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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Black & Tans

A Black & Tan is a beer cocktail made from combining a pale ale with a dark beer. A common black and tan combination is Guinness and Harp. Last night while recording the latest episode of Slurred Words we decided to make a couple different Black & Tans using some special dark beers and Bell's Hopslam.

My buddy Frisk was nice enough to bring a couple gems out of his beer cellar for the podcast. One of those was a 2012 Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) by Founder's Brewing Company. The KBS is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of chocolate and coffee, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. After tasting the KBS we decided to mix it with Bell's Hopslam. This Black & Tan is a delicious craft beer cocktail. The Hopslam really mellowed out the high alcohol taste of the KBS. I would recommend this combination to any and all craft beer lovers.

The second Black & Tan combination used a 2011 Expedition Stout by Bell's Brewery from Frisk's beer cellar. The Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors, and a huge malty body with chocolate dark fruits and other aromas. Again, the Expedition Stout has a strong alcohol content of 10.5%. Through the aging process the taste has mellowed out, and when combined with Hopslam another fantastic tasting craft beer cocktail was born. Alone, the Expedition Stout is fantastic and when mixed with Hopslam the tastes goes to a completely different level.

The final Black & Tan combination was made with Founder's Backwoods Bastard scotch ale. This ale has an aroma of an amazing single malt scotch, oaky bourbon smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthly spice, and scintilla of dark fruit. With an ABV of 10.2%, there is an ever present alcohol taste that adds a bit of a bit. Adding Hopslam takes the harshness out of the scotch ale. Providing a smooth tasting beverage.

Well there it is, the three Black & Tans we were drinking while recording Slurred Words. Of course these weren't the only things we were drinking during the recording, it did take about 2 hours and 15 minutes. The Black & Tans were the highlight though. I am not one for mixing beers, but after last night I look forward to trying different kinds of craft beer cocktails.