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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846. Brooklyn Brewery – Black Chocolate Stout (Winter 09-10)
Feb05

846. Brooklyn Brewery – Black Chocolate Stout (Winter 09-10)

Since I made a breakfast pizza today, and have been way off the diet, I decided to go ahead and enjoy a big beer tonight. This one was sent to me by my friend @jonathanmoxey when he lived in New York City, and it’s been hiding in the back of the beer fridge for 7 years or so. Location: Poured into a TEKU pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 10% ABV, 24.5° Plato OG, 360 Calories Ingredients: Malts: 2-row, caramel...

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837. Pipeworks Brewing – Closer Encounter Hopped Up Imperial Stout
Jan07

837. Pipeworks Brewing – Closer Encounter Hopped Up Imperial Stout

TGIF! It’s been tough getting back into the swing of things this week at work, and my wife decided that we’d host a murder mystery tomorrow. So after work, I stopped several places to pick up different elements for my costume. It’s a Titanic theme, and I’m the captain.  As I sit here and work on my costume, I thought I’d have this beer. When I made my Russian Imperial Stout the other day, I pulled this...

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832. Books & Brews – It was a Dark and Stormy Stout
Dec19

832. Books & Brews – It was a Dark and Stormy Stout

I’ve been wanting to do a few reviews to clear up some space in the beer fridge. So tonight I decided to open this Imperial Stout my sister picked up for me when she was in Indianapolis for a football game last year. I was thinking about it, since she’s in Arizona today at another football game, and asked me if there were any beers from there I’d like her to bring home for me. Location: Poured into a TEKU pint glass...

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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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773.  New Belgium & Perennial Artisan Ales – Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
Jun27

773.  New Belgium & Perennial Artisan Ales – Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout

It’s Friday, and it’s been a very bizarre day. The best part of it was that my wife passed a test and now we get to go to Boston this fall. We celebrated with a nice dinner out with the kids. After a quick trip to Lowes, to buy some baseboard for my weekend project, I decided to crack open this beer for dessert. I bought it a few weeks ago, because it looked good, and my friend Jonathan is a Brewer at Perennial Artisan...

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743. Southern Tier Brewing – Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout
Nov07

743. Southern Tier Brewing – Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout

We met with a window guy this evening to see what it would cost to replace all of the windows in our 25-year-old home. After the meeting, and more specifically, the price he gave us, I needed to have a really big beer. I bought this beer a couple weeks ago when I was up in Chicago for work, along with the 6 or 7 other pumpkin beers I’ve tried recently. I’ve been searching for new pumpkin beers to add to my top 10 list....

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721. Evil Twin Brewing – Yin Imperial Stout
Aug23

721. Evil Twin Brewing – Yin Imperial Stout

My wife and I went to Bruegala, our local beer festival, tonight. We don’t normally get Evil Twin beers around here, so I was excited to be able to give a few of them a try. This was my first beer of the evening, and unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to make a black and tan with it’s partner beer – Yang.  I did get to try several new beers tonight, but rather than stand and review every beer, I enjoyed the...

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700. Full Sail Brewing – Imperial Stout 2008
Jun03

700. Full Sail Brewing – Imperial Stout 2008

There’s a ton of stress right now in my life between owning/maintaining two homes and trying to sell one of them. On top of that, I’m having to interview to keep my job, deal with air conditioner issues at both houses, and other things too numerous to mention here. I chose this big beer to enjoy for the ceremonious landmark of #700 because I was given it by John Harris when I brewed with him at Full Sail Riverplace in...

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693. Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout 2010
Apr02

693. Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout 2010

My wife and kids are at religious education tonight, so I’ve got the house to myself. I’ve been bringing beers in from the garage, since I had to empty the beer fridge, because we’re moving. I was able to snag this a few years ago at the local liquor store before they became so impossible to find. It’s been sitting at the bottom of the beer fridge for a few years now. The bottle says, Each year at the Festival...

