Style: Foreign/Export Stout
ABV: 7.0 IBU: 65
The Pike Brewing Company XXXXX Stout
What the brewers say
“This gorgeous and full-bodied stout is full of velvety malt texture and hints of chocolate, licorice, and dark roasted coffee. You may notice intriguing hints of spice, which make this stout a perfect pairing for any food that you’d usually serve with red wine.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “The dark roasted coffee character dominates the nose. Hints of dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and sweet malt are present. Earthy, herbal-tea hops aromas. Fruity, with vinous raisin esters.”
Flavor: “Rich dark burnt malt flavor dominates the palate, with dark coffee and espresso that lend bitterness throughout the taste. Molasses adds sweetness in the middle. Notes of black licorice, raisin, plum, prune, raisin, dates, sherry, and dark cherry are present throughout. Some hardwood characters in the flavor—maple and hickory.”
Overall: “The burnt roast dominates, with evident tobacco and wood-like notes. Would have appreciated some additional fruit to cut through the roast astringency. However, some of the malt sweetness helped cut through the roastiness to add a bit of complexity.”
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.