Adjunct Trail by Angry Chair Brewing/Prairie Artisan Ales

I missed the bottle release for this one in April but slid into the taproom because Angry Chair is cool and puts their stouts on tap when they release them in bottles. So if you don’t want to stand in line at 4 a.m. (Seriously!) to get this beer, you can count on it being on draft at noon. 🙂

Adjunct Trail is a collab with Prairie Artisan Ales from Oklahoma. They’re known for their Bomb! series of stouts, which are fantastic so I have high hopes for this one.

img_1868Adjunct Trail pours dark with a thick, foamy caramel head. Swirling the beer in the snifter recreates that thick, frothy head before dissipating again to a thin tan ring around the inside of the snifter.

Aroma is a hodgepodge of smells. There’s a slight hint of coffee, the good kind of coffee, not the bitter disgusting church coffee you might get on Sunday morning. There’s a hint of hazelnut and coconut on the nose as well. Damn it smells amazing:  sweet and savory.

If you’ve been following my beer adventures, you know I love a sweet stout. Well, Angry Chair has done it with Adjunct Trail. This beer is sweet but perfectly balances the flavors. It’s thick on the palate with a smidge of coffee, hazelnut and coconut. The back end is slightly coffee bitter.

Now that it’s warmer, the coconut is more prevalent on the nose. This is probably my favorite Angry Chair beer yet. It encompasses all the flavors perfectly in this beast of an Imperial Sweet Stout. In fact, it shares the same adjuncts as one of my favorite Calusa stouts, Mountain & Sea. In my idiotic opinion, Mountain & Sea does it better because it perfectly balances the sweetness with the coffee bitterness. Angry Chair just ratchets up the sweetness factor more than any other brewery I know. That being said (or written?), Adjunct Trail is a great beer. It does the balancing act pretty well. Now to try to obtain the BA version…

Cheers!

Beer Stats

  • ABV:  10.5%
  • IBU:  n/a
  • Untappd Rating:  4.53
  • # of Ratings:  2,323

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