Breakfast Stout – Founders Brewing


From Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids Michigan comes their “Breakfast Stout” a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, oatmeal and earth.  The flavour is of chocolate, earth, burnt coffee, roasted malts, oatmeal and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.3% with and IBU of 60.  This is an amazing beer and I hope to get more bottles of it in the future!

Commercial Description:  The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.

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Dragons Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout Reserve (2015 Vintage) – New Holland Brewing


From Holland Michigan’s New Holland Brewing comes their “Dragons Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout Reserve (with Coffee & Chocolate)”.  This review is of a bottle of a 2015 Vintage.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, nuts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and wood.  The flavour is of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, oak, toffee, coffee, chocolate, earth and some sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 31.  This is a very well made beer and should be picked up if you can find a bottle where you live or in trade!

Commercial Description:  “Indulgence” is Dragon’s Milk aged with coffee and chocolate. Rich, indulgent chocolate flavors are seductively punctuated with dark and roasty coffee bitterness

Food paring as per brewery:  dark chocolate, dairy and caramel.

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Dragons Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout (2014 Vintage) – New Holland Brewing


From Holland Michigan’s New Holland Brewing comes their “Dragons Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout”.  This review is of a bottle of a 2014 Vintage.  The beer pours a deep opaque black with a chocolaty brown head.  The aroma consists of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, some fruits and oak.  The flavour is of milk chocolate, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, bourbon, coffee and an alcohol warmth to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 31.  This is no doubt a big stout being aged in bourbon barrels but if you like a big bold beer you will really like this one!

Commercial Description:  A stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath.

Food pairing as per brewery:  red meat, smoked foods, balsamic, rich cheese and dark chocolate.

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La Roja Artisan Amber Ale – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales


From Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales out of Dexter, Michigan USA comes the “La Roja Artisan Amber Ale” a sour amber brewed in the Flanders tradition.  The beer pours a cloudy redish brown with an off white head.  The aroma consists of an obvious funk from the Flanders style as well as sweet fruits and some oak.  The flavour is of a small puckering sour funk with oak, fruits, caramel and some hops bitterness to finish it off.  This beer is a blend of batches of this beer which have been aged for a 2 to ten months.  This bottle was from Blend 13 bottled on 5-24-2013.  The alcohol content of this amber is 7.2%.  This is a great sour and I look forward to making friends with one or more bottles of this great brew in the future.

Commercial Description:  La Roja An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition.  Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging.  Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months.

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Calabaza Blanca – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales


From Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales out of Dexter, Michigan USA comes the “Calabaza Blanca”.  When poured the beer appears a cloudy golden yellow with a decent sized white head that dissipates quickly.  The beer smells strongly of wheat, citrus and yeast.  This beer has a strong complex flavor that includes a tart citrus, orange with hints of yeast and a little sourness.  The sour tones almost remind me of a lambic style beer.  This is a good example of a Belgian Style white beer.  The beer owes some of its flavor to the fact that it is aged in large oak casks and is refermented in the bottle.  The beer sits at a 4.8% alcohol.  This is a bear that I would introduce to friends that like good beer.