Orpheus Abandon All Hope, a barrel-aged imperial stout with vanilla beans, debuts on February 22nd.
This release is actually the fourth iteration of this stout. The road to the final release has been paved with various blends of the Atlanta brewery’s imperial stout stock, with other beers like The Ferryman, or YE Who Enter Here.
The most popular blend, and imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans, has been chosen for Abandon All Hope. The beer has been aging in a blend of bourbon barrels for 12 months, with twice the amount of vanilla as previous blends.
This beer is huge. Honestly huge is an understatement. The imperial stout is downright chewy, smells of charred oak, vanilla and molasses, drinks like dessert, and laces so well it looks like the glass will never come clean.
Abandon All Hope is an overwhelming bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Rich notes of chocolate and oak on a pillowy blanket of vanilla come from a year spent in Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Heaven Hill 10 year, and Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select barrels and aging on fresh vanilla beans.
Orpheus Abandon All Hope is available in 22 ounce bottles and draft. Extremely limited.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans, Dark Candi Syrup. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Chocolate, Beechwood Smoked Malt, Special B, Roasted Barley, Black Patent, Honey Malt
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release
Shipping nationally this month is new The Bruery The Order, a Belgian-style ale.
Taking a page from monastic breweries, The Bruery The Order is a Belgian-style abbey ale, brewed with dates and coriander spicing.
Monastic breweries wrote the book on complex ales that weave notes of dark fruits, spices, caramelized character and warmth into each sip. The Order summons that tradition and adds local inspiration. Our darkening, Belgian-inspired abbey ale features dark-fruited character from dates, Belgian-style sugars and subtle spicing from coriander, which compliments the Belgian yeast esters.
The Bruery The Order releases to the brewery’s Society members this week, publicly on January 17th.
Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NV, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI
Westbrook 6th Anniversary Hazelnut Chocolate Imperial Stout is on the way. Another for the dessert beer category.
This release is pretty straight forward. The Mount Pleasant, South Carolina based brewery created an imperial stout brewed with hazelnuts, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and candi sugar. (We are assuming the candi sugar is just to boost the alcohol by volume.) Your dessert beer is served.
Birthdays beer is how famed Mexican Cake got its start. Brewed to celebrate a big milestone, only to become an annual release. (Now with barrel-aged variants.) Last year’s edition, 5th Anniversary Chocolate Raspberry Imperial Stout is a 10.5% alcohol by volume imperial stout featured raspberries, vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.
Our 6th Anniversary beer is a rich and chocolatey imperial stout matured on cocoa nibs, roasted hazelnuts and vanilla beans.
Westbrook 6th Anniversary Hazelnut Chocolate Imperial Stout will be a 22 ounce bottle release.
Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad, aka “BBQ” has been a part of the brewery’s Smokestack Series for years. The Kansas City based brewery ages a quadrupel in bourbon barrels with cherries for the release.
Starting in September, this popular Smokestack member is switching over to 12 ounce bottles, and becoming a year-round release.
Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.
The brewery has instituted this new format change for one of the brewery’s most loved beers. You’ll find “BBQ” in 12 ounce bottles, a part of a 4-pack, year-round going forward.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: September, 2016
11% ABV, 19 IBUs
Image: Boulevard Brewing
Jester King Fantome Del Rey, the Texas edition and follow up to the 2014 Fantome collaboration releases today.
The Texas edition of Jester King Fantome Del Rey is a blend of old and young barrel aged beer. (AKA Bière de Courage.) The older piece of this blend is the 2014 edition from 2014, brewed with barley, dark candi syrup, coriander, and black peppercorns. That beer was fermented in stainless steel with truffle honey before headed to oak barrels.
Sadly, thanks to restrictive beer laws in Jester’s home state, the beer couldn’t be released there.
In 2015, Jester King brewed the young edition of the collaboration, and blended it with the old.
Jester King Fantome Del Rey (Texas Edition) will be available by the glass, and to-go in 750 milliliter bottles when the tap room opens on May 6th, 2016.
8.8% ABV, 19 IBUs
Left Hand Wicked JuJu is now available. Think of the brewery’s Good JuJu with a dark side.
The JuJu line is best known for Good JuJu, a wheat beer brewed with fresh ginger. As for Left Hand Wicked JuJu, imagine an imperial edition of the tried and true favorite, brewed with darker malt, and candi sugar.
Good JuJu’s Voodoo goes darque. Consecrated in observance of the light and darkness in all creatures, fresh juiced ginger and dark roasted malt are brewed together to pour black with slight ginger heat giving way to to chocolate malt sweetness. Invoke the good spirits and give reverence to the wicked with each divine drop.
The gingery series looks like this: Good JuJu led to Great JuJu (an imperial edition of the original). Now, Left Hand Wicked JuJu a roastier edition is a 22 ounce bottle release.
Heavy Seas Plank IV is the fourth offering to join the brewery’s unique “Plank Project” Series.
Heavy Seas started the Plank Project back in 2011. The project’s concept is to push the boundaries of what wood will do to the base beer’s flavor. The wood’s flavor has been altered/manipulated with heat for a more unique flavor transfer.
To create Heavy Seas Plank IV, the brewery aged a Belgian-style strong ale on four different wood styles that have been kilned, almost to the point of charring, including Poplar, Cherry, Jamaican allspice, Cuban cedar.
A deep garnet hued brew with rich caramel malt flavors dominate the nose and pallet. Fruity esters of plum, raisin, and dates abound,” says Christopher Leonard, Heavy Seas Brewmaster and Operations Manager.
Heavy Seas Plank IV is available in 22 ounce bottles in March and April in all 18 states the brewery currently distributes.
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Release: March, 2016
11.25% ABV, 22 IBUs