Style: Imperial Sweet & Flavored Stout
Terrapin Moo-HooChiato Milk Stout
What the brewers say
“Take in the aroma of expertly roasted espresso from Jittery Joe’s and let your taste buds melt into the flavor of Olive and Sinclair’s award-winning chocolate. Brewed with lactose sugar for a creamy mouthfeel and a touch of sweetness.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Light-colored caramel malt, full-force chocolate, and dark-roast coffee with hints of Kahlua, sweet maple syrup, and hints of vanilla.”
Flavor: “Lots of chocolate and roast—tiramisu, espresso, roast malt, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, and just a hint of coffee. Some vanilla, maple, and dark stone fruits as well. It’s fairly easy drinking for 8 percent. The carbonation dances on the tongue and may be slightly overdone, but the bitterness and sweetness balance with the touch of alcohol. It’s a drier finish than expected.”
Overall: “The chocolate dominates, but the sweetness doesn’t end up being cloying. The vanilla blends well with the base beer, yielding an easily drinkable stout without any rough edges. This is like I just tossed back a sip of brandy and now I’m eating a piece of decadent tiramisu—sweet, rich, and luxurious.”
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New Belgium The Hemperor HPA®
Our brewers are always on the lookout for different hops varieties and the complexities and flavors new strains can bring. That’s where hemp comes into the picture. Without getting too nerdy, we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclu- sion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®.
Tröegs Independent Brewing Hop Knife
Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
High Hops Brewery Dr. Pat’s Double IPA
Who is Dr. Pat? A dentist, third-generation farmer, and cofounder of High Hops Brewery. Dr. Pat cultivated our on-site hops farm in 2007, which led to the opening of High Hops Brewery in 2012. It’s his recipe that creates this malty, heavily hopped beer. We brew it with continuous hops additions using hops grown in that same field more than 10 years later.