Topic Archives: Imperial Stout

Posted in Coming Soon, The Unknown Brewing Co.

Rare coffee & expensive vanilla beans make Unknown Brewing Rarest Bean

Unknown Brewing Rarest Bean

Unknown Brewing Rarest Bean debuts on February 16th.

“Pastry Stouts’ are in high demand in the beer world. Today it’s Charlotte, North Carolina’s Unknown Brewing’s turn to release one, using two of the world’s rarest beans.

The first bean is the “Black Ivory Coffee” bean, one of the rarest coffees on Earth. The raw beans pass through the digestive tract of elephants and are very literally pooped out. (Similar to the Kopi Luwak coffee that passes through a civit.) Around 1000 pounds the coffee are produced a year, running over $100 dollars a bag.

Tongan vanilla beans are the second rare bean in Unknown Brewing Rarest Bean. Just one of the beans can run almost $20 dollars each.

Both rare beans have been added to a 12.5% alcohol by volume imperial stout and allowed to age. The result is a beer that should prove to be both rare and decadent.

Unknown Brewing Rarest Bean will be available in 16.9-ounce bottles in the brewery’s taproom on February 16th.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans. Coffee Beans.)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles. 100 Bottles Available.
Debut: 2/16/18

12.5% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Mother's Brewing Company

Mother’s Brewing Rum Barrel MILF debuts February 10th

Mother's Brewing Rum Barrel MILF

Mother’s Brewing Rum Barrel MILF debuts on February 10th. 

While the most well-known edition of Mother’s Brewing’s MILF is an imperial stout brewed with raisins & cocoa nibs and aged in a blend of spirits barrels, this edition narrows things down to just one barrel – rum.

RELATED: Mother’s Brewing Brandy Barrel-Aged MILF

Mother’s Brewing Rum Barrel MILF Imperial Stout will be available in 22-ounce bottles when the brewery opens on February 10th.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs. Raisins. Barrel Aged. Rum. )
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: 2/10/18

11% ABV

Posted in Heavy Seas, Seasonal Return

Heavy Seas Siren Noire is now 4-packs for the first time

Heavy Seas Siren Noire 4 Packs

Heavy Seas Siren Noire is set to return again in January, in a new format. 

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.

Read more: Uncharted Waters Series

The result? Dessert beer. Siren Noire is creamy and chocolatey, that finishes with vanilla bourbon flavors. Addictive, and one of our favorite releases in the brewery’s lineup.

When the Siren Noire returns in 2018, look for it (and all the Uncharted Waters) beers in new 12-ounce packaging. This move comes as many breweries are shifting their larger beers from 22-ounce bottles to a smaller format, such as 16-ounce cans and 16.9-ounce bottles.

Heavy Seas Siren Noire returns as a short-term seasonal in January 2018.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cacao NibsBarrel AgedBourbon)
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: January 2018

9.5% ABV

Image: Heavy Seas Beer

Posted in Dogfish Head, Headlines, New Releases

Aged on wood & year-round: Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew

Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew

Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew is now available year-round. 

In 2010, Dogfish Head released Bitches Brew, a new imperial stout created to honor the epic Miles Davis album by the same name, released in 1970. The album, deemed unconventional by many at the time, is considered the progenitor of the jazz-rock genre.

Much like the album’s composition, the imperial stout blends carefully selected components in its creation. The original release was created out of threads of an imperial stout, and imperial stout brewed with gesho root and honey.

Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew adds a new element – wood. The beer has been aged and blended in the giant oak tanks that Dogfish Head uses to age their Pale Santo release. This “deeper cut” is a fusion of three threads of imperial stout aged on oak, and one of the Tej, an African honey beer, aged in the 10,000 gallon Palo Santo tanks.

Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew is available this month in new 12-ounce/6-packs year-round.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Honey)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-Round
Release: January 2018

9% ABV

Posted in Seasonal Return, Three Taverns Brewery

Three Taverns Helm’s Deep, “the monster” returns

Three Taverns Helm's Deep

Three Taverns Helm’s Deep returns to the Decatur, Georgia brewery’s lineup again on December 17th.

