Style: Barrel-Aged Flavored Stout
ABV: 11.5 IBU: 70
Crux Fermentation Project Tough Love
What the brewers say
“Constructed with dark roasted malts, malted rye, and oak-smoked wheat, then banished for nine months in Kentucky bourbon barrels to add strokes of vanilla.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Subtle blend of chocolate, roast, and vanilla with maybe some extra sweetness from chiles? Dark cherry and caramel, moderate sweet malt and leather notes, touch of kettle caramelization and coffee roast, a hint of smoke, and a touch of hops. Medium alcohol note especially as it starts to warm up.”
Flavor: “Rich malt profile: caramel and toffee grounded with roast malt and a spicy alcohol warmth. Fairly earthy. Milk chocolate with strong coffee and roast, moderate sweetness and dark caramel. Some hops backing for the roast bitterness. Medium smoke note up front and enough burn on the back of the throat to suggest chiles. The sweetness supports, and cuts through, the heat.”
Overall: “Pleasant sweeter stout with strong notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla and a hint of smoke character.”
The best new craft beers available in a beer store near you. Sponsored content.
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.