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Intuition’s Underdark release day coming with two new variants

underdark2017-600x226Each year around this time something dark, thick and delicious appears at Intuition Ale Works. Now in its fifth year, Underdark Saturday will be held February 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Bay Street brewery. Underdark Imperial Stout is Intuition’s coveted annual release and Underdark Day draws beer lovers from throughout the city, state and even country.

Underdark is an Imperial Stout aged in oak barrels – this year from Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey. In years past, the beer pours inky-black into a brandy snifter with a pleasing light brown head. Previous releases of the heady brew have been described: The aroma is laced with bourbon, coffee, and anise, while the flavor fully develops the bourbon notes and reveals a strong hop kick and lingering toffee and vanilla notes.

This year there are two variants available along with the base brew. In one variant, Bold Bean Coffee beans were added to bring a wallop of big coffee flavor. The other includes additions of cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa nibsunderdark2017-600x226.

Bottles will sell for $20 each and cash is the only form of payment that will be accepted.

In addition to the bottle release, Intuition will feature a number of special beers on tap. If past release days are any indication, you can expect to find vintage releases of Underdark, special one-off Intuition brews and possibly a few notable guest taps.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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Underdark release party to include impressive list of guest beers

UNDERDARK-snifter-173x300As if it were not enough to have Underdark Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout available on tap and for sale this Saturday, February 1, Intuition Ale Works has just released a guest beer list that is in and of itself astounding. The list has beers from such luminous breweries as Funky Buddha, Founders, Bell’s and even Rodenbach.

Underdark is Intuition’s annual release beer and, in its short history, it has garnered a rabid following. The beer began as an amped up version of the brewery’s King Street Imperial Stout but, according to brewer Andrew Cattell, has evolved into its own recipe. Once brewed the beer is then aged for a year in a variety of bourbon barrels.

But, the artistry on this beer does not end there. The week before it goes on sale, Cattell and the brewery staff carefully drain each barrel and blends them together creating a single, phenomenal flavor profile. The beer is then bottled for the big release party.

Like the brewery did for its anniversary party in November, they will close King Street for the party that runs from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. Bottles of Underdark will be available on a first come, first served basis for $15 each. The brewery is also selling vertical two-packs of the brew containing one 2013 and one 2014 bottle.

The guest beers announced for the party include:

Cigar City Brewing Don Gavino’s Big Guava (guava ale aged in Chardonnay barrels)

Funky Buddha Brewery French Oak Hop Gun (American IPA)

7venth Sun Brewing Highly Suspicious (Belgian strong dark ale)

Founders Brewing Company Backwoods Bastard (Scotch ale aged in bourbon barrels)

Rodenbach Grand Cru (Flemish sour ale)

Stone Brewing Co. Imperial Russian Stout

Dogfish Head Beer Palo Santo Marron (American brown ale)

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Third Coast Old Ale (American barleywine)

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Local Brewery

 

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Intuition Ale Works’ Underdark is coming, prepare yourself

UNDERDARK-poster-460x710Once per year Intuition Ale Works releases a beer that has become a legend in the craft beer community. This year, on Saturday February 1st, the brewery will release their coveted Underdark Imperials Stout. Last year’s release of the inky black brew garnered rave reviews at RateBeer.com earning 98 out of 100 points. On Beeradvocate.com the brew attained 94 out of 100 and an Outstanding rating.

Underdark is a mixture of several of Inuition’s other, popular beers King Street and Truck Stop Stouts that has been aged in bourbon barrels.

Last year’s release was described by Steve Flores owner of Kickbacks Gastropub on Beer Advocate: “Aroma dominated by coffee, slight vanilla and molasses and just a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Very thick. Taste has nice coffee, touch of chocolate and vanilla, lots of roasted malts. Plenty of complexity but I think more layers will be added to the mix with additional aging in the bottle. Alcohol is well hidden. Deep. Dark. Mysterious. Perfect name, spectacular beer.”

The brewery has stated in an email newsletter that they set aside a limited quantity of last year’s release so that beer lovers could compare the beer with some age on it side-by-side with the new release.

As is fitting of such a huge release, the brewery is throwing a party and will shut down King Street like they did for their anniversary in November. In addition to Underdark, there will be a number of guest beers on tap. Hungry party-goers can chow down from two food trucks: Funkadelic and Chew Chew.

The 2014 release of Underdark bomber bottles will go on sale at 12:00 noon for $15 each. Purchasers must show a valid government-issued ID to purchase. A strict limit of two bottles per person will be adhered to. In addition to the beer, Underdark t-shirts ($20) and snifters ($6) will be available.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Beer Festival, Intuition Ale Works

 

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Intuition Ale Works releases first bottle label

Intuition Ale Works revealed the label design today for its first bottled beer: Underdark. Underdark is an Imperial Stout aged in oak barrels for a distinctly oaky and full-bodied flavor. The beer pours inky-black into a brandy snifter with a pleasing light brown head. The aroma is laced with bourbon, coffee, and anise, while the flavor fully develops the bourbon notes and reveals a strong hop kick and lingering toffee and vanilla notes.

When the brew was first introduced last year, reviewers in BeerAdvocate.com were quick to rave about its virtues. “Absolutely outstanding,” proclaims one reviewer. “I hope this one comes back,” exclaims another.

The label portrays an evil-looking octopus lurking in a dark cavern and guarding a jeweled goblet. The text on the side tells a tale of dark allure and daring do:

“Legends tell us of the Underdark, a vast dark and dangerous place where few brave souls have journeyed, and from which even fewer have returned.

Journeying through the unforgiving terrain where cruel creatures lurk within the dark caves is not for the faint of heart and neither is this drink. It is for the brave who journey fearlessly into the dark void to battle true darkness.

Let the mead halls forever echo with the sounds of praise for the survivors who dared travel the Underdark.”

The sinister and darkly disturbing label was designed by Chad Landenberger. The brew is expected to be available in bottles mid-January after the Federal approval process is completed for the label.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Beer, Craft Beer Brewery

 

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