It’s always nice to walk into the local liquor store and browse the shelves of big bottle beers, especially when there are some limited-edition brews. Of course, since I rarely drink at home anymore, these beers tend to sit in my fridge for quite a long time.


A couple weeks ago I picked up a bottle of Elysian Brewing’s 12 Beers of the Apocalypse series–a one-time release. It was Peste Chocolate Chili Ale, and it was surprisingly good and much darker than one would expect from an ale. I was told by the liquor store employee that this beer was actually spicy, and that was definitely true. At 7.5% abv, this dark brew has a lot flavor. The chocolate was not overpowering, in fact it was rather subtle–it helped even out the chili. The chili was indeed spicy, and the beer grew spicier as I drank more. If the apocalypse is coming, this would be one crazy beer to have while watching it all end.stone_russian_stout

The second big bottle of beer was Stone’s Espresso Imperial Russian Stout. I should’ve checked the bottle before cracking it open–I had this 11% abv brew before heading out on a Saturday night. It was a little sweeter than I expected, but I attribute that to the high alcohol content. It had a light coffee aroma and subtle flavor hidden by the sweetness. For such a strong beer, it was smooth and tasted a bit lighter–a dangerous combination when you’d rather drink it slowly.


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