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Better From The Barrel: Prairie and Pirate Bomb!

Better From The Barrel: Prairie and Pirate Bomb!

From the same tasting that brought you the video gem of Greg and I taking down Stone’s Crime, I now bring you the latest in the Better From The Barrel? series featuring Prairie Artisan Ales‘ Prairie Bomb! and Pirate Bomb! Prairie Bomb is an imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chili peppers and stored in a 12oz wax bottle. The beer is relatively sought after, fitting a recent trend of imperial stouts … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Imperial Stout, Newport Distilling Company, Prairie Artisan Ales

Better From The Barrel: Extreme De Struise Edition

Better From The Barrel: Extreme De Struise Edition

We have a real treat for this edition of “Better from the Barrel.” De Struise, a well respected Belgian brewery, does some crazy things with their stouts. Stemming from the base of Black Albert, a 13% ABV Russian Imperial Stout, De Struise offers Cuvee Delphine and Black Damnation V: Double Black. Cuvee Delphine is step two in this process and is Black Albert aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels for a few months. Double Black … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, De Struise Brouwers, Four Roses, Imperial Stout

Recap: Barrel Room Collection Release at Voodoo Brewery

Recap: Barrel Room Collection Release at Voodoo Brewery

Last weekend, Greg, Russ and Kenton made the trip to beautiful northwestern PA to see the brand new Voodoo Brewpub and hopefully buy some delicious barrel aged beers. This weekend was no normal weekend, it was the long awaited Barrel Room Collection release. For our faithful readers, you’ll remember our attempt to liveblog the event, but we figured it warranted a full writeup as well. A lot of people speculated as to when everyone would start to line … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Release, Breweries, Buffalo Trace, Imperial Stout, Laird's Apple, Pappy Van Winkle, Tripel, Voodoo Brewery

Adroit Theory Brewing – B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout (Ghost 4)

Adroit Theory Brewing – B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout (Ghost 4)

About a month ago I reviewed the Ghost 3 version B/A/Y/S Russian Imperial Stout from Adroit Theory Brewing Company. At the beginning of March, owner Mark Osborne gave me a tour of Adroit Theory’s brewery in Purcellville, VA. Mark has some very interesting and exciting plans for the brewery over the coming year or two. I am very excited because I only live a few miles away. As we were leaving, Mark gave me a bottle … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adroit Theory Brewing Company, Barrel Aged, Beer, Finger Lakes Distilling, Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Cherry Rye

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Cherry Rye

We here at The Beer Circle are no strangers to Goose Island’s famed Bourbon County Brand Stout–Kenton took a chance on the regular BCBS and I have already reviewed last year’s Bramble Rye variation–and we never miss a chance to say how good it is. When I finally landed a bottle of this year’s special variety, Cherry Rye, I was overjoyed. Cherries come third only to bourbon and coffee when it comes to things that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Blend, Goose Island Brewing Co., Imperial Stout

Adroit Theory Brewing B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout

Adroit Theory Brewing B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout

Adroit Theory Brewing Company, a new brewery to the Northern Virginia scene, is set to open its doors to the public in June of 2013 in Purcellville, VA. I have been lucky enough to volunteer as a taste tester as they continue to refine their recipes. I knew it is hard work but someone had to step up and do it. Adroit Theory’s aim is to extend beyond the ordinary into “esoteric beers” that take a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adroit Theory Brewing Company, Beer, Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout

Voodoo Brewery Big Black Voodoo Daddy

Voodoo Brewery Big Black Voodoo Daddy

Voodoo Brewery‘s Big Black Voodoo Daddy, in the words of Van Halen, is what dreams are made of.  While a consistent part of the Voodoo line of beers, this beer often finds itself being aged in all manner of ways, being released in extremely small amounts at special events at the brewpub.  As such, these aged versions of the Big Black Voodoo Daddy are dreamed of, and sought after by craft beer enthusiasts everywhere.  We’ve … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Imperial Stout, Voodoo Brewery

Jester King’s Whiskey Barrel Rodeo

Jester King’s Whiskey Barrel Rodeo

Jester King Craft Brewery is an authentic farmhouse brewery based in Texas Hill Country that I’ve been collecting labels of and that Paige has actually visited. They believe that terroir–the geography, geology, and/or climate of a certain area, basically what makes a region special–is just as important to beer as to wine. They use local rain water and wild Texas yeasts where possible. They use as many USDA-certified organic ingredients as possible and don’t rush … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Imperial Stout, Jester King Craft Brewery, Mikkeller, Whiskey

Nørrebro Bryghus Seven Bordeaux Barrel

Nørrebro Bryghus Seven Bordeaux Barrel

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like for a group of superstars to come together and collaborate to put out a release? In the music scene, this is called a supergroup, popularized by the bands Cream, Temple of the Dog, The Dead Weather, and Chickenfoot. But in 2008, seven Danish breweries put their heads together and combined their own individual recipes to create a massive imperial stout. After brewing, Seven Bordeaux Barrel was put … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Beer, Bordeaux, Imperial Stout, Nørrebro Bryghus, Reviews

Goose Island Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

Goose Island Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

I was pretty excited when I found out Goose Island was releasing a Bourbon County Brand Stout variant that contained raspberries and blackberries, but was also not exactly convinced I would actually be able to ever taste it. Luckily, I was able to trade a Founders CBS and some other things for one a few months back. I forced myself to hold onto it so more people could share this opportunity…but it wasn’t easy! I pulled this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Goose Island Brewing Co., Heaven Hill, Imperial Stout