Category Archives: Style: Imperial Stout

Blatant Imperial Stout

Blatant Imperial Stout

This evening I spent some quality time with coworkers at a local bar. There are endless reasons I love this new job, including the camaraderie and the willingness to hang out outside work hours. In my prior job, this happened very, very rarely. Even better, the crowd of guys who go out are all mega craft beer fans! Definitely good times, albeit sometimes resulting in unprofessional behavior and discussion (e.g. chatter about my pierced penis this evening). Note: My junk is not pierced and I’m not sure how this falsehood got started.

I behaved myself tonight, keeping my beer-dosage low, however now that I’m home I’m going to review this bomber of Blatant Imperial Stout. This 9% beast should serve as a lovely nightcap. Also, remind me to kick myself tomorrow at 5:30am when the alarm goes off.

This is a decent stout. Nothing to write home about. Malty, fairly bitter from the roasted-ness. Perhaps some caramel. Lots of dark coffee. Meh. Too bad…I have really liked Blatant in the past.

-Lost

The Tap Vanilla Norton

The Tap Vanilla Norton

Sup LIBA homies? I have two huge news items to share with you tonight:

  1. Our next LIBA meetup is on. Lock in your calendars for Sunday March 23rd. I’m still finalizing location details, so stay tuned.
  2. Lead Contributor and LIBA legend, Silvio will be in attendance!

Silvio will be joining me that weekend for a beer-venture, including Extreme Beer Fest and culminating in this meetup. We are shorter on planning time than usual, so when the invite goes out please help me market the event!

Tonight I’m celebrating this fantastic news with a bottle of The Tap Vanilla Norton. This is a variation on Joshua Norton, which I reviewed a long ass time ago. I liked Joshua Norton, and I love Vanilla Norton. It brings to the table serious roasted malts, a heavy dose of coffee and a strong finish of vanilla. Super delicious, but watch out…the 9.1% ABV will kick your ass!

-Lost

The Tap Vanilla Norton