Stone’s Xocaveza Winter Spiced Mocha Stout

Stone Xocaveza Winter Spiced Stout

Give me winter, or give me…stout. Or give me a winter stout. Actually, yeah… just do that. Oh and throw some cocoa and cinnamon in there while you’re at it.

So if any of you are familiar with it’s 2014 debut, the Xocaveza Stout by Stone was one of the shortest-lived limited releases of a fantastically crafted, full-bodied milk stout that Stone had ever made up to that point (I’m not a big fan of the standard current Milk Stout).  It was a delicious, complex mocha stout at its finest.

Then the San Diego beer giant decided to make a Kentucky Bourbon barrel-aged variant in 2015 that, admittedly, was stellar (though the simultaneously released Anejo version that came out wasn’t). Now the original recipe (thanks to Homebrew Competition 2014 Winner Chris Banker and a WHOLE lot of demand) lives on as a permanent annual release as of 2016. Continue reading “Stone’s Xocaveza Winter Spiced Mocha Stout”

Stone’s Ripper Pale Ale

Stone Ripper Pale Ale

Stone taps into West Coast surfer culture to redefine what it means to “get ripped”–the tasty way, that is. 

Like the rest of Southern California’s coastal communities, San Diego has its fair share of surfer culture so it makes sense for Stone to pay homage to that, right? Coronado has the Surf Rider Summer Ale, Strand Brewing has Beach House Ale, The Dude’s Brewery Surfrider, and so on and so forth. So it’s totally natural for them to whip this one up

Let’s see if it has “A Ripping Swell of Juicy Hops” like the tagline implies. Continue reading “Stone’s Ripper Pale Ale”

Stone Tangerine Express IPA Review

Stone Tangerine Express IPAJust when you think Stone couldn’t get any better with its experimental IPA kick, it leaves you with a pleasant surprise.

If nothing else, Stone is known for its high profile collaborations with fellow breweries and celebrities. And their experimentation. Like, a LOT of experimentation. And they keep improving.

In the case of the Tangerine Express IPA, this ride on the citrus express train is one to remember. Continue reading “Stone Tangerine Express IPA Review”

Ninkasi Total Domination IPA Review

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Domination by all means. Well…maybe just by the palate.

What do you get when you mix grapefruit, oranges, floral hops and a lot of love? You get a totally estery beer that has a great flavor profile and shows just what those folks up in Oregon can do. This is Ninkasi’s Total Domination IPA.

The bottle depicts an early morning mountain range scene that I imagine is  what someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest looks at every time they open their back door patio. Simply gorgeous. Continue reading “Ninkasi Total Domination IPA Review”

Ballast Point Nitro Red Velvet Review

A decadent, rich, yeast feast in a bottle that is fit for a king…well at least in theory anyway.

Ballast Point has rather unique beer on the market known as the Nitro Red Velvet, and it has all the markings of a Medieval feast on a macabre level. Markings, in this case, meaning the bottle art.

It is a golden oatmeal stout with beets and chocolate on nitro. Sounds legit. Not sure about the beets, though. We’ll get back to that later.

There’s no denying it–the artwork on this beer is wicked at least, beautiful at best. When you’ve got a skeleton king holding a red velvet cake on the left hand and an overflowing chalice on the right (surrounded by a smattering of other high society cuisine and strafed by two skeletal pauper servants), you know you’ve got a winner, right? Well… Continue reading “Ballast Point Nitro Red Velvet Review”

Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout Review 

Sam Adams Nitro Stout

Nitro beer in a can…what can be better? The question isn’t actually rhetorical.

Samuel Adams released three new, nitrogen-infused beers last January that are part of what they have dubbed “The Nitro Project. The brewmasters over at Sam Adams announced the project late last year after endless hours of ingredient experimentation, rigorous taste testing and hard work overall.

According to Jim Koch, founder of the Boston-based brewery, the company has been dabbling with nitro since the mid-1990s, creating more than 50 styles with more than 200 ingredients. Incidentally, only three selections made it to prime time. Continue reading “Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout Review “

Mortal Kombat X: Raiden Imperial Saison Review

mk_beerNot exactly as electrifying as the name implies, but still satisfying

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. commissioned the beer masters over at Sound Brewery in Polusbo, Washington to create three limited release, special edition brews to celebrate the commercial success of Mortal Kombat X/XL (PS4, Xbox One and PC). This is the final entry in the three-part series review.

The almighty god of thunder, Raiden–staunch protector of Earthrealm’s precious humans against the wiles of Outworld and Netherrealm’s most murderous entities. His finishing moves may be milder compared to the other fighters but they command authority no less. No wonder he is the subject of awe and reverence with an earthy beer to his name. Continue reading “Mortal Kombat X: Raiden Imperial Saison Review”