Beer # 12 Black Butte XXI

Black Butte XXI

Deschutes Black Butte XXI


My 2nd chocolate pairing on Halloween eve.

Name: Black Butte XXI

Style: American Porter

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery website

Country: USA

Region: Bend, Oregon

ABV: 11.0%

How served: 22oz waxed dipped capped bomber into a Hennepin glass.

My Overall Opinion: Amazing  

I paired this beer with: Brownies and Halloween cup cakes.

Tasted on: Friday October 30, 2009

Note: On the bottle it is suggested that it is best to consume after 10/17/2010.  So I cheated and had it a year too soon.  Now I can’t wait until next year to try my others to see how well it will do as it ages.  Wow can’t believe it will get better than this. Great after dinner or dessert brew.

Brewed once for the 21st Anniversary and released on June 27th 2009. 

“This masterpiece is a tribute to Black Butte Porter, the revolutionary Deschutes Brewery beer that has excited beer enthusiasts since 1988. This special Reserve Series release is a colossal version of Black Butte Porter. Our brewers enhanced Black Butte XXI by adding some Theo’s Chocolate cocoa nibs from Seattle, dry-hopping it with 100 pounds of Bellatazza’s locally roasted coffee, and then aging a portion of it in Stranahan’s Colorado whiskey barrels. These regional partners provided quality artisan ingredients that give this commemorative beer a truly handcrafted complexity.”

Beer #11 Side Project Volume #4 Dos Cocoas

Terrapin side project Dos Cocas

Terrapin Side Project Volume #4 "Dos Cocas"

Since it is Halloween eve, and Halloween somehow brings back memories of eating lots of chocolate.  So I figure it is time to enjoy some chocolate indulgence tonight.  My 2 beers tonight have the theme of chocolate.  

Name: Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter (Side Project Volume #4)

Style: American Porter

Brewery: Terrapin Beer Company website

Country: USA

Region: Athens, Georgia

ABV: 5.8%

How served: 22oz capped bomber into a Gouden Carolus, Carolus D’OR  glass.

My Overall Opinion: Good.  

I paired this beer with: Chocolate Pasta with savory chicken & mole sauce

Tasted on: Friday October 30, 2009

Note: The beer was good on its own.  However I would rate it Very Good paired with the chocolate pasta.  On its own the beer was a little thin.  But it was very drinkable with this meal.  I would pair these two together in the future, but too bad this was a limited release and only brewed once.   

 “The “Dos Cocoas” is a traditional Porter with a chocolaty experimental twist.

“Spike” incorporated two types of chocolate at two different stages of production to achieve the balanced chocolate flavors in the “Dos Cocoas.” The first addition was 60 pounds of cocoa powder added in the whirlpool. Next, the porter was aged for one month on a 60 pound bed of cocoa nibs to really bring the dark chocolate flavors home.

The result is a fine chocolate aroma, a unique bitterness and a tantalizingly balanced chocolate flavor from both the cocoa powder and the nibs.”

Beer #10 Hopsickle Imperial Ale


Moylans Hopsickle

Moylan's Hopsickle Imperial Ale


Name: Hopsickle Imperial Ale

Style: Imperial IPA

Brewery: Moylan’s Brewery website


Region: Novato, California

ABV: 9.2%%

How served: 22oz capped bomber into a Delirium Tremens glass.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.  

I paired this beer with: Grilled chicken with a chipotle glaze and couscous.

Tasted on: Thursday October 29, 2009

Note: Perfect beer with the chipotle glaze and watching the Yanks come back to tie the World Series at 1 game apiece.

Places #2 McCormick & Schmick’s

Enjoying the Brooklyn Brown Ale

Enjoying Brooklyn Brown Ale

Name: McCormick & Schmick’s

Where: Boca Raton, Fl

Type: More of a restaurant then bar/pub

Style/Theme: Seafood

Beers on tap: ?

Beers by the Bottles: ?

Website: Click here

 We were here for a 4 course beer paired dinner featuring beers from Brooklyn Brewery.  The event was hosted by Richard Nowak from Brooklyn Brewery.   Richard gave us a brief history of Brooklyn Brewery and explained why each beer was paired with the prepared dish.

Richard Nowak pouring Brooklyn Local 1

Richard Nowak pouring Brooklyn Local 1


1st course: Honey Grilled Pears on Baby Arugula with House Glazed Walnuts and Stilton Blue Cheese
Brooklyn Brewery “Brooklyn Brown Ale”

2nd  course: Serrano Wrapped Diver Scallop over Savory Corn Mauque Choix with Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Sweet Potato Hay
Brooklyn Brewery “Brooklyn Lager”

3rd  course: Seared Alaskan Halibut over Confit Organic Parsnips with Broken Andouille Butter and Endive-Poblano Slaw
Brooklyn Brewery “Brooklyn Local 1”

4th course: Beignet of Goats Cheese and Imperial Stout Chocolate Ganache
Brooklyn Brewery “Brooklyn Local 2”

Overall: All 4 of the courses paired very well with the served Brooklyn beer, especially the dessert course.  I give high praise to the owner of this restaurant as they are trying to introduce the idea of craft beer into their predominately seafood and wine menu.

Beer #9 Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap

Slappmutske Triple Nightcap

Name: Triple Nightcap

Style: Tripel

Brewery: Brouwerij Slaapmutske website

Country: Belgium

Region: Melle

ABV: 8.1%

How served: 750ml corked  bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.  

I paired this beer with: A Gyro platter.

Tasted on: Tuesday October 27, 2009

Note: “With a name like Slaapmutske it has to be good!”  Brewed & bottled by De Proef Brouwerij for Brouwerij Slaapmutske.  This tripel is a lot drier than the typical Belgian tripel, so it would be perfect for those who don’t like “sweeter” Belgian beers. (sorry about the quality of the picture today, only had my cell phone around)

Beer # 8 110K+OT Batch #2 I.R.I.S


110K+OT Batch #2 I.R.I.S.

110K+OT Batch #2 I.R.I.S.


Name: 110K+OT Batch #2 I.R.I.S.

Style: (India) Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing  website

Country: USA

Region: Tampa, Florida

ABV: 11.5%

How served: 750ml capped bottle poured into a Lamoral degmont tulip glass.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.  

I paired this beer with: A teriyaki turkey and noodle stir fry. It was very good pairing too.

Tasted on: Thursday October 22, 2009

Note: Limited brewed only once.

Beer # 7 Fantôme Pissenlit




Fantôme Pissenlit

Fantôme Pissenlit



Name: Fantôme Pissenlit

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Brewery: Brasserie Fantôme  website

Country: Belgium

Region: Soy

ABV: 8.00%

How served: 750ml capped & corked bottle poured into a Boerken tulip glass.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.  

I paired this beer with: Boars Head hot Abruzzese sausage and Dubliner cheese.

Tasted on: Wednesday October 21, 2009

Note: I’m getting in the sprit for Halloween with a “ghost” beer.

Fantôme is one of my favorite breweries.  See my specially made Fantôme Pissenlit (7.5%ABV) bottle numbered 15 out of 20 autographed by the Brewer.

Fantôme Pissenlit front label of bottel #15 of 20

Fantôme Pissenlit front label of bottle #15 of 20

Fantôme Pissenlit back label autographed #15 of 20

Fantôme Pissenlit back label autographed #15 of 20

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