Marzipandemonium by The Bruery

Rating: 6/6

Marzipandemonium by The Bruery is a 16% ABV Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla and flavored with Almonds and Natural Almond Extract.

#LETSPARTY
Some people sculpt marzipan into flowers and animal shapes. We went nuts and recreated it as a beer. This limited release brings the party to your palate, showcasing the flavors of marzipan while kneading it into our favorite day of the week. We took our Tuesday-inspired imperial stouts, already roaring with flavors of vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate and bourbon barrel-aged bliss, and folded in almond character and extra vanilla to mimic the sweet, nutty notes found in marzipan. It’s unbridled enthusiasm in a bottle, just waiting to be unleashed amongst friends.

Such an amazing Marzipan liquid brew. There is so much nutty and chocolate complexities that just keep going endlessly!

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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.

 

Porcupine De Amore collaboration by Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak brewing

Rating: 5/5

Porcupine De Amore collaboration by Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak brewing is an 8.1% ABV American Flanders Red Ale Oak aged with a Passion fruit wheat IPA

Label:
Love Hurts

In the early fall, twin time travel technicians were diagnosed with a rare and fatal condition rendering them invisible to mortal humans.

Now they are forced to spend eternity in the shadows of immortals with only the company of each other to assuage the pain that comes with mortal invisibility. Gazing log into the abyss, until theabyss gazes back at them.

And, yes. I used the last part on an earlier label. Ouroboros. Life, death, rebirth. Rinse and repeat. Etc.

Commercial Description:
“Despite sharing a brew house, building and employees, Porcupine de Amore, is the first “collaboration” brew between Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and North Peak Brewing Company.
Porcupine de Amore is a blend of an oak aged version of North Peak Brewing Company’s Perilous IPA, a passion fruit American IPA brewed with wheat, and Jolly Pumpkin’s Rosie del Barrio, a foeder aged amber ale. Perilous was first aged in new oak for 1 month then masterfully blended into another foeder to age for 5 months with Rosie del Barrio where it picked up the classic Jolly Pumpkin funk.
Passion fruit and funk make up the nose, bright tartness melds with the passion fruit then fades to light notes of cherry and finishes with lingering layers of oak.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one at Mr. K’s Liquor near the Bruery. Just like the Jolly Pumpkin No Ka Oï, I really liked the artwork of the label and the ingredients it brought forth here. Essentially, a tropical beer at that. Jolly Pumpkin has been what got me into sours so long ago and many of the super tat sours I have had to this day, some are just as good but JP seems to be king with them. This beer is essentially a cuvee with a Flanders Wild Ale and an IPA. I have had a passion fruit IPA in the past or a couple of them but it sure seems interesting to see how this one turns out. Let’s have a look at this one, cheers!

Aromas:
Stone fruit peach, tart apricot, mango, wild flower honey, grapefruit juice, honey dew melon, lemon peel, Dragon fruit, Passion fruit, Lychee, kiwi, strawberry, cherries, raspberries, pomegranates, blackberries, maple hints, pecan pie, oranges, sour apples, farmhouse hay, mushrooms, floral hibiscus, lavender, roses, peppercorns, coriander, wheat, and banana clovey hints.

Flavors:
Forward Tropical Fruit like Dragon fruit, Passion fruit, Lychee, kiwi, strawberry, cherries, raspberries, pomegranates, blackberries, maple hints, pecans, almond notes, walnuts, trail mix, caramel, vanilla, mild toffee, oak, funky brett, stone fruit peach, tart apricot, mango, sour apples, farmhouse hay, mushrooms, floral hibiscus, lavender, roses, peppercorns, coriander, wheat, banana clove hints, pink peppercorns, wild flower honey, grapefruit juice, honey dew melon, lemon peel, lime peel and orange preserves.

Aftertaste:
Finishing rich with peppercorn spice, tropical and stone fruits, funky farmhouse hay, flowers, honey and lots of nutty and oak characteristics. No alcohol in the taste, Honey amber medium to full body, smooth, crisp, refreshing and effervescent mouthfeel along with an easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
Tropical and nutty! This sour is perfect using a very nice blend which makes up for a sour that is also sweet and nutty. Yes, somehow the combination of the Flanders Oak with the IPA creates an interesting mix and is something that is very pleasant. It is not an amber by any means but the sour of the Flanders and IPA flavors make it that way. In addition, the tropical and hoppy parts of the beer shine very nicely. This one is a high recommend on my list.

Anime Corner:
Julie-Su and Sally Acorn from the Sonic franchise are essentially the love interest of Sonic and Knuckles. The reason I chose both of them is to represent the breweries collaboration respectively and the ghosts in the label. Since the beer is using a porcupine, Julie-Su the Echidna was close enough especially since she fits the colors of the label perfectly. I also chose Sally to represents the Red/amber aspect of the beer but also the nutty flavors.

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Something’s Up With Jack by El Borracho Homebrewing

12376522_10102980509227580_8233657118936815134_n 11234975_10102980507266510_1133673101923743826_nRating: 5/5

Something’s Up With Jack by El Borracho Homebrewing is a 7.4% ABV Pumpkin Ale Brewed with cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg and all spice.

==Introduction==

A new brew by my friend William Carranza. This one was released for the Fall and at the right timing as it is pumpkin beer season. When it comes to pumpkin beers I am really picky as I enjoy the pumpkin beers that are more towards the pumpkin flesh with piloncillo kind or even more sweet potato to pumpkin pie flavors rather than the typical pumpkin spice. Although, when done right, the beers can come out great. My friend Will has handed me a bottle and so I wanted to see what his pumpkin beer was all about. Let’s take a look!

Aromas:
Ginger, cinnamon, sweet potato, pumpkin flesh, biscuit bread, pie crust, waffle cone, vanilla, honey, burnt sugar, clove spice, banana notes, stone fruit peach, apricot, peach cobbler hints, butterscotch, rye bread and pecan pie.

Flavors:
Pumpkin flesh, Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, pie crust, waffle cone, vanilla, caramel, ginger spice, ginger bread, clove spice, banana notes, cinnamon, stone fruit peach, apricot, peach cobbler hints, butterscotch, rye bread, biscuit bread, brown sugar, piloncillo sugar cone hints, Danish cream, maple syrup, sweet potato pie, honey and burnt sugar.

Aftertaste:
Pumpkin flesh, stone fruit peach, pie crust, vanilla, piloncillo, clove spice, ginger bread and fruit cake lingers. No alcohol in the taste, full body amber, creamy, smooth and effervescent mouthfeel and easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A perfect pumpkin beer showcasing so many of the delicious flavors I look for in pumpkin beers. The rich pumpkin flesh flavors, piloncillo on sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. To me this was a damn winner. Even without the extra nutmeg added at the pour (which really makes it even more awesome) it really holds strong on its own. Definitely something I had to ask my friend for another. A very delicious seasonal.

Anime Corner:
Sally, Jack Skellington and the rest of the Nightmare Before Christmas cast were used in this pairing as it fits with what my friend William was going for. Essentially, a Halloween beer about Jack from the Nightmare Before Christmas. To go along with my artistic perspective, I included Jack’s girl Sally as well. A well placed pumpkin also adds the theme and the style of the beer.

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