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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

12 oz bottle poured into 20oz nonic pint; bought from the cooler but set out for 2-3 hours before drinking.

The stout is inky black with medium-dark head. It stands tall and proud for a bit before receding some. Its lacing is a bit sticky. Smells mostly roasty. Taste is also roasty but chocolatey. Feel wise, it’s nicely carbonated but isn’t as thick as I might expect a beer of its stature to be. This beer is hot! Warming. BCS gets easier and easier to drink as I continue down the glass, but it will have its way with me if I have more. I’m sure this is a good candidate for cellaring, but its too delicious to leave alone for long.

I really need to get a camera for these reviews. A glass of beer is a beautiful thing to behold, even (or especially) if no light can pass through it.


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Quercus Vitis Humulus

Otter Creek Quercus Vitis HumulusI finally got to try the new beer from Otter Creek – Quercus Vitis Humuls (Oak Grape Hop) – on tap at Sunset Grill. Unfortunately I ordered a big DIPA right before so I can’t write up an accurate review. I will say that it was extremely complex and definitely worth trying. On first sip I got big notes of oak and hops. Further into the glass, it was mostly grape & hop flavors. Barleywine might not be the best category to put this beer into, but what else could you call it?

When I can get my hands on a bottle I’ll post a real review.

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Brooklyn Manhattan Project

Last night my roommates and I went to the Sunset Grill for food and drink. For the first round I got Brooklyn Brewery’s limited release Manhattan Project. MP is Garret Oliver’s attempt to brew the beer version of a Manhattan cocktail.

Malt: Malted Rye, Crystal Rye Malt, Canadian Two row pilsner malt, British Maris Otter

Hops: German Perle

Other sugars: Caramel syrup, brewer’s sugar, Organic cherry juice

Other Herbs/spices: Bitter Orange Peel, Sweet Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Gentian Root, Cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cloves.

ABV: 7.5%

I’ve only had one actual Manhattan in my life but this beer definitely tasted like how I remembered it. So weird but highly drinkable. Served in their standard 13oz tulip glass right to the brim. Sunset doesn’t seem to be pouring their beers with any head lately. When I got halfway through the glass I was able to swirl it enough to get a decent head going. I’ve been sick so I really needed that to get any aroma out of it. The predominant things I noted in the beer were the cherry and rye whiskey flavors. The brew was partially aged in 100-proof barrels, and you can tell.

It also paired very well with our food — I had a cheese pizza with goat cheese. My friend also got the beer, and said it went well with his swordfish sandwich. The beer had enough presence and complexity to hold its own but didn’t overshadow my pizza. Win. Hopefully Brooklyn will do another run of this beer in the future.

For round two I wanted something hoppy, and Avery’s Maharaja delivered. Again, dinky 13oz tulip glass with no head. This beer is like a citrus hop overload. It’s not necessarily as bitter as other double IPAs but the hop presence was magnificent.

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