La Pingüina en Fuego by Clown Shoes brewing

 

 

Rating: 6/6

La Pingüina en Fuego by Clown Shoes brewing is an 11% ABV Imperial Stout aged in Rum Barrels with Habaneros.

Label:

People have been asking us to make a truly spicy chile beer, so we finally complied. Aged in rum barrels with habaneros, this version of chocolate sombrero is on a mission from God (to ignite your palate).

==Introduction==

The Female Penguin On Fire. I got this one since I had tried the Luchador en Fuego a long time ago. A nice mix with the Rum and this time, habanero peppers in the beer I’m sure would make for a damn adventure. Clown Shoes has always been very exceptional in their beer making process. So I would expect no less from even this one. A love for their series of barrel aged beers has always made a home on the website and as such, I try not to miss many of the great releases from them. This one no less either. I wonder which base they had used though? As this seems like if you added Hammer of the Holy with habaneros, although without the smoke and the holy water. Regardless, let’s take a look at this mighty brew, cheers!

Aromas:

Nice oak, rum, caramel, pecan pie, tropical fruit mango, piña colada, dragon fruit, passion fruit, kiwi, strawberries, habanero pepery spice, peppercorn, toasted coconut, bananas, dark fruit cherries, blueberries, raisins, plums, caramel, dulce de leche, vanilla, ancho, guajillo chile peppers, mocha, Irish cream and almond joy.

Flavors:

Rich dark spicy chocolate, Chocolate abuelita, mild habanero heat, milk chocolate, chocolate milk shake, marhsmallow smores, oak, bourbon, rum, bananas, clove spice, tropical fruit mango, piña colada, dragon fruit, passion fruit, kiwi, strawberries, dark fruit cherries, blueberries, raisins, plums, caramel, dulce de leche, vanilla, ancho, guajillo chile peppers, roasted barley, mocha, fruit cake, cinnamon, ginger notes, Danish cream, Irish cream liqueur, old Rasputin dark notes, toasted coconut and almond joy.

Aftertaste:

Lingering habanero heat but not enough to burn forever. Then again, I have a huge spicy toleance. Rich dark fruit, chocolate, rocky road ice cream, marshmallows, some hidden rum tropics of piña colada, mango, earthy peppercorn and toasted coconut. No alcohol in the taste, pitch black body, smooth, creamy, velvety and chewey mouthfeel along with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:

Holy hell! This is one great spicy exceptional beer! Yes it is a phenomenal beer if you can work with the heat. Granted I don’t sense it as much as the non spicy food eater might. It does show case so many nice complex flavors that really work well with the already rum barrel imperial stout base elevating it into some new territory. I highly recommend this one!

Anime Corner:

Ultima from Final Fantasy Tactics was chosen to represent the nun and the penguin in the name of the label. Being holy which includes the angel wings and at the same time evil with the fire and brimstone she generates is well complimentary of the habaneros in this beer.

 

 

d-Unkle Peanut by Garage Brewing

 

Rating: 6/6

d-Unkle Peanut by Garage Brewing is a 4.8% ABV German Dunkel Weizen brewed with peanuts.

Label:

We believe in making our fresh craft beer from only the finest ingredients. And guess what? It’s really good! It’s a fun take on a classic Dunkle Weizen, and dedicated to your favorite Uncle that might just be a bit nutty.

==Introduction==

One of my favorite styles of beer when I first started, aside from the Belgian Quadrupel, was the Dunkelweizen or Dark Hefeweizen. It is not common but definitely common in Germany and one that often does not enough love in the beer world. However, when I saw that Garage Brewing made a Dunkelweizen, and one with peanuts no less, I had to bring it to the site. Peanut butter and peanut beers are awesome. Since Dunkels have a unique clove and banana spice flavor them, it would only be fitting that this work as a banana peanut butter beer. Let’s cher it out, cheers!
Aromas:

Rich roasted peanuts, banana, dark fruit, maple syrup, rye bread, vanilla, cashew milk, orange notes, mango notes, hazelnut nectar and peanut butter cookies.

Flavors:

Peanut butter, bananas, toffee, dulce de leche caramel, flan, clove spice, dark chocolate, dark fruit, hazelnut nectar, nutella, cadbury cream eggs, banana cream pie, marshmallows, nutter butter cookies, sweetened condensed milk, almond joy, rocky road ice cream, coriander spice, orange gummies, stone fruit hints, mango, maple syrup, rye bread, vanilla, cashew milk, captain crunch peanut butter cereal, Reese’s Peanut butter cereal, biscuit bread, Danish cream and cookie dough.
Aftertaste:

Very nice nutty peanut butter, hazelnut, nutella, chocolate, bananas, earthy notes, pecan pie and peanut buttery cookies. No alcohol in the taste. Brown body, smooth, creamy and velvety mouthfeel with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:

Perfect dunkel weisse, only if German law would allow, but because it does not, it does not need to. I find it awesome in my mind. Rich banana and peanut butter spicy and dark fruit goodness all around. It is nice to try something like this in a long time. I highly recommend it!
Anime Corner:

Sally Acorn from the Sonic The Hedgehog series was used in this pairing mainly since I wanted to try and find a character that is into nuts and well since I haven’t used her in pairings, I figure it was about time I paired her with her own beer.

 

2016 Akevitt Barrel-Aged Porter by HaandBryggeriet

 

Rating: 7/7

2016 Akevitt Barrel-Aged Porter by HaandBryggeriet is a 10% ABV Norwegian Porter aged in Aquavit/ Akevitt Barrels.

Label:

Batch 981 Barrel-Aged Porter from HaandBryggeriet from Drammen, Norway members of the Scandinavian Craft Brewers Guild 1pt, 9 oz. 500 ml

Once, all farmers in Norway made beer. Some also made Akevitt, a spirit flavored with herbs or spices. A shot of Akevitt was traditionally chased with a shot of beer. In a brilliant turn of one-stop-shopping ingenuity, the Haand brewers – four guys making beer in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale – have aged this traditional dark, hearty farm Porter in Akevitt barrels.

==Introduction==

I haven’t had this beer in yeeeaaarrrss!! Back then when bourbon barrel aged beers were hard to come by, there was this crazy beer aged in Aquavit/Akevitt which is the traditional Scandinavian drink of yore made since the 15th Century. This brew was bottled back in 2016 so it has sat for about a year. I had recently found it even though back then it was one of the rarest beers to find, especially because not many beers are aged in Aquavit. In fact, I have tasted no other beer ever with this spirit, so yeah, it is pretty damn rare. It is not a hyped beer, in fact it is under hyped but it is still one rarity of a whale. Let’s see how it is, cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruits, smokey, licorice, anise, fruit cake, dark currant flan, oak, burnt sugar, rock candy, port wine, red wine, funky notes, dark farmhouse hay, tobacco, herbs, black tea, spices, banana, clove spice, brandy, cognac and some dark spicy liqueur or wine which I assume is the Akevitt.

Flavors:
Deep oak, licorice, anise, roasted barley, herbs, spices, dark fruits raisins, figs, prunes, cherries, plums, bananas, clove spice, smokey notes, marshmallow, earthy hops, dark farmhouse hay, mint, black root, black tea, dark chocolate, port wine, rum, bourbon hints, juniper berries, cognac hints, chardonnay, raspberry Chambord, rye bread, leather, tobacco, blueberries, fudge cake, flan, stone fruit apricot, fruit cake, brown sugar, currants, rock candy, peppercorns, brandy notes, wine grape notes, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla and brettanomyces.

Aftertaste:
Lots of smokey, earthy and cholatey notes lingering for a long time with the nice dark fruit, oak, fruit cake, leather, tobacco, licorice and funky port wine. No alcohol in the taste, pitch black dark body, chewy, smooth, creamy and syrupy mouthfeel along with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
An exceptional and unique brew. Much of the rating I give has to do with the special barrel aging and the fact that it reminds me of some of the greats of the world like Ommegang Art of Darkness, Stillwater Folklore, Lost Abbet Serpent Stout aged and even De Struise Brouwers Damnation. However, its uniqueness also shines in this herbal, spicy, muddy, oaky, leathery and dark fruit aspects of the Akevitt which really makes this beer way different. Some flavors which I can make out from the beer but others is really difficult. Regardless, it sits in the bucket list categories for esoteric, dark aged European beers.

Original Review:
https://animebeers.com/2012/10/19/akevitt-barrel-aged-porter-by-haandbryggeriet/

Anime Corner:
Shayla Shayla from El Hazard was used in this pairing as she was use in the previous iteration of this beer. So it was only fitting that she make a return in this one. Some of the funky oaky flavors as well as the herbal and dark flavors can be seen in some of the art work represented by dark skinned and red haired Shayl Shayle on some farm hay. Yes, this was the inspiration.

 

 

Red Beans And Rice Didn’t Miss Her Collaboration with Monkish Brewing Co. and The Answer

 

Rating: 5/5
 
Red Beans And Rice Didn’t Miss Her Collaboration with Monkish Brewing Co. and The Answer Brewpub is an 8.8% ABV Vermont/New England Imperial India Pale Ale
For those lonely nights and the flu…. IPA looking like Campbell’s chicken broth…. amazing tropics though. Then again it is an irony type of beer where beer now a days is definitely looking like chicken broth. Monkish nailed it!

