2017 Cappuccino Stout by Lagunitas brewing

2017 Cappuccino Stout by Lagunitas brewing is a 9.1% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with Coffee
 
I reviewed this one years ago but I wanted to bring it back to do an action figure pairing with Asagi Igawa from Taimanin Asagi which I had originally done the pairing with her in the original review.
 
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Easy As She Gose by El Borracho brewing

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Easy As She Gose by El Borracho brewing is a 4.9% ABV Gose brewed with Oranges, Limes (Juice and Zest) oak aged in Herradura Resposado Tequila.

==Introduction==
Another awesome experiment by my friend William Carranza of El Borracho brewing. This time, he wanted to make a Gose as close to a Margarita as he could. The style while mainly German with salt is one that I think would work very well to make a Margarita kind of beer. So now that he has donated the beer to the site, let’s take a look.

Aromas:
Tejuino maize notes, limes, agave, stone fruit apricot, apples, Citrus, Lime peel, oranges, rich orange juice, grapefruit, banana, phenolic notes, coriander, honey, floral notes, sea salt, oak, tequila hints, clove and vanilla.

Flavors:
Citrus, Lime peel, oranges, rich orange juice, tangerines, peppercorn, Margarita notes, tequila hints, agave, oak, sea salt, grapefruits, lemon grass, floral notes, wild flower honey, tart grape, hibiscus notes, chamomile, lavender, stone fruit apricot, apples, pears, phenolic notes, bananas, coriander and clove spice, vanilla, flan hints and Tejuino maize notes.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with a mix of Salty, lemon lime with sweet orange notes, oak and tequila hints. No alcohol in the taste. Cloudy honey medium body, crisp, refreshing and smooth mouthfeel and easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A very delicious brew. One thing my friend did mention is that the Gose might be a bit saltier than what he wanted it to be. Funny thing is, I felt the Gose from the brewer was just as salty if not saltier. But even other Gose beers I have tried have been a bit like that. It might be for some but I was very pleased with it as I had explained to him that the base of the ingredients he used to make it such as the oranges and limes along with the tequila oak really did bring out some of those Margarita flavors almost to the point of the Mexican Cantaritos which have oranges, limes, grapefruit and tequila. So I would definitely want to see this one again!

Anime Corner:
Original Anime Girl, Homika from Pokemon, Asagi, Sakura and Yatsu from Taimanin Asagi were used in this pairing as I wanted to get the pairing as close as the Song “Steady, As She Goes” by the Raconteurs. So definitely a band was in mind. Also, Easy as She goes seems like something else along the lines of someone being easy? Maybe, but also the tropical aspects of the beer are depicted in the picture as well.

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Side Project #25 Liquid Lunch by Terrapin

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Side Project #25 Liquid Lunch by Terrapin is a 7.7% ABV American Imperial Peanut Butter and Jelly Porter brewed with Cocoa Nibs, Peanut Butter and Raspberries.

Label:
Side Project #25. Cut off the crust and unwrap the flavor of this fruit centric beer. Hand crafted using real raspberries, “Liquid Lunch” Peanut Butter Jelly Porter combines all the elements of a familiar lunch time snack.
==Introduction==

Peanut butter Jelly Time Remix! Baseball bats is where its at and break it down!

This is the second time I get to try a peanut butter and jelly beer. The firs one I tried was the John Paul Jones Peanut Butter & Raspberry Jelly Imperial Stout by Brew Rebellion which was awesome. Funny thing though, is that I was actually looking for this one way before that one came out. So now that I have a bit of taste experiences in the PBJ Sandwich beer department, I want to see how this one compares to the other one. This one being a porter should indeed be different from the stout but let us see just how different. I am glad I was able to find this beer along with Maggie’s Blackberry Cobbler. Wish we could get more Terrapin beers in the west coast. Cheers!

Aromas:
Rich peanut butter, butterscotch, Reese’s peanut butter cup cereal, nutter butter cookies, roasted peanuts, candi sugar, brown sugar, mocha, lactose milk, molasses, anise, hazelnut, butter pecan ice cream, toffee, dulce de leche caramel, dark fruit raisins, black berries, blue berries, black cherries, currants, plums, cherry cheesecake, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, banana notes, rocky road ice cream, rock candy and rye toast.

Flavors:
Tart raspberries, rich smooth peanut butter, butter pecan ice cream, toffee, dulce de leche caramel, dark fruit raisins, black berries, blue berries, black cherries, currants, plums, cherry cheesecake, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, banana notes, wine grape hints, choco flan, cocoa crispies, oatmeal cookies, coffee cake, Reese’s peanut butter cup cereal, nutter butter cookies, roasted peanuts, candi sugar, brown sugar, mocha, lactose milk, molasses, anise, hazelnut, toasted rye bread, marshmallows, vanilla and raspberry ice cream.

