Beer Review – Fundamental Observation – Bottle Logic Brewing

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BA VANILLA IMPERIAL STOUT

ABV – 14.3%

APPEARANCE: Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moon light? No, well neither had I until I started pouring this devilishly black beer from the bottle. I popped the cap and heard a slight hiss like a demon coming from the depths. Slowly pouring the bottle the beer takes control and begins to dictate how fast it wants to be poured. Filling up the glass inch by inch and producing the smallest mocha colored head that just floats lazily atop the beer.

AROMA: As soon as I popped the cap and heard the hiss, it was followed by a massive attack on my nostrils of vanilla. Not just any vanilla, but intense Madagascar vanilla beans. The nose on this stout is absolutely incredible, there is no way to deny that this is a vanilla infused beer. After shaking off the beauteous sent of vanilla you can start to pick up the hints of bourbon, oak from the barrel, cocoa powder. Don’t get me wrong this is 100% a vanilla bomb of aroma here.

TASTE: If my mouth was a steam locomotive and vanilla beans where the fuel source that would be close to the flavor you get from the first sip. Continuing on down the Fundamental tracks you begin to indulge in fresh gooey brownies sprinkled with walnuts and warm toasted marshmallows floating in bittersweet hot chocolate. Next stop is bourbon town with a few of the barrel flavors jumping on board. Ever so slight heat is there, followed by figs, currants, dark chocolate, molasses cookies, and black licorice. Pulling into the station the beer comes around to remind you that this is a Madagascar Vanilla bean beer, that combined with a bit of vanilla picked up from the barrels really interlocks all the flavors and pulls this beer together so nicely.

MOUTHFEEL: If you ever licked the chocolate cake batter off of a beater then you will get the mouthfeel on this. It doesn’t just coat the tongue it envelops the whole mouth. Combine that with the lazy carbination and you have a real deal sipping beer on your hands. The finish is long and creamy with vanilla sliding its way down your throat.

OVERALL: This beer is in my top 5 beers I drank so far this year. Its been called the Vanilla Rye killer, 100% agree it blows VR away in my opinion. I’m a huge fan of vanilla and this hits all the right buttons. I will put it out there that this is my favorite BA or non BA vanilla beer in any style that I have ever had, if you have one that you think could knock this one off the top please tell me!

RATING: As much as I try not to give out perfect ratings I cant find any reasons not to.

5/5 Zombie Heads!

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Beer Review – Black Damnation One – Black Berry Albert – De Struise Brouwers

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Russian Imperial Stout

ABV – 13%

APPEARANCE: This Stout poured like it was being punished, almost like it was afraid to come out of the bottle. Slow, and menacing it filled up my stout glass and consumed it in utter darkness. I began to rough pour to produce a head, it billowed up quickly a chestnut brown foam that began to recede back into the blackness as quickly as it was produced. Left over was a small halo and a bit of spotted lacing that attempted to stay around as I drank but finally gave up.

AROMA: And I will strike down on thee with great blackberries and a furious chocolate aroma to those that will attempt to describe the layers of aromas coming from this beer. Upfront the blackberries do come out rich, deep and jammy.The addition of the port barrel aging is producing a very interesting vinous note, that is a welcomed change from the usual big bourbon barrel notes on a BA stout. Big burst of chocolate, roasted espresso, slightly burnt toasted bread and scorched toffee. As I get in for another nose full, the jammy berry aromas seem to be turning into more of a black cherry, raisin and plum. Very enjoyable aroma with quite a bit of layers that play off each other and open up new additions each time I go back for another smell.

TASTE: Blessed is he, who in the name of Belgian beer and Blackberry stouts, shepherds the unknowing through the valley of Black Damnation, for he is truly his brother in beer and the finder of new flavors. Like small chocolate warriors holding fresh picked blackberries swords are having a battle in my mouth. Lots of big bold flavors going on here, the berries are first and foremost with the rich chocolate and french pressed coffee coming in nicely. The mid palate shows some addition of anise, and a roasty bitterness that seems to be setting the stage for the next act of flavors to come in. Come in it does, with the additional time to let the temperature come up the port wine barrel flavors begin to emerge bringing with it a delicate spicy Belgian yeast note. The 13% abv peaks it monstrous head just enough to let you know its there without having an overly hot taste. The ending has more fruit flavors not necessarily black berries but a mesh of dark fruits, black currants, raisins and plums.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium plus body with a low carbination. Slick and slightly creamy the body is perfect for sipping this stout.  Every sip coats the mouth in a lovely lingering finish full of all the best aspects of the flavor profile. Right when you think it could not linger any more it suddenly drys up leaving a delicious after taste of Belgian style yeast.

