Beer 399/365 – Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.5%

Purchased at: Smokin Joe’s – Pittsburgh, PA

What makes this beer different: The maple. I love beers with bourbon, I love beers with maple. Therefore I LOVE this beer.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I was lucky enough to land one bottle at Smokin Joe’s (for $35 ugh)

Grade: A+

10/25/2011: This beer was on my most wanted list, and I heard rumors that Smokin Joe’s in the South Side of Pittsburgh was getting a case. I got lucky with some insider info on when the beer arrived. By the time I got there, they were already down to 7 bottles left. They also had a sixtel of it so I got to try it on tap.

The smell is amazing, bourbon is at the forefront, coffee, some oak, and chocolate. The maple is very subtle in the nose. The flavor is amazing. Maple is much more prominent in the taste, and it does a great job of mellowing out the would-be harshness of the bourbon. Chocolate, bourbon, molasses, coffee, vanilla… So many subtle flavors going on. Seems to be a slightly different taste every sip. This beer does have some similarities to KBS, but CBS is much more drinkable in my opinion. I had a hard time not drinking this entire beer within 10 minutes. I won’t say this is the best beer I have ever had, but it is without a doubt top 3. If you are lucky enough to stumble across some of this, buy as much as you can.

Picture of the day: Stove top not working?

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Beer 394/365 – Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 7.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: One of the most complex beers I have had in a long time

Will I be drinking this again: Its a great beer, but SO expensive.

Grade: A

5/9/2011: I’ve really been slacking in posting. Again my apologies, but getting settled into this new job has been taking up a lot of my free time. Hopefully will get back on track here very soon. On a good note though the new job has been awesome thus far. Got my shoes shined on the second day, only had to buy my own lunch once, and got a half off gift certificate to the best public golf course in Pittsburgh. Gotta love perks!

I will be judging this beer pretty harshly due to its price. Not sure if its the most expensive beer per ounce I have ever had, but I guarantee its damn close. The nose smells like freshly ground coffee, and some bakers chocolate. The flavor is fudgey, black coffee, and a hint of smoke. Citrus hops even make a little bit of an appearance. The use of oatmeal gives it a very velvety mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is really the allstar attribute to this beer in my opinion. This beer is worth trying once, but at the price tag I likely will not be drinking it again.

Picture of the day: This is a pretty slick hair-piece.

Beer 379/365 – Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon (Bacon)

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 7.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: The meatiest tasting beer EVER. Never thought I would use the word meat to describe a beer.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not, but I’ll bet it would be great for marinating a steak.

Grade: B

2/24/2011: Did I REALLY want to try this beer? No… But I bought it purely because I was extremely curious. I’ve had ‘smoked’ and ‘rauch’ beers before, but never had one that was bold enough to use bacon in the name. I split this bottle with my buddy Donnie who is also a stout lover.

After pouring the beer, the first smell you get is similar to how your clothes smell the day after you sit around a campfire. Oh that is, if your clothes were also dipped in a meat vat. Also a bit of chocolate in the mix. The flavor at first is an A. It literally was like drinking chocolate covered bacon. Which by the way if you have never tried chocolate covered bacon, I feel that you need to because it encompasses everything that makes America great. Back to the beer, there is also some bittersweet chocolate in the mix, as well as a hint of licorice. The meaty flavor wears on you after a bit though. To be honest I had a really hard time finishing the whole thing. Mouthfeel was slick, and just above average. One of the most unique beers I have ever sampled, but will probably not be drinking this again in the future.

Picture of the day: Best halloween costume EVER.

Beer 372/365 – Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Great Divide Espresso Yeti Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: The best yeti of the oak aged series for sure.

Will I be drinking this again: Yup my buddy Kevin got me 4 bottles right from the tap-room in Denver.

Grade: A

12/20/2010: Earlier in the year I rounded up all four of the Aged Yeti’s, and this was the last of the oak aged series that I have yet to try. Chocolate and Oak were both very good, but I tend to really like the coffee centered stouts so I am willing to bet this will be my new favorite.

The nose of Espresso Yeti smells as advertised, very Espresso heavy. The flavor is just awesome, rich, roasty, oaky, bittersweet chocolate, and of course a lot of espresso. What I like about the espresso flavor is it isn’t “burnt” like a lot of other coffee flavored beers. I am assuming the beans were possibly steeped and not actually brewed? Would be interested to know. The beer has a great heavy creamy mouthfeel, and finishes a bit dry. Surprisingly drinkable considering how heavy it is. If you are a coffee lover give this one a shot, you will probably love it!

