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Atwater Cherry Stout

Mister and I decided to split a beer tonight but I had to pick it. That can be a daunting task when there are approximately 60 different options, many of them dark stouts which are not my favorite. I decided to just go to the michigan fridge (the garage) and grab a bottle.
I pulled out Atwater’s Cherry Stout. It pours a beautiful deep red-brown that speaks to the cherry flavor hidden within.
Upon the first dip mister declared it delicious. I started a new medication for migraines last week that has made carbonated things taste flat and a bit off. Even with that at play, I like this beer. It is dark, roasty, and toasty but not bitter. The cherry is present yet not medicinal as I find in many berry-based drinks.
We have yet to actually go to Atwater and see the brewery but the more of their beer I try, the more I want to go. If you get a chance to try this one, let me know what you think.


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Bell’s Java Stout

Mister, “I’m curious to see how this is going to go down because, *insert whistle here* it smells like straight coffee.”

Mister sips.  Mister makes a face.  Mister puts the beer down, grabs the ice cream, and starts to eat.  This does not bode well for me liking this beer.

Bell’s Java Stout is a seasonal winter stout. While it isn’t quite as coffee-bitter as you get from smelling it, the java is very prominent in this brew.  It pours a deep black with a few creamy bubbles around the top.  It’s very coffee forward and although bitter, not as bad as I’d have expected.

I tried adding a bite of vanilla ice cream to my mouth then drinking the beer.  Mistake.  Big Mistake.  It made it taste like hot, rotting plastic.

If you really like deep, bitter, coffee with your beer, this is for you.  As much as Mister likes coffee and beer, he couldn’t drink it either.



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Detroit Brewing Co. Sander’s Chocolate Stout

Sander’s chocolate.  It’s iconic in this area.  The Detroit Brewing Company has incorporated Sander’s hot fudge into a beer.  How bad could it be?

It pours a beautiful deep, rich, chocolate brown.  The chocolate is prominent on the nose but subtle in taste.  There is a strong, rich, roasted malt flavor but there is no hint of anything burned.  It’s a simple beer yet has a complex taste. Unusual for a chocolate stout, there is absolutely no hint of bitterness.  I wouldn’t call it sweet just evenly balanced.

As far as stouts go, especially the chocolate stouts, it’s one of the better ones I’ve had.  I can see me drinking more of this.

Cheers!Detroit Brewing Co Sanders Chocolate Stout

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Saugatuck Brewing Company Neapolitan Milk Stout

I don’t want to get older.  I want to go back to no bills, no real responsibilities, simpler times. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying I don’t want to be married or have Little Bug.  I’m just done growing up.  No getting any older.

I’m having that kind of a night and Mister brings me a glass of SBC’s Neapolitan Milk stout.    When I smelled it, you can smell the vanilla and then a sweet strawberry.

My first sip was NOTHING like I’d expected.  It was weird.  Good weird but weird.  The initial taste was bitter chocolate – a lot more bitter than 37 IBU.  It quickly gave way to a smooth sweet berry.  The vanilla isn’t pronounced but more of a smoothness on your tongue.  The bitter doesn’t last and the berry really develops on the palate.

I just can’t quite describe my thoughts on this one.  It’s weird.  I won’t say I wouldn’t drink it again but I wouldn’t run out to grab a 4-pack, either.  I think if the mood were right, I can see me drinking it again.


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Dark Horse Brewing Co. Too Cream Stout

I think it’s been the longest short week I’ve ever had.  Little Bug ended up in the emergency room last night because she’d twisted her ankle and wouldn’t bear weight.  It wasn’t broken and she’s fine today but you can see how swollen it was.  Poor kid!


Mister made a quick trip today to our local gourmet store to buy beer and picked up this beauty.  We’d seen it before but decided not to pick it up.  Mister’s brother drank a bottle of it a few nights ago and highly suggested it so we had to try it.

Dark Horse Brewing Co. has a holiday series of 5 stouts.  This is the second in the line, Too Cream Stout.  They didn’t have the “one” stout today and since it’s an oatmeal style, I’m not sure how Mister would feel about it.  He’s only had one oatmeal stout but has decided he doesn’t any of them.  Men…

Poured, this is a beautiful, opaque, deep brown, almost black.  Mister took a sip and declared that he loved it but he wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it.  You know I’m not a bitter beer lover.  I tried it thinking that if I didn’t like it, I had chilled the perfect bottle of cider and I couldn’t wait to blog about it.  Honestly, I didn’t expect much.  It blew me away.

