Style: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Smuttlabs The Stallion
Print Shelf Talker
How we review
What the brewers say
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Big, bold flavor on the nose, lots of sweetness. Some good vanilla and chocolate, with red grape sweetness, merlot, and cherry. Light oak and citrus. Plenty of dark fruits—raisin, plum, cherry, date, and raisin. A touch of sherry and light vinegar.”
Flavor: “Big chocolate, and the red grape and cherry sweetness hit right up front. Bright fruit, including plum, date, cherry, grape, and raisin. Malty notes of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and roast, with a little vanilla. The body is smooth, and there’s lots of intriguing complexity. Each sip introduces more flavor. Finishes with a chocolate sweetness and a medium alcohol hotness.”
Overall: “In the beginning there was lots of red wine, but as it warmed, more chocolate, plum, and dark fruit emerged. It’s a mix of chocolate and stout and fruitiness. If you let it sit, a touch of balsamic-like vinegar makes it a lot brighter. The choice of wine barrel complemented and didn’t overshadow the base beer. Very robust and interesting.”
The best new craft beers available in a beer store new 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.