Goose Island Beer Company: Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (2018)

Goose Island Beer Company: 2018 Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout

Style: Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Special Notes: Brewed with a combination of dark chocolate and two types of cocoa nibs. Only released in Chicago.

Hops: Millenium

Malts: 2-Row, Caramel, Chocolate, Debittered Black, Munich, Roast Barley

ABV: 14.4%

IBU: 60

Availability: No longer in production.

@untappd says: 4.54/5

It may have taken me three months, but the 2018 Bourbon County hunt is over!

As the great Beatles song says, sometimes you can only get by “with a little help from [your] friends.” Back on December 1, I posted what I thought would be the last 2018 Goose Island Beer Company Bourbon County Stout I would be able to find, the Bourbon County Brand Reserve. I was content with that. After all, I’d been able to procure the Bramble Rye Stout, the Coffee Barleywine, the Vanilla, the Midnight Orange, the Wheatwine Ale and the original. Seven out of eight ain’t bad, right?

Goose Island Beer Company: 2018 Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout
Look at this lovely box! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

A month later, I got a random DM from my good buddy, @bedwetr7 aka Josh. He had seen in my Instagram stories that I was hoping to score a Proprietor’s—a story I had posted mostly as a shot in the dark—and he’d answered my call.

Josh contacted me saying that he’d bought one with me in mind, if I was interested in a trade. All Josh wanted was some Trillium brews. I was pretty shocked. The Proprietor’s goes on Ebay for tons of money, after all. To get an offer for a fair amount of brews was great. Thankfully, I don’t live prohibitively far away from either Trillium location, and I’m always looking for a reason to go to them. I asked Josh to cellar my stout for a month while I planned a road trip to Canton. Two Saturdays ago, I went (you’ve been seeing the fruits of that trip for the last 9 days). A week later, I shipped out his beers, and he shipped me mine.

Goose Island Beer Company: 2018 Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout
And yes, this beautiful bottle was inside! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Last night, I got my end of the trade, and completed the greatest beer hunt of my Windowsill’s young life. So, what makes the Proprietor’s so special? Every year, Goose Island makes a special version of their Bourbon County Brand Stout for the ones they consider “the adventurous beer lovers who responded so favorably to our first batch of Bourbon County Brand Stout in the early 90s, and who loyally, year after year, share our passion for bourbon barrel-aged stout.”

The Proprietor’s is always the best of the best, made with unique ingredients from the rest and a special recipe put together by Brian LaGro. For 2018, the magic word is chocolate. It uses a combination of dark chocolate and two kinds of cocoa nibs. It’s rich, decadent and includes all the chocolate flavors, from “silky milk chocolate” to “deep and earth dark chocolate.”

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. Goose Island Beer Company: Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (2018) . It may have taken me three months, but the 2018 Bourbon County hunt is over! . As the great Beatles song says, sometimes you can only get by “with a little help from [your] friends.” Back on December 1, I posted what I thought would be the last 2018 Bourbon County Stout I would be able to find, the Reserve. A month later, I got a random DM from my good buddy, @bedwetr7 aka Josh. He had seen in my Instagram stories that I was hoping to score a Proprietors—a story I had posted mostly as a shot in the dark—and he’d answered my call. . Josh contacted me saying that he’d bought one with me in mind, if I was interested in a trade. All Josh wanted was some Trillium brews. I was pretty shocked. The Prorpiertor’s goes on Ebay for tons of money, afterall. To get an offer for a fair amount of brews was great. Thankfully, I don’t live prohibitively far away from either Trillium location, and I’m always looking for a reason to go to them. I asked Josh to cellar my stout for a month while I planned a road trip to Canton. Two Saturdays ago, I went (you’ve been seeing the fruits of that trip for the last 9 days). A week later, I shipped out his beers, and he shipped me mine. . Last night, I got my end of the trade, and completed the greatest beer hunt of my Windowsill’s young life. So, what makes the Proprietor’s so special? Every year, Goose Island makes a special version of their Bourbon County Brand Stout for the ones they consider “the adventurous beer lovers who responded so favorably to our first batch of Bourbon County Brand Stout in the early 90s, and who loyally, year after year, share our passion for bourbon barrel-aged stout.” . The Proprietor’s is always the best of the best, made with unique ingredients from the rest and a special recipe put together by Brian LaGro. For 2018, the magic word is chocolate. It uses a combination of dark chocolate and two kinds of cocoa nibs. It’s rich, decadent and includes all the chocolate flavors, from “silky milk chocolate” to “deep and earth dark chocolate.” . ABV: 14.4, IBU: 60, No longer in production . @untappd says: 4.54/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: Coconut PM Dawn

