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Dec
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Beers of Milwaukee, vol. 26

Well, shit:

WI: We are exiting the state due to challenges in keeping a volume flow that would ensure frequent shipments of fresh beer.

Wharr-fucking-garbl

So what’s a beer lover to drink in WI these days if he can’t get Ruination?  Well, American interstate commercial dynamism comes to the rescue again with a… puissant Russian Imperial Stout from Utah of all places: Outer Darkness RIS from Squatters Beers’ reserve series.  It’s 25oz of utter badassity at 10.5% ABV and well worth your time.

Outer Darkness is not a beer that permits itself to be taken lightly.  It’s not as sweet as you might expect from the high alcohol concentration, but doesn’t have the usual bittersweetness you might find in, say, Old Rasputin either.  It has a short but potent flavour of, well, beer in the mouth and a long but muted caramel aftertaste.  All things considered, it’s much like Howe Sound’s Pothole Filler taken to the 1.5th power, only with a rather dangerous edge.

The beer geek at one of the local liquor stores who first informed me of Stone’s ignominious retreat suggested that I could get my hops fix with Dark Horse Brewing Company’s Crooked Tree IPA, so I picked up a sixer.  Meh. That is all.

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5 Responses to “Beers of Milwaukee, vol. 26”


  1. December 26, 2010 at 12:14

    Brother, you need to start making your own…

    IPAs aren’t really that tough, nor are stouts; it’s the lighter lagers that are actually tougher to do at home.

  2. December 27, 2010 at 15:25

    You’d be surprised. We give the vast bulk of what we make away, and most of our energies are spent in understanding what goes on and how to get a flavor we want. Most of the reason we give so much away is we are in the position to know when a beer “failed” in not tasting like we were aiming for, and to our friends just tastes like good beer..

    • December 28, 2010 at 14:07

      I’m not disputing the notion that “good beer” can be easily achieved. The problem is, I’d probably spend most of my energies understanding what goes on and how to get a flavour I want — including the energy that should be spent writing The Fucking Dissertation. Come spring, though….

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