Beer 330/365 – Short’s Mystery Stout

Shorts Mystery Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.8%

Purchased at: Given to me by Andy.

What makes this beer different: A lot of burnt/roasty flavors, not a bad thing though!

Will I be drinking this again: One more in the cellar! Probably will give this another year before opening.

Grade: B+

10/4/2010: First beer of my Short’s Beer Marathon! Why did I pick this as the first? Well honestly its because I love stouts, and its been glaring at me every time I go into my beer cellar. Not sure what makes this beer a mystery, but I am curious as to why its the only of my 13 Short’s brews in front of me that has a gold cap? I’m assuming that was intentional.

Mystery Stout pours out pretty thick. The nose is actually kind of burnt smelling, which was unexpected. Some chocolate in there as well. The flavor is very aggressive, burnt/roasted malts are at the forefront, followed by some molasses, a little vanilla, and a good amount of Bittersweet chocolate. Earthy hops are in the mix as well. The flavors are all very good, but they don’t play together quite as nicely as they should. Mouthfeel is the MVP in this beer, semi-creamy from the oatmeal, silky and full. Overall a pretty unique take on the style, I just could have used a little less of the burnt flavor.

Picture of the day: Very creative business card. (might not be safe for work)

Published in: on October 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 272/365 – Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 13.0%

Purchased at: Traded for about 5 of these.

What makes this beer different: One of the few beers with massive amounts of hype, that went above and beyond that hype.

Will I be drinking this again: Four more bottles left! Going to let them age for a bit though.

Grade: A+

8/7/2010: Today is my 28th birthday, so I wanted to be sure to crack open something good from the cellar. This beer (better known as BCBCS) was just released this year, and shot all the way up to #2 on the BeerAdvocate Top 100. It now settled in at #24, which still isn’t too shabby. I got to try a small 1oz sample at a tasting a few months back, and it was love at first sip. I knew I needed to trade for as many of these bottles as possible, especially since this is my favorite style of beer as well.

Have any of you ever had straight up espresso? Thats what BCBCS smelled like to me, only with a shot of bourbon in it. The first sip completely coats your mouth with flavor, and it stays this way until about an hour after finishing the beer. Not sure how many of you have had the regular Bourbon County Stout, but this beer is better in that the coffee cuts right through that bourbon harshness. It makes coffee the star of the show, and bourbon plays the secondary role. The “third level” flavors are creamy chocolate, vanilla, and a little bit of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is THICK and amazing. This goes down way too smooth for a relatively fresh Imperial Stout, especially with an ABV of 13%. In my opinion, this beer has exceeded the hype. If you like stouts this is a must drink.

Picture of the day: This chick needs to just trust her instincts.

Beer 262/365 – Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti

Great Divide Chocolate Yeti

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.5%

Purchased at: On tap@Fatheads – Pittsburgh PA

What makes this beer different: First stout that I could actually taste chili’s in. But it works well!

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I have a couple aging in the basement.

Grade: A

7/28/2010: Earlier this year I made a post asking for feedback on how to sample all four aged yeti’s, but up until today I have yet to try any of them. I also wanted an excuse to go to fatheads to try their headhunter IPA, which was also amazing. I will go back down to drink it on its own soon so I can do a detailed review on it.

Chocolate Yeti is a very complex beer. The smell is full of roasted malt, and some bitter chocolate. The flavor starts with bitter bitter chocolate, sweet vanilla, some woody oak, and finishes off with a little bit of dry chili pepper flavor. Its a roller coaster of flavors with crazy twists and turns, but when the ride is over you are really glad you were on board. Medium mouthfeel, with only a little bit of carbonation. This really makes me want to crack open the other three yetis sometime soon (espresso, oak, and barrel aged). Try this beer if you get the chance!

Picture of the day: Best cubicle ever.

Published in: on July 28, 2010 at 8:49 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 225/365 – Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 18.0%

Purchased at: Dogfish Head Brewpub – Rehoboth DE

What makes this beer different: So amazingly smooth for how strong it is.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, I love a good strong beer that hides the alcohol well.

Grade: A+

6/21/2010: This bottle of World Wide Stout is a 2006 vintage. It cost me $18 bucks, which I guess isn’t terrible considering fresh bottles run $10-$11 around Pittsburgh. I have only sampled WWS once before, and it was a fresh bottle. So I am pretty pumped to try a bottle with a few years of age on it.

