2016 So Happens It’s Tuesday by The Bruery

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2016 So Happens It’s Tuesday by The Bruery is a 14% ABV Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Label:
IT HAPPENS

A dark and delicious display of rich malts, toasty oak flavors and vanilla-like notes from extended aging in bourbon barrels.

Our infamous Black Tuesday stout is named in honor of the great stock market crash of 1929. So Happens It’s Tuesday is similarly dark and delicious, but in a more affable format, reminding us that there is always a bit of good to be found within the bad. Things happen, life goes on. This beer can be enjoyed in all of those moments and seasons, ideally served at 55°F (13°C) in a tulip or wine glass.

==Introduction==

Released to the Reserve and Hoarders Society members and to the public soon. Essentially, this is supposed to the “Session” version of Black Tuesday. That is a pretty bold statement considering the original is 20%ABV!!!!!!!!!!!! Their original run from 2014 did not make it and so they decided it to rebrew it. At a smaller ABV, I have to see how this fairs. Yes, this is not the same as the Black Tuesday and I know I said I would not review the regular since I did s countless times but this is an exception. I always wanted to bring this “Session” brew to the site, now it is here! Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, German Chocolate, Bakers Chocolate, Rich toasted coconut, oak, bourbon, maple syrup, crème brulee, chocolate cherry cake, Three Milks/Tres Leches cream, mocha hints, dark fruit cherries, prunes, raisins, cocada Mexican coconut candy, dark fruit cherries, raspberries, prunes, raisins, plums, figs, currants and toffee.

Flavors:
Rich Toasted Coconut, oak, bourbon, Dark fruit cherries, raspberries, prunes, raisins, plums, figs, currants, cocada Mexican coconut candy, Dulce de leche caramel, bananas, vanilla, clove spice, marshmallow smores, rocky road ice cream, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, German Chocolate, Bakers Chocolate, brown sugar, maple syrup, crème brulee, chocolate cherry cake, Three Milks/Tres Leches cream, mocha hints, Oreo cookies and cream, Toffee, Piloncillo Sugar Cone, flan, and leche nestle/sweetened condenced milk.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with toasted coconut, vanilla, marshmallow, bourbon, rich dark fruits, caramel, oak, bananas and clove spice. No alcohol in the taste despite the ABV. Pitch black dark like the original, smooth, creamy, syrupy nd velvety mouthfeel and damn drinkable even though the ABV says otherwise. Crazy huh? But I would not doubt it especially for a “session”.

Overall:
An exceptional brew right off the bat! While yes, it is not as super complex or strong ABV wise, this brew is still a Black Tuesday. I think of it as a session especially since it seems that it is too easy to drink even for the ABV. I don’t know what it is that makes it very covetable, but it is. Also, the fact that this might see a public release soon is very thrilling for people that have not tried the regular Black Tuesday. It is a great example of what to expect and more drinkable at that. Definitely get it!

Anime Corner:
Jo from Burst Angel was used in this pairing since her story is similar to KOS-MOS where she did not know she was basically a genetic war machine. Essentially, like KOS-MOS, she learned about her past near the end of the series and her true purpose. Other than the similarities (Both Machines, pilots of Mechs) which I felt best fit my theme of the pairings for Black Tuesday (the collapse of a system for a new age to emerge) This beer’s ingredients and flavors pair well with some of the colors on Jo. I also added one where she is with Meg, her partner to show case some more colors.

Sources:
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Scotch Whisky Barrel Poterie (8th Anniversary Ale) by The Bruery

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Scotch Whisky Barrel Poterie (8th Anniversary Ale) by The Bruery is a 14.8% ABV Old Ale aged in Scotch Whisky Barrels.

Label:
This sturdy beer marks our eighth year, and we are grateful for the outpouring of community. Together may our supporters, our brewery and this beer grow in complexity and refinement over the years.

Our eighth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain. This edition was 100% aged in oak barrels that previously held Scotch Whisky, imparting a subtle smoky complexity. Poterie (Pottery) will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly.

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Poterie is French for “pottery”, the traditional eight-year anniversary gift. Our eighth anniversary ale, Poterie, follows in the footsteps of our anniversary releases before it, which are loosely based on an English-style old ale and fermented with our house yeast strain. This edition was 100% aged in oak barrels that previously held Scotch, imparting a subtle smoky complexity to complement the robust flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly.

==Introduction==

An Anniversary beer this early in the year? What? And a variant no less. Poterie was originally released in January to Hoarders society members. Since they had some extras, it looks like they let Reserve society members have a crack at it. So since that was the case, I was able to bring it to the site. With limited releases of this variant, it would most likely need to be traded unless you buy it from an online site. Why this was released before the regular anniversary, I am not sure. However, it is what it is and I can’t wait to try this new spirit variant. Cheers!

Aromas:
Bananas, Clove spice, raspberry Chambord, maple syrup, graham crackers, brown sugar, Cadbury chocolate cream eggs, Dulce de leche caramel, raspberry Chambord, dark fruit raisins, plums, blueberries, smoked peat, piloncillo sugar cone, flan, marshmallows, fruit cake, pecan pie and sweet condensed milk.

Flavors:
Cadbury chocolate cream eggs, super rich dark fruit raisins, plums, blueberries, smoked peat, toasted coconut, bourbon, scotch whisky, rum notes, oak, chocolate truffle ice cream, Belgian candi sugars, burnt sugar, rich butterscotch, waffle cone, raspberry Chambord, maple syrup, graham crackers, brown sugars, bananas, plantains, molasses, chocolate mousee, capirotada raisin bread pudding, rye bread, port wine, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate cherry cordials, mocha hints, pecan pie, fruit cake, flan, marshmallows, toasted coconut, piloncillo sugar cone, burnt cane sugar, clove spice, nutmeg, hazelnut nectar, blueberry cheesecake and cookie dough ice cream.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with straight up darkfruits, caramels, smoked peat, blueberries, raspberries, vanilla, Scotch whisky hints, bourbon, fruit cake, marshmallow, coconut, and nutty aftertaste. Some alcohol in the aftertaste but not detracting from the rich flavors. Dark crimson brown medium to full body, silky, smooth and creamy mouthfeel and sipping drinkability.

Overall:
Supreme of Supremes!! I don’t know what it is about this brew that I like so much. The solera method they used over the years has seems to have created more complex flavors. It’s that or the fact that this is Scotch Whisky Barrel aged. Which I would assume it can only be the bourbon. I won’t know until I compare this to the regular bourbon anniversary one that comes out nearing May 2016. Either way, I am glad they decided to release this to Reserve Society members so I could bring it to the site and give you some information on it. Definitely highly recommended.

Anime Corner:
Samus Aran from Nintendo’s Metroid series was used in this review as I wanted to pair with the colors of the label. The blues and oranges seem to stand out very well. Also, since I have done a trend on these using characters in body suits, I figured it was perfect. The Poterie aspect in the name works well too as in one of the artworks, her armor is like the color of pottery so her being inside the suit is like the beer being inside a ceramic vase. Definitely creative that is for sure. The complexity and flavors just mimic her character as well as she is both strong and her story is very deep.

Sources:
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2015 Quingenti Millitre Series Batch No. 07 Xocoveza Mocha Stout Charred Collaboration by Chris Banker, Stone Brewing and Cerveceria Insurgente de Mexico

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2015 Quingenti Millitre Series Batch No. 07 Xocoveza Mocha Stout Charred Collaboration by Chris Banker, Stone Brewing and Cerveceria Insurgente de Mexico is an 10% ABV World Class Milk/Sweet Stout brewed with cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg then aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Label:
Pronuced (SHO-CO-VAY-ZA)

Brewed August 17
The base beer is the recipe of 2014 Stone Homebrew Competition winner Chris Banker, an intensely flavorful milk stout brewed with coffee and spices to mimic the rich flavors of Mexican hot chocolate.

In The Mash
U.S. Pale, Maris Otter Pale, Crystal, Black Patent, Coffee Malt & Chocolate Malt

In The Boil
Challenger & East Kent Golding Hops.

Special Ingredients
Lactose, Flaked Oats, Coffee, Vanilla, Pasilla Peppers, Nutmeg, Cinnamon & Cocoa

Unfiltered and Aged 3 months in American Oak Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.

CELLAR NOTES: Time spent in bourbon barrels gave an already complex beer even more complexity and flavor intensity, layering additional caramel-like and vanilla flavors on top of those already present. Aromas of rich coffee and dark chocolate are followed by nutmeg and cinnamon; a lush, heavy mouthfeel laden with charred oak and toffee engulfs the palate on the first sip. Lingering pasilla pepper and soft oak flavors persist through an exceptionally long finish in this intensely rich and satisfying beer.
==Introduction==

I received this one as a gift by my new friend Joseph Taitano whom I was introduced by my friend Augie Escobedo, both of BeerBumz on Facebook. I had tried the Tequila variant but missed out on getting the Charred one. However, thanks to the wonderful donation, now I can share my thoughts on the beer. The reason I got it was as a special thanks as I had shared my homebrew on a beer tasting session. Every one of which who enjoyed my beers a whole lot. I even got a name, calling me “The Prodigy” of homebrewing. It is true, I have only been brewing beer for a year but the fact that I have been inspired by awesome beers that already exist make me take matters into my on hands and come up with recipes that mimic some of the best beers in the world. While I know I hope to one day make my own brewery, I still need years of experience as well to make it big. So to Augie, Joseph, My friend Will Carranza who introduced me to Augie and to all the BeerBumz as well as my fellow homebrewer Richard Avila, to my friend Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com from Texas and people reading my blogs, Cheers to all and a sincerest Thank You!!! Someday, I hope you get to try my brews.

Aromas:
Rich Chocolate Abuelita, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Vanilla, Dulce De leche cajeta/caramel, Kahlua Liqueur, Ancho chile, pasilla chile, Molé, cinnamon, nutmeg, smokey oak, bourbon, pan dulce, piloncillo sugar cone, capirotada raisin bread pudding, marshmallow smores, butterscotch, rocky road ice cream, mocha, roasted coffee notes, cafe con leche, Mexican vanilla, coconut hints, cocada mexican coconut candy hints, dark fruit raisins, dark cherries, Milk sugar, flan, sweetened condensed milk, tres leches cake, Champurrado, earthy notes, molasses, clove spice, grilled platanitos/bananas and Churros.

Flavors:
Charred smokey oak, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel/ cajeta, toffee, rye, Rich Chocolate Abuelita, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Molé, cinnamon, nutmeg, tres leches cake, Champurrado, earthy notes, molasses, clove spice, toasted coconut, rocky road ice cream, cookies and cream, dark fruit raisins, dark cherry, grilled platanitos/bananas, Churros, marshmallows, campfire smores, graham crackers, honey comb, Kahlua Liqueur, Ancho chile, pasilla chile spices but no heat, Milk sugar, flan, sweetened condensed milk, pan dulce, piloncillo sugar cone, capirotada raisin bread pudding, butterscotch, cocada mexican coconut candy hints, mocha, roasted coffee notes, Jericalla Mexican custard, espresso, cafe con leche and Mexican vanilla.

Aftertaste:
Lots of smokey oak, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, bourbon notes, marshmallow, dark chocolate, campfire smores, piloncillo, chocolate abuelita, pumpkin notes,spicy chile notes, earthy notes, dulce de leche and vanilla. No alcohol in the taste despite the ABV, ridiculously smooth drinkability, very creamy, velvety and smooth mouthfeel, and pitch black body just like the original.

Overall:
Supremely above and beyond. I had no idea the Xocoveza could take it to another level of enjoyment. Granted, I enjoyed the Tequila version but this is also just as good in its own league. The bourbon and charred oak brings about more smokey caramel and marshmallow flavors forward that you would find in the regular Xocoveza or even the Tequila and Wine one. Complexity on its own terms essentially. With that being said, I would highly recommend this one as well. Heck, I would recommend all 3 brews, they were one of the biggest hits for Stone Brewing.

Anime Corner:
Yoruichi Shihouin from Bleach, art by trzaraki of Deviantart.com and May from Backstreet Billiards for the PS1 were chosen in this pairing for different reasons. The original Xocoveza I used May as she represents the Mexican culture of where the recipe was inspired from especially the Mexican brewers that helped Stone with the creation. Since the upgrade using the bourbon barrel aging, I wanted to pair with one of my favorite anime characters, Yoruichi, since I wanted to show case how this was a more powerful beer than the original. I found a pic where she is what looks to be indigenous attire but also the colors of both pictures represent the colors and flavors of the beer. Her becoming a Goddess of Thunder with the purple hair represents the increase in the complexity and strength of the brew bringing the beer to a new league of its own.

Sources:
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2016 Mocha Wednesday by the Bruery

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2016 Mocha Wednesday by the Bruery is a 19.4% ABV World Class Imperial Stout brewed with Portola Labs Coffee beans and TCHO Cacao Nibs aged in bourbon barrels.

Label:
MORNING AFTER

This exquisite version of Black Tuesday is brewed with TCHO cacao nibs and coffee beans from Portola Coffee Lab.

Mocha Wednesday is a perfect follow up to a Black Tuesday. Layers of artisan dark chocolate and bold coffee collide (especially when consumed fresh) thanks to cacao nibs from San Francisco’s TCHO and OC’s own Portola Coffee lab.

==Introduction==

Mocha Wednesday is back and this time, like last year, it is released to Reserve and Hoarders society. I think as time continues, it will slowly be released onto Preserve society and maybe one day, publicly. Like the other Black Tuesday variants I have tried before, these are some of the best beers in the world. Hence, since I have tried them and this one a couple of times, this is the last review I will be doing of this brew. I believe after a while, the reviews start to get repetitive. If I had tried them at their finest, anything less would just be quality control over the brews. Which the Bruery has had to separate facilities to alleviate the issues they had run into in the past. With that being said, I definitely recommend this one right off the bat. Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark, Belgian, German, sweet, bitter, milk, fudge and baker’s chocolates, Kahlua coffee, Kopi Luwak Coffee, mocha, java, espresso, Dulce de Leche caramel, vanilla, flan, hazelnut nectar, cashew butter, maple syrup, pecan pie, pecan pie, Bailey’s Irish cream, rocky road ice cream, fudge, chocolate chip cookies, molasses, oak, brown sugar, mint, anise, toasted coconut, dark fruits, raisins, figs, plums, raspberries, cherries and almond joy.

Flavors:
Very Mocha forward, fancy coffee, Kahlua coffee liqueur, java, espresso, Kopi Luwak, bourbon, oak, rum hints, vanilla beans, dulce de leche caramel, dark fruit cherries, currants, raspberries, raisins, figs, plums, blueberries, milk chocolate dark chocolate, baker’s chocolate, bitter and sweet cocoa, Belgian chocolate, German Chocolate, chocolate cherry cordials, toasted coconut, mint chocolate chip ice cream, Bailey’s Irish Cream, almond joy chocolates, anise, brown sugar, chocolate mocha flan, sweetened condensed milk, hazelnut nectar, cashew butter, maple syrup, pecan pie, coffee cake, double chocolate cherry cake, port wine and fudge brownies.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with fancy mocha Kahlua coffee, rich dark chocolates, dark fruits, caramel, cherry chocolate and coffee cake and bourbon notes. Slight alcohol burn going down but none in the taste. Pitch black full body, ridiculous smoothness, creamy, velvety, syrupy and chewy mouthfeel along with a moderate drinkability. Yeah imagine that, be careful not to finish the bottle in one sitting. Wine stoppers are your friend.

Overall:
Definitely a lot more reminiscent of Rue D’Floyd for some delicious godly reason. Yes, that coffee chocolate cherry ambrosia they made in 2014. For being the last time I review this brew, this is one hell of a way to go out with a Mocha Wednesday bang! Yes, there is not much else I can say about this brew that has become one of the best along with the other Black Tuesday variants in the series. Heck, I had to try and stop myself from finishing the whole bottle. The brew was damn ridiculous and I enjoyed every damn minute of it even for a 19% ABV. I highly recommend you get this one along with any of the “Weekday Series”. Mind BLOWING!

Anime Corner:
Konan of Amegakure from the Naruto has returned like in last year’s review and she is looking mighty gorgeous as the beer has allowed to give way to stronger and richer sweet mocha flavors. They got that right. The alcohol shows her unique strength. The perfect pairing idea came from the label and a need to find one of my favorite characters to fit. Her blue hair and hazelnut eyes fit perfect with the beer label colors. Her strength is not the only thing that matters, but the rich sweet aspects of her flavors characterizes the deep love she has for her friends Nagato and Yahiko (Also known as Pain). The rarity of this beer is the rarity of her discipline. For the smallest times you do get to see her fight, she is a bad ass ninja. Hence the reasons her smoothness and seduction will make you pay greatly later on if you try to consume her in one sitting. Patience is virtue!! Aside from these aspects, if you know this character or can even guess what other aspects of this pairing complement each other?

Sources:
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Palo Santo Marron by Dogfish Head

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Palo Santo Marron by Dogfish Head is a 12% ABV Brown ale aged on Palo Santo Wood.

Label:
An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this beer comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. At 10,000 gallons each, these are the largest wooden brewing vessels built in American since before Prohibition. It’s all very exciting. We have wood. Now you do too.

Palo Santo means “holy tree,” and its wood has been used in South American wine-making communities.

==Introduction==

I got this one at Mr. K’s Liquor next to the Bruery in Placentia California. For many of the Dogfish Head beers, especially the strong ABV ones, they have been very delicious. I especially like the ones that reach into the double digits like the Fort, Worldwide Stout and their recent 20th anniversary. Definitely in your face, best beers out there. I found this one for a couple of bucks. You don’t see that from other brews especially with double digit ABVs. Even if it is not a 22oz, still good price. So with this one, being one I had not tried before, I could not pass it up and bring it to the website. So here is the Palo Santo. Not sure why they call it Holy Trees since Palo in Spanish is actually “stick”. Anyways, cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruit cherries, raisins, plums, figs, dates, blueberries, blackberries marshmallows, campfire smores, graham crackers, capirotada raisins bread pudding, flan, Belgian candy sugars, sweetened condensed milk notes and fruit cake.

