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.
Heavy Seas Partner Ships Imperial Brown Ale, the fourth in the brewery’s Partner Ships Series, has officially debuted.
Thus far there have been three collaborative releases. The first – a red IPA brewed with Maine Beer Company. That ode to hops was followed up by a collaboration with Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Troegs Brewing, and most recently, a rye witbier brewed with Terrapin.
The fourth release is brewed with one of California’s most well-known breweries, Stone. Brew day was back in October for this imperial brown IPA brewed with blackstrap molasses.
Brewed with Blackstrap Molasses in the kettle, chewy malt character supports layers of American hop mayhem (we are playing with Stone after all) – a burly, palate obliterating Imperial Brown IPA!
Heavy Seas Partner Ships Imperial Brown IPA will be available in 22 ounce bottles. Estimated release – November, 2016.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: November, 2016
Allagash Ghoulschip, a spontaneously fermented pumpkin beer, will be on sale again this weekend at the brewery in Portland, Maine.
Interesting thing to note about these bottles – they are from the 2015 batch. The 2016 edition just isn’t ready yet. Such is the downside of the fermentation and perfection of wild beer.
Allagash Ghoulschip is probably one of the most fun spontaneous beers the brewery has set out to create. The brew team gets to put fresh pumpkins in a woodchipper in order to check the chunks needed for the beer. Face it, Halloween demands pumpkins. The hot wort is sent to chill in the coolship over night, on Halloween night, where the spontaneous fermentation begins as the dead walk the earth again.
All in all, Allagash Ghoulschip is a blend of 1,2, and 3 year beer, brewed with pumpkin, toasted pumpkin seeds, and a touch of molasses. The cellared edition will be available in the taproom in 12.7 ounce bottles.
Deschutes Cognac Barrel Aged The Abyss is looking like a December, 2015 release.
This year marks the 10th bottling of Deschutes The Abyss. To celebrate this milestone, the brewers have created three editions of the popular imperial stout – the regular edition, one 100% aged in rye whiskey barrels, and the above, aged 100% in cognac barrels.
Deschutes Cognac Barrel Aged The Abyss (note: assuming this is the final nomenclature) starts as an imperial stout, brewed with licorice, black strap molasses, and vanilla. Then it is 100% barrel aged in cognac barrels.
Imperial stout brewed with black strap molasses, licorice, cherry bark with vanilla added. Aged 12 months in cognac barrels.
Deschutes Cognac Barrel Aged The Abyss carries the subtitle of “Remarkably limited release”. The brewery tells Beer Street Journal that while the beer is ready when it’s ready, they are hoping for a December release.
Obviously, the brewery has not yet announced this offering.
Deschutes Barrel Aged The Abyss is looking like a very serious threat to your wallet and liver.
The annual release of Deschutes The Abyss is a well attended and popular one. Actually, if you want some strong beer nerd street cred, you show up rocking an Abyss. Now it looks like just having one of those bottles won’t be enough to gain that awesome rep you’ve built up.
Deschutes Barrel Aged The Abyss (note: assuming this is the final nomenclature) features the unique imperial stout, brewed with licorice, black strap molasses, and vanilla. Instead of partial barrel aging, this one seems to be 100% barrel aged in rye, of course.
Imperial stout brewed with black strap molasses, licorice, cherry bark with vanilla added. Aged 12 months in rye whiskey barrels.
Deschutes Barrel Aged The Abyss carries the subtitle of “Remarkably limited release”. So there maybe be just 5 bottles. Or 500. Soon, we will find out. Radar this, and geek out at the thought in the meantime.
Obviously, the brewery has not yet announced this offering.
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator returns this October 19th, 2015.
St Arnold Pumpkinator started out as part of their Divine Reserve Series as Devine Reserve No.9. It was so well recieved when it was released back in 2009 that they decided to brew this Imperial Stout/Pumpkin Ale again as a seasonal. The Imperial Stout base has lots of pumpkin added to it and was dry spiced.
It is brewed with a combination of pale two row, caramel and black malts, Cascade and Liberty hops for a background hop flavor, pumpkin for a rich mouthfeel, molasses, brown sugar, spices and dry-spiced to make it feel like you just walked into your mom’s kitchen while she was cooking 37 pumpkin pies. It is the most expensive beer we have brewed.
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator is a 22 ounce bottle offering, in very limited quantities.
Check out Brewer Dennis Rhee, St. Arnold’s Most Interesting Man in the World, talking about brewing Pumpkinator:
Hangar 24 Barrel Roll Falling Leaf is the newest addition to the brewery’s Barrel Roll Series, releasing on September 26th, 2015.
Hangar 24 Barrel Roll Falling Leaf starts as Gourdgeous Imperial Porter, that was sequestered to bourbon barrels after the 2014 release.
Each autumn we brew a fresh batch of Gourdgeous, an Imperial Porter which pays homage to our local pumpkin harvest. To create FALLING LEAF, we placed a small portion of last year’s Gourdgeous in barrels to age gracefully through another turn of the seasons. A year in our cellar has mellowed and sweetened the robust flavors of pumpkin pie spice, molasses, caramel and dark chocolate, while the single-use bourbon barrels we selected added bright layers of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Beneath these layers you’ll recognize the strong core of the base beer: 1,000 pounds of pumpkins grown just ½ a mile from our brewery. Falling Leaf is ready to drink now, or can be placed into your own cellar to continue aging gracefully.
Hangar 24 Barrel Roll Falling Leaf is a 750ml bottle offering. ONLINE sales only. Show up in person to pick up your bottles.