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Cellaring Beer…

I’ve sort of taken up collecting and cellaring some of the darker beers.  I’ve been picking up Imperial Stouts and Baltic Porters here and there and storing them in my nice cool, dark basement.  The intention is to let ’em hangout for a couple years before opening any of them…

 

I’ve been logging everything that goes down into storage…including date acquired and the year it was bottled.  

 

Its fun building the collection and I’m really looking forward to drinking these once they’ve matured a bit.

 

Anybody have any ideas on Stouts, Porters, or even any Belgian stuff that might age well?  

 

Thanks Everybody

That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Rolled Oat Stout

Pearl Street Brewery

La Crosse, WI

http://www.pearlstreetbrewerycom

ABV -6%

IBU – Unavailable

 Hey there…I’m back for more beer related shenanigans. Today we’re going to have a look into the pitch black depths of Pearl Street Brewery’s “That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout” Rolled Oat Stout.

 TWITB appears pitch black in my pint glass. Seriously, it looks like someone poured a glassful of the thickest, blackest molasses they could find. There’s a slight tan head, but that disappears pretty quickly leaving just a bit of foam at the top.

 The aroma is pretty amazing. All the roasted malt punches you right in the nose. Seems like a bit of chocolate comes through as well.

 TWITB is thick and rich. It’s chocolatey with the slightest hint of coffee. Just as the malt flavors are fading away, a pleasant bitterness sneaks in the back way to take its place.

 That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Rolled Oat Stout is a delicious, full-bodied ale. You really have to pay attention to uncover everything this beer has to offer.  I know several people who enjoy a good stout…and I would recommend this to any one of them with out a second thought. TWITB is a really tasty beer. Ya know what might be good…and maybe not…but this is me being childish yet again…a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream dropped into a room temperature glass of Pearl Street’s Rolled Oat Stout. Yeah…you heard me…a That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Rolled Oat Stout Float…

 Don’t just sit there…run out and grab some now.

By the way…if any of you are tired of reading about Wisconsin and midwestern micro’s, send me something else. If you have a great microbrew in your town and you want people to know about it…send me one…I’ll happily taste and review anything you send my way. Drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com and I’ll set you up with some mailing info.

Cheers…

Josh Frank

Jack Stout

Wild Onion Brewing Company

Barrington, IL

www.onionpub.com

ABV – 6%

IBU – Unavailable

The first time I ever had a can of Wild Onion’s Jack Stout, I was sitting by a campfire in Door County Wisconsin. I was surprised at how good it was as microbrew from a can is still a shock to me…so I was astounded that anything from a can could really be so good.

 Several weeks later, I found time to sit down with a second can. I poured it into a pint glass and watched as a creamy tan head formed atop the blackest of ales.

 Holding the glass to my nose…or maybe my nose to the glass, I was greeted by the aroma of roasted malt mingled with coffee and chocolate.

 Jack Stout is quite tasty. It is rich and creamy. Slightly sweet with intense coffee flavors.

 Maybe its the creaminess, but there are moments where Jack Stout reminds me just a bit of Guinness.

 Jack Stout is smooth and quite drinkable. It would make for a good session ale…perfect for a night of playing cards or just hanging out.

 If you enjoy a good stout, Wild Onion’s Jack Stout is the beer for you. For my Guinness hating friends out there…don’t worry…while the creaminess is certainly reminiscent of Guinness, the intense flavors and complexity of Jack Stout leave any similarity to Guinness in the dust. So give it a try pick up a Jack Stout. I think you’ll like it…and once you’ve had one, cans # 2 and # 3 won’t be far behind.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Coffee Stout

New Glarus Brewing

New Glarus, WI

www.newglarusbrewing.com

ABV – 6.3%

IBU – Unavailable

You can smell the chocolate malts and coffee that go into New Glarus’s Coffee Stout the second you open the bottle. Truly a beautiful thing.

 New Glarus Coffee Stout appears black in my pint glass…it has a creamy off-white head that starts out about half an inch thick. Nice head retention as well. It hung around for a few minutes fading to a beige film atop the pitch black brew.

 You can definitely taste the coffee in this brew. It compliments the roasted malt flavors nicely. New Glarus Coffee Stout is thick, rich and creamy with a slightly bitter finish.

 Something in my brain is imagining how fantastic a New Glarus Coffee Stout Chocolate Cake might be…but that’s a topic for another day. Back to the beer.