Picture of the day: This is why you don’t leave your kids unsupervised.

Beer 371/365 – Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse Imperial Stout

Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse Imperial Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 18.0%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Very similar to dogfish world wide stout, clone maybe?

Will I be drinking this again: Would love to, but its not exactly the most widely distributed beer in the world.

Grade: A-

12/17/2010: Kuhnhenn is yet another great brewery from the great beer state of Michigan. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it there on my Michigan Brewery Tour, but next time I am going to stop by for sure. They are known for their raspberry eisbock, which I have aging in the beer cellar right now.

I opened this late on a weeknight not taking note of the ABV before doing so (18%)… Oops! The nose is not as boozy as I expected, a lot of dark chocolate and some char. The alcohol is very well hidden for an 18%ABV beer, a lot of dark chocolate in the flavor, sweet toffee, and some prune like flavor in the mix. Mouthfeel as expected is a bit heavier than average. The beer went down well considering the high alcohol content, but it got a little bit too sweet at the end. Overall very good! Not quite as good as its 18% ABV brother WWS.

Picture of the day: Not exactly the smartest idea ever.

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Beer 369/365 – Foothill’s Sexual Chocolate Stout

Foothills Sexual Chocolate Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.75%

Purchased at: Traded for it

What makes this beer different: One of the coolest beer labels ever.

Will I be drinking this again: I must try another one, you will see why below.

Grade: C+

12/13/2010: I have about 10 beer photos edited to update for the site. I just need to stop being lazy and type up some posts. Still drinking about 3 new beers a week, just haven’t had time to update. I plan on getting a few this week for sure though, so stay tuned.

The nose was.. a bit cherryish (oh no), and some roast. The flavor was NOT chocolaty at all, and unfortunately this must be infected. Lots of that sour cherry flavor, with some dark malt. I had sampled Sexual Chocolate at a tasting a few months back, and remember it tasting much better than this. Thankfully the infection wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t drink the entire beer, but still no chocolate to be found. I hadn’t heard anything about Sexual Chocolate being infected, but after a search on BA it turns out there were a handful of other people who experienced the same thing (Oddly enough I can’t find that thread for the life of me now). For some reason it seems like stouts are the most affected by infections, wonder why that is? Maybe brewers should just come out with an American Wild Stout style, and call it a day.

Picture of the day: This has happened to me more than a few times. Damn you Call of Duty.

Beer 365/365 – Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout

Cigar City Hunahpus Imperial Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 11.5%

Purchased at: I traded for it, but can’t even remember who I got it from?

What makes this beer different: The touch of chile really cuts through the sweetness.

Will I be drinking this again: Would love to get my hands on another bottle.

Grade: A+

11/8/2010: So here I am, at the finish line. It is kind of bittersweet… I feel a sense of accomplishment that I made it through an entire year of this, but I am also a bit sad that this is ending. Well technically this is not ending, I’m just going to take a week or so away from drinking beer all together then I am going to update 2-3 new beers a week. Sometime in the next few days I am going to post up an entire recap of my experience, as well as my personal top 10. So keep reading because I am still going to keep updating the site, just not quite as often.

Figured I would dip into my big stouts in the basement for my last beer. I was at a big stout tasting over the summer, and this was the hands down favorite for the group out of 25-30 other imperial stouts. The nose is a lot of sweet chocolate, and you do get a little bit of a chili powder smell. The first thing you notice after sipping the beer is its mouthfeel, most creamy and perfect mouthfeel of any beer I have ever had. Even though it is creamy, its not super heavy/gloopy for an Imperial Stout which made polishing off this whole bottle by myself a lot easier than I thought. The flavor of sweet chocolate and a bit of heat from the chili is really a great combo, they both keep each other in check. While chocolate/chili are the main flavors, there is also a bit of dark fruit, smoke, vanilla, and a tobacco kick (maybe a play on the name Cigar City?). Excellent combination of flavors. This beer is without a doubt in my top 3 beers for the year. Now its time to round up all my A+ beers and decide which ones were my favorite. Again I am going to keep updating the site, but only 2-3 times per week instead of every day. Stay tuned!!

