2017 Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Mocha Mint by New Holland Brewing Company

Rating: 6/6

2017 Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Mocha Mint by New Holland Brewing Company is an 11% ABV American Imperial Stout brewed with Mint and aged in bourbon barrels

Mint chocolate chip ice cream

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Beer Geek Breakfast Stout by Mikkeller Brewing San Diego


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Beer Geek Breakfast Stout by Mikkeller Brewing San Diego is a 7.5% ABV Oatmeal Stout brewed with Dark Horse Coffee.

Label:
None!

==Introduction==
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Mikkeller has finally opened up closer to the states. Their new division’s home is San Diego. With the establishment of a new brewery, comes a new set of beers exclusive to San Diego and well, those who can purchase them online. The first beer I wanted to bring from them is this one. The Beer Geek Breakfast Stout. Mikkeller beers have always been sold in 12 ounce bottles with occasional 750ml releases. This is the first time I ever see a 22-ounce bottle from them. Knowing how expensive but world class the beers from the original brewery can be, I am here to see how the quality of the new beers are in comparison to their other beers of a similar style. The last time I had a had a Beer Geek Breakfast beer from them was Kopi Luwak Coffee brew. That one was aged in Cognac so the comparison is not fair. This one uses Dark Horse Coffee which sounds interesting. So let’s take a look and see how this one is.

Aromas:
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted coffee, brown sugar, Irish cream coffee, marshmallows, smores, smoked oak hints, hazelnut nectar, peanut butter cup hints, Nutella chocolate hints, lactose milk sugar, caramel, vanilla, toffee, tobacco, leather, molasses and rye bread.

Flavors:
Roasted coffee, Khalua notes, espresso, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, lactose milk sugar, caramel, vanilla, toffee, tobacco, leather, molasses, rye bread, dark fruit raisins, prunes, dark cherries, currants, molasses, toasted coconut flavors, marshmallows, smores, smoked oak hints, hazelnut nectar, peanut butter cup hints, Nutella chocolate hints, nutter butter hints, Danish cream, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, cookie dough, oreo cookies and cream, brown sugar, Irish cream coffee and pecan pie.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with rich roasty coffee, mocha, vanilla, earthy notes, marshmallows and dark chocolate. No alcohol in the taste, dark medium to full body, smooth, creamy and velvety mouthfeel with a moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
A perfect coffee stout giving delicious flavors of coffee and chocolate. While it is not like the other beer geek breakfast beers (mainly since the others are barrel aged of the ones I tried), this one is amazing in its own right. The coffee flavors are pretty fancy and really bring about the best of what this beer can be. This one is definitely worth a pick up especially the base of the beer is in the essence of the “Beer Geek” series. Give this one a shot!
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Anime Corner:
Wii Fit Trainer from Nintendo and Queen Chrysalis from MLP were used in this pairing to go with the aspects of breakfast. As in, you have a well-balanced breakfast and you work out, you will go far. Drinking beer is not necessarily healthy but it can be when done in moderation and a single small serving. Anything above that and you have work cut out for you. Also, since the beer gives off complex flavors, it would be like a punch to the face. Queen Chrysalis was used to pair with the Dark Horse Coffee used in the beer. Yes, she is from MLP but I think she fits with that aspect.
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Sources:
http://i.imgur.com/GuyA1GY.jpg
http://img1.joyreactor.cc/pics/post/full/Женские-мускулы-разное-Wii-Fit-Trainer-под-катом-еще-одна-1982567.jpeg
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Tricerahops by Ninkasi brewing

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Tricerahops by Ninkasi brewing is an 8% ABV Double Indial Pale Ale.

Label:
Tricerahops is double everything you already love in an IPA. More hops, more malt body and a higher gravity define this Double India Pale Ale. Fiercely flavorful, guaranteed to satisfy.

==Introduction==

A beer I have seen for a number of times but didn’t pick up until one day I said, meh, what the hell. Ninkasi brewing makes some awesome beers and so far I have been fortunate to try their Maiden the Shade and Vanilla Oatis. Today I bring their Double IPA to the site. Ninkasi has been a recent find here in California and was not the case in the past. People have asked me about this beer advising that it was really awesome. So I figured I put it to the test. Let’s take a peek, cheers!

Aromas:
Oranges, caramel, honey, floral, grapefruit, grassy, piney and herbal hops, toffee, butterscotch, stone fruits like peach and apricot, brown sugar, pineapple, dragon fruit, honey dew melon, lots of citrus, lemon peel, dank oniony and garlic notes and flowers.

Flavors:
Caramel, honey, Grapefruit, grassy, piney, floral and herbal hops, peach, apricot, tangerine, dragon fruit, mango, rye bread, lychee, pineapple, butterscotch, biscuit bread, garlic and oniony notes, sweet flan hints, orange marmalade, toffee, herbal notes, flowers, lemon peel, guava hints, vanilla hints, oregano, yerba buena/spearmint and good amount of brown sugar.

Aftertaste:
Caramel, citrus, rye bread, mango, piney herbal and grapefruit hops linger. No alcohol in the taste, crisp, refreshing and almost creamy mouthfeel, clear golden amber body and easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A very delicious and perfect DIPA in the category of more malty and caramel like with enough hops to balance everything out. It is almost like the east coast style but not as citrusy. Unlike the tropical IPAs I really enjoy, this one I enjoyed since it was pretty balanced. This is almost at the realm of Hop Stoopid as it is super balanced with hops and malty sweetness. Despite those that are to the more extreme hop side and me who enjoys more tropical IPAs, I really liked what this one had to offer and therefore highly recommended.

Anime Corner:
Queen Chrysalis from MLP was used in this pairing mainly to pair with the colors of the label but also the invigorating power of the hops. You can see how the teals and greens kind of meld together in this beer making for one super strong Double IPA. I do not know much about the character but I figured she worked well with this pairing as I am sure being the antagonist comes with supreme power (Hops and ABV) even if she looks damn innocent (Sweet malt yet hoppy balance). Also She looks like a damn dragon and dragons are cool so there! She also has that whole Maleficent thing going on.

Sources:
http://bakki.deviantart.com/art/Chrysalis-404431680