This week we celebrate Halloween the best way we know how... with great beer! We were joined in studio again by the wonderful Backyard Billy from Backyard Ale House after his week off. There was plenty to talk about with these beers and the high ABV on them can certainly get to you over time but a great time was had by all!
This weeks beer lineup:
Starr Hill Brewery- Sabbath: A wonderful Black IPA kicks off the show and a textbook example of the style to say the least! Rich roasted malt notes of bitter chocolate and coffee are perfectly complemented by pine and citrus hops, a must try for fans of darker beers and IPA's alike!
Clown Shoes- Undead Party Crasher: This 10% ABV American Imperial Stout packs a wallop of flavor and also has an extremely smooth mouthfeel that you will want to enjoy for a long time. Notes of chocolate and coffee abound and this has to be one of the best American Imperial Stout's currently available, another homerun from Clown Shoes!
Left Hand Brewing Company- Wake Up Dead: Slowly we are climbing the ABV ranks and this 10.2% ABV is a slight step above the previous in ABV, but shows no sign of it. This Russian Imperial Stout has a tad bit drier of a finish when compared to the previous and is full of rich dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, and dark red fruits that all melt into one another. A perfectly smooth sipping beer, also widely available in bottle in Nitro form... another must try!
Avery Brewing Company- Rumpkin: The behemoth of the day clocking in at 16.73% ABV this is certainly an Imperial Pumpkin Ale! Avery has been brewing this delicious seasonal for 4 years now and it seems to get better every year. This years batch is a bit sweeter when compared to some of the previous, but it is highly drinkable and shows no sign of alcohol heat from the rum. A must try pumpkin ale for try pumpkin beer fans!
We also had another fantastic giveaway this week that included even more than what is pictured here.
In addition to another wonderful coffin shaped wall mounted bottle opener from Grave Openers (visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/GraveOpeners to pick one up for yourself!), skull glassware, Avery stickers, and plastic spigot for making your own pumpkin keg there also was a copy of the fantastic book from Beer Geek alum. Patrick Dawson, Vintage Beer a must read for all who are interested in learning the fine art of aging beer!