Friday, February 6, 2015

Beer of the Month - January 2015

Unlike December, I had several great beers in January.  Not a new one, but I was able to enjoy some 2014 Foothills Sexual Chocolate at Busy Bee last week.  A big, sweet, super chocolate stout.  For those who like stouts that don't come with a lot of coffee flavor, look no further.  I'm not saying I would stand in line all night for this beer like some do, but it's very good.  Speaking of standing in line, the 2015 Sexual Chocolate is was released at Foothills this past weekend.  There are several releases on draft and in bottle shops this week in Raleigh, I will definitely be getting my hands on some.

My favorite beer of January is from none other than Wicked Weed.  A new bottle and sandwich shop from the owners of Trophy, called State of Beer, opened recently on Hillsborough street.  I've made several stops at this fine establishment, most recently for a Wicked Weed tap takeover.  I brake when I see a Wicked Weed truck a parking lot.  The draft list featured six offerings from Wicked Weed, including two of my favorites, Freak of Nature and Lusus Naturae.  The rest were all new to me.

The drink I ordered, and thus my beer of the month, was Dark Age.  An imperial stout aged in Four Roses barrels.  I had no choice in the matter.  Huge chocolate flavors, dark brown sugar, vanilla, and a warm bourbon finish.  My favorite dark beer from Wicked Weed thus far.

Dark Age Bourbon Stout
Wicked Weed Brewing
Russian Imperial Stout
11.9% ABV, 55 IBU
Rate: 4.5/5

My girlfriend ordered the French 75, a cocktail-inspired American Wild Ale.  I've never had anything quite like this one.  Floral, lemon, and a lot of mint, almost like a peppermint patty.  There was so much going on in this beer.  It very much reminded me more of a cocktail than beer and while it was very good, I'm not sure I could do more than one pour of this.

(Photo cred to blrea)

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