Abu Nawas drops this week: Evil Twin + Superstition Meadery

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Some tastiness once again coming from Abu Nawas this week. Let’s get started!

EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin Learn What Is to Be Taken Seriously and Laugh at the Rest 16oz CAN – Hazy NE-IPA. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Summer Cocktail Series Mojito 16oz CAN – Mojito style Sour DIPA brewed with Lime & Mint. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Summer Sour Sun Saft 16oz CAN – Mosaic DIPA brewed with Black Currant  & Mint. 8% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Summer Cocktail Series Bellini 16oz CAN – Bellini style Sour DIPA brewed with Peaches. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More Little Tiny Baby Jesus16oz CAN – Oatmeal Stout brewed with Molasses. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More 6 lb 8 oz Newborn Infant Jesus16oz CAN –  Session Milk Stout brewed with Lactose. 5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Brewing Even More Jesus 16oz CAN – Jeppe Legendary Imperial Stout. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Brewing Even More COCO Jesus16oz CAN – Imperial Stout brewed with Maple Syrup and Coconut. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Brewing Even More PECAN PIE Jesus16oz CAN –  Imperial stout with Pecan. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Aun Mas Cafe Jesus 12oz CAN – Barcelona brewed Imperial Stout brewed with Coffee Collective Espresso. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Aun Mas Chili Jesus12oz CAN – Barcelona Brewed version of Even More Jesus with Chili Peppers. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Aun Mas TODO Jesus12oz CAN – Imperial Stout. The amalgamation of every Aun Mas Variation. Brewed with Chili Peppers, Cinnamon, Cocoa Nibs, & Coffee. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin / Prairie Bible Belt 16oz CAN – A Collab of Epic Proportions. Bible Belt takes elements we love from Prairie Bomb! and combines them with Evil Twin Brewing’s world-famous stout, Even More Jesus. 13% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Apricot Compote Sour16oz CAN –  Sour brewed with Apricot, Cinnamon, & Brown Sugar. 6% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Rhubarb Compote 16oz CAN – Fruited Sour Ale brewed with  Rhubarb & Vanilla. 4% ABV.