This stout has a creamy mouth feel but isn’t as heavy as I’d have expected.  It’s definitely strong, robust, and complex.  It has a very “roasted” flavor but it isn’t a burnt or java-bitter taste; there is no rancid taste left in the back of your throat.  As it sits on the palate, the bitterness fades completely and the sweetness really comes out.  I have to imagine a piece of good quality chocolate or rich, chewy browny would set this beer off perfectly.


Too Cream Stout

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Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout

No cute story tonight.  Not feeling wordy.  Lots of health issues and death for friends and family.

Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout is a beautiful deep chocolate brown stout.  It’s dark and robust and the bitterness is bearable.  It’s brewed with licorice and while it’s there if you really taste for it, the flavor isn’t pronounced.  In the scheme of stouts, it’s ok.  Not my favorite but drinkable.


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New Holland The Poet Oatmeal Stout

“It smells kinda nutty, a little sweet, and kinda hoppy – just like you.”  What can I say?  We’ve been together long enough that he knows me well.

Stouts that aren’t alcohol barrel aged aren’t my favorite.  They’re generally too bitter and strong for me.  This one fell right in line.  While New Holland’s The Poet wasn’t bad enough to pour it out, I can’t imagine I’d ever reach for a glass of it again.

I initially picked up a lot of the roasted, nearly burnt, malt flavor.  It had no sweetness but wasn’t as biting as you’d expect.  Mister picked up some smoky almost ash-like flavors.  He compared it to biting into a charred bit of steak.  I disagree – I enjoy that crunchy nugget of beef.  I will say that the flavors are fairly round and if stouts are your thing, this one would surely fit the bill.


New Holland The Poet

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Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

Today was a particularly long day after an extremely long day yesterday.  Mister pulled this little gem out of the fridge.  He’d had it a few years ago from the tap of a pub in a near-by town.

He took the standard picture and we sat down to enjoy a glass of Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout.  I didn’t.  It’s VERY dark and bitter (to me).  Classified as an imperial stout, tt smelled sweet but didn’t taste at all like it smelled.  As it sat on my palate, it mellowed and I actually enjoyed the flavor.

I took another sip…ugh.  I just couldn’t do it.  Mister said he thought it should be more like a java porter.



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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

On the heels of finding Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale on a long weekend in Cleveland, Alltech brewing from Lexington, Kentucky, released a stout.  Thankfully this is a regular and not a limited release.  Unfortunately Alltech doesn’t distribute to Michigan (yet).


Mister got online and found a store just over the state line that carries what we’ve found to be the best selection of beers within driving distance, including the coveted stout.  Mister called and they agreed to hold a case for us.  Woo hoo!  He grudgingly waited until Sunday to throw Little Bug and me in the car.  We made a pit stop along the way but it was just over a 2-hour drive.

The Andersons, the amazing little market we went to, carried many beers we’ve never seen and many we can’t get in Michigan.  Unfortunately by this time Little Bug was hungry, tired, cranky, and just generally a snot.  I didn’t have as much time to look as Mister but what I saw was awesome.  We ended up with some things you’ll see show up in later posts.

The Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout is a very coffee-foward, full-bodied beer.  It pours a deep, rich, brown-black that you can not see through even when held to the light and, to use a wine term, it has legs when you swirl it in the glass.

I’m not a huge fan of stouts as they tend to be bitter.  This one isn’t.  The aging in the bourbon barrel really rounds out the flavors and keeps the beer smooth on your palate.

It was very well worth the drive, though I’m glad we bought a case while we were there.  I’m positive we’ll be making the drive again.



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Harpoon Chocolate Stout

harpoon chocolate stout bottle

We went on a beer-buying spree tonight. Mister found 5 specialty beer stores within an hour’s drive. My parents came to watch Little Bug and we took off. We detoured a bit from our first destination for a late lunch/early dinner at Clarkston’s Union Wood Shop. After some delicious bites, we headed out. Watch the next few posts for some of the specials we nabbed tonight.

Harpoon Chocolate Stout
While overall, not our favorite stout, it was one we’re glad we bought 6 of. When cold right out of the bottle, it was actually quite refreshing. You know – the kind of beer you drink on a warm summer’s night while sitting on the deck watching the lightening bugs and swatting at mosquitos. As it warmed, it seemed to thicken and the chocolate was much more noticeable. It wasn’t bitter at any temperature nor did it linger long on the palate.



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