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690. Avery Brewing – The Czar Imperial Stout 2009
Mar22

690. Avery Brewing – The Czar Imperial Stout 2009

Our Saturday afternoon and evening has been full of packing and watching basketball. It was time to just take a break and enjoy a beer and the end of the exciting Wisconsin-Oregon game. I bought this beer at the local liquor store several years back, and it sat in the bottom of the beer fridge for the last four or five years. Now that the beer fridge is emptied out, the last one out is the first one on top, and I decided it was...

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681. Weyerbacher – Heresy Imperial Stout aged in Oak Barrels
Mar08

681. Weyerbacher – Heresy Imperial Stout aged in Oak Barrels

We’re sitting down to watch the second Hunger Games movie and having dinner. I’ve already had New Glarus Cherry Stout earlier today, so I thought I’d stick with the stouts, and go a bit bigger. I believe this is one of the beers my friend Travis gave me in a mixed 6-pack he brought back from his trip to Virginia Beach last year. Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 8% ABV,...

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677. Goose Island – 2012 Night Stalker Imperial Stout
Feb28

677. Goose Island – 2012 Night Stalker Imperial Stout

The last couple weeks have been insane – between buying a new house, trying to get ours ready to sell, and work being crazy busy. I haven’t had much time just to sit down and enjoy a beer. But now that it’s Friday night, I’ve got a chance to enjoy one. So, I thought I grabbed the best one I could see in the beer fridge. I picked up this brew at the liquor store probably about a year ago because I’m a big...

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674. Avery Brewing – 2009 Mephistopheles’ Stout
Feb12

674. Avery Brewing – 2009 Mephistopheles’ Stout

It’s Wednesday night, and my wife and kids are out at a class, so I sat down to really take time and enjoy this one. I was working on the review earlier for number 666 Lucifer, and remembered I had this one stashed away in the beer fridge. I picked it up at the local liquor store, because I couldn’t believe that it was actually 16.83% ABV. I had to give it a try, but I knew I should probably give it some time to mellow....

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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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638. Pipeworks Brewing Co. – End of Days Batch 168
Dec15

638. Pipeworks Brewing Co. – End of Days Batch 168

Its just a lazy Sunday and I’m trying to make some progress on clearing out the beer fridge. I picked up this brew (and a few others) when I was in Chicago for work a few months ago. I’ve been following this brewery’s progress since they started a Kickstarter campaign to start up a couple years ago. I’ve been waiting for their stuff to make it downstate, but it hasn’t yet. The bottle says,”End of...

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552. North Coast Brewing – Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Mar06

552. North Coast Brewing – Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

I’ve been having a great time hanging out with co-workers at a happy hour for a few of them who are moving on to bigger and better things.  After having the Boulder Freshtracks, I thought I’d try something different. I ordered a beer, and the tap blew. The only only remaining one that looked good was the Schlafly Pale Ale. Guess what? That one blew too. To avoid further issues with the taps, I ordered this bottle, which...

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550. Boulevard Brewing – Smokestack Series Dark Truth Stout
Mar05

550. Boulevard Brewing – Smokestack Series Dark Truth Stout

I stumbled across this in the back of the beer fridge, and I have no idea when or where I got it. The label says, “Best by 10/9/11,” so it must have been a while ago. I’m watching my Mizzou Tigers taking on Arkansas and enjoying this beer before I sit down to get some work done. The bottle says, “ Roasted English malts provide a deep, rich texture, Belgian yeast Vistowes plum like fruitiness, and German hops...

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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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505. Cathedral Square – Bourbon Barrel Aged Holy Moly
Dec22

505. Cathedral Square – Bourbon Barrel Aged Holy Moly

As I mentioned in my review of Urban Chestnut’s Thrale’s, I’m in St. Louis for the holidays and we’re at International Tap House (iTap) in Soulard to watch the Mizzou-Illinois basketball game. We’ve already had a couple of beers while watching the game, as well as some awesome BBQ from Bogart’s down the street.  I wanted to go for a local beer I couldn’t get elsewhere, and this looked like the...

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