SUPERSTITION MEADERY

  • Superstition Meadery Chocolate Marion 375ml Bottle – Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Cacao Mead.
  • Superstition Meadery Coffee Marion 375ml Bottle – Blackberry, Blueberry, and Raspberry fermented with Coffee Beans.
  • Superstition Meadery Tahitian Honeymoon750ml Bottle – Semi-sweet Mead made with Tahitian vanilla beans. Perfect sundowner in this honey wine fermented with Tahitian vanilla beans.
  • Superstition Meadery Blueberry Spaceship Box 750ml Bottle – A spectacular blend of sweet and tart, of apple and blueberry Mead Cider Blend.
  • Superstition Meadery Hera’s Orchard 750ml Bottle – The 11th labor of Hercules was to steal “Golden Apples” from Hera’s Orchard, which historians now believe were actually apricots. Our Apricot Peach Mead transports you to a hillside in late summer stealing stonefruit at the peak of ripeness. The Apricot Peach Mead in this bottle is a perfect balance of tart “Golden Apples” and sweet peaches.
  • Superstition Meadery Peanut Butter Jelly Crime750ml Bottle – They did it. They put a peanut butter jelly sandwich in a bottle. Some would say that this is a crime against all that is decent in the world of craft beverages, but this Peanut Butter Jelly Crime has yet to receive judgment from you, a distinguished member of the jury. So carefully examine all of the evidence provided by the prosecution, and consider the alibi of the defense, as you decipher the multifaceted complexity of the case. As you enjoy PBJC, don’t forget the toast!
  • Superstition Meadery War Honey 750ml Bottle – A blend of organic Ukrainian Sunflower honey and lemon, the War Honey is then prepped for battle thanks to an ample Simcoe and Citra dry hopping. Light gold with a deliciously crisp honey-lemon base, it offers a nice hop bite that adds citrus and floral flavors.
  • Superstition Meadery World Harvest 375ml Bottle – A sweet and complex delight made with AZ wildflower honey, Turkish Sultana raisins, maple syrup, Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans and dark muscovado sugar from Mauritius
  • Superstition Meadery Lagrimas De Oro 750ml Bottle – Mesquite honey- bourbon barrel-aged, gold medal winner at the 2018 Mazer Cup International.
  • Superstition Meadery Strawberry Sunrise 750ml Bottle – This semi-sweet mead is an ultimate expression of strawberries, honey, and vanilla.
  • Superstition Meadery Marion 750ml Bottle – Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry Mead. Gold Medal at the Mazer Cup International. A superstition Favorite.
  • Superstition Meadery Ragnarok 750ml Bottle – Wildflower Arizona Honey Mead. Authentic representation of the AZ Desert Terroir. Named for the future events in Norse mythology where a great battle and flood will occur, and the earth will be reborn.
  • Superstition Meadery Aphrodisia Batch 20 750ml Bottle – Made with Arizona Mesquite honey and California Syrah grapes, and aged for 12 months in American oak barrels that previously held White Series and Aphrodisia meads.
  • Superstition Meadery Aphrodisia Batch 21 750ml Bottle – Made with Arizona Wildflower honey and California Cabernet grapes, and aged for 12 months in American oak barrels that previously held White Series and Aphrodisia meads.
  • Superstition Meadery Aphrodisia Cuvee375ml Bottle – A specially curated blend aged in American oak barrels which previously held the White Series and Aphrodisia.
  • Superstition Meadery Berry White 500ml Bottle – Gold Medal winner at the Mazer Cup International, this sweet and rich drink is unparalleled in quality. The flavors in this wine reveal raspberry and white chocolate notes as you have never experienced.
  • Superstition Meadery Black Berry White 500ml Bottle – Blackberry tartness wearing a silky cloak of white chocolate awaits your lips inside this container of liquid art.
  • Superstition Meadery Blue Berry White 500ml Bottle – The sweetest of berries, the finest honey and subtle notes of white chocolate and balancing tannins await your palate in this fine craft beverage.
  • Superstition Meadery Straw Berry White 500ml Bottle – An American oak barrel-aged dessert mead made with strawberry and white chocolate.
  • Superstition Meadery La Petite Mort 375ml Bottle –  Barrel-Aged Belgian Dark Strong Mead with raspberries & cacao nibs, aged in Toppling Goliath Assassin Imperial Stout barrels. Meadery and in Iowa exclusive.

Abu Nawas drop this week: Decadent, Evil Twin, Free Thought

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Another big drop of some tasty brews coming from Abu Nawas in the coming week. Here’s what’s coming down the line:

DECADENT

CANS
  • Decadent Ales Bacon French Toast 16oz CANS – 8.4% IPA with Maple Syrup, Caramelized Sugar and Loads of Bacon
  • Decadent Ales Peach Frosted Pastry 16oz CANS –  8.6% DIPA with peaches, cinnamon and allspice added
  • Decadent Ales S’mores 16oz CANS –  9.1% All Mosaic Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Graham Crackers & Marshmallows
  • Decadent Ales Blueberry Frosted Pastry 16oz CANS – Mosaic Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Blueberries & Madagascar Vanilla Beans. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Coconut Almond Macaroon  16oz CANS – Double Dry-Hopped All-Mosaic IPA brewed with Coconut & Almond. 8.2% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Double Toasted Marshmallow 16oz CANS – Dry hopped with a variety of hops featuring mosaic, Madagascar vanilla bean, marshmallows and a variety of candied, turbinado, coconut and other sugars create the mellow sweetness of campfire toasted marshmallow. 9.1% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Ecto Cream Pop 16oz CANS – Vanilla makes this “ecto” brew unique from its companions. Or does the Ecto make it unique from its fellow Cream Pops? Double Dry-Hopped IPA with Madagascar vanilla bean, tangerine and orange zest added. 8.7% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Ectoplasmic Orange 16oz CANS – All Citra double dry hopped IPA, with tangerine and orange zests added.
  • Decadent Ales Multiflora 16oz CANS – All Mosaic Double Dry-Hopped DIPA 9.7% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Pecan Pie IPA  16oz CANS – Double India Pale Ale with Pecans and Maple Syrup. 5.2% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Strawberry French Toast 16oz CANS – DIPA with Vermont Maple Syrup, sugar burned and caramelized stove top, juicy strawberries, and a touch of cinnamon. Notes of dough and pancake batter round out the finish. Good for breakfast. Great for dessert. 8.6%
  • Decadent Ales Strawberry Frosted Pastry 16oz CANS – Mosaic Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Strawberries & Madagascar Vanilla Beans. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Vermont Maple IPA  16oz CANS – Crisp base beer with a bitter touch that cuts the sweetness of Vermont maple syrup providing a pleasurable aroma on the tongue but still leaving you believing this is an IPA. 4.75% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Winter Spice French Toast  16oz CANS –  Exactly like it sounds! Spiced Double India Pale Ale with Maple Syrup, Allspice, and Madagascar Vanilla Bean. 8.6% ABV

EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin / Decadent Delight #1 16oz CANS – The first collaboration with Evil Twin brewing. This imperial stout was brewed with pistachio. Coconut and cinnamon tie the nutty aroma with the roast and chocolate of the base. 11.7% ABV
  • Evil Twin 60 Day Dry Aged Stout 16 oz CANS – 6% Oatmeal Stout; a bit more easy going than the 90
  • Evil Twin 90 Day Dry Aged Stout 16 oz CANS –  milk stout brewed with dry-aged malt. 9% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Imperial Wedding Cake Break 16oz CANS –  yes, this is a beer brewed with an actual wedding cake. What started as a gift to a friend on his big day quickly made it online with crazy ratings and thus, the latest (one-time) iteration of Imperial Biscotti was born
  • Evil Twin Brewing Sour Sun Saft 16oz CANS –  8% Mosaic DIPA brewed with Black Currant & Mint

Free Thought

  • Free Thought Madcap 16oz  CANS –  6% Sour Ale with Lapsang Souchong (a smoked tea), cocoa and Tamarind
  • Free Thought Superposition 16oz  CANS – 8% Idaho 7 DIPA
  • Free Thought Principia 16oz CANS – Sour Ale brewed with Fennel Pollen, Meyer Lemon, Honey, & Milk Sugar. 6% ABV. ****VERY LIMITED**** FreeThought
  • Free Thought Sapere Aude 16oz CANS – “Dare to think for yourself!” Double IPA hopped with Citra, Whole Cone Citra, & Citra Lulupin Powder. 8.5% ABV.

 

Abu Nawas drop this week: Big Prairie drop! (Apple Brandy Noir anyone?), and Evil Twin

Abu Nawas bringing us a big release of Prairie beers in the coming week, including the highly sought after Apple Brandy Barrel Noir! Here’s more from Abu:

EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin H is for Hops 16oz CAN – Dry-hopped Gose. 4.5% ABV.

  • Evil Twin Bible Belt 16oz CAN – Evil Twin version of the Legendary Collab. Bible Belt takes elements we love from Prairie Bomb! and combines them with Evil Twin Brewing’s world-famous stout, Even More Jesus. 13% ABV.

Prairie

NEW DROPS

  • Prairie Bible Belt Bottles  12/12oz Bottles – Prairie Version of A Collab of Epic Proportions. Bible Belt takes elements we love from Prairie Bomb! and combines them with Evil Twin Brewing’s world-famous stout, Even More Jesus. 13% ABV.
  • Prairie Oh! Fudge 12/12oz Bottles – Imperial stout brewed with brownies. 11.5% ABV.
  • Prairie Apple Brandy Barrel Noir 12/12oz Bottles. We received 4 cases of this and it will go to the top 4 supporters of Prairie this week!

