“Special Double Cream Stout derives its name from its smooth, creamy texture, not the ingredients. Completely dairy-free, this stout blends eight different specialty malts to yield a remarkable depth of flavor. With only a touch of burnt notes, Special Double Cream Stout focuses on the softer, cocoa & espresso-like aspects of roasted malt.”
Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout
Stout, 6.1% ABV
(Editor’s Note: We began this “Adventure’s in CellarSitting” series when we began the site, to chronicle what happens to some of the most popular double IPA’s available when you cellar them. On purpose. Our hope was to prove that while, yes they are best when drank fresh, they can still taste pretty damn good with a few years on them. Past experiments include: Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, Founders Devil Dancer and Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.
This is our first attempt to step out of the taboo world of cellaring double IPA’s and in to the taboo world of cellaring a stout. Not an imperial stout, mind you, but a basic, run-of-the-mill stout. Below are the tasting notes for Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout fresh and after one year and two years in the cellar.) Continue reading
The Illinois Liquor Control Commission meets today with one glaring issue absent from its agenda: the proposed buyout of Illinois distributor City Beverage by a family in Tennessee.
Brasserie Duyck says:
“Created in 2005, Jenlain Blonde, the worthy sibling of the illustrious Jenlain Ambrée, is a full-bodied beer in the great tradition of special blond beers.
Left to rest in the vat for several weeks, it matures slowly to release its full aroma and develop a fine and long-lasting head. Once filtered, it takes on a sparkling, golden hue and is best enjoyed chilled to between 6 and 8°C.”
Brasserie Duyck Jenlain Blonde
Biere de Garde, 7.5% ABV
*This beer was provided by the brewer for the purpose of a review.
Karl: I love surprises more than anything when it comes to beer, and this was one of the better surprises I’ve had it a long time. The French do so many good things with fermentation when it comes to grapes, so I had no reason not to suspect that this French brewery just spitting distance from Belgium wouldn’t do great things, but I just didn’t know what I was in for here. Straight from the twist of the cap, this beer was a fun one. Continue reading
Beer labels approved so far this month from Bent River, Goose Island, Lake Bluff Brewing, Only Child, Penrose, Small Town Brewery & Urban Legend Brewing Company. Continue reading
“When you dance with the Devil the Devil don’t change. You do. Massive in complexity, the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alphas used to create it. At an incredible 112 IBU’s it’s dry-hopped with a combination of ten hop varieties. This one can age with the best of them.”
Founders Devil Dancer
Imperial IPA, 12% ABV
(Editors Note: We here it Guys Drinking Beer occasionally like to push the envelope of beer cellaring. IPA’s aren’t traditionally good candidates for the cellar. They are brewed to be puckeringly hoppy and, thus, designed to be enjoyed that way. But we thought it would be a fun experiment to see what happens to an overly hopped, high alcohol content Double IPA when it sits in the cellar for a year or more. Below are the tasting notes for Founders Devil Dancer after one year, two years, three years and four years in the cellar.)
Andrew: As you undoubtedly saw in our Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree side-by-side we like to take a somewhat unconventional approach by cellaring beers that aren’t typically cellared. In this installment we pit the 2009 Founder’s Devil Dancer up against the 2010 Founder’s Devil Dancer. Continue reading