Trillium Brewing Company: Coconut PM Dawn

Style: Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Brewed with new Trillium brand coffee and tons of toasted coconut.

Hops: Hop extract

Malts: Pale Malt, Caramunich, Crystal Malt, Dextrine, Black (Patent), Roasted Barley, Special B, Chocolate Malt

ABV: 9.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 4.46/5

Here at Beers on Windowsills, we never say no to coconut.

The last time I visited Trillium Brewing Company’s Fort Point location, I picked up a 4-pack of their PM Dawn. I drank three pretty quickly, but one ended up lost in the back of the fridge for a while, before I finally reviewed it back in early January. On my trip to Canton, I was lucky enough to score the Coconut PM Dawn. So happy I did!

There are two major differences between the original PM Dawn and the coconut version. First, the coffee. The original, at least the cans I got, were made with coffee from Barrington Coffee Roasting Co. OK, so that’s still technically true, but the coffee used in this can of Coconut PM Dawn is branded as Trillium Coffee. It was developed with the team from Barrington, though.

Trillium Brewing Company: Coconut PM Dawn
That tiny little yellow lettering makes all the difference! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

The second main difference is—you guessed it—the coconut. Toasted coconut, to be exact. Trillium does something interesting with these variants—so far they’ve canned Cacao PM Dawn, Vanilla PM Dawn and Peanut Butter PM Dawn, too—in that they lower the coffee ratio used in order to allow the other ingredients to shine. You get less coffee, and more coconut, or whatever delicious special ingredient they decide to use.

The results were pretty amazing. I loved the original, but this one blew it out of the water. It’s so sweet and coconutty! That added flavor goes perfectly with this style of stout. Especially one made by a tremendous brewery, like Trillium.

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Coconut PM Dawn . Here at Beers on Windowsills, we never say no to coconut. . The last time I visited Trillium’s Fort Point location, I picked up a 4-pack of their PM Dawn. I drank three pretty quickly, but one ended up lost in the back of the fridge for a while, before I finally reviewed it back in early January. On my trip to Canton, I was lucky enough to score the Coconut PM Dawn. So happy I did! . There are two major differences between the original PM Dawn and the coconut version. First, the coffee. The original, at least the cans I got, were made with coffee from @barringtoncoffee. OK, so that’s still technically true, but the coffee used in this can of Coconut PM Dawn is branded as Trillium Coffee. It was developed with the team from Barrington, though. . The second main difference is—you guessed it—the coconut. Toasted coconut, to be exact. Trillium does something interesting with these variants—so far they’ve canned Cacao PM Dawn, Vanilla PM Dawn and Peanut Butter PM Dawn, too—in that they lower the coffee ratio used in order to allow the other ingredients to shine. You get less coffee, and more coconut, or whatever delicious special ingredient they decide to use. . The results were pretty amazing. I loved the original, but this one blew it out of the water. It’s so sweet and coconutty! That added flavor goes perfectly with this style of stout. Especially one made by a tremendous brewery, like Trillium. . ABV: 9.0, IBU: N/A, Limited availability . @untappd says: 4.46/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: Resolution Break

Trillium Brewing Company: Resolution Break

Style: Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Made with Liege waffles, Belgian pearl sugar, Lactose, Madagascar vanilla bean and Trillium brand cold brew coffee.