    RESTOCK

  • Prairie Blueberry Boyfriend 24/12oz CAN – Sour Ale with Blueberries and Lemon Zest. 5.4% ABV
  • Prairie ERA  24/12oz CAN – Hoppy Delicious Farmhouse Ale. 4% ABV.
  • Prairie No Chill  24/12oz  CAN –  Milk Stout with Spaceship Earth Coffee in a CAN. 5.1% ABV.
  • Prairie Flare  24/12oz CAN – Gose brewed with orange and coriander. Perfect while yearning for Spring. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Imaginary Friends  24/12oz CAN – American IPA bursting with Tropical and citrus notes. 7% ABV.
  • Prairie Vape Tricks  24/12oz CAN – Sour ale aged on cherries. 5.9% ABV.
  • Prairie Hulk Hands  24/12oz CAN – Gose dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight and Cascade Hops. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Phantasmagoria  24/12oz CAN – Double IPA that’s big on the late boil and dry hopping. 8.0% ABV.
  • Prairie Picnic  24/12oz CAN – A Delicious Sessionable Pale Ale. 5.5% ABV.
  • Prairie Standard  24/12oz Bottles – Light, crisp farmhouse ale dry hopped with Motueka hops, a lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma. 5.6% ABV.
  • Prairie Bomb  12/12oz  Bottles – The Beer that started it all for Prairie. Imperial Stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chili peppers. 13.0% ABV.
  • Prairie Deja Vous 12/750ml Bottles – Bottle conditioned farmhouse ale with Hibiscus and Brettanomyces Bruxellensis.

 

This week from Abu Nawas: HUGE Evil Twin Drop!

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Abu Nawas continues to get Iowans some delicious brews and this coming week will be no different as they will be bringing a whole bunch of new and returning Evil Twin beers to Iowa; many of them new releases so will start with those:

Evil Twin – New Releases:

*Evil Twin Learn What is to be Taken Seriously 16oz CAN  – NE IPA
*Evil Twin Grand Cru 16oz CAN -21-month Maple Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout & Barley Wine Blend.
*Evil Twin Grand Cru Cuvee 16oz CAN -a double barrel-aged blend of 21-month Maple Bourbon and Marsala Wine Barrel-Aged  Imperial Stout & Barley Wine Blend.

Evil Twin – Draft Releases:

*Evil Twin A Man Who Does Not Love IPAs Loves Too Much –  8% Double Dry-Hopped Galaxy & Wai-iti DIPA,
*Evil Twin Key Lime Pie IPA – IPA brewed with Graham Crackers & Key Limes. 7% ABV
*Evil Twin Learn What is to be Taken Seriously
*Evil Twin Poetry is What Gets Lost in Translation brewed at Westbrook, hopped with Moteuka, Idaho 7, & Citra
*Evil Twin This Must Be Where IPAs Go To Die – Double Dry-Hopped Hazy IPA Hopped with Wai-iti, Amarillo, & Citra
*Westbrook / Evil Twin OFYMD  – Piña Colada Imp Stout 12.8% ABV
*Evil Twin I Love you my Stout – Jeppe Famed Stout 12% ABV

Returning Evil Twin Beers:

  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin Even More Pecan Jesus 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin Hazelnut Imperial Biscotti Break 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin Wet Dream 16oz CAN (Brown Ale with Kenyan Coffee!)
  • Evil Twin A is Apricot 12oz CAN
  • Evil Twin B is For Blueberry 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin E is For Elderberry 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin F is For Fruit Salad 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin G is For Grapefruit 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin Rhubarb Compote 16oz CAN
  • I Don’t Know How to Put This but This IPA Is Kind of a Big Deal 16oz CAN

 

Abu Nawas Week in Beer; Tons of Evil Twin

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Abu Nawas will be supplying our shelves with some outstanding beers in the coming week like they always do. That Evil Twin/Westbrook collab sounds mighty interesting!  Here’s what they be bringing this week!

