As Black Friday is coming to a close, for most of you, the final shopping destination should always be the liquor store. Reward yourself and any family or friends that are on the verge of overstaying their welcome with some delicious beers, or anything else that you may be in the mood for drinking. As you can assume, I would suggest beer, I mean this is a beer blog after all.
For Black Friday, the dark the beer, the better, in my opinion. Let’s not go with just any old dark beer. I mean, there are so many options out there. From sweet pastry stouts to dry barrel aged imperial stouts that have been aged on, only God knows what. To stay in theme with the holiday, I’ve gone through our stock and found some of the darkest, most unique, most classical Imperial Stouts I could find. Enjoy!
And Now, the Brews
|Evil Twin | Harlan’s Even More Jesus | Imperial Stout Aged in Red Wine Barrels|
|It’s tough to think of a brewery that has had more variations on one single beer than Evil Twin, and Harlan’s Even More Jesus is just one more version of an already iconic beer. Aged for an undisclosed number of months in “rare” red wine barrels from a “cult winery in California”, Harlan’s one of those “Treat-Yo-Self” types of beers. Perfect for you Black Friday splurgings. A nose of jammed berries it met with fudge chocolate, roasted coffee, big red grapes, oak, vanilla, caramel, and rich molasses. A great smokiness meets the tongue followed by savory red wine, dark chocolate, and coffee which leads into caramel, molasses, toffee, oak, and a touch of vanilla, which all pairs with the rich berries of, raspberry, blueberry, cherries, strawberry, and blackberry. All of this richness is balanced out, or at least in an attempt to balance it out, with some herbal hop notes. This uber complex stout is worth every penny if you can find some. (I think I saw some in Blaine and Chanhassen…)|
|22 oz Bottle | 12% ABV | N/A IBUs|
|Bent Brewstillery | Dark Fatha | 2018 Barrel Aged American Emperial Stout|
|Every year, Bent Brewstillery’s Dark Fatha is released. Every year, it’s aged in different barrels. This year’s maturation was done in some good ole bourbon barrels. The resulting liquid boasts a nose of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, roasted coffee, and a good amount of booze. The flavors are similar with dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and a mild booze that doesn’t burn. This year’s version has to be one of my favorites, the flavors have really come together to be a nicely balanced stout with enough complexity to keep you coming back for another slug or two. This is the perfect to beer to help you wind down after a long day of trampling over other shopping at 5 am.|
|750 ml Bottle | 12% ABV | 57 IBUs|
|Destihl | Privyet | Russian-Style Imperial Stout|
|For the non-barrel aged side of strong stouts, Privyet, which means “Hi” or “Hey” in Russian, is the base beer to their award-winning bourbon barrel aged Dosvidanya®. Intense aromas of burnt malts, dark chocolate, molasses, a light smoke, and vanilla with hints of caramel. The taste is very similar with roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and vanilla that is all rich and decadent. The slight sweetness at the end helps hide some of the booze, but the heat is still noticeable. This is a classic Imperial Stout in every shape and form.|
|4 pk 12 oz Cans | 11.4% ABV | 80 IBUs|