Flavors:
Dulce de leche burnt caramel on wooden container, vanilla, cinnamon, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, capirotada raisins bread pudding, flan, Belgian candy sugars, bananas, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, oak, toffee, molasses, clove spice, dark fruit raisins, plums, figs, dates, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, blueberry cobbler, sweetened condensed milk notes, fruit cake, marshmallows, strawberries, campfire smores and graham crackers.

Aftertaste:
Finishes very rich with caramel, dark fruits, oak, toffee, vanilla candi sugar, clove spice and bananas. No alcohol in the taste, pitch black dark full body, creamy, smooth and syrupy mouthfeel along with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
An exceptional brew! Why I haven’t bothered to pick this up is beyond me but definitely something I wish I had sooner. At 12% ABV, the rich maltiness covers all! So rich and complex, I will definitely enjoyed this. The malt forward profile is what dominates the beer so if you love malty brews, this is king. Especially for the price, I recommend people get this one. If they sell it in packs of 4, I would definitely get it. A high ABV go to beer!

Anime Corner:
Shameimaru Aya from Touhou project was used in this pairing to mainly go with some of the colors of the autumn leaves, the trees and the feathers are similar to the indigenous cultures that make up a lot of the wine using this type of wood. The colors of the label, flavors and ingredients seem to complement the artwork as well too.

Sources:
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2016 Chronology:6 Wee Heavy by the Bruery

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2016 Chronology:6 Wee Heavy by the Bruery is a 13.7% ABV Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Label:
Scotchology
This wee heavy ale aged in bourbon barrels is the first in a chronologically aged series released at six-month intervals to chart the evolution of barrel-aged character over time.

In this installment of our Chronology Series we brewed a wee heavy – known for rich, malt-forward flavors – 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 first bottling represents the nuances imparted to the base beer after six months of barrel aging.

==Introduction==

Obtained from the Reserve and Hoarders Society, this brew is a new chapter in the list of aging beers. Like last year’s Old Ale aged in bourbon, this year they are going with a Wee Heavy aged in bourbon and will be releasing the brew every 6 months to see how complex it becomes over these times. With each release, we will try and see where it goes. Wee Heavy/Scotch ales are one of my favorite styles that do not get brewed often. For being an uncommon brew, the maltiness is definitely unique and so it is its own style for this reason. This is the second time I try a Scotch ale from the Bruery. The first time was the Sourboro which was a sour wee heavy. Now with this, I am ready to try more. Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark chocolate, smoked peat, oak, dulce de leche caramel, toffee, dark fruit prunes, grapes, brown sugar, vanilla, rocky road ice cream, vanilla, oak, anise, licorice hints, bananas, clove spice, milk chocolate and coffee hints.

Flavors:
Rich dulce de leche caramel, toffee, dark fruit prunes, grapes, plums, bourbon, scotch, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, smoked peat, oak, rye bread, molasses, dark cherries, grilled bananas and cream, clove spice, anise, licorice hints, dates, pecan pie,hazelnut nectar, fruit cake, stone fruit peaches, coffee notes, flan, scotch, rocky road ice cream, brown sugar, vanilla, maple, nutmeg, allspice and blueberry cheesecake.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with dark fruits, toffee, dates, oak, bourbon, toasted coconut, bananas, caramel and hazelnut nectar. Slight alcohol in the taste. Dark brown full body, smooth, creamy and chewy mouthfeel and a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
An exceptional brew right off the bat. I can only assume it will get much more grandiose over time. As the alcohol mellows out, some of the complexity starts to come out much more. There are definitely a lot of the Wee Heavy components to this and the fact that it is barrel aged, it makes it that much more delicious. I definitely would like to try it as it ages but for now, definitely seek this one out!

Anime Corner:
Cortana from Halo was used in this pairing as I wanted to pair with the colors of the label and dark fruits mainly. While Cortana herself might not have a direct connection to time, her knowledge of expertise in the future and the ability Master Chief to summon her when needed “Saves” time but also the time it took to implement all her knowledge is all the time in the world. The FUTURE!

Sources:
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2016 Colonel Kernel by The Bruery

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2016 Colonel Kernel by The Bruery is a 14.8% ABV Cornwine aged in bourbon barrels.

Label:
BEAST OF BOURBON

Colonel Kernel is a bourbon barrel-aged barleywine-style ale with corn. Think of it as sticky caramel corn served out of a toasty bourbon barrel, but without the kernels to stick in your teeth. It’s best enjoyed while in uniform via a tulip or wine glass, unless you want an earful. Best stored and cellared around 55°F (13°C) in a dark place. Ideal serving temperature is 55°F (13°C).

==Introduction==

Released to the 2015 and 2016 Reserve and Hoarders Society members, this is a brew that was made using corn. I would definitely be a skeptic about corn and beer as corn is mainly an adjunct to commercial lagers like rice. However, this is the Bruery were talking about and if they can pull off an amazing corn based brew, then I want to see it!… and try it ofcourse. With that being said, it does bring up both the sense of concern but also a sense of intrigue. How will this one do? Let’s check it out. So here it is, Colonel Kernel. Cheers!

Aromas:
Caramel Popcorn, Toffee, Butterscotch, bananas, clove spice, dark fruit raisins, plums, figs, dark cherries, , rye bread, maple, custard, corn bread, cane sugar, bananas, almonds, pecan pie, walnuts, crème brulee and capirotada raisin bread pudding.

Flavors:
Dulce de leche Caramel, Butterscotch, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, cream corn, caramelized popcorn, maize, dark fruit raisins, plums, figs, dark cherries, almonds, pecan pie, walnuts, crème brulee, maize atole hints, capirotada raisin bread pudding, macadmia nuts, milk chocolate, oatmeal, cream of wheat, grilled bananas, clove spice, port wine, coconut hints, rocky road icecream, marshmallows, smores, hazelnut hints, rye bread, maple, custard, corn bread and cane sugar.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with caramelized popcorn notes, butterscotch, bourbon, rocky road ice cream, creamy maize atole hints, maple and dark fruits. Boozy alcohol in the taste. Dark Honey colored full body, creamy, velvety, chewy and syrupy mouthfeel and a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
An exceptional brew providing a variety of complex flavors. One thing to note about this one is that it is pretty boozy. While still giving off lots of caramelized corn and sweet flavors, time will definitely do wonders for this one. Hence the lower rating. Still though, it can easily be a supreme after sometime. It proves it on its own even with the alcohol burn. I would recommend getting it for. Try one now and one to cellar to see how it fares overtime.

Anime Corner:
Sheik/Zelda from The Legend of Zelda was used in this pairing mainly for the colors of the label which also happen to be some of the colors of the ingredients and flavors like the corn, maize and the dark fruits. Mainly as corn being an elusive ingredient in craft brews mainly since it’s an adjunct, when done right, it can be an amazing ingredient to use in brews. This elusiveness is something that Sheik is. Essentially, you never knew it was actually Princess Zelda the entire time helping Link out.

Sources:
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Saturday Morning Cartoons (SMC) Breakfast Cereal Milk Stout by Brew Rebellion

12698414_10103068366925050_3681673947392678107_oRating: 6/6

Saturday Morning Cartoons Breakfast Cereal Milk Stout by Brew Rebellion is a 5.76% ABV Milk Stout.
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==Introduction==
12698474_10103068366910080_4726235273791535584_oSufferin Succotash, Great Horny Toads and Barney My Pebbles! Is what I though when I first saw this release. Extremely limited and obtained at the local Ramirez Liquors in Boyle Heights for a limited time only. This brew was a must have when I saw it. I screamed everything childhoods were about. Waking up early in the morning to watch those episodes of Thundercats, Voltron, Ninja Turtles, Mazinger Z, Looney Toons, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ronin Warriors and many many more shows. It was an awesome time with no worries, no responsibilities. It was you and your favorite characters. Damn… While this is very reminiscent, I can only hope the beer is just as good as the nostalgia. Cheers!

Aromas:
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Dark chocolate, milk chocolate lactose milk sugar, caramel, biscuit bread, fruity pebbles cereal, oreo cookies and cream, oranges, grapes, bananas, clove spice, lemon candy, starburst candy, tangerine gummy bears, stone fruit peaches, apricots, apple pie hints, hazelnut nectar and coconut hints.

Flavors:
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Lots of fruity pebbles flavors, Reese’s peanut butter cup notes, dark chocolate, milk chocolate lactose milk sugar, oranges, grapes, blueberries, dark fruit prunes, raspberries, bananas, clove spice, dragon fruit, passion fruit, lemon candy, starburst candy, tangerine gummy bears, coffee, molasses, caramel, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk hints, stone fruit peaches, apples, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, tobacco hints, coconut hints, rocky road ice cream, cookies and cream and sherbet icecream.

Aftertaste:
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Finishing dry but with a variety of fruity pebbles cereal, citrus, sugary lactose, earthy notes, caramel, vanilla, sherbet ice cream and pecan pie hints. No alcohol in the taste, dark as night full body, creamy velvety and rich mouthfeel, super easy to drink.

Overall:
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What can I say but pure Kid’s cereal Bliss. The kind of stuff I grew up with watching those Saturday morning cartoons all those years ago. I wish I know how they got so many different fruit flavors into a simple milk stout. Well, not simple at all, I say that only due to the ABV but this is pretty crazy complex and super fruity stuff. It is not like cloying by any means but definitely fruit and complex. I think for people that remember growing up with the Saturday morning cartoons will sit back, relax and watch reruns of their favorites while sipping this. Brew Rebellion keeps nailing it with this crazy delicious flavor forward beers. I highly recommend this one. Cheers!
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Anime Corner:
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“Pretty much every cartoon that made growing up in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s awesome up to the present” was used in this pairing for many reasons. Highlight many of the most popular shows that were my favorite shows from the most obscure ones to the most popular ones. This beer is a staple in artistic nostalgia paying tribute not only to childhoods everywhere but also to the future inspiration of this site. I grew up watching cartoons and anime all the way from the earliest I can remember since I was 3 years old. They inspired my perspective and appreciation for different kinds of artworks and shows. Now as an adult, this is the tribute here. I took so many pics cuz I knew just about any cartoon would fit especially of the times. Thank you childhood!

Sources:
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http://thepunkeffect.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Captain-N.jpg

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High Five by Smog City

12657374_10103068365148610_7851480503901648652_o 12672035_10103068365732440_4725025429044766663_oRating: 4.75/5

High Five by Smog City is a 7% ABV American Amber/Red Ale brewed with 5 different types of honey.

==Introduction==

Got a growler fill at Smog City during the Infinite Wishes event. I was not intrigued at first since I didn’t know what this was made up but when I did the research on spot and verifying that it is made with 5 different kinds of honey, I had to bring it to the site. Definitely very unique as I have not seen a beer that uses variants of an ingredient. It would be like making a beer using different vanilla beans, which would make for a very delicious brew ofcourse. But even so, a 5 honey variant seems even more unique as I have not heard of over 5 different types of honey. Let’s see what this one is about, cheers!

Aromas:
Biscuit bread, vanilla, caramel, rye bread, floral, citrus and piney hops, wild flower honey, banana hints, coriander spice, grape hints, trail mix hints, dark fruit raisins, raspberries, cranberries, pomegranates, blackberries and brown sugar hints.

Flavors:
Wild Flower Honey, Orange Blossom honey, Eucalyptus, Agave nectar, Mezcal hints, biscuit bread, vanilla, caramel, rye bread, floral, citrus and piney hops, dark fruit raisins, raspberries, cranberries, pomegranates, blackberries, figs, dates, grapes, trail mix, granola bars, maple syrup, leathery notes, chardonnay, mead, coriander spice, banana hints, grape jam on biscuit bread, green tea hints and honey dew melon.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with dark fruit flavors raspberries, honey, agave nectar, rye bread, caramel, toffee and brown sugar. No alcohol in the taste. Clear Dark Crimson light body, smooth, crisp, refreshing and creamy mouthfeel with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
A very good and delicious Amber. There is something very different about this brew since you can sense the honey but it is so complex. I have tried like 2 or 3 different types of honey before but never 5 and some of the honeys used actually do give way to other flavors that were not part of the beer as the ingredients. With the blend, it gives birth to these crazy fruit and flowery flavors. A must try for sure!

Anime Corner:
Original bee girls and Suzumebachi from Bleach were used in this pairing to kind of give the sense of different bees produce different kinds of honey which is true. But also, different kinds of flowers produce different honey variants too. With the brew around the whole honey bee theme, I figured it worked very well especially since the colors of the artworks also show some of the colors of the fruits and flavors that this beer has.

Sources:
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Pineapple Sculpin by Ballast Point

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Pineapple Sculpin by Ballast Point is a 7% ABV India Pale Ale brewed with Natural Pineapple Flavor.

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Hopped in 5 different stages, this beer has flavors of apricot, mango and lemon. But this isn’t your regular Sculpin IPA – this version has the addition of 100% fresh pineapple pure to create a new twist on an old favorite.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one at one of my local shops. With the release of another awesome Sculpin variant, I had to definitely bring it to the website. The different ones have elevated the original gold standard to new heights. The IPA community has been changing so much that even Sculpin is not number 1 anymore. While it is a fan favorite even for me, this is just another step in innovation of the brew market as new hop breeds are being made which bring new flavors to IPAs. Even with that being said, nothing wrong with making the gold standard into higher standard. Aside from that, I really want to try this pineapple one and recommend you do the same or at least after this review.

Aromas:
Stone fruit peaches, Pineapple hints, tropical fruit mango, dragon fruit, passion fruit, papaya, honey dew melon, grapefruit, citrus, piney, herbal, floral and grassy hops, biscuit bread, vanilla and toffee.

Flavors:
Rich Pineapple notes, grapefruit, citrus, piney, herbal, floral and grassy hops, tropical fruit mango, dragon fruit, passion fruit, papaya, honey dew melon, guava notes, prickly pears, cherries, biscuit bread, Stone fruit peaches, apricots, lychee fruit, lemon starburst, tangerine gummies, cocada Mexican coconut candy, Malibu Rum hints and sweetened condensed milk.

Aftertaste:
Flavors linger of pineapple, mango, tropical fruits, stone fruits, biscuit bread, floral and piney notes.No alcohol in the taste. Clear golden body, smooth, crisp, clean and refreshing mouth feel with a easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A very delicious that just became more perfect as it warmed up. Initially, I did not give it a chance too much in the colder temperatures but as it warmed up, more of the pineapple and tropical fruit sweetness melded together with balancing out the hop bitterness. The only reason it did not get a perfect in my opinion is because I have had more delicious Pineapple IPAs. This is definitely one to must have several. It is still very good and most likely will be a common. This definitely takes the original sculpin to a new level of awesome and makes it even more tropical than what it was before.

Anime Corner:
Temari Sabaku from Naruto and one of my top 4 favorite anime characters was used in this pairing as I always wanted to pair a pineapple beer with Temari. Quite simply since Temari’s hair is reminiscent of pineapples. She’s damn cute and her character complements the bitterness of an IPA as she tends to be cold at times but kind hearted the majority of the time. I also enjoy how the artworks pair well with the label and the sculpin fish which Temari wearing the googles and slanted almost looks like the fish itself. Anyways, I really like how this turned out for sure.

Sources:
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http://media.animegalleries.net/albums/userpics/57294/Pineapple.jpg?=123

God Damn Pigeon Porter by Spiteful Brewing

12695037_10103068362923070_2135584891870017700_oRating: 4.85/5

God Damn Pigeon Porter by Spiteful Brewing is an 8.2% ABV American Porter.

Label:
Don’t fight it, SPITE IT! God Damn Pigeon Porter was brewed with our friends from across the pond in mind. Using traditional English Amber malt we built a robust ale. But being the unruly Americans we are, we put our own hoppy twist on it. A late addition of Simcoe enhances the roasted character with resinous aroma. One pint of this delightful porter will take your mind off the everyday nuisances of city life, from Chicago to London, Especially those f-ing pigeons!”

==Introduction==

Got this one from my friend Aaron Mendiola at BeerMetalDude.com. Spiteful brewing has been really hitting homeruns so far with me. After having their Working for the Weekend brew and the awesome label art, I was hooked. Even some of their other brews and art are very appealing and awesome! Hilarious even. Like the Selfie beer that shows a dude punching himself in the nuts for even considering taking a Selfie. Now that’s artwork and storytelling! With that being said, let’s see why so much spite for the pigeons, let’s see, cheers!

Aromas:
Roasty malts, smokey notes, dark chocolate, dark fruit currants, cherries, raisin notes, smokey notes, soy sauce hints, vanilla, caramel, toffee, earthy hops, molasses, mint, anise and coffee cake hints.

Flavors:
Citrus, piney, grapefruit hinted and earthy hops, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, mango hints, smokey notes, soy sauce hints, plum sauce, dark fruit currants, cherries, raisin notes, molasses, mint, anise, coffee cake hints, vanilla, caramel and toffee.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with dark chocolate, roasted malt notes, earthy hops and dark fruit notes. No alcohol in the taste. Dark full body, smooth, creamy and rich mouthfeel with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A very good porter for being so spiteful towards pigeons. As long as the porter doesn’t have pigeon poop since they spite humans back. It doesn’t of course. Being so rich, chocolate and creamy, this a definite must try. For being the second brew I have from Spiteful brewing, I definitely would love to have more if I ever get the opportunity but definitely get this is you are a Chicago local.

Anime Corner:
Original character was used in this paring as I wanted to get a character that would pair with the black and white parts of the artwork. The colors of the eyes work well with the dark fruit presence of the brew. The beer at hand just means that while she smiles back, it either means she wants you or she is secretly plotting against you. You don’t really know with this brew lol.

Sources:
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2015 Caribbean Chocolate Cake collaboration by Siren Craft Brew and Cigar City

12715955_10103068361011900_3112727561832377196_oRating: 6/6

2015 Caribbean Chocolate Cake collaboration by Siren Craft Brew and Cigar City is a 7.4% ABV Tropical Imperial stout with cocoa nibs, lactose and aged on Cypress Wood.

Label:
The return of an outrageous collaboration with Cigar City, this is a dense, rich and luxurious stout. Hand-roasted cacao nibs from the USA give hints of tamarind and soft lemon. The malt provides coffee and roast notes in abundance, while the experimental OCC hop variety offers orange, chocolate and coconut flavours. Ageing on Cypress Wood is the icing on the cake. Pure bottled indulgence.