Hops: Hop Extract

Malts: Pale Malt, Crystal, Flaked Oats, Black (Patent), Chocolate Malt, Munich Malt, White Wheat

ABV: 13.5%

IBU: N/A

Availability: No longer available

@untappd says: 4.15/5

Are you doing a dry month? It’s time to end that right now!

Every time the ball drops in Times Square—once the hangover ends, anyway—people decide to change their lives for the better. Everyone gets a gym membership, picks up yoga, throws out their deep fryer or buys a bunch of self help books. We’ve all been there. Some people decide to quit drinking for a month. I haven’t been there yet though, lol. Anyway, whatever your resolution, people say they are meant to be broken. Trillium Brewing Company’s imperial stout, Resolution Break, encouraged beer drinkers to stop being so damn good, and start quenching their damn thirst.

Trillium released this beer on January 27, just 4 days before the end of most people’s dry month resolutions. Kinda mean, right? It’s no longer available, which means the glass you see on that makeshift Windowsill at Trillium’s Canton location—it’s actually the part of the door that you push to open—is probably one of the last ones poured. I got mine on February 8.

So what made the Resolution Break worthy of breaking a dry month resolution? Waffles. 500 lbs of liege-style waffles (a thicker, richer and chewier style of the Belgian specialty), which Trillium got from Burgundian Coffee & Waffles. To top it all off, Trillium threw in some of their own branded coffee, which they developed with the help of their regular local collaboration partner Barrington Coffee Roasting Co. Did I mention the lactose and vanilla, too?

Do I even have to tell you how good this beer is? It wasn’t as good as the Peanut Butter Cup, but it was pretty damn good! Here’s hoping they bring it back some day.

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Resolution Break . Are you doing a dry month? It’s time to end that right now! . Every time the ball drops in Times Square—once the hangover ends, anyway—people decide to change their lives for the better. Everyone gets a gym membership, picks up yoga, throws out their deep fryer or buys a bunch of self help books. We’ve all been there. Some people decide to quit drinking for a month. I haven’t been there yet though, lol. Anyway, whatever your resolution, people say they are meant to be broken. Trillium Brewing Company’s imperial stout, Resolution Break, encouraged beer drinkers to stop being so damn good, and start quenching their damn thirst. . Trillium released this beer on January 27, just 4 days before the end of most people’s dry month resolutions. Kinda mean, right? It’s no longer available, which means the glass you see on that makeshift Windowsill at Trillium’s Canton location—it’s actually the part of the door that you push to open—is probably one of the last ones poured. I got mine on February 8. . So what made this stout worthy of breaking a dry month resolution? Waffles. 500 lbs of liege-style waffles (a thicker, richer and chewier style of the Belgian specialty), which Trillium got from @burgundian_coffee_waffles. To top it all off, Trillium threw in some of their own branded coffee, which they developed with the help of their regular local collaboration partner @barringtoncoffee. Did I mention the lactose and vanilla, too? . Do I even have to tell you how good this beer is? It wasn’t as good as the Peanut Butter Cup, but it was pretty damn good! Here’s hoping they bring it back some day. . ABV: 13.5, IBU: N/A, No longer available . @untappd says: 4.15/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: Peanut Butter Cup

Trillium Brewing Company: Peanut Butter Cup

Style: Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Brewed with peanut butter, chocolate, Madagascar vanilla beans and lactose

Hops: Hop Extract

Malts: Pale Malt, Caramel Malt, Flaked Oat, Black (Patent) Malt, Chocolate Malt, Munich Malt, White Wheat

ABV: 13.5%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 4.4/5

This past Saturday, I took a trip to @trilliumcanton with my good buddy, Brian aka the Galley Cookin’ Beer Snob, and I had what is now my FAVORITE BEER OF ALL TIME—Peanut Butter Cup from Trillium Brewing Company.

First, a bit about our day. Brian got to my house at about 10:20AM and we hit the road to Canton, MA. We made no stops along the way and were inside the building at Trillium’s Canton brewery and taproom at 1:00 PM sharp. As was the plan, we went immediately to the taproom line to get a couple of 5oz pours each. I went with the Resolution Break, an Imperial Stout brewed with cold brew coffee, liege waffles, lactose and vanilla; and the Cape Elizabeth Light House, a double IPA. I’ll save the details on those for another post, because the attention today needs to be placed on the third 5oz pour I picked up.

