Prohibition is back in New Hampshire ’ at least for one bottled beer. Bottles of Breakfast Stout, a seasonal beer made by Founders Brewing of Michiga
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Pretty sure I’ve never had this one before. I like how Goose Island is releasing these beers with age on them. I’m a little suspicious it’s not entirely an active decision (lol) but whatever, kinda cool to be able to pick up a beer of the shelf with some age on it with no extra cost.
This is the first dark belgian I’ve had from Goose Island so it’ll be cool to see how they approach it!
Appearance - Pretty shitty photo lol. It’s darker than what you see in the photo. It’s sort of a mahogany color that does let a pretty good amount of light through with no haze. It forms about a finger and a half of head and laces pretty well.
Aroma - Raisins, molasses, a little sweet malt. There’s some sort of woody dryness in there as well.
Taste - It starts off much drier than I expected it would (not saying it’s a dry beer by any means btw). It starts off with dates, that bit of woody character. It then brings in raisins, molasses, some rum character. The finish is straight raisins and molasses. And some plum too.
Mouthfeel - It has some body to it, but not too much…which I really like. There’s enough carbonation to keep the beer lively.
Thoughts - This isn’t my favorite style but I really like how GI pulled it off. It’s not overly sweet or heavy. It has enough complexity to keep things interesting too. This would be a nice fall beer.
Rating - 92/100
I wasn’t that crazy about this one the last time I had it but I think it deserves another shot! Last time I read the label as “tripel ipa”…I was in for a bit of a surprise when I took the first sip haha.
This time I know what I’m getting myself into. Also if I remember correctly, it was 13% last year, so maybe they dialed it back a bit for this year.
Appearance - It has very little head. What it does have is creamy and laces pretty well. It dissipates pretty quickly. It has a pretty surprising color. It’s a deep ruby/blood orange. It indicates to me that there should be quite a bit going on malt-wise to keep up with the massive hop load.
Aroma - Explosive citrusy hops. Orange peel. Sweet malt.
Taste - Ohh interesting. The hops aren’t as “explosive” as in the aroma. This is possibly even more about malt. It is bursting with the same sort of burnt toffee malt character as arrogant bastard! While the citrusy hops aren’t at the forefront of the flavor, there is an absurd level of bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Excellent carbonation for the ABV, nice full body but not too much so to not be like an ipa. MASSIVE bitterness that builds up with every sip.
Thoughts - I like this more than the last time for sure. It’s a must-have for fans of extreme beers. Given how big every aspect of the beer is, it’s balanced enough.
The bitterness is a bit too much though in my opinion. It ruined my palate in about 3 sips lol. Thankfully though the bitterness numbed my palate enough that I can’t really notice the lingering bitter taste any more XD Funny how some things sort themselves out lol.
Cool beer though…I’m glad I checked it out again. Still as far as IIIPAs go, I’d take 120 minute over this. 120 is way more about hops…this beer is more like a super hopped cali barley wine.
Rating - 91/100