 

(Anime Beers On The Road) Mr. Meseeks and Fleeb Joose by Los Angeles Ale Works (Double Tasting)

 

 

Some Rick and Morty inspired brews Los Angeles Ale Works I had when they were releasing this before the beginning of Season 3 of “Rick and Morty” with my friends Julio and Oscar. These 2 beers are amazing but I think Fleeb Joose was on another super tropic level on that of the Pink Snow we had from the Bruery if that beer was a super juicy Double IPA. I just hope they keep making this one it was super great!!!
 
Rating: 5.5/6
 
Meseeks Joose by Los Angeles Ale Works is an 8% ABV Vermont/New England Double India Pale Ale
 
Description:
Tropical, Hazy, Double IPA
Rating: 6/6
 
Fleeb Joose by Los Angeles Ale Works is an 8% ABV Vermont/New England Double India Pale Ale with Dragon Fruit and Hibiscus

Mr Meseeks of DragonfruitZ is done wit yo shit!

 

 

Sublime Mexican Lager by AleSmith Brewing Company

 

Rating: 5/5

Sublime Mexican Lager by AleSmith Brewing Company is a 5.2% ABV Mexican Lager

Description:
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Sublime’s release of their iconic album “40oz. to Freedom”, Sublime contacted AleSmith Brewing Co. to craft this unique brew. Sublime Mexican Lager is a thirst-quenching, 5.2% ABV twist on a traditional Vienna-style lager highlighted by a grainy, malt-forward sweetness and easy drinkability. It’s clean, crisp and balanced with a smooth finish. Cheers!

Smooth, super refreshing and summer time goodness!

I don’t practice Santeria, I don’t got no crystal ball… I had a 6 pack of this and….I drank it all 😂🤣😂

 

 

4th Anniversary Unplugged Beam Kopi Luwak by Acoustic Ales Brewing

 

Rating: 7/7
 
4th Anniversary Unplugged Beam Kopi Luwak by Acoustic Ales Brewing is a 12.5% ABV Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with Kopi Luwak/ Civet Coffee Beans, Belgian Milk Chocolate, Brown sugar and Molasses aged in Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey Barrels
Label:
Music In Liquid Form
Limited Edition Bottle 438/480
 
==Introduction==
In continuation with my previous review of the Kopi Luwak sensation from Acoustic Ales, This is the same beers as the previous Bourbon and the Wild Turkey version of the beer but this time in Jim Beam bourbon whiskey. This one seems to be even more limited. Like they only had a few barrels aging for this beer to sell. Lucky for me, Craftshack.com was able to have it and like I said before, Kopi Luwak beers are rare to come by so whenever I see one, I have to to and bring it to the site. Even if it is literally made with coffee beans that were pooped out by a furry civet/ocelot/kopi luwak. The previous beer was damn amazing! How will this compare though? Different Whiskeys and Bourbons? Let’s have a look, cheers!
 
Aromas:
Hints of what I think are definitely some kind of game. Essentially, it came from an animal, namely the Civet. Dark chocolate, bourbon, whiskey, vanilla, fruit cake, milk chocolate, dark fruits, molases, fancy coffee, espresso, marshmallow smores, rye bread, Danish cream and Irish cream.
 
Flavors:
Very Gamey kopi luwak, earthy notes, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, German Chocolate, Mexican chocolate, Belgian Chocolate, Piloncillo sugar cone, dark fruit currants, blue berries, currants, blackberries, boysenberries, dark cherry yogurt, marshmallows, Irish cream coffee, fancy coffee, Khalua Coffee, espresso, jamocha, java, cookies and cream, rocky road ice cream, molasses, banana, clove spice, tiramasu, fruit cake, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, oatmeal cookies, molasses, anise, crème brulee, flan, port wine, rye bread, brown sugar, chocolate mousse, sweetened condensed milk, cookie dough ice cream, Danish cream and chocolate coffee cheese cake.
 
Aftertaste:
Finishing with fancy coffee, gamey notes, oak, caramel, vanilla, gamey mocha, marshmallows, dark fruits, rich berries, currants, earthy notes, rye bread, tiramasu cake, banana, clove spice and Irish cream. Hint of  alcohol in the taste but not detracting from the flavor. Pitch black darkness like where the sun don’t shine. Smooth, creamy, velvety and syrupy mouthfeel with a sipping drinkability.
 
Overall:
The Civet game is real! So damn real that there was a presence of gamey notes which I cannot tell if they were from the coffee of the Jim Beam whiskey. Regardless, it was a damn fantastic beer. Way to bring in some authenticity. While the other brews I had in this series bring a mixed bag of flavors, this one does too but there is definitely some coffee flavors in there are very different. It could just be that the Jim Beam brings out the best of the coffee flavors. It really doesn’t matter, this is indeed unique nd worth the find. Check it out if you are game, I highly recommend it!
Anime Corner:
Dark Mithra or Ark Angel MR from Final Fantasy XI was chosen in this pairing to represent the cat/civet/ocelot/kopi luwak in this beer. Since the beer is more dark and pronounced with the dark arts of the gamey goodness. Regardless of that, she is vicious, like the booze driven 12% but sweet in the seductive aspect as the complexity lures you into an oblivion that you cannot come back from. Similar to my Sangrileche beers I made in the past but yeah, craziness.
Sources:
 

 

4th Anniversary Unplugged Turkey Kopi Luwak by Acoustic Ales Brewing

 

Rating: 7/7

4th Anniversary Unplugged Turkey Kopi Luwak by Acoustic Ales Brewing is a 12.5% ABV Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with Kopi Luwak/ Civet Coffee Beans, Belgian Milk Chocolate, Brown sugar and Molasses aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey Barrels

Label:

Music In Liquid Form

Limited Edition Bottle 543/660

==Introduction==

I haven’t had a Kopi Luwak Coffee beer in years. My last one I brought to the site was the Speedway Barrel aged Kopi Luwak which was one amazing beer. Fast forward to 2017 and you have Acoustic Ales making a Kopi Luwak beer. Granted I did have the regular bourbon version when I was in Pasadena California at Kingsrow Pub when I went to the Stone Store to get the Lost Abbey Collab. Anyways, I saw these puppies on craftshack.com While I definitely was open to try another Kopi Luwak beer, long behold, they had 2 to offer. I got those suckers and to little of my knowledge find out that they were limited edition. Only 660 of these were made. In…Sa…nity!! Is what I thought. While this may be hard to get, let’s see if they are worth getting, cheers!


Aromas:

Super oaky woodsy, dulce de leche caramel, dark fruit prunes, plums, black berries, currants, dark cherries, Dark Chocolate, Milk chocolate, Belgian Chocolate, German Chocolate, oak, bourbon, whiskey, toasted coconut, Fancy coffee, gamey notes, pecan pie, marshmallows, smores, brown sugar and fruit cake.

Flavors:

Dark Chocolate, Milk chocolate, Belgian Chocolate, German Chocolate, oak, bourbon, whiskey, toasted coconut, gamey notes (Kopi Luwak?), fancy coffee, mocha, Jamocha, espresso, Khalua, oatmeal cookies, cookie dough ice cream, marshmallow, chocolate smores, fruit cake, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, earthy notes, dark fruit prunes, plums, black berries, currants, dark cherries, crème brulee, flan, cinnamon, bananas, clove spice, molasses, mint chocolate chip, anise, tiramasu cake, chocolate mousse, herbal notes, Irish cream Danish cream, rocky road ice cream and rum hints.

Aftertaste:

Delicious coffee, toasy oak, caramel, vanilla, gamey mocha, toasted coconut, dark fruits, beries, earthy notes, tiramasu cake, herbal hints, banana, clove spice and Irish cream. Slight alcohol in the taste but not detracting from the flavor. This is a new bottle after all. Pitch black darkness like where the sun don’t shine. Smooth, creamy, velvety, chewy and syrupy mouthfeel with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:

Damn, what a bucket lister! There is a difference in this than your average beer. Not just the face that it might be the poopie coffee talking but the blend of the Wild Turkey and the coffee and chocolate makes a difference. Not to mention, Belgian Choco Chocos are awesome and the fact that brown sugar and molasses in there are definitely doing something. Are they going for a semi Dark Lordish beer?! Well in either case, this beer is amazing. Civet Poop Coffee is definitely something else and if your game, I highly recommend this one!!

Anime Corner:

Carol Tea from Freedom Planet was used in this pairing as I wanted to find a cat that would go with the whole Kopi Luwak aspect of Civet Bean Coffee. Carol comes from my new favorite game freedom planet where she is a ninja. Smooth like the beer and fast as hell she burns down the highway the way the slight booziness reminds you that your dealing with a bad ass beer.

Sources:

https://cdn-enterprise.discourse.org/waypoint/uploads/default/original/2X/e/eba86bdd9f2f2c6d24cd669b55e10300b8991a53.jpg

http://zedrin.deviantart.com/art/Patreon-Reward-Carol-Tea-678488052

https://arung98.deviantart.com/art/Freedom-Planet-Carol-623518077

http://kenjikanzaki05.deviantart.com/art/Carol-Tea-Collab-668125892

http://goshaag.deviantart.com/art/Green-Cat-589855237

http://flora-tea.deviantart.com/art/Freedom-Planet-Carol-Tea-the-Wild-Ninja-Cat-614183034

 

Chronology:12 – Imperial Porter by The Bruery

 

Rating: 6/6
 
Chronology:12 – Imperial Porter by The Bruery is a 12.2% ABV Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels.
 