Smell is boozy as all hell, with a lot of roast malt, and maybe some dark fruit. I am completely expecting this first sip to be similar to when you pour a mix drink thats just a bit too strong, but thankfully I was wrong. The main three flavors are a lot of chocolate, coffee, and some raisins. Caramel and Molasses also jump out at me. It is really amazing how well the alcohol is hidden in this beer, and I am also amazed at how the body of this beer is not all that heavy. Its slightly on the heavy side of average, but not by much. How does Dogfish Head hide all this alcohol is such a mediumish bodied beer? This beer was worth every penny. It took me about 45 minutes to drink on an empty stomach, and right after I finished it I took a hour our nap. Well done Sam Calagione.

Picture of the day: Super Mario Bros meets BP.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm  Comments (3)  
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Beer 221/365 – Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade

What makes this beer different: Very smooth, drinkable, and light bodied for an Imperial Stout

Will I be drinking this again: If it was available in my area heck yeah.

Grade: A-

6/17/2010: Tis the season for big thick stouts right? Okay maybe not for everyone, but I am down for a good stout 24/7/365. This was sent to me as an extra in a trade, and i usually like to drink those right away for whatever reason. I also received a Sweetwater Sch’wheat which ended up being pretty good. I would like to get my hands on one of their IPA’s as its supposed to be their best beer.

Happy Endings Stout almost smells like a chocolately milk stout in a way, very sweet smelling. The flavor is pretty straight forward, very malty with some bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of earthy hops in the finish of it. Is it possible for an Imperial Stout to be refreshing? Because in an odd way this one is. Very creamy and smooth, and hides the alcohol very well.

Picture of the day: I used to have a bunch of hermit crabs back in the day, and I gotta say this is a really cool idea.

Published in: on June 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 209/365 – Dogfish Head Voodoo Down

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Dogfish Head Brewpub – Rehoboth DE

What makes this beer different: One of the first heavy stouts I can actually taste the honey in

Will I be drinking this again: Its a pub exclusive so probably not, but I would!

Grade: A-

6/5/2010: Made the hike up to Rehoboth from OC MD to get some sushi and beer. First Cara and I stopped at Sting Ray to grab some sushi, and they have the best sushi I have EVER had. Not sure if any of you out there are sushi fans, but if you are ever in the area be sure to stop by and grab a sea bass roll. After we grabbed a couple beers at the Dogfish Head Pub across the street. I was pissed to find out they JUST ran out of Billy Budd, a combo of Indian Brown, 120 Min, and Palo Santo. I settled for the voodoo down, which is a brewpub exclusive apparently.

Voodoo down smells like roasted coffee, with a couple tablespoons of honey into it (oddly enough how I used to drink my coffee back in college). The taste is very similar, lots of roasted coffee, and a bit of chocolate, finished of with a nice sweet honey kick. The flavors are a bit strong for how light bodied of an Imperial Stout this is, but the honey helps make up for this. Overall a very unique and in your face stout, but could have used a litttleeee bit of a thicker mouthfeel.

Picture of the day: I’m a big soccer fan, and this sign is just great.

Published in: on June 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 208/365 – Voodoo Brewing Big Black Voodoo Daddy

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.5%

Purchased at: 3 Sons Dogs ‘n Suds – Wexford PA

What makes this beer different: So smooth for how high the ABV is.

Will I be drinking this again: Without a doubt.

Grade: A+

6/4/2010: Sorry for the poor picture quality on this one. I thought it came out a little better than this. Anyways Voodoo is a very good under the radar brewery, and they are probably best known for the beer seen above. They don’t really distribute outside of PA so if this beer looks foreign to you, don’t feel left out. But if anyone is really interested in one, let me know as I have a couple extra to trade. IMO its the best stout brewed in Pennsylvania. Now only if Matt would let me redesign his website, that would be sweet. I could make a really bad ass looking site with the whole voodoo theme.

Big Black Voodoo Daddy has a very complex smell. First is chocolate, followed by a little bit of coffee, a sweet milk stout-like scent, and lastly some smoky oak. I think I smell berry also? I would say this beer had more strong scents that I was able to pick out than any other beer I have had prior to this one. The taste is complex, yet smooth as all hell. Out of all the “big stouts” I have had, this one is the smoothest, and hides the ABV the best. No sign at all of the 12.5% Alcohol. The taste is a sweet chocolate, a hint of coffee, some berry in there? It finishes of with a quick punch of hops and a nice mild kick of smoke/oak. The flavors all stand out, but blend together so so well. The mouthfeel as mentioned before is just perfect. This might not be my favorite stout ever, but the mouthfeel is by far the best. This coming from someone who doesn’t put a lot of credence into mouthfeel. Okay enough jibba jabba about this one, just do yourself a favor and find a bottle of BBVD and share it with a stout loving friend.

