Topic Archives: Vanilla Beans

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

Drink this every 3,000 miles. 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.

This decadent imperial stout is brewed with fresh vanilla beans, dark chocolate from Asheville local French Broad Chocolates, and Organic Dynamite Roasting Company coffee beans. The sum of the parts means one big decadent way to drink your dessert.

The beer truly delivers on flavor. Coffee, chocolate and vanilla in a big stout is heaven to us, but what we can’t get over is the branding. Sure it would be easy to find some creature from Greek mythology, or an obscure Shakespearian phrase, combine with some comic book art, and launch the beer. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. In this case, when we say this beer pours like motor oil, we have a can that follows suit. This release is just the start of something new for Hi-Wire Brewing.

…coffee accentuates the cocoa and adds slight roast to balance out the vanilla in this dessert beer.

Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout became available in 16 ounce cans starting January 6th.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Coffee)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 1/6/16

8% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Flying Dog Brewing

Flying Dog Dark & Stormy Ale is the first the new “Sub Rosa” series

Flying Dog Dark & Stormy Ale

Flying Dog Dark & Stormy Ale has been selected as the first experimental release in what the Maryland brewer calls the “Sub Rosa” Series.

In Latin, Sub Rosa means “secret” or “secretly” which makes the small-batch, one-off series aptly named. Cocktail fiends have already probably guessed, Flying Dog Dark & Stormy Ale is based on the drink by the same name.

A traditional Dark and Stormy cocktail features ginger beer, bitters, and dark rum. This beer-cocktail hybrid was created by Kyle Bolte of Flying Dog, and features a touch of ginger spice to offset the vanilla, cinnamon and molasses added to the base beer. Bolte spent what had to be some pretty boring hours of his day tasting rums and ginger beers to find the exact flavors he wanted.

Pairs well with a semi-deserted island with Scarlett Johansson. – Flying Dog

Flying Dog Dark & Stormy Ale will be available in 16 ounce cans at the brewery only, on March 11th. Each release will be limited to 50 cases, thanks to the limitations the pilot system. A “Lactose IPA” is slated for April.

Style:           (w/ Ginger, Molasses, Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon.)
Availability: 16oz Cans. Limited Run
Debut: 3/11/17

7.4% ABV

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

The Bruery Chocolate Rain will soon be available to the general public for the first time

The Bruery Chocolate Rain bottle

The Bruery Chocolate Rain will be available for public purchase for the first time in March.

One of the holy mothers of dessert beer in America started with a single cask at the first Black Tuesday release in 2009. Demand was instant, and The Bruery Chocolate Rain was finally bottled in 2011. The only downside to this beer? Only available to The Bruery Reserve Society members.

This March, it will Chocolate Rain for all. The base imperial stout features TCHO cacao nibs, and fresh vanilla beans. To top it all off, it’s huge. 19.6% alcohol by volume huge.

Rich in chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon, it truly puts the “imperial” in imperial stout.

On March, 24th, here’s how you get it.

  1. Ship in California. Buying online from TheBrueryStore.com, and shipping throughout Cali. The first 500 orders get special TCHO Chocolate.
  2. Tasting Room purchase. First come, First Serve on March 24th.
  3. Society Members and Preservation Society members have their own climate controlled storage for all releases throughout the year.

Again, 2017 marks the first time The Bruery Chocolate Rain will be available for public purchase, outside of society memberships.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate, Vanilla Beans. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles. Limited.
Latest Return: 3/24/17

19.6% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases

A 14% vanilla bean sucker punch. Orpheus Abandon All Hope

Orpheus Abandon All Hope bottle

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.)
Hops: Apollo
Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Chocolate, Beechwood Smoked Malt, Special B, Roasted Barley, Black Patent, Honey Malt

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release
Debut: 2/22/17

13.9% ABV

 

Posted in Coming Soon, Dogfish Head, Headlines

August: Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout

Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout

One of America’s strongest imperial stouts Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, will be a bit different when it rolls around again in 2017. As summer winds down, you’ll be sipping on 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 will be available in August. The dark and roasty sipping beer will be aged in oak with vanilla beans.

