I saw Airways Brewing’s limited edition Final Departure Imperial Stout at the store, with a sign saying One per Customer. That always gets my attention, at the least. But this one… it has an AIRPLANE on it. And not only an airplane, a sorta decaying, mossy one that hits me right here, man. It might be a 767, which mean it might have CF6 engines on it, and I worked on those a while back. So of course I had to have it. It’s a beautiful dark beer with a coppery head and fruity aroma. It has a very bitter, full taste with a hint of coffee and a smooth brightness. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste, too. Although it’s not my most favorite flavor (I like them sweet), the taste really fits the name and the art. Would recommend ++.
OK, so I could be biased about this beer, considering the golden octopus on the front, holding hops and barley and stuff. But still, I think Indra Kunindra tastes great. It has a nice, fragrant aroma, almost barleywine-ish. It’s not at all sweet, and has a slightly bitter aftertaste. You can taste the spices – it includes curry, cumin, cayenne, and coconut. Complex and delightful, buy a handful (or eight) when you see them!
Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery is bright, bubbly, and an interesting mix of sweet and bitter. The flavor is mostly sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, and the bright bitterness may come from the carbonation. It’s a really good mix. It also has a very slightly smoky smell. And the can has arachnids on it. That’s probably why I picked it up and why I like it so much.
Those of you that have been following me a while know how much I love milk stouts, and this is no exception. It has excellent hints of coffee along with the classic milk stout flavor. It is slightly flatter than some beers, which goes well with the flavor. It’s sweet and full and slightly bitter at the end. Excellent.
Yet another delicious beer guest post from Tentacle Toast:
A yearly treat is The Brooklyn Brewery’s “Black Chocolate Stout.” As the name suggests, this beer is black, chocolatey, &, um, “stout-y”… very good, almost a dessert beer; I’ve honestly contemplated making a float with this & vanilla ice cream, but (as of yet, anyway) refrained, due in part to its being released annually as a “winter beer,” & would seem to run contrary to the spirit of the season, or something. Plus, it’s almost like a milkshake right out of the bottle; thick, creamy, & delicious.
Meg note: I rated this one back in 2007, but it is definitely worth revisiting!
I admit it: I get lazy about trying new beers. You have $5 to spend on a nice big bottle of a beer you know is delicious, or $5 to spend on something you might not like at all… especially during this season, when some of my favorite beers are available for only a few months of the year. So I don’t try as many new ones as I should. Luckily for you, I’m going to have a series of beer-related guest posts from a certain “Tentacle Toast,” who has kindly offered to opine on beers I have not yet tried.
“First on the docket is the Great Divide Brewing Co’s Yeti, a most delicious imperial stout. It’s thick, dark, & malty, with a more than subtle coffee note. It leaves the glass tinged an ochre hue several minutes post consumption, to the point of being able to tell which side was tipped! 9.5% ABV.”
Thanks, Tentacle Toast!
I may have found a new favorite beer. Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout is so delicious that it would have its own level in the adult version of “Sugar Rush” from Wreck-it Ralph. It’s dessertish and chocolatey like a decadent hot dark cocoa, as opposed to milk stouts, which tend to be delicious like chocolate milk. It has an intense cocoa flavor that’s not too sweet and without any bitterness. I’m having trouble finding words. Just try it.
Incredulous Owl by Meg Lyman
Gouache on ACEO
So apparently owls are now a thing. Not sure how long it will last, but they’ve been all over the stores – as earrings, on shirts, as stuffed animals, on towels, in artwork – you name it. I think it’s partially because the owl shape lends itself to stylization and is still instantly recognizable. Here are a few examples:
There is a brewery in Japan, Hitachino Nest, that has an adorable owl as its mascot. I posted about their Hitachino Stout several years ago, and just recently tried their Sweet Stout, which is a milk stout. Delicious, as milk stouts usually are.
Isn’t it cute?
Because of all this owl hype, I thought now would be a good time to finally do the tribute to the Hitachino owl I’ve been wanting to do. I used the opportunity to try a new color scheme, using flat colors and dry brushing. It was a fun experiement!
Weyerbacher Old Heathen Imperial Stout is a really good beer. I am fond of imperial stouts – they’re delicious – but you can’t drink too many at a time because they’re quite rich. This one is smooth and fairly sweet, with a hint of fruity. There’s a bit of a bright bite to it, and a pleasing aftertaste. I recommend!