Picture of the day: A map of the world as it really is.

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Beer 364/365 – De Struise Black Damnation III – Black Mes

De Struise Black Damnation III Black Mes

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 13.0%

Purchased at: De Struise Online Store

What makes this beer different: So many strong flavors that somehow mesh together so well.

Will I be drinking this again: I bought three total, so yes. Loved this stuff.

Grade: A+

11/7/2010: A few months back I made my first ever purchase from an online beer store, which is where I got my Black Mes. Why not go big and have that beer store (De Struise) be from Belgium? Sounds expensive right? Well the bottles themselves are so cheap that when you roll in the price of shipping it ends up being $5-$6 per bottle. You figure you are going to pay that much here for a good Belgian beer so why not? Plus it allows you to purchase beer that otherwise would not see on the shelves here in the states. Sidenote: For whatever reason they print these labels off on uncoated crappy looking paper, not sure if you can see that from the picture. You would think they would spring for some decent labeling considering the quality of the beer.

The nose is just amazing, very potent; coffee, whiskey, chocolate and smoke are apparent (in that order). There are 5 main flavor components to this beer, and they seem to be spread out evenly at 20% a piece; Roasted Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Dark Fruit, Whiskey, and Smoke. Each flavor makes itself completely known with every single sip, while not overshadowing the other 4 flavors. Mouthfeel was on the rich side, but it was amazingly creamy like a Belgian Strong Dark would typically be. Overall I would have to say this might possibly be my favorite beer EVER. Off the top of my head at this point I would have to say this is the case. Its not for sale on the webshop anymore, but if you can find this you NEED to try this.

Picture of the day: Whats that you want tea partiers?

Beer 357/365 – Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (2006)

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 13.0%

Purchased at: Won it in a BIF on BeerAdvocate.

What makes this beer different: Surprisingly not as much bourbon as I expected, good stuff though.

Will I be drinking this again: Doubt I would ever be able to get my hands on this again.

Grade: A

10/31/2010: Had this little guy sent to me a few months back. I won a Super Bowl block poll, where the winner gets 48oz of beer from everyone else. Well there were 10 people total in the poll so I got 432oz of free beer, pretty awesome if you ask me. Someone was amazingly gracious by including this beer in one of the boxes that I received.

The nose is not nearly as boozy as I expected, the first thing I get actually is dark fruits, and some chocolate. Roasted coffee, sweet chocolate are the two headlining flavors. Smoke, char and vanilla make a bit of an appearance as well. Bourbon is there but not nearly as much as I expected. I’m sure the 4 years of age helped mellow it out a bit. That being said it is still boozy, just not bourbony boozy if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel is right down the middle which I think is perfect for this style, although the age obviously contributed to the lack of carbonation. Overall this is a great beer, the only thing that kept it from being an A+ was the fact that the booze could have been a bit more mellow, especially for a 4 yr old stout.

Picture of the day: Dear Public Toilets.

Beer 356/365 – Deschutes The Abyss (2009)

Deschutes The Abyss

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 11.0%

Purchased at: Sent to me by Jared for the home stretch.

What makes this beer different: Most of these are infected, but I am pretty sure I dodged a bullet on this one.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes but going to let it age a bit more.

Grade: A

10/30/2010: So I am sure most of you are aware, but there has been a huge problem with the 2009 Abyss bottles being infected. I went to a tasting back in July, and we cracked open 3 bottles… all of which were infected. Very disappointing because I have never tried this beer, and have heard only good things about it up until this infection issue. Jared was nice enough to sent me a big box of beer with some hard-to-finds for my home-stretch, which included a 2009 bottle of Abyss. Thanks again Jared!

The anticipation of smelling this beer is killing me… so far so good. No signs of infection in the nose; mostly roasty and molasses. The flavor is a lot of roasted malt, molasses, some caramel, some chocolate, and (unfortunately) black licorice flavor. Not really getting a whole lot of bourbon/oak? A bit on the sweetish end but thats ok with me. Alcohol is hidden well for 11%. Mouthfeel is just about perfect, on the full side of average, nice carbonation, but very creamy/slick mouthfeel. Overall this would have ranked up there with the best stouts I have ever had if it weren’t for the licorice flavor (a flavor I am not fond of).

Picture of the day: The biology of a hangover.