Russian Imperial Stout

Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 3rd Edition

Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 3rd Edition

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Holy Sweetness.  This beer is almost too sweet and totally not what you would expect.  I had it in my mind this would be something akin to Avery’s Mephistopheles  but I was way off.  While this beer boasts a huge abv, it is surprisingly hidden by the massive sugar additions.  This small 8.5 oz bottle is […] ... [Read more]

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS)

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CBS!!!  One of the most sought after beers in 2011 after it was announced that it would be packaged into 750mL bottles.  Selling at $18 per bottle at the brewery on October 1st, I’m sure it was a mad house as that is a great price point for such a phenomenal, highly coveted beer.  Their blog […] ... [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]

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]

Boulevard Dark Truth Stout

Boulevard Dark Truth Stout

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My second attempt at Boulevard’s Smokestack Series come in the form of a big stout with a Belgian touch.  Using a Belgian yeast strain and a massive grain bill this beer does not disappoint.  Seriously. It looks very similar to Great Divide’s Belgian Yeti  with an opaque black color and dense, fluffy, mocha head.  The beer […] ... [Read more]

Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. #100

Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. #100

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100 batches of a quality stout.  Congrats to Hoppin’ Frog and Brewmaster Fred Karm.  Wanting to do something slightly different in order to celebrate this batch Fred mixed up the grain bill.  Using English Pale Ale malt, this beer is going to have a different flavor than than of the original BORIS.  This is due […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper Imperial Stout

Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper

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With the Fall months almost behind us I thought it was time to bust out a fairly aged bottle of Santa’s Little Helper in preparation for Winter.  Last weekend I cut the lawn for the last time this year and started putting up plastic over the windows to seal help conserve heat (yes, I live in Chicago). […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper Bourbon Stout

Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper Bourbon Stout

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A base Port Brewing Imperial Stout + Bourbon barrel = deliciousness.  Seriously!  It is good stuff.  Some time back I had the pleasure of brewing for the day with Tim Marshall (former Senior brewer at Rock Bottom-Lombard).  Before we started brewing he let me sample some various beers straight from the Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels which […] ... [Read more]