TIME WELL SPENT
Description:
We’ve replaced the wheels of time with barrel heads. They don’t turn, yet they embrace the evolution of beer and time on a level that can’t be rivaled. For this Chronology Series™, we brewed an imperial porter and set it to age in bourbon barrels. Every six months, we’ll take a quarter of the barrels, blend them and bottle them. This second bottling represents the nuances imparted to the base beer after 12 months of barrel-aging.
Definitely growing one me. Sweet, chocolatey, bourbon, vanilla, oak, marshmallows, almond joy and more. Getting better with age.
6 Month Review:

 

Hawaiian Hazelnut Coffee Milk Stout by Brew Rebellion

 

Rating: 6/6

Hawaiian Hazelnut Coffee Milk Stout by Brew Rebellion is a 7.8% ABV Milk / Sweet Stout brewed with Hawaiian Coffee, Hazelnuts and lactose.

Smooth, creamy, sweet, chocomil! There is some subtle fancy and tropical coffee complex but also herbally. The majority is surely the Nutella hazelnut and chocolate mocha goodness. Such a great zombie monkey beer!

 

Rest by The Bruery

 

Rating: 6/6
 
Rest by The Bruery is a 13.1% ABV Imperial Dark Ale aged in bourbon and wine barrels.
 
Description
We had a compelling urge to craft a beer fitting of our friend’s seventh anniversary. But urgency wasn’t part of the equation in this complex beer. Six different malt-forward beers were brewed and set to rest separately in bourbon barrels. After months of oak-aging, a portion was selected and transferred for further maturation in the grand cru of California wine barrels. In many ways, this finished beer is greater than the sum of its parts, but at its core, it’s the seventh beer. It’s a memorable finish, and well-deserving of rest.
Awesome combination of bourbon and wine oak goodness really brings out the greatness of both worlds, the good and the evil, the light and the darkness, the oaky and the funky. Definitely a beer worth savoring.

 

Hops & Rec by Offshoot Beer Co.

 

Rating: 4.75/5

 

Hops & Rec by Offshoot Beer Co. is an 8.1% ABV Vermont/New England Double India Pale Ale
 
Description:
Unfiltered Double IPA with Simcoe, Mosaic and Cashmere hops. Brewed with Fawcett Pearl malt and oats. Fermented with Barbarian yeast. Canned for you to take on your next adventure on July 25, 2017
After nice hike kind of beer. Super refreshing, orange juice goodness. This one while it is refreshing and nice, it was slight from perfect only due to the fact that It is not as tropical but that kind of is a bias. Regardless, worth the try.

 

2017 Beer Camp Across the World Raspberry Sundae Ale collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and The Bruery

Rating: 6/6

2017 Beer Camp Across the World Raspberry Sundae Ale collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and The Bruery is an 8%ABV Golden Ale brewed with raspberries, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and lactose.

Description:
Together we’re brewing a riff on the flavors of the classic raspberry ice cream sundae. This beer features raspberry, cocoa and vanilla, in addition to lactose (an unfermentable sugar) that adds a richness and a sweetness, helping to blend and meld the flavors of this ultra-complex beer together. It’s been a true pleasure to work with artists at The Bruery using ingredients and techniques outside of our normal wheelhouse.

Like the Hoarders Cuvee 2016 but light. Major raspberry cream, banana notes and white chocolate. Why is this only made once?!?! Make More!! Needless to say, there needs to be more of this for sure. Great awesome Red Velvet cream beer with Banana and chocolate making it a lot like a banana split.

 

Barrel Aged Unicorn Tears collaboration by Fremont brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales

 

 

Rating: 7/7

Barrel Aged Unicorn Tears collaboration by Fremont brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales is a 12.9% ABV Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout brewed with cherries and aged in Bourbon Barrels

Label:
We are a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find.

In the Time Before Light, Unicorns ruled the Universe. And Time passed. Until it stopped passing and began to make Beer. And it was good. But Time was Lonely, so it begat two Breweries. And thusly Fremont Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales were spat into the World. And they made Beer. And it was good. When, Lo, one Day, they made Beer together and aged it in Bourbon Barrels for a long time. And then they added Cherries. And Aged it a long time. But it wasn’t good enough for their elevated taste. So, they added Unicorn Tears. And it was Good. Behold, Burst Forth into the World is Barrel-Aged Unicorn Tears. Enjoy only with those that are worthy. …Never Play Leapfrog With A Unicorn…Cheers! Matt & Matt and Phil & Emily.

==Introduction==

So, we have SangriLeche doppelganger in our site ey? Well then, only one thing to do here, time to step up to the plate. The ingredients seemed very close to what I used to make my homebrew except missing the vanilla and cocoa nibs but that is besides the point. A milk and oatmeal stout? Double smoothtness to the max! I have not tried anything Fremont but seeing as Perennial was involved, it can only mean the goodness. Essentially, when I first saw this beer locally, I had to grab it. Little that I know that it would soon be a super coveted magic potion with fairy dust (glitter engulfed) that many it would start to sell out everywhere. Yes it seems people went mad for yet another beer. This beer is literally covered in glitter which makes me wonder if glitter is one of the ingredients inside the beer. Even if its not it seemed amazing and I could not wait to bring it to the website especially now that I know people really liked this one. Well then, let’s see what this magical potion is all about, cheers!

Aromas:
Super cherry Cordial fluff and sparkling chocolates, banana split, dulce de leche caramel, pecan pie, Nutella, mint chocolate cake, Chambord Raspberries, port wine, dark chocolates, dark fruits, hazelnut nectar, blue berries, bourbon hints, cake frosting, grape jelly, Fondant pearl juice (sugar candy syrup) and more!

Flavors:
Hopes, Dreams, Clouds of marshmallows and 5th dimension ambrosia delights. That’s it… what? You wanna know more? Okay that was just the tip of the iceberg. SO then, it goes into an array of super choco chocolate goodness. Rich super milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cherry cordials, dark fruit currants, raisins, blue berries, raspberries, blue raspberries, cake frosting, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, bourbon, oak, banana split for days, cookie dough ice cream, molasses, mint chocolate cake, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur, port wine, Nutella, mocha, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, Cherry sunday, vanilla, crème brulee, tres leches cake, tiramasu, mocha, marzipan, mazapan, toasted coconut, marshmallow smores, rocky road ice cream, walnuts, pralines, dulce de leche caramel, toffee, butterscotch, chicka cherry cola, fondant cake glaze, chocolate cherry mousse and more!

Aftertaste:
Finishing with Cherry Choco Chocolate Cordial and raspberry frosting for days, Nutella, dark chocolates, dark cherries, vanilla, caramel, oak, bourbon hints, mocha, pecan pie and banana split cherry sundae. No alcohol here or anywhere despite the ABV. The body is fully pitch black and abysmal with a non human visual spectrum of dark matter, 80’s magic, He-Man, Thundercats and Rick and Morty season 9 residuals. The mouthfeel is very smooth, mildly chewey, velvety, creamy and syrupy. Who has time to sip? Come right in, the dark magical water is fine even though this brew was made to be sipped and taken with ease. You could literally finish in one sitting if you wanted to.

Overall:
Well then, pastry stouts are a go! Although DDB would disagree. This one is a definite bucket lister for me and is a crazy little potion that I would love to have over and over again. While I think this is a step up from many beers that I love including my own awesome Sangrileche, it is awesome to know mines can still go toe to toe with this pastry brew. Let’s face it, this is similar to the beer I made if it was filled with cake fondant. Super complex, sweet, smooth, dreamy, cakey, glaze and all that fairy tail crap they told you when you were a kid. It’s fucking great! Like a kid in a candy store drinking his sugar bottle. Would I recommend it? You bet your fucking ass I would! Go find this one damn it!

Anime Corner:
Lilac Sash from Freedom Planet was chosen for this pairing because while she is in no way a unicorn, she is just as legendary as one since she is a dragon. Since she fit so well with the colors of the beers, the flavors and ingredients I had to bring her to pair with this. She’s been a favorite of mine as of recently since I started playing the game and with her powerful strength and great hero personality, why not? Oh and about the tears part in the name? Those are years of joy and good feels. I kinda made a funny with the Lilac trying to drink enough milk tearing up dreaming to be the bikini babe. Anyways, She fit the awesome beer!

 

 

2017 Trappist Westvleteren 12 by Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

 

Rating: 7/7
 
2017 Trappist Westvleteren 12 by Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) is a 10.2% Belgian Trappist Quadrupel.
 
Label:
None
 
==Introduction==
 
Westy 12 is back! It has been 5 years since the last time I tried this beer. Back then it was the best beer in the world and even to this day I still think it is the best only because of rarity but mainly because it was an inspiration of a beer for since my first time trying Belgians. The best beers in the world commonly found to me are the St. Bernardus Abt 12 next to Trois Pistoles and the Three Philosophers. This beer is still difficult to get as you have to have an exclusive invite to the Monastery in Westvleteren and can only buy a limited quantity. Also, it has been difficult to get in the states since the one incident a couple years ago where they sold it at Total Wine where scalpers took many to sell online. Essentially, this beer was the best before the new IPA trends took over. Oh how people have forgotten that the old world of beers that have been made for hundreds of years should still be the best over these new and up and coming brews. It is the reason why this style is still my favorite despite the fact that while I do believe the newer hyped beers are delicious, they are no worth an arm and a leg. Also, while this one was hyped at the time, people forget that St. Bernardus Abt 12 is literally the same recipe but commercialized so many people in the world can know about the great Belgians. This is why I love St. Bernardus 12. It is easy to find but because I rarely get a chance to try this beer. I consider it slight above the best but in the rarity category. Let’s have a look and see how this tastes after years of me not having tried it. Cheers!
 
