COOP Ale Works releases its 2015 Territorial Reserve Barley Wine this week. I’m very excited because 1. I helped bottle it (exhausting, freezing, but a total blast) and 2. It’s delicious and boozy.
We will know what the actual ABV will be soon, but for now, the best guess is 13-16%. Whew. (CORRECTION: it has clocked in at 12.2%)
I don’t have a whole lot of experience with barley wine but ours is a little bit sweet with a lot of flavor from its 9 month stint in a bourbon barrel. It is a hop-forward version but as it ages, it will be less so. So far it will be available in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Arkansas.
Drinking: COOP Ale Works 2015 Territorial Reserve Barley Wine, Oklahoma City OK
Wearing: Forever 21 Bell Sleeved Crop Top and Faux Suede Mini Skirt
It’s the last post of the year and I’m off to Colorado for New Year’s Eve. I opened this coffee stout to sip on while putzing around in my robe (and avoiding packing my suitcase).
While I was a stoked for a coffee stout, it was a wee bit thinner than I had hoped. It kind of looked like I was pouring watery Dr. Pepper into a glass but I failed to see that it was only 6% ABV soooo….
On the bright side, it did not dumb down the coffee flavor. While I was a little disappointed in the richness of the booze, I think it is a fine beer for only 6%. I think if you’re into iced coffee, this is probably a good choice.
Drinking: Mother’s Brewing Company Winter Grind, Springfield MO, 6% ABV
Wearing: Spell & The Gypsy Collective Kimono (sold out but click for website)
The mate to the Yin stout is the Yang Imperial (or double) IPA. I tried them both separately and then combined them to make a black & tan as instructed by the label. The Yang was, as expected, super bitter and you could tell it was a 10% beer. I was responsible and shared this one with a friend. The black & tan wasn’t a bad idea and it took the hop sting off the IPA.
Overall, I enjoyed the stout more but the Yin & Yang idea was a super cool marketing concept. Big fan of Evil Twin’s branding in general.
Drinking: Evil Twin Yang Imperial IPA, Brooklyn NY
Wearing: Truly Madly Deeply V-Neck Slouch Pocket Tee from Urban Outfitters, $24
Evil Twin made a Yin beer and a Yang beer to be enjoyed on their own or together in a black-and-tan-eque cocktail.
The Yin was great! It has a malty and chocolatey taste and I served it 10-15 minutes after I removed it from the fridge. I don’t think stouts need to be super cold…
Drinking: Evil Twin Yin Imperial Stout, Brooklyn NY
Wearing: Jeffrey Campbell Litas from Urban Outfitters, $110
It’s the first day of December and I can’t think of a more perfect beer to celebrate. It’s officially stout season and this one finishes like a gingerbread cookie with 11% ABV. So into it. We just made it through the first ice storm of the season and I might need to pick more up before the next one.
Drinking: 2015 Christmas Bomb by Prairie Artisan Ales. Tulsa, OK.
Wearing: Women’s Boyfriend Plaid Flannel Shirt by Old Navy, $30.