08 October 2010
I’m a big fan of sweet and imperial stouts and after the last few weeks I think that’s pretty obvious. My problem with stouts is I like BIG stouts. Regular stouts are OK, but for me if you’re going to sample a dark beer, it needs to be big. After we paired up a Chocolate Stout with Mother Beerbuzz’s cookies, I started thinking that we needed a counterpoint beer. A beer to show how great a sweet stout the Rogue was but also showcase how good a dark chocolate imperial stout can be.
My choice was driven not only by the fact that AleSmith beers are JUST reaching NEPA, (this beer arrived only a few days ago)….but also by the fact that this is a great imperial stout. I used to have to travel to San Diego to get AleSmith beers (see photo below), but thanks to Bella Vista distributors in Philly, Krugels and of course AleSmith, now you can get their beers locally…and they are well worth seeking out.
This beer is not only big in flavor with strong coffee, caramel and dark chocolate flavors, but really big in alcohol. At 12% ABV this beer will kick your butt and take your name, so enjoy it carefully. It also comes in a larger 750ml bottle, so be sure to share it with friends.
Another big beer and another fun show.
to John, Nancy, Joe & Bosco for yet another fun Friday.
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