OVERALL: Being this is my first experience with anything from the De Struise Brouwers, I don’t have anything to use as a standard. Set against other stouts/ba stouts/fruit stouts it does shine. What I really enjoyed about this beer was that after the first initial blast of berry/port like favors and aromas it still stands out as a RIS delivering everything you would expect with just a touch of Belgian spices and yeast to pull it all together.

RATING:   4.5 out of 5 Zombie Heads! Leaving a little room on the score for the chance of having a regular version of this to compare.

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Beer Purchased at:

Top Shelf Wine & Spirits

Address: 6415 S Fort Apache Rd #100, Las Vegas, NV 89148
Phone:(702) 701-9463

Beer Review – Creme Brulee – Southern Tier Brewing

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Creme Brulee – Southern Tier Brewing

Imperial Milk Stout

ABV – 9.6%

 

APPEARANCE: As I began to pour this beer it slowly came gurgling out like it was waiting for an invitation. Black motor oil liquid that devours the glass into a deep darkness. Small amounts of a milk chocolate rim variations sit underneath a dense latte colored head. Dense and tightly bubbled head that has a long lasting retention.

 

AROMA: Imagine taking the best creme brulee you have ever smelled, chopping it up and snorting it. Ya that’s what this beer smells like. Its insane I can smell the intense vanilla bean aromas from 2-3 feet away. Loads of caramelized and slightly burnt brown sugar join the vanilla as dominate aromas coming forth. If you can get beyond the vanilla and sugar there is a very creamy milk aroma and marshmallow that gives way to a slight cocoa dusting. It honestly smells amazing I’ve never gotten this much vanilla on the nose of any beer before, outstanding!

 

TASTE: Liquid custard, heavy cream, vanilla Nesquik tons of lactose that adds a residual sweetness that is delicious as a creme brulee is. There is a slight break in the upfront sweetness that shows some malt characteristics, caramel, nuttiness with some light espresso flavors. The presence of vanilla is undeniable, although it doesn’t quite dominant the palate as it did on the nose.That leaves room for the caramelized and burnt sugar flavors to join in on the fun. As this beer begins to warm up it does reveal a layer of the traditional stout flavors, with some bitter chocolate and roasted malts that tie this beer together and really round it out.

 

MOUTHFEEL: Low plus carbination with a medium plus body. Almost drinks like a melted creme brulee milk shake, with a very creamy mouthfeel. The nearly 10% abv can be detected and i think its a welcome reception to remind myself that this is a beer after all.

 

OVERALL: Its funny to read all the reviews and see how people are bashing this beer for being to sweet. Did you not read the label and see its said “Creme Brulee” and “lactose sugar” ? I for one new exactly what I was getting into, I saved it for after dinner, late night when i was ready to drink my dessert and it did not disappoint. It drinks like liquid creme brulee, that a stout was poured on top of and then flamed. Whats not to like about that? The nose on this beer is in the top I have ever let my nostrils consume, amazing. My only complaint I would say is there is a thin line when letting this warm up, its nice to get the stout flavors to come out but let it get just a tad warmer and it does start to get a medicinal, astringent thing going on.

RATING: 4.6/5 Zombie Heads!

 

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Beer Review – Maple Bacon Coffee Porter – Funky Buddha

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Maple Bacon Coffee Porter – Funky Buddha Brewery

Porter

6.4% ABV

APPEARANCE: Pours a fresh pot of dark roasted coffee black. Hitting the glass it almost look as if a black hole is forming in the center, leaving some wonderful dancing hues of brown to fill in the edges. Produced a billowy head of two fingers in height, before quickly dissipating into a nice brown egg shell colored halo.

 

AROMA: Smells like I just walked into a back country breakfast diner! The inviting aroma of maple syrup freshly being poured over pancakes comes rushing towards you. Deep dark chocolate muffins, a fresh pot of coffee. The coffee smells like when you are tossing the filter out and have nothing but the spent coffee grounds. I’m trying to get bacon, but its not coming out on the bouquet. A slight smokiness that i could assume would be the bacon but the delicious maple syrup and coffee keep crashing in to my nostrils and wipe away any faint aromas of that.

