Topic Archives: Imperial Stout

Posted in New Releases, Scofflaw Brewing Co.

Scofflaw Barrel-Aged Absentium debuts on tour today

Scofflaw Barrel-Aged Absentium

Scofflaw Barrel-Aged Absentium debuts to today at the brewery in Atlanta, Georgia.

It’s summer-like day in Atlanta, Georgia and fans are lined up for Barrel-Aged Absentium, the brewery’s first bottle release.

The beer is a big imperial stout that has been aging in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels since the brewery opened in 2016. According to Rhett McLemore, a Beer Street Journal contributor –

It’s fantastic. A little sweet but apparently nice and boozy. (it’s around 14% ABV)

Scofflaw Barrel-Aged Absentium is a 500 milliliter bottle release, at brewery only.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 500ml Bottles. Limited.
Debut: 1/14/17

13.9% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases

Love breakfast beer? Wicked Weed French Toast Imperial Stout bottles debut

Wicked Weed French Toast

Wicked Weed French Toast Imperial Stout has transitioned from a Pub Can release, to full bottle production. Originally the first can release by the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery.

Fans of having beer for breakfast will throughly enjoy this one. Wicked Weed French Toast Imperial Stout is brewed with cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla beans.

The scuttle of dried leaves blowing across the sidewalk; brisk, cool days filled with invigorating mountain air; the sweet, welcoming scent of French Toast cooking in our families’ kitchen: This is winter, and French Toast Imperial Stout is the perfect accompaniment to the season. This robust, dark stout is finely complimented by zesty cinnamon, smooth vanilla, and the comforting sweetness of only the best maple syrup. Cheers to the season!

Wicked Weed French Toast Imperial Stout is available in 16.9 ounce bottles in January, 2017.

Style: Imperial Stout (Cinnamon, Vanilla, Maple Syrup)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Latest Release: January, 2017

8.8% ABV

Wicked Weed French Toast cans

The original Wicked Weed French Toast Pub Can. PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Seasonal Return

Dessert Beer: Hardywood Raspberry Stout

Hardywood Raspberry Stout

Hardywood Raspberry Stout returns to the Richmond, Virginia based brewery’s lineup on January 7th.

The base imperial stout is brewed with ample amounts of cacao nibs, and chocolate malt (because, chocolate) and late season red raspberries from Hanover, Virginia based Agriberry Farm. We throw around the term “dessert beer” a lot at Beer Street Journal. With good reason, because they are damn good. Hardywood Raspberry Stout is all that an more.

Raspberry Stout captures the essence of a decadent raspberry truffle in liquid form. A beguiling ale, this stout’s enticing cocoa aromatics build to a flavorful crescendo of full bodied dark chocolate, subsiding with a pleasantly sweet, tart raspberry jam laced finish.

Hardywood Raspberry Stout us a 750 milliliter bottle release, available at the brewery on January 7th, 2017.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Raspberries.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: 1/7/17

9.2% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Holland Brewing

The 17% beast, New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Triple Mashed

New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve Triple Mashed

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Triple Mashed, by far the strongest Dragon’s Milk the Michigan brewery’s arsenal, is out of the barrel this month.

Hot water through one bed of grain just isn’t enough for this creature. New Holland performs three separate mashes (all of equal volume and composition) in order to achieve a high starting gravity. Very little lautering (process where the mash is separated into the clear liquid wort and residual grain) is done so as not to dilute the wort too much. After all you need all that fermentable sugar. During fermentation, New Holland adds a little extra sugar in order to hit 17% alcohol by volume. That’s a full 6% higher than the regular year-round Dragon’s Milk. Yeah, it’s big.

The fermented beer was then aged in New Holland Spirits whiskey barrels.

Intense malt character is paired with compelling whiskey character and the toasted notes of American white oak. Robust, yet balanced, an experience all its own.

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Triple Mashed is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft for limited time starting this week.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Lastest Return: Early January, 2017

17% ABV

Due to the high ABV of this beer, it is not legal to sell in every state in New Holland’s distribution.

Posted in Don't Miss This, Hi Wire Brewing, New Releases

Vanilla, chocolate & coffee make Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout

Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout

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.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Coffee)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 1/2/16

8% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Evil Twin Brewing, New Releases, Westbrook Brewing Co

Ultimately pretty epic. Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break bottle

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.

Style: Imperial Stout (Coffee, Cinnamon, Almonds, Cocoa Nibs, Habanero Peppers.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: Late November/December, 2016

10.5% ABV

Posted in Nantahala Brewing Company, Seasonal Return

Once a year Nantahala Brewing Judaculla returns

Nantahala Judaculla

Nantahala Brewing Judaculla, a barrel-aged Russian imperial stout, is available once again.

This once a year beer got its start in 2011. Nantahala Brewing Head Brewer Greg Geiger and Owner Joe Rowland created that combined the boldness of a big imperial stout, the vanilla notes of whiskey, and a local flavor that set it apart. The duo identified sorghum, which is produced in the Western North Carolina mountains, to add to the beer. Sorghum (used in root beer) adds molasses notes to Judaculla.

The imperial stout is brewed with sorghum, and then transferred to Jack Daniels barrels for four months. Finally, Judaculla is blend again with fresh, hoppy roasty stout.

“Judaculla took on a life of its own. It’s a complex beer that represents a style we love and offers a blend of flavors that are unique to the culture and history of our area.” – Co-owner Joe Rowland

Nantahala Brewing Judaculla is available in 22 ounce bottles in the taproom and limited distribution.

Style: Russian Imperial Stout (w/ SorghumBarrel Aged. Whiskey.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Limited.

Latest Return: 12/20/16

10% ABV