Aromas:
Deep dark fruits, prunes, raisins, vanilla, burnt caramel, dulce de leche caramel, goat milk caramel, wined caramel, chocolate, wafflecone, butterscotch, toffee, marshmallow, rock candy, candi sugar, honey, piloncillo sugar cone, peppercorn, earthy hops, hazelnut nectar and golden apples.
 
Flavors:
Supreme rich dulce de leche caramel, bananas, clove spice, dark fruit dates, raisins, plums, figs, flan, sweetened condensed milk, pecan pie, Danish cream, leather, rye, earthy hops, Stone fruit peaches, peppercorn, burnt sugar, rock candy, candi sugar, honey, piloncillo sugar cone, grapes, port wine, milk chocolate, candied apples, wafflecone, butterscotch, toffee, marshmallow, bubble gum, fig pudding, rice pudding, golden apples, hazelnut nectar, cherries, Mexican sweet bread, umami, Goat milk caramel, burnt caramel, anise notes, funnel cream cake, honey dew melon, tamarind and tiramasu.
 
Aftertaste:
Rich lingering dulce de leche carame, dark fruits, stone fruits, vanilla, flan, sweetened condensed milk, pecan pie, port wine, Danish cream, leather, rye, earthy hops and mild chocolate lingers. No alcohol in the taste, smooth, silky, syrupy and creamy mouthfeel, Dark Golden Brown medium body and a moderate to sipping drinkability.
 
Overall:
A definite bucket lister! Simply because it is one of those beers that you have to try to believe. Granted, I have tried this side by side with St. Bernardus and while I think this one is only slightly better, they are pretty much in that same taste profile give or take. How does this taste to my homebrew? Well, I do have to admit how damn close the recipe came out to be to the point where I surprised myself. I actually made my dream come true and while I am not a Trappist Monastery monk, I have to say I definitely have that in spirit! It is always an honor to bring this magnificent beer to the site when I can and I suggest you give this a shot, even if one. Get that off your bucket list!
 
Anime Corner:
Temari Sabakuno from Naruto, Kos-Mos from Xenosaga, Ryuko Matoi from Kill La Kill, Yoruichi Shihouin from Bleach are chosen for very special beers. Since I first had a pairing with Temari, Kos-Mos and Yoruichi in the past, it was only fitting that I do this again but this time with Ryuko too. Being my favorite anime characters always get the best pairings in some of the beers I truly feel are deserving of that ‘Heavenly and Godly Ambrosia’ Liquid status as with many of the beers I have tried, I have used them in the previous St. Bernardus Abt 12 review except with the introduction of my recent favorite girl, Ryuko Matoi. The original time I tried this beer, it was the world’s best beer and the best Quadrupel since St. Bernarudus. It is this style of beer that grew my desire, my love and passion that lead to the the fruit of my labor with my homebrew ‘Las Quad-tro Monjas’. So heavenly fitting, my favorite top characters go with my favorite beers, especially this rarity.
 
Previous review:
 
Information on the Westy 12 VS. St. Bernardus 12:
 
 

 

(Double Tasting) 2017 & 2016 Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout by Stone Brewing

 

(Double Tasting)
Rating: 6/6 2017 Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout 5.0
Rating: 6.35/7 2016 Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout 4.0

2017 Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout 5.0 (5th year release) collaboration is a 13% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with rye, pecans, wheat, hops, awesome (beer + sci-fi) *geek ideologies with a 1/4 of it aged in bourbon barrels.

2016 Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout 4.0 (4th year release) collaboration is a 13% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with rye, pecans, wheat, hops, awesome (beer + sci-fi) *geek ideologies with a 1/4 of it aged in bourbon barrels.

When Trekkies and Starnerds unify, you got some borg assimilation of flavors that cab only be complete in the dark side. Just like the previous years, the flavors get way better with age bringing more dark fruit out in place of banana split flavors. Both cases, very Epic!

Past Review:
https://animebeers.com/2016/08/02/double-review-2016-stone-farking-wheaton-w00tstout-4-0-and-2015-farking-wheaton-w00tstout-3-0-1year-aged/

 

The Nuttiest Professor by Avery Brewing Co.

 

Rating: 6/6 

The Nuttiest Professor by Avery Brewing Co. is a 15.6% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with peanuts and aged in bourbon barrels.

Description:
Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with peanuts. This creamy and colossal peanut stout is nuts. But, our resident archaeologist, historian, brewer, and professor…he’s really nuts. Mad peanut science.

Over analyzing is nuts, taking a chill pill and enjoying some Peanut buttery goodness is what this is all about

 

(AnimeBeers On The Road Series) 27th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel-Aged Double Chocolate Imperial Stout by Karl Strauss Brewing Company

 

Rating 6/6 (On The road series)

27th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel-Aged Double Chocolate Imperial Stout by Karl Strauss Brewing Company is a 13% ABV Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Description:
A full-bodied Imperial Stout with an abundance of darkly kilned malts and a decadent helping of cocoa nibs. Aging for a year in American oak bourbon barrels brings out rich layers of smooth toasted oak and warming bourbon

A sudden delish! Choco bourbon vanilla encounter!!!! *battle music intensifies*

For this year’s Anniversary: https://animebeers.com/2017/06/18/28th-anniversary-barrel-aged-belgian-quad-by-karl-strauss/

 

 

Hoptopia by Hermitage Brewing

 

Rating: 5/5 

Hoptopia by Hermitage Brewing is an 8% ABV Imperial India Pale Ale

Description:
Hoptopia is Hermitage Brewing Company’s flagship IPA. This amber colored beer has a great aroma that is a mixture of piney, citrus, and floral hop notes. This hop forward beer has a piney hop flavor, mixed in with some grapefruit-like character, and balanced by a toasted malt flavor with hints of caramel. Hoptopia is a well balanced IPA that is remarkably approachable and easy drinking.

**This beer has no affiliation with Hoptopia.com or the Hoptopia iPhone and Android apps.**

Super hop freshy!!

 

(AnimeBeers On The Road) Pacific Gravity collaboration with Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Homebrew Club

Rating: 6/6 (On The road series)

Pacific Gravity collaboration with Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Pacific Gravity Homebrew Club is a 9.8 % ABV Weizenbock aged in Bourbon Barrels

Description:
Barrel Aged Weizenbock// 9.8% ABV // Flavors of sweet vanilla and bourbon mingle with banana and clove in this barrel-aged German-style weizenbock. Brewed with wheat, pilsner, Munich, and highly-kilned melanoidin malts for a solid base, PGW has just a touch of hop balance, letting the banana and clove character of our traditional Bavarian wheat beer yeast strain take center stage. Eleven months spent resting in retired charred American oak bourbon barrels adds a layer of complexity reminiscent of Bananas Foster.

Damn….. banana, coconut, dark fruit cream pie!!! No wonder the other release of this is in bottles rarely sold

Evening Vespers by Laughing Monk Brewing

Rating: 5/5

Evening Vespers by Laughing Monk Brewing is a 7.1% ABV Belgian Dubbel

Description:
A classic Belgian style Dubbel with notes of dried fruits and chocolate emanate from the glass. Pleasant flavors of Plum, Dates, and Raisins hit the palate with an undertone of chocolate and bready notes. Lingering finish holds similar flavors to the palate, with a more accentuated bready note.

Damn, burnt candy sugar and Smokey notes, maple dark fruit, bananas clove spices and lots of awesomeness

Dig My Earth by Brouwerij West

 

Rating 6/6

Dig My Earth by Brouwerij West is an 8% ABV Vermont style Imperial India Pale Ale brewed with Mecca Grade Barley and Raw Wheat. Heavily hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial.

New England style, no easier to get than standing in line overnight camping for beer…. super orange juicy tropics…. yessssss!!

 

Chronology:24 – Wee Heavy by The Bruery

Rating: 7/7

Chronology:24 – Wee Heavy by The Bruery is a 13.7% ABV Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy aged in bourbon barrels for 24 months.

Supreme wee heavy so much so to the point that this taste close to true scotch whiskey but with so much complexity it is not offensive

Past Beer in the series: https://animebeers.com/2016/12/20/2016-chronology18-wee-heavy-by-the-bruery/

 

2017 Pseudo Sue by Toppling Goliath brewing

 

Rating: 5.5/6

2017 Pseudo Sue by Toppling Goliath brewing of Decorah Iowa is a 5.8% ABV World Class American Pale Ale.

Label:
This single hop ale showcases the Citra hop or a well-balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish. Ferocious aromas of citrus and mango give way to pseudo Sue’s unique and refreshing taste that is clean and bright with just enough bite!

Original Review: https://animebeers.com/2016/01/18/pseudo-sue-by-toppling-goliath-brewing/

 

Golden State of Mind by Ale Industries

 

 

Rating: 4.5/5 

Golden State of Mind by Ale Industries is a 4.4% ABV Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale.

Description:
Golden State of Mind is a Tea Beer constructed using local California ingredients, from the oats, barley and wheat to the fresh coriander, chamomile, and sweet orange peel. This gives Golden State of Mind its smooth, dry, bready malt character with earthy, spice notes and hints of citrus. A true taste of California in all its beauty, the Golden State of Mind is a Gruit – it is made without hops.

Tea, banana, clove, spearmint, greeted, fruit loops cereal and more refreshing awesomeness. This… be.. Gruit!