 

TASTE: Boom! I am now Violet Beauregarde but instead of chewing my meal via gum I am drinking it through this beer. Liquid breakfast, maple is the dominate flavor. I can taste in being poured right into my mouth. The sweetness of the maple gives a nice introduction to the the slight bitterness from all the coffee swirling around. The coffee and mid palate maltiness really brings a harmonious balance to the beer. Right as i am thinking i have tasted it all the burnt crispy bacon flavors come rolling in to play. Not smokey which I am happy for, but more of a savory flavor that reminds you of bacon without feeling like you just drank a piece. The layers all blend together very well, a slight cocoa powder dusting floating on top of a coca-cola is present on the end. Really interesting and delicious tasting beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Right on the cusp of being a medium body but hits just bellow. The carbonation is lazy and lovely just the way I like my porters to be. Slight oiliness and slickness that goes well with knowing it has maple and bacon flavors within it. The beer expands while in the mouth giving it a marshmallow fluff creaminess that is very nice. Super drinkable, so much so that I am glad i was selfish and had this all to myself!

 

OVERALL: I can only assume that someones job at Funky is to pour bottles of maple syrup into bottles all day long while this is being made. How else could they get so much immense, rich, sweet goodness into each of these bottles. I thought this was truly an amazing porter, the flavors where amazing and layered well within each other. The only flavor that really didn’t pop was the bacon, but i think that’s what makes this drink so easily. The highlight of this Porter is the aroma, one of the best i have experienced on a beer in a while. I know the actual base porter itself takes a backseat to the additions of the adjuncts, but that’s what this beer is all about. I for one think it was done outstanding!

 

RATING: 4.9/5 Zombie Heads!

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Beer Review – Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S – Hoppin’ Frog

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HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!
Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S
Jameson barrel aged Imperial Stout
9.4% ABV
2013 Vintage

APPEARANCE: Poured a jet black oil slick color, came out thick and gurgling. The hard pour produced a decent sized creamy khaki colored head. Great retention that stuck around through taking pictures all the way until the first drink.
AROMA: Big gooey, delectable fresh baked brownies, fudge and chocolate chip cookies. Nice Jameson barrel notes that have a light floral, spicy wood and vanilla swirl going on. Loads of warm butterscotch, carmel and toffee mixed with coffee and heavy cream. Very reminiscent of a Starbucks latte super inviting.

TASTE: Barrel notes right away, Jameson has a bit of dry sweetness to it and it comes through on the palate. Slightly spicy with creamy vanilla and oak that gives way to big moist chocolate fudge. The sweetness is balanced out by the mild hop bitterness. I do get a solid bit of booze but I think that it is needed to counter act the sweetness that comes through. The base oatmeal makes a entrance and gives a lovely creaminess that really pulls all the layers together.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium plus body with a lazy but present carbonation. The oatmeal gives a silky creaminess that balances out the stickiness from the sweetness. Very long lingering finish that makes you eager for another sip.

OVERALL: Perfect beer for St. Patricks day, I paired this with Mint Moose Tracks ice cream and it was perfect. If you are a fan of Jameson and barrel aged stouts then you are in for a treat. A perfect marriage of the two flavors in a easy drinking high ABV stout.

RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

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Beer Review – w00tstout 2.0 – Stone Brewing Co.

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wØØtstout 2.0 – Stone Brewing Co
IMPERIAL STOUT
13.5% ABV
APPEARANCE: Pours a romantic dark chocolate.Very opaque but not quite a jet black, still some nice brown hues in there. Lovely caramel colored head that had very great retention.
AROMA: Smells like pecan pie that has been soaked in bourbon, which equals deliciousness. Getting some sweetness maybe molasses and raisins. Little faint vanilla and for sure pick up the booziness from the bourbon barrel.
TASTE: Very flamboyant, layers upon layers. Right off the bat getting that nice barrel flavor. A slight spiciness that balances well with the sweetness of the chocolate and pecan. As it warmed a bit I pull out tobacco and the alcohol began to show its head.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly oily perhaps from the pecans, not a super thick beer but surprisingly creamy.
OVERALL: Super solid stout from Stone. Was impressed all around, I am curious to see how this ages possibly mellowing out the heat from the high abv and blending into a beautiful layered, very easily drinking stout.
RATING: 4.5/5 zombie heads!

