Oatmeal Stout

Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale

Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale

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A rich, hearty, and robust brew.  Green Flash is more well known for their hop-centric beers, but this darker trip on the roasted malt side did not disappoint.  Brewed with oats and a generous portion of roasted malts this stout actually walks the line between Black Ale/Porter/Oatmeal Stout very well.  The pour form Green Flash’s […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Calvados Barrel)

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Tom: Building blocks for taste recognition. This is what Mikkeller does best. He makes a base beer and then expands on it allowing the drinker to get an interesting look into different flavor profiles. Well, this one is no exception. If you have not read any of my previous Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast/Brunch reviews I would […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast Stout

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast Stout

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Aging this beer for over a year I would put forth the argument that one should not do so for more than six months.  Oh sure, it is aged in Bourbon barrels, but after all the abv is not “imperial” strength.  If I had aged this any longer I could see it turning soy sauce. […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

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Am I in Bamberg, Germany?  This beer smelled like the beech wood smoked classics from Aecht Schlenkerla.  The smokey aroma rose from the bottle and glass with ease.  Interestingly, the woody notes brought this variation close to that of a Bourbon barrel aged beer.  However, it lacked the alcohol sting and carried a lighter wood […] ... [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]

Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast

Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast

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Contrary to what some review sites suggest, this is not a Black IPA.  I can see where the flavor might throw someone off, but if you read the label it clearly states that it is an Oatmeal stout brewed with coffee.  It just so happens that Mikkeller decided to increase the hopping on this one […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

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Brewed with a hearty addition of oats and coffee this beer might be a great way to start the day.  I’ll be honest, living in Illinois there is only one beer that can claim the right to drunk in the morning.  That beer is none other than Founders Breakfast Stout.  If you catch me referring […] ... [Read more]

Hoppin' Frog D.O.R.I.S.

Hoppin’ Frog D.O.R.I.S.

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The Destroyer!  This might be the stout to end all stouts?  The big, nay, huge brother of BORIS clocks in with a hefty alcohol content and hopping.  In fact, this beer is first wort hopped (hops added to mash) and dry hopped (hops added during fermentation) for maximum domination. DORIS is extreme, yet approachable as […] ... [Read more]

Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S.

Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S.

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Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout.  Known as “The Crusher,” BORIS has racked up some awards at GABF taking gold in both 2008 and 2011.  I’ve been waiting to open up this bottle that has been cellaring in my basement for just over a year. Pouring like dirty motor oil it was thick, black, viscous and […] ... [Read more]

Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S 2009

Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. 2009

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2009 Vintage:  Taking the original BORIS as a base, this beer undergoes some aging in Heaven Hill Whiskey barrels for some time.  The cap on my bottle was green indicating it was batch 3 in 2009 (Gold – Batch 1-2 in 2009; Black – Batch 4 in 2010; Red – Batch 5 in 2011).  I’ve […] ... [Read more]