Gotta love the annual Schlafly April Fool’s Day jokes:
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Gotta love the annual Schlafly April Fool’s Day jokes:
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Like Girl Scout cookies, this beer comes once a year and the fervor and fanaticism with which it is met, far surpasses the Tag-Along and Thin Mint hardcores that adorn Walgreens entrances this time of year. (STL was pretty much tapped the day it arrived. Myself, I drove an hour roundtrip to get it) In both cases, some of the frenzy is due to the product being a special release (a fact the Girl Scouts use to their advantage). In the case of KBS, it truly is that good.
Kentucky Breakfast Stout is a stout brewed with coffee and chocolate and aged in a cave in bourbon barrels (hence the “Kentucky” of KBS) for a year. One full year for all of the maltiness to develop and all of the competing flavors of chocolate and bourbon and hops to mellow. One full year for the magic to work and the motor oil to fully mature. One year to create a taste you won’t soon forget.
KBS comes in a four pack. It is $18.99 and I spent the entire drive to Friar Tuck’s in Fenton deciding how to ration the (presumably) only four bottles I would be getting this season. I decided that my wife and I would share one bottle when I got home. We would then each get one bottle to drink at our own discretion (mine was consumed with my buddy Patrick while writing this review–yes I am that good of a friend). And the last one I am “cellaring” for a year. I never cellar my beers (I also played with ALL of my action figures), but I am curious to see what this beer will taste like in a year.
I love this beer, but it’s only true downfall (and it’s a biggie) is that it does not, as the label points out offer relief “from rheumatism, neuralgia, sciatica, lame back, lumbago, contracted muscles, toothache, sprains, swellings, and all manner of distress.” If you’ve got anything else, though, I highly recommend it!
When we tasted the beer, Patrick and I jotted down a couple tasting notes. Here’s what we came up with:
It’s so good.
You can find the bourbon if you’re looking for it, but it’s not ultra present.
Coffee, vanilla, malt, dark chocolate as it warms.
Melted chocolate milkshake (in a good way)
70 IBU’s, but extremely balanced
parties at our house. We call the get-togethers Beer Snobs Unite! The idea is not to get together and bash the macrobreweries or those who are not as enlightened as us (as the name might suggest), but to get together and celebrate the wide range of tastes and styles of beer…and of course to drink it.
The premise is that each month there is a theme (previous themes have been, Seasonals, Most Offensive/Humorous Name, Beers of Missouri, etc.) and each person brings a snack and a six pack (or equivalent thereof) and we taste each beer in turn. The members are responsible for introducing their beer to the group (such introductions have ranged from summaries of wikipedia entries, reading directly from the six pack carrier, rate beer reviews… even food pairings), then we taste, comment (most of the time briefly) and move on to the next one.
This month, in honor of Valentine’s Day, the theme was a beer you love. The
timing was wrong for me to get some Hopslam, so I chose the next best thing (from Bell’s that is): Two Hearted Ale. I actually didn’t particularly like this beer the first time I had it (way back when the only IPA I had ever had was O’Dell IPA). Now I consider it my “go to beer” in most situations. If there isn’t anything new to get or I just want a solid great tasting beer, I reach for the Two Hearted. My wife, couldn’t be more opposite on the taste spectrum than me, but much like Communism and Fascism, more unites us than divides us. She chose the newly released seasonal, Founder’s Imperial Stout. We both first had this beer about a year ago and we fell in love with it (she more than me, admittedly, though I have stated before in this blog that I love Founder’s Imperial Stout). She calls it “liquid motor oil goodness…” and you can’t buy a better endorsement than that.
I want to give a couple brief tasting notes on each of the beers that we had for the tasting…no full review because in most cases I only had a taster’s worth.
The other beers of the night were (in the order of appearance):
doesn’t), this was the first true craft beer I had ever had in my life. I had tasted Blue Moon, Tsingtao and other so-called macro-crafts before, but nothing like this beer. This will forever be the beer that changed it all for me.
These parties have been instrumental in my quest for deeper understanding of beer and since I have now figured out how to wrap my head around the concept of pacing when you are drinking 14-18 types of beers from 4 oz. taster glasses :), are a fun diversion from the workaday world. Thanks to all the fellow Beer Snobs who have helped make it possible!
