COOP Ale Works – 2015 Territorial Reserve Barley Wine

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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

Mother’s Brewing Company – Winter Grind

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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)

Evil Twin – Yang

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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 – Yin

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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

Christmas Bomb

Christmas Bomb

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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.