Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout 2014 – Elysian Brewing

O’hare’s Beer Club February 2014 Box

From Elysian Brewing out of Seattle Washington USA comes the “Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout”.  This is the 2014 edition of the beer.  The beer pours a dark brown/black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted coffee, chocolate and some hops bitterness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, lactose and hops bitterness.  This beer had a surprisingly thin body.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 35.  This was a very pleasing stout and well worth the pickup.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Cream Puffs

Commercial Description: Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout combines the talents of Elysian Brewing and Stumptown Coffee in a deliciously smooth, very Northwest beer

Click here to check out the February 2014 Box

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The Chocolate Manifesto Triple Chocolate Milk Stout – Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Limited Edition

From Barrie Ontario’s Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery comes their “The Chocolate Manifesto Triple Chocolate Milk Stout” the newest specialty brew.  This chocolate milk I mean beer pours a black opaque colour with a milk chocolate coloured head.  The aroma consists of milk chocolate, cream, roasty malts and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, cream, milk chocolate, fudge, espresso, dark chocolate and some bitterness to finish.  This is more chocolate milk than chocolate stout and I loved every drop of it!  The alcohol content comes in at 10% but does not show up much in the flavour.  Pick up a bottle as soon as you can if you can find it as it is amazing!  Especially as this beer does not ship out West!

Commercial Description:  Triple Chocolate Milk Stout is a luscious treat for beer geeks ready for a euphoric detour from the mundane.  We brewed the manifesto to become the reference for people who think the sweet milk stout a beautiful thing.  For those seeking decadence and transcendence.  For all those odd ducks who like weird beers.  We pilgrimaged to ChocoSol in Toronto revering the ancient beauty of their artisan chocolate.  ChocoSol are kindred spirits – sweeter and more evolved than us, but kindred nonetheless.  ChocoSol challenges normal, pulls it apart, and brews it into something new.  Passion is such an important ingredient in craft beer, we should include it on the label.  Don’t mindlessly praise craft beer.  Challenge brewers to innovate.

3 kinds of chocolate
1 – Forest garden, shade – grown Cacao Nibs
2 – Roasted whole cacao powder
3 – Chocolate malt

Water, barley, oats, lactose, cacao nibs, cacao powder, hops, yeast.

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Eclipse (Four Roses Bourbon) 2013- Fifty Fifty Brewing

Limited Release

Every year Truckee California’s Fifty Fifty Brewing Co releases their “Eclipse Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout”.  This year there are 9 different versions of this beer all aged in different high end barrels.  The different editions of this beer are only marked by the colour of the wax on the top of the bottles.  This version is the Bright Red wax edition that has been aged in barrels from Four Roses Bourbon.  The beer pours a opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, big vanilla, chocolate, caramel, oak and sweetness.  The flavour is of burnt malts, sweet vanilla, chocolate, caramel, espresso, bourbon, oak, bitterness and an alcohol warmth.  This brew has a creamy body.  The alcohol content comes in at a big 11.9%.  This edition of Eclipse might still be a little to young as it is a little harsh.  Saying that it was still a great imperial stout and I do not regret paying the big bucks for the bottle at all.

Commercial Description:

What happens when you take an award winning Imperial Stout, put it in oak bourbon barrels, and then age it for six months? One of the most epic beer tasting experiences you will ever have: ECLIPSE™.

Imperial Stouts are noted for being very rich substantial beers, and FiftyFifty’s Totality Imperial Stout does not disappoint on this fact. Brewed in small 300 gallons batches, our brewers lovingly craft this masterpiece once a year. Made with the finest malts, hops, fresh mountain water and yeast, over 18 separate ingredients lend their unique character to this beer.  To become Eclipse, Totality is then aged for a minimum of 180 days in oak bourbon barrels. This time spent adds a plethora of flavors to the already rich Imperial Stout. At first taste there is a large presence of dark chocolate, espresso and warmth from the alcohol of the beer. Oak barrel character then comes into play with hints of vanilla and coconut, followed by mild bitterness from the hops, and then a nice long lingering finish with hints of tobacco, dark dried fruit and more chocolate. Eclipse is a wonderful companion with dessert. A beer meant for contemplation best enjoyed in a snifter and with a friend.

Because of the extensive brewing and aging process, Eclipse is only released once a year.
March-April: Brew Totality
Mid April:Futures available
May: Begin aging in oak barrels
November: Bottle and keg
December: Official Release & Party

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Espresso Amber Ale – Peak Organic Brewing Company (December 13, 2013)

From the other Portland located in the state of Main comes Peak Organic Brewing Company  “Espresso Amber Ale”.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of big malts, fruits and some espresso.  The flavour is of espresso, malts, dark fruits and some mild hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 22.  This beer reminds me a ton of a barley wine but just not as big or punchy as that big beer.  I really liked this beer.

Commercial Description:  A robust amber ale brewed with locally roasted, organic fair trade espresso with help from our friends down the street at Coffee by Design. This malty amber ale is brewed with substantial amounts of Munich Malt, providing a perfect backbone for the rich, roasty flavor imparted by the espresso.

Beer Advent Calendar 2013

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Blacksmith India Black Ale – Village Brewery

From Calgary Alberta’s Village Brewery comes their “Blacksmith India Black Ale” a Black IPA.  This brew is sold in Liquor Stores in Calgary Alberta in prefilled growlers.  The IPA pours a black with brown tinge and a brown head.  The aroma is of roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, sweetness and hops bitterness.  The flavour consists of espresso, chocolate, roasted malts, hops bitterness and an overall sweetness to the finish.  The alcohol content of this Black IPA is 5.5% and the IBU comes in at around 45-50.  This beer seemed a bit low on the hops probably below the listed IBU but the flavour made up for that fact as it was quite tasty.

Commercial Description:  Keep a sturdy grip on this hand-forged ale. It is an alloy of premium two-row Alberta barley, roasted to a black malt and infused with quantities of potent, bitter hops. Stalwart and bold, it will douse the coal-fired thirst, slake the spirit and clear the soot from the teeth.