Posts Tagged ‘ Stout ’

I got some Rare.

I finally got to try Rare for the first time. Easily one of the best stouts that I’ve ever tried. I guess the hype train is actually correct this time around. Thanks to the beer geeks from LA that brought this up to Portland!

Man it was delicious

I also got some Logsdon Oak-Aged Seizon Bretta. It was really good, but god damn that Rare…..going to haunt my dreams!

Drowning in the Darkness

A friend of mine was generous enough to share this beer with me the other day. I was blown away.

Beware of zombies

Beer: Darkness

Brewery: Surly

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.3%

Location: Brooklyn Center, MN

Appearance: Black with minimal head

Aroma: Sweet, with a touch of chocolate and a punch of vanilla

Taste: Vanilla sweetness, followed by some caramel, and milk chocolate. Reminds me of Black Tuesday, but not nearly as much of a sweet, boozy mess.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low/moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I need to trade for this beer. And then promptly drink it without sharing with anyone

Beer Advocate Grade: A+ (97)

My Grade: A+

Note: Might be one of the best non barrel aged stouts I’ve ever encountered.


Forgot to review this one. Had it the same day as the Gravity Mountains.

Beer: Mammoth Extra Stout

Brewery: Midnight Sun

Style: Stout

ABV: 7.8%

Location: Anchorage, AK

Appearance: Black, with a finger of tan head that doesn’t stick around for long

Aroma: Super roasty, with coffee and dark chocolate. Kind of makes me want to use this in a beer float.

Taste: Roasty, with a lot of chocolate malt, and more than a little bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Sessionable this beer is, super easy to finish a bomber

Beer Advocate Grade: A- (90)

My Grade: A-

Night Cap, without the sleeping afterwards

Once again drinking an extra out of one of my trades! God I love trading beer, the “extra” system makes every package feel like opening a Christmas present! Standard procedure for trading beer includes the unwritten law that each person includes an “extra” beer without the letting the other person know. So when you get your box, you know what’s going to be in it except for the “extra”, which can actually be several extras. I’ve definitely sent out a box with 1 bottle being the negotiated trade, with 5 or 6 extras to a person I regularly trade with.


Description: Stout brewed with coffee and milk sugar – the perfect morning nightcap!

Beer: Cup a Joe

Brewery: Short’s Brew

Style: Stout

ABV: 7%

Location: Bellaire, MI

Appearance: Super dark with little head that disappears almost instantly. I want my head god dammit. That sounds wrong, oh well.

Aroma: Coffee and some caramel I think. The caramel might be just some sweetness that I’m getting, not quite sure.

Taste: This beer tastes almost exactly like my 2nd homebrew. Tons of coffee, with a little bit of sweetness that finishes with dark chocolate. Quite good, but so weird that it tastes like my homebrew. I guess I’m doing something right!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth. Like a slide.

Drinkability: Being sensitive to caffeine, one bottle is enough for me.

Beer Advocate Grade: B+ (89)

My Grade: B

I feel like this beer should be “ticked” for a review

Tickers: in the beer geek world, these are the people that drink a new beer purely for the fact that it is new. If they hear it isn’t that tasty, they spend more money, or trade better beer just to they can “tick” that particular beer off of the list.

I’ll admit that I do get excited about trying new beers, and I feel like it’s very obvious, but if people tell me that it isn’t worth it, or if it is straight up bad, I’ll simply pass and let someone else take the fall for me. I’ve had this beer before, but I feel like I haven’t reviewed that many well known beers lately, so here’s one that everyone and their mom will know.

At a million billion percent, I simply wasn’t man enough to drink it by myself. I did it once, and I think I woke up under a bridge

Description: Since founding our brewery in 1996, we have specialized in the rare art of fermenting beer in oak barrels. In the fall of 2006, we embarked on a program to barrel age a series of strong ales that would later be used as components of a blended beer. That beer would become our first Anniversary Ale, “10”. Over the past several years, we have released limited amounts of the component beers on draft only. Many of these beers have garnered a cult following. Parabola was one of these beers that enthusiasts raved about and begged for us to put in the bottle. We present Parabola, a barrel-aged Imperial Stout. This particular lot was aged in a combination of barrels for up to 12 months. Some barrels were used by American spirits producers, some for wine, and others are barrels retired from our Firestone Union. Each barrel has left its unique mark on this beer. Chocolate, charred oak, vanilla, dark cherry and coffee are just some of the complex aromas and flavors you will find in this beer. Parabola is a one-of-a-kind sipping beer built to last and will reward careful aging for years to come.

