Imperial Beers

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial American Stout

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial American Stout

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There is a lot that goes into this brew.  Holy Water, lactose (milk sugar), smoked malts (ash and hickory wood), and burnt grains.  The brew day was definately interesting as the brewers did their best to ward off evil vampires.  Not joke, I wrote down ‘chocolate milk’ as one of the taste of this beer […] ... [Read more]

Clown Shoes Brown Angel Double Brown Ale

Clown Shoes Brown Angel Double Brown Ale

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My second go at the Clown Shoes brand finds me sipping on a very comfortable and cozy Brown Ale.  The 2012 winter here in Chicago has been rather mild, so the extreme stouts have not been my go to.  Instead, I’ve been looking for brown ales, cascadian dark ales, and black lagers to give me […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

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I will be dead honest…this is a weird beer.  When the cap is on and I read the label it seemed unique.  However, when I took my first sip I could not help but think, “I’m drinking shit!”  Allow me to elaborate.  Back when the Dutch controlled much of the trading in the East Indies, […] ... [Read more]

Avery Mephostopheles Stout 2011

Avery Mephistopheles Stout 2011

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2011 Vintage:  The last in the Demon Series of Ales by Avery.  Complete damnation!  Similar to Noel’s review of The Beast, I got owned by this beer.  Coming in at an alcohol level which rivaled that of BrewDog’s intense beers, Mephistopheles packs more than a punch.  It is like a nuclear bomb on the taste […] ... [Read more]

Founders Devil Dancer Imperial IPA

Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA

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Fresh (2010):  $22.99 for a 4 pack, but I would argue that Devil Dancer is worth it.  You can enjoy one, age one, sell one, and share one.  I was on my screen porch when I cracked the bottle open and poured.  Even with a mild breeze outside all I could smell was a giant […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red Ale

Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red Ale

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Port Brewing Company is located in San Marcos, California, and is also known by its other name, The Lost Abbey. You may have had beers from both names and thought they were different … but they’re the same. Ever since I tasted Grand Teton Brewing Company’s amazing Pursuit of Hoppiness, I have been interested in […] ... [Read more]

Oskar Blues G'Knight Imperial Red Ale

Oskar Blues G’Knight

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Name in honor of Gordon Knight, a Vietnam Vet who lost his life fighting a fire outside of the brewery’s town, this beer is a not to his service and love for craft beer.  Not sure where to go with this review after that.  Gordon is a hero…straight up! The sweet green (my favorite color) […] ... [Read more]

Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale

Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale

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Noel: Is this really 100 IBUs? I need another sip. Is this really 8.5% ABV? That’s crazy. Where has this beer been all my life? These were just some of the thoughts swirling around my head last night as I partook of this unexpectedly glorious liquid. It’s called Pursuit of Hoppiness. Need I say more? […] ... [Read more]

Dogfish Head My Antonia

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Tom: I brought a selection of beers over to my parent’s house to watch the Bears vs Packers regular season game some months back. Well, with the smell of  my Mom baking chocolate chip oatmeal cookies I was lured away from the TV and decided to review some beer (5 minutes after the game started). A […] ... [Read more]

Rogue XS Imperial Red Ale

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Noel: The Rogue XS series beers aren’t exactly winning the hearts of craft beer lovers through generosity. These dinky 7 oz. bottles make even a regular 12 oz. longneck look like the Sears Tower. So clearly, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in flavor, right? Luckily, in this case, yes. An Imperial […] ... [Read more]