 

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Beer Review – 2010 Dark Lord – Three Floyds

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2010 Dark Lord – Three Floyds
russian imperial stout
15% ABV
50 IBU
APPEARANCE:  Poured a devilish black oil slick color. My snifter produced little to no head, the teku pour produced a small khaki colored head that settled into a nice halo. Head has stuck around with some spotted lacing, that is slow dancing down the glass.
AROMA: Instantly hit with black licorice and molasses. Reminiscent of bourbon county brand stout on the bouquet. Smells of rich dark chocolates and deep dark fruits, currants, plums and ripe plump raisins. Faint aroma of coffee beans hiding under the layers. Smells sweet and boozy at the same time, such an inviting aroma.
TASTE: I just made a deal with the devil, sold my soul for a bottle of beer! Amazing, chocolate covered cherries, floating on a bed of sweet malts. Intense flourishes of burnt caramelized fruits with a toasted nuttiness. The chocolate and sweetness gives way to nice warming alcohol heat that finishes with a nice port wine like flavors. If i had this in a blind taste, I would bet the house this was a barrel aged beer. I’m a huge fan of vanilla and this delivers an immense slap to the taste buds of Madagascar vanilla beans. Delicious!

MOUTHFEEL: For a hard pour that produced almost no head I was expecting a almost lazy flat beer.I was wrong, prickly hidden carbonation that expands into a wonderful creaminess with each sip. Nice burn from the high abv with a dry lingering finish that leaves the flavors hanging around for an eternity in my mouth.
OVERALL: As far as a Russian imperial stout goes, this gargantuan beer is the best I’ve had to date. The layers upon layers on both nose and pallet seem to be ever evolving. The sweetness is forefront without being cloying, the alcohol is present without being overbearing. All around an amazing beer for the style and amazing beer in general. The Dark Lord has risen!

RATING: 5/5 zombie heads!

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Review – Imperial Doughnut Break – Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Doughnut Break
Evil Twin Brewing

Imperial Porter

ABV 11.5%

APPEARANCE: Poured a slow, gurgling, dense deep oil black color. Not quite opaque leaving just enough light in to have some interesting cola brown glimmers show. Slow steady pour builds a thick, dense mocha latte colored head. Super retention I feel like I could easily float a bottle cap on this head.
AROMA: Great nose on this porter, it was climbing out of the glass as I poured. Robust and rich bouquet that swirls around chocolate and deep roasted coffee. Very much a chocolate covered espresso bean, deep fudge, vanilla, mixed with the very dominate bready malt bill really does remind me of doughnuts!
TASTE: Warm, fresh out of the oven chocolate fudge brownies. Lots of rich chocolatey flavors immersing itself in a fresh brewed pot of dark roasted coffee. For sure on the sweet side with subtle nuances of brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. I don’t drink this and think wow I just ate a doughnut but it’s for sure reminding me of cake and that’s close enough for me! The ending actually rounds out nicely with a coffee bitterness which brings the sweetness down a notch making it really drinkable.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium plus body with a low amount of lazy carbonation. Coats the mouth well in a slightly creamy texture that ends pretty fast, slight dry with nice coffee bitterness.
OVERALL: I’m a huge doughnut lover so I have been wanting to drink this beer for a while now. I was not disappointed, even though the tasting notes don’t scream doughnuts. It does drink as a really great dessert beer. I ate a few of the doughnuts in the picture with it and found it paired perfectly, the heat from the 11.5% abv cut the sweetness just enough that it made it work.
RATING: 4.25/5 Zombie Heads!

Until next time, – Support your local Beer Zombies!

Review – Rue D’ Floyd – The Bruery / Three Floyds

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American Porter
14.4% ABV

APPEARANCE: Aggressive pour produced the smallest caramel latte colored head that went away in an instant leaving a small halo.

 AROMA: I was getting hit with a huge bouquet of deliciousness as i was pouring. Like chocolate covered cherries jubilee served over vanilla bean ice cream. Nice barrel notes coming out that really is begging me to drink this!

TASTE: There is a party in my mouth and rue d’ floyd is invited! Now the nose comes into play taking that delicious desert I described and barrel aging it then putting it in a blender. Very deep, dense and delicious. Nice and sweet without be overboard, not as much cherry on the flavor as in the nose but for sure still present and amazing.

MOUTH-FEEL: Full body with light carbonation. Soft, velvety with a nice coating of the mouth and tongue. Wouldn’t have guessed this is 14.4% almost no heat to it at all.

OVERALL: No infection notes at all, it’s to bad it’s not recommended to age. Some time on this might really bring out some more of the layers.For me to date this is the best cherry beer I’ve tasted. Great collaboration between two great breweries!

RATING: 4.6/5 zombie heads!

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