Category Archives: 3 – Indifferent (buy if no other choice)

Abnormal Maple Mornings

Brewery: Abnormal Beer Company
Country: USA
ABV: 12.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Imperial Stout with maple syrup, coffee & vanilla

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Flapjacks and phat stacks. If you like pancakes, then to you this is money! Maple syrup aroma engulfs the room when you pour this. Once you take a sip the coffee and vanilla take over, but then leave you with even more maple goodness. A slight roastiness from the malt lingers around and helps accentuate all the other flavors. It’s thick and sweet just like a good stack of pancakes should be. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or general sharing. Because sharing is caring.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.96
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 500ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a very thin brown head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.
Aroma: Pancakes, maple syrup, roast, coffee, chocolate and vanilla with hints of toffee.
Taste: Sweet, maple syrup, roastiness, coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Finish is lightly bitter which tries to balance the sweetness at the beginning.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: On the verge of being too sweet while cool, but as it warmed to a more reasonable Imperial Stout temperature, the intensity burst through and I felt that it became way too sweet with lots of strong maple flavours and toffee pushing through. The coffee, vanilla and bitterness were nice, but weren’t strong enough themselves to balance the intense sweetness and bring it back in line. Too sweet for me. I’d drink this cold, but that probably not the temperature it was intended to be drank at.

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Buxton x J. Wakefield Coral Castle

Brewery: Buxton Brewery x J. Wakefield Brewing
Country: England
ABV: 8.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Coconut Infused Stout

Brewer Description: (from can) Coconut-infused Stout brewed in Buxton, a collaboration with J. Wakefield Brewing, visiting from Miami, Florida.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.7
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 440ml can, canned on 26th March 2019 and with a best before date of 26th March 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a half finger light tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, toasted coconut, coconut cream, chocolate truffle and coconut flakes.
Taste: Light roast, light sweetness, creamy, chocolate, coconut, coconut cream, light bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: It drinks easy but I wasn’t too fond of the coconut creaminess aroma and flavours. I would have preferred it if it was more toasted coconuts or coconut flakes instead of coconut cream.

Left Handed Giant Deeper Water

Brewery: Left Handed Giant Brewing Co.
Country: England
ABV: 5.1%
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
Other Notes: Malts – Pale Ale, Carafa III, Crystal, Roasted Barley and Chocolate. Hops – Bramling Cross and Mosaic

Brewer Description: (from can) Milk Stout brewed with Lactose, Vanilla and Cacao Nibs.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.81
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 440ml can, canned on 6th February 2019, and with a best before date of 6th August 2019. Poured into a Spiegelau Stout glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a big three finger cream to tanned head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, vanilla, apple peel, minerals.
Taste: Light roast, chocolate, chocolate milk, light vanilla with an interesting mix of apple, mineral and herbal finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: A little different to most Milk Stouts I’ve tried with an interesting apple peel, mineral and herbal flavour coming through. I’m glad I tried it.

Magic Rock Bearded Lady Dessert Edition Hazelnut Bourbon BA

Brewery: Magic Rock Brewing
Country: England
ABV: 10.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Malts – Golden Promise, Malted Oats, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Brown Malt & Premium English Caramalt. Hops – T90-Magnum, Whole Leaf-Herkules & Target. Adjuncts – Hazelnut, Vanilla, Cinnamon & Cacao Nibs

Brewer Description: (from can) Bourbon BA Imp Stout, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Chocolate.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.05
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml can packaged in July 2018. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin layer but left some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Hazelnut, wafer, cacao, chocolate, fudge, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon.
Taste: Sweet but not overly so, chocolate, hazelnut, wafer, vanilla, bourbon and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Moderate to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice BA Imperial Stout with good nuttiness and wafer flavours balanced with chocolate and bourbon. Could be fuller though as it was a lighter than expected.

Stone Grapefruit Slam IPA

– aka Stone Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Hops – Centennial, Chinook and Magnum. Special Ingredients – Grapefruit. A zesty Double India Pale Ale w/ Grapefruit Peel

Brewer Description: (from can) We’ve made a hell of a lot of beers since 1996. Probably thousands at this point. Some stick around for decades, some for a few years and some are brief visits, gracing us with their hoppy presence fora short time before becoming fond memories. Occasionally stars, planets and brewing schedules align and we bring back one of these ephemeral creations. In fall of 2014 we created a draft-only version of this delicious double India pale ale. Its bitter, zesty grapefruit peel infusion created a bright accent to notes of pine resin and fresh citrus well in advance of the explosion of fruited beers we’re all reveling in at the moment. We never stopped thinking about it, so a long five years later, we’re bringing back Stone Grapefruit Slam IPA for round two. It’s a link to the past planted delightfully in the present.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.67
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 16th January 2019, and with an enjoy by date of 16th May 2019. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: A clear copper colour with a big three finger slightly off white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Grapefruit peel, citrus rind and zest, caramel, pine, resinous.
Taste: Like the aroma, bittersweet, grapefruit zest and rind, caramel, pine, resin, and light biscuit.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I think maybe the bittersweet grapefruit zestiness was probably a bit too intense for me. I preferred other versions of IPAs by Stone.