December 14th and this is what was in my two X-mas calendars:.
The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar
Awful Gato by Mikkeller San Diego - Coffee, a bit of vanilla, some sweetness and a tiny hint of citrus in the nose. Taste is full-blown coffee at first followed by vanilla and chocolate flavors. Bitterness sneaks up just before you take the next sip. Between every sip, this beer makes you mouth water flow. This is a super easy drinking beer. It's definitely one of the best brown ales I have had in a very long time.
My wife's homemade X-mas calendar
Brewer's Reserve Vanilla Bean Stout by Central Waters Brewing Company -
Evident bourbon barrel and some vanilla hit the nose followed by a faint note of dark chocolate. Flavors of coconut are dominant at first followed by evident bourbon and quite a lot of vanilla without overpowering anything else. Somewhere in between all this is a bit of oak and a tasty mix of faint chocolate and licorice. This is really a sipper that changes as the temperature of the beer is rising. This is a super tasty beer!
Yesterday’s beers were black. Today’s beers are brown and black. I think it fits the season quite well. Coffee and vanilla seem to be the keywords today, but then bourbon enters the stage and takes over completely. Brewer’s Reserve Vanilla Bean Stout really is a treat. If you like imperial stouts aged in bourbon barrels this is a beer you need to find. The balance between bourbon barrel and vanilla is superb. This is a beer that makes me wanna buy some more to store for the future. Both beers today are way above average and if you really force me to choose I have to go with Brewer’s Reserve Vanilla Bean Stout by Central Waters Brewing Company since it is just absolutely amazing.
All through December, I'm opening my two X-mas beer calendars. The two calendars are The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar and my wife's homemade X-mas calendar.
See you tomorrow!