The start to any weekend (and yes, my weekend begins Wednesday night, with my days off being Thursday-Friday) requires a relaxing fantastic beer to enjoy, and something strong to remove all lingering reminders of work…. and I picked a wonderful one to do it with.
This is not a new beer for me (or even a new beer period) by any stretch. And I’ll be upfront on this, I helped Tattered Flag (and Derek Wolf of Wolf Brewing Co) to can it. We canned it on 1.17.19, so roughly four months ago. But obviously, as a stout, that’s no problem, especially kept cool in my fridge from the time it came home. (And according to Untappd, I’ve checked into this now 15 times, so I’d say I’m a bit familiar with the beer).
So, in essence, a big, strong, tasty, dark beer to relax to while reading is the perfect start to any weekend. And yes, its always stout season, no matter the temperature, don’t let the haters fool you.
So lets get right into this big boozy beer:
Name: Boulangerie Stout – Imperial Churro
Brewery: Tattered Flag (collaboration with Wolf Brewing Co.)
Untappd Description: Straight from Latin American churrerias to your glass – via our friends at Costco – Tattered Flag and Wolf Brewing Company bring you Boulangerie Imperial Churro Stout. Brewed with whole churros, then conditioned on ceylon cinnamon and the finest vanilla beans, this is truly pastry in a glass. Todo el mundo debería creer en algo. Yo creo que debemos tomar otra cerveza. Salud!
So, the first notes of this are immediately boozy, warm, and strong. As it warms up it mellows out a bit, but the first impression will be sweet, strong, and boozy, and very tasty.
As you delve into the beer, the vanilla and the cinnamon takes a bit more prominence, especially as the beer warms up in your glass. There is a nice sugary taste and feel to it (afterall it is a pastry stout), but its not cloying, or over sweet, or over powering, it seems to be just right on.
The churro is a nice backbone to this sweet, boozy beer, providing it with the thick mouthfeel and much of the aroma. The vanilla lends it that sweetness that makes it very delicious, and the cinnamon provides just the right spice to keep it interesting to the last sip.
My Untappd Rating: ****.25
Global Untappd Rating: 4.05 (as of May 22nd, 2019)