847. Sunup Brewing – White Russian Imperial Coffee Stout
Feb09

847. Sunup Brewing – White Russian Imperial Coffee Stout

Today is the first real snow we’ve gotten this year, with about 3-4 inches. So, when I got home, I had to snowblow the driveway. I rewarded myself with a Founders Breakfast Stout when I came inside. After that, I opened this beer. When my sister went to Phoenix a few weeks ago, she asked what beers I might want from there. I looked up good beers in Arizona and this one popped up on the list, and I was really glad she brought a...

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800. Founders Brewing – Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2009 KBS
Jan16

800. Founders Brewing – Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2009 KBS

It’s been a long week at work, since one of the hospitals I oversee public affairs for opened a new patient wing. Since it’s a Friday night and a milestone beer, I thought I’d grab something from the special section of the beer fridge. Before I cracked it open, I had to do a bit of research to see what year KBS this was… so thanks to the beer geeks out there who posted the info letting me know it was a 2009....

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729. Green Bay Brewing – Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout
Sep14

729. Green Bay Brewing – Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout

My birthday was yesterday and we went out for some Mexican food for dinner. I didn’t really get a chance to try a good beer, so tonight I thought I’d pull one out of the beer fridge. I don’t remember exactly where I got this beer. I thought maybe it was one of the beers my sister brought me back from her trip to Asheville, North Carolina last year but since it’s from Wisconsin I think I may have gotten it...

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714. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Speed Ball Coffee Stout
Aug07

714. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Speed Ball Coffee Stout

We’re on our way up to the Michigan coast for a long weekend, and stopped at 3 Floyds Brewpub for lunch. I’ve already had the War Mullet and Zombie Dust, and wanted a small beer for dessert. After looking at the extensive list of beers, this one fit the bill perfectly, especially since I still had an hour and a half of driving to go. It was labled as a coffee stout, and was served as a half pint. Location: On tap and...

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655. Kona Brewing – Pipeline Porter
Jan18

655. Kona Brewing – Pipeline Porter

As I mentioned, my wife and I are on a Tales, Taverns & Towns tour in Chicago, and our first stop was the Green Door Tavern, where I had Morning Wood from Local Option. On the bus, our guide, Liz, had some beers available for us to drink on our way to the next stop. I saw this was a porter from Kona that was brewed with 100% Kona coffee, and since I knew we were in for a long evening, I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to...

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649. Southern Tier Brewing – Imperial Mokah
Jan08

649. Southern Tier Brewing – Imperial Mokah

Wednesday nights are nice and relaxing, since my wife and kids have school stuff every Wednesday night. I spent most of the evening cleaning out my car, prepping to trade it in. Now I’m sitting down to enjoy this beer and the Mizzou basketball game. This beer was sent to me by my sister’s friend Brittany who lives near the brewery in New York. Thanks Britt!!! Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington,...

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614. Wrecking Bar Brewpub – Jemmy Dean Breakfast Stout
Oct11

614. Wrecking Bar Brewpub – Jemmy Dean Breakfast Stout

Today is my second day in Atlanta, and my friend Joe and I spent most of the day working on his new house. So, as a reward for helping him, he’s promised to take me to a few nice bars and microbreweries tonight. Our first stop is the Wrecking Bar Brewpub. They had some nice sounding brews on the menu, but this seemed to be one of their specialties and it came recommended by Joe. The menu said it contained a cold-pressed Java...

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522. AleSmith Brewing Co  – Speedway Stout
Jan14

522. AleSmith Brewing Co – Speedway Stout

I’m at my local homebrew club meeting at Fat Jack’s here in Bloomington, IL.  I thought I’d order a beer before the meeting started, and was surprised to see they had an AleSmith beer on the draft menu.  I didn’t think they had started distributing here yet.  Since I’d heard many great things about their beers, I had to give this one a try. Location: On tap and served in a small, 10oz curved glass at Fat...

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409. 4 Hands Brewing – Bona Fide Russian Imperial Stout
Mar03

409. 4 Hands Brewing – Bona Fide Russian Imperial Stout

I’m at 4 Hands Brewing in St. Louis, MO, enjoying a few beers in their tasting room, including their Divided Sky Rye IPA and their Reprise Centennial Red Ale.  My friend Joe just had this beer, and recommended I try it myself.  As a fan of Russian Imperials, I indulged in a third beer here before we headed off to another local microbrewery. According to 4 Hands, “Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a collaborative effort with...

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395. Terrapin Beer – Wake ‘N Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout 2010
Feb05

395. Terrapin Beer – Wake ‘N Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout 2010

It’s a bit of a lazy Sunday afternoon here at home, and after I had the Bell’s Oarsman Ale, I realized it had been quite some time since I dug into the beer fridge.  So, I reached in and blindly grabbed one.  This beer was given to me by my friend @jkaiseresq several months ago, and he said it was a pretty good beer. The bottle says, “Two Athens, GA companies, Terrapin and Jittery Joe’s, have teamed up to...

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290. Great Divide – Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Draft
Mar10

290. Great Divide – Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Draft

My friend Robert (seen in the background here) and I were still hanging out at The Gingerman in Austin, TX, getting ready for the beginning of SXSW.  We had both met Beverly the week before at the iMedia Brand Summit, who was also sticking around in town for SXSW.  She joined us for a drink.  Unfortunately, she’s not much of a beer person, and ordered a glass of wine.  As you can imagine, the wine at a beer bar doesn’t see...

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268. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Raspberry Coffee Stout
Jan30

268. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Raspberry Coffee Stout

I found out about this beer a few months back from STLHops, and I knew I had to try it. St. Louis Brewery/Schlafly, makes a very good coffee stout (review coming soon), and I think it has a lot to do with the Kaldi’s coffee they use (and the cold steeping process for extracting the coffee flavors).  I had never thought of a coffee-raspberry combination before, but once I had heard of it, I knew that it sounded pretty good. Also,...

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152. Oakshire Brewing – Overcast Espresso Stout
Jul25

152. Oakshire Brewing – Overcast Espresso Stout

I was thoroughly enjoying my last day at the Oregon Brewers Festival, but I noticed I was down to my last few tokens.  So, I decided to head toward another Oregon brewery, especially one that had a short line – not because it wasn’t a good beer, but because a thick coffee stout wasn’t appealing to many on a hot Sunday afternoon.  However, my appreciation for Russian Imperial Stouts drew me to this one. It was very...

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47. Founders Brewing – Breakfast Stout
May21

47. Founders Brewing – Breakfast Stout

When I got home from work today, I discovered that the radiator on my car was leaking very severely gushing fluid onto the garage floor.  So tonight I went to the beer fridge in need of something big and strong.  Fortunately, I had a Founders Breakfast Stout in there.  It’s a label says that it is 8.3% alcohol by volume and that it is a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout, thus, the name, Breakfast Stout. When I poured it, it...

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