Style: Barrel-Aged Flavored Stout
The Lost Abbey Track 10
What the brewers say
“Began as a Serpent’s Stout base aged in bourbon barrels with coffee and cacao nibs added before packaging.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Moderate coffee notes with a slight smoke note and medium chocolate. Medium alcohol notes. Medium oak with a light cherry note. Light vanilla, moderate licorice. Smooth blend of dark roast and peppery phenolic. Light tobacco accents the light amount of roast malt. As it warms, a bit more roasty chocolate and alcohol.”
Flavor: “Strong coffee and chocolate, but also some nice malt complexity (caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and roast). Light nutty notes, medium body, touch of licorice, and moderate sweetness. Medium-high alcohol heat dries out the sweetness. Coffee blends well with the alcohol and fruity oak-barrel notes.”
Overall: “Fun coffee-dominated imperial stout. Supporting notes of caramel, licorice, cherry, and other fruits, with a light bitterness. The alcohol notes are just enough to accentuate the big nature of the beer. Good balance of chocolate, roast, high coffee, and an alcohol warming in the background.”
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.