==Introduction==

Got this brew from craftshack.com. At the time I was not too interested in it but they were having a sales and it was a good opportunity to get some of the other brews I wanted to buy so I included it in my purchase. Though it is a little bottle, a collaboration with Cigar City has yet to let me down. That and the ingredients being used in this brew made me want to try it even more. Ofcourse, this being such a small bottle, I will have to take all the time in the world for this. Enough of the babble, on to the beverage, Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Bakers Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, Dark fruit raisins, cherries, plums, grapes, currants, blue berries, black berries, raspberries, Tropical hints of dragon fruit, passion fruit, kiwi, honey dew melon, Stone fruit peaches, roasted coffee, mocha, hazelnut molasses, anise, piloncillo sugar cone, pecan pie and brown sugar.

Flavors:
Dark fruit raisins, dark cherries, plums, grapes, currants, blue berries, black berries, raspberries, Milk chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Bakers Chocolate, Mexican Abuelita chocolate, caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, Stone fruit peach notes, Tamarind, Tropical hints of dragon fruit, passion fruit, lychee, mango, kiwi, honey dew melon, Kahlua liqueur, roasted coffee, mocha, coffee cake, oak, crème brulee, flan, cinnamon, ginger, fruit cake, chocolate cherry cake, sweetened condensed milk, chambord raspberry liqueur, molasses, anise, piloncillo sugar cone, pecan pie and hazelnut.

Aftertaste:
Leaving with some rich tropical and chocolate soaked dark fruits, coffee, caramel and vanilla. No alcohol in the tasted. Dark as night full body, smoth, rich, creamy and velvety mouthfeel and moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A very exceptional little bottle. What can I say, the whole tropical chocolate fruits was definitely something very prominent to his brew. How this was done with the cypress wood? I have no idea. While I really wish they could have made this into a 22oz. bottle instead, I think for what it is, it is still a great buy even if it was around 8$. Sometimes it is not the price but what it is you are drinking that determines that is great. With that being said, now I want to brew something like this in the future. With the way my current homebrews have been going, Inspirations like this can make for truly godly creations.

Anime Corner:
Ignis from Jingai Makyou was used in this pairing as I wanted to pair with the colors of the labels with the dark colors and the flowers. It also pairs well with the coffee, chocolate and tropical fruits this beer has. I still don’t know how the cypress wood combination of lactose and cocoa nibs got so much tropical notes out of the beer but I guess only the future will tell. Ignis sitting down relaxing reminds me of just relaxing, take a step back and have some tropical stout!

Sources:
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Big Bend Hefeweizen by Big Bend Brewing

12698391_10103065598278440_2825074395920745767_oRating: 3.5/5

Big Bend Hefeweizen by Big Bend Brewing is a 5.5% ABV Hefeweizen

Label:
Our Big Bend Hef embodies the openness and unique character of a region that’s all its own. West Texas is the secret ingredient—take a swallow and put yourself in the heart of it. The spirit of West Texas, now in a can.

==Introduction==

Got this brew from my friend Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com. First time I try a brew from Big Bend. While dark hefs and weizenbock or eisbocks are my favs of the hefs, the basic hef is something I started trying long ago and was one of my favorite styles. I still pay tribute to is since it was my first unfiltered beer experience back in the day. Especially when I started trying the clovey banana heffs, that really stuck with me. These may differ from the American Hefs but I guess we will find out how this one. Let’s take a look. Cheers!

Aromas:
Stone fruit notes, citrus, bubblegum, banana, clove spice, cane sugar, oranges notes, coriander spice and waffle cone.

Flavors:
Bananas, clove spice, cane sugar, oranges, pineapple notes, bubble gum, coriander, marshmallow hints, citrus, vanilla, caramel, stone fruit peaches, caramel, apple, wafflecone and biscuit bread.

Aftertaste:
Finishes dry with clovey and banana spice, stone fruit and coriander spice. No alcohol in the taste. Light golden body, Smooth, crisp, clean and refreshing mouthfeel along with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
A decent Hef providing mild and light but fulfilling flavors. Might not be as full as the Hefs of Germany but sometimes if you just want something light, this seems to fit the bill well. Nothing too overpowering and yet still mildly complex. I like it for sure. This one is worth a try. Basically get several for sure and I think many who like light beers might enjoy this one.

Anime Corner:
Katniss Everden from the Hunger Games by Ilya Kuvshinov was used in this pairing as I wanted to use a character that could pair with the colors of the beer and the arrowhead on the can. While I have never done an animated character that came from a live action movie, it feels appropriate for this piece as the colors do pair well and it is an opportunity to branch out to different animations. Remember, anime is the Japanese word for Animation. While Japanese Anime is an inspiration for the site, it isn’t the exception.

Sources:
https://www.artstation.com/artwork/YPn23

DF*Dub by Oak Highlands Brewery

12698260_10103065597470060_6356696337167119006_oRating: 3/5

DF*Dub by Oak Highlands Brewery is a 7.1% ABV German Dunkelweizen

Label:
Dunkelweizens are the brunette siblings of Bavarian Hefeweizens. Dark, complex and slightly cloudy, DFDub starts with banana and cove aromas and finishes crisp and clean.

==Introduction==

Got this little can from my friend Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com. Dunkelweizens are a style that were one of my favorites before the Quad. I still love the style so when I get a chance to try them I am definitely all over them. So far, the best ones I have tried are directly from the source in Germany. This one comes from Oak Highlands and this would be my first time trying one of their beers. I can only hope it is just as awesome as what I have had in the past. Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruit raisins, bananas, clove spice, caramel, fruit cake, smoked peat, coriander, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, mango hints and oranges.

Flavors:
Bananas, Chocolate notes, smoked pat, clove spice,wheat bread, coriander, dark fruit raisins, prune hints, candi sugar notes and brown sugar.

Aftertaste:
Finishes dry with some spice notes and dark fruit hints. No alcohol in the taste. Brown medium body, smooth, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A decent brew. While it is not the best Dunkelweizen I have tried it is still pretty decent. I think the problem for this one is that it is not full on bursting with German complexity. So maybe for someone that drinks light beers would enjoy this one. It would be like a gateway beer into craft. The flavors are there but but quickly fade. It is worth trying but I would go with a Dunkelweizen like Franziskaner or Weihenstephaner.

Anime Corner:
Inori from Guilty Crown was used in this pairing as I wanted something to pair with the color of the can but also something that could complement the fruity flavors of the dunkelweizen. While this beer is pretty light, some of the colors of the ingredients do stand out in the picture like the light darkfruit.

Sources:
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Mystery Romp by Crooked Letter Brewing

12716062_10103065595978050_1746178879695130741_oRating: 2.75/5

Mystery Romp by Crooked Letter Brewing is a 6.5% ABV American Porter with Coffee beans.

Label:
When the lights dim, the curtains pull back, and the Beledi starts, it is time for a Mystery Romp! This mocha colored ale, infused with chocolate and coffee, can best be described as a tasteful dance between a robust Porter and a rich stout.

==Introduction==

Obtained this brew from my friend Aaron at BeerMetalDude.com. This is the first time I try something from Crooked Letter Brewing. The ingredients seem very promising as I love me some coffee and chocolate beer, especially the description. The label has a picture of a pig so I can only assume the romp parts is the piggy. Maybe this might have some bacon notes. Let’s take a look and see what is offered in this brew.

Aromas:
Sour notes, roasted Coffee, Milk Chocolate, dark chocolate, dark fruit raisins, prunes, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar.

Flavors:
Roasted Coffee, Milk Chocolate, dark chocolate, crème brulee notes, very sour notes, oak, vanilla, caramel, molasses, anise, wine grapes, smokey bacon, burnt marshmallow smores, lactose milk sugar, raspberry skins, dark fruit raisins, prunes, earthy hop notes and concorde grapes.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with smokey notes, sour, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla and earthy hop notes. No alcohol in the taste, Dark as night full body, smooth, creamy and watery mouthfeel with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A subpar beer. I am not sure what to think of this. It started off really nice with notes of coffee and delicious chocolate but then suddenly fell really flat with sour notes. It could be that the bottle was old. I thought about that at first but I confirmed with my friend Aaron that it looks like the beer actually went bad. I don’t think this would be a fair review as the beer is not fresh but I think I will come back to this one if I try a fresher bottle. For the meantime, get this one fresh as it may or may not be good.

Anime Corner:
C.C. And Kallen from Code Geass were used in this pairing as I wanted to mainly pair with the gypsy in the beer label. There is no mystery to the romp in terms of romp being synonymous with a behind. I think mainly though, romp was mainly stating about a pig and hence why I think some smokey bacon notes were present in this beer. Either way you look at it, it’s a lot of skin shown.

Sources:
http://images.alphacoders.com/730/73061.jpg

Working For The Weekend by Spiteful Brewing

12717805_10103065593937140_2363353676491193214_nRating: 5/5

Working For The Weekend by Spiteful Brewing is a 7.9% ABV Double India Pale Ale.

Label:
None

==Introduction==

Received this awesome brew from my friend Aaron Mendiola, webmaster at BeerMetalDude.com. The first time I saw this beer I thought to myself “Best…. Label…EVER!!” Then I find out Spiteful Brewing makes some very awesome label artwork. Hilarious stuff like the Selfie beer..LMFAO!!!! Aside from being hilarious and artistic, I have the privilege to try a beer from them and seeing how I am enjoying their artistic work, Let’s see how their beer is. Cheers!

Aromas:
Tropical fruits, dragon fruit, passion fruit, kiwi, guava, papaya, mango, citrus, piney, grapefruit, floral, herbal, grassy and piney hops, stone fruit peach notes, biscuit bread, vanilla, tangerine peels and lychee fruit.

Flavors:
Rich citrus, piney, grapefruit, floral, herbal, dank garlicky, grassy and juicy hops, tropical fruits like papaya, mango, pineapple, guava, kiwi, honey dew melon, prickly pear, dragon fruit, passion fruit, mint, stone fruit peach notes, apricot, sweetened condensed milk notes, vanilla, tangerine candy and starburst.

Aftertaste:
Finishing very hoppy with lots of tropical fruits, vanilla, stone fruit, grapefruits, citrus, and sweetened condensed milk. No alcohol in the taste, Golden light to medium body, smooth, creamy, crisp, clean and refreshing mouthfeel with an easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A perfect Double IPA. So damn juicy, I could swear there is actual fruit in there. Reminding me a lot of the Pipeworks IPAs, Chicago is really really hitting it out of the park with their breweries. I was super stumped. Perfect Double IPA and an awesome artwork. You can’t ask for more from the art and tasting experience. Surely, this is hopefully one of many I will hopefully get to try in the future. Definitely recommended highly!

Anime Corner:
Sayaka-Chan by Gashi-Gashi was used in this pairing to represent the working dude on the label, office attire and all. I think that’s about it. As simple as it maybe I really like how the colors blend well with the individual colors of the label. Even the fruit flavors.

Sources:
http://i4.pixiv.net/c/1200×1200/img-master/img/2015/12/25/00/14/28/54214095_p4_master1200.jpg

Razzy by Community Beer Company

12716358_10103065591017990_6285910860143694998_oRating: 4/5

Razzy by Community Beer Company is a 5.5% ABV Witbier brewed with raspberries

Label:
Razz begins as our World Beer Cup Gold Metal-winning Witbier, a year-round offering. After primary fermentation, we add natural raspberry puree to create a secndary fermentation.

The fresh raspberry character melds perfectly with this gently spiced Belgian-style wheat beer.

==Introduction==

Obtained this brew from my friend Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com. I am really looking forward to this one as I think fruit beers are awesome. So basically I saved the best for last? I hope it is. This is the first time I try a brew from Community Beer Company and surely a good way to start with a raspberry brew. Cheers!

Aromas:
Stone fruit peach, apricot, citrus, wheat bread, banana notes, clove spice, honey, raspberry notes, brown sugar, apples, vanilla and grapes.

Flavors:
Rich Raspberry, Coriander, citrus, wheat bread, banana notes, clove spice, honey, peppercorn notes, Belgian candi sugar, stone fruit peach, apricot, mango hints, apples, bubble gum, grapes, vanilla, raspberry cobbler, brown sugar, rock candy and phenolic notes.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with raspberries, bubble gum notes, phenolic notes, citrus and stone fruit. No alcohol in the taste, grapefruit colored full body, crisp refreshing and smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink

Overall:
A very good raspberry brew. Light overall with the raspberry being a driving factor that I think is what allowed me to give it a decent score. It is not in your face raspberry sweeteness but the slight complexity of the beer is enough to keep it interesting and very drinkable. Certainly something I would be able to drink several of. I would recommend a try!

Anime Corner:
Sakura Haruno from Naruto was used in this pairing as I wanted to do another Raspberry brew. I guess I am on a roll with using her on raspberry beers since she has the colors. In this pic, I wanted something subtle to pair as it is a light brew. Hence the bright colors and how the label looks like an exploding raspberry.

Sources:
http://zenithomocha.deviantart.com/art/Sakura-kimono-361717803

The Cause IPA by Brazos Valley brewing

12694774_10103065589730570_4388934823350502397_oRating: 2.75/5

The Cause IPA by Brazos Valley brewing is a 7% ABV India Pale Ale

Commercial Description:
Our IPA brings intense hop flavors and aromas from a unique blend of Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade hops. This 85 IBU IPA is bittered with Columbus hops for a strong resiny and pungent bite, then flavored with Centennial and Cascade hops for citrus finish with a floral aroma. After the boil we add aroma hops at flameout, and then dry hop with copious amounts of Cascade hops to push this experience over the edge.

==Introduction==

Obtained this brew from my friend Aaron Mendiola at BeerMetalDude.com. This is the first time I try something from Brazos Valley brewing. I have never had anything from them but it is always awesome to try something new from the nooks and crannies of the craft beer industry. Sometimes Gems are found and I feel it is our duty as reviewers to see how good the gems are to allow you to embark on your own craft beer treasure hunt. Kinda goes with the name, the Cause!

Aromas:
Malty caramel, citrus, piney hop hints, honey, biscuit bread and stone fruit hints.

Flavors:
Lots of Honey, caramel, hints of citrus, piney and grassy notes, toasted bread, oranges, tangerine gummies, biscuit bread, cane sugar, stone fruit peach, mild mango and honey dew melon.

Aftertaste:
Finishing dry with mild hop notes, caramel and honey. No alcohol in the taste. Honey colored light to medium body, smooth, crisp, syrupy and refreshing mouthfeel and moderate drinkability.

Overall:
An okay brew. I am not sure if the hops died out or maybe the can may have not been as fresh but I definitely noticed more malts in this one. While I love more malty beers and this is fantastic as a malty brew, ultimately, if you love hops you may want to compare reviews of this beer since this one is imbalanced with the hops. I love me some good IPAs but I think I would need to try another fresher one to change my opinion on this one. So far, unless you like malty IPAs be my guest.

Anime Corner:
Cyber Elf by Ronin Dude of Deviant Art was used in this pairing as I wanted to pair with the colors but also the name, the cause. Like fighting for a cause. Sometimes when someone fights for a cause, they have a reason to be heroic or epic in many cases. The girl fighting and looking bad ass is a testament to doing something for a cause.

Sources:
http://ronindude.deviantart.com/art/Cyber-Elf-Blade-Dancer-413871670

Irish Red by Shannon Brewing

12716381_10103065584446160_1770905514707775782_oRating: 5/5

Irish Red by Shannon Brewing is a 5.8% ABV Irish Red Ale

Label:
Fire-brewed with pure spring, whole grain, whole flower hops and a Whole Lotta Love! Shannon Irish Red is everything a red should be – a deep copper hue, a nice malty start, aromatic hints of baking raisin bread, gentle hop aroma and crisp clean finish.

==Introduction==

Obtained this brew from my friend Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com. This is the second time I try a brew from Shannon brewing. The first one I had was their blonde which was very good. They have a style of brewing called Fire brewed which looks like they use actual furnaces. This is awesome as it is not the typical boil as other brews go. I am curious to see what it does to brews since the first one was very good. I can only see if this one is just as awesome. Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruit raisin hints, boysenberries, currants, raspberries, grapes, blueberries, Caramel, Toffee,, citrus, piney and grassy hops, brown sugar, pecan pie and maple syrup hints.

Flavors:
Caramel, Toffee, Strawberry preserves on toasted rye bread, biscuits, vanilla, dark fruit raisin hints, boysenberries, currants, raspberries, blueberries, coriander spice, citrus, piney and grassy hops, grapes, capirotada raisin bread pudding, sweetened condensed milk hints, apples, pecan pie, treacle and maple syrup.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with rich biscuity, toasted bread, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits and jammy preserves. No alcohol in the taste, crimson and copper medium body, smooth, creamy, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
A damn awesome Red Ale. Just like their Blonde, I really enjoyed this one. Whatever their process is for fire brewed ales, it is definitely awesome as the 2 that I have had so far from them have been perfect brews. There is a good deal of complexity like a regular amber/red ale but more complex with the dark fruit flavors. Definitely enjoyable for me as I like the malty brews. A recommend from me.

Anime Corner:
Scáthach/Lancer from Fate Grand Order was used in this pairing to go with the colors of the label and the style as well as some of the dark fruit flavors of the beer. Lancer already has the red crimson colors and her clothing of purples and blues works with the dark fruits.

Sources:
http://40.media.tumblr.com/cd4b58629c66b0c619f7c30b5c4f9603/tumblr_nz3nb4pIX41tgkg4yo3_1280.jpg

American Wit by 3 Nations

12734186_10103065582864330_7388924817579113886_nRating: 4.75/5

American Wit by 3 Nations is a 5.5% ABV Witbier.

Label:
“Get Your Facts First, Then You Can Distort Them As You Please” – Mark Twain

There’s nothing in the world like American Wit. Dry but to the point. This American Wit is a healthy blend of a traditional Belgian Brew, with certified American Brass. It’s not meant to adhere to the noise. It’s meant to be the noise. It’s a youthful take on a classic style, sure to spark some controversy. The American Wit wouldn’t have it any other way.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one from my friend Aaron Mendiola atBeerMetalDude.com. This brew’s art work is awesome depicting Mark Twain on the label, the famous author and writer. It is an honor to review a beer with him on the label. As for the contents of the can, I will have to take my time and see what 3 nations has to offer as this is the first time I try one of their beers. Many witbiers I have tried, some better than others but let’s see where this one goes, cheers!

