The Beer Release Round Up, 3/27/2014

Blake Smith, March 27, 2014
  1. Not one, not two but three (!) collaborations upcoming from Oskar Blues. They got together with Shamrock Brewery (Irish Porter), Saint Archer Brewery (Indica Black Lager) and La Cumbre Brewery (Session IPA). And yes, they are all canned.
  2. It's that time of the year again: Stone Imperial Russian Stout is back. No word yet whether there will be variants yet or not. Stone if you are reading this, please bring back that Imperial Russian Stout with Espresso.
  3. New Belgium has a couple new releases worth noting: Gruit, which is of their Lips of Faith series and Summer Helles (Lager.) Both will be distributed, Gruit in a bomber and Summer Helles in six packs. Gruit definitely sparked my interest with this description "with horehound, bog myrtle, yarrow, wormwood and elderflowers..."
  4. It was mentioned in last week's chat, thanks Ceetar, but if you missed it Castaway IPA from Kona Brewing Co. is making the jump from draft only to bottles and being distributed here on the mainland. Note: it contains galaxy, citra, simcoe and millennium (anyone heard of this one) hops.
  5. "Sticky Wine and Belgian Quad inspired brew with a Firestone Walker oak fetish twist = Stickee Monkee."
  6. I personally am looking forward to Almanac's #SummerOfSour and if you picked them as one of your BeerGraph's fantasy teams I think you should be too. Pluot: Ale brewed with pluots and aged in wine barrels.
  7. Saint Arnold has a new offering available now in the bottle, Boiler Room (Berliner Weisse). "The sourness is created by souring the wort prior to boiling and fermentation (unlike Belgian-style sours which sour during fermentation and have active bacteria in them when packaged)" -- I did not know a Berliner Weisse was "soured" this way. Then again the more I think I know about beer, the more I am reminded that I really do not.

Evil Twin Even More Jesus 
(Style+: 102, Bar: 4.18)

Appearance: 5/5

On draft, poured into a tulip. Pours almost dark chocolate. Signs of lacing and head retention. Appears very thick.

Smell = 5/5

Chocolate. Coffee. Hazelnut. Dark fruit, plums. Licorice. Picking up like a brown sugar/molasses scent. Little bit of smokyness too. 

Taste= 4.5/5

Great flavor. Like a dessert russian imperial stout. The taste confirms the smells. Some booze on the finish. Decadent.

Mouthfeel= 4.5/5

Very creamy, very smooth.

Overall= 4.5/5

In light of yesterday's Mikkeller v. Evin Twin (not really) NY Times article, I thought this review would be fitting. Where do you all stand on this?

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