Colorado Day Three:
We were trying to decide what to do after this museum we toured, maybe a winery? But my Girlfriend was nice enough to agree to go to another brewery with me, I wanted to goto Great Divide but they were having a sold out anniversary party, so to the next best thing (which turned out to maybe be the best thing), Breckinridge.
Thunder Stout (nitro), by Breckenridge (bottom left):
Thunder Stout is kinda a funny beer… because it is there Oatmeal Stout on nitro. It’s not like the Oatmeal Stout, it’s not me saying all their beers taste the same, it is literally Oatmeal Stout relabeled for nitro taps.
Pours a nice deep black with tan bubbles rushing to the top to feed its tight creamy nitro head. Really good lace.
As you would expect, oats, chocolate, and roasted malts.
Taste has the roasted malts up front with a bitter coffee taste also that ends in the creamiest of chocolates.
Medium Carbonation, and lighter than what would be expected, drinks fast and easy… would be nice if they start bottling with nitro next.
Breckenridge 72 Imperial Cream Stout (Center):
I’m guessing it is called 72 Imperial since it is 7.2% abv (in my opinion a little weak for an imperial stout).
Pitch black, served with a small creamy chocolate head.
Can smell the creaminess of the chocolate, kinda cool they paired with the local Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to use for the dark chocolates.
Kind of the opposite of the Thunder Stout in order of tastes, it starts out with its creamy chocolate taste that then turns into a bitter coffee taste which I’m sure helps to hide the extra alcohol.
Thicker cream feel than in the Thunder Stout.
Samantha Had a Vanilla Porter next but I already reviewed that already here, and am not the biggest fan. So lets skip to:
Apis IV Quad by, Elevation:
Elevation is a brand new brewery, they just started this year, and I can’t be a huge judge since I’ve only had this one, and have just looked at the others on their sight, but I think they can become a pretty damn good brewery.
This one pours a very deep brown with a small light brown head.
Smells of bread and caramel, and a bit like an American strong (a bit of the booze).
I love quads because of the lack of the belgium yeast taste, since the amount of alcohol usually drowns it out… This one though is great because it does not really have either. It almost tastes like a well balance brown ale with little alcohol, so you would have to be careful to not drink five of them, because the 10.7% will know you down.
I really hope to see more out of Elevation, and hope they get out of Colorado (in distribution) soon.
Well Breckenridge’s website does not mention brewery tours, but we rushed to Breckenridge’s HQ after finding out they do have them when we got our check, to get in on the last tour of the day. Next time.