Aromas:
Stone fruit peaches, apricot, farm house funk, hay, peppercorns, citrus, floral and herbal hops, grapefruit hints, honey, cane sugar, coriander, apples and wheat bread.

Flavors:
Peppercorns, citrus, floral and herbal hops, coriander spice, bubble gum notes, Belgian candi sugar, wheat bread, Stone fruit peaches, apricot, farm house funk, hay, apples, vanilla, bananas, clove spice, chamomile notes, cane sugar, lemon peel, tangerine candy hints, grapefruit hints and guava.

Aftertaste:
Finishing dry with hints of vanilla, cane sugar, pepper corns and herbal hops. No alcohol in the taste, clear pale yellow body, smooth, clean, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel and easy to drink.

Overall:
A very good witbier. Some of the flavors of this brew remind me a little bit more of a saison or a farmhouse ale. It is quite the irony as this has Mark Twain on the label and the fact that it reminds me of my favorite saisons from Stillwater Artisanal called Eschatological ale. The Eschatological ale has a pic of the devil on it. The reason I say it is ironic as there was this disturbing video online from the banned episode “The Mysterious Stranger” of the European Kid’s show “The Adventures Of Mark Twain”. In the claymation episode, it showed Mark Twain and some kids meeting Satan.

As weird as it maybe for the kids show, the fact that I’m correlating this to a saison especially a good saison makes this one that much greater. I definitely enjoyed this one and would recommend it if you can find it.

Anime Corner:
Musashi Super Battleship from Kancolle/Kantai Collection was used in this pairing as I was trying to find a character that would fit with the colors of the label with the glasses and pipe that Mark Twain has.

Sources:
https://anime-pictures.net/pictures/get_image/417935-750×1000-kantai+collection-musashi+super+battleship-sumisu+%28mondo%29-single-tall+image-light+erotic.jpg

Bockslider Toadies Texas Bock by Martin House Brewing Company

12744132_10103065580808450_4320531151318071025_nRating: 4.75/5

Bockslider Toadies Texas Bock by Martin House Brewing Company is a 5.6% ABV Dunkler Bock.

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bockslider is the official beer of Fort Worth’s own Toadies. An easy-drinking, copper-colored, lightly-hopped beer perfect for on-stage, backstage, or anywhere your rock music takes you.

==Introduction==

Obtained this brew thanks to Aaron atBeerMetalDude.com as well as other cans. This is the second time I get a chance to try something out from Martin House brewing. The first one I tried from them was the Pretzel stout which made for a very unique beer. Today we bring forth the Bockslider which is a tribute beer for band, the Toadies, an Alternative Rock band from Texas. Now that I have this brew here, let’s see what this one is about. Cheers!

Aromas:
Roasted malt notes, earthy hop notes, coffee, banana hints, clove spice, caramel, dark fruit notes, coriander, wheat bread, leather notes, tobacco notes, pecan pie, coffee cake, brown sugar, vanilla and hazelnut hints.

Flavors:
Caramel, bananas, clove spice, anise,molasses, vanilla, chocolate notes, roasted malts, earthy hop notes, dark fruit raisins, plums, cherries, raspberry notes, toffee, coriander, wheat bread, leather notes, tobacco notes, pecan pie, coffee cake, brown sugar, piloncillo sugar cone and hazelnut nectar.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with dark fruit notes, caramel, roasty notes, pecan pie notes, earthy hop hints and vanilla. No alcohol in the taste. Brown full body, creamy, smooth and refreshing mouthfeel with an easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A very delicious brew. While being roasty, there are many sweet flavors ranging from dark fruits, brown sugar and nutty flavors. It feels along the lines of a stout meets a bock really. I definitely enjoyed this one and I think many would enjoy it if you can find it in Texas. This one is definitely local stuff.

Anime Corner:
Honebami Toushirou from Nitroplus was used in this pairing as I wanted to showcase the label of the skeleton animal visiting the grave of his passed loved one. In this case, it shows cases the bond people have with their loved ones is strong even after death. The way it shows it with the string around the skeleton is reminiscent of this. I am unsure if the reason for the cans artwork was a tribute to something but maybe we would have to look at the Toadies and Martin House brewing for that answer.

Sources:
https://anime-pictures.net/pictures/get_image/464724-1000×1100-touken+ranbu-nitroplus-honebami+toushirou-haruis-single-tall+image.jpg

All American Blonde by Shannon brewing

12669528_10103065579825420_4801450169542499007_nRating: 4.75/5

All American Blonde by Shannon brewing is a 5.3% ABV American Blonde Ale.

Label:
Fire-brewed with pure spring, whole grain, whole flower hops and a Whole Lotta Love! Shannon All American Blonde is a light and very drinkable blonde ale. Brewed with all American hops, it is perfectly balanced with a subtle sweetness and light hop aroma.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one from my good friend Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com. One of many sweet cans coming from Texas. Today we bring forth a brew from Shannon brewing which use the fire brewed method of making brews. I am unsure what this method is but maybe there might be something special about the brew that may distinguish it from others. Let’s see what we can find about this one. Cheers!

Aromas:
Stone fruit peaches, banana hints bubble gum, guavas, biscuit bread, cane sugar, pears, citrus, floral and grassy hops, apple pie notes, pilsner grain, peppercorn hints, coriander spice, wheat bread, lime rinds, strawberry, lemon and starburst hints.

Flavors:
Rich biscuit bread, cane sugar, pears, citrus, floral and grassy hops, tropical passion fruit notes, mild strawberry, lemon, starburst, stone fruit peaches, banana hints bubble gum, guavas, lychees, tangerines, kumquats, apple pie notes, pilsner grain, peppercorn hints, coriander spice, wheat bread, lime rinds, and mild chardonnay.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with notes of stone fruit, tropical notes, biscuit bread and floral hops. No alcohol in the taste, Straw Pale light to medium body, very refreshing, crisp and smooth mouthfeel, with a very easy drinkability.

Overall:
A very delicious blonde ale. There is something about this beer that is so damn fulfilling. Like it is not its complexity that makes it so great. It has to be that it is super balances, very drinkable and nothing offensive. Something I could drink every single day! I would recommend this to anyone who can find it. Their brewing method has something to do with the magic of the brews.

Anime Corner:
MEMEME! Was used in this pairing to represent the colors of the can’s label but also the aspect of the blonde. While she is technically not blonde, the light blues are typical of blonde in some animes. Since I really liked this brew, I figure it be a great fit.

Sources:
http://img10.deviantart.net/63e8/i/2014/355/3/3/me_me_me_____by_jurrig-d8altii.jpg

GPA (German Pale Ale) by 3 Nations brewing

12694870_10103065577425230_4599043074874807726_oRating: 3.85/5

GPA (German Pale Ale) by 3 Nations brewing is a 5.2% ABV Dry Hopped Kolsh/Altbier

Label:
The Above Average Beer
Whats in a GPA? The unadventurous say midterms, flashcards and all-nighters. We take a more radical approach. After all, who cares what you graduated with? Our GPA consists of subtle blend of bitterness accompanied by passion fruit, citrus and tropical fruit like aromas. Go ahead, enjoy this above average beer, because your intelligence can’t be refined in the classroom.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one from my friend Aaron Mendiola atBeerMetalDude.com. Along with the recent beers and cans I received, this one is from another new brewery I have not tried before. The style seems intriguing as it looks like they are using a German yeast strain and malts but also hopping it up to the pale ale status. Something I don’t think I have tried before, so I am definitely looking forward to it. Drink local, cheers!

Aromas:
Citrus, Grapefruit, floral and piney hops, tropical fruit notes of passion fruit, dragon fruit, biscuit bread, honey, caramel, stone fruit peach notes, coriander spice, cane sugar and oranges.

Flavors:
Citrus, Grapefruit, floral and piney hop, tropical fruits of guava, passion fruit, dragon fruit hints, pineapple, honeydew melon, biscuit bread, crackers, honey, caramel, coriander spice, pilsner grain, cane sugar, stone fruit peaches, lychees and mild berries.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with nice tropic fruits, stone fruit hints coriander spice, honey and citrus hops. No alcohol in the taste, Honey colored light to medium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing mouthfeel with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
A pretty good pale ale. I tried to find the aspects of a German that I would see in like a German Kolsh but the majority of the flavors are notes. Still a good and drinkable brew that would be good for the summer. Give it a shot if you find it. Cheers!

Anime Corner:
Nakamura Rio from Ansatsu Kyoushitsu was a character I found as I wanted to pair with the beer’s theme of being from school from the label and the chalk board. I did also happen to find a character that would pair with the colors of the beer and the flavors as well. This was a nice art piece.

Sources:
https://anime-pictures.net/pictures/get_image/440239-700×990-ansatsu+kyoushitsu-nakamura+rio-nananeko-long+hair-single-tall+image.jpg

Bullet Proof by Audacity Brew House

12698563_10103065572230640_3860155765493579060_oRating: 4.5/5

Bullet Proof by Audacity Brew House is a 5.2% ABV American Pale Ale

Commercial Description:
Brewed with Texas craft malts and Texas-grown grapefruit, dry-hopped for a strong citrus aroma, a subtle honey-like sweetness and a crisp, easy to drink finish.

==Introduction==

Received several cans from my friend Aaron Mendiola at BeerMetalDude.com. Many of which are from Texas local craft breweries and some I honestly can say I may not have tried these without the help from him sending me these. As gratitude for these treasures, I will be reviewing these on the site starting this this brew. This is my first beer from audacity brewing. I am going in blindly and see how this one turns out. Cheers!

Aromas:
Citrus, grapefruit, piney, floral and grassy hops, cane sugar, honey, stone fruit peach notes, tropical fruits like passion fruit, papaya, kiwi, strawberry notes, waffle cone, biscuit bread and cherry notes.

Flavors:
Lots of honey, rich tropical juicy fruits of honey dew melon, passion fruit hints, kiwi, strawberry juice, Oranges, Coriander spice, citrus, grapefruit, piney, floral and grassy hops, cane sugar, Stone fruit sweet peaches, apricot notes, biscuit bread, waffle cone, flan hints, lychees, kumquats, crabapples, starburst and cherries.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with rich stone fruits, citrus, piney and grapefruit hops along with cane sugar notes. No alcohol in the taste. Golden light to medium body. Crisp, refreshing and smooth mouthfeel and easy drinkability.

Overall:
A very delicious and sweet pale ale. I was really well pleased with this one as it was full of fruity goodness and delicious ingredients that went down very smooth. A refreshing beer I would definitely have on a regular basis if I had it available for sure. Give this one a try if you live Texas.

Anime Corner:
Furyou Michi from Gang Road was used in this pairing to pair mainly with the name of the beer, Bullet Proof as she is wearing a bullet proof vest. The other things that I see with this picture are that her hair is the color of the brew but also with this beer having the Texas flag represents a bit of Texas pride in terms of gun ownership.

Sources:
http://static.zerochan.net/Furyou.Michi.~Gang.Road~.full.1747242.jpg

Iron Joe collaboration with Avoca Coffee Roasters and Rahr & Sons brewery

12694700_10103065569166780_6352595915358263489_oRating: 6/6

Iron Joe collaboration with Avoca Coffee Roasters and Rahr & Sons brewery is an 8% ABV Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy Oak Whiskey Barrel aged with Avoca Noir Coffee

Label:
We take American oak barrels and fill them with our award winning Iron Thistle Strong Scotch Ale. Next we add fresh, locally brewed Avoca Noir Coffee to the mix and age it in our barrel room for three months. Iron Joe is the result of two locally owned and operated businesses getting together to make your beer dreams come true… Sweet dreams!

==Introduction==

Obtained this brew from my friend and fellow Beer reviewer, Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com. I have tried brew from Rhar & sons before thanks to Aaron, which the one I tried was the Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer. That one was an extremely exceptional brew that was worthy of a ton of praise. So much so that I gave it a high rating. With high expectations, I will need to be more open minded with this one and see if even this one can compare to the greatness that was the winter warmer. Cheers!

Aromas:
Soy sauce, smoked peat, pecan pie, marshmallow, vanilla, oak, whiskey, dulce de leche caramel, dark fruit raisins, prunes, cherries, blueberries, Chocolate, mocha, toffee, coffee cake, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, Mexican chocolate, German chocolate, fudge chocolate, bakers chocolate, coffee flan, coffee cheese cake, Jamocca rocky road ice cream, almond milk, tobacco, leather, molasses and anise

Flavors:
Rich Chocolate, mocha, toffee, coffee cake, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, soy sauce, Mexican chocolate, German chocolate, fudge chocolate, bakers chocolate, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel, flan, cinnamon, piloncillo sugar cone, dark fruit raisins, prunes, cherries, blueberries, oak, whiskey, marshmallow, coffee flan, coffee cheese cake, Jamocca rocky road ice cream, almond milk, tobacco, leather, molasses, anise, smoked peat, fruit cake, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, walnuts, praline butter, toasted rye bread and mint.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with sweet vanilla, caramel, roasted coffee, whiskey notes, dark fruits, smoked peat and fruit cake notes. No alcohol in the taste. Dark Brown full body, sweet, creamy smooth and silky mouthfeel with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:
Super duper delicious Wee Heavy! This was one of the best Wee Heavy’s I have had especially due to the complexity that coffee and the whiskey barrel aging process did for it. I wish they made it into a bigger bottle but beggars can’t be choosers. All I know is that this one I really enjoyed sip after very delicious sip and would recommend that if you can find this one and try it, do it!

Anime Corner:
Original Character was used in this pairing as I wanted to pair something with the woods but mainly the colors of coffee, dark Wee Heavy and dark fruits. The simulation of falling is the synonymous to how heavy the beer is in terms the strength and the complexity of the flavors.

Sources:
https://kazasou.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/konachan-com-175141-brown_eyes-brown_hair-christmas-itoucon-original-ribbons-short_hair-thighhighs-twintails.jpg

Plead The 5th by Dark Horse Brewing

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Plead The 5th by Dark Horse Brewing is an 11% ABV Imperial Stout

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It’s big and full bodied with lots of roasted malts and balanced with heavy hops to put this imperial in a league of its own.
Previously known as Dark Horse Imperial Stout.

==Introduction==

I got this one as an extra when I purchased the Cigar City Error Establishing Database Connection. I have heard many great things about this beer and especially the bourbon barrel version of this. Since I don’t have the bourbon barrel version, just the fact that I get to try this one and bring it to the site is a fine honor. Even on their own, Imperial Stouts have shown to be more than perfect. Like some stouts go above and beyond even when they are not barrel aged. With that being said, I do have high expectations for this one. Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, German chocolate, bakers chocolate, coffee, toasted coconut, chocolate chip cookies, rocky road ice cream, dark fruit raisins, prunes, currants, blackberry, plum sauce, soy sauce, marshmallows, caramel, sweetened condensed milk and roasted malty notes.

Flavors:
Super Rich Dark roasted notes, coffee, Kahlua, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, German chocolate, bakers chocolate, dark fruit raisins, prunes, currants, blackberry, plum sauce, soy sauce, cherry and fudge cake, vanilla, molasses, milk sugar, chocolate smores, marshmallows, caramel, sweetened condensed milk, tobacco, smokey notes, toasted coconut, chocolate chip cookies, rocky road ice cream, almond milk, espresso notes, pecan pie, hazelnut, crème brulee and toffee.

Aftertaste:
Finishing rich with roasted malts, earthy hops dark fruit, dark cholate, molasses, licorice, vanilla and caramel. No alcohol in the taste, Dark full body, smooth, silky and creamy mouthfeel and moderate drinkability.

Overall:
An exceptional stout! It is just as I thought, this stout is a great example of how a regular stout can go beyond its base style. While it is not Dark Lord or Surly Darkness, it does bring its own roasty uniqueness that reminds me of some of the best stouts I have tried in the world. The kind that can really just stand higher in quality and taste just on its own. I hope to try the barrel aged version of this one day. I highly recommend this one.

Anime Corner:
Selvaria Bles from Valkyria Chronicles was used in this beer pairing to go with the spirally artwork of the label and the colors but also a proof of authority. While she seems to be a representation of lawful good, this fits with law in terms of the name, Plea the 5th. Aside from that, she has several colors of dark fruits but also the dark colors that represent the stout colors as well.

Sources:
http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/valkyria/images/0/0c/DBFC_Selvaria.png/revision/latest?cb=20141215184003
http://wallpoper.com/images/00/28/15/22/selvaria-bles_00281522.jpg

Raging Passion Lactus Raspear Dragons by Nubis Sanctum Ales

 

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Raging Passion Lactus Raspear Dragons by Nubis Sanctum Ales is a 10% ABV Imperial Milk Stout brewed with Raspberries, Passion Fruit, Dragon Fruit and Red Prickly Pear Tunas Oak aged in Dragon’s Milk Beer Barrel Bourbon.

Label:
Deep within the womb of time, a Dragoness thus be born and thus the tale is told. Upon an age old icy
crystal mountain, was home to the kind and magical dragoness who’s torment of being the last of her kind could not be comforted. The people feared her. The fanatics adored her, The kingdoms wished for her destruction. Until one day, something had happened.

The kingdoms faced demise from a natural disaster. A meteor crashed on the mountain causing a large
avalanche. While the Dragoness did manage to escape, she used her powers and melted the avalanche thus saving the kingdoms. The people had finally accepted her as one of their own and she became a legend. In honor of that day, the liquid water that trickled down the land from the melted ice, the milky fluid of the meteor mixed with her collection of exotic ingredients burnt by her flames during the
rescue, along with the burnt trees gave birth to this magic potion. In Honor of the new Dragoness Knight, All Hail the Dragoness, Her story will live on forever!

Ingredients: Water, Malts, Hops, Lactose Milk Sugar, Pureed Raspberries, Dragon Fruit, Passion Fruit, Red Prickly Pear Tunas, Oak Chips Aged “Dragon’s Milk Beer Barrel Bourbon” and Yeast.

