La Pingüina en Fuego by Clown Shoes brewing

 

 

Rating: 6/6

La Pingüina en Fuego by Clown Shoes brewing is an 11% ABV Imperial Stout aged in Rum Barrels with Habaneros.

Label:

People have been asking us to make a truly spicy chile beer, so we finally complied. Aged in rum barrels with habaneros, this version of chocolate sombrero is on a mission from God (to ignite your palate).

==Introduction==

The Female Penguin On Fire. I got this one since I had tried the Luchador en Fuego a long time ago. A nice mix with the Rum and this time, habanero peppers in the beer I’m sure would make for a damn adventure. Clown Shoes has always been very exceptional in their beer making process. So I would expect no less from even this one. A love for their series of barrel aged beers has always made a home on the website and as such, I try not to miss many of the great releases from them. This one no less either. I wonder which base they had used though? As this seems like if you added Hammer of the Holy with habaneros, although without the smoke and the holy water. Regardless, let’s take a look at this mighty brew, cheers!

Aromas:

Nice oak, rum, caramel, pecan pie, tropical fruit mango, piña colada, dragon fruit, passion fruit, kiwi, strawberries, habanero pepery spice, peppercorn, toasted coconut, bananas, dark fruit cherries, blueberries, raisins, plums, caramel, dulce de leche, vanilla, ancho, guajillo chile peppers, mocha, Irish cream and almond joy.

Flavors:

Rich dark spicy chocolate, Chocolate abuelita, mild habanero heat, milk chocolate, chocolate milk shake, marhsmallow smores, oak, bourbon, rum, bananas, clove spice, tropical fruit mango, piña colada, dragon fruit, passion fruit, kiwi, strawberries, dark fruit cherries, blueberries, raisins, plums, caramel, dulce de leche, vanilla, ancho, guajillo chile peppers, roasted barley, mocha, fruit cake, cinnamon, ginger notes, Danish cream, Irish cream liqueur, old Rasputin dark notes, toasted coconut and almond joy.

Aftertaste:

Lingering habanero heat but not enough to burn forever. Then again, I have a huge spicy toleance. Rich dark fruit, chocolate, rocky road ice cream, marshmallows, some hidden rum tropics of piña colada, mango, earthy peppercorn and toasted coconut. No alcohol in the taste, pitch black body, smooth, creamy, velvety and chewey mouthfeel along with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:

Holy hell! This is one great spicy exceptional beer! Yes it is a phenomenal beer if you can work with the heat. Granted I don’t sense it as much as the non spicy food eater might. It does show case so many nice complex flavors that really work well with the already rum barrel imperial stout base elevating it into some new territory. I highly recommend this one!

Anime Corner:

Ultima from Final Fantasy Tactics was chosen to represent the nun and the penguin in the name of the label. Being holy which includes the angel wings and at the same time evil with the fire and brimstone she generates is well complimentary of the habaneros in this beer.

 

 

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The Order by The Bruery

Rating: 5.85/6
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The Order by The Bruery is a 10.6% ABV Belgian Abbey Strong Dark Ale brewed with Dates, Coriander and Spices.

Label:
A NEW NOCTURNE

Storied tradition meets local inspiration in this Belgian-inspired abbey ale, featuring coriander spicing and our love for dates.

Monastic breweries wrote the book on complex ales with elements of dark fruit, spices and caramelized notes. The Order summons that tradition and adds local inspiration with character from dates, Belgian-style sugars and subtle spicing from coriander.

==Introduction==
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A new “Year Round” release for all societies and the public. This beer is made in the tradition of the Belgian Abbey styles of Dark Ales such as the Quadrupels, which are actually some of my favorite styles of beer. The Bruery has released several Quads and Dark ales before but the many of them would be barrel aged. I think this is the first time they make an Abbey ale just as a basic style. Which is truly unique. While I have a love for the Bruery, I will need to analyze this one closely as I have to compare this Abbey styles to the many true Belgians I have tried before and possibly my own. Let’s see how this one is and see if it can stand on its own, cheers!

