Imperial Stout (Lost Coast)

The tendency throughout craft brewers in the United States has been to move to incredibly sweet, “bakery”-style imperial stouts. To experience a stout that has a sharp, bitter element to it is much less common than its used to be. We were lucky enough to receive a bottle of Lost Coast’s Imperial Stout a few weeks back and had a moment to crack it.

The beer pours with a dark brown coloration and only the smallest amount of tannish head. Lost Coast’s Imperial Stout has an initial nose that yields hints of coffee, chocolate, and roasted nuts. When one is able to take their first sip of the brew, they will be introduced to a goodly amount of dark fruits, toasted male, and enough of the way of bitterness contributed by the hops to refresh one’s palette afterwards. With the bomber (22 ounce) we received, we were astonished at how consist this Imperial Stout stayed. Each element remained in focus throughout the beer rather than shifting into a more muddied format. Furthermore, Lost Coast’s Imperial Stout started to gain a bit of an additional chorus of flavors along the way. Along with rich cacao and brown sugar elements, bits of caramel and even a smaller amount of acidity peeked their way through before this bottle was finished. This imperial stout would be matched well with rich-flavored cuisine (e.g. Indian, Thai) or alongside assertive cheeses or salty fare. Lost Coast shows that they can go back to a traditional style and make things tremendously interesting and tasty.

For additional information concerning the brewery, their year-round and seasonal brews, or anything in the way of  new product announcements, give their main domain and social media profiles a spin. We covered Lost Coast’s double IPA, Fogcutter, late in 2017.

Rating: 9.0/10

Imperial Stout Reserve / 10% ABV /


Blonde Porter (Perrin Brewing)

We were fortunate enough to receive a trio of cans from Michigan’s Perrin Brwing a few weeks back. One of their brews – their N.E.-inspired IPA, Peach Bellini, will be covered shortly. This time out, we had a chance to crack in to their draft-only Blonde Porter. The brew pours with a small amount of head and a yellow to gold coloration. This porter’s initial nose is sweet up front with a bit of grain and malt following shortly after. One’s first sip of Perrin’s Blonde Porter will yield hints of dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, and mocha. Hints of bread and wheat come out after with just a hint of bitter elements to refresh one’s palette as they move on to subsequent sips of the stuff. Continue reading “Blonde Porter (Perrin Brewing)”

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)”