d-Unkle Peanut by Garage Brewing

 

Rating: 6/6

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

Label:

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

==Introduction==

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

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

Flavors:

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

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

Overall:

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

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

 

Bourbon Barrel Old Strangler by Garage Brewing

Rating: 6/6

Bourbon Barrel Old Strangler by Garage Brewing is a 12.1% ABV Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Label:
We believe in making our fresh craft beer from only the finest ingredients. And guess what? It’s really good! This flavorful beer developed from a recipe during our humble beginnings just got turned up a notch flavored in aged bourbon barrels.

==Introduction==

I have yet to try the Old Strangler but when I saw that Garage Brewing was making a Bourbon Barrel aged stout, I had to try it. I love different styles of beers but when those styles are married with different spirit based barrels, I always look to trying them as the majority of the time enhances the original recipe into new flavor heights. Since I have yet to try a Barrel Aged beer from Garage Brewing, this was the best opportunity for me to proceed. Let’s see how it is, cheers!

Aromas:
Dulce de leche caramel, oak, vanilla, whiskey, bourbon, mocha, roasted coffee notes, anise, licorice, earthy notes, dark chocolate, German chocolate, Bakers chocolate, dark cherries, raspberry, currants, almond joy chocolates, toasted coconut, crème brulee, pecan pie, leather, tobacco, marshmallow cream and hazelnut.

Flavors:
Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, German Chocolate, Bakers Chocolate, Belgian chocolate, brownie batter, Irish cream, Danish cream, flan, crème brulee, dark fruits like raisins, dark cherries, raspberry, currants, plums, figs,vanilla, Oak, Dulce de leche caramel, toasted coconut, marshmallow smores, Khalua Liquer, mocha, roasted coffee, Licorice, Anise, Molasses, Whiskey, bourbon, leather, tobacco, rye bread, rocky road ice cream, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar notes, earthy notes, coffee cake, banana hints, sweetened condensed milk, graham crackers, tiramasu notes, almond joy chocolates and triple chocolate cake.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with lots of oaky notes, whiskey, anise notes, dark chocolates, toasted coconut, cherries, flan, mocha and vanilla. No alcohol in the taste, Dark full body, smooth, creamy, velvety and chewy mouthfeel with an easy to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
Damn exceptional! Like the many awesome bourbon barrel aged stouts I have had before. Whatever special barrels they are using in this one, I can tell it is unique almost like the High West barrels. The alcohol is not in your face and gives way to very awesome complexity. That being said, it is one that is definitely worth picking up and highly recommended.

Anime Corner:
Cidney Aurum from Final Fantasy XV was used in his pairing to mainly pair with the color of the label but mainly with the fact that she is mechanic and this beer looks as pitch black and viscous as motor oil. Essentially, bringing the theme of working on a car as well as needing a beer.

Sources:
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Mango Hefeweizen by Garage Brewing

11111807_10102736454919370_118901798292135728_oRating: 2.5/5

Mango Hefeweizen by Garage Brewing is a 5.5% ABV Hefeweizen brewed with mango.

Label:
We believe in making our fresh craft beer from only the finest ingredients. And guess what? It’s really good. Winning a gold medal at the LA international Beer Competition in 2014 proved it. It’s so delicious, you’ll have to resist drinking it too fast.
==Introduction==

Obtained this beer at craftshack.com. By the looks of it, I was really intrigued as I thought how cool the flavors of citrus, banana, clove spice and coriander would play with mango. I definitely had to try this beer and so I got it. In fact this is my first beer from Garage brewing and I really think it will definitely be awesome. It may give me some home brew ideas and see what to expect with this beer. So let’s take a look and see what it offers. Cheers!

Aromas:
Good mango aromas, wheat, coriander spice, mild grains, orange, citrus, banana notes, clove spice, pineapple and cane sugar.

Flavors:
Coriander spice, wheat, citrus, mango notes, grains, mild yeastness, cheese hints, orange notes, pineapple, cane sugar, lemon peel and funky notes.

Aftertaste:
Coriander, citrus, funky notes earthy notes and mild mango. No alcohol in the taste, cloudy and hazy gold body, easy to moderate drinkability and a moderate mouthfeel.

Overall:
A less average beer. I don’t know why but this one just didn’t sit right with me. The mango aromas were awesome but the flavors were something else. It wasn’t bad, but maybe mango just doesn’t play well with heffeweizens. Typically, I love heffs and I love mango so it surprised me. I might have to try it again to make sure it wasn’t the bottle but like I said, maybe mango and heffs just don’t work. I’d recommend a try if you are willing. Maybe your palette may like this one.

Anime Corner:
Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown was used in this pairing as I wanted to show case some of the colors of the beer but also the use of tropical mango to show case the awesomeness of this German style heff. I think the colors really complemented the beers well even if the beer itself wasn’t what I thought it would be. Great pairing, okay beer.

Sources:
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