Aftertaste:
Leaving with good hints of peanut butter, dark fruit and tart raspberries, dark chocolate, marshmallows, vanilla, caramel and cookies. No alcohol in the tasted, smooth, creamy, silky and velvet mouthfeel, easy to drink and a pitch black full body with crimson head.

Overall:
Just as exquisitely exceptional as the Joseph James Peanut Butter and Raspberry Jelly Stout but with this one focusing more on the dark fruits and tart raspberries where as the other one is more chocolate goodness but both still head forth with that rich peanut butter and raspberry jelly flavors forward. I really don’t mind the so called natural flavors and such and for many who don’t try craft beer, this would be pure gold. Pick it up, this is a very rich magic potion. Where You at? It’s peanut butter Jelly time!

Anime Corner:
Hell Knight Ingrid from Taimanin Asagi was used in this pairing as she represents so much of the colors in the peanut butter and jelly as well as the complex flavors and sweetness of strength delivered in the beer as mentioned in my description. The pinks for the raspberries, the dark skin of chocolate and peanut butter, the purples and blues for the complex dark fruits and essentially since it is a dessert beer like liquid bliss, her sexiness empowers the beers just that much more!

Sources:
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Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout by Nantahala Brewing

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout by Nantahala Brewing is an 8% ABV American Stout brewed with cherries and cocoa nibs.

Label:
DAM RELEASE SEASONAL

Hide your Chocolate… Hide your Cherries…
Jack Frost’s out to get them in out annual brewed sweet, tart liquid version of a holiday classic. A complex stout brewed with a wintery mix of roasted and chocolate malts and Willamette Valley cherries, then aged to salivating perfection with cocoa nibs. Our Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout will knock your woolly socks off…and possibly melt away the doldrums of winter.

==Introduction==
Obtained this one while tying to purchase some good beer. I loved the label and the style as well as what it had to offer. You can’t go wrong with Cherries and Chocolate right? Well, as I have tried many beers in the past with cherries and chocolate, it is only fitting that I bring another one here to the site and see how it goes with this one. This is my first time trying Nantahala Brewing I thank you folks for making this one. Cheers!

Aromas:
Roasted coffee hints, tart dark cherries, dark fruit raisins, chocolate cherry cake, Dark Chocolate, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, caramel, vanilla, toffee, molasses, anise, rye bread, Irish cream hints, brown sugar, lactose milk sugar and hazelnut nectar.

Flavors:
Dark Chocolate, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, dark fruits like cherries, raisins, tart cherry skins, caramel, vanilla, roasted coffee notes, chocolate cherry cake, Irish cream hints, almond joy hints, rye bread, molasses, anise, toffee, chocolate cherry cake, brown sugar, hazelnuts, tootsie roll candies and lactose sugar.

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

Overall:
A very delicious and almost perfect chocolate cherry stout. I really love this one and would recommend it if you are not into overwhelming chocolate and chocolate beers but enjoy and semi sweet chocolate and tart cherry experience. If you are looking for a full force cherry and chocolate onslaught, then Life is Like… is beer that will do that for you. I can honestly say I have had better choco cherry stouts before but this one is still very close to a perfect Cherry chocolate stout and definitely worth the find if you can find it ofcourse. Cheers!

Anime Corner:
Asagi Igawa (purple) and Oboro (Pink) from Taimanin Asagi were used in this pairing to show case the struggle of Cherries and Chocolate. I would like to think that Asagi is the Cherries trying to fight off the onslaught of Oboro or in this case, the chocolates. If you know much about this series, you could see where I was going with this pairing in terms of a whole bunch of chocolates trying to pop the cherries if you know what I mean. Also, the whole thing with Asagi and Oboro laying on each other is the whole aspect of chocolate covered cherries if you know what I mean. Yes this one is a bit dirty but who didn’t say chocolate and cherries could be orgasmic foods.

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2010 Coton (2nd Anniversary) by The Bruery

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2010 Coton (2nd Anniversary) by The Bruery is a 14.5% World Class Old Ale blend with 75% ale and 25% ale aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Label:
Bottle 08177
This sturdy beer marks our second year, and we are grateful for the outpouring of community. Together may our supporters, our brewery and this beer grow in complexity and refinement over the years.

Coton (Cotton) will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly.

Commercial Description
2010 2nd Anniversary Ale. This sturdy beer marks our second year, an incredible year of growth and learning experiences. Together may our supporters, our brewery, and this beer grow in complexity and refinement over the years.