==Introduction==
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Project# 15 unleashes the dragons! This epitome of a beer is centered on dragons! Lots and lots of dragons. From the fruits, the milk, the bourbon and the alcohol. Dragons… Dragons everywhere! My inspiration for this brew came from the fact that I started really liking Raspberry stouts. Especially the Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Raspberries from New Holland. So when I had the idea, hmmm I should make a beer about dragons…. wait!!! That’s when it hit me, I will make one with some exotic Dragon fruit. I also wanted some passion fruit to go with it too and my friend Alex Bahamaca was able to inspire me since I remembered how good actual passion fruits were from his passion fruit tree. The Dragon fruit I was able to get from an Asian Market and thanks to my brother Martin and his wife Elly I knew what I had to do. Using the original bourbon I used from Sangri Leche, the Dragon’s Milk Bourbon which was New Holland’s Bourbon made from a barrel that used to age Dragons Milk Stout, it was only the perfect addon to my dragon’s milk themed beer. Aged one month in the fruit and a week in oak that was sitting for 2 months, now the beer is carbonated, it is time to see what my creation has spawned. Cheers!

Aromas:
Vanilla, oak, Rich Raspberries, Dragon Fruit, Passion fruit, Red prickly pear tunas, strawberries, , Milk sugar, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, fudge cake, raspberry Chambord, bourbon hints, port wine hints, toasted rye bread, pecan pie, sweetened condensed milk hints, hazelnut nectar and dulce de leche caramel hints.

Flavors:
Super Rich punch of Raspberries, Tropical Fruit Rich Dragon fruit, Passion fruits, Rich Oak, Vanilla, Caramel, toffee, butterscotch hints, Milk sugar, Milk chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberries, Fudge cake, Hints of bourbon, caramel, marshmallows, port wine notes, Raspberry Chambord, oranges, citrus, dark fruit raisins, currants, plums, dark cherry cheesecake notes, wine grapes, strawberries, raspberry marmalade on rye toast, pomegranates, molasses, mint, hazelnut nectar, pecan pie, sweetened condensed milk hints, boysenberry cobbler and crème brulee.

Aftertaste:
Finishing rich in raspberries and lots of oak, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, dark cherries, dark chocolate, and wine notes. Deep Dark Bloody Crimson Full Body, very smooth, creamy, rich and velvety mouthfeel and easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
An exceptional brew that packs a punch of fruitiness. While I know the oak was a bit much, the fact that I added Sooooo much fruit may have cut down a bit of the Stouty characteristics. Despite that, it is still a milk stout and I think the oakiness fades as the beer is warmers. I think people that like oaky and fruity stouts will love this one. The Bourbon did not come as strong as I had hoped it would but that is okay as the original Dragon’s Milk has only notes of it as well. I was supremely happy with this one. So much like the Sangri Leche that I figure was my best beer. This one being my second best. I really do surprise myself sometimes and I am glad friends and family love these beers. One day, I would love to make beers for the masses. Only time will tell…
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Anime Corner:
Yoko Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagan was used in this pairing as I was looking for a reason to make a beer with her as the theme. Her red hair paired so well with a raspberry, red tuna and dragon fruit beer that I had to add her. The only problem was, aside from her fiery hair and tank top and possibly the skull, there really wasn’t anything else I could add to the beer that would say dragon. That is until… I found the awesome artwork with Yoko in Dark Knight Dragon Armor. I was like, HOLY SHIT!!!! it was meant to be… I was meant to brew an awesome beer about dragons and using this artwork, all the hardwork would come to fruition. So it did! I still added the original Yoko and an awesome version of Yoko with the glasses and the little pet Pig-Mole Boota as a nice finishing touch. I am sure many will come to appreciate it.

Sources:
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http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/playstationallstarsfanfictionroyale/images/4/4b/Yoko_Littner.png/revision/latest?cb=20150516090424
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La Gran Conquista De La Emperatriz Carmesí Grand Cru by Nubis Sanctum Ales

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La Gran Conquista De La Emperatriz Carmesí Grand Cru by Nubis Sanctum Ales is a 9% ABV Belgian Dark Strong Ale brewed with Sweet Orange Peels, Anise Seeds and Crystal Candi Sugar.

Label:
Legend tells a story about an Empress in the earlier parts of the Millennium that would unravel the mysteries of the universe by her dabbling in the arts of alchemy science and the supernatural. They called her the Crimson Empress since she enjoyed the color of blood. Not much is known about her or how she got into power in the first place. All that is known is that she had many advisers who would tend to her kingdom while she freely dabbled into the light and the darkness.

Her fascination with the unknown eventually lead to the discovery of a magic potion which allowed her to travel into other realms of existence and travel to the future subconsciously. Not much is known as to why this happened or even how this potion was made. People do know that it did cause her speak in other tongues and create her own apparel that seemed out of place for it’s time. While other powers could not overthrow her, as she was able to conquer many lands due to innovations and secrets that came as a result of the magic in the potion, she was eventually consumed by it. Many have come close to replicate the potion but none have come closest…until now!

Ingredients: Water, Malts, Hops Anise Seeds, Sweet Orange Peels, Crystal Candi Sugar & Belgian Wit Ale Yeast

==Introduction==
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Behold! The magnificence of her grace, The Carmesi Crand Cru, or in this case, Crimson Grand Cru. Project #14 came to fruition with my need to create a Grand Cru like the ones by Alesmith, North Coast brewing and even the ones from Belgium. Essentially, the special kind of Dark Belgian Strong ales that are velvety, sweet but also clear and in some cases. The need to make a nectar like that was what inspired the brew. After looking around for different things that make the consistency of the brew I finally had it figured out. Surprisingly, it did not take long to make this one since it only sat in the fermenter for 1 month before I bottled it. The other thing is that it uses a Belgian Wit strain. So in terms of the style, stuff was definitely coming together as to why the Grand Crus taste the way they do. Anyways, time for the Cru Brew, Cheers!

Aromas:
Oranges, vanilla, Dulce de leche caramel, Anise forward, stone fruit peach notes, pears, apples, dark fruit raisins, figs, cherries, citrus, oranges, strawberries, stone fruit peach notes, pears, apples, mango hints, marshmallows, graham crackers, wafflecone, piloncillo sugar cone, rye bread and licorice.

Flavors:
Belgian Candi sugar, dark fruit raisins, figs, cherries, citrus, oranges, strawberries, leathery notes, bananas, clove spice, anise, licorice, molasses, tangerine hints, rye bread, biscuit bread, rock candy, stone fruit peach notes, pears, apples, vanilla, caramel, ginger bread, fruit cake hints, wine grape hints, guava preserves/membrillo, mango hints, marshmallows, graham crackers, wafflecone, honey combs and piloncillo sugar cone.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with some earthy hop notes, anise, coriander, candi sugar, oranges, vanilla, caramel and ginger spice. Slight alcohol in the taste, Dark Sunny Orangey Crimson medium body, creamy, smooth and refreshing mouthfeel with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A very delicious brew I made here! Originally, even for a 9% ABV, the alcohol levels were high until I was able to let this sit for another month and damn it, it’s just about right to me. One thing I did notices on this one, it was extra spicy. Not in the way of heat but spicy in the sense that I would typically get from some different Belgian beers. It is not a bad thing but I think it is a bit much. I think next time I do this one, I will use less of the anise. Regardless, the best temp to drink it is warmer. That’s when all the rich sweet Belgian goodness started to appear. I was super pleased with the way this came out and glad I made the label for it.
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Anime Corner:
Asuka Langley Shikinami Soryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion was my pairing that I used to make this brew since I wanted to pair with the Strong Red of her colors and the whole aspect of the brew being red in color but also orange under certain lightings. When I think of Grand Crus, I think of Royalty or something in relation to a beverage that is highly regarded. When I found the picture of Asuka as a Queen holding and spilling her drink, that’s when it hit me to make the label with her. In the description I mentioned that she was doing time travel and this fit the reason she is wearing the red plugsuit as it is not an apparel of the time period in the story of the description. All and all, I love how it came out and the butt pic? Well she’s royalty so bow down!

Sources:
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Depth-Charged Double Bastard by Stone Brewing

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Depth-Charged Double Bastard by Stone Brewing is an 11% ABV American Strong Ale brewed with Coffee

Label:
So, your knowledge of caffè is such that you’ve correctly determined that “depth-charged” refers to the addition of espresso-roasted coffee beans. Well, bully for you. For all I know, you picked that up hanging out at some coffee megachain amid a microcosmic mishmash of vapid layabouts, metro hipsters, and laptop-sporting exhibitionists trying to convince the world (and themselves) that they’re click-clacking out the great American-novel-cum-screenplay for a future summer blockbuster. I could surely teach you a thing or two were I inclined…which I’m NOT. Perhaps you’re eyeing my backside because you’re really into coffee. Nothing wrong there, but if you’ve come to me expecting some beery incarnation of your security blanket “me time” soyfrappélatte or similarly dainty concoction, you’re in for some grande-sized disappointment. I do not exist to provide a comforting mode of conveyance for your jittery, caffeinated fantasies. Nothing about me is smooth, subtle or built for comfort. Those who should be holding this bottle (en route to opening and indulging in what awaits within) are really into ME. Get your cinnamonmochaccino fix elsewhere. This here’s strictly for adult men and women who don’t require the culinary crutch of added fat and sweeteners. My motto: Bold and brave or not at all.

==Introduction==

Got this one at my local shop. Luckily, I did not have to buy the whole 4 pack special as this one seem to come with in the Bastard Box which has 4 Arrogant Bastard variants. Double Bastard has been one of the best beers I have ever especially since the time I started doing beer reviews. Heck, I even had a dream I had it before I actually tried it. That’s how much I like this one. I even have one aging for several years. When I first heard that this was coming out and what it had I was like wuuutt? I wondered how it would work as the beer already is strong and citrucy but would it really meld with the coffee? Well, I guess we’re about to find out.

Aromas:
Espresso Coffee, mocha, citrus, grapefruit, piney, grassy, earthy, floral and dank hops, old oranges, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, oak, dark fruit raisins, dates, plums, dark cherries, biscuit bread, Kahlua notes, brown sugar, pecan pie, Milk chocolate and butterscotch.

Flavors:
Rich Coffee, mocha, toffee, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, oak, rich citrus, grapefruit, piney, grassy, earthy, floral and dank hops, old oranges, dark fruits like raisins, dates and figs, dark cherry hints, caramel, roasted barley, tropical mango, caramelized dragon fruit, sourdough bread, rye bread, tobacco, leather, butterscotch, lemon peel, lemon candy, tangerine preserves in toasted biscuit bread, English fig pudding, Khalua notes, ginger, Milk chocolate, burnt chocolate, molasses, hazel nut nectar, roasted chestnuts, pine cones, brown sugar, acorns, flan, tangerine marmalade and black tea notes.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with rich candied oranges, coffee, chocolate, grapefruit and earthy hop notes, toffee, caramel, vanilla, mocha and dark fruit goodness. No alcohol in the taste. Deep Crimson, light body, smooth, creamy, velvety and slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:
Taking my original love of the bastard to an even newer level. Double Basted Charged with coffee is very exceptional. Who would of thought that a coffee blend to an already dream beer could go beyond something I would of ever thought possible. Just goes to show what Stone brewing is capable of. They are damn crazy with these beers. I highly recommend this one.

Anime Corner:
Lilith Aensland and Jedah from Darkstalkers/Vampire Saviour were used in this pairing as I wanted to bring back Lilith for the Double Bastards pairings since the first time I tried the beer. Since then I have done ones with the girl version of Jedah too. Both of them representing the Double in Double bastard. Now with the male version of Jedah, I wanted to show what the wording depth meant in terms of the art pairing. She literally comes out from the depths of Jedah’s charred heart. The other pairing with Lilith is just since I wanted a new artwork to pair with this great beer.

Sources:
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2015 Big Hugs by Half Acre brewing

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2015 Big Hugs by Half Acre brewing is a 10% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with Dark Matter Coffee

Description:
This beer is a thug. Big and chock full of tender embrace.

A specialty brew. Grab it when you see it. 10% ABV.

==Introduction==

Another year, another installment of the great and mighty Big Hugs. Every year since I first had it I have tried to get a hold of this one. I have missed some installments in the past but each year is something different but similar to the previous beer. Big Hugs the Cat started off with hugging giant buildings but he moved on to hugging other things and having to fight other giant monsters. This time, a giant snake. Since they released the beer, Dark Matter also released a special Coffee as well which are the coffee beans that were aged in the same beer. Essentially, more ingredients for future beers. Anyway, let’s have a look at this, cheers!

Aromas:
Rich mocha, Fancy roasted coffee, espresso, Vanilla, Caramel, Milk Sugar, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, bakers chocolate, German Chocolate, brownies, peanut butter, pecan pie, rock candy, toffee, Bananas, clove spice, vinous grape notes, dark fruit raisins, plums, prunes, currants, coffee cake and pecan pie notes.

Flavors:
Rich Vanilla, Caramel, Milk Sugar, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, bakers chocolate, German Chocolate, Mocha, Fancy roasted coffee, espresso, vinous grape notes, java, Kahlua liqueur, Dark fruit raisins, plums, prunes, currants, dark cherries, blueberries, brownies, peanut butter, pecan pie, rock candy, toffee, Bananas, clove spice, herbal notes, tobacco, leather, smokey notes, walnuts, pralines, cinnamon, earthy notes, oatmeal cookies, cookie dough ice cream, anise, port wine, vinous grape notes, chocolate fudge, cherry and coffee cake, chocolate mousse, malt chocolate and coffee milk shake.

Aftertaste:
Finishing rich with vanilla, caramel, chocolate, peanut butter, Fancy Coffee roast, spicy coffee complexity earthy notes and dark fruits. No alcohol in the taste, Dark like the abyss of nothingness dark body, Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and almost easy to drink despite the ABV.

Overall:
What can I say about this beer that I have not mentioned before. There is a reason I get this beer every year and even implemented dark matter coffee into my homebrews. Their stuff is the stuff of craft beer legend. With the recipe using the Coffee, it elaborates so many deep dark complex, fruity yet chocolatey, caramely and other sweets of the sweets goodness. As every year I try this, I highly recommend it.
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Anime Corner:
Ark Angel MR or evil Mythra as well as Dragoon Mithra from Final Fantasy XI was used in this pairing as I used her in the last pairing. The original idea had to do with the whole Big Hugs. Since she is a gray cat lady with crimson eyes, it would have fit with the Mecha Hugs Label from back in the day. The fact that she is an Ark Angel, she fits even more perfect with the evil Big Hugs and the whole Big Hugs as she squeezes the orange Mythra representing the colors of the original Big Hugs cat. This beer as you stare at the dark yet determined Dragoon Mithra which represents victorious version of Big hugs in the under label, she wears that Snake like it was a dragon armor… a victory well suited.

Sources:
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Wild Texas Series: Donkey Lady by Texian Brewing

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Wild Texas Series: Donkey Lady by Texian Brewing is a 7.1% ABV American Wild Ale aged on Apples and Spices

Label:
A Nation, A State… A Brewery

Some believe she is a ghost, while others think she is a living creature. Either way, a bridge, on the south side of San Antonio, is known to be the home of the donkey lady. Local tales state that she will chase you and jump on your car if you’re parked there too long. If you find yourself on the donkey lady bridge, and a mysterious figure appears, smile and realize that you just witnessed a piece of Wild Texas!… Then Run!

==Introduction==

Come one, come all and see the tale of the Donkey Lady! A folklore beer as elusive as the being itself. Thanks to Aaron Mendiola, a scroll crafter of alchemic potions of yesteryear forth with to his sanctum, Beermetaldude.com, for providing this dark art from the unknown. This brew was inspired by the real tale of the Donkey Lady and seeing as this is the first time I see what this beer is about, I wanted to do some research. Apparently, people say it is a ghost while some say she is a creature that is half donkey and half human. The Donkey Lady Bridge is at the end of Jet Road before running into AppleWhite, hence the reason I think they used the apples. Her story is similar to La Llorona who lost her children although she lost her children in a fire and she became horribly disfigured. Now, Texian brewing pays tribute with this brew. Let’s see what is in store for this one! Cheers!

Aromas:
Apple, cinnamon, pie crust, Danish cream, caramel, vanilla, oak, lemon peel, ginger bread, nutmeg, allspice, oatmeal notes, cane sugar, musty grapes, tart cranberry hints, Stone fruit peaches, apricots, funky notes and brown sugar.

Flavors:
Sour Apple Pie notes, candied apples, cinnamon, tart white grapes, coriander spice, Stone fruit peaches, apricots, funky notes, Danish cream, Apple Struddel, caramel, vanilla, oak, lemon peel, orange peel, lime hints, chardonnay, biscuit bread, apple cobbler, marshmallows, banana hints, phenolic notes, cookie dough ice cream, ginger bread, nutmeg, allspice, oatmeal notes, cane sugar, musty grapes, tart cranberry hints and champagne.

Aftertaste:
Finishes dry with hints of apple pie and crisp sour apple notes with caramel and vanilla. No alcohol in the taste. Golden medium body, crisp, refreshing and smooth mouthfeel along with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
A perfect and unique sour! So much apple pie goodness. I have not tried anything like this before. This is not a cider but a sour and the taste and spices meld really well with this style. The other thing is that the sour aspects are not offensive. It is more of a tart than a sour. Definitely one of Texas best here and a recommend if you can find it.

Anime Corner:
Raven from Teen Titans was used in this pairing to go with the Donkey Lady on the label as she looks a lot like her. That and the cloak sets the theme that works well with Raven. I used an evil looking version of Raven too since it if fits with what the Donkey Lady is, evil!

Sources:
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Tequila Barrel Sombrero by Clown Shoes

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Tequila Barrel Sombrero by Clown Shoes is an 11% ABV Mexican Chocolate Imperial Stout brewed with spices, vanilla and aged in Tequila Barrels.

Label:
We asked our resident Luchador to acquire some tequila barrels, but there was a miscommunication and he robbed the town of Tequila Mexico of all their tequila bottles. Luckily, we found some tequila barrels ourselves and brewed a batch of Chocolate Sombrero (complete with vanilla, cinnamon and ancho chiles) to age in them for 10 months. The pilfered liquor was promptly returned (sure it was). Salud!”

