Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures German Chocolate Cake Imperial Stout

Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures German Chocolate Cake Imperial Stout, 8.8% ABV is the third beer in The Guilty Pleasures variety four-pack. This beer pours a thick black color with a three-finger rocky beige head that slowly dissolves. It gives off sweet chocolate/coconut aromas with a slight roasted coffee note. The flavor is bittersweet with some chocolate, coconut, and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is thicker. There is a semi-sweet finish that has more bitterness, similar to dark chocolate. The aftertaste is bittersweet with a vanilla coffee. The aftertaste is only around for a quick minute, poof it’s gone. Overall Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures German Chocolate Cake Imperial Stout is the best so far, getting a B-. It has a little too much bitterness on it, and the coconut flavor is average at best. This beer taste like your average German chocolate cake. It’s not a bad pick of the bunch. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures Milk & Cookies Imperial stout

Wicked Weed Brewing Milk & Cookies Imperial Stout, 8.5%, is the second beer from their Guilty Pleasures variety four-pack. This imperial stout, made with golden raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla. It pours black with a one and a half finger beige head that is slow to fade away. The aroma is sweet with big vanilla, some slight cinnamon. Now the taste is sweet with vanilla, roasted like malt flavors. Some light raisin and, there is a cinnamon flavor on the back of your tongue. Milk & Cookies finishes with a nice amount of cinnamon and some faint vanilla sweetness that then carries on to the aftertaste that lingers with a roasted cinnamon note. This beer is better than the Brownie imperial stout. I give Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures Milk & Cookies Imperial Stout a C+. It wasn’t bad. I found it average. There are better sweet imperial stouts out there. If you come across this beer, it wouldn’t be a substandard selection, in my opinion. I am not a big fan of cinnamon, but I don’t mind it. I wouldn’t rush to have this again. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures Brownie Imperial Stout

I spotted a Wicked Weed variety four Pack, Guilty Pleasures Imperial Stout at Total Wine. I purchased it. I then thought that I would review each imperial stout and the whole pack and see what I find to be the best and worst of the variety pack. So stay tuned here for the next week or so.

The first beer in the Wicked Weed Guilty Pleasures is Brownie Imperial Stout, 8.7% ABV, which brewed with chord natural hemp-like flavors. Brownie pours a black color with a two-finger slow beige head. The aroma is of bitter dark chocolate, dry notes, and a slightly burnt smell. The flavor is bitter, with a bar of dry, dark chocolate, hoppy notes. Brownie finishes dry and bitter with an off brunt flavor and a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full and rough. Overall this Wicked Week Guilty Pleasures Pack is not off to a good start. I give Wicked Week Guilty Pleasures Brownie a D. The bitter notes were not great, and I think that was from the hemp-like flavor that also clashed with the chocolate flavor, which is not good taste. We’ll see how it goes from here. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Amor Artis Brewing Tiger Loves Hibiscus

I bought Amor Artis Brewing Tiger Loves Hibiscus A Saison Style Ale, 5.0% ABV from Total Wine. This beer is hopped with Noble Saaz and brewed with Hibiscus Flowers, Tamarind, and Sea Salt. It pours a darker cherry red color with a semi-pink one finger head. The aroma is fruity, floral, and sweet. The flavor is tart, fruity, faintly sweet with flowery spice notes. Then comes a tart floral finish and a tart fruity like finish. The mouthfeel is light. Tiger Loves Hibiscus has a faint medicinal quality to it. This beer is not that great, and I give it a C-. It is not terrible, but it not great. After drank this beer, I have realized that maybe I am not into hibiscus flavored beers. I won’t recommend this, and I don’t see myself rushing back to this Saison anytime soon. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

The Beer News

Here are this week’s news and events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!

  • Thursday, January 21st. Seasonal Release: Dressed to Chill Winter White Ale. Birdsong Brewing Company. 3 pm-9 pm.

Back by popular demand for it’s second year, here comes Dressed to Chill! Join us for the release of Dressed to Chill Winter White Ale with Tangerine and Spices on 1/21/21! Dressed to chill will be released on draft AND in cans at 3p! Balanced and refreshing, Dressed to Chill has pleasant aromas of tangerine with complementary spice notes of cardamom, coriander, and clove. With an unbeatable depth of flavor, our latest White Ale is perfect for celebrations or just relaxing in your PJs.

  • Friday, January 22nd. New Beer Release: PINKies Up Pale Ale. Pilot Brewing. 2 pm.

Amanda and Razia put their heads together and collaborated on this test batch of a special brew we’ll release again in March, benefitting one of our favorite organizations! Medium-bodied, refreshing, and generously hopped with Citra, Amarillo, and Nectaron, this pale ale also features pink grapefruit zest and has been dry-hopped with Nectaron. You don’t want to miss out—this batch is a very limited release!

