Midnight Autumn Maple by The Bruery

 

Rating: 6/6

Midnight Autumn Maple by The Bruery is a 9% ABV Imperial Belgian Dark ale brewed with Yams, maple syrup, vanilla and spices.

Label:

Darker Times

==Introduction==

It’s been years since I tried the original Autumn maple so when I saw they were releasing this one, I had to bring it to the site. The same recipe but adding Midnight wheat definitely is sure to add some nice dark tones to the beer. Possibly in the realm of dark fruit or chocolate possibly. Let’s have a look at this new treat. Cheers!

Aromas:

Ginger bread cookies, prunes, dark candi sugar, burnt sugar, pumpkin flesh, sweet potatoes in maple syrup, milk sugar, dark chocolate and ginger bread cookies.

Flavors:

Dark candi sugar, molasses, dark fruit prunes, raisins, plums, figs, dates, maple syrup, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel, banana bread, pumpkin flesh, sweet potato pie, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger bread cookies, cookies, burnt sugar and pecan pie.

Aftertaste:

Finishing with some anise notes, dark fruits, ginger bread cookies, cinnamon, banana bread and pumpkin pie. No alcohol in the taste, dark brown full body, smooth, creamy and syrupy mouthfeel and sipping drinkability.

Overall:

An exceptional beer! Definitely better than the original with the dark fruit and anise notes creating some very very delicious fall flavors that definitely are not replicated by the original. This one is a huge step up and I highly recommend it!

Anime Corner:

Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop was used in this pairing since this is the first time I used her in a Bruery pairing. The pairing works so damn well with the colors of the label but as you can see, the colors of dark fruit are also paired with her. It was a very nice pairing in my mind.

 

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Super Bad by Gigantic brewing

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Beer #37 Super Bad by Gigantic brewing is a 9% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with Coffee.

Label:
“You mind if I have some of your tasty beverage to wash this down?”
-Jules Whinnfield

This beer’s got somthin’ that’ll make you wanna shout got somethin’ that tells you what it’s all abou. It’s got soul and it’s superbad. Tastes so nice, gonna make you jump back, wanna kiss yourself~

==Introduction==

Bad… Ass… Muthafucka… The beer! I got this one at Ramirez Liquor in Boyle Heights California but this one is sold in many places and even online. A very awesome tribute to the movies of Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarrentino and even the newer movies like Super Bad. Paying homage to the awesome comedy and cult flicks of the 90’s to now, but mainly Pulp Fiction. When I saw this, I nearly shit my pants! I said, oh hell yeah! This has to go on the website. Now it’s here with all of it’s glory!! Samuel L. Jackson/ Jules Whinnfield, it’ll get you drunk…. Mmmmm mmmmm bitch!

Aromas:
Very nice fancy coffee notes, Irish cream, Dark Chocolate, bakers chocolate, dark fruit raisins, blackberries, boysenberries, currants, dark cherries, tobacco, cappuccino, vanilla, earthy hops, roasty coffee notes, fruit cake notes, toffee, hazelnut, fudge cake and brown sugar!

Flavors:
Roasted Coffee beans, fancy coffee, Cappuccino notes, Milk chocolate, Dark Chocolate, bakers chocolate, plantains, vanilla, Irish cream, caramel, earthy hop notes, anise, licorice, mint, molasses, dark fruit raisins, blackberries, boysenberries, currants, dark cherries, leather, tobacco, oreo cookies and cream hints, dark chocolate fudge cake, coffee cake, fruit cake, brown sugar, charred notes, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar and toffee.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with some dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, earthy hops notes and roasted coffee. No alcohol in the taste. Dark full body, creamy, rich, and smooth mouthfeel and an easy to moderate drinkability despite the ABV.

Overall:
That’s a damn tasty beer! Good Mutha’Fn choice! There is so much delicious coffee, chocolate and dark fruit notes. Something Jules himself would probably drink for breakfast. I can say despite the label and the nostalgia of Pulp fiction, overall the beer is magnificent. If you are a fan of Samuel Jackson and/ or Pulp Fiction and/or of craft beer, do yourself a good one and find this beer. I think you will enjoy it!

Anime Corner:
Multiple characters from Pulp Fiction, Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop and BellDandy from Ahh! My Goddess were used in this beer pairing mainly for the whole theme of Pulp Fiction. The aspect of Pulp Fiction in general (the comic strip, not the movie) fits the pairing as well as not all the stories came in color. Some came in black and white. Like the way this label with Jules is presented with Purple and White. I can explain the details about how I think it pairs more but this one I will leave to you as the pairing itself says it all.

