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New Beer Blog DuClaw Brewing Quick Start My Heart Milk Stout


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In this special beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from DuClaw Brewing.  It is their Quick Start My Heart Milk Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this east coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into this milk stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant head on this stout. The aroma has a chocolate cover strawberry notes. The taste has a chocolate to coffee notes with strawberry aftertaste. It is a sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website  (www.duclaw.com):

Quick Start My Heart | DuClaw Brewing Company

Our Strawberry Milk Stout is medium/full-bodied and black in color with a silky mouth feel, a moderately strong 6.8% ABV, and sweet flavors and aromas of strawberry and chocolate, accented by notes of coffee and caramel, that will “quickly” make it one of your favorites, too.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website: www.duclaw.com

Twitter:  @duclawbrewing

In the end, I am do to make another trip to Ohio.  I enjoy picking up their beers when I am down there.  I just wished they would make it up to Michigan beer market.  I understand why they are not here yet.  There is a nice balance between the milk stout and strawberries.  They did a great job on this beer.  This is by far best fruit beer that I have ever had.  I love it. I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Rogue Brewery Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample another beer from Rogue Brewery.  It is their Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout.  If you have read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this west coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Oregon base craft brewery.  Let us get into this stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant color head. The smell has a sweet chocolate notes. The taste has a smooth chocolate with some burn malt notes.  The aftertaste has a smooth chocolate to slight toffee finish. It is a sipping beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.rogue.com

Twitter:  @rogueales

Closing, the one thing that I do not understand about this brewery.  The price of their beer is pretty high.  I understand that the brewery has to make money.  I know supplies are not cheap.  However, at the same time, why are their beers are more than the rest of the market’s beers.  I have always asked this question.   They make great beer and I believe they would sell more on that fact.  I believe at a good price and liquid that they would be higher on beer sold by breweries.  I know that they do a great job already and sell a ton of beer yearly. Just like their porter, it is a nice sipping beer.  This beer is in my top five of Oatmeal stouts. I love my stouts.  I love this beer. This is one of their best beers that Rogue Brewery makes.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going get into another beer from Weyerbacher Brewery.  It is their Sunday Morning Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know Weyerbacher Brewery.  Let us get into this stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant color head. The aroma has a heavy coffee and chocolate notes. The taste has a chocolate to coffee notes with a dry coffee aftertaste finish. It is a sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.weyerbacher.wpengine.com):

Sunday Morning Stout
Sunday Morning Stout, 11.3% ABV, is an Imperial American Stout brewed with coffee and aged in bourbon barrels. This brew pours a beautiful ebony with a large, creamy, off-white head that lasts and lasts.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.weyerbacher.wpengine.com

Twitter:  @weyerbacher

In closing, this craft brewery is slowly becoming on my go to list of new beers.  Yes, I know some of these beers are not new to most of you reading this post.  They came into the Michigan market about year ago.  I missed this beer last year so when I saw it this time around.  I had to pick it up.  There is a nice balance from the coffee and stout notes.  It is almost like a black coffee.  It is a perfect morning beer. I like it but not my favorite coffee beer. I would not drink this beer in the morning.  That is just flat out crazy.  I recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Blackrocks Mint Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew, which is a winter seasonal, from Blackrocks Brewery.  It is their Mint Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their 51K IPA, you know the history of this Michigan base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into this stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant head. The aroma has a heavy chocolate mint notes. The taste has a chocolate mint notes with a dry mint aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.blackrocksbrewery.com):

This is our first “Holiday” Beer, released for the 2015 holidays. Roasted sweetness, dark chocolate bitterness and a dash of mint for some extra cheer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.blackrocksbrewery.com

Twitter:  @blackrocksbrew

Ending, I love my mint in any type of beer or non beer products.  I saw this brew and I needed to pick up this beer.  The craft brewery needs to be perfect with these beers.  You do not want to have too much mint that over takes over the brew.  At the same time, you do not want have it be weak in the beer.  This is a good beer.  It has great packaging and they did a great job.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Rochester Mills 12 Days Of Milkshake Stout (2015)


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In this special beer blog, we are going to get into a holiday tradition around the Michigan area with Rochester Mills Beer Company.  It is their 12 Days Of Milkshake Stout.  They are making 12 different versions of their milk stout.  They are using the play on words of 12 Days Of Christmas.  They have been doing this for 2 years now and I know many people are looking forward to it.  I know I was introduced to it when visiting Ashley’s in Westland last year.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into these stouts.

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This year the start date was December 9th and went to the 20th.  Each day, the bar or restaurant will tap one beer a day.  For example, the photo shows us what the stouts that will be feature in this year’s 12 Days Of Milkshake Stout.  It will go in order so the first one is Chocolate Cheesecake.  I do not take any tasting notes so I will do my best on these beers. Here is the order of how I liked them.  Here is my ranking:

  1. Cinnamon Roll
  2. Chocolate Cheesecake
  3. Blueberry Pancake
  4. German Chocolate Cake
  5. Bourbon Barrel Aged
  6. Imperial
  7. Toasted Marshmallow
  8. Chunky Money
  9. Christmas Toffee
  10. Peach Cobbler
  11. Creme de Menthe
  12. Vanilla Mocha

I am not saying that the ones at the bottom are bad beers.  They are great but I liked Cinnamon Roll over than the Vanilla Mocha.  I know from last year they brought back only six and put six new ones in this year’s 12 Days.  They have everything going on that would make just about everyone happy.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.beercos.com