Picture of the day: The evolution of man.

Beer 194/365 – Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.2%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: One of the harder to find beers I have yet to try, not as chocolaty as I expected.

Will I be drinking this again: I do have a couple bottles left, so unless one of you wants to trade for one then I will probably end up drinking it haha

Grade: B+

5/21/2010: I could not believe my eyes when I saw this on the shelves at Vintage Estate last week. This has only been brewed once in 2008, and there was about a dozen bottles sitting in his cooler. It was one of those moments when I literally had to shake the cob webs out to make sure I was seeing things correctly. I ended up only buying 6, and they actually sold out before I even left the store. Didn’t wanna be a bottle hog!

The bitter chocolate oatmeal stout didn’t smell very chocolaty. Well a little but not as much as I expected. The taste was more oatmeal than chocolate, but a faint cocoa powder taste was there. Anytime I see chocolate in the name of beer I expect it to blow me away with some Hershey syrup type flavor. But I am learning most “chocolate” beers do not deliver in that department, unless its Southern Tier Choklat. Anyways to me it tastes like a lighter Stone RIS, but a little “nail polish” type kick. The alcohol wasn’t hidden all that well, especially for an aged beer. It gets a B+ in my book for its similarities to the Stone RIS, just creamier with a bit more chocolate flavor (but lacks alcohol stealthiness).

Picture of the day: How lost should have ended.

Beer 150/365 – Southern Tier Mokah

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 11.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: This is what I thought the Southern Tier Choklat should have tasted like

Will I be drinking this again: Absolutely

Grade: A

4/7/2010: This is the last stout I have yet to try from Southern Tier’s Sweetwater series. Jahva is one of my favorite stouts for sure, but the Choklat was a bit disappointing. Well turns out Mokah is a 50/50 mix of the aforementioned beers, so this should be interesting.

This stuff pours out super thick. The smell is all about chocolate to me, I am not getting much coffee. Same for the taste, its mostly about Belgian Chocolate from the Choklat, with a bit of the Jamaican Coffee showing up from the Jahva. If I didn’t know any better I would think that this was 75% ST Choklat, and 25% Jahva. I am sure this is because the Chocolate from Choklat is VERY strong and bitter, overpowering the coffee flavors. Overall this is a very sweet and tasty beer, and what I had envisioned Choklat tasting like. The coffee curbs the chocolate just enough for it to be a very good beer. Hides the booze very well for 11% also.

Picture of the day: Shes just not that into you.

Published in: on April 7, 2010 at 9:35 am  Comments (3)  
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Beer 148/365 – Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.0%

Purchased at: On-tap @Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Tastes like 8% ABV, but dangerously drinkable at 12%

Will I be drinking this again: I bought a sixer to age so yes.

Grade: A+

4/5/2010: First off, I just finished redesigning Phill’s website for Vintage Estate. He has been rated the #1 beer retailer in the WORLD according to ratebeer.com. Go check out the site and let me know what you think of it. Without his store I’m not sure I could a) afford to do the 365 beers (easily half the price of PA beer), and b) get enough variety of GOOD beer from local shops to add up to 365.

Dark Horse I would have to say is my #2 favorite brewery right now (behind Three Floyds). Probably because they have more than just a few really good stouts, and the atmosphere at their brewery/bar is amazing. If you are a new reader click here to see when I visited Dark Horse.

Sorry for the crappy pictures, but my blackberry pearl is garbage. This is without a doubt my favorite Dark Horse beer to date. I ordered this before I saw what the ABV was and I assumed it was 8, maybe 9%. The alcohol is hidden insanely well, which is impressive considering it hasn’t been aged at all. The smell actually has some dark fruit in it, dark chocolate… The taste is just amazing. Bitter chocolate, some prunish flavor, and I am assuming they used some oatmeal in this. I also get some vanilla and coffee flavors towards the end. The mouthfeel is so creamy, and almost oily (in a good way). I could drink three of these and be down for the count. Do yourself a favor and if you see this around and you like stouts, buy yourself a bunch.

Picture of the day: Damn it feels good to be A Gangsta.

Published in: on April 5, 2010 at 10:29 am  Comments (2)  
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