Aromas:
Belgian candi sugars, stone fruit peaches, apricot, apples, peppercorn hints, piloncillo sugar cone, waffle cone, rock candy, candied oranges, dark fruit plums, prunes, raisins, cherries, pomegranate, dates, figs, pecan pie, clove spice, coriander, anise, dulce de leche caramel, bananas and flan notes.
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Flavors:
Rich dark fruit plums, prunes, raisins, cherries, pomegranate, dates, figs, pecan pie, clove spice, coriander, anise, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, bananas, sweetened condensed milk, flan hints, dark chocolate notes, Belgian candi sugars, stone fruit peaches, apricot, apples, peppercorn hints, Belgian sweet bread, piloncillo sugar cone, waffle cone, rock candy, candied oranges, toffee, pears, peach and pear cobbler, floral, citrus and earthy hops, dried mango and fruit cake.
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Aftertaste:
Finishing rich with dark fruit, honey, caramel, piloncillo sugar cone, stone fruits, dates and hints of chocolate. No alcohol in the taste, amber hazy orange full body, smooth, velvety and chewy mouthfeel along with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
A well exceptional Belgian dark ale. For a Belgian Abbey Dark strong, it shines tremendously. In fact, I cannot recall the last time the Bruery made a basic Abbey Belgian. For this one, it really is truly amazing. Being a fan of quads and dark ales, this one definitely went above my expectations and would highly recommend it if you love Belgians.
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Anime Corner:
High Seraph Altima from Final Fantasy Tactics as the perfect character to use in this pairing as the name of the beer indicates that there is a secret organization in the abbeys. In the game, she is actually the deity that the monks sects try to keep secret. She is actually an angel kept a secret. So since her origin is from monasteries keeping secrets and the name of the beer calls for an organization, this was the perfect name.
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Wooden Rooster by Tallgrass Brewing

 

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Wooden Rooster by Tallgrass Brewing is a 9.5% ABV Belgian Tripel aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
To create Wooden Rooster, we took Velvet Rooster, our Belgian-style Tripel, and aged it in rye whiskey barrels, giving it an oaky vanilla finish.

==Introduction==

Saved what might be possibly, the best for last. This can be the last in the series of cans from Tall Grass brewing that my friend Aaron Mendiola had sent me. Please check out his reviews at BeerMetalDude.com and definitely check out Tall Grass brews if you can get them. This is a barrel aged Tripel version of their original, the Velvet Rooster. I have not tried the original but barrel aged brews seem to be more awesome than the original on the majority of the times. Let’s just see how awesome though, cheers!

Aromas:
Waffle cone, bananas, clove spice, wine grape notes, floral notes, Belgian Candi sugar, rock candy, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, oak, peppercorns, citrus, whiskey, oranges, Chardonnay, grapes, cantaloupe, strawberries, lavender, bubblegum notes, honey and butterscotch.

Flavors:
Raw sun matured oranges, whiskey, vanilla, oak, peppercorns, citrus, lemon, Bananas, clove spice, wine grape notes, floral notes, farmhouse hay, stone fruit old mango, peaches, apricots, plums, waffle cone, cane sugar, honey, butterscotch, buttercup pecans, almond milk, sweetened condensed milk, flan, Belgian Candi sugar, rock candy, dulce de leche caramel, rice pudding, brown sugar, Chardonnay, grapes, cantaloupe, strawberries, lavender, bubblegum notes, clove spice, coriander, maple and funky notes.

Aftertaste:
Finishes oak, whiskey and vanilla with lots of melding Belgian candi sugar sweetness, vanilla and biscuit. No alcohol in the taste, Hazy Golden full body, smooth, creamy, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel along with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
This is damn exceptional. The best I have had from Tall Grass brewing by far. This amazing brew has great levels of amazing complexity and definitely stands to other Belgian Barrel aged brews I have had before. It also reminds me of the Bruery’s White Oak aged in bourbon or the Barrel aged Cali Belgique. Definitely something that is not often brewed but this one is a must get for sure. Highly recommended.
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Anime Corner:
Ultima from Final Fantasy Tactics and a Rooster cosplaying as Akuma from Capcom’s series, Street Fighter, were chosen to represent the wooden rooster. Not just for the colors which pair well with the label of the feathers and the fact that one is a rooster and one is a fallen angel. Regardless, the bad assery and that fact that this brew is ridiculously awesome is really what does it.

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