Ok, reloads first!
  • Irish-ish Coffee Stout 16oz CAN –  Imperial Stout, Bailey’s style, brewed with Lactose, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Coffee, & Toasted Oak Spirals. 10.3% ABV
  • Hot Toddy-ish 16oz CAN – Barley-Wine brewed with Honey, Lemon, & Cinnamon. 10% ABV.
  • Even More JCs 16oz CAN – Affogato-style Imp Stout. 13% ABV.
  • Even More Pecan Pie Jesus 16oz CAN – Twist on Even More Jesus, Imperial stout brewed with molasses and pecan. 12% ABV.
  • I Always Felt Closer To IPAs Than I Did To People 16oz CAN. Double dry hopped with tons of tasty Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe and Falconer‘s Flight, Hazy NE-IPA 7.5% ABV.
  • The Check Please  12oz CAN –  collab with Blank Brewing; Double Dry-Hopped Black IPA. 7% ABV.
New Evil Twin Draft!
  • This IPA is Kind of a Big Deal 1/2 bbl Keg – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wild Honey. 10% ABV   Limited Release!
  • This IPA is Kind of a Big Deal 1/6 bbl Keg – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wild Honey. 10% ABV
  • The Pure & Simple IPA is Rarely Pure and Never Simple 1/2 bbl Keg –  Hazy NE-Style Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA. 4.5% ABV   Limited Release!
  • The Pure & Simple IPA is Rarely Pure and Never Simple 1/6 bbl Keg –  Hazy NE-Style Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA. 4.5% ABV
  • Øl Dorado 1/6 bbl –  Double El Dorado Dry-Hopped IPA 7% ABV.  Limited Release!
  • Poetry is What Gets Lost in Translation 1/2 bbl Keg – Fresh batch and the latest in the Erase & Rewind IPA series brewed at Westbrook, hopped with Moteuka, Idaho 7, & Citra. 7% ABV.   VERY LIMITED Release!!
  • Saigon Selfie Scooter 1/6 bbl KEG – Imperial Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee. This Vietnamese-Style Coffee Stout is inspired by the popular Vietnamese coffee drink called “Ca Phe Sua Da” (cahfe sah dah). It’s a thick and decadent brew just like a coffee milkshake and contains brown sugar and cream extract 11% ABV.     Limited Release!
  • Westbrook/Evil Twin OFYMD 1/6 bbl Keg. Piña Colada Imp Stout. 12.8% ABV.

New Evil Twin Cans:

  • This IPA is Kind of a Big Deal 16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wild Honey. 10% ABV  Limited Release!

  • The Pure & Simple IPA is Rarely Pure and Never Simple 16oz CAN – Hazy NE-Style Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA. 4.5% ABV  Limited Release!

  • Øl Dorado 16oz CAN –  Double El Dorado Dry-Hopped IPA 7% ABV.   Limited Release!

  • Poetry is What Gets Lost in Translation 16oz CAN – Fresh batch and the latest in the Erase & Rewind IPA series brewed at Westbrook, hopped with Moteuka, Idaho 7, & Citra. 7% ABV.   VERY  Limited Release!

  • Saigon Selfie Scooter 16oz CAN – Imperial Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee. This Vietnamese-Style Coffee Stout is inspired by the popular Vietnamese coffee drink called “Ca Phe Sua Da” (cahfe sah dah). It’s a thick and decadent brew just like a coffee milkshake and contains brown sugar and cream extract 11% ABV.     Limited Release!

  • G is for Grapefruit 16oz CAN – Gose brewed with Grapefruit. 4.5% ABV.

  • Cranberry Saus Baus 16oz CAN –  IPA brewed with oat, vanilla, cranberry puree and lactose. 7.8% ABV. Just in time for the Season.   Limited Release!

  • Westbrook/Evil Twin OFYMD 16oz CAN – Piña Colada Imp Stout. 12.8% ABV.

Big Grove Brewery 2 Year Anniversary Bottle Share News

big groveGoing off of some earlier news about Big Grove Breweries 2 year anniversary party on August 29th and the highly anticipated release of Richard the Whale and variants was also the fact that they will be hosting a bottle share:

Also on the docket, we’re setting up the bottle-share glassware at 11am, so feel free to stop in with a bottle of something cool and explore the world through liquid.

Now, for this share, I can confirm that Big Grove will be kicking out some stellar kegs for tasting as well to go along with this. Here’s a glimpse of four beers will see make its way from the Big Grove cellar and to the tap lines:

*Founders KBS

*2013 Evil Twin Biscotti Break

*Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout

*Evil Twin NYE Hotel Room

So, bring a bottle or two of your own and stop on in! Cheers!

Beer Review #120: Nomader Weisse by Evil Twin Brewing

Now, I was in the dark when it comes to the difference between a gose and berliner weisse, but I believe the difference, and please correct me if I’m wrong, is a Gose style beer is more on the salty side and a berliner weisse is more tart and is obviously made with wheat…could be wrong, but that’s the interpretation I got.

Anyway, this brew was given to me by a buddy at work who has become a fan of the gose/berliner weisse beers as well. He found it at Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, and I haven’t seen it anywhere else. Although it’s available now it would be an ideal beer for the spring and summer months. This beer is much more tart than a gose, but there is some salt as well. A bit of sweetness from the wheat and some funk and a bit of tropical fruitiness.