Trillium Brewing Company in Canton
The sign outside Trillium Brewing Company in Canton (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Just from the smell, I knew I was in for something life changing. I don’t think I’ll forget that first sip for a long, long time. The creamy, viscous goodness coated the inside of my mouth like motor oil does engine lines. The flavors of chocolate, peanut butter and Madagascar vanilla beans and lactose transported me back to younger days, enjoying peanut butter milkshakes on hot summer nights. I’m pretty sure I floated off the ground for a minute, too. OK… but seriously, this was some unbelievable beer! I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it!

After taking time to make sure I was OK to drive, we went over to the retail shop section to pick up our to-go beers. I ended up buying a case of all different kinds of cans and bottles for me, my wife, a buddy and for an upcoming trade. Sadly, the Peanut Butter Cup was not available to take home. No cans. No bottles. Not even growlers. How disappointing!

Trillium Brewing Company: Peanut Butter Cup
Here’s hoping these aren’t the only 5oz of Peanut Butter Cup I ever drink. (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Anyway, we packed our beers into the back of the car and headed home. On the way, we stopped off at Castle Island Brewing Company, Grey Sail Brewing of RI, Cottrell Brewing Co., Beer’d Brewing Company (which was closed) and Outer Light Brewing Company. After grabbing food at the Half Keg Tavern in New London, we drove home. Our 12-hour, 4-brewery road trip was over! Amazing day. More to come on those stops soon!’

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Peanut Butter Cup . This past Saturday, I took a trip to @trilliumcanton with my good buddy, @galleycookinbeersnob (Brian), and I had what is now my FAVORITE BEER OF ALL TIME—Peanut Butter Cup from Trillium Brewing Company. . First, a bit about our day. Brian got to my house at about 10:20AM and we hit the road to Canton, MA. We made no stops along the way and were inside the building at Trillium’s Canton brewery and taproom at 1:00 PM sharp. As was the plan, we went immediately to the taproom line to get a couple of 5oz pours each. I went with the Resolution Break, an Imperial Stout brewed with cold brew coffee, liege waffles, lactose and vanilla; and the Cape Elizabeth Light House, a double IPA. I’ll save the details on those for another post, because the attention today needs to be placed on the third 5oz pour I picked up. . Just from the smell, I knew I was in for something life changing. I don’t think I’ll forget that first sip for a long, long time. The creamy, viscous goodness coated the inside of my mouth like motor oil does engine lines. The flavors of chocolate, peanut butter and Madagascar vanilla beans and lactose transported me back to younger days, enjoying peanut butter milkshakes on hot summer nights. I’m pretty sure I floated off the ground for a minute, too. OK… but seriously, this was some unbelievable beer! I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it! . After taking time to make sure I was OK to drive, we went over to the retail shop section to pick up our to-go beers. I ended up buying a case of all different kinds of cans and bottles for me, my wife, a buddy and for an upcoming trade. Sadly, the Peanut Butter Cup was not available to take home. No cans. No bottles. Not even growlers. How disappointing! . Anyway, we packed our beers into the back of the car and headed home. On the way, we stopped off at @cibrewing, @greysail, @cottrellbrewing, @beerdbrewing (which was closed) and @outerlightbrewing. After grabbing food at the Half Keg Tavern in New London, we drove home. Our 12-hour, 4-brewery road trip was over. More to come on those stops! . ABV: 13.5%, IBU: N/A, Limited availability . @untappd says: 4.4/5

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Cigar City Brewing: Marshal Zhukov’s

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Named after a famous Russian WWII general

ABV: 11.8%

IBU: 70

Availability: Yearly release (Summer)

@untappd says: 4.21/5

With the help of Cigar City Brewing, we’re honoring a great military leader on the Windowsill today.

