Chernyy Medved Collaboration by Valiant and Black Market Brewing

Rating: 5/5

Chernyy Medved Collaboration by Valiant and Black Market Brewing is a 13% ABV Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Cherries and Vanilla

Label:
A powerful and fearless Russian Imperial Stout brewed in collaboration with our comrades at Black Market Brewing in Temecula CA. Chernyy Medved was brewed in tribute to the OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival which takes place in December in Orange County CA. Brewed with smoked wood, pine, vanilla, cherries and coming in at 13% ABV this intense black beauty will warm you right up this winter or will cellar nicely to be enjoyed in the years to come.
==Introduction==

Cerny Medved or Black Bear was a beer my friend Neal provided me as a trade for some homebrews. Valiant Brewing was a brewery that recently closed in March 2017, essentially, last month. So some of these beers are so limited that you might not see them again. I had only recently got into their brews especially their Candy Sours series. It is unfortunate we will not have them again but let us look at how at this one and see what it was all about, Cheers!

Aromas:
Roasted coffee, molasses, anise, dark Chocolate, Milk chocolate, Bakers Chocolate, Dark fruit raisins, currants, Cherries, Earthy and smokey oak notes, flan, vanilla, cherry crème brulee, strawberry, tootsie roll chocolate and pecan pie.

Flavors:
Dark Chocolate, Milk chocolate, Bakers Chocolate, Chocolate Mousse, Dark fruit raisins, currants, Cherries, Earthy and smokey oak notes, earthy hop bitterness, burnt sugar, roasted coffee, molasses, anise, flan, vanilla, cherry crème brulee, strawberry and cherry cheese cake, dulce de leche caramel, pecan pie, brown sugar, tootsie roll chocolate, Cherry Chocolate milk, hazelnut nectar and cherry cake fudge chocolate.

Aftertaste:
Leaving with roasty chocolate, earthy and smoky notes, cherry notes, vanilla, caramel, toffee earthy hop bitterness and caramel. No alcohol in the taste despite the 13% ABV, smooth. Creamy and velvety mouthfeel, dark full body, with a moderate drinkability.

Overall:
An awesome perfect stout. Very Roasty and flavorful like many of the Russian Imperial Stouts I have had before. The cherry flavors this one introduces pairs well with the roasty flavors and vanilla. While I do not think this is at the strongest in terms of the Choco Cherry Cordial beers, but it is a cherry cordial in its own sense. Not as sweet, but earthy and balanced. I would highly recommend checking this one if you can still find it.

Anime Corner:
Birdy Cephon Altera from Birdy The Mighty and Kneesocks Daemon from Panty and Stocking W/Garterbelt were used in this pairing as I wanted to mainly go with the colors of cherries and while I don’t think Birdy is Russian or a bear, I mainly paired for the colors and ingredients of the beer. Kneesocks on the other hand is much closer to the dark red cherry color so bringing her here works awesomely.

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Sea Rose by Ballast Point

Rating: 2.95/5

Sea Rose by Ballast Point is a 4% ABV American Wheat Ale brewed with Tart Cherries and Pomegranates.

Commercial Description:
A crisp wheat ale with a tart cherry twist.
Our Sea Rose tart cherry wheat ale is a fresh take on fruit beers. Originally conceived during an employee-led R&D brew, it’s one of our most imaginative recipes yet. The American wheat style is light and clean, while fresh cherry juice adds a soft coral color and fruity nose that gives way to a dry, slightly tart finish. It’s approachable, yet unexpected—exactly what we love to brew.

==Introduction==

I first heard of this one while searching online for information for the Red Velvet on nitro from Ballast Point. So since it was a new fish to the list of fish added to the Ballast Point labels, I wanted to bring it to the site. It looked awesome so I chose it for that reason. Tart Cherry Wheat brews are something that I like since the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat and my own homebrew, Heff By Black Cherries. So based on my experience, they are typically awesome brews. So one made by Ballast Point has got to be awesome. Let’s take a look, cheers!

Aromas:
Wheat grain, cereal notes, cherry hints, biscuit bread, cane sugar and lemon notes.

Flavors:
Cereal grains, pilsner malt, pomegranate hints, tart cherry, cranberries, wheat bread, cane sugar, honey notes, lemon and seltzer notes.

Aftertaste:
Finishing very dry with tart cherry, cranberry and pomegranates along with biscuit and cereal hints. No alcohol in the taste, super clear amber to honey light body, crisp, clean, refreshing and smoooth mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

Overall:
Close to Average at best. While I feel this is super great for non craft beer drinkers and a great entrance for those that want to try other beers since it is so light and refreshing. Ultimately, it falls short on flavor with only notes of the mentioned fruit flavors. I personally would like more flavor but that is just me. I really feel for those that hardly drink craft beer and want something that is only hinted and still super light, this is an awesome beer for that. Worth a try if once but there is better out there.

Anime Corner:
Kneesocks Daemon from Panty & Stocking W/ Garterbelt was used in this pairing for the colors mainly of cherries and pomegranates. I also wanted to find something to pair with the red fish and that is where Kneesocks comes in. She is a red hot devil with a spiky hair looks frilly like the waves of the fish.

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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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