==Introduction==

A California exclusive, I obtained this one at one of my local beer shops (Ramirez Liquors) in Boyle Heights. I had always wanted Clown Shoes to release a Tequila variant of one of their strong beers. One time, they asked Californians on their Facebook page what kind of special spirit aged beer they would like to see for California. I posted that I wanted a Tequila one. Looks like my prayers were answered. Not only is a Tequila barrel aged beer rare, it is even rarer when one is released that is aged from a Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout. So far, I have only had the opportunity to three of them and all were ridiculously good. How good will this one be? Let’s find out. Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark Chocolate, milk chocolate, Chocolate Abuelita, cinnamon,piloncillo sugar cone, capirotada raisin bread pudding, champurrado maize drink, Agave, Mezcal, Tequila, Oak Vanilla, caramel, dark fruit raisins, prunes, currants, dark cherries, blueberries, rocky road ice cream, bananas, clove spice, ginger spice, flan, sweetened condensed milk and hints of chili peppers.

Flavors:
Rich, Agave, Mezcal, Tequila, Oak Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, milk chocolate, Chocolate Abuelita, cinnamon, dark fruit raisins, prunes, currants, dark cherries, blueberry yogurt, flan, sweetened condensed milk, mild ancho and guajillo chiles, rocky road ice cream, bananas, clove spice, ginger spice, piloncillo sugar cone, capirotada raisin bread pudding, champurrado maize drink in tequila, molè, pecan pie, molasses, crème brulee, coffee, waffle cone notes, Sangria vampiro hints, lechugilla agave juice hints, coconut, marshmallow smores, charred oak notes, Kahlua liqueur notes and pan dulce.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with Agave, Tequila notes, oak, Chocolate abuelita, mild chile spices, Khalua coffee notes and marsmallows. No alcohol in the taste, dark abyss full body, very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety and mildly syrupy and a drinkability that is ridiculously easy.

Overall:
An Exceptional beer! So much complexity of Mexican desserts and spices, it is awesome! One of the characters that does come more forward is the tequila and oak but it is not in the sense of strength but more of flavor so it does not burn. Even though this is the case, this beer will evolve wonderfully for years to come. If you have a way of getting this beer, then make sure you get it, I highly recommend it.

Anime Corner:
Taokaka from Blazblue was used in this pairing as I wanted to pair with the original version of the Chocolate Sombrero. So since I used her in the past, I wanted to bring her back for this round using an artwork that pairs with the colors of the beer but also agave. The background where she is at gives these colors. I also included Noel Vermillion as well as she pairs with the policeman that chases the luchador.

Sources:
http://taokakafanclub.deviantart.com/art/I-CAUGHT-NYA-Taokaka-575363349
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131101160539/blazblue/images/f/fe/Taokaka_(Chronophantasma,_Arcade_Mode_Illustration,_3).png

2016 Infinite Wishes by Smog City

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2016 Infinite Wishes by Smog City is a 12.7% ABV Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels

Label:
Infinite Wishes is an inspired reimagination of a classic Imperial Stout. Decadently aged for 12 months in bourbon barrels, Infinite Wishes draws from the depths of nothingness and pours obsidian black with intense aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and cooked sugar finishing with the layered richness of a bourbon chocolate pie.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one on release date at Smog City in Torrance California. I unfortunately had missed last years released but was granted the ability to purchase last years as well. This time, I would not miss it not matter what. This brew reminded me so much of the Neverending Story. That cult classic from the 80’s which is basically their The Nothing (The Antagonistic Entity of the movie) aged in bourbon barrels. May not say much but The Nothing was pretty ridiculous and delicious. Hence, I could not wait to get this one regardless, take up Falcor the Magic Dragon and take Flight!!! Let’s take a look and see what is the true infinite wishes all about.
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Aromas:
Rich Pecan pie aroma, Oak, Bourbon, dark fruits raisins, figs, prunes, bananas, clove spice, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, German Chocolate, Bakers Chocolate, Belgian Chocolates, Chocolate Mousse, clove spice, Vanilla, dulce de leche caramel, molasses, anise, toffee, Three Milks/Tres Leches, port wine, rocky road ice cream, crème brulee, flan, coconut, graham crackers, coffee notes and lots of marshmallows.

Flavors:
Rich Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, German Chocolate, Bakers Chocolate, Mexican chocolate, chocolate mousse, chocolate cheese cake, Oak, Bourbon, Vanilla, Dulce De Leche Caramel, Pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, rich bananas, grilled Bananas, dark fruit raisins, plums, figs, currants, black cherries, raspberries, flan, leche nestle/sweetened condensed milk, choco flan, brown sugar, Three Milks/Tres Leches cream, Toffee, Piloncillo Sugar Cone, Cotton candy, marshmallows, chocolate smores, choco flan, toasted coconut, port wine, clove spice, crème brulee, molasses, mint anise, maple syrup, rocky road ice cream, tobacco notes, and chocolate pudding.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with flavors of Rich Dulce de leche caramel, dark chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, dark fruits, cherry cordials, oak, bourbon, pecan pie, coconut, tres leches cake and marshmallows. No alcohol in the taste despite the ABV. Dark pitch black like the nothing body. Velvety, silky, syrupy, smooth and rich creamy mouthfeel, and a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
This little bottle is pure damn magic! If magic potions do exists, then this is one of them. Granting an immense amount of richness to seemingly all senses, the wishes aspect is all true. One of the the many things you could wish for is in this bottle. Ridiculously complex, just like the super well made great beers of our times and one of the most coveted. Supremely recommended and a must have!

Anime Corner:
Rydia of Mist from Final Fantasy IV was used in this pairing as I wanted to pair with the childlike empress who grants Bastian the infinite wishes for destroying the nothing by giving her a name, that name was *Spoiler Alert* MoonChild! *SpoilerEnds* Essentially, Rydia in the pictures I found was a child in the beginning and later you find out that she had summoning powers. A real powerful sorceress princess. She did travel to the moon to save the world another reason why I think it paired greatly. In the last picture she is holding a flame and you see the white dragon in the background paying a tribute to the Luck Dragon and the infinite wishes crystal that the childlike empress gives Bastian as well as the Auryn.

Sources:
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2015 Lips of Faith Series Blackberry Barleywine by New Belgium

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2015 Lips of Faith Series Blackberry Barleywine by New Belgium is a 10% ABV English style Barleywine brewed with blackberries.

Label:
Smooth as the silk ascot you should be wearing while sipping this barley wine ale brewed with fresh blackberries. A trip under your nose reveals aromas of toasted oak, caramel toffee and burgundy. Sip with purpose.

==Introduction==

I obtained this one at my local brew shop, Ramirez Liquors in Boyle Heights California. This was the last beer in the Lips of Faith Series for 2015. While I haven’t tried the Lips of faith in a while due to the rerelease of previous year ones, this one was one that I really wanted to bring forth to the site. The reason it took a long time was due to the aging process. Barleywines have to age on Secondary fermentation for the alcohol to mellow out. Once it was ready and I was able to find it, I took no time to wait and try it out to bring it to the site. Cheers!

Aromas:
Strong cherry and blackberries, dark fruit raisins, figs, plums, currants, pomegranate, banana notes, stone fruit apricot notes, brown sugar, rye bread, tart grape, grape wine notes, port wine hints, biscuit bread, toffee and hazelnut hints.

Flavors:
Rich dark fruit raisins, figs, plums, blackberries, currants, pomegranate, dark cherries, banana notes, rye bread, tart grape, grape wine notes, port wine hints, biscuit bread, toffee, dulce de leche caramel, leathery notes, orange and peach preserves, hazelnut nectar, coriander spice, pecan pie, maple syrup hints, fruit cake, stone fruit apricot notes, brown sugar, caramel cherry cake, and butterscotch.

Aftertaste:
Lots of rich dark fruit, toffee, caramel, rye and vanilla lingers. No alcohol in the taste, crimson light body, smooth, silky and creamy mouthfeel with a dangerously easy drinkability.

Overall:
Damn perfect malty Barleywine. Just the way I like them. The fruit and the already malty and dark fruit flavors expand so much that I almost finished the brew in one sitting really quick. For a 10% ABV, this is dangerous but it certainly is something that many people will like. Yes it is from New Belgium but their Lips Faith series has always been a hit or miss and this one is one major hit out the park!

Anime Corner:
Anna from Frozen was used in this pairing as I was looking for something to pair with the label of the beer which also has colors of Blackberries. Long behold, I found this one and while I hardly do Disney characters, this was a nice far artwork that seemed to just work so well with this one. Lots of the colors stand out with the flavors and ingredients of the overall brew.

Sources:
http://img0.joyreactor.cc/pics/post/full/KR0NPR1NZ-Frozen-Anna-Frozen-(фильм)-фильмы-2620938.jpeg

He’Brew Jewbelation Reborn 19th Anniversary Ale by Shmaltz Brewing

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He’Brew Jewbelation Reborn 19th Anniversary Ale by Shmaltz Brewing is a 11.9% ABV American Barleywine brewed with 10 Malts and 9 Hops.

Label:
THE 19TH ANNIVERSARY GIFT IS BRONZE. Not exactly silver or gold, but at least it’s on the medal stand! And the Bronze Age was a giant leap forward from the Stone Age – the invention of writing, metal alloys, and year-round agriculture. Evolution! 19 letters spell “He’brew The Chosen Beer”. The Hebrew lunar calendar syncs with the solar cycle every 19 years. In 1919, Congress passed the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Yay! Congress also passed the Volstead Act which led to Prohibition. Boo! The Vietnam War lasted 19.5 years. The anti-war synth hit “19” reached #1 in the UK (‘85). August 19 is the UN’s World Humanitarian Day. Though I really hate the song, I got my 1st girlfriend in 5th grade because of “Hey 19” by Steely Dan. Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” (which I still love) was named the 19th greatest hard rock song by VH1. At age 19, Lenny Bruce got an honorable discharge from the Navy for posing as a transvestite, Barbra Streisand debuted on Broadway, and Rodney Dangerfield first changed his name to Jack Roy, performing in the Catskills, near our new brewery. Groucho Marx, who once danced the Charleston on the crushed remains of Hitler’s bunker, died the 19th of August (’77). His quip, “Humor is reason gone mad,” inspired the unofficial slogan of the Bronze Age, “He who smelt it, dealt it.” L’Chaim to the power of 19!

MALTS: 2-Row, Kiln Amber, Red X, Munich, Caramel Pils, Crystal 45, Chocolate, Vienna, Roasted Wheat Malt, Flaked Oats HOPS: Chinook, Citra, Centennial, Fuggle, Simcoe, Cascade, Calypso, Amarillo, Palisade

==Introduction==

I got this one at Total Wine and more. The Jewbelation series has always been one of my favorites ever since I tried the Jewbelation 15th anniversary. As each year progresses, there seems to be a difference in the taste of the beer as the difference in hop and malt varieties used give it a different full force of complexity every time. I think 17% ABV was the highest thresh hold they could do but by lowring the variety of malts and concentrating on the smaller number of variety of malts and hops but higher in quantity really focuses on another type of complexity that will still keep changing this beer every year I’m sure. So with that being said, let’s check it out! Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruit raisins, plums, prunes, figs, Dark cherries, marshmallows, banana notes, clove spice hints, brown sugar, maple syrup, coconut hints, earthy, citrusy, grapefruit, grassy and pine hops, chocolate, tangerine preserves, peach preserves, oaky notes, tobacco notes, licorice and dark chocolate

Flavors:
Earthy, citrucy, grapefruit, grassy and pine hops, Dark fruit raisins, plums, prunes, figs, Dark cherries, milk chocolate, dark bitter chocolate, molasses, anise, soy sauce, oaky notes, tobacco notes, licorice, coconut hints, marshmallows, tropical dragon fruit notes, milk sugar, leather, rye bread, honey, pecan pie, fudge chocolate, tangerine preserves, peach preserves, marshmallows, smokey campfire notes, roasted barley, leather, banana notes, clove spice hints, brown sugar, maple syrup, dark fruit chocolate cake and toffee

Aftertaste:
Finishing with rich notes of Chocolate, dark fruit blueberry, currants and cherry, caramel, vanilla, earthy, grapefruit and citrucy hops along with hints of smoke. No alcohol in the taste. Pitch black motor oil full body, Silky, smooth, creamy and syrupy mouthfeel, and a moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
Every year is different and every year once again supremely exceptional. I think I look forward to this release more often than I should. Even so, they still make this readily available to many places which to me is awesome! One day I would like to try this one on tap and see how it is. Anyway, this one of those balanced American strong beers that will appease malt and hop heads alike! Cheers until next year for this one.

Anime Corner:
Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost In The Shell was used in this pairing as I wanted to pair with the colors of the label for this brew and they are similar to the dark fruits and the dark color of the beer. Every year I try to find some similar label colored characters. This year though, with Motoko being a deep an complex character definitely a great fit for this amazing brew!

Sources:
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Naránjdanos Celestiales by Nubis Sanctum Ales

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Naránjdanos Celestiales by Nubis Sanctum Ales is a 6 %ABV A Belgian Dubbel brewed with Oranges, Blueberries, Soft Candi Sugar and Coriander spice.

==Introduction==
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Project# 13 was an idea for a beer which combined the flavors or Orange and Blueberries. The name of the beer comes from the Spanish combination of Oranges or Naranjas and Blueberries or Arandanos. The fusion of the two and the fact that this is a Belgian Dubbel, like the ones Monks make in Abbeys, lead to the name of the Celestial OrangeBlueberries or Naránjdanos Celestiales. Originally, I was shooting for a chocolate orange and blueberry beer, but my friend Juan suggested otherwise in which case I did not add the chocolate. Namely being, he reminded me other delicious blueberry beers I had tried in the past. So to make the Blueberries stick out well with the oranges I also added coriander spice which frankly, with the orange zest, gave this fruity pebbles type of aromas. All and all, fermentation went through well and people seemed to love this one. Now, I take my personal thoughts on this one. Let’s take a look.

Aromas:
Tart Blueberries, fruity pebbles hint, oranges, tart grapes, candi sugar, tangerine hints, brown sugar, lemon candy, stone fruit hints and dark fruits.

Flavors:
Blueberries, Candi Sugar, Coriander spice, caramel, biscuit bread rye bread, tart grapes, citrus, orange zest, lemon candy, dark fruit raisin hints, figs, plums, tart cherry notes, sugar cane, brown sugar hints, apple notes, stone fruit apricot, peaches and tangerine notes.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with some candi sugar notes, tart blueberry notes, citrus, coriander spice, tart fruit pebbles.
No alcohol in the taste, Orange Honey full body, crisp, refreshing and silky mouthfeel and easy to drink.

Overall:
A very good light Dubbel. While I think the tarty blueberry adds some complexity, ultimately it has to be drunk at close to room temp to get more complexity. In cold temps it is easy to drink with tart and the citrucy notes. While I think this was good, I don’t think orange and blueberry may have not paired too well, only slightly. I think if I make this again, I might use a different fruit to pair with the orange or I think I will add the chocolate next time. Eitherway, still a delicious little homebrew.

Anime Corner:
Konan from Naruto was used in this pairing as I wanted to pair with the ingredients of the oranges and blueberry flavors and colors as you can see from Konan’s hair and eyes. The fact that she is wearing a cloak is like the ones monks wear as this is a Belgian Dubbel so it definitely goes with the style. My intention with this beer is to pay tribute to Jiraiya’s original team of Nagato (Red like the body), Konan (Blueberries) and Yahiko (Oranges with the Orange Hair). All these characters were important in the Naruto Series.
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Cinnamonk by The Bruery Terreux

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Cinnamonk by The Bruery Terreux is a 12.1% ABV Imperial Sour Brown brewed with Blueberries and Cinnamon aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Description:
MALTY – FRUITY – TART
Cinnamon and monks are both known for being found in remote locations. Their stories separately stretch back several millennia, and both can pinpoint their popularity to modern day Egypt. But here’s something else they have in common: together, they make a formidable team in creating wildly traditional bière™. Cinnamonk is a dark, imperial, Belgian-style sour brown ale – the type of beer a monk might brew if he took up permanent residence in Southern California. Cinnamon was used to amplify the subtle spicing derived from the Belgian yeast while blueberries catapult the dark fruit flavors. After spending time in bourbon barrels, the result emerges with notes of candied dates and tree nuts, toffee-drizzled dark winter fruits, maduro earthiness, autumnal spicing, tart flavors and oak-aged character.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one from the Bruery under their Reserve Society membership last year. So it took me a while to get to try it until recently. I actually did try it at the Bruery but was not too impressed. It was nice and tart with some nice bourbon notes but wasn’t major. Now I bring the bottle as I wanted to review it even though it was decent on tap. They say for these types of Belgian beers, bottle conditioning does wonders. However, how much of the bottle conditioning change the brew? Well let us check it out. Cheers!

Aromas:
Dulce de leche, banana notes, cinnamon, ginger spice, ginger bread, oak, clove spice, dark fruits, raisins, blueberries, plums, figs, raspberry notes, Blueberry Funnel cake, stone fruit apricot, peach preserves, sweetened condensed milk hints, mild chocolate notes, citrus, lemon notes and toffee.

Flavors:
Rich dark fruits, raisins, blueberries, plums, figs, raspberry notes, Cinnamon, ginger spice, ginger bread, oak, bourbon, toasted rye bread, vanilla, dulce de leche, banana notes, clove spice, blueberry cobbler, fruit cake, toffee, molasses, wine grapes, port wine, blueberry wine, mild chocolate notes, citrus, lemon notes, stone fruit apricot, peach preserves, sweetened condensed milk hints, blueberry flan, piloncillo sugar cone, Blueberry Funnel cake, Blueberry Churros, Danish cream, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, rock candy and Belgian Date sugars.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with very nice dark fruit notes, caramel, vanilla, oak, tart grape and wine notes, bourbon and banana hints. No alcohol in the taste despite the ABV. Crimson, purple and brown full body, smooth, creamy, tangy and effervescent mouthfeel with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:
Waayyy better than when I first had it. I think this one being bottle conditioned like Belgians do probably makes the difference. This one is damn enjoyable ranging from the sweet, tart and sour complexities. In my opinion, one of the best sours I have had in the longest time. Specifically since the combination of fruits and bourbon barrel aging does wonders. I would highly recommend you find this one. Cheers!