If you know what my day job is, you know I’m a big fan of history. That’s why I love when a brewery digs into the past for inspiration for its beer names. Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing has done a great job of this with their Marshal Zhukov. It’s a Russian Imperial Stout named after Georgy Zhukov—one of the greatest generals of World War II.

Cigar City Brewing: Marshal Zhukov's
Proper label color for this Russian Imperial Stout! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on WIndowsills)

Most of us living in the United States only get to know about the great American generals during the war, like Dwight D. Eisenhower or Douglas MacArthur, so, to me, it was cool to research Zhukov and learn a bit about his role for Russia in WWII. Zhukov’s story is a classic rags-to-riches story. He was born in 1896 into extreme poverty, served—and was injured—in WWI and eventually rose to command the entire Red Army during WWII. I won’t get much further into his life on the Windowsill, but his is a fascinating story. Look it up if you want to know more.

Now that the history lesson is over… does the Marshal Zhukov do a good job of honoring the great Russian general? “Da.” Without a doubt. It pours into the glass like motor oil—in both color and viscosity—and the notes of chocolate, coffee and other roasty goodness hit my taste buds like a bullet from a PPS-43. It also had some pretty solid sweetness… perfect for dessert.

If you’re looking for a good Russian Imperial Stout, bid “do svidaniya” to the rest… Marshal Zhukov’s is a must-have.

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. Cigar City Brewing: Marshal Zhukov’s . With the help of @cigarcitybrewing, we’re honoring a great military leader on the Windowsill today. . If you know what my day job is, you know I’m a big fan of history. That’s why I love when a brewery digs into the past for inspiration for its beer names. Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing has done a great job of this with their Marshal Zhukov. It’s a Russian Imperial Stout named after Georgy Zhukov—one of the greatest generals of World War II. . Most of us living in the United States only get to know about the great American generals during the war, like Dwight D. Eisenhower or Douglas MacArthur, so, to me, it was cool to research Zhukov and learn a bit about his role for Russia in WWII. Zhukov’s story is a classic rags-to-riches story. He was born in 1896 into extreme poverty, served—and was injured—in WWI and eventually rose to command the entire Red Army during WWII. I won’t get much further into his life on the Windowsill, but his is a fascinating story. Look it up if you want to know more. . Now that the history lesson is over… does the Marshal Zhukov do a good job of honoring the great Russian general? “Da.” Without a doubt. It pours into the glass like motor oil—in both color and viscosity—and the notes of chocolate, coffee and other roasty goodness hit my taste buds like a bullet from a PPS-43. It also had some pretty solid sweetness… perfect for dessert. . If you’re looking for a good Russian Imperial Stout, bid “do svidaniya” to the rest… Marshal Zhukov is a must-have. . ABV: 11.8, IBU: 70, Limited availability . @untappd says: 4.21/5

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Evil Twin Brewing: Bozo Beer (2018)

Evil Twin Brewing: Bozo Beer

Style: Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Brewed with hints of cocoa, chocolate, coconut, cinnamon, oak chips, chili, coffee, vanilla, hazelnut, chestnut and marshmallows.

ABV: 17.2%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 4.23/5

Who knew being a bozo would feel so good?

Not only is it Stout Season, but it snowed and was extremely cold in the North East this weekend. That meant I needed an extra beefy stout to keep me warm. Who do you go to when you need a beefy stout? Evil Twin Brewing, of course. At 17.2% ABV, and with the consistency of pure motor oil, the Bozo Beer is one of the beefiest stouts I’ve ever had.

Evil Twin Brewing: Bozo Beer
Just a couple of bozos on the label. Can you guess who they are? (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Window Sills)

So why Bozo? According to a piece in the New York Times, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø (owner of Evil Twin) designed this beer “make fun of” the extreme flavor experiments in which craft brewers like Mikkeller often engage. Said Jeppe: We added cocoa, chocolate, coconut, cinnamon, oak chips, chili, coffee, vanilla, hazelnut, chestnut, marshmallows. It’s not a beer I’d drink, but it came out excellent, and it gets crazy high ratings.”