This imperial stout was initially a long time coming. Ahead of the original release in 2016, the crew at Three Taverns has been aging this monster in various bourbon barrels, looking for the perfect oaky compliment.

The 2016 edition found a perfect pairing in 8 year old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Helm’s Deep is their “thickest and chewiest beer to date” according to brewery founder Brian Purcell. (Note: we believe this year’s edition is also aged in 8 year barrels.)

Long hidden in the deep shadows of eight-year-old bourbon barrels, this full-bodied imperial stout emerges thick as the blackest night. An intestinal dark malt complexity with notes of chocolate and vanilla leads to a labyrinth of flavors saturated in vanilla and oak.

750 milliliter bottles of Three Taverns Helm’s Deep will be available starting at 3 pm at the brewery, and has not sold out by close on Sunday evening.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited to 600 bottles.
Debut: 12/17/16
Latest Return: 12/17/17

13% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Don't Miss This, The Bruery

The Bruery PB & Jelly Thursday is coming to the Reserve Society in 2018

The Bruery PB & Jelly Thursday

The Bruery PB & Jelly Thursday will be available to the Reserve Society members in 2018.

The “Weekday” Series is home to Grey Monday, Black Tuesday, and Mocha Wednesday, each of variable rarity. Last year The Bruery’s Reserve Society was home to PB & Thursday, a variant of barrel-aged Black Tuesday brewed with peanut flour. Basically peanut butter Black Tuesday.

Next year, Reserve Society members can claim The Bruery PB & Jelly Thursday. This sandwich inspired spin on Black Tuesday is brewed with peanut flour, boysenberries, and salt. The end result has to be the most alcoholic peanut butter and jelly sandwich every made (in beer form) clocking in at 19.2% alcohol by volume.

It won’t stick to the roof of your mouth, but it will impart layers of peanut character and fruity sweetness to the bourbon notes of our revered, barrel-aged imperial stout.

The Bruery PB & Jelly Thursday will be available in 750-milliliter bottles only to those in the Reserve Society in 2018.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Peanut Flour. Boysenberries. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles.
Debut: 2018

19.2% ABV

Posted in Evil Twin Brewing, Headlines, New Releases, Westbrook Brewing Co

WHALE: Evil Twin Double Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break debuts

Evil Twin Double Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

Evil Twin Double Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, a double-barreled variant of the epic mash-up release, is now available in bottles. 

This beer is a mashup that started off the coast of South Carolina. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina’s Westbrook Brewing was also one of the U.S. homes to Evil Twin Brewing on a contract basis. Each of the two breweries have a very popular dessert-style beer offering. Evil Twin’s is Biscotti Break, an imperial stout with flavors mimicking the coffee shop dessert. Westbrook celebrated an anniversary a few years ago with Mexican Cake Imperial Stout. As it turns out, that beer was so popular the brewery has been releasing it annually ever since.

Ultimately pretty epic. Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

Since both beers were brewed in the same house by friends, last year Evil Twin and Westbrook combined the two together creating Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break. The best of both worlds in under one cap. Needless to say, your palate had a lot to sort out with each beautiful sip.

Popping up now is the epic mashup that has seen multiple barrels – Evil Twin Double Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break.

The imperial stout brewed with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla and habanero peppers has been resting in both bourbon and marsala wine barrels, resulting in an even more complex beer than before. It’s enough to make any barrel-aged beer fan sweat.

Evil Twin Double Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break will be available in 22-ounce bottles in very limited quantities. The first bottles surfaced around Halloween.

Joining this double barrel bottle of ridiculous is Evil Twin Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break. 

Happy Hunting.

Style: Imperial Stout (Coffee, Cinnamon, Almonds, Cocoa Nibs, Habanero Peppers. Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: Late October/November 2017

10.5% ABV