Michigan based Founders is absolutely one of my favorite breweries. Everything that they brew and sell is pure quality. There regular offerings are above market average and their seasonal and special brews are world class. Double Trouble is no exception. Often compared with Bell's Hopslam, another Michigan based DIPA. The 9.70% ABV smacks you in the face, this beer smells and tastes boozy. The other main factor, not surprisingly for a DIPA, is the hops. I am not sure what varieties Founders uses, but there are multitudes of hop notes in the scent, taste, and long finish of the beer. It is a citrusy hops note, rather than the piney notes sometimes favored in IPAs. The high ABV and intense hops make this beer difficult to be called "drinkable" but it is so darn delicious. $12.99 / 4 Pack.
Brooklyn Brewery: Black Chocolate Stout
Brooklyn Brewery's Russian Imperial Stout has been one of my favorites for the past few years. The value is incredible, at only $7.49 / 4 pack. There are not many Imperial Stouts that are affordable AND high quality, with many notable iterations running well over $10/22 oz bomber. Brooklyn's BCS is able to hang with these beers, although could possibly be considered a little less complex. As a common theme, the first thing you notice on this beer is the alcohol. 10.00% ABV makes this beer a one - and - done night for me. It is not surprisingly very chocolatey, both in smell and taste. The mouthfeel is very silky and carbonation is lower than most beers, but this is true to style. This is one of my favorite blizzard beers, sipping on the dark chocolatey elixir as it warms up allowing the high ABV complexity to shine, while the white snow falls outside.
In addition, I am still loving the fresh Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye, what an excellent beer at the perfect price. I am looking forward to Sierra Nevada in cans, which is extremely favorable in my mind!