Thursday, August 2, 2012

Stone Brewing - Stone IPA - 6.9% ABV

In honor of International IPA Day, I'm going to enjoy a few of these delicious beauties. I have to thank Stone for being awesome and Costco for making this great beer available in the warehouse for a reasonable price. The balance of quality and quantity have made this beer my go to short session beer for the last 6 months or so.

Stone Brewing - Stone IPA
4.30 / 5.00

Monday, July 30, 2012

Epic Brewing - Exponential Imperial Stout - ABV 9.2%

Given that this blog is to detail my epic adventure, I think it's only fitting to start with a review of Epic Brewing's Imperial Stout from their Exponential series. This bottle is from their batch #5 which, according to their website was brewed on January 5, 2012 and bottled on February 28, 2012.

Epic Brewing - Exponential Imperial Stout
4.20 / 5.00
On the pour, this beer comes out of the bottle like oil. It pours smooth with a half inch of a khaki head forming with my vigorous introduction to the glass. A swirl shows plenty of alcohol lacing - something to be expected from a beer of this gravity. In the glass, light has no hope.

With each big whiff of this beer, I find more complexity. Chocolate malt is a big player for my nose and  as with the lacing, the alcohol is apparent. It's wrong to describe a beer as another beer but I find that this immediately brings me to Ballast Point's Sea Monster Imperial Stout. I haven't had that one recently but the smell brings me back there.

Chocolate, coffee, malty goodness. Again, the alcohol is present but not in a bad way by any means. This strikes me as a great candidate to hang around the cellar for a year or two to see if all this alcohol mellows into a more even profile, but as a new bottle it brings a good array of flavor to the palate.

There isn't a lot of obvious carbonation when you look at the glass, but in the mouth there is more than enough to get the job done. I always love the texture of a imperial stout and this beer lives up to that.

I haven't had a ton of Epic's beers in the past but based on this first foray into their world, I'm inclined to try more. While I won't say this to be the best imperial stout, I may grab another bottle and do the aging experiment for a year or two and it's more than adequate for the price as a bottle to share on a cool evening with a friend.