I love a great Imperial Stout. I love the fact that it feels as though it is sliding down my throat when I drink it. I love the slight alcohol burn as it warms. And I love the dark, bittersweet taste of malt. There are very few things I don’t like about Imperial Stouts, which means I try a lot of them. I have journeyed through Left Hand’s Wake Up Dead, Avery’s Czar, Great Divide’s Yeti and most notably Founder’s Imperial Stout. Founder’s has been the pinnacle; that by which I measure all others. However, after trying Expedition, I’m beginning to think that I’ve been a bit shortsighted. Expedition Stout gives Founder’s a run for it’s money as top Imperial Stout in my books. It’s a good thing that there really is no need to just choose one.
pours motor oil thick with a thin head
heavy chocolate aroma
tastes burnt, but in a good way…like roasted marshmallow skins
warms to a nice creamy caramel
nice warm alcohol tingle
Like a cold winter’s day, John J. McCauley III’s voice will chill you to the bone. And like Bell’s Expedition Stout it’ll heat your soul like a blazing oil drum trash fire in a dark alley….perhaps I stretched the metaphor too far. Here’s Deer Tick with “Piece By Piece and Frame By Frame”.
So….I wrote the post about Urban Chestnut Brewing Company and I left out the fact that I swiped a coaster. I know….capital offense (at least I left the glassware). And I have been looking at that coaster for the past three days and simply admiring it.
I love the Urban Chestnut logo. The colors are awesome (yellow, red and blue don’t come to my mind when I think of a good color scheme, but they definitely work). The text is readable And…I love the icon of the glass with the “foliage” in it, but I have one question. In the glass, what kind of leaf is that? I showed the logo to a friend of mine at The Logo-Mat (http://thelogo-mat.blogspot.com/) who specializes in these things and he thought it looked like a hop leaf. I, of course, thought (after doing an image search) it looked like a Chestnut leaf (which made the most sense to me). Either way, I think it’s an outstanding example of this new STL brewery’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship.
For a more concise and informed opinion of the logo, check out Matt’s full review here. I totally agree with him when he says “I’d wear a t-shirt adorned with this logo.” I should have bought one while I was there.
What do you think? Hop Leaf or Chestnut leaf? Does it even matter? Do I get free beer if I win? How about a free shirt? Is there anyone at Urban Chestnut who could field this question?
The Snowpocalypse didn’t come for us– more of a Disnowpointment. However, Boulevard Double Wide was on hand to warm the cockles. A friend of mine on Facebook had this to say about it:
This stuff is great. I went to KS city in Nov and drank a gallon of this. Passed out in [my friend’s] hotel room in the bath tub with the water running and flooded the room. This stuff has a great memorable flavor.
Scathing indictment? Or Five Star review? You decide….
In 2010, Draft Magazine listed McGurk’s as the best beer bar in St. Louis. For their 2011 list of Best Beer Bars in America, Draft Magazine seems to have beefed up the STL scouts. Two of the best “beer bars” in St. Louis, iTap and Bridge, finally made it onto the list. With nearly 700 beers available between them, these two spots are the most obvious choices in St. Louis.
Congrats to both Bridge and iTap for the well deserved recognition!
While most of the beer news in St. Louis has been the amount of new brew pubs opening up, there are still quite a few beer bars to choose from in the area. My additions to the “Beer Bar” list for St. Louis, would be the same as last year:
The Stable (http://www.thestablestl.com/)– The fine folks at Stable are definitely doing something right. Their most recent beer event (tapping a cask of Bell’s Hopslam) saw more than 200 people in attendance and a blown cask in 42 minutes.
Cicero’s (http://ciceros-stl.com/)– Cicero’s continues to be a solidly diverse beer bar that offers free beer school on Wednesdays.
33 Wine Bar (http://www.33wine.com/)– Don’t let the “wine bar” in the name fool you, this is one of the better kept beer secrets in STL. They have no sign in front of their Lafayette Square location and, honestly, don’t really need one. Most of their marketing seems to be from word of mouth and Twitter and from the strength of their awesome beer list.