So, when Evil Twin made this beer, which was brewed in conjunction with Westbrook Brewing Company, they set out to make a ridiculous beer, kind of to make fun of us craft beer bozos. With all those giant flavors, and all that booze, I really loved this brew. I’ll be a bozo all day long if it means Jeppe keeps making this beer. It’s amazing!

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Two Roads Brewing Company: Two Evil: Saigon Scooter Selfie

Two Roads Brewing Company: Two Evil: Saigon Scooter Selfie

Style: Vietnamese-style Coffee Stout

Special Notes: Brewed with coffee, brown sugar and cream extract—in the style of Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese iced coffee). Collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing and Heart of Darkness Brewery Saigon.

ABV: 9.5%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 4.05/5

Taking the Windowsill to Saigon today!

Have you ever heard of Ca Phe Sua Da? I hadn’t either. As it turns out, it’s a style of coffee that originated in Vietnam. According to Steamy Kitchen, “Vietnamese Iced Coffee is an intensely brewed coffee concentrate that drips down into a tall glass of ice and a big spoonful of sweetened condensed milk.” The result is a rich, creamy, smooth, sweet and intense coffee flavor that can be a bit shocking to those of us used to “regular” coffee.

Two Roads Brewing Company: Two Evil: Saigon Scooter Selfie
Sometimes a happy accident can lead to great inspiration. Like this label! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Sounds good, right? Well, that’s what the Saigon Scooter Selfie is; a Vietnamese style coffee stout. It’s brewed with coffee, as well as brown sugar and cream extract. The beer is the latest—along with the Geyser Gose and the Pachamama Porter—in the Two Evil series of collaborations between Two Roads Brewing Company and Evil Twin Brewing. For this Vietnamese-inspired stout, brewers Phil Markowski (Two Roads) and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø (Evil Twin) actually traveled to Saigon—they’ve traveled somewhere to brew all of the Two Evil beers—to work with Duane Morton, head brewer at Heart of Darkness Brewery.

The label is inspired by a real photo taken by co-founder of Two Roads Clem Pellani. Pellani was actually trying to take a video, but ended up taking selfie instead… on a scooter… in Saigon.

Much like the Vietnamese-style coffee, the end product of this collaboration was rich, creamy, decadent stout. The label describes it like a coffee milkshake, and that’s really what it is. I haven’t had another stout quite like it, and I really wish I had another. It also makes me desperately want to try the real Ca Phe Sua Da… so I think that’s what I’ll be doing next!

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. Two Roads Brewing Company: Two Evil: Saigon Scooter Selfie . Taking the Windowsill to Saigon today! . Have you ever heard of Ca Phe Sua Da? I hadn’t either. As it turns out, it’s a style of coffee that originated in Vietnam. According to @steamykitchen, “Vietnamese Iced Coffee is an intensely brewed coffee concentrate that drips down into a tall glass of ice and a big spoonful of sweetened condensed milk.” The result is a rich, creamy, smooth, sweet and intense coffee flavor that can be a bit shocking to those of us used to “regular” coffee. . Sounds good, right? Well, that’s what the Saigon Scooter Selfie is; a Vietnamese style coffee stout. It’s brewed with coffee, as well as brown sugar and cream extract. The beer is the latest—along with the Geyser Gose and the Pachamama—in the Two Evil series of collaborations between @tworoadsbrewing and @eviltwinbrewing. For this Vietnamese-inspired stout, brewers Phil Markowski (Two Roads) and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø (Evil Twin) actually traveled to Saigon—they’ve travel somewhere to brew all of the Two Evil beers—to work with Duane Morton, head brewer at @heartofdarknessbrewery. The label is inspired by a real photo taken by co-founder of Two Roads Clem Pellani. Pellani was actually trying to take a video, but ended up taking selfie instead… on a scooter… in Saigon. . Much like the Vietnamese-style coffee, the end product of this collaboration was rich, creamy, decadent stout. The label describes it like a coffee milkshake, and that’s really what it is. I haven’t had another stout quite like it, and I really wish I had another. It also makes me desperately want to try the real Ca Phe Sua Da… so I think that’s what I’ll be doing next! . ABV: 9.5%, IBU: N/A, Limited availability . @untappd says: 4.05/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: PM Dawn

Trillium Brewing Company: PM Dawn

Style: Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Brewed with coffee from Barrington Coffee

ABV: 9.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.30/5

Stout Season is still going strong on the Windowsill today!

