Ommegang – Hennepin

This style is a farmhouse ale, and is considered to be in the domain of the Belgian Saisons. Hennepin is a delicious brew for all seasons, it is spicy and refreshing.

A moderately hoppy, farmhouse-style ale with a champagne-like effervescence, Hennepin has a crisp start followed by malt sweetness balanced with a firm bitterness. Hennepin has a bounty of great flavors: ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain. Pouring a bright golden color with a spicy-sweet balance of orange peel, sweet malt, hops and ginger, Hennepin makes way for a dry finish with a slight bite of ginger.

As an accompaniment, it leans towards Asian cuisine, especially sushi. The ginger notes and the coriander pair sublimely with hamachi and salmon and a good dose of wasabi.

http://www.ommegang.com/#!beer_hennepin

Malts: Pilsner, pale
Hops: Styrian Golding, Spalter Select
Spices: Coriander, sweet orange peel, ginger, grains of paradise
Yeast: Ommegang house yeast

Breweries: Ommegang.
Flavor Elements: coriander, ginger, hearty, and Spicy.
Beer Types: Ale and Belgian-Style.
ABV: 7.7%
UBUs: 24
Citric: 2/5
Dry: 4/5
Heavy: 3/5
Puckering: 1/5
Sparkling: 5/5
Alcohol taste: 2/5
Bitter taste: 4/5
Salt taste: 3/5
Sour taste: 3/5

Ommegang – Art of Darkness

Let us now acknowledge the dark arts of brewing. Our limited edition Art of Darkness Ale is deep, dark and magical, with champagne-like carbonation and rich matiness from a complex recipe of multiple barley and wheat malts, as well as flaked oats.

Using no spices or flavorings, Art of Darkness gains all its rich aromas, tastes, and apparent spiciness from the malts and Ommegang’s proprietary house yeast.

There are no secret ingredients or magical incantation. There is only Ommegang brewers’ creating the finest quality dark, strong ale of complex and deep character.

Art of Darkness is a fine ale to enjoy immediately, and is excellent to cellar.

http://www.ommegang.com/#!historical_beers

Breweries: Ommegang.
Flavor Elements: Spicy.
Beer Types: Ale and Belgian-Style.
ABV: 8.9%
Lactic: 2/5
Roasted: 2/5
Astringent: 2/5
Dry: 3/5
Heavy: 4/5
Puckering: 2/5
Sparkling: 4/5
Alcohol taste: 4/5
Bitter taste: 3/5
Salt taste: 3/5
Sour taste: 4/5
Sweet taste: 1/5

Starr Hill – Grateful

Grateful creates a fresh spin on the American Pale Ale tradition. A strong citrusy, resinous aroma from the hops leads into a light body with subtle malt flavor. Grateful is a sessionable brew at 4.7% abv.

http://www.starrhill.com/brews/brew_item/grateful

Malted Barley: Two Row, Wheat & Caramel
Kettle Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Topaz & Cascade
Yeast: Ale Yeast

Breweries: Starr Hill.
Flavor Elements: Citric, Fruity, and Hoppy.
Beer Types: Pale Ale.
ABV: 4.7%
UBUs: 26
Citric: 4/5
Dry: 4/5
Heavy: 2/5
Sparkling: 4/5
Alcohol taste: 1/5
Bitter taste: 4/5
Salt taste: 2/5
Sweet taste: 2/5

Breckenridge – Oatmeal Stout

It’s a bold, smooth-bodied concoction that oozes dark-roasted coffee aromas and flavors of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate. We round out these heady pleasures with a dose of flaked oatmeal for a creamy body and a semi-dry finish. Unforgettable.

http://www.breckbrew.com/brews/oatmeal-stout

Beer Style: Specialty Stout
Flavor: A mouthfeel of oatmeal and chocolate coffee maltiness with very slight hop character
Yeast: Top Fermenting Ale Yeast
Malts: Two Row Pale, Caramel, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Oat Flakes, Black
Hops: Chinook, Perle

Breweries: Breckenridge.
Beer Types: Stout.
ABV: 4.95%
UBUs: 36

Stone – Imperial Russian Stout

Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and well, sinful, you might worry that you’ll be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about a sip. Rest assured, however, that even though this seemingly pernicious brew is indeed as black as sin, we guarantee that no actual sin was committed in making it… you’ll have to add that on your own. This massive and intensely aromatic beer abounds with notes of anise, black currants, coffee, and roastiness, and its heavy palate is nothing to be trifled with!

http://www.stonebrewing.com/irs/

Appearance: Beer pours black with a deep tan head.

Aroma: Cocoa and coffee flavors dominate, along with some fruity fermentation esters, floral hops and yeasty breadiness.

Taste: Bittersweet cocoa and coffee flavors are the major players, along with fruitiness, hints of anise and yeast, followed by a smooth, balanced, slightly astringent, bitter finish.

Palate: Full-bodied and smooth with a hint of alcohol heat.