==Introduction==
Coton or “Cotton” in French, in the traditional sense of the wedding anniversary gifts, refers to the 2nd year in which Cotton is given. The beer will be released in 2010 but was sold as a special release in May 2015 to the public. I was able to snag a bottle since I have never had it or brought it to the site in the past. Here it is now so if your are able to trade for it, I hope my humble review helps you in your path to enlightenment to the great brews of old and supremacy. Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruits like raisins, plums, prunes, dried cherries, dried cranberries, currants, figs, blackberries, raspberries, boysenberry jelly, figgy pudding, rich oak, rich bourbon, leather, Stone fruit peaches, apricots, peaches in syrup, pears, burnt sugar, pecan pie, tobacco, peach cobbler and almond joy, peaches in cream, butterscotch, dulce de leche caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, flan, Cadbury cream eggs, crème brulee, brown sugar, Mexican vanilla, piloncillo, rum hints, bourbon hints, whiskey hints, toasted coconut hints and marshmallows.

Flavors:
Supremely rich dark fruits raisins, plums, prunes, dried cherries, dried cranberries, currants, figs, blackberries, raspberries, boysenberry jelly, figgy pudding, very rich oak, butterscotch, dulce de leche caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, flan, Cadbury cream eggs, crème brulee, brown sugar, Mexican vanilla, piloncillo, rum hints, bourbon hints, whiskey hints, toasted coconut hints, marshmallows, grilled bananas, grilled plantains, white chocolate, Belgian Dark Candi sugar, rock candy, waffle cone, rocky road ice cream, stone fruit peaches, apricots, peaches in syrup, pears, burnt sugar, pecan pie, leather, tobacco, peach cobbler and almond joy.

Aftertaste:
Lots of oak, port wine, Raspberry Chamboard, Rich dark fruit prunes, dulce de leche, leather notes, molasses, rye bread, tobacco, earthy notes, old stone fruits and aged sugar. It’s crazy to see how non-alcoholic this feels. Damn smooth, rich, creamy, soft and mildly syrupy mouthfeel, moderate to siping drinkability and crimson brown colored clear body.

Overall:
A syrupy wine and barley wine fusion of complex proportions! This here for being 5 years old is one of the most, if not the most complex beer that has been aged for years, the most complex beer next to Draco from 2009. The beer is screaming for being one of the most complex beers I have ever had that was aged. I can probably admit that if I ever have Papier, then that would the up most of complexest experiences but this right here, even if not the 100% bourbon barrel aged has a ton to say for itself. It is the original so it deserves its merits as a veteran in the craft beer world. Which reminds me, I do have beers cellared from long ago. I wonder how those will be when I finally get around to them. Only time will tell.

Anime Corner:
Asagi Igawa from Taimanin Asagi was used in this pairing because I wanted to do a bad ass ninja but also the color of cotton which is white which was perfect for this pairing. Yes, she maybe from a restricted audience entertainment of Japan yet she is bad ass regardless. She fights for what she believes in and this beer for being 2nd to the supremest beer (Papier) fits the category of pure bad ass!. Hot as well (Complexity) Bad Ass (ABV) and drinks like an angel (Insert orgasmic drink quote here).

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MischMishMish by The Bruery

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MischMishMish by The Bruery is an 8.8% ABV Belgian Strong Golden Pale Ale brewed with Apricots.

Label:
MAKE NO MISHTAKE
Fermented with brettanomces and infused with sweet apricots, this ale offers flavors and colors as golden as a California summer.

After brewing one of our fruited sour ales, we found ourselves with a few too many leftover apricots in the fridge. Rather than starting a smoothie company, we decided to create this unique take on the popular Belgian-style golden ale. The addition of apricots strikes a lovely balance with our fruity house yeast, yielding a delightfully mishmishchieveous ale. Mischmishmish is best enjoyed fresh.
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Want to talk about rarity and limited edition? How about limited quantity? So much that the only people that got this beer at 1 bottle per person limit were from the Hoarders and Reserve society between April and May 2014? How about that for exclusive? Well, it is a pain in the ass but I really wanted to do a review on this beer just because I wanted to see if it was truly worth a damn. Yes, even such a short ass supply of beers like these shouldn’t even phaze the masses as I am sure they have tried something like or extremely similar to this. Then again, we won’t find out until we try right? Well, I will do my best to break this one down and see what I can compare it to. This beer is a mix of Filmishmish and Mischief from the Bruery with lots of apricots. While I wish I could share this with many enthusiast around the world, just like Spiderman in Family guys once said and the fact of what life is, “Everyone only gets One!” and in this case, the members 😦 .

Aromas:
Pureed Apricot Central, biscuit bread, caramel, vanilla, peaches, stone fruit, lychee, peppercorns, farmhouse yeast, brettanomyces, honey, peppercorns, oak, citrus, lemon, peach preserves, plum cherry, mild wine funky hints, sugar cone, mild grape hints and waffle cone.