Ass Clown Brewing Company Orange Citrus IPA

Purchased from Total Wine, Ass Clown Brewing Company Orange Citrus IPA, 6.7% is brewed in Cornelius, North Carolina. It is also triple hopped with Citra, and brewed with orange peels. This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a thick tree finger cream looking white head. The nose is juicy with citrus fruit like oranges, and orange peels. There is a decently bitter and hoppy smell to it as well. That same aroma carries itself into the taste. I found orange and orange peels. There is a bitter hoppy flavor as well, with a thicker mouthfeel. This IPA has a bittersweet orange finish and a lingering bittersweet citrus fruit aftertaste. This beer is a big bitter orange. I give Ass Clown Brewing Company Orange Citrus IPA a B-. I found this to have just a little too much orange flavor to it, but it was not the worst orange IPA I’ve had. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Meantime Brewing Company India Pale Ale

When you find an India Pale Ale, you find that most of them are from some American brewery, but they did originate from England, and so did this one, Meantime English IPA, 7.50% ABV. This IPA has a higher ABV than most IPA I’ve come across. This Meantime pours a hazy light orange color with a one-finger thin white head that does fade quickly and leave somewhat of a light lacing. I didn’t find too much light coming through the glass and nor did I find a whole lot of carbonation bubbles either. The aroma has nice citrus fruit notes to it,  orange and lemon. There was that bitter grass scent as well. Meantime’s taste is a sticky citrusy with orange lemon and a bit of pineapple surrounded by a hoppy yet grassy note. But this is way hoppier than most American IPA, not a  lot of bitterness, big hop presents to it. There is no sour like bitterness that you get from some American IPA’s. This IPA is just a big hoppy IPA. The mouthfeel is medium with a big hop note and finishes with a nice hop flavor. The aftertaste is hoppy clean, a bit refreshing. I would give this an A, just a good hoppy IPA without a lot of bitterness and need to have a glass of water afterward, but I wouldn’t have more than two of these, having a hoppy presence and a 7.50% ABV. But this is a solid English IPA, well crafted and tasty. I recommend this if you love IPA’s or just hoppy beers. This IPA is good! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

Here are this week’s news and events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!

  • Thursday, January 14th. Honey Pie Double IPA Release. Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm-9 pm. Free.

t’s no secret that our Honey Pie Double IPA is often referred to as “Heaven in a glass.” In this limited release brew, a solid malt foundation is complimented by a generous amount of locally harvested honey from Cloister Honey, and you guessed it…. HOPS! Our unique blend of hops will deliver you aromas of honeydew and grapefruit, and will have you pouring the second beer before you’ve finished the first! Join us for the release of Honey Pie Double IPA on Thursday, 1/14/20! CANS and draft will go on sale at 3pm and will be first come, first served. ***Limit will be once case per customer, this is subject to change based on availability.

  • Friday, January 15th. Bier – German Pisner Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm.

Our German Pilsner pours a translucent straw color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of whole grain bread crust and a touch of hop spice character hit the nose. The flavor follows on the palate with a balanced malt sweetness and subtle hop bite from Saphir hops. Crisp, dry finish and medium bodied. Grab something to eat from Izzy’s while you are here!https://www.triplecbrewing.com/izzys 5.4% ABV

Foothills Brewing Festival Express India Pale Ale

Brewed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Foothills Brewing Festival Express India pale ale, 5.7% ABV., categorizes this year-round beer as a Juicy IPA. It comes in a nineteen-ounce can. This IPA pours a yellow-gold color with a one finger white head. The aroma is juicy with tropical, stone, and citrus fruits. There are a few floral notes with a nice amount of bitterness. The flavor is juicy with light peaches, some pineapple, mango, orange, and bits go grapefruit. There is a nice bitter flavor to this IPA. Mouthfeel is medium, and Festival Express has a nice fruity bitter finish. All the fruity bitter notes linger in the aftertaste of the beer. I always enjoy a Foothills Brewing IPA, they have brewed them well, and Festival Express is no different. It is nice, taste good, well brewed, and I give it an A. This juicy IPA should be something you should try. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Clown Shoes Beer Undead Party Crashers American Imperial Stout

Clown Shoes Beer Undead Party Crashes American Imperial Stout, 9% ABV. This beer is made in Boston, Massachusetts, and Winsor, Vermont. It’s only available in fall/winter. This imperial stout pours a motor oil black color with a three and quarter beige, khaki head. The head is slow to fade into itself. It is quite a thick head. Now to the aroma. The aroma is of licorice, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee. The flavor is bitter with dark chocolate, licorice. There also is a nice hit of dark roast coffee and some dry note. The mouthfeel is full and a bit dry. This stout finish with a bitter roasted dark Chocolate flavor. It has a bitter dark chocolate, licorice aftertaste with a hint of dark coffee. Clown Shoes Beer Undead Party Crashes American Imperial Stout grows on you. I give Clown Shoes Beer a B-. It’s not a beer that I would have more than one of or one that I would drink quickly. It’s something of a sipping beer. It has a little too much bitterness for my liking, but that is the only negative I have for this imperial stout. But I did enjoy it. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!