Weyerbacher Sunday MOLE Stout

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As the name suggests, this 11.3% ABV American Imperial Stout is the foundation of everyone’s favorite, Sunday Morning Stout, with a twist (and without the barrel aging)… This brew captures everything you’d expect from a traditional molé – coffee, chocolate, heat and smokiness. Foremost is coffee, which is followed by layers of chocolate courtesy of the chocolate malt, cocoa powder and cacao nibs. Finally, a subtle lingering heat and smokiness from our blend of ancho, pasilla, mulato and chipotle peppers, as well as cinnamon, which is gone by the time you’re ready for your next sip.

 

Final Rating: 4.52/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32oz growler into a Sunday Morning Stout mug. Purchased by Tom this past week at the brewery who hooked me up with it. Thanks man!

Pours a deep brown body that sits opaque in the glass, very little light brown head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing and a very thin ring of foam.

Ahh.. the aromas are heavenly once it warms up a bit.. much like regular Sunday Morning Stout with lots of fresh coffee beans, light bourbon, milk chocolate, toasty malt, a bit of spice in there.

On the tongue.. this is truly a breakfast stout. Fresh coffee beans, dark roasty coffee, mocha cappuccino, some chocolate and roastyness on the follow through. Would have liked more spices for this being a “mole” stout. Maybe a tad bit of cinnamon here on the aftertaste. Medium body, would have liked it a little thicker but it’s not “watery” in any way. Low carbonation. Mouthfeel is redeemed by zero booze detected at all.

Taste and aroma are on point, a very solid coffee stout. Balanced and tasty.

 

Sante Adairius West Ashley

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Orange, lactic, and bursting with apricot aroma, West Ashley is built for consideration and conversation. While Ashley starts as a simple Saison, careful aging in French Oak Pinot Noir barrels with apricots, our house microbes, and warm encouragement transform her into a tart, complex and delectable beer.

Final Rating: 4.59/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7.

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a small taster. ~5oz pour at bottle share. Review copied from notes.

Pours hazy amber body, aroma is lactic tartness, stone fruit, slight farmhouse funk. Tongue matches the nose with lots of apricot / stone fruit on the follow through – not as acidic as I thought, more balanced fruitiness with a nice pulpy aftertaste with some barrel in there as well. Medium carbonation and body.

Overall delightful, would love to try it again.

Grand Negro Voodoo Papi – Bourbon Barrel Aged

 

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A special treat from the Voodoo Barrel Room Collection – a 12.5% imperial stout brewed with local maple syrup, organic cocoa nibs, cinnamon, Serrano chili peppers, and Madagascar vanilla beans aged in bourbon barrels.

Final Rating: 4.66/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 release. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Voodoo Teku glass. Acquired in a trade with Jake1992 – thank you sir!

Pours a deep brown molasses colored body on the pour, once it’s in the glass it’s pretty pitch black with cherry highlights. Head is mocha brown, two finger with an aggressive pour, reduces pretty quickly to leave a ring of brown foam and no lacing.

Aromas.. LET’S TALK ABOUT AROMAS! This is one of the best beers I’ve ever smelled and one of the only ones I’ve give a 5/5 to in this category.. this is a straight up maple and vanilla bomb on the nose, and not artificial aunt Jemima or vanilla extract, I’m talking rich maple candy and vanilla cookies straight out of the oven. A bit of bourbon in there and chocolate as well. Wow that smells awesome.

On the tongue is a roller coaster of flavors.. upfront is sweet french vanilla and bourbon, followed by rich maple syrup, milk chocolate, and caramel. The follow through bring on the heat from the peppers which lingers for a while. The finish is roasty and charred. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, as most people have commented, but this surprisingly doesn’t take away from the beer as a whole. A moderate amount of booze on the tongue.

Overall, I was blown away by this beer! So amazingly complex and delicious, all the flavors work together. I’d love to get another one.

Cigar City Lactobacillus Cherry Grove

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Final Rating: 4.1/5

Cherry Grove is an America Sour Cherry Ale that experiences there fermentations. Primary fermentation is conducted with lactobacillus, a bacteria that sours the wort. The secondary fermentation takes place when saison yeast is added. The tertiary fermentation is spurred by the addition of cherries. The acidity of this elegant ale cuts fatty foods and oily fish from the palate beautifully.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a cigar city snifter. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a lightly hazy dark amber body with cherry highlights, especially when in the sun. Head is minimal and white, reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing or retention.

Aromas of sweet cherry, red wine, kettle fermented lacto bacteria, sweet caramel, definitely a solid malt backbone, very fruit-gose like, a little mineral in there.

