One of America’s strongest imperial stouts Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, will be a bit different when it rolls around again in 2017. This July you’ll be sipping Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout.
November, as the weather is getting colder, Dogfish Head unleashes World Wide, an imperial stout that usually ranges from 15% to 20% alcohol by volume. The beast has been making a seasonal appearance (almost every year) since 1999. From an off-centered bunch like Dogfish Head, perhaps a change is in order.
Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout was planned for August, but the brewery has officially announced a July 21st release date. The dark and roasty sipping beer has been aged in 10,000 gallon oak tanks with vanilla beans.
“At Dogfish, our raison d’être is to expand the boundaries of the typical beer experience by creating innovative beers made from fresh ingredients, so we decided to take a new spin on our popular stout by adding tons of whole Madagascar vanilla beans to the recipe. The addition of the beans enhances the coffee and chocolatey notes in the beer which we think our fans will enjoy.” – Sam Calagione, founder & CEO
Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout debuts in 12-ounce bottles on July 21st. Important to note, due to its high alcohol by volume, not every state in the brewery’s distribution territory will receive this new release.
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Orpheus The 12th Labor initially joined the Atlanta, Georgia brewery’s bottle lineup in the fall of 2015. It followed the brewery’s first first bottle, Wandering Blues (blueberry sour) that same month.
Orpheus The 12th Labor is an imperial stout fermented with Abbey yeast, aged in Woodford Reserve, and Woodford Double Oak Bourbon barrels. (As long as the same barrels were used for this upcoming release.
This is a big, big stout. The charred molasses, dark chocolate and smoke, plus a big, in-your-face bourbon barrel flavor. This imperial stout pours like motor oil and just begs for vanilla ice cream or creme brûlée as a side pairing. Hell, we love it with steak. Does drinking this in the heat not tempt you? Save it for the first chill of fall.
The 12th Labor is an overpowering 13% Imperial Stout with intensely layered flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, and dark fruit. You’ll be lulled to dreams of a distant past you can’t quite remember in a world teeming with noise and flesh. With each sip, The 12th Labor is a struggle at the edge of darkness.
Orpheus The 12th Labor will be available in 22 ounce bottles at the brewery on August 17th, 2017.
Latest Return: 8/17/17
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One of America’s well-known imperial stouts is getting a new treatment in the near future. Lovers of chai won’t want to miss Great Divide Chai Yeti.
“Yeti” is synonymous in the beer world with a big, highly rated imperial stout. Variants include Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Espresso Yeti, Oak Aged Yeti, and Oatmeal Yeti. Last fall, the brewery released Velvet Yeti, a nitrogen infused edition. Now, Yeti is spending some time with a few exotic spices.
Great Divide Chai Yeti is brewed with a plethora of chai related spices, including cinnamon, green cardamom, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla.
Our beloved Yeti is going back to its roots with this Himalayan-inspired variation. Traditional Chai spices of cinnamon, green cardamom, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla blend seemlessly with Yeti’s rich, roasted malt backbone for a spicy beast fit to tackle Everest.
Great Divide Chai Yeti is slated for 22 ounce bottles and draft. Tentatively slated for an October release, according to the brewery’s annual calendar.
The 45th entry into the Avery’s Barrel-Aged Series isn’t a sour this round, but a huge imperial peanut butter stout.
Avery has actually been working on a peanut butter beer stout for years, but struggled with the peanut flavor. When you add peanuts to beer, the oil kills the bubbles. (Plus peanuts can get a little oily.) In the past, the beers fell a little short on flavor, so they’ve never gone public. That was until Travis Rupp. Avery’s Research and Development Manager joined the process.
Rupp is a professor at the University of Colorado and graces the bottle’s label. He found the same setback while brewing with peanuts as a homebrewer. In order to get it right, Rupp used refined peanut flour for a burst of nutty flavor, then aged in bourbon barrels.
It’s hard to. ignore the 15.2% on the label, or the peanut butter mention. Rupp and his team have really pulled off a great peanut butter based beer. The imperial stout is creamy smooth with hints of chocolate. The peanut flavor really starts to pop as the beer warms. In the end, this is like a boozy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Avery Nuttiest Professor is available in limited quantities nationally in 12 ounce bottles.
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Asheville, North Carolina’s Burial Beer and Miami’s J. Wakefield are teaming up on a new dessert beer. Meet The Cosmic and Divine.
Think of the “Turtle” candy when approaching this beer. The brand was developed by the DeMet’s Candy Company in 1918. Filled with caramel and pecans and dipped in chocolate, the finished product looks a bit like a turtle.
This beer might not look like a turtle, but it certainly incorporates similar flavors. The base is an imperial stout that has been fermented with lactose for added creaminess, plus salted caramel, chocolate, and toasted pecans.
Upon the backs of behemoths, we hatch the most worthy of ideas. Made with our dear friends at J. Wakefield Brewing, this Imperial Stout was fermented with lactose and salted caramel from Asheville’s Postre Caramels, and then aged with chocolate and toasted pecans.
Burial The Cosmic and Divine will be available in 12 ounce cans when the brewery opens on July 12th. Distribution will be limited.
Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2017 has returned to shelves this month. This year marks the fifth release of this geek collaborative.
In 2013, Greg Koch of Stone Brewing teamed up with Will Wheaton (aka Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: Next Gen) and Fark.com founder Drew Curtis. The collective created Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, an imperial stout with pecans and rye malt that was partially barrel aged.
2014 brought w00tstout 2.0, and a new actress into the collaboration, Aisha Tyler.
The imperial stout finish is softened by the wheat presence, and nuanced by pecan and bourbon soaked oak. A fun break from the lighter beers of summer. Yes, you could cellar it, but keep in mind, it’s quite good fresh.
This barrel-aged palate-saver has been a favorite among our fans—and us—since its inception in 2013. Pecans, wheat, flaked rye and bourbon-soaked wood provide this whopping, complex superhero version of an imperial stout with a profound complexity that makes it ideal for cellaring—if you can wait that long. Now, we can’t say this beer bestows superpowers, exactly, but your taste buds may just be fooled into believing as much.
Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2017 is a 22oz bottle and draft offering.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Pecans, Rye, Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft
Distribution: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
Arrival: July, 2017
13% ABV, 65 IBUs
Jester King Cherry Funk Metal debuts July 7th.
Earlier this year when the Austin, Texas based brewery was blending Funk Metal (a sour barrel-aged stout), they split off a portion of the blend. That blend was re-fermented with Balaton cherries.
Jester King Cherry Funk Metal will be available in 750 milliliter bottles, available starting a 4 pm on release day. $22 dollars each.
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