20 Dec

Kentucky Bastard | 24 Days of Beer #20

Day 20 - Kentucky Bastard - Nickel Brook

Rich and dark, Kentucky Bastard is begging to be enjoyed… slowly.


Brewery: Nickel Brook Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10%        IBU: 70

Kentucky Bastard pours black with a boozy bourbon aroma and finger of dark tan head. The bubbles dissipates to a ring around the edges with light lacing. Hints of caramel, coffee, and butterscotch temper the strong bourbon character releasing a touch of vanilla and roasty malts. The ring of head dissipates slowly throughout drinking, leaving a thin circle.

This imperial stout opens with soft caramel and vanilla before kicking your tastebud’s asses with a powerful, boozy, bourbon bite. Hints of coffee and carib come through, bringing coffee and vanilla notes. The body is tick and smooth with significant carbonation. Kentucky Bastard doesn’t fade away quietly either with a significant vanilla and bourbon lasting aftertaste.

5 out of 5 cats

Mike says:

Kentucky Bastard is ultra-full-flavoured!

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14 Dec

Paranormal | 24 Days of Beer: Day 14

Day 14 - Paranormal - Flying Monkeys

Colourful and fun, Paranormal certainly stands out from the competition


Brewery: Flying Monkeys Brewery
Style: Pumpkin / Yam Beer
ABV: 10.5%

This hazy, medium orangey red beer pours with a thick, off-white head of lasting foam. With a thin ring of bubbles and a light foam on the beer, it leaves some nice lacing down the glass as you drink. The aroma is a tad spicy with strong scents of orchard fruits, apple and pumpkin in particular with a touch of pear. Definite booziness and just a hint of vanilla rounds it out.

The flavour of Paranormal is a bit more boozey with sweet cinnamon notes and more subdued pumpkin flavours than I expected. A slightly sour, tart flavour combines with a sweet and spicy undertaste for a not altogether pleasant affect. The spice accumulates as you drink, bringing out a ginger and nutmeg aftertaste that becomes increasingly pleasant over the course of the beer. Warming nicely, this is one that you should definitely take your time drinking (especially if you are doing the entire bottle on your own like I am.)

Overall not a bad beer but certainly not my favourite pumpkin beer of the year. They are still around if you’d like to try it but my suggestion would be to hold out for a Chocolate Manifesto instead. Those are seriously tasty.

3 and a halfcat

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12 Dec

Imperial Russian Stout | 24 Days of Beer #12

Day 12-Wellington Imperial Russian Stout

This Imperial Russian Stout is rich enough to help you stay warm in the coldest of weather

Brewery: Wellington Brewery
Style: Strong Stout
ABV: 8%      IBU: 42

Wellington Imperial Russian Stout pours black with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. Strong toasted malts and coffee dominate the aroma with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and licorice coming through as well as just a touch of spice.

The flavour opens bitter with strong coffee and malt notes and just a touch of chocolate sweetness. A light spice and strong bitter character follow with more chocolate and licorice notes. Strong carbonation and a lasting spicy bitterness make this stout somewhat prickly despite the thick body

4 out of 5 cats

Mike says:

So dark and delicious!

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