Monthly Archives: February 2013

Weyerbacher Merry Monks

Weyerbacher Merry Monks

Weyerbacher Merry Monks

The first thing standing out about Weyerbacher Merry Monks is the unrelenting effervescence. A myriad of micro bubbles race through the sparkling clear Tripel to reach the creamy white head. Yeast, banana, and bread dominate the aroma. After a sip, sweet grapes come to the forefront, buttered toast, followed by just enough hops to balance. Gets sweeter, dryer, and the 9.3%  is more evident as it warms.

Really enjoying this. I do get the slightest hint of skunk, but with no date, hard to tell if it’s normal. Still, this is one to enjoy.

Grade: A

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Two Brothers Northwind Imperial Stout

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Imperial Stouts aren’t exactly known for being demure. And with a name like Northwind, I expect this offering from Two Brothers to have some punch.

Pours like it should. Black with a dark brown head. In love with the aroma, charred wood, vanilla, and dark fruits. Surprisingly smooth and creamy. The flavor isn’t bludgeoning, but what is there is tasty and well balanced. Deep roasted malt, burnt marshmallows, and eventually toffee.

Not the biggest Imperial Stout out there, but quite tasty. Quaffable, to say the least.

Grade: B

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Southern Tier Choklat

Southern Tier Choklat

Southern Tier Choklat

Here is another I have been trying to get my hands on for a while, Southern Tier Choklat.

Darker than expected with a tight, light brown head. As expected, however, the aroma is full of chocolate.  Bitter chocolate is indeed the most pronounced flavor, but there is so much more going on. Vanilla, some coffee, and oak. Wouldn’t be surprised if this were barrel aged (but not bourbon barrel aged). Long, dry, chalky finish with hints of marshmallow. The 10% ABV really warms on the way down, too.

To recap, huge flavors, well balanced, great texture, and a heaping helping of booze. What else would you expect from Southern Tier? It’s excellent.

Grade: A

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