Food Pairings

Appetizers:
Caramel-dipped bacon, pecans and/or walnuts, blue cheese-stuffed dates, oysters on the half shell, foie gras

Soups:
Short rib stew, beef stew, creamy mushroom soup, Hungarian goulash

Entrees:
Beefsteaks with rich cream-based sauces, goose or duck with cherry sauce, coffee-rubbed lamb chops, blue cheese-stuffed grilled portabellos, vegetarian vindaloo

Cheeses:
Roquefort, Gorgonzola Dolce, Stilton, Shropshire Blue, aged Gouda

Desserts:
Chocolate lava cake, brownies, caramel cheesecake, tiramisu

Cigars:
Padron Anniversary Series, La Reloba Selección Sumatra Torpedo, Illusione CG:4 Maduro

Breweries: Stone.
Flavor Elements: roasted and Smoky.
Beer Types: Stout.
ABV: 10.8%
UBUs: 90

Great Lakes – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

A complex, roasty porter with a bittersweet, chocolate-coffee taste and bold hop presence

https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/beer/an-exceptional-family-of-beers/year-round/edmund-fitzgerald-porter

Ingredients:

MALT: 

Harrington 2-Row Base Malt: Allows color and flavor from other specialty malts to come through; makes for very clean beer
Crystal 77: Contributes to color and adds sweeter aroma and flavor
Chocolate: Provides deep, rich color and coffee-like flavor and aroma
Roasted Barley: Adds color and roasted flavor

HOPS:

Northern Brewer: Traditional bittering hop for English-style ales; provides strong bitterness to complement strong/assertive flavors of this porter
Willamette: U.S. version of English Fuggle hop. Provides fruity, floral, and spicy characteristics with mild bitterness.
Cascade: U.S. hop with citrus characteristics for aroma to balance roasted malts and add American element to this English style

Pairs With: Barbecued ribs, steaks, oysters,
and chocolate

Breweries: Great Lakes.
Flavor Elements: roasted and Smoky.
Beer Types: Porter.
ABV: 5.8%
UBUs: 37
Lactic: 2/5
Roasted: 4/5
Dry: 4/5
Heavy: 3/5
Puckering: 2/5
Sparkling: 3/5
Alcohol taste: 3/5
Bitter taste: 4/5
Salt taste: 3/5
Sour taste: 1/5
Sweet taste: 1/5

Dogfish Head Sixty-One

A few years ago, Sam also ordered a glass of his favorite red wine and poured a little into each pint of 60 Minute. They all dug the combination of fruity complexity and pungent hoppiness, and the blend became a beloved tradition.

Sixty-One captures that tradition in a bottle and marries two Dogfish Head innovations: beer/wine hybrids — which Dogfish has focused on for well over a decade with beers like Midas Touch and Raison D’être — and continually-hopped IPAs.

The name Sixty-One is a reminder that this beer is Dogfish Head’s best-selling 60 Minute IPA plus one new ingredient: syrah grape must from California. The label, painted by Sam, is a twist on a typical watercolor. Rather than using water, Sam mixed the green pigment with beer and the red pigment with wine. And because Sixty-One pairs so well with chocolate, he painted the browns on the label with melted chocolate.

http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/year-round-brews/sixty-one.htm

Food Pairing Recommendations:
Grilled pork tenderloin, sushi, fresh vegetables, summer berries and cream, apple pie, gruyere cheese, young gouda cheese

Glassware Recommendation:
IPA glass

Wine Comparable:
Syrah

Breweries: Dogfish Head.
Flavor Elements: Fruity and Hoppy.
Beer Types: IPA.
ABV: 6.5%
UBUs: 60

Starr Hill – Snow blind – doppelbock

Starr Hill’s Snow Blind Doppelbock Lager is a full-bodied winter seasonal brew. Its massive caramel aroma belies its fresh and lightly toasted malt flavor. Sweetness dominates the front of the pallet while the beer finishes with a neutral lager taste that is clean and crisp. Snow Blind is smooth and will keep you warm throughout the winter months.

http://www.starrhill.com/brews/brew_item/snow-blind

Malted Barley: Pilsner, Munich, Carafa & Caramunich
Kettle Hops: Perle
Yeast: Lager Yeast

Breweries: Starr Hill.
Flavor Elements: nutty and Smoky.
Beer Types: bock, Doppelbock, and Lager.
ABV: 7.7%
UBUs: 13
Roasted: 4/5
Dry: 4/5
Heavy: 3/5
Sparkling: 2/5
Alcohol taste: 2/5
Bitter taste: 2/5
Salt taste: 1/5
Sweet taste: 1/5

Starr Hill – Dark Starr Stout

Starr Hill’s Dark Starr Stout has won more national and international awards than any other Dry Irish Stout in the country. Brewed with roasted barley, and with hints of coffee and dark chocolate, it packs a robust taste into a surprisingly light body. This signature brew pours like velvet and drinks like a slice of grandma’s pumpernickel bread.

http://www.starrhill.com/brews/brew_item/dark-starr-stout

Malted Barley: Two Row, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Munich, Wheat, Caramel
Kettle Hops: Perle
Yeast: Ale Yeast

Breweries: Starr Hill.
Beer Types: Stout.
ABV: 4.2%
UBUs: 35
Roasted: 4/5
Astringent: 3/5
Dry: 4/5
Heavy: 3/5
Puckering: 2/5
Sparkling: 3/5
Alcohol taste: 2/5
Bitter taste: 3/5
Salt taste: 3/5
Sour taste: 1/5
Sweet taste: 1/5