Flavors:
Lots of very rich sweet and Tart apricots, peaches, biscuit bread, vanilla, honey caramel, lemon, citrus, peppercorns, vanilla, oak, plum, cherry, farmhouse yeast, wine grape hints, wet hay, peppercorns, hints of mushroom, peach and apricot preserves on rye, waffle cone, bananas, stone fruits, lychees, guava notes, clove spice and bananas.

Aftertaste:
A bit Apricot, biscuit bread, and caramel with a very dry finish. No alcohol in the taste. A moderate sipping beer yet crisp and refreshing with a medium mouth feel.

Overall:
While the beer is powerful with the apricot notes and well is very delicious, I do think that many can find something similar. This beer is no longer a sour and is more of a fruit beer than anything. A bready apricot fruit beer. Truly one for the summer if by some miracle you can get this beer. I can honestly say though, there are still some greater apricot tasting beers out there that you can find for sure.

Anime Corner:
Sakura Igawa from Taimanin Asagi is the younger sister of Asagi Igawa whos is an anti demon kunoichi. She was chosen for this rare beer as since her colors fit perfectly for with the label and the flavors. This is kind of her first appearance but generally her first solo appearance so it was perfect in that aspect. Mischief tends to be a Belgian Golden Ale which is usually related to demons as you can tell from the tail in the label. She is a ninja that fights demons so it makes sense. Basically, if we look at flavors, she is the sweet apricots that quenches the demons in the Filmishmish so removing all the sour notes leaving more sweet and tart notes instead. Good stuff for a super rare beer. Like a 1 in 100 random encounter…..

Indra Kunindra by Ballast Point

Rating: 4.5/5

Indra Kunindra by Ballast Point is a 7%ABV India-Style Export Stout. It is an ale brewed with Curry Spices, Coconut, Kaffir Lime Leaf, Cayenne & Cumin. This is made extra robust made specific for travel through long journeys. This is the first and best beer that really brings about India cuisine to the world of beer. 

Label:

San Diego is home to the greatest craft beer culture in the country. World class breweries, beer bars, bottle shops, and home brewers make our city a beer lovers utopia. To honor our brewing community and Holiday Wine Cellar’s 46th anniversary, Ballast Point and Holiday Wine Cellar are proud to offer a unique collaboration between home brewer and craft brewery. The result of our commemorative endeavor? An India-style Export Stout brewed with Madras Curry and lime leaf. Definitely not the same old-same old. Award winning brewer Alex Tweet really pushed the limited on this one – so enjoy it, and thanks for celebrating with us! 
—-I have had some nice Indian cuisines in the past. Hot Curry is probably one of my favorites. Although I believe that Indian cuisine in India would be way better than stuff we can find here. So if you never had curry or Indian cuisine before, it would be hard to explain. One thing to not about this beer is that although it has its sweet flavors, the cayenne makes the beer hot and spicy like a chile beer. The balance to the heat is the coconut, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, lime and berry like flavors. While Curry is headstrong here, the cinnamon, cumin and sweet flavors bring it to a nice balance. I really think this beer would go great with Indian cuisine. I would recommend it if you love Indian food, especially hot and spicy curry. I do emphasize the hot and spicy as it may be too hot for some folks…but being a man who enjoys spicy food, this is awesome.

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout


Another Limited Release….the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout. It is an American Double/Imperial Stout.. It was another gift from my brother Martin… I had to explain this brew from many angles as dark like ninjas, its hard to catch on film, yet alone catch on taste and flavor how different this beer is from other chocolate/coffee stouts. To begin, This brew is made with Sebastopols Hard Core Coffee. LOL I don’t know about this but if this coffee/cappuccino is as bad as the ninjas…1 of 2 things will happen. Either I will be so jacked up on coffee I will not be able to sleep tonight due to the coffee/cappuccino in this…or I will have to stay awake so lovely ninja babes don’t kill me O.O….either way…as I sip this delicious reminder or Starbucks magic… I ponder to the many flavors it has to offer…Aside from the heavy shots of caffeine. This brew has chocolate/coffee/caramel/dark fruit like cherry/amaretto/molasses/soy sauce/wake the fuck up juice!!!…. I write this as I am very up for this beer and I am very hyped on its delicious flavors that keep making me want even more.*sip*…slowly…even though this is not your usual hot cup of Joe, it has to be taken into small portions as this is 9.0% ABV….no advise on how much caffeine…but I don’t really think it matters as this brew is definitely a wake up call to awesomeness… IF work would let me drink this instead of their nasty coffee which the pot is rarely clean and everyone always gets chunks of burnt roast and nasty rocks with every pour…then this technically would be the better choice in my opinion. A combination of staying alert and focused yet being relaxed and calm to relive stress and improve performance….. This reminds me of my days with mixing alcohol with red bull…but more moderate version. Definitely enjoyable and very very delicious. Lagunitas, is closer to becoming a favorite brewery of mines :3…Keep going guys..your guys are aweshum X3