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Beer Review: Green Flash Green Bullet

There is a growing trend among craft brewers to move their IPAs away from the traditional 3-C hops (Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus) and on to new and exciting hop varieties that have only been developed in the past 10 – 20 years. I mentioned this last week in my review of Clown Shoes Galactica which predominantly features the galaxy hop. Green Flash has decided to feature the Green Bullet hop in the aptly named Green Bullet beer. I’ll let Green Flash’s blurb about this beer take it from here.

Named after a super-robust New Zealand hop, Green Bullet™ is a well-balanced Triple IPA being bottled today for the 1st time ever. Brewmaster, Chuck Silva initially released this Pacific Gem to celebrate the Green Flash 9th Anniversary in 2011, and it was an immediate hit! Now, this cult favorite will be available from coast-to-coast as a seasonal release from September through December 2013. Be on the lookout for this high-caliber addition to our arsenal in 4-packs, 22oz bottles and on draft, because you do not want to miss the release.

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Beer Review: Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti

In the beginning of my adventure into stouts I had one of Great Divide’s Oak Aged Yeti bottles and didn’t think too highly of it. With all the other imperial stouts coming out recently I decided to pick up the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti and give it my thoughts. First off here is Great Divide’s sales pitch:

CHOCOLATE OAK AGED YETI IMPERIAL STOUT is another revered incarnation of our legendary imperial stout. We toned down the hops a bit to allow cocoa nibs to contribute some pleasing bitterness, while vanilla notes from the oak combine with the cocoa to create an aroma and flavor akin to a gourmet chocolate bar. A dash of cayenne keeps things lively, adding just a bit of heat to the finish. Another great Yeti? Hell yes.

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Beer Review: Epic’s Big Bad Baptist

Back in the heady days (of 2 weeks ago) when folks (or just me) were hounding around town trying to track down every last bottle of Founder’s KBS (my review) Josh told me to look for Epic’s Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout. This is a bourbon  or whiskey, barrel aged beer just like KBS and from what I’ve been told it has a very similar profile. Luckily though, unlike KBS, it’s much more available much more often. I scored this bottle at Arrow Wine & Liquor up in Centerville and they had 2 more bottles left. Each batch of the Big Bad Baptist is slightly different than the others and this one, batch #10, has the following:

Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout #10

Brewed on August 24, 2012. Packaged November 15, 2012.
This release was aged in both whiskey and bourbon barrels, primarily first-use whiskey casks, and second-use bourbon casks.  Additional dark chocolate and fruit flavors mingle with the whiskey and bourbon notes.

The Grains/Malts
Muntons Maris Otter Malt, Briess 2-Row Brewer Malt, Crystal Muntons, Weyermann Light Munich Malt T1, 2-Row chocolate malt, 2-row black malt, roasted barley
Ibis Coffee (Gayo Mountain Sumatra Dark) and Cocoa Nibs.

The Hops
Nugget, Chinook, Cascade

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Beer Review: Founders KBS + Cinci Availability

It’s that very short time of year again, KBS time. First off, the question that’s on everyone’s mind. Where can I get mine?

Regarding availability, short story is that it’s available in our area, but in a very limited supply. While Founders did up their production of KBS this year they also increased their distribution area, so we’re still about as hosed as we’ve always been. Long story is that I spent most of Monday and Tuesday calling all the places below. If you ever call anywhere for a rare beer ask for the “person who orders beer” before you do anything else, this’ll save much headache and confusion. Most of the places below only got 1 case, except for Jungle Jim’s Fairfield where I saw the 5 cases they received, so they may be your best bet. I strongly suggest you call ahead before driving anywhere just to make sure they still have some in stock, and when you get there don’t waste time looking on the shelf. Just ask someone who looks important.

Everywhere around town is now sold out.

Cincinnati:

  • Jungle Jim’s (Fairfield) – Had it as of Monday night, 1 bottle per person, $5.29 per bottle.
  • Jungle Jim’s (Eastgate) – Waiting a call back
  • O’Bryan’s Wine & Liquor (Loveland)- Has 1 case, minus my 4-pack ($20 I think); honorable mention here for being the only people willing to take my number and call me back when it comes in! Per Ed Paff Jr. they’re now sold out.
  • Cellar’s Pub (Lebanon)- Should hear Friday
  • Root Cellar (Kenwood) – Thursday
  • Whole Foods (Mason) – only got 1 case half of which was gone by noon today. Selling 2 bottles per person for $6 per bottle. Probably sold out by the time this post goes live. Again thanks go to Ed!
  • Whole Foods (Cinci) – Already sold out due to phone-in reservations, thanks Ed Paff Jr. for that info.
  • Dutch’s (Hyde Park) – Sometime this week, will likely be 1 bottle per person.
  • Lackman (downtown) – Will have it on draft sometime.

