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    Beer tonight is one from Elysian, whom I haven't had anything from in quite a while.

    This is their Elysian Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale.



    A pumpkin ale with the attitude of a world-weary barista, Punkuccino packs a short shot of Stumptown coffee toddy in your pint with a shake of cinnamon and nutmeg.
    Poured dark brown into a Shaker with a sizable, dense light brown head. Light smell of roasty coffee, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Has flavors of the scent with a little bit of cocoa and vanilla. Medium bodied with 6% ABV. Pretty good stuff and easy drinking!

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    Tonight's brew is a highly sought after beer I've been wanting to get a hold of after a while.

    Finally snagged a bottle Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout!



    Imperial Stout brewed with Chocolate and Coffee, aged in Maple Syrup-Bourbon Barrels. CBS was born when we stumbled upon some bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup. We opted to put the same base beer as KBS, an imperialized version of Breakfast Stout, in the maple barrels and, after one taste, we knew we had something special. Rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate meld together in what can only be described as a transcendental drinking experience.
    Poured as black and thick as used oil into a Snifter with a big, dense, dark brown head. Allowed to warm a bit. Has a robust scent of roasted coffee, chocolate, oak, a touch of maple, and a hint of alcohol. The taste starts out mellow and sweet then you get the big bourbon, coffee, maple, and chocolate. Finishes with a deep warmth. Body is big and heavy with an equally big 11.6% ABV. Unbelievably easy to drink and invitingly so. Really delicious and completely worth the $25 for the bottle. If you can get a hold of this, try it!

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    Tonight's new brew is 1 of 2 released from local brewer Listermann today.

    Both IPAs, one West Coast and one East Coast.

    Needless to say...





    Tonight I'm going West Coast with Pac

    West Coast IPA brewed with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial. Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild, west.

    West Coast? East Coast? How do you settle this new IPA debate? You go back to the 90s when rap was having the same argument. Listermann might not have solved any of these nagging IPA superiority questions, but when they released their dueling 4 packs of West and East coast IPAs, they certainly got the city’s attention.

    Pac is the West Coast to Biggies East Coast. The beer is packed full of Citra, Simcoe and Centennial hops, with a clean bright body and a light but bracing bitterness that reminds you what IPAs are supposed to be if you live on the West Coast.
    Poured dark gold into a Tulip with a big, golden white head. Great big citrus hop scent with a touch of grain and caramel malt. Definite, moderate citrus bite on the front and finishes up with a slight caramel malt flavor. Fairly light bodied with a respectable 7% ABV. Pretty easy drinking and tasty for a West Coast IPA, which tend to be more bitter.

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    Doing Listermann's Biggie East Coast IPA tonight!

    Juicy Hop bomb that is easy to drink. Like the style that its made for, its hypnotizing hazy and mo’ hops don’t mean mo’ problems. Packed full of Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo hops. I love it when they call me big hoppy.

    West Coast? East Coast? How do you settle this new IPA debate? You go back to the 90s when rap was having the same argument. Listermann might not have solved any of these nagging IPA superiority questions, but when they released their dueling 4 packs of West and East coast IPAs, they certainly got the city’s attention.

    Biggie is the East Coast to Pac’s West Coast. It takes things in a different direction than its companion, using a mean dosage of Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo to bless your glass with a hazy, soft bodied citrus fruity blast of hops.
    Poured hazy, opaque medium gold into a Tulip glass with a big, foamy white head. Has a big tropical fruit hop scent with maybe a bit of orange and even pineapple. Flavor is sweet melon along with some biscuit malts and finishes with a very light hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a 7% ABV. Very smooth and easier drinking IPA! Both Biggie and Pac are great examples of their respective IPA styles and would be good for an introduction to them.

    Just like with the music, I do like Biggie a bit more than Pac.

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    Wrapping up this work week with a new Sierra Nevada Trip In The Woods. This one is the Tequila-Barrel-Aged Otra Vez version.



    For this limited offering we pushed beyond the typical barrel-aged beer theory. We got our hands on some Reposado Tequila oak barrels and then aged our new Otra Vez Gose with Lime and Agave. This Trip in the Woods starts out tart yet juicy, with hints of lime. For the finish? The unmistakable silkines of a classic Reposado.

    2018 release 2 of 3 | 6.4% ABV | Aged 6 months in Reposado barrels
    Poured bright gold into an English Pint with a large, white head. Big tart smell with clear lime and tequila. Has a light and crisp taste with lime, tequila, oak, and finishes malty. As mentioned, this is light and crisp bodied with a decent 6.4% ABV. Pretty tasty and an interesting take on a brew! You don't run across too many barrel aged Goses let alone tequila barrel aged ones. A nice combo that turns out a refreshing brew. I do think this would have been better off released in the middle of Summer instead of now while it's 25 degrees outside.

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    While watching the drunk drivers on tonight's episode of Live PD talking about their "Two beers" they've had, I am have this beer - Bell's Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout.



    A little brewers' magic transforms locally roasted Arabica beans and a variety of specialty malts into a creamy, intense coffee stout. Enjoy before it disappears.