This is another Trillium Brewing Company brew from my trip in September, the PM Dawn. It’s one of many beers—of all styles—that the Boston-based brewery has made in collaboration with their Fort Point neighbors, Barrington Coffee Roasting. You might have tried some of the others, like the Night & Day, the Day & Night, the Coffee Cake and the Affogato.

Trillium Brewing Company: PM Dawn
Why show one, when I can show two? (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

This is the first Stout I’ve ever tried from Trillium, and I can absolutely guarantee you I’m going to be looking for more of them when I go to their Canton location in February. It’s brewed with cold brewed coffee, which, in my opinion, is way better than regular coffee brewed hot. Why? First of all, it contains more caffeine than regular coffee. It’s also easier on your stomach, as the heat used in brewing a regular cup of Joe can add to the drink’s acidity.

Enough about the Java though. The PM Dawn is divine. The nose hits you with some solid earthy, roasted coffee and chocolate. The flavor follows suit with more chocolate, vanilla and rich and creamy coffeeness. One thing I like in my stouts is a heavier mouthfeel and, although it’s not quite motor oil, the PM Dawn is fairly heavy and thick. Very balanced, and just plain awesome.

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The Alchemist: Luscious (2018)

The Alchemist: Luscious

Style: British Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Made with 50% specialty malt for more flavor.

ABV: 9.2%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.27/5

We have a nice bit of deep, dark lusciousness on the Windowsill today!

Can you imagine a world without beer from Vermont’s The Alchemist? Well, back in 2011, their brewpub in Waterbury—this was long before the beautiful new facility in Stowe—was completely devastated by a flood. According to the Waterbury Record, the floodwaters “destroyed nearly everything in the Alchemist basement. A walk-in cooler, compressors, computers, the malt, beer, food, recipes—all were damaged beyond repair.”

Facing basically being out of business, owner John Kimmich was able to save two beers. Heady Topper and Luscious. Four days after the flood, Kimmich opened a temporary cannery. The Luscious and the Heady Topper helped save the company when it was released for 11/11/11. You can imagine why this beer holds a special place in Kimmich’s heart.

The Alchemist: Luscious
Like the label says, this one was truly luscious.(Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Well, now it holds a special place in my heart, too. I picked up this can all the way back in June, when I visited for @itsmeitsbmd1085’s bachelor party. This was my last can leftover from that trip. As bittersweet as that is, this beer definitely had no bitterness to it at all. Just luscious, sweet deliciousness. It’s a British-style imperial stout with a good kick and some great flavor to boot. One interesting note about this version that separates it from the ones brewed before 2017 is that Alchemist now works on a five-week-brewing cycle. Previous versions of the Luscious was often aged for 8, or even 12, weeks.

The ones you’re getting at their Stowe location these days are much younger. You can have them fresh, or age them a while. Mine spent almost seven months in the fridge, and it was still incredible!

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. The Alchemist: Luscious (2018) . We have a nice bit of deep, dark lusciousness on the Windowsill today! . Can you imagine a world without beer from Vermont’s The Alchemist? Well, back in 2011, their brewpub in Waterbury—this was long before the beautiful new facility in Stowe—was completely devastated by a flood. According to @beerconnoisseurmag, the floodwaters “destroyed nearly everything in the Alchemist basement. A walk-in cooler, compressors, computers, the malt, beer, food, recipes—all were damaged beyond repair.” . Facing basically being out of business, owner John Kimmich was able to save two beers. Heady Topper and Luscious. Four days after the flood, Kimmich opened a temporary cannery. The Luscious and the Heady Topper helped save the company when it was released for 11/11/11. You can imagine why this beer holds a special place in Kimmich’s heart. . Well, now it holds a special place in my heart, too. I picked up this can all the way back in June, when I visited for @itsmeitsbmd1085’s bachelor party. This was my last can leftover from that trip. As bittersweet as that is, this beer definitely had no bitterness to it at all. Just luscious, sweet deliciousness. It’s a British-style imperial stout with a good kick and some great flavor to boot. One interesting note about this version that separates it from the ones brewed before 2017 is that Alchemist now works on a five-week-brewing cycle. Previous versions of the Luscious was often aged for 8, or even 12, weeks. The ones you’re getting at their Stowe location these days are much younger. You can have them fresh, or age them a while. Mine spent almost seven months in the fridge, and it was still incredible! . ABV: 9.2%, IBU: N/A, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 4.27/5