 While I’ve had many of New Glarus Brewing’s other offerings, this is my first experience with their Coffee Stout. This was a phenomenal beer. I think it could be enjoyed by both stout aficionados and those that are new to the style. I will certainly be picking up more of New Glarus’s Coffee Stout whenever I can.

Cheers…

Josh Frank

Horny Goat Brewing Company

Steven’s Point, WI

Stacked Milk Stout

ABV – 4.0%

IBU – Unavailable

It’s funny, the Horny Goat website describes Stacked Milk Stout as “full bodied and drinkable”. I’m not sure either of those adjectives actually apply to this ale.

 I poured the dark brown ale into a pint glass and watched as an off-white head formed and rapidly faded.

 The aroma was a bit deceiving. When I held the glass to my nose, I was immediately hit by a rich, roasted malt intermingled with chocolate and the slightest hint of coffee. With an aroma like that, I couldn’t help but think…”this is going to be good”.

 However, Stacked Milk Stout simply did not deliver. It was strangely bitter with a watered down, somewhat vague malt flavor that fades to a strangely sour finish.

 Horny Goat’s description of Stacked states that it is creamy and smooth. Really? Creamy? Are you sure? Do they know what creamy actually means?

 I’m not even sure it is really a stout. Stacked seemed more like a sort of watered down brown porter.

 I’ve been drinking beer a long time. In that time, I’ve drank a lot of crap. Horny Goat’s Stacked Milk Stout is without a doubt among the crappiest beers I’ve ever drank. I will never…I mean it…NEVER have another.

 I’m sure some of you probably will disagree with me…and that’s fine…but I think there are far better beers out there for you to spend your money on.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Sasquatch Stout

Pangaea BeerCompany

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

www.pangaeabeers.com

ABV – 7%

IBU – 60

Pangaea’s Sasquatch Stout combines two of my favorite things…Bigfoot (yeah that’s right…Bigfoot, Nessie, little green men from outer space…I believe in them all) and beer. This is not just any beer either. Sasquatch Stout is black…black and opaque. If not for the creamy tan head and the steady stream of bubbles rising from it’s murky depths, you could very easily convince yourself that you were about to drink a glass of tar. Yes…it’s that dark.

Sasquatch Stout smells wonderful…all roasted malt with hints of chocolate. I bet the real Sasquatch wishes he smelled like this…might make it easier for him to pick up the girl Sasqatches if he smelled like roasted malt and chocolate instead of Sasquatch BO. Sorry that was an unexpected tangent, huh. Caught me by surprise too…won’t happen again.

With Sasquatch Stout, Pangaea created a brew that is thick, rich and creamy. The roasted malt tastes as awesome as it smells and the chocolate and coffee tones come through beautifully. The strangest thing is sort of a surprise hoppiness that comes in the backdoor and sticks around for a bit between sips. It actually seems a bit like an oatmeal stout, but I haven’t seen it defined anywhere, so who knows for sure. I guess its a mystery just like Sasquatch himself.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from Sasquatch Stout. I’ve had a couple of Pangaea’s other brews and found them less than impressive. So I was a little apprehensive when it came to my first bottle of Sasqatch.

Sasquatch Stout is actually quite a complex beer. Personally, I think it would make an awesome session ale…but at 7% ABV, a few people might disagree with me on that one.

Without a doubt, you need to go pick up some Sasquatch Stout.

Cheers…

Josh Frank

Left Hand – Milk Stout in a Pint Glass

Left Hand Brewing Company

Longmont, CO

Milk Stout

5.3% ABV

25 IBU

Today marks my first Left Hand Milk Stout, but I assure you it will not be my last.

 I’ll be honest. I was first attracted to the psychedelic cow on the label. Is that so wrong?

 I opened the bottle and poured it into a pint glass, not really knowing what to expect. The stout was black, nearly opaque with a thin beige head and I could smell it’s roasted malty goodness before my nose got anywhere near the glass. Holding the glass under my nose and inhaling deeply, I was greeted by coffee and hints of chocolate. It was just this sort of heavenly aroma that first drew me to stouts back in college.

 The thick, creamy liquid was sweet and had intense coffee flavors. There was a slight bitter aftertaste, but it was not at all unpleasant and it’s finish was a bit dry.

Left Hand’s Milk Stout is a simple well-balanced beer. Silky and smooth, but not at all heavy as stouts can often be. I would say it is a 4 star beer and I would especially recommend it to someone who is new to the style as this would make a fantastic introduction to the world of stouts.

Cheers

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com