Twitter:  @Rochmillsbeerco

Closing, since moving back from Chicago, I have been always looking for this beer event.  I love my stouts and this is the best milk stout on the market.  They took their milk stout and did different version of this great beer.  They keep the six favorites and change the other six.  It is not the same stouts each year.  I believe that what this beer event special.  Rochester Mills Brewery out did themselves this year.  I highly recommend all these beers.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter: @djweiser

Instagram: @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Ballast Point Brewing Commodore Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into a beer from Ballast Point Brewery.  It is their Commodore Stout.  If you read my earlier beer, which is Electric Ray IPL, blog posts on their beer that they team up with Sierra Nevada, you know the history of this west coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read it to get to know this California base craft brewery.  They were brought up on Constellation Brands. The deal will be finalize at the end of 2015.  Let us get into this stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant color head. The aroma has a dry chocolate to coffee notes. The taste has a dry chocolate to coffee notes. The aftertaste finishes with a dry coffee bean finish. It is a sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.ballastpoint.com):

The Commodore came out of our search for a medium-bodied American Stout. The recipe began at our R&D pilot brewery, but quickly became a favorite of our crew. Strong flavors of roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate balance with light citrusy hop aromas, highlighted by a crisp, bitter finish. One sip of this gold medal-winning stout will have you ready to take command of your own fleet.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.ballastpoint.com

Twitter:  @BPbrewing

Closing, I do enjoy many of their beers.  I was pretty happy to see their beers come to Michigan beer market.  This is a really good stout. I like it. The problem with this stout is price point. It is slightly higher.  There is so many good stout being made by Michigan craft breweries.  This beer is a little different than the other Michigan craft stout.  This beer is more on the English style stout.  I will be adding it to my porter and stout line up this winter.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Short’s Twist Of Cain Black Lager


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Short’s Brewing.  It is their Twist Of Cain Black Lager.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into this Black Lager.

It has a jet black color with creamy tan head that disappears over time. The smell has a chocolate to coffee notes. The taste has a chocolate to hints of coffee. The aftertaste has a dry crisp chocolate notes. It is kind of drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.shortsbrewing.com):

Twist of Cain is a pitch black lager with notable aromas of roast, molasses and hints of sweet chocolate. Intense flavors of rich sugary malt and dark fruit resonate with a big coating sweetness. Coupled with a cocoa like bitterness, all of the flavors seem to linger equally and dry the palate.

8.8% ABV
25 IBU

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shortsbrewing.com

Twitter:  @shortsbrewing

Closing, everyone knows how I feel about this beer but they have some good beer.  They are just far and between.  They make way too many seasonals but I see it is by design.  They are attacking craft beer drinkers in a way they do their shopping.  This beer is one of the good ones.  It is smooth but has some nice flavor.  It is pretty average but I wish this beer was everyday. Shiner Black is still king for me but I will search this out if I was looking for a Michigan craft.  I recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Bell’s Expedition Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Bell’s Brewery.  It is their Expedition Stout, which is Imperial Russian Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Midwest craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan craft brewery.  Let us get into this stout.

It has a jet black color with a tan constant head. The aroma has a heavy rich chocolate to coffee notes. The taste has a smooth chocolate milkshake to coffee notes with a nice chocolate to coffee aftertaste. It is a nice sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.bellsbeer.com):

One of the earliest examples of the Russian Imperial Stout in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with vintage aging in mind, as its profile will continue to mature and develop over the years. A huge malt body is matched to a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruits, and other aromas. Intensely bitter in its early months, the flavors will slowly meld and grow in depth as the beer ages.

Here is their website and twitter addresses;

Website:  www.bellsbeer.com

Twitter:  @bellsbrewery

Closing, every year, I go out of my way to find this beer.  I love my Imperial Russian Stouts.  I do not believe that I had a bad one.  It is a pretty heavy beer and perfect for a fall to winter days.  This is a good beer to warm you up in the coldest days.  This is a sipping beer but it still has some nice balance.  I love this beer. I bet you could age this beer.  I am going to start aging a six pack this year.  I want to see how well it will hold up.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Short’s Brew Black Cherry Porter


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Short’s Brew.  It is their Black Cherry Porter.  I am a sucker for any with cherries in it.  I had to pick up this beer.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Midwest craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan craft brewery.  Let us get into this porter.

It has a jet black color with big bubbles. The head on this beer has a tan color. The smell has a smokey chocolate with a small cherry notes. The taste has a heavy smokey chocolate notes with chocolate cherry aftertaste. It is a sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.shortsbrewing.com):

Black Cherry Porter

Black Cherry Porter is made using local Northern Michigan sweet black cherries and eight different malts. The combination of ingredients provides the deep radiant flavor profile and creates a dark opaque color. The beer leaves a slight purple lace from the fruit puree and finishes with flavors of roasted chocolate and pleasurable black cherry.

Black Cherry Porter is one of the oldest beers in our portfolio. It was brewed for the first time on July 29, 2004 as the 35th batch of beer ever brewed at Short’s.

7 % ABV

40 IBU

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.shortsbrewing.com

Twitter;  @shortsbrewing

In the end, I am always a sucker for anything with cherries in it.  I love cherries and I really do not care who makes the beer.  I am going to pick it up on the spot.  It was a no brainier to pick up this brew from Short’s Brew.  I am not a huge fan of Short’s Brew.  I have found some beers that I like from them.  It is normally in their seasonal line.  They put all their effort behind those beers.  It is a nice smokey porter. I cannot get any cherry notes in this porter.  I love cherries. I am pretty disappointment.  There is a nice balance but I believe this porter overtook the cherries.  I would try it once to get it out of your system.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gamil.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13