Tonight I’m having Just Use Your Wings from Phase Three Brewing in Lake Zurich, Illinois. This is listed as a Winter Double IPA and is rock solid! The picture is lighter than it actually looks, it is a wonderful clear dark amber color. The aroma is good as well showcasing the three “C” hops: Chinook, Centennial, and Cascade. The taste is terrific! Nice dark malt flavor balances well with the hops. To my tastebuds, it is not overly hoppy like you might expect in a double, but the more I sip this the more I like it and wish I grabbed more of it! It’s listed at a 7.5% ABV. This was canned 11 days before I’m consuming this so it’s fresh, I picked this up from Beermiscuous and hopefully it’s still available as I would definitely have this again! I rated this a 8.6 and as long as you don’t live near me, you should grab it while you can!
The new episode is available wherever mediocre podcasts are hosted. This week the Beer In Front is the Christmas Ale from Great Lakes. I’ll also have beers from El Segundo, Brooklyn Brewing and Half Acre! Get this, the Jagoff Of The Week is a Democrat! This is what happens when my Soros/Antifa check comes late!
Beers This Week
|Mad Manatee||IPA||Bold City Brewing||Jacksonville, FL||7.5|
|Black Chocolate Stout||Russian Imperial Stout||Brooklyn Brewery||Brooklyn, NY||8.92|
|Isolation Ale||Winter Warmer||Odell Brewing Co||Ft Collins, CO||7.2|
|The 105 IPA||IPA||El Segundo Brewing Co||El Segundo, CA||8|
|Barrel Aged Vanilla Big Hugs||Coffee Stout||Half Acre Beer Co||Chicago, IL||9.2|
|Chocolate Stout Nitro||Stout||Rogue Ales||Newport, OR||5|
|Freedom Of Expression||Fruited Sour||Revolution Brewing||Chicago, IL||8|
Tonight I’m having the fantastic Vanilla Barrel Aged Big Hugs from Half Acre. This is outstanding! I love everything about this. Great color, the aroma for me is more of the vanilla and bourbon than the coffee. This had good carbonation initially and a wonderful taste. The vanilla blends well with the barrel aging and coffee making this very smooth up front, towards the end you get more of the barrel taste. This is almost too smooth for a 12%, I could see this sneaking up on you!
The 2nd half of the beer warms up nicely. The aroma to me has almost a biscotti like smell to it and everything about the taste is that much better. Truly a terrific beer, I gave this a 9.6.
The bottom of my can is imprinted with “The Long Night Is Over” and this would be a great nightcap beer to have with some dessert. I’ve made in the past a bourbon/caramel topping for a cheesecake I made. I could see using this for something like that! HMMMMMM…….
Tonight I’m having The 105 IPA from The El Segundo Brewing Company. This was sent to me from Oscar at The Everything Show Podcast, thanks Oscar! This has a good color and aroma to it. The 105 is an IPA brewed with Idaho 7 hops and you get the piney/tropical taste with this up front. It has a bitter piney aftertaste that maybe could be dialed down a tick if they brew this again. Looking at their site, I don’t see this in cans anymore, on on tap in their taproom. I scored this a 7.7 and would drink this again and would hit up the brewery if I’m in town.
Note: The aftertaste was 100% better towards the end as it warmed up a bit.
I want to start doing more in depth reviews on certain beers I have that might not make the Beer In Front. I’m having the fabulous Black Chocolate Stout from the Brooklyn Brewery. This is a Russian Imperial Stout with an ABV of 10% The aroma is really good and you really get the chocolate aroma from the malt. The same is true with the taste, big chocolate malt flavor hits you and for a 10% beer, it finishes smooth without the boozy kick you get from other high gravity beers. This has been a holiday season tradition for a long time, I’ve been drinking this for probably 20 years or so and it always is excellent! This is only available from October through March, so grab some while you can!
On my scale, I gave this a 8.92 so let’s round up to 9. Fantastic beer especially if you are tired of barrel aged mania this time of year.
We’re up to 20 now! This week I’ll have a great Pizza Port Permanent Vacay IPA, have some other solid beers plus I’ll piss off both political parties by calling them a Jagoff!
This week I’ll have some American Wheat Ales, finally try a Phase Three plus the Jagoff Of The Week!