Brazos Valley Brewing’s (Brenham, Texas) milk stout Big Spoon is deceptively complex; the tendency for milk or sweet stouts to largely hit on one note and repeat that flavor ad nauseum over the course of the beer is great. Rather, as one continues to drink Big Spoon additional tastes play in the periphery. What is initially a sweet chocolate and lightly toasted malt affair changes when one starts to discern the vanilla, coffee, and cognac flavors in subsequent pulls.
No two sips of Big Spoon will be exactly the same, something that ensures that one will complete their glass with as much aplomb as they initially began it. Big Spoon has a medium body which may make it amenable for fans of porters and schwarzbier but the velvety aspects of Big Spoon are something that should be eagerly devoured by imbibers. The 6.0% ABV of Big Spoon provides just enough warmth to the effort; the different facets of the beer are balanced well in the creation of something eminently drinkable.
The beer continues to shift and change as it warms with greater bitter aspects owing to the decent amount of hops that have been included into the beer. Brazos Valley’s Big Spoon is the best milk stout that we have reviewed so far in February and while the month is still in play, we are sure that this designation as the best milk stout will continue through the first quarter of the year, if not longer. Big Spoon is available in 16 ounce cans and as a four pack. For more information about the entire run of Brazos Valley Brewing offerings go to the company’s website or social media profiles.
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The hefeweizen style is one that a number of breweries do but only a few of them do well. There are a bevy of examples of where the beer ends up just being a wheaty mess and it really takes skilled hands to come up with something special in the style. Oregon’s Full Sail Brewing has create a Hefeweizen in their current Session offering. Session Wheat is our go to beer when it comes to the style. Continue reading “Session Wheat (Full Sail Brewing)”
Blue Point Brewing Company’s (Long Island, NY)’s Winter Ale pours with a dark, rich brown coloration and a small amount of tannish head that disappears quickly. The initial nose of this Winter Ale is sweet, heavy with dark fruits, and with just enough grain and malt to invite imbibers in. The first pull that one will take from the Winter Ale links together brown sugar and a bit of bitterness from the hops, married together by an astringent bite from the 7.7% ABV of the brew. Continue reading “Winter Ale (Blue Point Brewing Company)”
Fordham Brewing’s Rosie Parks Oyster Stout is built upon oyster shells from the Chesapeake Bay, and it is a wonderfully complex brew that cuts down on the sweet side by inserting a little umami flavor into the mix. The stout pours with a dark brown to black coloration and a decent amount of tan head that rapidly dissipates. This Fordham effort possesses a nose that links together toasted malt and briny notes; the first sip is malt-heavy and immediately will greet imbibers with dark chocolate, lactose, and roasted elements. Continue reading “Rosie Parks Oyster Stout (Fordham)”
Snake River Brewing (Jackson, Wyoming) has created an eponymous Pale Ale which pours with a yellowish-orange coloration and a ton of beige head. Floral and hoppy sides are present in the initial nose on the beer, while the first sip that an individual takes will showcase perfume and rose elements. There is a good amount of grass and wheat notes that make their presence known at the beginning of a Snake River Pale Ale, creating something that is refreshing and is very consistent. Continue reading “Snake River Pale Ale (Snake River Brewing)”
Eddyline (Buena Vista, Colorado) is canning a number of their year-round beers; Jolly Roger, a black lager / schwartzbier is something that would be absolutely perfect during those nights where the temperature begins to drop. Jolly Roger pours intensely dark with only a small amount of brownish coloration at the periphery. There is a good amount of light-brown/tannish head that lays on top of the bottle, with a lacing that makes it way down a glass. The initial nose of a 16 ounce can of Jolly Roger links together grain, malt, wheat, and a little bit of sweetness into an alluring fragrance. Jolly Roger is a beer that reinvigorates what a lager can entail. Continue reading “Jolly Roger Black Lager (Eddyline)”
Toaster Pastry marks the previous life of 21st Amendment’s facilities; this effort is described by San Leandro’s 21st Amendment as an “India style red ale”. The beer’s name is a bit of a misnomer, but what ultimately results from Toaster Pastry is an eminently drinkable beer that takes the best points of the IPA and red styles and melds them together seamlessly. There is a good malt presence that imbues the effort with a solid amount of grain and bready flavor, while the hops utilized create a citrus and fruit-forward aspect that hides the considerable IBU (74) of Toaster Pastry. Hints of sweet and crisp keep individuals involved with the beer, while the brewery’s 19.2 ounce cans give imbibers considerably more than a pint. Toaster Pastry has a considerable backbone, making sure the delicate balance that is created between sweet/bitter and malt/hop is maintained from the initial opening of the can until the final sip is drank. Continue reading “Toaster Pastry (21st Amendment)”
The 3-Way IPA possesses a hazy orange color and a small amount of head that sits on the top of the beer as one continues their experience; the initial nose clues individuals into the heavy hop presence that marks all facets of this collaborative effort. The beer has a good amount of citrus flavors, mixing up equal amounts lemon, orange, and hints of apricot into the front-end while back-loading a serious hop wallop (the 3-Way ties together Meridian, Citra, Equinox, and Simcoe varieties). The hoppiness of this India pale ale continually refreshes an imbiber’s palette, meaning that each subsequent pull of 3-Way has the potential to move in countless directions. The slight sweetness that pokes out amongst the 3-Way IPA adds further depth to the effort, while later pulls allow for hints of malt and grain the ability to shine. Continue reading “Fort George 3-Way IPA (2015)”
Coronado’s Stupid Stout is one of the meatiest and most delectable stouts that we have reviewed in NeuFutur. The beers pours with an extremely dark brown (nearly black) color and a small amount of lacing that continues to creep its way down as one continues to work on the stout. Continue reading “Stupid Stout 2014 (Coronado Brewing Company)”
Summertime Wheat from Fort Worthy’s Rahr & Sons brewery is a hazy yellow beer that has a small amount of white head. This haze is due to Rahr & Sons’ decision to leave the brew unfiltered, which gives a different mouth feel and considerably denser flavor profile than filtered products. The beer has a nose not unlike that of a hefeweizen, with bits of citrus and clove that can be discerned. Rahr’s Summertime Wheat has a small amount of bitterness that is immediately evident before the more sugar and fruit sides shine. This seasonal is perfect for the warming months of the early summer, having more than enough in the way of twists and turns present that one will be able to stick with a sixer over the course of the night. Continue reading “Summertime Wheat (Rahr & Sons)”