Friday, December 23, 2016


New Belgium recently put out a new collaboration beer, this time a wood-aged imperial sour stout done with Maryland's Hard Rock Band Clutch. The story on my bomber says to expect "a pronounced bass line of dark chocolate, coffee and black malts [that] bridge the sourness of dark wood for a fluid riff."

The label art is pretty cool. The sun looks like it's sticking out its tongue delivering a key. Below that, the name Clutch is artistically drawn, maybe also like a key but I'm not sure. Maybe if I had ever heard of this band I'd know. Lips of Faith Series. 8.5% alcohol. Best Enjoyed By May 6, 2018.

Big aroma of chocolate and coffee. Sweet chocolate flavors start but are immediately met by a thread of sourness that continuously runs through the beer. Woody, cherry and pruney flavors add some additional interest. And a faint hit of smoke.

Dry at the finish. I'm not sure this is my thing but it was OK and definitely interesting!

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