 
 

 

 

Red Velvet by Eagle Rock brewing

 

Rating: 6/6

Red Velvet by Eagle Rock brewing is an 11% ABV Imperial Rye Red Ale.

Such an amazing beer… liquid caramel, toffee, red velvet cake and yet hoppy grassy tropical supreme. Needless to say, this one is a major love and includes a decadent array of dark fruits flavors and dark cherries creating a hoppy dessert beer essentially. One for the win!

 

2017 Grey Monday by The Bruery

 

Rating 6/6

2017 Grey Monday by The Bruery is an 20% ABV World Class Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels with Hazelnuts.

The malty milkshake of Gods is only comprehensible to the ones that know the pure bliss…… This one brings all living creatures out to the yard….

Original Review: https://animebeers.com/2016/12/02/2016-grey-monday-by-the-bruery/

 

Line Cutter by Offshoot Beer Co.

 

Rating: 6/6

Line Cutter by Offshoot Beer Co. is a 10.5% ABV Vermont/New England Triple India Pale Ale brewed with Lupulin Powder, Citra, Mosaic, simcoe and Cashmere hops

Label:
Triple IPA with lupulin powder, featuring Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe, with an extra dousing of Cashmere and Simcoe hops. Brewed with Two-Row and Wheat. Fermented with Barbarian yeast. Unfiltered and born on the canning line on June 20, 2017

Holy Jumex!!! This is insane tropics and stone fruit juice! Like drinking guava, pineapple, mango and citrus pulp!
For being the first time I try a beer made with Lupulin powder, there is no hop bitterness to be found. Truly a fucking miracle beer. So damn tropical fruit forward!

 

Hall Monitor by Offshoot Beer Co.

 

Rating: 5/5
Hall Monitor by Offshoot Beer Co. is a 6.7% ABV Vermont/New England India Pale Ale brewed with Nelson, Vic Secret, Motueka and Rakau hops.

Label:
IPA with Nelson, Vic Secret, Motueka and Rakau hops from New Zealand and Australia. Brewed with Two-Row, Marris Otter and Spelt. Fermented with Barbarian yeast. Unfiltered and orderly canned on June 20, 2017.

Nice tropics and more on the citrucy side… love these hazy releases

 

Surly Eleven by Surly brewing

Rating: 6/6

Surly Eleven by Surly brewing is a 10% ABV Belgian Quadrupel Wheat Wine hybrid brewed with Brettanomyces

Label:
Eleven! I guess that makes us old, in “Minnesota Brewing Years”. Is it time to grow up, yet? Hope not. “What’s next?” is a common question around the brewery- not an easy question to answer, but one thin’s for sure, we’re never going to stop pushing. This year’s art by Adam Martin looks to the past, the present, and the possibilities of the future. See you drinking.

Omar Ansari

We brewed this beer in honor of two-faced Janus who peers both ahead and behind. A Belgian-style Quad Ale honors the past while 100% Brett-fermented wheat beer looks towards the future. Blended together, Eleven exists in a purely liminal space

Jerrod Johnson & Ben Smith, Head Brewers
==Introduction==

Eleven years of Surly! It had been crazy for many of the beers I have tried from them since their 3rd Anniversary. In fact, their love of the occult and awesome beer labels is what got me into trying their beers. While I typically do not see many of the common beers they offer, I usually try and get their specialty ones. This one I bring is a hybrid of a Wheat/Blonde Barley Wine and a Belgian Quadrupel. With the addition of Brettanomyces, I’m sure would give the already complex brew a nice doze of funky goodness. Let’s see how it is, cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruit prunes, figs, raisins, plums, dates, stone fruit peaches, apricots, peppercorns, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, anise, molasses, piloncillo sugar cone, fruit cake, brettanomyces funk, Belgian candi sugar, dulce de leche caramel, bananas and oak.

Flavors:
Farmhouse hay, brettanomyces funk, Belgian candi sugar, dulce de leche caramel, bananas, clove spice, coriander, stone fruit peaches, apricots, peppercorns, floral flavors of roses, hibiscus, lavender, oranges, lemon peel hints, orange preserves, grapefruits, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, anise, molasses, piloncillo sugar cone, fruit cake, dark fruit prunes, figs, raisins, plums, dates, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, butterscotch, toffee, rye bread, pan dulce, capirotada raisin bread pudding, port wine, raspberry Chambord, dark cherries, strawberry cheesecake, trail mix, maple notes, oaky notes and cookie dough ice cream.

Aftertaste:
Finishing rich in dark fruits, brettanomyces, wine grapes, chocolate, pecan pie, earthy notes, oranges, wheat bread, Belgian candi sugar and bananas. No alcohol in the taste. Full murky brown and crimson body, smooth, creamy, and chewy mouthfeel with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
Surly definitely hits it out of the park with their amazing brews! Definitely one that is exceptional show casing many of the awesome caramel, banana and dark fruit traits from both the wheat wine and quadruple but with the brett it goes into some nice funky, stone fruit flavors and even some berry and ice cream like flavors. Yes it was definitely unexpected for sure! It was one that I really enjoyed and once I would recommend highly to those in search of this one. Cheers!

Anime Corner:
Demencia from Villanous was chosen in this pairing mainly since I wanted to include a character that kinda fit the whole past and the future thing going on with the dinosaurs. Her lizard cloak fits with the dinosaurs but seeing as Surly has also made some crazy beers with occult artwork, having a demented character like Demencia was the Rockin’ way to go!

Sources:
http://www.deviantart.com/art/Demencia-685109933
http://admenika.deviantart.com/art/Demencia-683025209
http://klevinkeeni.deviantart.com/art/Villainous-Dementia-Demencia-687654547
http://polkadot-creeper.deviantart.com/art/Dementia-681788432
http://ryumi-gin.deviantart.com/art/Demencia-685219185
http://illiniguy34.deviantart.com/art/Demencia-Fan-Art-685444213
http://scamwich.deviantart.com/art/Dement-To-Be-687166579
https://www.deviantart.com/art/Villainous-Demencia-682443971

2017 Doom by Founders brewing

Rating: 6/6

2017 Doom by Founders brewing is a 12.4% ABV Imperial India Pale Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Commercial Description:
Previously known as Hand of Doom.

Doom may be impending but that doesn’t mean you have to fear it. A collision of worlds, the intense hop character of our Imperial IPA mingles with the warm vanilla and oak notes imparted from the time spent in our favorite bourbon barrels. Like all good things, Doom comes to those who wait.

==Introduction==

The next installment in the Barrel Aged series of Founders Brewing is now available. This time, it is a barrel aged IPA/Barleywine. While many people might shun away from anything IPA aged, some barrel aged IPAs, when done well, can be amazing. You are literally drinking an American Barleywine. Essentially malty beverage goodness that is hopped up to hell to meet up with the hopheads. While I have loved many in the Founder’s series, it was this one I wanted to bring to the site. Let’s see how it is, cheers!

Aromas:
Piney, Grassy, grapefruit, danky grassy, grapefruit and oniony hops, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, biscuit bread, rye bread, Danish cream, waffle cone, maple syrup hints, cane sugar, butterscotch, whiskey, smokey wood, honey, dark fruit raisins, prunes, banana, mango, raspberries, stone fruit peaches, tamarind, caramel, toffee, butterscotch and stone fruit peaches.

Flavors:
Super rich honey comb, rye bread, honey, waffle cone, maple syrup, Danish cream, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, bourbon, whiskey, smokey wood, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, piney, herbal, floral, dank garlicky and oniony hops, funky wine and cheese party, dulce de leche caramel, flan, fruit cake, dark fruit raisins, prunes, banana, champagne, mango, raspberries, peaches, tamarind notes, tangerine gummies, kumquats, stone fruits, peaches, apricots, apples, herbal notes, earthy hop notes, white chocolate hints, peppercorn, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, flan and 3 leches cake.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with lots of dark fruit, honey, waffle cone, super piney, grassy notes, oak, bananas, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, flan and champagne. Slight alcohol in the taste but not detracting from the great flavors. Amber honey clear boyd, smooth, crisp, velvety, refreshing and chewy mouthfeel along with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
I must say, despite the fact that the purist say IPA cannot be aged, essentially, barrel aging gives way to a new beer. While I think it is mainly in the ranks of a barleywine that is bourbon barrel aged, the grassy, piney, grapefruit west coast style that still floats in these beers is what is still trying to pull forward as an IPA, yet, in the Barleywine or American Strong styles. Reminds me of the day when I finally got to try the Stone Ruination Barrel aged and realized it was awesome despite being an aged IPA. Yes, if you think about it in a sense of it really being an American aged barleywine, it is essentially what this is and I highly recommend you find it and try it.

Anime Corner:
YoRHa No.2 Type B/ 2B/ 2E “Executioner” from Nier: Automata was chosen in this pairing as I wanted to pair mainly with the colors of the beer label. The dark and yellow colors pair well with 2B. Also since 2B is an executioner, and she is representative of death, the name of the beer also works as she brings Doom to enemies she fights. This beer won’t kill you but the ABV will surely mess you up but that’s nice!

Sources:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2c6n0EVQAEGy02.jpg
https://s5.postimg.org/m4hhq81ad/image.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/S5v4LE9.jpg
http://konachan.com/image/3d8695e759610cffdb03c19864df8796/Konachan.com%20-%20234402%20ass%20boots%20dress%20gloves%20gray_hair%20headband%20kinohara-kossuta%20nier%20nier%3A_automata%20panties%20robot%20short_hair%20sword%20underwear%20watermark%20weapon.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C8A2lcgW0AIWqb_.jpg
http://orig09.deviantart.net/cd4a/f/2017/164/a/4/2b_by_tsuaii-dbckcd6.jpg

Barmy by Ballast Point brewing

Rating: 5.5/6

Barmy by Ballast Point brewing is 12% ABV is an Imperial Golden Ale brewed with Apricots and Honey.