Kentucky:

  • Party Town – They have it now, 1 case, and are selling a bottle a person
  • Cork ‘N Bottle (Covington) – Sometime this week but no specific date yet
  • Cork ‘N Bottle (Buttermilk Pike) – Sometime this week but no specific date either
  • Party Source – Thursday afternoon

Dayton (the following is per the Premium rep + a few I called):

  • Belmont Party Supply – Coming in today, like their facebook page for info. Now on sale, 2 bottles per customer!
  • The Market – Maybe sometime Thursday
  • Dorothy Lane Market Springboro – Sold out already due to pre-orders
  • Dorothy Lane Market at Washington Square – Didn’t actually get any
  • Wine and Liquor Warehouse – Got 1 case and all gone
  • Miami Valley Wine and Spirits Tipp City – Have it now but only 1 case, 1 bottle per person $5.25.
  • South Park Tavern is having a vertical tapping of KBS 2012 & 2013. No specific date provided as of yet, they said to check the website and they’ll post it the day of… so much for planning head.
I’ll do my best to keep updating this list through out the week but ff you know of anywhere else around town getting any please share… after you get your own of course 😉

Now for the review portion of the post. This time last year I was digging hard into, what I now think of, as upper-mid level craft beers (more on that some other day). I had no idea what KBS was or that it even existed, by last summer I knew it’s “legendary” status and last fall I was able to score a taste at the Moerlein Lager House (my post on that). I only got a wee bit and had 3 other beers at the same time, so I didn’t really get the full experience. This year I’ve been on top of this since last Thursday. Checking with distributors and bugging the hell out of stores. Now the moment I’ve been waiting for, to dig into this beer and see if it’s all hype. Here is Founder’s blurb about it:

What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight.

Brewery: Founders
Beer: KBS
Style: Stout – Bourbon Barrel Aged
ABV: 11.2%
IBUs: 70
Calories: ~336

Dark ink black color that does not let a single bit of light through it even with my phones flash held up against the other side of the glass! Easily an SRM of 40+ and certainly one of the darkest beers I’ve ever seen. It’s topped off by a thick skim of coffee colored head that slips away quickly.

Woof, yeah that smells every bit of 11% with a strong bourbon foreground. Lots of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate aromas from the malt. A bit of syrupy and vanilla mixing in as well. No hops to speak of.

Taste is very present with roasted bitterness bring along a delicate combo of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, a touch of vanilla, and a hint of caramel. Not much lingering aftertaste just bitterness. Oh, and you can again pick up on that strength, it’s not as present here as it was in the nose though.

Heavy mouth feel with a smooth and creamy body. Does leave some weird slickness on the tongue and back of the throat though.

Improves steadily as it warms up. Everything slowly mellows out a bit and it becomes a smooth highly enjoyable experience. A lot more creamy chocolate flavor… oh and drunkenness.

This is by far my favorite bourbon stout I’ve had so far. So many of them just kick the shit out of your senses over whelming everything with too much bourbon (I’m looking at you Bourbon County Brand Stout). KBS pulls in a fair bit of bourbon but it’s not the most dominant aspect. Founders has done a good job of balancing the bourbon with all the other normal stout qualities that I enjoy.

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Beer Review: Bell’s Hopslam

The Midwest is not historically known for it’s IPAs but that is changing quickly. The west coast has been knocking out bitter IPAs for more than a decade, recently Heady Topper has started to put the (north) east coast on the map. As for the midwest we’ve got a few serious contenders leading the way in Fat Head’s Head Hunter and Bell’s Hopslam among others. I prefer the Hopslam because it’s much more flavorful to Fat Head’s bitterness. Hopslam is a seasonal release with a somewhat small foot print, luckily Ohio and northern Kentucky are well within that footprint!

Here’s what Bell’s has to say about it

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.

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