Note: I had this beer fresh and was not impressed by it in comparison to the hype that surrounds this beer. More than half a year has passed since then, so let’s see what this beer is all about after a brief stint in my cellar (aka the closet shelf I don’t use for clothes)

Beer: Parabola

Brewery: Firestone Walker

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.5%

Location: Paso Robles, CA

Appearance: Pitch black with no signs of life. Looked to have no carbonation, and I poured extremely aggressively to try and coax any carbonation that might be in the beer. Alas, I failed. It literally looks like I poured motor oil into two glasses. Probably 5W-40 or a similar weight.

Aroma: Some burnt/roasted malts. TONS of barrel, bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate. I messed up a bit and cooled this beer too much to get all the different aromas, but this beer smells fantastic nonetheless.

Taste: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee, caramel, with alcohol heat to chase it all down. This beer has some serious depth. I would like to think that this beer has enough complexity to challenge my favorite beer of all time, Abyss, but I would have to do a side-by-side comparison to be sure. Hmm..might have to consider that at some point. That would be a fantastic night, complete with short term memory loss and life choices that I would regret if I were to remember them!

Mouthfeel: XXL in terms of body with low carbonation, but like all super big stouts, low carbonation fits the flavor profile. Very sticky but smooth, the feel of this beer lingers long after you’ve swallowed.

Drinkability: Hahaha, funny. If you can down more than a bomber of this beer, I will eat my own shoes.

Beer Advocate Grade: A+ (99)

My Grade: A+

Note: Initially, I would give this beer an A, but after it warmed a good deal the beer magically found itself in A+ territory, which is not easily given. It could use less alcohol heat, but over the time it sat in my “cellar”, it went from an A- beer to an A/A+ beer. Proof that sometimes patience can pay off. I will sit on my last bottle for some time. I shouldn’t have drank my other bottles so fresh, I really regret that now.

Espresso Stout?

I’m not sure if there is a distinction between a coffee stout and an espresso stout, but I don’t think there is. I’m pretty sure they use the world “espresso” purely to seem like more of a douche. Well, douche status achieved.

Don’t mind the de-labeled bottles in the shot, I keep a book of labels for kicks.

Beer: Portland Roast Espresso Stout

Brewery: Laurelwood Brewery

Style: Stout

ABV: 6%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Pitch black with a finger and a half of whitish brown head. Head quickly fades to a faint ring on the edges of the glass.

Aroma: Coffee, or is it espresso? I get a tiny bit of malt as well, but this is pretty much a one-smell ordeal

Taste: Coffee. I’m pretending that I can taste some of the malt that I got in the smell, but that would be foolish to think that that taste was actually there. The coffee flavor is quite nice, however.

Mouthfeel: Light-ish body with medium carbonation. Finishes smooth and crisp. I would have liked more of a body to the beer, but you can’t have everything.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but I feel like I won’t be able to get to sleep now. Awesome.

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: B+

Is it bad if my beer smells like the ocean?

After snowboarding yesterday, I was pretty beat, but decided to enjoy a tasty brew that I got the other day.

Beer: Oyster Stout

Brewery: Upright Brewing

Style: Stout

ABV: 5.25%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Inky black, with no head. All you get is a little ring of roam around the glass.

Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, and the smell of ocean.

Taste: It tastes pretty sharp, with notes of coffee, caramel, and a inkling of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with strong carbonation. I really don’t know why such a carbonated beer failed to form a head. I don’t understand…

Drinkability: I finished a bomber with no issues, but I was ready to drink something else afterwards.

Beer Advocate Grade: B+ (88)

My Grade: B+