The Bruery White Chocolate, a decadent bourbon barreled beer brewed with vanilla beans, will be distributed for the first time in 2017.
The name might scream imperial stout, however the base beer is actually a wheat wine, aged 100% in bourbon barrels for a year with vanilla beans and cacao nibs. The Bruery affectionately refers to this beer as “white oak sap,” as it 100% bourbon barrel-aged and is the wheat wine component of now retired White Oak ale.
After nearly a year in used bourbon barrels, the beer comes out rich in coconut, honey, caramel and vanilla. To compliment the already rich flavors of this beer, we’ve added cacao nibs and fresh vanilla beans to give this beer the delicate flavor of white chocolate…hence the name.
Earlier we reported that the alcohol by volume of this beer was 16.6% (as stated on the brewery’s website.) The future release of this beer will be 13.8%, allowing most states to sell it.
The Bruery White Chocolate will be available in 750 milliliter bottles.
Style: Wheatwine (w/ Vanilla Beans, Cacao Nibs, Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 750ml bottles
Current Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NV, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI
Latest Return: Mid-2017
Image: Beer Street Journal
Ed Note: Corrected mention of “White Oak Sap” as it has never been released publicly. ABV was also updated.
Expect this one to pour like motor oil. Meet Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout.
Just as the can says, this imperial stout is brewed with fresh vanilla beans, dark chocolate from local French Broad Chocolates, and Organic Dynamite Roasting Company coffee beans. The sum of the parts means one big decadent way to start off the new year.
…coffee accentuates the cocoa and adds slight roast to balance out the vanilla in this dessert beer.
Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout will be available in 16 ounce cans starting January 6th.
Kicking off 2017 in smooth fashion – Modern Times Nitro Black House with Coffee, Coconut, & Cocoa.
The base beer is Black House, the brewery’s year-round oatmeal coffee stout, brewed with Ethiopian Hambela and Sumatran coffee. This special January 2017 release is not only nice and creamy thanks to the nitrogen, but also features coconut and cocoa.
This beer turned out absolutely outstanding, with a decadent mélange of chocolaty, coffee-laden radness laced with delicious notes of coconut, all wrapped up in a package so smooth and velvety, you’ll say, “Damn…that is extremely smooth and velvety.
Modern Times Nitro Black House with Coffee, Coconut, & Cocoa will be available across the brewery’s entire distribution area in early January.
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: January, 2017
Terrapin Chubby Bunny is the both the 4th release in the brewery’s employee brew-off series, and the 29th Side Project Release.
A few years ago, the Athens, Georgia based brewery decided to put their employees to the [brewing] test. Internally, members of the Terrapin Tribe split up and got fermentationally weird. At the staff end of year party, each team presents their recipe, proposed name (which half the time has to be changed to make the government happy), and a skit relative to the beer. Trust us, it gets pretty hilarious.
This year’s winning recipe is an imperial s’more milk stout, aka Terrapin Chubby Bunny. Inspired by the fireside favorite, Chubby features local Condor Chocolates, graham cracker, and marshmallows.
Chubby Bunny is our 4th installment of our employee home-brew competition. This Imperial milk stout breaks all the rules by combining flavors of graham cracker, toasted marshmallow and dark chocolate. This mouthful of a stout will challenge any beer lover to say “Chubby Bunny”
Terrapin Chubby Bunny will be a 22 ounce bottle release in 2017.
The winning Terrapin employee team: Tim Fennimore, Kim Fraher, Stephan Fraher, Kelly Guglietta, Geoff Hammond, Bear Jordan, and Marth Sproull
Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break. Meet the mashup of two highly sought after beers that is sure to instill panic in the beer geeks. Let the sweating commence.
Evil Twin, who is building a brewery on their own in New York, has been contract brewing for years at Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina – the birthplace of Westbrook’s Mexican Cake. “Cake” started out as a way to mark the brewery’s anniversary. Morgan and Edward Westbrook brewed an imperial stout with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. Since then, the beer has become a hot commodity, selling in the secondary market for hundreds of dollars. Don’t even ask how much beer traders are asking for barrel-aged variants.
Then there’s Evil Twin Biscotti Break. As the name suggests, this imperial stout mimics the coffee shop dessert, brewed with vanilla and almond, and coffee.
Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break slams together the best of both those beers. An imperial stout brewed with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla and habanero peppers. Both beers are awesome treats.
The result? An even bigger beer. Two dessert beers meeting in one glass could be overwhelming. Not in this case. As the beer warms, cinnamon chocolate and vanilla start to pop. Subtle elements of the two beer threads are far from a challenge to find in each sip. The only thing subtle here are the peppers. Two epic beers in one bottle. We thought only shampoo and conditioner could pull that off.
Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break is a 22 ounce limited release.
Creature Comforts Koko Buni, the brewery’s coveted milk porter, returns to cans later this month.
One of the first seasonals by the Athens, Georgia based brewery, Creature Comforts Koko Buni is a milk porter, aged on toasted coconut and cocoa nibs Condor Chocolates and coffee from nearby 1000 Faces. This late fall seasonal has been overwhelmingly popular since its debut a few years ago. We’ve seen seen fistfights over Koko cans at retailers.
“We decided not to be traditional with the beer and add some ingredients that play well with the already roasty and chocolatey flavors of darker beers.” -Co-Founder and Head Brewer David Stein.
Coffee lovers will find a home here. The 2016 Koko Buni starts heavy on the 1000 Faces coffee, and turns chocolatey mid-sip, finishing with a wisp of coconut. (Perhaps a bit less coconut compared to past releases.)
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the brewery’s Get Comfortable Campaign to end hunger and homelessness. Creature Comforts Koko Buni will be a seasonal draft and 12 ounce can offering.
Koko means coconut in Papiamento, a common language in parts of the Carribean, while Buni means coffee in Swahili, a common language in southeastern Africa.
Heavy Seas Siren Noire is ready to make its annual return to the Baltimore, Maryland brewery’s lineup.
Without a doubt, Heavy Seas Siren Noire is the decadent beer in the brewery’s lineup. The base beer is an imperial stout brewed with three pounds of Belgian cocoa nibs per barrel, then aged for 5 weeks in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.
The result? Dessert beer. Siren Noire is creamy and chocolatey, that finishes with vanilla bourbon flavors. Addictive.
While Heavy Seas Siren Noire is officially slated for a seasonal return in January, typically 22 ounce bottles start appearing on shelves in late December.r
9. 5% ABV
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