This one is definitely up there with Stone's Imperial Russian Stout and the Old Rasputin from North Coast. Easily makes my top 5 Imperial Stout list and for several reasons. The carbonation is flawless. The aroma is out of this world and definitely one that grabs your focus immediately and lets you know this one ain't fooling around. It really is as smooth and crisp as the best Belgian ales out there (this one actually reminds me of the Trois Pistoles and La Terrible a bit because of the chocolate malt). The coffee and alcohol on the back end aren't overpowering, just appropriately there. It has a nice hint of vanilla with complex dark fruits underlying this delicious stout.
Don't think twice about dishing out $13 bucks for this beauty. It sure as hell is worth it. I don't know if a Belgian Russian Imperial Stout style exists, but if it did - this is a prime example. That was the impression I got based on its smoothness and complexity.
By the way, it is very drinkable at 11% ABV. Took me about an hour to finish it, and actually got better as the brew came closer to room temperature.
Last edited by Azagthoth; April 15th, 2008 at 07:17 AM.
Quick question.... I tried a beer at a sports a while back and I can't remember what it was called, but it was amazing... The waitress brought me 3 different kinds of Heff and one of them seriously tasted like blueberries.... Does anyone know what that is called? I really want some more..... =)
Did you try actual other hefs, or were they the wheat ales like Pyramid and Widmer that everybody mistakes as a hef? It really bugs me when I hear people order a "hef", instead of asking for a Pyramid or Widmer. Both of those beers are garbabe in my opinion. I also can't stand hearing a bartender say "we've got hef" when in actuality they don't. Widmer and Pyramid are nothing even remotely close to an actual hefeweizen. Bad mass marketing for you there.
Go with a Paulaner or Franziskaner to get an idea of how a genuine hefeweizen is. You'll love them and most likely never put down a Pyramid or Widmer ever again. BJ's has a decent hef too.
Some new ones I tried this week
Lagunitas - Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale
Beer Advocate has this one classified as an American Strong Ale but I highly disagree and would throw it into the Imperial Red Ale category. In a nutshell, this one was one chewy all malt brew. It had a great hop smell in the nose, but there was barely any hop taste in the mouth which bummed me out. Beautiful color to it and nice lacing, but in the end really did nothing for me. Wasn't bad but I just wouldn't go out of my way for it.
Lagunitas - Olde Gnarlywine
Not too shabby for a barley wine. I guess I am spoiled with great ones like Bigfoot and The Angel's Share that in turn make this one from Lagunitas less appealing. It was pretty damn sweet and had a killer smell, but the body was ltoo light for what I'd expect from a barley wine. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one either (or any Lagunitas brew for that matter) but definitely try it and see what you think. Maybe there is something I am missing. In the end, everything I've had from Lagunitas just doesn't cut it. Not bad, but their output is just barely above average in my opinion.
HAven't tried either of those Lagunitas brews yet.
Last edited by mitchrock; April 25th, 2008 at 09:46 AM.
I AM THE STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!
I picked these up from the store yesterday and will report back as I consume them
Koningshoeven - Tripel
The Lost Abbey - Lost & Found Abbey Ale
The Lost Abbey - Avant Garde
The Lost Abbey - Devotion Ale
Founder's - Founder's Black Rye
Port Brewing - Old Viscosity
Rogue - Mom Hefeweizen (I think it's just a new name for the previous Half-e-weizen)
Ever since I tried the Serpent's Stout and The Angel's Share, The Lost Abbey has become a quick favorite.