imperial-stout

Sunday Mole Stout (Weyerbacher)

Brewery : Weyerbacher
Beer : Sunday Mole Stout
Style : Imperial Stout
Variance : Brewed with Coffee, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Peppers

9 / 10

HOLY MOLE! Just so we’re clear, I literally moaned in agony when I typed that out but if I didn’t do it I feel like I’d be letting you readers down. Sunday Morning Stout is Weyerbacher’s claim to fame and I had the pleasure of tasting a few variants of it straight from the source with one of my buddies and I’m psyched that this one ended up making it to bottles. I am in love with these mole inspired stouts and I definitely need to get my hands on more to properly judge them and by that I mean I’m full of shit and just want to drink more delicious beer so let’s get right into this one. A rich dark chocolate flavor starts this one off with a pretty decent bitterness before some coffee and smoke and campfire join in bringing even more of that roast-y bitterness with it before ending with a nice cinnamon spice and mild pepper heat to wrap things up. Even though this beer isn’t bourbon barrel aged like it’s big brother, it’s amazing additions really help you forget all about that just like Donald Trump forget’s about his daughter Tiffany on a daily basis. That’s probably because he only wants to fuck Ivanka but that’s neither here nor there. Also, I’ve always wanted to use the expression “neither here nor there” because I’m secretively a 60 year old man on the inside so mission accomplished. If you think for one second that this might not be a good beer to pick up for you, you are out of your fucking mind because this beer is damn delicious and really needs to slide down your throat faster than a fat kid on a water slide. I was going to split up who this stout would be good for but honestly it kicks ass for any level of drinker due to it’s massive flavor and almost completely hidden alcohol content (11.3% ABV). Mole, mole, mole, mole, feeling hot hot hot!

Written by: Steve B.

The 10 Best Beer Gifts for Father’s Day

Beer isn’t just a beverage. When you’re into it, it’s really a way of life. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of products and gifts that exist to enhance this perfect way of life. No, you definitely don’t need some of the things here, but damn does it sure make beer more fun. From t-shirts to beer soap, theres a gift here for everyone who shares the same love of beer that you do. Check them out below. 

Beer Soap (6-pack…of course) 

If you’ve ever had a shower beer, you’ll know just how glorious it is to have a great beer while enjoying the warm water. Just imagine all of that in your soap…aside from the taste. “You smell like beer” will soon be the highest compliment you can achieve.

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Wooden Bottle Opener

Second on the list is a sweet bottle opener that looks good in any man cave, dorm room or kitchen. The wood definitely gives this gift a rustic feel, and is the perfect price for a small gift. We’re definitely getting one for our shop!

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Stoneware Growler

So at first the actual weight of the growler turned me off, but that thought was swiftly replaced by wanting one just based on how cool it looks. I found out that these clay-based growlers also keep your beer insulated, and therefore colder for a longer period of time. An awesome gift for someone who homebrews and spends lots of time outdoors.

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Silicone Beer Caps

You want to savor your beer. So when you get that 22oz. 13% ABV Russian Imperial Stout, you want to drink it fresh, and drink it slow. With these silicone beer caps, you can pour yourself a small glass now, and keep the rest fresh for later. Any craft beer lover will truly appreciate (and continually use) this gift.

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Beer Shampoo & Conditioner

Oh this is too good. Beer conditioner? You don’t drink it, which is literally the ONLY downside I see. For the person that thought beer soap was end of the road, this will blow their pretty little mind just one more time. Plus, it’s reasonably priced enough to be a truly unique stocking stuffer.

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Diagram of Beer Poster

Over 100 styles of beer and over 600 specific beers dot this striking poster, giving any craft beer aficionado an exact style to many of their favorite beers. We have one up in our shop, and consult it on a weekly basis to give us inspiration on what to brew!

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Mini Oak Barrels

This takes homebrewing and craft beer enjoyment to a new level. For any beer lover that partakes in barrel aged beers, or any homebrewer that has wanted to try this advanced technique, this is the gift for them! These barrels come in sizes from as small as 1L to as big as 100L, and everywhere in between.

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Traditional German Beer Stein

Sure, this stein might be expensive, but it’s unbelievably cool. These steins are crafted using the traditional German methods passed down over hundreds of years. Everything is made out of pewter and is FDA food grade safe.

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United States of Beer Tasting Map

If your beer lover also likes to travel, this beer cap map is the perfect gift. Every time they have a beer from a different state, or IN a different state, they can place that cap in that state’s slot, and write in what they had. Beer doesn’t erase memories, it creates them!

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Brew Candles

All around, this is a really cool gift. The candle is made out of soy wax, the candle holder is a recycled 22oz. beer bottle, and the smell is based off of pleasant-smelling beer styles. What more could any beer lover want?

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Hope you get inspired with some of the beer things and get your father a nice gift! If you have another ideas just let us know in comments. Reblog if you find this useful!

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If it’s spring, it’s flea market time in Helvetiaplatz! Pretty much in the middle of the redlight district of Zurich, every Saturday starting in March will bring together professional or amateur hagglers for another happy round of exchanging valuables. I’m not saying the stuff there comes cheap, no way, yet still the market is filled to the brim with almost everything you can imagine (except tanks or livestock) and the lookers are pouring. I must have missed the market for too long but I noticed a new category of visitors - the young hipster and/or boho looking for vintage extensions of their selves or just browsing through shabby vinyl covers. Which I did as well thank you very much.

I’m not sure what’s the best Swiss beer match but a Perla Nera from Flims brewery shall do it. A wonderful toffee caramel nose with a rather disappointing watered down taste (and looks), this imperial stout with its great start only managed to confuse me.

