Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.5 IBU: 50
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Scarface
What the brewers say
“Behind its fiercely black exterior is a mélange of subtly different roasted malt flavors: smoke, burnt caramel, and espresso. Not to be taken lightly.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Moderate chocolate, lots of darkly roasted coffee, lots of toasty caramel, bits of sugar cookie, touch of hops, a hint of nuttiness. Some surprising light fruit esters (pear or peach). Some alcohol as the beer warms.”
Flavor: “Big chocolate milkshake with a shot of espresso. Roasted chestnuts straight from a drum cooker, burnt cinnamon roll, old-school earthy American hops, and a very present amount of yeast. Once your palate adapts to the bitterness, the big stout flavors are more noticeable: caramel and chocolate malt, the espresso edge, and the nice sweetness.”
Overall: “Fairly roasty imperial stout with good chocolate and a fair bit of hops to balance throughout. Surprisingly easy to drink. Extremely smooth and creamy with very nice chocolate flavor. Sweet without being cloying. Delicious. Very balanced overall.”
The best new craft beers available in a beer store near you. Sponsored content.
Two pillars of brew- ing history come together to release a beer that represents the origin and the evolution of brewing. Braupakt is deliciously drinkable, showcasing both Weihenstephan’s brewing prowess through their signature yeast and Sierra Nevada’s proclivity for big hops flavor. The initial impression on the palate is of a bouquet of aromas, including subtle touches of banana plus refreshing grapefruit from the American Chinook hops.
A flavorful craft beer that’s uniquely easy to drink? It’s true. Introducing Firestone Lager. While Firestone Lager may not be your father’s lager, it is just as drinkable—which is ultimately the point. In the words of Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, “Firestone Lager is all about enjoying a good, clean beer.”
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 Nimble Giant
We had no idea that a little experiment with Mosaic hops would set us on a year-long path to a new double IPA. But seven small-batch Scratch beers later, we found the Giant. Nimble Giant—brewed with Mosaic, Azacca, and Simcoe—gracefully boasts grapefruit rind, pineapple, and honeysuckle notes with a hint of earthy forest floor.