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Made with only six ingredients. Malted 2-row barley, palisade hops, orange blossom honey, White Labs California Ale Yeast, apricots and San Diego carbon filtered tap water. Low bitterness is balanced by tart apricots with a sweet but not cloying finish. Barmy Ale can be aged up to eight years with a strong honey wine character emerging if cellared. Be careful not to be the barmiest of them all.

==Introduction==

Obtained at www.craftbeerkings.com at Plaza Market in El Monte California. I have really been liking some of the new releases for Ballast Point. Especially since they are fish inspired. In this release, they came out with a Golden ale that is 12%. This beer is definitely the strongest, alcohol wise, that I have ever tried form Ballast Point. The others being Sea Monster and Victory at Sea. For a golden and sold in a 6 pack, this is a crazy selection. It will definitely get ya drunk! Being as it was the strongest, I definitely wanted to bring it to the website. Let’s have a look at this new monster, cheers!

Aromas:
Tropical fruit kiwi, honey dew melon, papaya, strawberries, honey, Stone fruit apricot, peaches, lychees, mango, coriander spice, vanilla, tangerine gummies, peppercorns, bananas, clove spice, phenolics, cane sugar, raspberries, biscuit bread and waffle cone.

Flavors:
Rich Stone fruit apricot, peaches, lychees, mango, citrus blossom wild flower honey, orange preserves, tangerine gummies, peppercorns, bananas, clove spice, phenolics, cane sugar, white grapes, pineapple, biscuit bread, rye bread, grapefruit spread, peach cobbler, floral notes, waffle cone, lemon notes, coriander spice, vanilla, raspberries, blueberries, tropical fruit kiwi, honey dew melon, papaya, strawberries, dragon fruit and passion fruit.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with lots of honey, stone fruits, cane sugar, banana, tropical fruit and biscuit bread.
Slight alcohol in the taste, Golden clear in color, smooth, crisp, velvety and refreshing along with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
An exceptional brew! Something I would definitely love to have more of. Yes it is 12% and it will take a toll right away but still, you can’t beat good beer for the price. Although my only gripe is that while it is complex, the booze does creep up and you can tell it is there. A few years and this will be much better to the point where it will be drinkable better. I highly recommend this one.

Anime Corner:
Princes Zelda from Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild was used in this pairing as I wanted to mainly go with the colors of the label with the orangey yellow fish and the blue sea so the colors worked well. The barrel is essentially an innuendo for her bottom. While it did become a meme when Nintendo focused on Zelda’s rear, the way barrels sit for months is similar to how big butts are big due to long points of sitting around. Although, Zelda isn’t lazy, she’s actually very athletic.

Sources:
http://pbs.twimg.com/media/C_Y70XAW0AEoLJP.jpg
https://img.fireden.net/v/image/1485/02/1485027607142.png
http://i.imgur.com/9yqT4D0.jpg
http://orig05.deviantart.net/2929/f/2017/062/5/a/zelda___breath_of_the_wild_by_genzoman-db11zxo.jpg
https://babylon.naurunappula.com/screen/c1/d1/c1d153ea4ef8777c/0/1390288.png

 

2017 The Three Philosophers by Ommegang

Rating: 6/6

2017 The Three Philosophers by Ommegang is a 9.8%ABV Belgian Quadrupple ale blended with 2% Belgian Kriek (Cherry Belgian Ale)

One of my top 3 best common beers in the world. True love for the Belgian Quads!

Original Review https://animebeers.com/2013/02/27/the-three-philosophers-by-ommegang-new-label/

2017 Peanut Butter Cup Porter by Karl Strauss brewing

Rating: 5.5/6

2017 Peanut Butter Cup Porter by Karl Strauss brewing is a 5.6% ABV English Porter brewed with Peanut butter, cocoa nibs and vanilla beans.

Maaaggicccc cocoa krispies and Reeces pieces!

Original Review: https://animebeers.com/2014/10/06/peanut-butter-cup-porter-by-karl-strauss-brewing/

2016 Glazed Imperial Doughnut Break by Evil Twin Brewing

Rating: 6/6

2016 Glazed Imperial Doughnut Break by Evil Twin Brewing is an 11.5% ABV Imperial Porter brewed with Coffee and flavors added.

Still continues to be an amazing brew even to this day… epic doughnut beer!

Original Review: https://animebeers.com/2014/08/20/glazed-imperial-doughnut-break-by-evil-twin-brewing/

2017 System of a Stout by Beachwood brewing

 

Rating: 6/6

2017 System of a Stout by Beachwood brewing is an 11.2% ABV World Class Armenian Imperial Stout brewed in the Armenian Coffee way with cardamom, molasses and Portola Coffee beans aged in oak brandy barrels.

Label:
System of a Stout incorporates the ingredients of a traditional cup of Armenian-style coffee: cardamom, molasses, and a massive infusion of coffee from our good friends at Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa, CA. This robust and flavorful brew is then oak aged, adding even more layers of complexity. Enjoy fresh or cellar at 45-55°.

==Introduction==

An awesome release that I haven’t tried in a while made in tribute to System of a Down. The last time I had it, it was very limited as you could only get it at the brewery. This year, many locations were able to receive this beer. Essentially, the public can now get the brew. I wanted to bring this one back since it was one of my favorite and well in the theme of System of the Down, I wanted to rock while drinking this one. There isn’t many beers made with Armenian ingredients and it is awesome to see that type of tribute many times as well. Let’s see how this one is this year, cheers!

Aromas:
Dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, Belgian chocolate, mocha, dark espresso, java, cappuccino, Irish cream, roasted coffee, fancy coffee, anise, molasses, rye bread, toasted coconut, marshmallows, brandy, tiramisu, fruit cake and pecan pie.

Flavors:
Dark espresso, java, mocha, cappuccino, Irish cream, roasted coffee, fancy coffee, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, oak, brandy notes, dark fruit cherries, plums, raisins, figs, cardamom, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, Belgian chocolate, pecan pie, flan, almonds, chocolate cake, bananas, anise, molasses, rye bread, toasted coconut, marshmallows, earthy spices, piloncillo sugar cone, rocky road ice cream, tiramasu, fruit cake, sweetened condensed milk, steamed milk, malted chocolate and Cadbury chocolate eggs.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with fancy coffee, marshmallows, dark chocolate dark fruits, dark cherry, caramel, vanilla, oak, brandy and earthy spicy notes. No alcohol in the taste, Dark abyss full body, smooth, chewy, creamy and syrupy mouthfeel and sipping drinkability.

Overall:
A supremely exceptional brew as before. Full of complex flavors, rich chocolate, coffee, oak, brandy and much much more. The kind that will definitely age for many years. I’m glad they started releasing this one again and this time to more hands than before. I just hope one day they release it more frequently. I highly recommend you get this one.

Anime Corner:
Marceline from Adventure Time as well as Raven/Rachel Roth and Starfire/Koriand’r were chosen for this pairing for many reasons. Marceline mainly since I used her in the original pairing to represent the rock and dark theme of System of a Down. This time, I brought Raven and Starfire using a pairing artwork from Sakimichan which goes well with the label. You can see how the blue sky and upper mountains are raven and the land and dessert are starfire. It was definitely something I really loved.

Sources:
http://artgerm.deviantart.com/art/Marceline-466739861
http://dandonfuga.deviantart.com/art/Marceline-648391984
http://en-so.deviantart.com/art/Marceline-the-Vampire-Queen-386640262
http://sakimichan.deviantart.com/art/Raven-Starfire-684968674

 

Mélange No. 9 by The Bruery Terreux

Rating: 5.25/6

Mélange No. 9 by The Bruery Terreux is a 7.8% ABV Wild Ale Hybrid of 83% Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels, 17% Ale aged in bourbon barrels with ginger and coconut added.

Label:
TROPICAL – OAKY – ISLAND

This sour ale was the winner of our Hoarders Society blending competition. A combination of our sour blonde, Sour in the Rye and White Oak Sap along with ginger and coconut.

Description:
Mélange #9 was created by your peers at a special blending competition held in November 2013 for our Hoarders Society members at the time. Each team was given access to a slew of our barrel aged beers and were allowed to bring in pretty much any ingredient of their own to add to the mix. The winning blend is a sour ale, using both our sour blonde ale and Sour in the Rye, with a hint of sweetness from White Oak Sap. Coconut and fresh ginger was added to the blend just a few days before packaging, generating a super fresh, tropical spice.

==Introduction==

Mélange #9 was finally released to the Reserve society at the Bruery. One the Melange series that I have not tried before. Many of the Melange series has always been about Cuvees of dark strong beers and very few about sours. Like I still have to try Melange #1. Yet, since I didn’t know when they would release Mélange #9 again, I figure I bring it to the site before the getting was good. This one is actually a sour. With the addition of the base being White Oak and Sour in the Rye makes for a beer that could be quite intriguing. Let’s have a look, cheers!

Aromas:
Stone fruit apricots, peaches, sour apples, lavender hibiscus, rose hips, ginger bread, oranges, lime, wine grapes, dragon fruit, rye bread, pineapple, lemon peel, oak, Chardonnay, bourbon hints, vanilla, and coconut notes.

