Ready to get adventurous with your next beer purchase? If you are, Love Child from Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, Missouri is a great candidate. The fourth batch in their Love Child Series, this beer is a barrel-aged wild ale made by blending batches of beer, aged between 11 months and 5 years in whiskey barrels, wine foeders, and stainless steel tanks. The finished product is a funky, fruity, sour creation and defies simple explanation but is sure to push the boundaries of your palette and possibly turn you into a fan of sour beers, if you aren't one already.
One of the best kept secrets in the booming brewing state of Ohio can be found in Athens at Jackie O's Brew Pub & Brewery and one of the staples of their impressive lineup is Dark Apparition. It's a Russian Imperial Stout that quickly lives up to its name thanks to a midnight black pour. Eleven malts were used during the brewing process and they bring out rich flavors like chocolate, dark fruit, and molasses. With such a great flavor profile and a rich body, it's hard not to let this 10% ABV ghost sneak up on you.