters up front and some enjoyable fruity flavors in the back end that makes it go down very easy and doesn't leave my mouth dry. It's one of the better IPAs I've drank.
Wanted to try and get some BrewDog Holiday Beers for the next few days.
So, I made my way down to the Brewpub, and stayed for lunch. I've been wanting to try their Chipolte Bacon Dog since the Launch Party (when it was on the menu, but not actually available...)
The food was delicious, and because I had other errands to run, I got all my beer to go.
Looking forward to cracking them open tonight.
Wow. There is a lot going on with this beer. Many stages to the flavors.
There is a large punch of lots of flavors with the first drink, and it takes them a few seconds to separate themselves. A silky smooth chocolate flavor hit first, and then it mellows out into chocolaty sweetness, that finishes with a wonderfully sweet maple syrup flavor. I can lick my lips, and they taste like the remnants of maple syrup. I really enjoy the flavors of this beer.
Really tasty blonde ale. Light and refreshing, with lots of flavor. Vanilla up front, with some creamy chocolate-like flavor as it goes down. There is a sleight amount of coffee in the very end, but it's subtle.
This beer is big.
This beer is delicious.
The bourbon is very strong, and very upfront.
The coconut flavor it a bit subtle in end.
I really enjoy all of the flavors of this beer.
While I wish the coconut was more powerful, it's buried behind a really big bourbon stout flavor that's really good.
I'm happy I finally ended up finding this beer. I had been looking for it for a long time, and then a friend of Ryan Miller's showed me he found a can, and I made it my mission to track one down too.
Another really fun beer, that I'm glad I got to try.
From the moment I cracked open the can, the aroma of blueberries exploded out into the air.
As I poured the beer, the smell increased in power.
The beer itself was smooth and creamy, and almost had a flavor of syrup in the end.
The blueberry flavor was nice and lingered in the back end.
This was a really fun beer. I won't say it was good - but they did a wonderful job of capturing the flavors. The beer poured a very dark purple color, it was nice to look through the pour and see the purple tint. It was both dry (like a peanut butter dry) and sweet (like a jelly sweet) and both flavors lingered after each drink. It was a perfect balance, and made my mouth think I had just eaten a PB&J. Very well crafted beer, and enjoyable to drink. Wouldn't ever do more than one in a sitting.
A Double IPA with the flavors of Strawberry and Coconut?
I'm willing to give that a try.
It's not the worst. It is very dry and bitter up front, but mellows out quickly and it does have some good strawberry flavor, the coconut is a hint - but it's nice to know it's there. The beer was good, but nothing I'm in love with.
Caitlin and I were at Blind Owl last week and saw this gift pack available.
I ended up heading to Kahn's tonight and picking one up.
We have four nights before Christmas to attempt to enjoy these twelve magical-sounding stouts.
The flavors they have attempted sound like these beers are going to be a lot of fun!
I have previous done Raspberry (#1227) and Blackberry (#1286) from Central State, and enjoyed both of them. They aren't exactly "sour" beers, but they are nice and light and refreshing, with hints of fruit flavors in the background.
The Strawberry version is the exact same. Really light and easy to drink, not any sour, but a nice strawberry flavor in the aftertaste. Exactly what I expected, and it was tasty.
Not the best beer I've had from Blind Owl. I tend to enjoy their Belgians, and have often drank way too many of their high-ABV deliciousness. This beer just didn't hit right for me. I didn't enjoy the flavors, I felt like it had an odd aftertaste. And it told me it was highly-carbonated, and they didn't lie. It just drank oddly, and not enjoyable.
I was super hyped for this beer last holiday season, and by the time I tried to buy some - it was sold out at all the Sun King locations.
Brown Ales are one of my favorite styles of beer, and I was really looking forward to this beer. I came home tonight to learn that my sister-in-law happened to pick up a six pack for me (last year she went to Newfield’s and drank it there, and I told her how jealous I was - not sure if that’s where she picked it up today?)
Sadly, I don’t love this beer like I hoped. The ginger and molasses just give it an odd duality of flavors. It’s not bad, it’s just weird. Like, it almost tries to make a cinnamon flavor, but it’s not. It does do a good job of warming up the throat and body.
So, I am super happy to have these beers, and will enjoy them in the holiday season.
In 2013, the regular version of Teddy Bear Kisses was Beer #426, and I wasn't really a fan of it.
When I saw they did a Coconut Variant this year, I knew I wanted to try it.
I enjoyed the beer much more this time around, as I definitely let it sit for about 30 minutes to warm up before I drank it. The cacao bitterness was far less, but the coconut flavor was still very subtle. The beer was big, and the bourbon was powerful - perhaps it masked the coconut flavor. I did like it much more than I remember from last time.
This beer is the epitome of Pale Ale.
I don't agree that it's "ruthless" - I have had pales that were more dry and more bitter - but this one does leave its own punch in your mouth. Upfront, it has some really strong flavors hidden behind the dry slam of each drink. The lingering flavor is a good one, despite how dry my mouth is. It's drinkable, and I don't hate it - but it is very dry and bitter.
A little while ago, Michael Maier and I went out to Ash & Elm for food/drinks.
I had really high hopes that I would be able to get this either on draft or in a can while I was there, but sadly, it was not available. So, I found some of their ciders that I really enjoyed that day.
So, the Eastsiders beer is tasty.
There is a very good apple aroma in the smell.
Upfront it almost has a wheat-beer-like flavor quality to it. A little thicker than I expected, and a also a little dryer. The apple flavor pops through while drinking it and lingers in the aftertaste. It goes down smooth, and even a little heavier than I expected from this beer. Really enjoyable.
I saw an post on Taxman's Facebook page about a collaboration they did with Big Red, I guess it involved allowing the customers at Big Red voting on the ingredients they wanted in a beer - then Taxman took the results and brewed the beer those customers wanted.
And the beer sounded amazing to me - a Belgian-style Brown Ale with Vanilla!
Sadly, the beer was really blah. It wasn't horrible or disgusting, it just didn't taste that great.
This beer isn't bad - but it had the unfortunate luck of being drank while I was still on a high from Big Wood's Peanut Butter Busted Knuckle porter, which was far superior. The addition of pralines also should have given the beer a sweet flavor, but it seemed to just bring out some real bitterness.
This beer is amazing, possibly the best beer that I have ever had from Big Woods. It's creamy, it's chocolaty. It goes down really smooth, and a sweet peanut butter taste lingers for a while. It's so enjoyable.