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Indiana-based Sun King dropped a heap of beers on us simply earlier than Christmas, and it’s taken us some time to get by means of all of them. Why? Virtually all are properly over 10% abv, the form of winter-themed brews that pair greatest with ski slopes and fireplaces. Clearly, some moderation has been so as.
Under please discover our protection of 8 new Solar King brews, together with a blended four-pack of flavored, barrel-aged Shadow Proof imperial stouts, every extra crazily flavored than the final. Alert your liver, then let’s dive in.
Solar King Electrical Reindeer – Brown ale brewed with ginger and molasses. This beer is 4 years previous and is as vacation as they arrive, a Christmas cake of a beer that pops with baking spices, plenty of gingerbread, and a brown sugar sweetness. There’s loads of malt and a gentle hoppiness that retains the sweeter parts in test, and since this isn’t the overblown barrel-aged monster like these beers that you simply’re about to get to know on this roundup, you’ll discover ample, cleaning effervescence to maintain issues full of life, too. The spicier notes fade into the background pretty properly towards all of the fizziness; after half a pint with this sense-attacking beer, that’s an excellent factor. 5.5% abv. B+ / $14 per four-pack of 16 oz cans
Solar King Brewery Muckin’ Across the Xmas Tree – A barrel-aged Scottish-style wee heavy, brewed with candied fruit and pecans. The beer’s inspiration of fruitcake is evident from the get-go, notes of figs, dates, roasted walnuts (extra so than pecans), and black cherries melding surprisingly properly with its undercarriage of bready, rolling malt. Chewy and wealthy, with its sweetness heading into unctuous molasses territory, the beer turns into laced with vanilla and chocolate malt because the end arrives. That is one other outrageously decadent beer from Solar King that’s greatest served in small parts, ideally hearth. 12.7% abv. A- / $NA (16 oz cans)
Solar King Brewery 1869 American Lager – Brewed to commemorate the 12 months of the primary collegiate soccer recreation. Hey, they had been consuming fairly good again then, it appears. This basic lager affords a tenacious, foamy head with ample sweetness from the malt giving the creamy, chewy physique loads to seize on to. No actual hops to talk of, although there’s a generalized bitterness that’s nice. Notes of lemon curd and nougat give the late palate and end an nearly candied character, although I can perceive if pilsner followers don’t gravitate to the sweeter stylings current on this brew. As a contented hour — or recreation day — draft, it’s an incredible starter providing that primes the pump for a prolonged session in entrance of the TV — or just a few hours of sitting within the stands. 5.7% abv. A- / $NA (16 oz cans)
Solar King Brewery Chocolate Caliente Mexicano – A barrel-aged imperial stout aged in bourbon, scorching sauce, and cinnamon whiskey barrels. You learn all that proper, and Solar King CCM is certainly as loopy as you’d anticipate, candy Mexican chocolate notes transferring headlong into heady cayenne pepper notes. That overtly syrupy character frequent to many ultra-boozy barrel-aged stouts comes into play quickly after, although all of it works higher than anticipated given the lip-scorching scorching pepper within the combine, its end all molasses and crushed dates. The entire affair is unquestionably an excessive amount of to take for a full pint, however when served 5 ounces at a time, it has some attraction to it. 13.9% abv. B / $NA (16 oz cans)
Solar King Brewery Shadow Proof Imperial Stout Mint Chocolate Chip – Much less bizarre than I assumed it could be, the Andes-class mint chocolate is straight away evident, and never in a foul method, providing a surprisingly cleaning introduction to a really daring expertise — which, maybe, is precisely the purpose of placing mint within the combine. The fizzy buzz of a wealthy stout retains issues full of life on the palate, notes of dense mocha and roasted nuts giving option to a winey, barely oxidized character. Extraordinarily boozy, however not in a foul method. 14.7% abv. B+ / $NA (16 oz cans)
Solar King Brewery Shadow Proof Imperial Stout Horchata – This additionally grew on me, although the mix of cinnamon and darkish roast espresso doesn’t actually scream horchata however fairly extra of a Mexican chocolate. That’s no drawback, since that works simply as properly, most likely higher, each parts pairing properly with a caramel-scented character that perseveres properly into the prolonged end. It’s sweeter than the Mint Chocolate Chip model, but it surely works properly to mood, once more, a particularly alcohol-laden physique — and to offer it prompt dessert cred. 14.7% abv. A- / $NA (16 oz cans)
Solar King Brewery Shadow Proof Imperial Stout Tiramisu – I assumed this might be an prompt fave — who doesn’t like tiramisu? — however I discovered it to have much less happening than a few of the different Shadow Proof expressions, with a extra simple darkish chocolate character, backed by hazelnut and roasted espresso beans — pushing into notes of syrupy molasses on the end. It’s extra Nutella than tiramisu, and whereas that’s completely pleasing expertise in its personal proper, it’s brief on complexity. 14.7% abv. B+ / $NA (16 oz cans)
Solar King Brewery Shadow Proof Imperial Stout Mocha Banana – The abv champion within the combine at over 15% alcohol, this can be a massive, boozy, bruising brew that pours on notes of malt, espresso bean, and darkish chocolate, although the banana affect is a bit elusive, tending extra towards roasted nuts and Hershey’s syrup — so, not less than a lot of the parts of a banana cut up right here, not less than. A bit a lot for informal consumption, and fairly properly in a world of its personal creation, for higher or for worse. 15.8% abv. B / $NA (16 oz cans)