Did you guys say you wanted more stouts? Well sorry, that’s what season it is now so that’s what you’re getting!
We have a variant of a previously featured stout and then a few more Barrel-Aged and finished it off with a little coffee ale!
Read on for this weeks blog all about stouts.
In no particular order!
French Quarter Temptress Imperial Milk Stout
“You don't have to hitch a ride to N'awlins for some Crescent City flavor. Our friends at Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters age green, Fair-Trade Certified™ Peruvian Cajamarca coffee beans in recently emptied bourbon barrels for months, then roast them to perfection. We slowly infuse the beans into our beer with a touch of chicory. You'll taste rich coffee, a hint of spice, and Fat Tuesday.”
This is a variant of the original Lakewood Temptress that we featured on a previous blog. I usually like these limited release variants because they are usually produced in lower quantities and have some crazy good flavors. But this is one that I would say doesn’t stack up to the original. I really enjoy the regular Temptress and it had a high bar to pass so it isn’t surprising that I wasn’t over the top for this one that had vanilla and chicory added but you can still find me drinking on the original all over town!
Velvet Merkin Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oatmeal Stout
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
“Velvet Merkin is the beer that almost wasn’t…Indeed, this vintage oatmeal stout’s comical (or is it scandalous?) name went oﬀ the grid for several years, but now it’s back due to popular demand. Velvet Merkin is aged for a full year in retired spirits barrels from Heaven Hill, Woodford Reserve and others, yet manages to oﬀer mind-boggling balance and restraint. You will wig out when you taste Velvet Merkin’s rich milk chocolate, bourbon and espresso ﬂavors, preceded by aromas of vanilla, coconut, toasted oak and mocha.
I was very excited to try this one after loving Firestone Walker’s Mocha Merlin in a previous blog. Unfortunately, once again I was left wanting the previous stout and not the current one. This one I just never quite got all of the flavors that were supposed to be there. I definitely will not be passing up a 6 pack of Mocha Merlin the next time I see it though!
Barrel Aged Imperial Machinegun Stout
“When your head brewer is a former Marine Corps Infantry Machinegunner a beer this big and powerful was bound to happen. It is a balance of dark roasted malts with traditional English hops that pours very dark with a creamy tan head. At first you will taste the powerful hop presence, then roasted and chocolate malts, a slight alcohol sweetness, and finally a dry finish. Would pair well with any grilled red meat or pizza.” (Regular Machinegun Stout description)
Ruggedman Brewing is a local brewery that has barely been open a year now. I have a blog post coming up featuring them and their beers in more detail but for this one I was lucky enough to get one of their Barrel-Aged stouts from their 1 year anniversary. A solid BA that will no doubt have me back visiting them in the future for more!
Callipygian Barrel-Aged Stout
“Stout aged in Bourbon barrels with coffee, cocoa, cocoa nibs, and vanilla beans. 17.4% ALC/VOL. Bottled April 25, 2016. 1174 cases produced. She was twerking well before the word was in our vernacular. A true trailblazer. A mover and a shaker of monumental proportions. Our muse and inspiration for this full-bodied, bodacious, and well-rounded stout. You know we love big stouts and we cannot lie!”
I was very surprised to find a bottle of this locally to me 2 years after it was released! But then I quickly realized why it was probably still there. It’s not the best of what Avery has to offer. Maybe it was because it had been aging for 2 years or maybe it was just overly Vanilla heavy because that’s how it originally tasted but pretty much all I got out of this bottle was a full mouth of vanilla. I’ve read other reviews where the chocolate was over powering and I didn’t get that in my bottle so maybe it was just mine. Either way, Tweak is a better Avery BA stout to spend your money on!
Sunday Morning Coming Down Coffee Ale
Ranger Creek Brewing
“Sunday Morning Coming Down is brewed in the traditional British style with the addition of cold brewed coffee from San Antonio's Merit Roasting. This year's blend of cold brew gives the beer a bold coffee aroma with flavors of caramel, fig, and plum. Lactose sugar adds body and mouth-feel to the beer like a splash of cream to a cup of coffee. “
Ranger Creek is near me and their Barrel-Aged stout is actually well worth your time but that’s not what we are talking about today! Today we are checking out their new Coffee Ale. A nice cute can give way to another ale that doesn’t have much coffee flavor to add. Remember the Goose Island Coffee Ale was the same in that blog. I’m not sure if I’m expecting more coffee in these ales or what but neither of them have tasted much more than a brown ale to me.
That’s all for this weeks variety of beer be sure to check in each week for the newest Beer Run!