Here’s more on this brew:

Nomads; constantly moving, ’round and ’round; sometimes settle, if just for a bit. Perhaps the muse moves one to brew a sharp and clean session beer, one inspired by the Berliner-weisse of old, and the nomad rests. Enjoy this beer, here, there, perhaps north of Madison Square Park, in lovely New York City. Wherever you are, this beer was made nice, simply for you.

Glad to see this in cans as well and once again, a perfect session beer. My only problem is that with multiple sours for the Baron comes the awfulness that is acid reflux..but that’s why tums are made, so I drink this brew! I’m not sure on the release schedule of this beer but I would love to see it again this spring and specifically a few of these for opening day for my Dodgers.

STYLE: Berliner Weisee

ABV: 4%

PURCHASED AT: Oakland Road Hy-Vee

POUR: Hazy golden pour with a medium white head. 

AROMA: Lemon smell with a bit of malt. 

TASTE: Lemon/citrus flavor with sweetness from the wheat. You get the vinegar/brine as well. 

Ratebeer.com rating: 89/100

Beeradvocate rating: 87/100

Overall: B+

My recommendation: If you need your sour fix this is definitely the beer for you. Tart as can be with a bit of saltiness. I hope to have more of this in my fridge for March Madness going into MLB opening day. Dodger dog and this beer would be just perfect. 

Beer Review #118: Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale Pretty Please with a Cherry on Top

eveil twinThe name sold me on this brew, and with most Evil Twin offerings I was expecting it to be good. Some of their brews have been great, and some I thought missed the mark for my tastebuds, but this one seems like a can’t miss. Adding sour cherries to an imperial porter had me salivating on the spot so I grabbed a bottle which my local Hy-Vee had marked down to $7.99 from the original $13.99 price tag. 

I shared this bottle with a buddy of mine and before drinking it I went ahead and read some reviews on Untappd from some people whose opinions I respect and half of those fine folks found this beer to be a bit medicinal and didn’t care for it while others thought it to be one of their favorite porter style beers they’ve had. Here’s what I found:

Off the pour with a decent sized tan head. Dark black color and quite a bit of lacing around my glass. The aroma wasn’t dominated by the cherry at all but much like any imperial stout/porter; chocolate and coffee were very present. The taste right away was a bitter chocolate with a small amount of dark fruit present. Not a cherry overload, but I was hoping for more cherries than what I got. Maybe the “cherry on top” in the title suggests a tad bit of cherry flavoring and not a more abundant amount, so if that’s the case, my bad.

Overall, it was decent. At $13.99 a bottle I would pass as I was hoping for a little more than “decent”, but the $7.99 price tag made me feel better about the purchase. Was this something that needed to be fresh? If so, that’s my fault. I think a Founders Porter or Deschutes Black Butte could satisfy my porter needs just as well as this imperial, if not better.

REVIEW

STYLE: Imperial Porter

ABV: 11.5%

PURCHASED AT: Oakland Road Hy-Vee

POUR: Dark black with a thick, tan head.

AROMA: Dark chocolate and coffee.

TASTE: Dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of dark fruits.

Ratebeer.com rating: 98/100

Beeradvocate rating: 92/A

Overall: C+

My recommendation:I might take a little flack for this rating but it just didn’t do it for me. It was decent. That’s the bland word I would use to describe it. A lot of great porters out there that I would buy over this.

New To Shelves: Evil Twin Beers

evil twinHy-Vee on Oakland Road just sent out this message. I’m guessing these beers are going to go very fast so make sure you try to get your hands on these. Here ya go!:

We have another limited beer release for you and if you didn’t  get your hands on some bourbon county stout. This would be a great opportunity to grab a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. This is Eviltwins Imperial Biscotti Break aged in bourbon barrels for 9 months. This would be great to drink now or sit on for several years. We also have a couple cases of Justin Blabaer, a blueberry berliner weisse. This beer is outstanding and is now retired so get some while it’s available. And as always when you buy 4 or more out of our bomber bottle doors you save 10 %.

 Eviltwin Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged 22 oz

21.99 per bottle

 Evil Twin Justin Blåbær (Brunello Wine Barrel Aged) 22 oz

11.99 per bottle