Banded Horn Brewing Company, Daikaiju Double IPA, Biddeford, ME
8.7% abv. Can dated For Little Z, 3/9/17. Pours a semi-opaque gold with a thin white head. Pineapple, mango, papaya, and a touch of grapefruit on the nose. First sip is a great mix of tropical fruit, white pepper, and herbs.Medium bodied, yet thirst quenching. You would never, ever imagine that this beer has a high abv. Some mild warming of the belly toward the end, but super drinkable. Mango, orange zest, andoverripe cantaloupe at finish.Some dry cracker and fresh french bread maltiness, but mostly all hops. This beer is a monster and it just might be the most dangerous double IPA I have ever tasted. Kudos to the folks at Banded Horn. I am looking forward to stopping by the brewery this summer.
Banded Horn Brewing Company, The Jolly Woodsman, Biddeford, ME
7.5% abv. 16oz tall boy can. A special blend of two of the breweries stouts, Norweald and Mountain. Steeped with Kenyan espresso from Speckled Ax.Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Rich espresso bean aroma jumps out of the can. Super thick, chewy, and viscous mouthfeel with absolutely no alcohol presence. Bittersweet dark chocolate, fresh roasted nuts, chocolate milk, and espresso flavors dominate, but there is a subtle citrus undertone that helps balance it off nicely. This goes high up on my list of dessert beers. Excessively drinkable even thought it is full bodied. Some mild astringency at the finish due to the heavy malt billing. Damn this is a delicious beer. Cocoa nibs and floral and bright citrus hop flavors combine at finish in the most interesting way. I love this one. I could not help but include the Pete Seeger book I am currently reading in the picture. The similarities in the color palate of the beer can and the book are pretty remarkable.