Flavors:
Ginger bread, ginger cookies, ginger ale, funky grapes, toasted coconut, oranges, tangerines, passion fruit, dragon fruit, rye bread, cucumber, tart pineapple, lemon peel, oak, chardonnay, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, Mexican Cocada coconut candy, sweetened condensed milk hints, white wine, lactic funk wine grapes, farmhouse notes, hibiscus, lavender, rose hips, honey, stone fruit apricots, peaches and sour apples.

Aftertaste:
Finishes dry with floral notes, coconut, lemon peel, ginger bread, vanilla, oak, honey, oranges, hibiscus, and wine grapes. No Alcohol in the taste, clear golden body, crisp, refreshing and effervescent mouthfeel with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
A slight smidge above perfect and this is definitely due to the fact that it is not a pure sour. The ginger, coconut and bourbon definitely cut the sour aspects by a lot and bring about a nice balance and complexity that makes this one more enjoyable with every sip. I think many that do not like sours will find this one appealing. Highly recommended.

Anime Corner:
Misty/Kasumi from Pokemon was brought to this beer to pair with the colors of the label and represent some of the tropics of the beer. While her thing is water and water type pokemon, I think she fit just right. Also, the fact that this is the first time I use her in a Bruery beer as well.

Sources:
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2017 Dark Lord Imperial Stout by Three Floyds brewing

 

Rating: 7/7

2017 Dark Lord Imperial Stout by Three Floyds brewing is a 15% ABV World Class Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Dark Matter’s Blood Lord/ BBA Unicorn Blood Coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar.

Description:
Dark Lord is a gargantuan Russian Style Imperial Stout, with a reverse cascading head that starts out billowing the color of burnt oil like the Dark Lord rising from the black primordial beginnings. Its resonant vinous aroma has been described as cherries, sweet malt, molasses, burnt currants, plums with a port wine alcohol undertow. Mochachino notes buried within. Motor oil consistency, hellishly smooth yet divinely burnt and vinous. The first sip coats your palate with a palatial charred fruit and chocolate blanket. Alcohol burn wiggles its way down your throat with a thick body.

==Introduction==

The time has come again! The presence of the Dark Lord has come again. Every year, or atleast when I get a chance, I love bringing this beer to the site. Since 2011, I have considered this one, the best Russian Imperial Stout I had ever tasted. While there are many players out there that have since overtaken the Dark Lord and many drinkers considering this one as one huge soy sauce bomb, I for one embrace what this beer has to offer even to this day. There aren’t many beers quite like this one and I think it can still hold a huge candle even to the greats of today. Let’s have a look at this one for old time sake, cheers!

Aromas:
Dark Fruits, molasses, soy sauce, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, brown sugar, maple syrup, peanut butter, dulce de leche caramel, marshmallows, rum notes, Irish cream coffee, Khalua Coffee Liqueur, vanilla, port wine, raspberries, dark cherries, smokey notes, hazelnut nectar and pecan pie.

Flavors:
Rich molasses, soy sauce, Rich dark cherries, burnt candi sugars, flan, crème brulee, peanut butter, richa dark chocolate, German chocolate, Baker’s chocolate, Belgian chocolate, rich bananas, plantains, banana split, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, cocoa crispies, dark fruit raisins, plums, figs, currants, raspberries, port wine, , Danish cream, Danish chookies, English cream, Cadbury chocolate cream, Mexican Abuelita hot chocolate syrup, Black cherry pie, blood pie, fruit cake, churros, chocolate empanada, rocky road ice cream, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, vanilla, choco maple, walnuts, marzipan, dulce de leche caramel, brown sugar, piloncillo sugar cone, milk chocolate oreo cookies, marshmallows, chocolate mousse, rum hints, smokey hints, Irish cream notes and Jamoca ice cream

Aftertaste:
Finishing with rich mocha, dark fruit, chocolate, port wine, caramel, soy sauce, pilloncillo sugar block, toasted coconut, smokey notes, and vanilla. No alcohol to be found here, dark abyss hyper dimensional full body, ketchup syrup consistency, smooth, chewey, oily and velvety mouthfeel along with a ridiculously easy drinkability that is only worthy of ninjas. 

Overall:
Existentially bucket listed! While I have not tried any variants except for Dark Lord De Muerte, this beer keeps coming back as a reminder as to what some of the best imperial stouts in the world should be. People may hate and call this one a soy sauce bomb, but even if it is hinted, well, so it is with many other dark beer and especially those that dare to tread into the dark strong territory like some of my favorite Belgian Dark Strongs and Stouts. Yes, This beer series was one of the basis for crafting my own barrel aged experimental homebrews using the same Dark Matter Coffee and to my surprise, they ended up being so damn close, especially Sangrileche 1 and 2. The amazement of this beer is the fact that it is so damn strong and yet so damn drinkable and a sinfully endless pleasure of pure multi dimensionally palatable complexity. I can taste things that are only unique to this beer. IF you are able to trade for this one or are lucky to go Dark Lord Day, do yourself a favor and go toe to toe with the dark lord of beers… it was meant to be!! 

Anime Corner:
Lightning Claire Farron, from Final Fantasy XIII series was chosen in the previous versions of the Dark Lord and this is the second time I bring the new Dark Lord… Miriam, from “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night” which is the new upcoming Kickstarter series by Koji Igarashi (Godfather of the Castlevania series). Based on the progress, artwork and tribute to the castlevania games, Miriam seems like a major bad ass. The game is set to release sometime in 2018 but like the previous time I used Miriam, I figure I pair her with the unholy World Class Dark Lord Imperial Stout. Her colors are a good representative of the gothic but also the occult mysteries and the straight up powerful.

Sources:
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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake by The Bruery

 

Rating: 6/6

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake by The Bruery is a 13.7% ABV Wheat Wine brewed with Strawberries, Lactose and vanilla beans aged in bourbon barrels.

==Introduction==

Gotta admit, the Bruery has been coming out with some of the craziest dessert and delicious experiments ever. Who would of thought that they would of made a strawberry shortcake beer!? Well, actually, it shouldn’t be surprising! At this point, the Bruery can literally make any type of dessert beer it seems and meant it to how it tastes. This was something that was released on tap only as far as I know but yes, it was one I was allowed to bring home to get a good analysis of. So let’s check it out, cheers!

Aromas:
Banana split, strawberries, cherries, biscuit bread, butterscotch, tres leches cake, Danish creak, dark fruits, sweetened condensed milk, Neapolitan ice cream, piloncillo sugar cone, dulce de leche caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, waffle cone, almond joy and toasted coconut.

Flavors:
Rich strawberry cheesecake, white chocolate, Strawberry shortcake, Tres Leches strawberry cake, Banana Split with Strawberries, Strawberry and banana yogurt, toffee, piloncillo sugar cone, Cadbury caramel cream eggs, flan, crème brulee, Danish cream, cookie dough ice cream, vanilla, sugar cookies, sweetened condensed milk, strawberry pound cake, Neapolitan ice cream, Strawberries and cream, Raspberries, pomegranates, dark fruit currants, blueberries, dragon fruit, cherries, marzipan, chocolate truffles, toasted coconut, almond joy, cotton candy and red velvet cake.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with rich strawberries, vanilla, cheesecake, cherry, yogurt, marzipan, white chocolate, flan, bananas and caramel. No alcohol in the taste, super hazy murky peach colored full body, smooth, creamy, refreshing and chewy mouthfeel along with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
Exceptional! Another awesome dessert that feels like liquefying a strawberry shortcake and drinking it. Of course it is amazing and since it uses White Oak as its base, its works super awesomely. In fact, the base was also used in White Chocolate so its no wonder that it has application in making other amazing beers. I absolutely love it. If you get a chance to have this on tap, check it out, I highly recommend it!

Anime Corner:
Junko Enoshima from Danganronpa was chosen in this pairing as I was going for something that would fit with pink strawberry cheesecake. While I already used Sakura Haruno with different Bruery beers as they relate to cherries, I wanted to go with another character that works with this pairing and that is where Junko came in. While I do not know much of the story, I do know that she made the perfect pairing in this beer especially over the flavors and ingredients of this beer.

Sources:
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Cookies and Dreams collaboration by The Bruery and Abnormal Beer Co

 

Rating: 6/6

Cookies and Dreams collaboration by The Bruery and Abnormal Beer Co is a 10.4% ABV Cookie Inspired Imperial Stout brewed with Cacao Nibs and Vanilla Beans.

==Introduction==

I had originally tried this one at the Bruery’s 9th anniversary event and was recently given the opportunity to bring this one to the site. This one is inspired by Cookies and Cream ice cream. Essentially, the Oreo cookies and cream or at least what I believe it to be. It doesn’t use Black Tuesday but an original stout recipe brewed in the collaboration for this beer. I have not tried anything from Abnormal before so this would count. Also, the fact that this is an oreo based beer is something that I really really wanted to share. So let’s have at it, cheers!

Aromas:
Banana split, cookies and cream, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark fruits, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, rocky road ice cream, coconut, anise, mocha ice cream, cherries, fruit cake, crème brulee, burnt sugar and sweetened condensed milk.

