Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown

American Brown Ale, Texas Brown Ale or as Founders calls this beer ‘Imperial Brown Ale’ generally describes a malt forward beer, a pumped up version of an English Brown recipe with hops like Cascade aggressively added and the ABV often much higher than the British original. The Oxford Companion to Beer notes that American Browns… Continue reading Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown

Prairie Apple Brandy Barrel Noir

Prairie Apple Brandy Barrel Noir: Something Sweeter THE BEER Prairie makes a few barrel aged stouts. Last year we loved the Bomb!, their spicy coffee stout. They also have a very nice bourbon barrel aged oatmeal stout, Prairie Noir, that comes in 16.9 oz bottles. Prairie Apple Brandy Barrel Noir on the other hand, comes… Continue reading Prairie Apple Brandy Barrel Noir

Best Coffee Beer: Part 4

Best of Series: What is the Best Coffee Beer: Part 4? It seems each year more and more breweries decide to try their hand at pairing arabica beans with beer. Nearly always brewing a porter or stout, brewers blend the natural coffee/chocolate flavors of darker malts with bold roasts, often from their favorite local shops. The… Continue reading Best Coffee Beer: Part 4

Founders Backwoods Bastard: 2011 vs 2014

Founders Backwoods Bastard, the bourbon barrel aged version of the Dirty Bastard scotch ale, with its 10.2% ABV and huge flavor profile, seemed like a decent candidate for cellaring. For this review, Dave and I compare a 2011 to the most recent release from 2014. Craft beer enthusiasts often look to mimic wine lovers habits.… Continue reading Founders Backwoods Bastard: 2011 vs 2014