KARUMINA / 飛騨高山麦酒(岐阜)
久々に飲んで気付くのはこのビールのブドウのような香り。若いバーレーワインのようなフレッシュな果実感が感じられ、そのためかボディも軽く感じられ(実際軽い)、飲みやすいビールに仕上がっている。果実感は甘味としても現れている。

Mexican Cake (Westbrook)

Brewery : Westbrook
Beer : Mexican Cake
Style : Imperial Stout / Stout
Variance : Aged on Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon Sticks, and Fresh Habanero Peppers

9 / 10

Build that wall! Build that wall! Build that wall! No, I’m not talking about a wall at the Mexican border you silly bastard, I’m talking about a wall around the white house so I can secure more of this Mexican Cake immediately! I’ve been dying to get my hands on this beer since I heard about it and the hype surrounding it has been thicker than Tom Selleck’s mustache but I assure you that this lives up to the hype and exceeds it by far and I am loving it. A lovely mix of chocolate and vanilla start things off tasting like a swirl ice cream cone from Kohr’s Bros. (NJ where you at?!) before some delicious cinnamon flavor mixes in with some borderline coffee flavor and smoke all while leading up to a fantastic mild habanero burn with more creamy vanilla chocolate ice cream flavor to close. I am absolutely fucking thrilled that NJ finally wised up and decided to start distributing Westbrook because I would have been pissed if I never got the opportunity to try this bad boy out. Oh, and for some reason every time I think about the name Mexican Cake I instantly think of cake farts where it’s just some big booty hoe farting on chocolate frosted cake like it’s nobody’s business. If you are a stout lover or just a fan of fantastic craft beer, make sure you pick this up because even though there are a lot of copy cats out there, this one blows those away and reigns supreme like a fucking boss. If this is your first imperial stout make sure you drink up because this is a great way to get into some of the heavier contenders out there (10.5% ABV) due to it’s amazing additions and masterful use of them. As for you bastards, you’ve probably already tasted this because I’m way behind on the times but if you haven’t, get the HELL out there and find it ASAP because you NEED to drink this beer. CAPS LOCK!

Written by: Steve B.

Sweep The Leg by Infamous Brewing Co.

Who would have thought there’d be a Karate Kid themed beer out there? Infamous Brewing Co. from right here in Austin, TX has done just that with Sweep The Leg, a peanut butter stout, a beer to give you confidence to take on the Cobra Kai. Okay, maybe not all that. I do think beer is a good social lubricant but as a student of Kung-Fu I have to say that martial arts and alcohol don’t mix…unless it’s drunken form…and even then I can’t imagine actually doing that correctly three sheets to the wind. Anyway, the only other peanut butter stout I’ve ever been aware of is one I didn’t even try because it wasn’t available. This was at Smoke n’ Hops, a barbecue brewpub in Dripping Springs, TX that for awhile only had one of their own beers available at a time. When I stop to think about it, a peanut butter stout is not all that weird. Chocolate stouts have been around for quite awhile and what goes well with chocolate? You guessed it, peanut butter. Sweep The Leg pours a deep, dark brown-black. The mouthfeel isn’t oily but it does have the gloopy consistency of oil, which reminds me of the stouts from Scotland’s Harviestoun. Sweep The Leg is definitely a sipping beer. It has the roasty malt quality all good stouts must have but the body is much denser than say, Guinness. The peanut butter comes through second but is quite significant and there’s even a hint of chocolate to contrast beautifully with that. There’s also a hint of semi-sweet caramel, a waft of smoke and a bit of booze. The beer finishes fairly dry and sticky with a tinge of hop bitterness. I’d almost call Sweep The Leg an Imperial stout but not quite. Wax on, wax off indeed. I don’t know what I meant by that. I just wanted to insert another Karate Kid reference. CRANE KICK! Sorry. 

Naughtier (Cypress)

Brewery : Cypress
Beer : Naughtier
Style : Imperial Stout / Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Variance : Barrel Aged and Brewed with Cold Brew Coffee from OQ Coffee, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla Beans, and Jersey Chili Peppers

9 / 10

Damn Cypress, leave it to you to take my favorite beer you make and step it up even more than it was before by tossing it in a barrel. In my review on Naughty I talked about people shoving lava lamps up their asses and getting stepped on by high heels and shit like that. Well apparently this beer is even naughtier so I guess we’re talking hamsters in the ass, hanging yourself by a belt while you jerk off or flick your bean, and electrocuting your nips type stuff. I’m not into any of that weird ass shit because I’m a simple man with simple pleasures and beer is one of them and Cypress has clearly pleased my mouth with this brew. This has a chocolatey and coffee flavor to start with some creamy vanilla goodness before some oak and spice mixes in with some boozy notes really letting that 9.2% ABV shine all while leading up to some more vanilla and smoke with a subtle but noticeable pepper heat. I honestly love the fact that Cypress is starting to release more and more bottles because these guys are definitely a brewery that more people need to be able to take home with them. Apparently this beer sold out in about an hour and after taking my first few sips I can tell why because this thing packs more flavor than tongue kissing your significant other after eating at the Chinese buffet. If this is your first in the style, pick this up because the flavor here is crazy and bursting out the bottle and really deserves to grace your tastebuds… plus they’re from NJ! If you are experienced in the world of imperials, get your hands on a bottle if you can or trade your first born for one because this is definitely worth the pick up.

Written by: Steve B.

Weyerbacher’s Sunday Mole Stout (Picked up at Capone’s in Norristown, PA). A 3 of 4. Lots of complexity here, but subtle. Mostly vegetal qualities from the peppers without any heat, and a nice chocolatey sweet background in the body. Some bitter roast qualities and relatively thick on the body. Nicely drinkable – if you’re a fan of big stouts with additions, this will do well – and unlike many others, won’t light your mouth on fire with spice.