There are so many micro breweries producing high quality, hazy, New England-style IPA’s. I’ve even been lucky to have a few of them. But when you discover one in your own backyard, well then, that’s a special treat. Triptych Brewing from Savoy, IL has been making waves recently with their juicy NE IPA’s and Pale Ales. A friend of mine, who is a home brewer, turned me on to these guys, and I’m so glad he did. Their hazy beers are phenomenal. So, that begs the question…how good are their dark beers?
Remember Camp Waconda is labeled on the Triptych can as “A Strong Stout featuring marshmallows and vanilla beans.” This beer is slightly heavy at 8.2% ABV and sports a thin caramel-colored head that leaves some slight sticky lacing in the glass. As you can see from the pic to the left, this beer pours a deep brown. It has marshmallow and sweet chocolate on the nose. The warmer it gets, the more the sweetness is enhanced.
This is a creamy stout with a lot of dark chocolate on the tongue that’s slightly smoky, like a campfire. That’s a nice touch by Triptych. There’s a slight vanilla after taste as the beer slides down your throat. This is a solid stout that puts forth some interesting flavors. This is not the first campfire beer, but it’s a quality one. Remember Camp Waconda continues my obsession with this brewery, and I look forward to seeing what else they put forward.