Westbrook 5th Anniversary Chocolate Raspberry Imperial Stout has just sporadically hit shelves across the brewery’s distribution network.
One thing is for sure, the brewery love their birthday releases. That’s where Westbrook Mexican Cake got its start. Westbrook 5th Anniversary Chocolate Raspberry Imperial Stout is a 10.5% alcohol by volume imperial stout, brewed with raspberries, vanilla beans and coco nibs.
We’re talking boozy dessert here.
A couple of tasting notes to throw at you. After drinking this one last night, a few of the Beer Street Journal readers mentioned waiting/cellaring before trying this beer. Essentially hoping an aspect of the beer (like the raspberries) would fade a bit from the flavor…. At this point, you don’t really want this beer do you? The beer you have in your fridge right now is exactly as the brewery intended it. So… drink in the boozy bit of berry laden deliciousness in front of you. Don’t wait.
Westbrook 5th Anniversary Chocolate Raspberry Imperial Stout is available now in limited quantities in 22 ounce bottles.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans, Raspberries, Cocoa Nibs.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Limited.
Release: Late-January, 2016
Wicked Weed Oaxacan, an amber sour ale, has been released. The beer joins the brewery’s ongoing Canvas Series.
The creation of Wicked Weed Oaxacan starts as lighter bodied amber, soured using the brewery’s house mixed culture, then aged in organic Blue Agave Tequila barrels with grapefruit and lime zest.
Once the beer was ready, it was blended again with additional grapefruit.
Distribution of Wicked Weed Oaxacan started this week across the brewery’s territory. Available in 500 milliliter bottles.
Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin has been released by the San Diego, California based brewery.
Sculpin IPA, the brewery’s leading IPA, has two other bottled siblings – Grapefruit Sculpin, and Habanero Sculpin.
Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin combines the aggressive but balanced IPA with the tropical twist of pineapple. If it is anywhere near as addictive as the Grapefruit edition, warn your liver now.
Our Sculpin IPA is a great example of what got us into brewing in the first place. After years of experimenting, we knew hopping an ale at five separate stages would produce something special. The result ended up being this gold-medal winning IPA, whose inspired use of hops creates hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon flavors, but still packs a bit of a sting, just like a Sculpin fish.
Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin IPA is a draft, and 12 ounce bottle as of now. 12 ounce cans coming in early 2016.
Wicked Weed French Toast Imperial Stout is already on tap that the brewery in Asheville, North Carolina.
These are the first cans ever released by the brewery, and there won’t be many (At least this time around.) Wicked Weed French Toast Imperial Stout is brewed with cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla beans.
This batch was brewed on the small system at the original brewpub. Only a palette and a half will be available. 4 packs of cans are $15 dollars, limited of one case per person.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai hits shelves at the end of January. Part of the Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai is an imperial stout (like the year-round base edition) aged in bourbon barrels for three months, with vanilla chai spice.
The brewery will start shipping this beer by the end of the month, in 12 ounce bottles. Different editions of Dragon’s Milk Reserve will release throughout the year.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal release
Launch: Late January, 2016
11% ABV, 31 IBUs
Hi-Wire Death Defying Spring Ale has joined the brewery’s seasonal lineup, replacing Contortionist Black IPA.
Hi-Wire Death Defying Spring Ale is a Belgian-style ale, brewed with Czech Saaz and Styrian Golding hops.
“The main goal of this beer,” stated Luke Holgate, Hi–Wire Brewing’s Head Brewer, “was to match the yeast profile to the hop profile. And I believe we really accomplished that with this beer.”
Instead of bringing out another dark beer for warmer temperatures, the brewery decided spring should bring something fresh. Hi-Wire Death Defying Spring Ale is hitting shelves now in 12 ounce bottles and draft until March, 2016.
Style: Belgian-style Pale Ale
Hops: Czech Saaz, Styrian Golding
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Jan-March
Release: Mid-January, 2016
MadTree Rubus Cacao will be available in cans for the first time this week. The beer first appeared on draft in early 2014.
MadTree Rubus Cacao is sweet chocolate stout, featuring cacao nibs from Cincinnati’s bean-to-bar chocolatier, Maverick Chocolate. The beer finishes with a touch of tart raspberry.
“It was important to us to work with a local partner to find the cacao nibs and that led us to Paul and Marlene at Maverick Chocolate,” said Jeff Hunt, MadTree Brewing co-founder. “Maverick was on-board immediately and very excited to help us find the right chocolate to achieve the flavor profile we wanted for the large-scale release of Rubus Cacao.”
MadTree Rubus Cacao will be available in 12 ounce cans starting at 12 noon on January 7th. Attendees can try Maverick Chocolate offerings.
Beer Street Journal Tasting Notes: Some beers with raspberry can be overwhelming. I.E. Raspberry beer with a touch of stout. Madtree’s rendition is dessert. Hints of raspberry, balanced well with chocolate. 12 ounces doesn’t last long.