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Left Hand Brewing Company: Wake Up Dead Nitro (2018)

Left Hand Brewing Company: Wake Up Dead Nitro

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Carbonated with Nitrogen.

ABV: 10.2%

IBU: 45

Availability: Winter seasonal

@untappd says: 3.82/5

Happy New Year Windowsillers!

Did you ever wake up dead? I thought I did this morning, but it turned out I was just hungover from celebrating New Year’s Eve at Barcelona Wine Bar in Fairfield, CT. It’s something my wife and I have done a few times now, and it’s always a blast. We typically start with dinner at the restaurant, where they do pretty incredible Spanish-style tapas and entrees. Our favorite tapas are definitely the Sweet & Sour Chorizo & Figs and the Potato Tortillas and the very best entree is the Vegetable Paella. The best part? It’s attached to the Hotel Hi-Ho, so we just rented rooms. No drinking and driving. All drinking and partying!

Left Hand Brewing Company: Wake Up Dead Nitro label closeup
This is definitely a badass label design. Love it! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

It’s the hotel that I have to thank for today’s Windowsill. You can even see the Barcelona Wine Bar sign in the background. Beautiful! As far as the beer? It’s a Nitro Imperial Russian stout from Left Hand Brewing Company named Wake Up Dead. It’s brewed with a slew of delicious malts, including Pale 2-row, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Black Barley and Flaked Oats. Magnum and US Goldings hops make up the rest.

I love Nitro everything. I don’t care if it’s coffee or beer. Today, it’s beer, and the creamy, cascading head from the nitrogen carbonation works beautifully with this stout. It’s chocolately with hints of dry fruit. I really loved it. Got my New Year’s Eve rolling! Plus, that can art is awesome! Hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and that your 2019 includes a lot of great beer—on a windowsill if possible!

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. Left Hand Brewing Company: Wake Up Dead Nitro (2018) . Happy New Year Windowsillers! . Did you ever wake up dead? I thought I did this morning, but it turned out I was just hungover from celebrating New Year’s Eve at Barcelona Wine Bar in Fairfield, CT. It’s something my wife, @jbeataetn, and I have done a few times now, and it’s always a blast. We typically start with dinner at the restaurant, where they do pretty incredible Spanish-style tapas and entrees. Our favorite tapas are definitely the Sweet & Sour Chorizo & Figs and the Potato Tortillas and the very best entree is the Vegetable Paella. The best part? It’s attached to the Hotel Hi-Ho, so we just rented rooms. No drinking and driving. All drinking and partying! . It’s the hotel that I have to thank for today’s Windowsill. You can even see the Barcelona Wine Bar sign in the background. Beautiful! As far as the beer? It’s a Nitro Imperial Russian stout from Left Hand Brewing Company named Wake Up Dead. It’s brewed with a slew of delicious malts, including Pale 2-row, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Black Barley and Flaked Oats. Magnum and US Goldings hops make up the rest. . I love Nitro everything. I don’t care if it’s coffee or beer. Today, it’s beer, and the creamy, cascading head from the nitrogen carbonation works beautifully with this stout. It’s chocolately with hints of dry fruit. I really loved it. Got my New Year’s Eve rolling! Plus, that can art is awesome! Hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and that your 2019 includes a lot of great beer—on a windowsill if possible! . ABV: 10.2%, IBU: 45, Winter seasonal availability . @untappd says: 3.82/5

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