Flavors:
Chocolate chip cookies, Cookies and cream, oreos, vanilla, Danish cream, Irish cream, mocha coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, German chocolate, cocoa powder, dark fruit raisins, currants, prunes, dark cherries, pomegranates, banana hints, anise, mint chocolate chip, white chocolate, cookie dough ice cream, rocky road ice cream, chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, dulce de leche caramel, licorice notes, jamoca ice cream, raspberry cordials, toffee, crème brulee, hazelnut nectar, pecan pie, cherry marzipan and fruit cake

Aftertaste:
Finishing rich with chocolate cookie dough flavors, vanilla, dark fruits, dark chocolate, caramel, fruit cake, cookies and cream, oreos, banana and mint chocolate chips. No alcohol in the taste despite the ABV. Pitch black body, smooth, creamy, velvety and chewy mouthfeel along with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
An amazing beer! Lot’s of chocolate, oreo cookie and cream flavors. It doesn’t stop there though, there are so many flavors all over making this an overall cookies and cream dessert. The name is damn appropriate too. I have no idea if they mashed actual cookies in this but it sure feels like it. They gotta release this in bottles! If you have a chance to try it at the Bruery, definitely get it!

Anime Corner:
Harley Quinn from DC comics’ Batman series was chosen to represent the beer in the sense that the colors and flavors are sweet and insane! Essentially, with the black and white colors of the original Harley Quinn along side with the complex flavors of the Suicide Squad Harley, it make sense. Especially since you have the 2 Harleys representing the 2 breweries. It was kind of a stretch but in general, since I haven’t done a pairing with Harley, I felt this would be the right one.

Sources:
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Horse by Offshoot Brewing

 

Rating: 6/6

Horse by Offshoot Brewing is an 8.2% ABV New England Style Double India Pale Ale brewed with Citra, Huell Melon and Simcoe hops.

Label:
HOPS: CITRA, HUELL MELON, SIMCOE
MALT: 2-Row, Pilsner, Rolled Oats
Yeast: Bavarian
==Introduction==

Released 5/24/2017 and reviewed 5/30/2017 (Post is later though as you can tell). I reviewed this one alongside Cart as they were at their freshest. This is the first time I try a beer with Huell Melon which almost sounds “Whole Melon” and is what I am thinking this tastes like. We will see though. So I have made the spiel about New England IPAs before so I am not going to do that again. Anyways, for the way freshies go, let’s have a go at this one, cheers!

Aromas:
Tropical fruit mango, kiwi, passion fruit, dragon fruit, cantaloupe, papaya, strawberries, banana notes, coriander, piloncillom Mexican sweet bread, sweet limes, orange juice, starburst candy, flan notes, currants, pecans, Danish cream, crème brulee, stone fruit peaches and blueberries.

Flavors:
Rich honey dew melon, strawberries, kiwi, passion fruit, dragon fruit, cantaloupe, papaya, orange blossom honey, stone fruit mango, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, currants, maple hints, lychee fruit, starburst candy, flan, sweetened condensed milk, wild flower honey, orange juice, kumquats, sweet limes, tampico orange, fuzzy navel, tangerine gummies, tropical fruit mango, mild piña colada, almonds, cashews, pecans, toffee, caramel, mild white chocolate, Danish cream, crème brulee, cane sugar, honey suckle flowers, lemon grass, rye bread, candied oranges, wheat, banana hints, coriander hints, piloncillo sugar cone and Mexican sweet bread.

Aftertaste:
Finishes full tropical fruits, rich berries, stone fruit, grapefruit, floral, piney and grassy hops, honey, sweetened condensed milk and biscuit bread. No alcohol in the taste, Hazy Golden Orange juice body, crisp, clean, refreshing and smooth mouthfeel along with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
Amazing! Sweet tropical fruit, orange juice, some nuttiness, and berries. It really does stump me how true to hype the style might actually be. Granted, I still will not do any overnight line formations for beer. It’s just my thing. That is why I’m happy more and more breweries are starting to make their own hazy awesomeness. Do I recommend this one? Hell yea! Would it be worth the bucket? No and don’t go too crazy for any beer that is to hyped. Say No to hype! Say yes to ease of access and the underappreciated goodness!

Anime Corner:
Torahime from Oboro Muramasa was used in this pairing for mainly the horse and since I wanted a horse to look as bad ass as possible and would fit with the label of the beer. Since I did the cart one now I do the horse pairing separately and man, what a pairing!

Sources:
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Cart by Offshoot Beer Company

 

Rating: 5.5/6

Cart by Offshoot Beer Company is a 6.7% ABV New England Style India Pale Ale brewed with African Queen, Simcoe and El Dorado hops.

Label:
HOPS: African Queen, Simcoe, El Dorado hops
MALTS: 2-Row, Vienna, Wheat, Golden Naked Oats
YEAST: Bavarian

==Introduction==

The second set of can releases by the Bruery and their IPA venture, Offshoot Beer Company. They make it easy for their society members to get these beers as there is no need for a line. You just buy and pick up. This is actually awesome as the hype for many of the Vermont/New England style beers have been hard to come by since some people usually try to get as many as possible as they use it for trading fodder. Like scalpers for toys or video games, it is kind of getting out of hand. The fact that freshie beers go to trade for a barrel aged beer is pretty ridiculous. Nevertheless, that’s another story for another time. So if you somehow manage to get this one, let’s see if how it is, cheers!

Aromas:
Grapefruit, tangerine, grassy, piney and floral hops, tropical fruit, papaya, passion fruit, dragon fruit, pineapple guava, biscuit bread, coconut, Danish cream, orange blossom honey, tangerines, orange zest, citrus, cherries and caramel hints.

Flavors:
Rich papaya, passion fruit, dragon fruit, pineapple, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, mango, kiwi, strawberry, prickly pear tunas, cherries, pomegranates, grapes, lemon peel, caramel, almonds, walnut, peanut hints, grapefruit, tangerine, grassy, piney and floral hops, honey, lychee, stone fruit peach, apricot, guava, Danish cream, fuzzy navel, peach cobbler, blueberries, flan, cherry marzipan, orange honey blossom, sunny delight, tampico mango drink, tangerine gummies, kumquats, lime notes, orange candy slices and starburst candies.

Aftertaste:
Finishes full of tropical fruit juice, orange juice, mixed nuts, lemon peel, grapefruit, floral, piney and grassy hops, honey, sweetened condensed milk and biscuit bread. No alcohol in the taste, Hazy Golden Orange juice body, crisp, clean, refreshing and smooth mouthfeel along with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
An exceptional beer! Unlike the Better Late than never, the flavors are in different from that beer and yet it is still very delicious and tropical although it has some nice nutty notes. This is the first time I try the African Queen hops and while it is hard to distinguish which hop gave what flavor profile, I can only say that it sure added something amazing to this beer. So yes, I would say I highly recommend it but don’t pay for it if you can trade for something not too expensive.

Anime Corner:
Hera, Athena, Artemis, Persephone and Aries from Puzzles and Dragons were all used in this pairing to mainly represent the cart being pulled by the horses. There really wasn’t much I could think of than better to go all the way with something creative.

Sources:
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Four Legs Good by Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Rating: 6/6

Four Legs Good by Sante Adairius Rustic Ales is a 9.9% Belgian Blonde Quadrupel aged in Oak Barrels.

Label:
What do a three-legged dog, a made-up beer style and a giant oak cask have to do with each other? One great beer. Four Legs Good, our Blond Quad, belies its sweet nature with a dry, full finish and sneaky strength. Fermented first in puncheons with extensive aging in oak foudres, Four Legs Good doesn’t care what you call it as long as she is along for the ride. Four Legs Good, three legs better. Sante!

==Introduction==

Been eyeing this one from the time I saw it. In fact, I kept passing it up even though it was a quadruple and I am a sucker for quadruples. The price was telling me not too but at some point I said, screw it, let’s see how it is. This is the first time I had a beer from Sante Adairius which focuses on Rustic Ales. Seeing as they called this one a Blonde quad, it does see, like it could be something different like the way the make Golden Stouts. But will this really be like a quadruple? I think that is the part that makes this one really exciting for me. So let’s have a go, cheers!

Aromas:
Stone fruit peaches, plums, apricots, sour apples, brettanomyces, peppercorns, tropical fruit passion fruit, mango, honey dew melon, honey, bananas, clove spice, Belgian candi sugars, musty funk, figs, pecan pie, lavender, grassy notes and biscuit bread.

Flavors:
Dates, White raisins, plums, figs, dulce de leche caramel, farmhouse funk, farmhouse hay, chardonnay, oak, vanilla, marshmallows, stone fruit peaches, apricots, sour apples, brettanomyces, peppercorns, Belgian candi sugar, cloves, banana hints, cane sugar, wild flower honey, citrus, lemon peel, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, honey dew melon, cherry yogurt, pomegranates, strawberry notes, hibiscus, lavender, grassy notes, biscuit bread, piloncillo hints, lychee fruit and rye bread.

Aftertaste:
Finishing dry with some stone fruits, peppercorn, vanilla, oak, honey, white raisins, dulce de leche caramel and banana notes. No alcohol in the taste despite the ABV, Blonde and clear to hazy body, smooth, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel along with a moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
A very exceptional brew! While this is more of a sour quad and closer to a farmhouse ale, there are many stone fruit flavors which you can find in a Belgian Quad and Tripel. It was very nice and enjoyable and while I think it was damn exceptional, the price is a bit up there. So yes I highly recommend it but maybe not at the price they sell it of $20+. 

Anime Corner:
Krystal Fox from Star Fox and Colleen from Road Roavers we used in this pairing to represent the Fox and Hound in the label respectively. Yes, Colleen is not a hound and Krystal is not a red fox but they are both canines and represent the species in the label

Sources:
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