Anime Corner:
Shampoo and Ranma-Chan Saotome from Ranma ½ were used in this pairing as I wanted to pair with the Cinnamon and the Blueberries, the Chinese monks in relation to monks in general and the colors, flavors and ingredients of the beer. The strength of the blueberries in this one complements very well the cinnamon hence the picture where it shows Shampoo whispering into Ranma. The strength of both martial artists coincides with the beers strength and complexity with bourbon aging.

Sources:
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X’s And Ho’s by El Borracho Homebrewing

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X’s And Ho’s by El Borracho Homebrewing is a 4.5% Cream Ale

==Introduction==

Cream Ale with Corn Maize added. A cream corn session brew contributed by my friend William Carranza in his search to create a clean and delicious yet very drinkable brew for anyone that enjoys light beer. The name of the brew comes from the song by Elle King, Ex’s & Oh’s, but mainly from the need to make a “cheap” inexpensive but really drinkable beer. Think of this as a cheap date or one night stand of a brew, regardless of how you see it. Anyway, I am thankful to have another awesome to provide to the site thanks to my friend Will. Cheers!

Aromas:

Piney, citrucy, grapefruit and mild grassy hops, biscuit bread, pilsner malt, honey, caramel apple, buttery caramel popcorn, maize and butterscotch hints.

Flavors:

Caramel notes, pilsner malt, honey, toffee, biscuit bread, piney, citrucy, grapefruit and mild grassy hops, cereal grains, maize notes, butterscotch hints, hazelnut hints, caramel apple, buttery and creamy caramel popcorn.

Aftertaste:

Finishing dry with some hints of caramel and biscuit bread with some nice mild hops and pilsnery notes. No alcohol in the taste, light honey colored body, crisp, clean and refreshing mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

Overall:

A pretty good beer. The strongest trait of this beer is that it is so damn drinkable and light that many will love it and the best part, there is a good amount of complexity to keep stuff interesting. A session beer that truly is enjoyable and better than the light lagers out there. My hats off to my friend William for pulling this one off. Since I don’t have a hat… I’ll do the classic bow from Wayne’s World… NOT WORTHY… NOT WOTHY!!

Anime Corner:

Ayeka Masaki Jurai, Ryoko Hakubi, Sasami Jurai and Tenchi Hakubi from Tenchi Muyou! And Shikishima Mirei, Sagara Momoka and Tokonome Mamori were all used in this pairing to represent the name of the beer from Ex’s that catch their used to be significant other with another man/woman or even getting caught cheating. The overall theme I wanted to go with is those beers that are easy but also the way my friend described his reason for the name.

Sources:

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https://hdwallpapers.cat/wallpaper_1920x1200/tenchi_muyo_ayeka_sasami_mihoshi_kain_ryoko_1920x1200_hd-wallpaper-27883.jpg

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Forth Meal collaboration by The Bruery and Maine Beer Company

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Forth Meal collaboration by The Bruery and Maine Beer Company is a 6.9% ABV Belgian Pale Ale

Label:
DO WHAT’S RIGHT…AT 1AM.
The Bruery and Maine Beer Company got together and cooked up something special for you: fourthmeal. It isn’t brunch; it isn’t “linner.” It’s a hoppy Belgian-style ale that brings aspects of both breweries to the table: fruity, Belgian yeast esters, a crisp, bready backbone, citrus and piney hop characteristics, and a dry, hop-forward finish. There’s no one shouting “come n’ git it” when it’s time to dine – just mouth-watering, dry-hopped aromatics, signaling that it’s time for fourthmeal.

==Introduction==

This one was sold and released by the Bruery to the public. While it will have a limited run, this is another collaboration. This time, they paired with Maine Beer Company and created a fused beer with specialties from both breweries in one. Typically with beers like these, Pale Ales or Belgian Pale Ales, I try to find some new things from them. I like to see if it will be something unique or something I have had before and in some cases, something that might not be pleasant. Regardless, many of the Bruery beers are still awesome so I am sure this one will not fall short of the expectations.

Aromas:
Honey, Floral, piney, herbal, citrus and grassy hops, bananas, clove spice, phenolic notes, , biscuit bread, vanilla, caramel hints, peppercorns, phenolic hints, tropical fruit of pineapple, passion fruit hints, green grapes, stone fruit apricot, cane sugar, tangerine hints and waffle cone notes.

Flavors:
Citrus, herbal, floral, piney, garlicky and grassy hops, Peppercorns, mild Belgian candi sugar, lemons, hibiscus flowers, biscuit bread, stone fruit apricot, cane sugar, tangerine hints, waffle cone, coriander spice, mild toffee notes, vanilla, tropical fruit of pineapple, passion fruit hints, green grapes, phenolic notes and hints of banana.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with hoppy notes, biscuit bread, peppercorns, honey and mild stone fruit. No alcohol in the taste, light to medium straw gold body, crisp, smooth and refreshing mouthfeel. While it was very good, I feel like it may not be too different from some of the awesome servings that the Bruery has done before. I think if you are willing to search to try it simply since it is a collaboration of the Bruery, it is worth a try.

Overall:
A very good Belgian golden beer. The hops are definitely the predominant part of this beer while the sweetness is mildly complex but balances out with the hops very well.

Anime Corner:
Fubuki from One Punch Man and Ruby Rose from RWBY were used in this pairing to go with eating in general. The fact that they call this a meal was what prompted me to find something with eating or mainly having the munchies. What else will people eat late at night? How bout cookies? So when I found this really cute artwork, I was compelled to use it. It fits well with the label and the colors but also represents the breweries as collaboration and eating food.

Sources:
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Ruebarb (Windowsill’s Return?) The Bruery Terreux

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Ruebarb (Windowsill’s Return?) The Bruery Terreux is a 6% ABV Sour Belgian Blonde aged in Oak Barrels with Raspberries and Rhubarb

Label:
Snappy – Fruity – Oaky

Commercial Description:
If you’re looking for a beer that tastes like grandma’s cooking, look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a beer that is jam-packed with nostalgia, you’ve come to the right place. Ruebarb is an oak-aged sour blonde ale with red raspberries and rhubarb. Bright berry kernels break and give way to a tart, jammy sweet flavor. Mildly bitter herbal and floral notes accompany the raspberry-rhubarb combo as it alternates between sweet and sour. Beer and dessert have never tasted better together.

==Introduction==

Released to the Reserve Society and Hoarders Society by the Bruery. When I first saw this brew and its ingredients, I could only think of the Rhubarb Pie beer I had from them called Windowsill. It has been some time since I tried that beer but the fact that is made with the same ingredients, I could not get away from the fact that I think this is Windowsill’s successor. There is not much to tell from the description or from the Bruery from what I can tell, but I will go with what I know. Let’s take a look at this brew. Cheers!

Aromas:
Danish cream, Stone fruit apricots, peaches, dark fruit raspberries, cherries, boysenberries, raisin hints, blackberries, fruit cake, grape wine, oak, vanilla, waffle cone, brown sugar, cranberries, funky hay hints, floral hibiscus, lavender, herbal Rhubarb, guava and brown sugar.

Flavors:
Rich tart raspberries dark fruit cherries, boysenberries, raisin hints, grape wine, oak, vanilla, waffle cone, brown sugar, cranberries, strawberry preserves on toasted bread, caramel, citrus, lemon peel, honey, butterscotch, pecan pie hints, funky hay hints, floral hibiscus, lavender, herbal Rhubarb, guava flavors, Danish cream, Stone fruit apricots, peaches, blackberries and fruit cake notes.

Aftertaste:
Finishes dry with lingering hints of tart raspberry, oak, rhubarb, vanilla, strawberries and stone fruit. No alcohol in the taste, crimson light body, effervescent, crisp, refreshing and tangy mouthfeel with a moderate drinkability

Overall:
Delicious in many ways. Sweet and sour. Liquid pie flavors with sour notes. I really think this is essentially Windowsill. There is a lot of stuff that reminded me of the original release of the beer. The rich Raspberry and Rhubarb blends well with so much of the other complex flavors in somewhat of a tarty balance. With that being said, I think if you love sweet and sour beers, this one is awesome!

Anime Corner:
Sakura Haruno from Naruto was used in this pairing as I have used her in the pairing to Windowsill. Seeing as the ingredients were so similar and me believing this is the predecessor to windowsill, I figured it was a good way to go about it as she does pair well with the colors of the label, ingredients and complex flavors. Sexy and sweet like this brew! Cheers!

Sources:
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http://img15.deviantart.net/8f6a/i/2015/085/8/e/sakura_haruno_by_aechanart-d8n6db9.jpg

Chronology:18 by The Bruery

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Chronology:18 by The Bruery is a 16.6% ABV English Old Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels for 18 months.

Label:
TICK TOCK
18 months Oak Aged Ale
This English-Style Old Ale is the second in a chronologically aged series that will be released at 6 month intervals for a fascinating view of evolution.

Our Chronology series is an experiment with time. A single beer will aged in bourbon barrels and be released 6, 12, 18 and 24 month periods. Delicious while fresh, but existing to taste side by side upon each subsequent released as time moves forward.
==Introduction==

It has been another 18 months since the release of the original Chronology. Sold to members of the Reserve and Hoarders Societies of the Bruery. This, I believe, is the last installment in the original series as in 2016 there will be a new series using a different style of beer. The other ones have been wonderful and rich and I really think time has made this one more and more complex. So now on its 18 month journey through time, let us take a look at where it is at now. Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruit cherries, raspberries, black currants, plums, figs, raisins, piloncillo sugar cone, peanut butter, maple syrup, pecan pie, Danish cream, milk chocolate, almond joy chocolate, chocolate truffle ice cream, port wine, coconut, marshmallow, dulce de leche caramel, wine grapes, grilled bananas, plantains, capirotada bread pudding, raspberry Chambord and sweetened condensed milk.

Flavors:
Rich pecan pie, dulce de leche caramel, wine grapes, grilled bananas, plantains, port wine, coconut, marshmallow, Danish cream, Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake, sweetened condensed milk, milk chocolate, almond joy chocolate, chocolate truffle ice cream, Belgian Waffles, Rocky road ice cream, oak, bourbon, dark fruit cherries, raspberries, black currants, plums, figs, raisins, honey, cookie dough ice cream, maple syrup, capirotada bread pudding, raspberry Chambord, piloncillo sugar cone, peanut butter and maple syrup.

Aftertaste:
Rich pecan pie and bananas forward, dark and stone fruit followed, with dulce de leche caramel, bourbon, piloncillo sugar cone, coconut, oak, earthy notes, spicy notes and marshmallows. Mild alcohol in the taste, dark crimson full body, sipping drinkability, creamy, smooth and syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall:
Holy crap, the age of it has just turned this one into a magic potion. The pecan pie and banana flavors were damn straight forward in the flavors. Pretty mind blowing actually. I am not sure if the Chronology:24 was to follow but we will see as time goes on. For now, this is a must. If you can get 6, 12 or 18, just cellar them for several months to get the equivalent one or age them for years. In 2016, we will have style. Cheers!

Anime Corner:
Schala from Chrono Trigger was used in this pairing as she was one of the main characters of the game in terms of time and dimension traveling. With this being the last Chrono beer in the 2015 Chronology, I felt it was right to bring forth Schala to pair with this brew. I had already used Kid from Chrono Cross on another Bruery beer but a small tribute in the pairing you see here was the least I could do. It is amazing what time does to beer and this beer was no exception. It did evolve to greatness.

Sources:
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2012 Provisions Collaboration Series: A Stein’s Throw by The Bruery and TAPS Fish House & Brewery

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2012 Provisions Collaboration Series: A Stein’s Throw by The Bruery and TAPS Fish House & Brewery is an 8.5% ABV Barleywine SteinBier brewed with Date Sugar & Granite.

Label:
STONE AGE

Located just 5 miles from The Bruery, TAPS is one of the country’s most awarded brew pubs. Known for their classic European beers (and delicious Sea Bass), we decided to brew something classic, yet complex by heating granite rocks to 900° F before adding them to the wort for an intense caramelization. A Stein’s throw is suitable for aging up to 2 years.

==Introduction==

It’s been more like close to 4 years since its release. I was able to snag a bottle from the Bruery through their holiday sales. I have always wanted to try this one ever since my friend Will Carranza tried it at the Bruery when he went there a couple years ago. At the time, I was not aware of the different awesome beers from them except the exclusive ones. So when I saw this rarity pop up, I had to bring it to the site. Especially since I have not had this style and the method they used with granite rocks is crazy! I would think at those high temps, would the sugars become caramelized for the yeast not to be able to ferment it? Well, maybe they have a way to blend the wort with more malt and I think that’s where the Barleywine aspect comes in. Let’s see what this is about, cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruit raisins, dates, figs, plums, sugar plums, currants, toasted biscuit bread, trail mix, berry granola bar, rich Caramel, dulce de leche caramel, Mexican Goat Milk Caramel (Cajeta), Toffee, Raspberry Marzipan, bananas and clove spice, burnt sugar, Stone fruit peach notes, orange preserve hints, honey, waffle cone, marshmallows, pecan pie, macadamia nuts, rock candy, figgy pudding and flan notes

Flavors:
Rich Caramel, Dulce de leche caramel, Mexican Goat Milk Caramel (Cajeta), Toffee, Dark fruit raisins, dates, figs, plums, sugar plums, currants, rich dark candi sugars, English cream, vanilla, grape notes, port wine, Stone fruit peach notes, orange preserve hints, honey, waffle cone, marshmallows, pecan pie, macadamia nuts, rock candy, figgy pudding, flan, crème brulee, malted barley, raspberries, pomegranate, toasted biscuit bread, trail mix, berry granola bar, strawberry shortcake, Mochi Sakura cakes, Raspberry Marzipan, bananas and clove spice and burnt sugars.

Aftertaste:
Lots of dark fruits, caramels, flan, dark candi sugars, bananas, honey, orange preserves toffee, fig pudding and flan. No alcohol in the taste, Rich dark honey colored full body, silky, smooth, creamy and rich mouthfeel with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:
Time has done this beer some amazing miracles. I was really blown away by how this beer was. I never tasted it back then to compare how it has age but what I have here is something that I would like to pour over some ice cream. Super damn complex and malty with come sugars that go in different directions of sweet. Not cloying but just in variety. Not sure if I can find this again but if I did, I would get several of these!

Anime Corner:
Seras Victoria and Sir Integral Wingates Hellsing from Hellsing were used in this beer pairing to pair with the burning hot granite which was used in the wort to super caramelize the beer and the collabotation. Essentially, the extreme temperatures are synonymous to the fires of hell. Also, as the wort becomes caramel and the color of the brew becomes blood red it looks like some of the colors of the artwork and the evil look of Seras as well. Seras would be like the Bruery and Taps is Integral. Combining both to come up with this masterpiece.

Sources:
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Juggling Walruses by The Bruery Terreux

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Juggling Walruses by The Bruery Terreux is a 10% ABV American Wild Ale 34% aged in Bourbon Barrels, 66% Aged in oak barrels with Black Currants.

Label:
Mysterious – Elaborate – Laborious

Commercial Description:
There were a lot of balls in play. And heavy lifting. You see, in relatively short order, Bruery Terreux had become quite robust, especially since the build out and launch on April 22, 2015. We had amassed a substantial amount of filled barrels, from seasonal releases, one-time treats and cherished smaller batch experiments. The art of the blend beckoned, and we had our pick of the litter (or would that be herd?) For such a mysterious beer that became known around the office as Juggling Walruses, Tart of Darkness was the perfect place to begin, making up the highest percentage of contributing barrels. But it wasn’t just Tart of Darkness as you’ve come to know it. About two-thirds of the barrels were wine barrel-aged Tart of Darkness; and the other third of the oak barrels from the sour stout were particularly young. Black currants were added to all these barrels, introducing a less familiar fruit to our lineup, with a darker hue and new nuances to the sour beer flavor profile.

When blended with the other oak barrel and bourbon barrel-aged beers that were carefully selected for this blend, Juggling Walruses exhibits dark fruits, roast and char on the nose, with vinous notes and oaky characteristics weaving through flavors reminiscent of midnight foraging for berries in the forest.

==Introduction==

Released to the Bruery’s Reserve and Hoarders Society, this brew is a Cuvee of different aged ales. I think the reference to the Juggling Walruses came from the fact that they had to move so many barrels around. The barrels themselves do kind of look like big walruses so with moving the barrels around are like them trying to juggle the walruses. Good Game there Bruery. Anyways, the fact that this is a sour and a bourbon barrel aged is really intriguing as there are not that many out there that are like this, except ones like Burbonic Plague which was similar. These unique beers truly show some of the best a brewery has to offer. Cheers!

Aromas:
Grape Wine notes, Milk Chocolate, Dark chocolate, dark fruit plums, figs raisins, boysenberries, Concorde grape skins, marshmallows, dark chocolate, port wine, chardonnay, raspberry liqueur, anise, hibiscus flowers, Black Currant Yogurt, Dark cherry yogurt, brown sugar and coffee notes.

Flavors:
Tart Concorde grape skins, coconut hints, oak, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, toffee, molasses, Dark fruit plums, figs raisins, boysenberries, marshmallows, smores, pecan pie, Black Currant Yogurt, Dark cherry yogurt, currant cheesecake, Milk Chocolate, Dark chocolate, port wine, wine grapes, chardonnay, raspberry liqueur, anise, hibiscus flowers, biscuit bread, coffee notes, mocha, toasted buttery bread with currant spread.

Aftertaste:
Super dark fruit medley and berries, oak, bourbon hints, rich wine notes, and funky dry finish. No alcohol in the taste despite this being 10% ABV. Dark Brown Full body, silky, smooth and effervescent mouthfeel with moderate drinkability.

Overall:
An exceptional sour. The balance of the malty bourbon and the wine sour and fruity notes work so damn well. This is an example of the way my favorite sours go. Sweet and sours. People that don’t like sours but love strong beers will get a kick out of this one. With so much going, I can see why the Bruery spent the time composing this Cuvee together. Highly Recommended.

Anime Corner:
Aisha Clan Clan from Outlaw Star was used in this pairing since I wanted to use her for a beer review for a while now but especially a Bruery one. The reasoning behind this one was based on the colors of the label but also the aspect of juggling and needing strength to carry these barrels around. Kind of the way they describe it as Juggling Walruses. Aisha also represents the colors and complexity of the beer.

