Stoutella | Knee Deep Brewing Company

Stoutella is Knee Deep Brewing Company’s (Auburn, CA) chocolate hazelnut milk stout.  The beer pours with a dark brown coloration and a fairly small head that dissipates fairly quickly. The presence of the hazelnuts in Stoutella calms down the tendency of milk stouts to be on the sweeter side of things through the presence of a fair amount of bitterness. There is a diverse set of flavors that are presented throughout one’s experience with a can or bottle of Stoutella.

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Gran Sport Porter (COOP Ale Works)

It’s al;ways exciting to get something for review from a brewery that is new to you. It’s doubly exciting when they are fairly close to you (the brewery is located in Oklahoma City). COOP Ale Works’ Gran Sport Porter pours with a dark, rich brown coloration and a small amount of off-white head. The beer’s initial nose is a bit nutty, with bits of toasted male poking through. The full mouthfeel of one’s initial sip of Gran Sport further amplifies these notes, while adding more nuanced flavors including brown sugar and a bit of hop bitterness to the mix. This brew is able to stave off the winter chill as well as pair nicely with a wide variety of strongly-flavored fare.  Continue reading “Gran Sport Porter (COOP Ale Works)”

Call to Arms Brewing Company Introduces Majestic Wolf Lamp

Call to Arms Brewing Company will tap and release Majestic Wolf Lamp, an oak-aged blended Belgian sour with blackcurrants on Thursday, February 1st starting at 3:00 p.m. in their taproom (4526 Tennyson St, Denver, Colorado 80212). This is the brewery’s most exciting barrel-aged beer to date.
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PCT Porter (Crux Fermentation)

Crux Fermentation’s PCT Porter pours with a dark brown coloration and a small amount of tannish head. There is a bit of toasted malt that is present in the initial bouquet. Crux has amped up the bitterness of the traditional porter style, avoiding much of the cloying sweetness that is present with traditional efforts in the style. The strong coffee and nut elements that permeate PCT Porter make for a very refreshing experience. Continue reading “PCT Porter (Crux Fermentation)”

Callisto (Blackcurrant Tripel)

While I feel it is a bit contentious, we’ve not had much luck in the past with fruited tripels. When we used to go to Pittsburgh fairly regularly, a local brewery had an effort in that vein that was pretty well thought-of, and I felt that it was incredibly middle of the road. That was particularly sad because a good tripel is one of those brews that I can get behind. Ecliptic (we reviewed their Orange Giant Barleywine a few years back) released a blackcurrant tripel that is able that have a bountiful fruit taste while still hitting all of the marks of what comprises a good tripel. Continue reading “Callisto (Blackcurrant Tripel)”

2017 Canadian Breakfast Stout (Founders)

The last time that Canadian Breakfast Stout (aka CBS) was released, masses of beer traders hoarded the bottle so by the time that Founders announced that the brew was coming back, bottles were selling for hundreds of dollars. This time around, Founders has announced that this imperial stout will be made available throughout the entirety of its’ distribution footprint. As a result, a much larger set of craft beer aficionados will be able to check out this much-touted effort. Continue reading “2017 Canadian Breakfast Stout (Founders)”

John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale (Mad River Brewing)

In August, we moved down to Arkansas where it remained warm through November. It is only finally now starting to be a bit on the cold side, so we were quite happy when a box containing a pair of Mad River’s annual barleyines – John Barleycorn – dropped down at our house. This California-crafted barleywine is incredibly deep, immediately starting out a bit on the sweeter side before hints of molasses, vanilla, cinnamon, and whiskey begin to peek through. The spontaneity of John Barleycorn continues as the effort continues to open up. It is the high ABV that allows the more nuanced elements to come out rather than breaking down into a singularly sweet or alcohol-forward offering, ensuring that one that cracks a 12 ounce bottle will be as involved in the beer with their last pull as it was when they first opened it. Continue reading “John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale (Mad River Brewing)”

The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel makes a Nashville stay memorable

Throughout all of our journeys on the east of the Mississippi, we can honestly say that we were never lucky enough to visit Nashville, Tennessee. The Loews Vanderbilt invited us in for a stay before Christmas, and we were astonished at the level of service and amenities that the property and its employees provided. The hotel offers a number of distinct suites as well of rooms which all include free WiFi and flat screen TVs, coupled with modern design and one of the comfiest beds that we have experienced while out on the road. Heck, even the elevators were able to ferry us up multiple stories in an expeditious fashion well beyond what we’ve typically experienced in our travels for NeuFutur. Continue reading “The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel makes a Nashville stay memorable”

Headless Gentleman (Imperial Bourbon Pumpkin porter)

Strange Land Brewery (Austin, TX) was nice enough to send over a sample bottle of The Headless Gentleman, a bourbon barrel aged-pumpkin porter. The beer pours with a dark brown, almost blackish coloration and virtually nothing in the way of a head of which to speak. There is a hint of sharp, oaked bourbon to the nose of this beer after it is poured, but the initial nose is a bit understated. It is when one is able to take their first sip of Headless Gentleman where they will be able to glean a bit of the depth that is present here. Continue reading “Headless Gentleman (Imperial Bourbon Pumpkin porter)”

Stopping by Platypus Brewing (Houston, TX)

We were lucky enough to be invited in for a tasting at Houston’s Platypus Brewing, where I had a few moments to speak with Kerry Embertson, the head brewer and Sean, the owner.  While there, we were treated to a number of their year-round and seasonal offerings.
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