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Evil Twin x Prairie Bible Belt

Brewery: Evil Twin Brewing x Prairie Artisan Ales
Country: USA
ABV: 13%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed and canned for Evil Twin Brewing at Westbrook Brewing Co, Mount Pleasant, SC

Brewer Description: (from can) Imperial Stout aged on coffee, vanilla, chilies, and cacao nibs.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.4
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 22nd September 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a one finger brown head that had pretty good retention while leaving some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, cacao, coffee, with hints of vanilla and a splash of booze.
Taste: Rich milk chocolate, vanilla, roasty, coffee, light smokiness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, velvety, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice easy drinking flavours means it doesn’t feel like 13% ABV. I’m not getting much (if any) of the supposedly chili though. A slightly heavier body would also have helped it even more. But really, I’m just nitpicking now.

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En Stoemelings x Blind Enthusiasm Papy Vandepils

Brewery: En Stoemelings x Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Czech Pilsner

Brewer Description: (from Belgian Beer and Food facebook post) Papy Vandepils is a collaboration between Brussels brewery En Stoemelings, and Blind Enthusiasm from Edmonton Canada. It’s a simple and delicately balanced beer, with a grainy, cereal like flavor, followed by a long satisfying dryness. As you may have noticed from our editorial, some members of the Belgian Beer and Food team have an emotional attachment to it, since it represents a coming of age for our friends at En Stoemelings, and ranks as the best thing they’ve made so far. But, it’s a worthy choice in and of itself. According to Denys one of the brewers who made it, the trick is to have the right mix between Heidelberg and Pils malt, two weeks of lagering, and three weeks of maturation, plus clinically clean stainless-steel equipment and lots of love. As to what inspires this beer, the brewers mention Tipo Pils and Rulles Pils, but emphasise that the real reference is a classic Czech Pilsner.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.44
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle, with a best before date of July 2019. Poured into a De Struise glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a big three finger white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, lemon zest, bready, yeast, grass, tea and light floral notes.
Taste: Light bitterness, lemon zest, citrus rind, grass, grains, pepper spice and hints of bread.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Easy drinking Pilsner but at the same time not as crisp as others that I prefer.

Omnipollo x 3 Sons Gideon’s Pancake Stack

Brewery: Omnipollo x 3 Sons Brewing Company
Country: Sweden
ABV: 12.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed by Omnipollo at Brouwerij De Molen (Netherlands)

Brewer Description: (from website) This Three Sons × Omnipollo collaborative maple bomb has spent 1 year on Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels, and is one of our sickest, and thickest (!), beers to date. Serving alongside actual pancake stack is optional, but highly recommended.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.54
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 2nd February 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin mocha brown head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: From afar, I got pancakes and maple syrup. Closer up I got light roast, sweet maple, chocolate, caramel, bourbon and maybe a touch of toffee.
Taste: Sweet, very sweet, too sweet for me. Maple syrup, caramel, chocolate, bourbon.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: The maple filled aroma was great, but the sweetness in the taste was way overdone. Normally sipping Imperial Stouts became quarter sipping as it was just way too much. And at times I even had to eat something like bread just to balance out the sweetness. It took a long time for me to finish this one, and it wasn’t enjoyable the whole way.

Carbon Brews x Moon Dog Meringue-Utang Pavlova Double NEIPA

Brewery: Carbon Brews x Moon Dog Craft Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 8.3%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA
Other Notes: 23 IBUs. Malts – Wheat, Oats, Pale and Carahell. Hops – Mosaic, Cascade, Simcoe, Galaxy, Citra, Vic Secret and Topaz. Yeast – London III. Fruit – Kiwi, Strawberry, Passionfruit and Vanilla

Brewer Description: (from can) Experience: pavlova, tropical fruits, juicy.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.24
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 19th September 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A murky dark orange brown colour with a half finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Pavlova, strawberry, passionfruit and vanilla with hints of pineapple.
Taste: Juicy, slightly unripe strawberry, passionfruit, lemon, kiwi, vanilla, lacto sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Really great aroma of basically pavlova. Taste was very juicy and had a good balance of sweet and juicy. A great collaboration that I could keep drinking again and again.

Young Master x Cloudwater Be Water My Friend

Brewery: Young Master Brewery x Cloudwater Brew Co.
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 8%
Style: American IPL
Other Notes: DDH Brut Imperial Lager. 30 IBUs. Stealthy, hoppy, kick

Brewer Description: (from YM webshop) A colossal beer that seamlessly transcends rigid style barriers in one fluid motion. Brewed in collaboration with one of world’s best brewers, Cloudwater, it is an imperial lager that employs brut-style brewing techniques and combines it with double intensity (~40g/L pellet equivalent) cold side hopping with the highest quality hops we can find. With a measured finishing gravity of 0 plato and 100% apparent attenuation, using Bavarian lager yeast fermented cold, this beer is as dry and clean as it gets and has near zero residual sugar. Massive dry-hopping with a heady combination of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Loral lupulin delivers a powerful tropical nose and a lush juicy mid-palate before a crisp and satisfying dry finish takes over and prepares you for the next sip. At 8%, it is sure to deliver a powerful kick that is as hoppy as it is stealthy. Drink it and be water, my friend.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.91
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml can, canned on 8th January 2019, and with a best before date of 8th October 2019. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A nice clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Mango, passionfruit, blueberry, citrus rind, pine, lemon and grass.
Taste: Tropical and citrus mix, mango, passionfruit, blueberry, citrus rind, lemon zest, pine, biscuit malt and an interesting lightly bitter, pepper spice finish.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Great aroma with balanced fruit and bitterness for an easy to drink hoppy lager.