Sources:
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Bourbon Barrel Aged 7 Swans-A-Swimming by The Bruery

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Bourbon Barrel Aged 7 Swans-A-Swimming by The Bruery is an 11% ABV Belgian Quadruple aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Label:
WÆS HÆIL!

The Seventh Verse of Our Twelve Days of Christmas series of beers showcases the rich, malty character of a Belgian-style Quadrupel. Happy Holidays.

Bourbon Barrel Aged 7 Swans-A-Swimming is suitable for aging up to 5 years (soon after the release of 12 Drummers Drumming) when cellared properly.

==Introduction==

This special release of the 7 Swans-A-Swimming was released to the Reserve and Hoarders Society. Essentially, they release a barrel aged version of their previous year’s Christmas ale and release it in the current year. To get this, you will have to trade or find a place to get it online. Mainly a collectibles page. While the original was awesome, now a barrel aged version sounds like it can take it to the next level. The way stuff goes for my favorite style, the Belgian Dark Strong and Quads but also the way it goes with barrel aged beers, they sure elevate things to the next level. So let’s see if that is true, cheers!

Aromas:
Vanilla, Oak, Bourbon notes, dark fruits like raisins, figs, dates, plums, dark cherries, currants, blueberries, Dulce de leche caramel, marshmallows, anise, molasses, licorice, rock candy, candi sugar, Rhubarb pie, toasted coconut, macaroons, brown sugar, port wine, bananas, clove spice.

Flavors:
Dulce de leche caramel, dark fruits like raisins, figs, dates, plums, dark cherries, currants, blueberries, oak, bourbon, marshmallows, anise, molasses, licorice, rock candy, dark candi sugar, rocky road ice cream, fruit cake, brown sugar, bananas, clove spice, raspberry cobbler, vanilla, all spice, ginger bread cookies, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, pecan pie, Rhubarb ice cream, nutmeg, hazelnut nectar, toasted coconut, macaroons, rye bread, port wine and crème brulee

Aftertaste:
Lots of dark fruit, caramel, spices, dulce de leche, fruit cake, bourbon, oak, pecan pie, hazel nut, marshmallows and coconut hints. No alcohol in the taste, Brown to crimson medium to full body, smooth to silky mouthfeel yet a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
Definitely more exceptional than the original. This was expected but after trying it, I knew for sure this was the case. Lots more complex flavors stand out with the aging of the bourbon. More Dark fruit and delicious pecan pie and coconut from the few I had mentioned before. If you do happen to get it, I am sure you will enjoy it. Cheers!

Anime Corner:
Hatsune Miku and the Vocaloid Team was used in this pairing as I wanted to do 7 characters but also in the sense of swimming, they definitely are swimming in a sea of chaos as they seem to be on the hunt for something important but also trying to survive and keep their heads afloat. Some dangers present themselves nearby. May not be Christmas like but the purpose of this beer for Christmas is to bring people together and it seems like 7 characters together is just the trick to do it. Together they will survive another day. The flavor complexities of the beer, the colors of the labels and the aspect of staying together like a flock of swans are surely displayed in this pairing.

Sources:
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BroadAcres by Phantom Carriage

12622451_10103052882071820_8656491043863944424_oRating: 3.5/5

BroadAcres by Phantom Carriage is a 3.9% ABV Berliner Weisse

Label:
Bright Acidity highlights lemon notes & Effervescence with a quenching dry finishages well cellaring over time results in a more layered sour with increased funk.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one at the Phantom Carriage bottle release. While this is one I had not tried during my visits to Phantom Carriage, I wanted to get it so we can bring it to the site. This would be something you may want to consider if you are ever at the brewery or even happen to find it at the local market if they get them distributed. For this being a Berlinerweisse, there can definitely be some nice tart notes and knowing Phantom Carriage which focuses on the sour beers, we can assume it’s going to be nice and tart! Cheers!

Aromas:
Super funky notes, brettanomyces, stone fruit tart apricots, honey, peppercorn, coriander, wheat, sour lactic notes and cane sugar.

Flavors:
Tart stone fruit peach, wheat bread, honey, funky barnyard hay, salt, lemon candy, lemon peel, cane sugar, brettanomyces, bubblegum hints, banana hints, clove spice hints, lactic sour notes, cereal grain and citrus notes.

Aftertaste:
Super dry finish with hints of wheat, funk and stone fruits. No alcohol in the taste. Light Pale Strawlight body, crisp, refreshing and effervescent body with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
A pretty good beer. For being light and generally not very complex, the rich tart and fruity flavors make up for it. Typically, Berliners are the styles that usually are good to relax on a hot day. Basically if you love sours but want something light, then this is the beer for you. I would say it is worth a try for sure.

Anime Corner:
Dead Master from Black Rock★Shooter was used in this pairing to with the Skull label and anything that has to do with being scary in relation to what it is Phantom Carriage does that is awesome.

Sources:
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Whoa Bundy!!! by El Borracho brewing

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Whoa Bundy!!! by El Borracho brewing is a 5.25% ABV American Pale Ale brewed with Simcoe Hops.

==Introduction==

A tribute to one of the best sitcoms growing up, Married with Children. Specifically, Al Bundy which was by Ed O’Neal. The reason my friend William Carranza chose Whoa Bundy!! as the name of the beer indicates as it is an American Pale Ale. As a American as Al Bundy and High School football of which he scored 4 touch downs in one game for Polk High. Thanks to Will for another awesome donation to the site. Let’s take a look and see what this one has to offer, cheers!

Aromas:
Citrus, piney, herbal, floral, dank, spicy and garlicky hops, tropical fruit notes of Guava, Papaya, dragon fruit, passion fruit, honey dew melon, Stone fruit peach, apricots, lemon zest, orange candy, mango hints and tangerines.

Flavors:
Herbal, Spicy, grapefruit, piney, floral, and dank garlicky hops, biscuit bread, vanilla notes, Tropical fruit Guava, Papaya, dragon fruit, passion fruit, pineapple, honey dew melon, kumquats, mango, Strawberries, raspberries, Stone fruit peach, lychee, apricots, lemon candy, oranges, green tea ice cream, gummy bears, and tangerines.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with stone fruit notes, tropical fruit, biscuit bread, herbal, grapefruit, citrus lemon candy and piney hops. No alcohol in the aftertaste, Honey colored light to medium body, crisp, refreshing, rich and smooth mouthfeel with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
A very delicious pale ale having so many of the nice tropical fruits and citrus notes that I enjoy from IPAs and Pale Ales alike. There was so much in this one that it did make me go… Whoa!? With use of all Simcoe in this brew, it was something very good. Definitely one of my friend’s better beers and one that is worth trying again.
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Anime Corner:
Dead Pool from Marvel Comics and Harley Quinn from DC Comics were used in this pairing since I wanted to find something Married with Children related. In this case, it is not Anime but Comics. I have done many comic book characters in the past especially since I like many of them. So the fact that I found one for Dead Pool with Harley was one of the most perfect pairings I’ve seen in a while. An awesome beer pairing at that.

Sources:
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Rick’s Wrecka Barleywine by Avila Ales

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Rick’s Wrecka Barleywine by Avila Ales is a ~10% ABV English Barley Wine

==Introduction==

My friend Richard Avila created this beer back in May 2015 and let it aged for 6 months in a secondary fermentation vessel. I helped my friend that day to create my beer which was the Honey Bee Waggling Hop Bats Belgian IPA and this awesome Barleywine. Quite the task and an awesome Homebrew day in the hot summer in may it was. Fast forward several months into the holidays and we now have what I agree with my friend, his best beer yet. This awesome brew really blew me away and it definitely was all the worth the wait. Today I bring to the website, courtesy of my friend Richard, an awesome Barleywine! Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruit plum, prunes, raisins, cherry notes, dulce de leche Caramel, vanilla, toffee, sweetened condensed milk, biscuit bread with orange and peach preserves, Stone fruit peach hints, brown sugar, hazelnut nectar, figgy pudding and pecan pie.

Flavors:
Dark fruit raisins, figs, plums, sugar plum, dark cherries, raspberry notes, grape notes, port wine hints, Stone fruit peach hints, dulce de leche Caramel, vanilla, toffee, sweetened condensed milk, Toasted biscuit bread with orange and peach preserves, honey, waffle cone, marshmallows, earthy and citrus hop notes, pecan pie, macadamia nuts, hazelnut nectar, figgy pudding and flan hints.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with flavors of caramel, dark fruit, port wine hint, earthy notes, waffle cone, honey, vanilla and fig pudding. No alcohol in the taste despite the ABV, Crimson light to medium body, silky, smooth and creamy mouthfeel with an easy to moderate drinkability which for a 10% is pretty dangerous but it really is a well drunk beer.

Overall:
A perfect example and well made English Barleywine. From the different types of Barleywines I have had in the past, this reminded me of some of the better ones. This is really why I enjoyed this one. There is much malty complex goodness with a balance of mild hoppy citrus to balance things out. To date, I think this really is my friend Richard’s best brew and hope it makes an awesome return!

Anime Corner:
Rick Hunter, Dr. Jean Grant and the other characters from the Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles were used in this pairing to go along with the name of the brew. In the series, Rick would use his transforming Veritech mecha to battle. Its destructive force on enemies was massive. You can almost say this Barleywine is synonymous to the destructive force of the Veritech. It’s a wrecking machine!

Sources:
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Blood Junkie collaboration by Three Weav3rs brewing and Prosthetic Records

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Blood Junkie collaboration by Three Weav3rs brewing and Prosthetic Records is an 8.7% ABV Imperial Red Ale.

Label:
From our ears to your glass, blood junkie is a ruby hued Imperial Red Ale, brewed in collaboration with our hop obsessed, heavy metal friends at prosthetic records in Inglewood, California. Big and malt driven, yet dry and balanced with a bright hop finish, blooded junkie will have you throwing horns!

==Introduction==

Fuck Yeah! As I was saying before, more bands and music group enjoy the craftbeer scene. Might as well collaborate. This time, Prosthetic Records, a record label specializing in heavy metal bands here in Los Angeles has contributed their expertise to help make a truly unique and rich heavy metal brew. I have tried this before back when I first visited Three Weav3rs last year on tap and I do remember how rich this was both hoppy and malty sides creating some kind of bloody like flavors. It could just be my mind is crazy but it must be the crazy ingredients that were good. Now that they brought it to the bottle form I can bring it to the site for you to see if you would like to try this. Cheers!

Aromas:
Citrus, Grapefruit, piney grassy, floral, herbal and earthy dank hops, toffee, caramel, tropical fruit mango, prickly pears, passion fruit, papaya, dragon fruit, guavas, pineapple, tangerine gummies, marshmallow hints, biscuit bread, toasted bread and brown sugar.

Flavors:
Metal like Iron… Maiden… or Blood, well just kidding, but the bitterness of the hops does make it similar. Citrus, Grapefruit, piney grassy, floral, herbal and earthy dank hops, rye bread with tangerine preserves, toffee, caramel, tropical fruit mango, passion fruit, papaya, dragon fruit, guavas, pineapple, prickly pears, honey dew melon,, dark fruit raisins, dark cherries, chocolate notes, coconut hints, marshmallow hints, biscuit bread, toasted bread with guava membrillo, brown sugar hints, coriander spice, and tangerine gummies.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with Tropical fruits forward, dank piney, citrusy and earthy hops along with rich rye bread, caramel, toffee and dark fruit hints. No alcohol in the taste, super crimson medium body, silky, smooth and mildly creamy mouthfeel with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A very delicious brew. This one is more of a Red IPA than it is a Red Ale. Although the hops in this one vary to make it more like a slight bloody taste. Maybe it’s just in my mind. I think they may have gone with this with the whole metal aspect. The rest of the flavors are awesome though and complex. Definitely worth a try.

Anime Corner:
Scanty and Kneesocks from Panty and Stocking were used in this pairing for the very obvious reasons of using the Red, Blood and Devil aspect of the beer to pair. Sacnty being Three Weavers and the Kneesocks being Prosthetic Records. The colors like the Reds with the Greens of Scanty’s hair pairs well with the color of the hops that makes up this green and red bloody beer. This beer is such a deal and metal beer, I had to make it work with the awesome theme!

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Rice & Beans by The Bruery

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Rice & Beans by The Bruery is a 7.1% ABV Belgian Blonde ale brewed with Rice, Cinnamon, Vanilla beans and Portola Coffee beans.

==Introduction==
Essentially, this is Or Xata (Horchata) aged Coffee Beans. The thought really didn’t cross my mind how well this would work. In fact this seems unheard of to take an already awesome drink and add coffee, although the idea is very intriguing. I first had this one at the Bruery and lucky for me, since I loved the original Or Xata, I really loved this one too and they had this on growler fill. So I went ahead and took some home and brought it to the site. Now we take a look at this one to see how good it is in comparison to the regular Or Xata. From what I found, it was damn amazing and really hope it is released in bottles in the future.

Aromas:
Cinnamon, Coffee, milk chocolate, Danish cream, rice pudding, espresso, whipped cream frosting, Kahlua coffee liqueur, dulce de leche caramel, brown sugar, Mexican Custard/Jericalla, Mochi ball ice cream cane sugar, steamed milk, cookie dough ice cream, crème brulee, piloncillo sugar cone, cane sugar, agave nectar, mint hints, toffee, and churros.

Flavors:
Fancy Java coffee, coffee cake, mocha, milk chocolate, cinnamon, Danish cream, rice pudding, waffle cone, liquid churros, whipped cream frosting, Kahlua coffee liqueur, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, pan dulce, leche nestle(sweetened condensed milk), coconut candy, clove spice, Danish cookies, cookie dough ice cream, crème brulee, piloncillo sugar cone, cane sugar, agave nectar, mint hints, toffee, mango notes, milk sugar, nutmeg, fruit cake, brown sugar, Mexican Custard/Jericalla, Mochi ball ice cream cane sugar and steamed milk.

Aftertaste:
Coffee Cake, Java, mocha, milk chocolate, vanilla rice pudding, caramel, banana notes, coffee churros, champurrado maize and flan. No alcohol in the taste, honey colored light body, silky, smooth, creamy and refreshing mouth feel and is easy to drink.

Overall:
Damn exquisite dessert. This beer proves that you can combine ingredients that have not been combined before to make something new in a new experience of flavor or even improving on each that was not done before. Horchata and coffee never looked so good together but this proves that its possible and very delicious. Now the Bruery just has to release this in bottles and it will be a win win!

Anime Corner:
Korra from the Legend of Korra was used in this pairing since I wanted to pair something with the colors of Horchata and the coffee beans. While Korra is a blend of the elements like this beer is a Coffee and Horchata fusion, her fashion and similar to the indigenous which reminded me of where the drink of Horchata is popular and where the majority of the world’s coffee comes from, essentially Latin countries like Mexico and Columbia. Now I don’t know which variety of Portola Coffee was used in this beer since they range from different parts of the world but it is symbolic of the name as Rice and Beans but is something of indigenous origin. Heck I grew up on Rice and beans! Horchata as well. So I think as a subtle tribute, this pairing worked well.

Sources:
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Devil’s Teeth by Modern Times

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Devil’s Teeth by Modern Times is a 10% ABV Imperial Stout/Old Ale Hybrid brewed with their House, Ethiopian and Sumatran Coffee.

Label:
70 SRM Black
60 IBU
1.024 Final Gravity

Malt:
Barley, Oats, Munich, Chocolate, Midnight Wheat, Black Barley, Aromatic Roast Barley and Biscuit Malt

Coffee:
75% Ethiopia Hambela
25% Sumatra Mandheling

Devil’s Teeth is a hybrid of an Old Ale and an Imperial Stout, two English beer styles designed to withstand long voyages and dark winters. It brings rich maltiness & robust roastiness in a thick, tongue-coating, aggressively flavorful package. To this chewy mix of old world beasts, we brought a massive dose of our house roasted Black House Blend coffee, a complimentary mix of blueberry-forward Ethiopian and chocolate-forward Sumatran coffees.

==Introduction==

Devil’s Teeth was released by Modern Times back in September 2/15. Originally, the one they had released was the Mezcal version. Unfortunately, I did not know about it and I would have to have travelled to San Diego to get it. I am glad they released the original but what made me more excited is what this beer label and the name reminded me of. I will explain this part in my anime corner section of the review but basically know it was nostalgic of something in my past. With that being said, the mix of coffees intrigues me to see what type complexities might come about from this. Cheers!

Aromas:
Flan, vanilla, fancy coffee, roasted coffee, Oatmeal cookies, dulce de leche caramel, toffee, molasses, anise, Iris cream, mocha, espresso, java, Kahlua, dark fruit raisins, boysenberries, blueberries, Lactose, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, dark chocolate, tobacco, brown sugar and marshmallow smores.

Flavors:
Super fancy coffee, Lactose, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, mocha coffee, espresso, java, Kahlua liqueur, dark chocolate, fudge cake, marshmallow smores, vanilla, caramel, honey, pecan pie, crème brulee, flan, dulce de leche caramel, toffee, molasses, anise, Iris cream, whipped cream, Oreo cookies and cream, Oatmeal cookies, tobacco, dark fruit raisins, boysenberries, blueberries, earthy hop notes, brown sugar, ginger spice, hazelnut cream and cappuccino coffee.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with rich coffee and mocha aftertaste followed by vanilla, marshmallows, dark fruit, caramel and pecan pie hints linger. No alcohol in the taste, Dark full body, creamy, rich, smooth and velvety mouthfeel and easy to drink despite the ABV.

Overall:
Outstanding Coffee Stout. Like drinking the actual thing or some kind of fancy blend. The fact that they managed to blend an Old Ale probably is what makes this one much more enjoyable. There is so much complexity going on here not just from the variety of coffee but even the old ale and stout blends, a Cuvee if you will. Yep, now I have to look for the Mezcal version and see how more complex that one is. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this one so go get it!.
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Anime Corner:
Astaroth from Shinra Bansho was used in this pairing to go with the whole aspect of Devil and the Teeth. Also, when I first saw this beer, the name and colors reminded me of the Devil’s Eye from NES’s Willow. A weapon that can only hurt the undead and the highest stat weapon in the game. This was definitely a tribute to my childhood playing the game but also fits well with Astaroth as she is blue and red similar to the colors of the label. All and all, I had a good feeling about this beer and my feeling were right.

Sources:
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