    Arabicadabra is brewed with a cold coffee extract made at the brewery using a combination of fair trade, organic Nicaraguan coffee beans and Sumatra coffee beans. Lactose is also used for creaminess (those with dairy allergies or sensitivities should take note). It was inspired by Milchkaffe, another specialty Bell's beer.
    Poured pitch black into a Shaker glass with a good sized, brown head. Rich smell of roasted coffee and lactose. Not complex but smells great! The taste is just like the smell. Again, not complex but dang good! A little typical coffee bitterness. Body is medium heavy. The ABV comes in at a slightly disappointing 5.5%. I'd expect a bit higher out of a stout. Still though, very tasty beer!

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    Having some Clown Shoes tonight to wrap up the work week!

    This one is Luchador en Fuego



    Our third anniversary beer up-sizes Chocolate Sombrero, using extra ancho chile and adding chipotle pepper. We aged the brew 100% in Wild Turkey and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. May it leap onto your palate majestically, like a luchador who flies into the ring from atop the highest rope.
    Poured deep black into a Snifter with a medium sized tan head. An aroma of molasses, coffee, cocoa, oaky bourbon, and just a hint of chipotle. The flavor is roasty with chocolate, lactose, bourbon, and oak. Finishes with a very subtle pepper bite. The body is nice and heavy with an appropriate 11% ABV! Really great brew!

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    This Saturday evening I'm about two sample two new brews!

    First up is a limited release from Listermann in collaboration with Jungle Jim's of Cincinnati, an international supermarket and the place where I get most of my beers.

    This is Cannoli Of The Jungle (no RateBeer or BeerAdvocate page it's so new). They also supposedly have Chocolate Strawberry Cannoli Of The Jungle but I must have overlooked that so I'll have to go back.





    Imperial pastry stout with vanilla, almonds, lactose, and natural flavors added
    Poured black into a Snifter with a brown, thin topping for a head. Smells slightly doughy with sweet chocolate and vanilla. The aroma on this is on the lighter side. The flavor is a lot like the smell full of rich, sweet chocolate and creamy vanilla. Don't get any of the almond. The body is very full and the ABV comes in at 8.5%. Quite the decadent and tasty brew!

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    Next up tonight is another local brew, this one from a brewery I haven't sampled before. I snagged it because it was another collaboration with another Cincinnati fixture, Klosterman Bakery.

    This is Fretboard's Klosterman Rye Bier.



    Klosterman Rye Bier is a copper colored lager with hints of spice and flavors and aroma’s of rye bread that comes from a blend of caraway seed added to the beer. Fretboard brewed this beer in collaboration with Klosterman Baking Company, which specializes in true hearth style breads. One of their most popular brands is Cincinnati Rye, a true German rye bread with tones of spice and caraway seed. Fretboard reached out to the bakery for some inspiration on a new beer and both teams decided on a true German rye bier.
    Poured dark, clear golden with a very large, gold head into a Shaker glass. Lots of rye in the smell with some slight caramel malt to go with it. Tons of rye in the flavor with yeast to go with it. Medium-light bodied with a 5.2% ABV. Not at all a complex brew but, it tastes and drinks great!

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    New beer up with tonight's episode of Live PD, a brand new release from Clown Shoes.

    Snow on the Maple Tree Imperial Stout



    Inspiration guides us, here at Clown Shoes. When I tried this Imperial Stout, a quiet, serene feeling spread through me. A vision of a Japanese maple tree weathering a snow storm presented itself. Looking closer, I saw frolicking Manchurian cranes in Clown Shoes. Weird. Yes! But nice! Aged in Bourbon Barrels that had premium maple syrup aged in them as well, this beer is a beautiful compliment for a winter night.
    Poured black into a Snifter with a fairly thin light brown head. Allowed to warm. Big sweet maple scent with some oak and vanilla. A little bit of alcohol as well. Great big, sweet maple syrup flavor! The maple syrup is accompanyied by coffee with a hint of bitterness, some cocoa, oak, and malt. Very smooth drinking with a heavyweight body and 11.25% ABV. Very dangerously drinkable! If there was a beer to give the much vaunted Founders CBS a run for its money, this would be it! There's a reason Clown Shoes is one of my favorite breweries! If you can snag this, I highly recommend it. A nice drink for a cold and rainy Winter night.

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    The beer up for tonight is yet another hard to get release. This time another from Epic Brewing and is their Quadrupel Barrel Big Bad Baptist



    ABV varies: 10.3% - 12.7%

    Imperial stout aged in whiskey & rum barrels with roasted cocoa nibs, almond flavor, barrel-aged coffee beans, barrel-aged coconut and barrel-aged almond.

    We’ve taken barrel-aging to a whole new level by aging shaved coconut, almonds, and Blue Copper’s Colombian coffee beans in fresh whiskey barrels, while our Imperial Stout ages separately in both rum and whiskey barrels. Then, our brewers hand blend each batch creating the most complex and outrageous version of Big Bad Baptist we have ever made.
    Poured pitch black into a Snifter with a great big, dark brown head. Allowed to warm. The aroma starts with big oaky rum and peaty whiskey and, is followed up by some rich, sweet cocoa and a little bit of coconut. Smells amazing! The taste is equally good as it tastes just like it smells. Absolutely delicious! The body is quite heavy and this vintage rings in at 11.2% ABV. Probably one of the best beers I've had, no lie!

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