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On Second Thought… Southampton Publick House WILL Release Their Russian Imperial Stout in 2013!!!

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UPDATE: There are 450 bottles (750 ml) available for sale at the brewery. The brewmaster Evan Addario wanted to keep this hush, hush so those that frequent Southampton Publick House could grab some bottles. He didn’t want all of them to go to people who just show up when “rarities” are available. Head over to the brewery to get a bottle (2 bottle limit per person). Most importantly visit Southampton more frequently as Evan says he puts up one-offs often.

You may have read somewhere that Southampton Publick House would not be putting out their Russian Imperial Stout in 2013. Okay, it was here at Beer Loves Company where you may have read that. Well it seems that was a fib, or at least let’s say a glitch in the Matrix. keep reading...

Written by A+K

March 1st, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Fantôme de Noël – Brasserie Fantôme (No Bottling Date)

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BLC Says:
Brasserie Fantôme Fantôme de Noël is the Christmas saison from this Belgian brewery. It comes in a 750 ml bottle that is capped and corked with interesting label artwork featuring a ghost drinking a beer, Christmas tree and ornaments. We give them credit for getting more than one holiday involved and having their ghostly mascot drinking out of a tulip-like glass.

This saison emerges from the bottle bearing a hazy rust hue with mild visible carbonation. The foamy head is a cream white color and lasts for good amount of time. Eventually the head does settle into a light cap with clumpy lacing, but the brew easily comes alive after each sip or swirl. The aroma is a mingling of sweet, tart and funk along with some hay and a base of crisp malt. There is an underlying fruity, bright quality with a bit of Belgian yeast making an appearance as well. Fantôme de Nöel tastes tart and slightly lactic with refreshing fruit (apple and pear) in the background. Tiny tingling carbonation zips across the tongue and this brew feels light with a bit of weight to it. Notes of hay and malt echo in the finish. For a 10% abv beer this has surprisingly little alcohol presence in it and seems like it would be extremely easy to overindulge in. We suggest being careful or the Fantôme of drinking past may sneak up on you. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 7th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Starboard Oatmeal Stout – Port Jeff Brewing Company (2012)

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BLC Says:
Port Jeff Brewing Company Starboard Oatmeal Stout is a brew that has been on tap in their tasting room and at a few area locations, but they only recently began bottling it in 22 oz. bombers. We secured a few directly from the brewery shortly afterward. Having already enjoyed the beer on tap and cask we were ready to, in keeping with PJBC’s nautical theme, “dive into” the bottled version.

SOS pours opaque black with a sand colored creamy head that never rises too much and quickly settles into a slight ring around the edges of the glass. Lacing never truly becomes a part of the equation. Aroma-wise, this has a lot in common with a milk stout presenting a sweet creaminess to the imbiber. Notes of earth, grain and oatmeal in addition to mild roasted malts are packed in this brew as well. The scent actually comes off as smooth which incidentally is the way this brew felt too. Overall the beer is sweet with a creamy element to it and hints of roasted malt, some chocolate and faint accents of licorice. The real star here are the enjoyable notes of oatmeal as they really come through. The carbonation in this is very light, making the beer feel quite silky on the palate. A slightly bitter finish is welcome as it brings a some of balance to this beer which was crafted with brown sugar. The aftertaste brings back light lingering oatmeal, a milky-sweetness joining with the mildly roasted bitterness and a slight warming quality in the finish (due to its ample 9.2% abv) for a satisfying encore. Starboard Oatmeal Stout is a big beer which is packed with oatmeal flavor, a creamy sweetness and supported by roasted malts. The brew is smooth and drinkable but watch out the higher than average abv could sneak up on you. Perhaps that is why Port Jeff Brewing Company named this beer SOS, after a few of these you may need a rescue. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 7th, 2013 at 1:00 am

Tart of Darkness – The Bruery (2012)

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The Bruery Tart of Darkness is another big, bold flavored, barrel aged brew from the Placentia, California locals. ToD was brewed as an average, 5.6% abv stout. The Bruery, being who they are, then took that stout which was probably a very solid and sessionable brew and tossed it into oak barrels which previously contained the much sought after Black Tuesday. Wild yeasts and a special blend of souring bacteria were then added to the barrels. The final product is a sour and tart stout coming in at 8% abv. That sounds more like a beer from the “Famille Rue”. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 4th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Black Tuesday – The Bruery (2012)

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The Bruery Black Tuesday is the next beer on our journey of 12 beers (of Christmas) in six days. This is one beer we were looking forward to trying at some point in the future. We thought we would have a tough time tracking down a bottle and may have to resort to black market trading and some Indiana Jones level hijinx. Fortunately for us (very fortunately) we happened to have a very generous friend share a bottle with us this holiday season. Frank, the BLC team thanks you very much. keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 4th, 2013 at 6:00 pm