¡Viva La Beaver! By Belching Beaver

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¡Viva La Beaver! By Belching Beaver is a 7.5% ABV Sweet/Milk Stout brewed with Peanut Butter, and Mexican Chocolate.

Label:

We made this beer originally for the SD Tap Room in Pacific Beach as their 8th Anniversary beer. Marc Truex set it all up. It became our highest rated beer (until Pound Town). Thomas kept asking to make it again but we never ad tank space. Now that we opened the new Oceanside facility we can make many more styles. Troy said he wanted to start a Milk Stout series, we decided to start with this one. It’s Mexican Chocolate. It’s peanut butter. The Beaver has a cool mustache. What’s not to like? I wanted to call it “Livin La Beaver Loca”, but I was outvoted.

Cheers!

Tom

==Introduction==
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When I first saw this beer, I literally went insane. I love the Peanut butter milk stout they make and overall peanut butter beers. I have had so many delicious Mexican Choco Stouts as well that have definitely blown me away. Now when I saw Belching Beaver decided to mix up the 2 and bottle it, it was a mind blow! I was able to get this one early as I purchased it at CraftShack.com but I know it will be around here locally soon. I just couldn’t wait to bring it to the site which is what made me so excited. So I am happy to present, the review to this awesome new entry from Belching Beaver. Salucita!

Aromas:

Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate abuelita, German Chocolate, Fudge Chocolate, Baker’s chocolate, Reese’s Peanut butter cups, marshmallows, Peanut Butter, Mazapan, pan dulce, capirotada raisin bread pudding, pecan pie, dark fruit raisins, prunes, currants, blackberry notes, hazelnut nectar, almond milk, almond milk, chocolate mousse, Champurrado Maize drink, chocolate bananas, , nutter butter cookies, toffee, roasted coffee notes, mocha and fruit cake.

Flavors:

Lots of rich Peanut Butter, Mazapan, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate abuelita, German Chocolate, Fudge Chocolate, Baker’s chocolate, dulce de leche caramel, cajeta, flan, cinnamon, fruit cake, roasted peanuts with the shells, nutter butter cookies, toffee, roasted coffee notes, mocha, lactose milk sugar, buttered rye toasted bread, Reese’s Peanut butter cups, marshmallows, chocolate peanut butter smores, pan dulce, capirotada raisin bread pudding, pecan pie, dark fruit raisins, prunes, currants, blackberry notes, hazelnut nectar, almond milk, chocolate mousse, Champurrado Maize drink, Chocolate Atole and chocolate bananas.

Aftertaste:

Finishing with super rich Reese’s Chocolate Peanut butter cups if they were made with dark chocolate and abuelitas chocolate. Lots of hints of dulce de leche, mazapan, dark fruits, marshmallowss, champurrado and nutter butter cookies. No alcohol in the taste. Deep dark abyss body, rich, velvety, smooth, creamy and syrupy mouth feel with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:

Madre de Dios! Supremely exceptional. This is definitely one of the best if not the best Peanut Butter Milk Stout I have ever had. This one definitely reminds me of Ramuri’s Peanut butter stout from Tijuana. Although the Mexican Chocolate definitely brings it to a newer level and really compliments the beer overall. This is something I will definitely get again and stash several bottles of. So much so that I would suggest you do the same if you loved the original peanut butter milk stout. Highly recommended.
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Anime Corner:

Original Mexican characters by Daniel Heron of Deviantart.com, Cham Cham from Samurai Showdown and Annet Myer from El Viento were all used in reference to the Mexican themed beer that we have here as well as all the colors to fit the label. Also, the anthropomorphic characters from the first picture and Cham Cham fit with the little Mexican beaver. The attire from Annet and the girl fit with old school indigenous and revolutionary gear wore in the pre modern eras.
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Sources:
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The Dread by Elysian brewing

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The Dread by Elysian brewing is a 9.2% ABV Imperial Stout aged in Oak Staves.

Label:
As Dark as your darkest fears, The Dread is a constant, lurking companion, encircling you with dark malts, a touch of rye, and the engulfing complexity of oak aging.

==Introduction==
Essentially, their awesome Dragonstooth aged in oak Staves. So if Dragonstooth is a dragon then aging it it in oak for the briny deep ocean of dark flavor goodness, sounds a lot to me like sea dragon of some sorts. Either way, getting what little I could find hidden behind the shelf at the local Total wine where I barely noticed it dude to being all the way in the back made me realize how coveted this beer was. It truly was extremely coveted as I can only assume many craft beer fishers had fished this out many times out of the sea that is the craft beer shelves at the store. Damn, lucky to find a sea monster like this. Let’s see what is up with this one.

Aromas:
Rich oak, coffee, toasted coconut, marshmallow smores, dark fruit raisins, plum, figs, currants, Deep dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, German chocolate, marzipan, mocha, vanilla, caramel, leather, smokey notes, hazelnut nectar, pecan pie, oats, cookie dough, caramel cake, roasted barley, brown sugar, port wine hints musty grapes and molasses.

Flavors:
Deep dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, German chocolate, marzipan, roasted coffee, mocha, vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut, oak, marshmallow smores, dark fruit raisins, plum, figs, currants, rye bread, molasses, anise, leather, smokey notes, hazelnut nectar, pecan pie, oats, cookie dough, caramel cake, roasted barley, brown sugar, port wine hints and musty grape notes.

Aftertaste:
Coffee notes, Rich oak, rich chocolate notes, smokey hints, Earthy notes and rye. No alcohol in the taste, silky, creamy, smooth and velvety mouthfeel with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
A bit above exceptional this monster is! Reminding me of the Chocolate Oak Yeti, with its rich oak and chocolate infused flavors surely getting heavier as the beer warms up to room temperature. I think I really fell for this one reminding me of the great Dragonstooth I tried oh so damn long ago but also taking it to the next level. I don’t think this special sea monster will last long, even if Elysian’s distribution has gotten greater. Highly recommended though.

Anime Corner:
Annet Futanabi from El Viento and Rydia of the Myst with Leviathan from Final Fantasy IV were used in this pairing as I wanted to show case the dread, as seen by Annet’s face in the pairing, that is felt when being chased by a huge deep oak sea monster. Opening this bottle is a damn struggle when you realize the crazy flavors and aromas this has. However, even at the deepest darkest parts of the ocean, by having the magic to tame a monster like Rydia of the mist has, you can really take on the beer and make it your own sipping and enjoying everything the sea beast onslaughts on you palate.

Sources:
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