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The Patsy by Barley Forge Brewing

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The Patsy by Barley Forge Brewing is a 6.6% ABV American Stout brewed with Coconut and Rye.

Label:
No Horsing around – your quest for the holy grail of ryes has ended, brave traveler. Set down that heavy load and clap hands for the dense tropical flavor of this unusual stout, brewed with flaked rye, chocolate rye, several specialty malts, and a hefty amount of coconut. This medium-bodied beer offers rye spiciness balanced by sweet coconut with hints of dark chocolate and espresso. The perfect pair for a hearty winter meal, or to reward you after a journey through the Kingdom of Mercia.

==Introduction==

I first had this beer at the Bruery Copperversary and since then I was blown away. My friend Oscar originally told me about how good this beer was and I was like damn! Forward several months later and here we are. Total Wine, with the selection on deck, was enough for me to get this beer and bring it for a review. I wish they sold it in bigger bottles but this is great as I think I will need to go ahead and find more if there are still some at the store. This beer is pretty mind blowing. Let me break it down to let you know how it is, cheers!

Aromas:
Buttery caramel, vanilla, Rich toasted coconut notes, fancy coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hazelnut nectar, coffee cake, espresso, Java, Kahlua liqueur, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, dark fruit raisins, currants, blackberry hints, steamed milk, rye bread, molasses, anise, almond joy chocolate and Danish, crème brulee hints and marshmallow smores.

Flavors:
Espresso, Java, Kahlua liqueur, rich roasted coconut, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hazelnut nectar, coffee cake, vanilla, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, steamed milk, rye bread, molasses, anise, dark fruit raisins, currants, blackberry hints, butterscotch, flan notes, cinnamon, Irish cream, Danish, crème brulee hints, marshmallow smores, earthy notes and almond joy chocolate.

Aftertaste:
Rich coffee, marshmallow, rich coconut, caramel, earthy notes and maple syrup. No alcohol in the taste, Deep dark full body, silky, smooth, creamy and velvety mouthfeel with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:
Such a damn perfect stout! One of the best coconut beers out there. I definitely think on par or above with the Belching Beaver Coconut Milk stout. This beer reminds me of a morning fancy coffee at a really fancy coffee house. It is pretty crazy how delicious this little bottle is. I need to find more and I highly recommend it once you are able to find this one. For being Barley Forges first beer I review, this is an ultimate winner!

Anime Corner:
Julia, Vicious and Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop was used in this pairing as I wanted to pair the meaning of the name which is the Patsy or the person that is taken advantage of. I’ll be honest, while it sounds like you are taken advantage for really wanting this beer so much, there is nothing wrong this one. If you the audience are the person at the bar, then meeting up the wrong crowd could be a bad thing. Lucky for you, this is the safest crowd and one of the most bad ass ones at that to hang out for sure. They make sure you don’t become an actual patsy.

Sources:
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Solitude by El Borracho Home Brewing

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Solitude by El Borracho Home Brewing is 3% ABV Session Pale Ale.

Thanks to my friend William Carranza once again for another sweet beer donation. This beer’s name comes from need to just drink a couple of beers by yourself but still want to chill and not get wasted. Solitude is the kind of beer for the lonely drinker. So this beer will keep you company. Solitude is not necessarily a bad thing as one can use the time to be alone to reflect on a lot of things in life. Especially the good ones and to take action on those positive ideas. Solitude should never be considered as a means to dwell on the negative as it is part of like. This beer is something that can enjoyed while just relaxing in general I’m sure.

Aromas:
Citrus, floral and grassy hops, biscuit bread, maize, mild caramel and apples.

Flavors:
Apples, cereal grains, citrus, mild grassy hops, corn, lager and pilsner notes, caramel and crackers.

Aftertaste:
Finish dry with very little hop and citrus presence. No alcohol in the taste, absolutely refreshing, crisp and mildly clean and is pleasantly easy to drink.

Overall:
An Average to decent beer. Something that is definitely worthy of a beer that you can drink a lot of. It is better than the macros average lagers and has enough flavor to keep it interesting. Session beers are a great thing as they maintain a good amount flavor even if the alcohol is sacrificed allowing more to be enjoyed. While this beer is expected to be mild, it doesn’t disappoint and some of those really nice flavors do stand out.

Anime Corner:
Spike and Julia from Cowboy Bebop were the perfect pairing for this beer. The representation of Solitude is greatly represented by the need to have company but also it is a moment of reflection to make you take action for the next step. Solitude should never be represented with depression but more of making peace with one’s self and keep pushing forward to the next best thing. Spike and Julia’s love story in the series is a sad one which I won’t spoil here. As with drinking this beer, it give yous enough feel good experience without calling it a night. Relax and take in the moment