I think Ricker Hill Mainiac Mac is a very good cider, and their Gold Cranberry is pretty good too. A bit sweet, moderately tart, and not too carbonated. Only downside was that it’s a bit sticky (assuming it’s from the cranberries), but a little water clears it out.
I expected it to have a more milk-like aftertaste, which I thought would fit well with the roasty aromas of a stout, but the lactose mostly makes it sweeter instead. I guess it’s because the yeast breaks down everything in the milk except the lactose. It might have a more creamy texture than the average stout, but I’m not sure if that’s due to the added milk or not.
Verdict: Would drink again.
The Dominus Vobiscum Triple is still my fave from Charlebois though. I also haven’t tried most of their stuff and I generally favor stouts over goldens.
This specific cider Mighty Hops, is meh. It tastes like a beer mixed with a cider. I was given it for free so I thought I’d try it. If you like the taste of beer but want something sweet you might like this a lot.
I’ve never really understood the fascination of crossing beer with pretty much anything other than more beer. I saw an ad recently for whiskey or something that had been aged in stout barrels, but the barrels the stout was aged in were actually used whiskey barrels. So it was like whiskey → stout → whiskey. I just don’t get it.
You’re probably looking for a Dubbel. You could consider a Dubbel to be a strong brown ale and a Tripel to be a strong pale ale. There’s also the Quadrupel that’s moderately dark as well, but that’s a weird one since it’s not a traditional Belgian style.