With a Beer Advocate rating at 99… this beer kicks ass… seriously, 9.99% ABV, sweet as sugar and smooth as silk, you wont even know what hit you if you have more then 1 or 2. As usual, Lagunitas Brewery doesn’t go into much detail about this brew, but it is amazing. It is released in October, but only made it to New England by the Super Bowl. If you see it, buy it and try it, and if you do, let us know what ya think! Cheers!
This brew is amazing, an old favorite of the Beer Wall. Perfect for cold weather (or any weather in between) this beer is the most chocolatey of the stouts we have tried! Here is the spec sheet from Brooklyn’s website:
Style: Imperial Stout
Malts: American two-row pale malt, caramel malt, malted wheat and a blend of American roasted malts and barleys
Additions: Contains wheat
Hops: Willamette and American Fuggle
Alcohol by Volume: 10.0%
Original Gravity: 21.7° Plato
Food Pairings: Served in a snifter glass, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is excellent with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, fruit tarts, and ice cream. It is also a very good accompaniment to strong cheeses, such as Stilton (try . Colston-Bassett, T.H. Stevenson or Cropwell Bishop.)
Format: 15.5 gal kegs; 5.2-gal kegs; 24/12oz bottles; 4-packs
2012 World Beer Cup: Bronze Medal
2012 Australian International Beer Awards: Gold Medal
2011 World Beer Championships: Gold Medal
2011 Australian International Beer Awards: Silver Medal
2010 World Beer Championships: Platinum Medal
2010 Australian International Beer Awards: Bronze Medal
2009 World Beer Championships: Gold Medal
Simply, an amazing beer from a wonderful brewery… if you love beer, and love chocolate, have one today! Cheers!!!
Last Thursday, while down in Athens, Georgia, I had this awesome brew at the Trappeze Pub. That night they had a special deal on New Belgium Brewing Company beers – first 100 ordered, get a free glass… needless to say between my brother and I we left with 5 glasses! This beer is definitely worth checking out, along with New Belgium Brewing Company’s long list of beers.
Facts from the New Belgium website:
Birthdate – October, 2012
ABV – 9%
IBU – 18
Calories – 235
Hops – Target, Sorachi Ace
Malts – Pale, Munich, C-120
Fruits/Spice – Orange Peel
Body – Medium-Light
Aroma – Fruity orange and lemon peel, lots of spicy phenolic yeast flavors (clove, peppercorn), fresh herbal tea, fennel, some tropical fruit notes, cellar-like notes.
Mouthfeel – Starts warm, cloying and boozy with effervescence like a fine champagne, finishes bone-dry- perfect biere de garde style!
Flavor – Sweet fruit, slight citric tart and mineral-like
Visual – Light golden straw with a uniform haze & slight sheen; low white head with nice lacing.
Their website also lists some possible food pairings! Cheers!
Started today after bottling Irish Red by Northern Brewer… this one is going to be real hoppy!
Where does your favorite American craft beer come from? Is it Sweetwater or Terrapin from Georgia and the South? Is is Brooklyn or Southern Tier from the Northeast? Let us know! Also, please feel free to comment and let us know your favorite craft beer brewer!
Update – Also, if you vote in this poll… please share!! Thanks for your votes!
We here at The Beer Wall love good beer… that much should be obvious, what has not is that over the past year or so we have also been extremely busy with work and family that we have not been able to publish and update as much as we would like, that has now changed. Of over the 1000 different beers (as in bottles of different beer – empty) that The Beer Wall currently displays, we are prepared to add more, including some of our own!
Now with the Red & Black “renovations,” which houses the actual “beer wall,” nearing about 85% completion, and our busyness slowing down – though work and families still take priority, we are now prepared to take The Beer Wall blog to the next level.
Not only just the blog, but we are now beginning to brew our own beer! Also, the time and resources are now there to be dedicated to doing what we have striven to do all along, try craft beer and pass our experience on to you, the blog reader and good beer lover. Here is our game plan beginning this week and continuing on…
Beer of the Week
Full reviews on new craft beers we have tried
Brewing our own good beer and reviewing different recipe kits as well as our own concoctions
Sharing interesting articles from our friends and the web
Creating new beer polls to hear from our readers
Passing on news for beer events
What do we need from you? Obviously your suggestions, ideas and feedback, but also news and articles – we can’t find them all! Also, if you have a review that you would like us to share, please pass them along! Lastly, if you too would like to be a contributor, please let us know!
I would like to thank my wife, Ruth Anne, who has taken the newer pictures for the Red & Black, our local “home bar,” which is also the home of the home brewing. Also, my brother Jake, for if it wasn’t for him, sadly I personally may have never found or come to love good beer. Cheers!!!
From Sierra Nevada – “
Festive fresh hop holiday fun.
The start of Celebration season is a festive event. We can’t start brewing until the first fresh hops have arrived, but once they have the season is officially under way! First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops—honoring everything we have at Sierra Nevada.”
This holiday brew is a great beer to enjoy the holidays with, providing a slight warmth at 6.8% ABV with a smooth flavor and rich taste!
The Beer Wall has finally done it… gone beyond buying pre-bottled craft beer… we are now making our own! We apologize for not posting in a while, this year has been hectic, but now that we are brewing our own beer, beware, we are coming back with a vengeance!
The beer will ferment for about 2 weeks, then we will do a secondary fermentation. Once that is done, we will bottle and let them rest in there bottles for another 1-2 weeks, then chill and… well.. taste