We took our World Wide Stout and aged it in our giant oak tanks, alongside some Madagascar vanilla beans. Drooling? ‘Cause we are.

Expect bottles and draft of Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout to be available a little earlier in 2017, around August.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans. Oak Aged.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Aug-Nov.
Debut: August, 2017

15-20% ABV

Posted in AleSmith Brewing, Don't Miss This, New Releases

AleSmith Nibs & Beans Speedway Stout debuts

Alesmith Nibs & Beans Speedway Stout

Alesmith Nibs & Beans Speedway Stout, a chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee laden edition of the venerable imperial stout, is on sale now.

A few times throughout the year, Alesmith uses their nationally known imperial stout as a brewer’s playground. This round, Speedway Stout goes full-on dessert beer. The brewery has added vanilla beans, cacao nibs, and locally roasted coffee. What we’ve heard is that these variants are fantastic. Now is the chance to find out for yourself.

RELATED: AleSmith releases Speedway Stout in cans

Each quarter we stretch our creative muscles and brew a variation of our year-round imperial stout. This quarter’s variation, originally created for the popular 3 day Speedway Grand Prix event in our Tasting Room, features vanilla beans from Madagascar and Papua New Guinea, cacao nibs from Brazil and Madagascar, and locally roasted Colombian coffee from Swell Coffee Co. This beer balances the aromatic quality of the vanilla beans, the nuttiness of the cacao nibs, and the earthy fruity notes of the coffee with the roasty, chocolatey flavors of our imperial stout.

AleSmith Nibs & Beans Speedway Stout will be available in 750 milliliter bottles. The brewery is pre-selling this online now, $22 dollars per bottle.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans, Cacao Nibs, Coffee)
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: 2/18/17

12% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Monday Night Brewing, New Releases

Easily one of the brewery’s best. Monday Night Tears of My Enemies

Monday Night Tears of My Enemies bottle

Monday Night Tears of My Enemies debuts this month, part of the fanciest lineup in the Atlanta brewery’s arsenal – the Black Tie Series.

The Black Tie Series is home to beers like Mom Jeans, Georgian Imperial Stout, and the well-known Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt. The week of Valentine’s Day, it will be home to one more -Monday Night Tears of My Enemies.

RELATED: Monday Night’s New Sour Facility [PICS]

Does a scotch barrel milk stout do it for you? This “vindictive” milk stout picks up hints of smoke from the 18 year old scotch whisky barrels, and is finished with a touch of both vanilla and locally roasted Batdorf & Bronson coffee. Despite being a fantastic beer, it almost wasn’t even brewed.

Monday Night’s head brewer Peter Kiley saw a beautiful fusion of milk stout and the Macallan 18 year barrels the brewery recently acquired. A milk stout in coffee can be quite good. Throwing that beer into those sexy, hard-to-get scotch barrels? Fan-freaking-tastic. Unfortunately, Kiley found his vision didn’t have some of the powers that be salivating like he was. These barrels don’t show up at your doorstep everyday.

Perhaps even the best idea is met with a little resistance. Kiley pressed forward, and with good reason. Tears of My Enemies is an triumph for the budding brewer. Enemies starts with a burst of coffee and chocolate, and finishes silky, with smokey hints of the sexiness that is Maccallan 18. A bottle of that scotch will set you back nearly $250 dollars. Lucky for you, this creation is less than $20. If you ask us, it’s the best barrel-aged beer Monday Night has ever released. In the end, the name is pretty fitting for Kiley. Nothing worth doing is easy. You won’t find him gloating. You can taste it in ever sip.

There is nothing more sumptuous than the misfortune of your enemies. That dark, smoky taste of revenge takes over as it hits your lips, marching upon your tongue like an army towards certain victory…

Monday Night Tears of My Enemies will be a 22 ounce bottle release, the week of Valentine’s Day 2017. We suggest you track one of these down.

Style: Imperial Milk Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans, Coffee. Barrel Aged. Scotch Whisky.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: Week of Valentine’s Day 2017

9.3% ABV

Above: Monday Night’s head brewer Peter Kiley and his creation, Tears of My Enemies. Photo: Beer Street Journal