Allowed to warm up to room temperature while drinking over 45 minutes. Pretty sweet upfront with black cherry, a mild acidic sourness on the follow through, caramel / butterscotch malt flavors, finishes with wheat and bubblegum, definite Belgian yeast characteristics.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than the normal American wild, not as crisp and refreshing as some, there’s a definite malt presence here. This is more of a Flanders red in my opinion. Very similar to Rodenbach Red.

Overall quite enjoyable but I was expecting a little more. Given that this is kettle soured not traditionally soured, and that it wasn’t aged in oak, it’s good.

Jester King Cerveza De Tempranillo

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Tempranillo wine grapes from Texas were added to mature barrel-aged sour beer and refermented to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

 

Final Rating: 4.19/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend One from January 2014. Poured from the 500mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed oversize wine glass.

Pours a deep maroon, pinot noir colored body with a one finger light purple head that reduces within a couple minutes. No retention or lacing after a few minutes.

Really nice aromas coming through here, I can definitely smell the grapes upfront. Other aromas include sweet berries and red wine, some lactic tartness, musty oak, strawberries, lightly earthy.

On the tongue is an initial light tartness followed by the grape-imparted notes, particularly sparkling light red wine, berries, grape juice. On the follow through you get more “beer” character, including a light funkyness and some pepperyness, earthy notes, drying tannins definitely present. Leaves the tongue a bit dry from both the tartness and the grape tannins. Mouthfeel is light-ish, definitely smooth for 9.4%, a little undercarbonated for this style.

A great sipper, it develops as it warms. Would have liked more oak and a bit more tartness. One of the more wine-forward beers I’ve ever had, lots of red wine character here. If you like red wine and sours, this is a good beer to try.

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend One from January 2014. Poured from the 500mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed oversize wine glass.

Pours a deep maroon, pinot noir colored body with a one finger light purple head that reduces within a couple minutes. No retention or lacing after a few minutes.

Really nice aromas coming through here, I can definitely smell the grapes upfront. Other aromas include sweet berries and red wine, some lactic tartness, musty oak, strawberries, lightly earthy.

On the tongue is an initial light tartness followed by the grape-imparted notes, particularly sparkling light red wine, berries, grape juice. On the follow through you get more “beer” character, including a light funkyness and some pepperyness, earthy notes, drying tannins definitely present. Leaves the tongue a bit dry from both the tartness and the grape tannins. Mouthfeel is light-ish, definitely smooth for 9.4%, a little undercarbonated for this style.

A great sipper, it develops as it warms. Would have liked more oak and a bit more tartness. One of the more wine-forward beers I’ve ever had, lots of red wine character here. If you like red wine and sours, this is a good beer to try.4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend One from January 2014. Poured from the 500mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed oversize wine glass.

Pours a deep maroon, pinot noir colored body with a one finger light purple head that reduces within a couple minutes. No retention or lacing after a few minutes.

Really nice aromas coming through here, I can definitely smell the grapes upfront. Other aromas include sweet berries and red wine, some lactic tartness, musty oak, strawberries, lightly earthy.

On the tongue is an initial light tartness followed by the grape-imparted notes, particularly sparkling light red wine, berries, grape juice. On the follow through you get more “beer” character, including a light funkyness and some pepperyness, earthy notes, drying tannins definitely present. Leaves the tongue a bit dry from both the tartness and the grape tannins. Mouthfeel is light-ish, definitely smooth for 9.4%, a little undercarbonated for this style.

A great sipper, it develops as it warms. Would have liked more oak and a bit more tartness. One of the more wine-forward beers I’ve ever had, lots of red wine character here. If you like red wine and sours, this is a good beer to try.

Bottle Logic Fundamental Observation Vanilla Stout

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Fundamental Observation is an Imperial Stout blended with Madagascar Vanilla Beans & Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Final Rating: 4.68/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Bottle Logic Stasis Project snifter. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown nearly black body with a one finger brown head that reduces at a moderate rate to leave a ring of foam and little lacing.

Aromas deepen as the beer gets warmer.. allowed to warm to room temperature where the bourbon aromas are at their most potent, marshmallow, lots of vanilla too, very nice. Bourbon takes center stage with vanilla in a close seond. Chocolate and coffee are present as well.

On the tongue.. wow – this is fantastic. Tons of vanilla and chocolate, liquid fudge and vanilla blondies, lots of bourbon as well, followed by sweet chocolate/vanilla liquor and a delicious roasty coffee on the follow through, finishing with a syrupy, rich sweet chocolate bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel is great, this is as rich as fudge, smooth and velvety as cake, and there’s minimal alcohol burn for 14.1%. Low carbonation.

Overall I was not disappointed by FO, this is fantastic and just as advertised. Hype is real yo.

Tree House Very Hazy

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“A kicked up version of Haze, Very Hazy is a beer that makes us Very Happy! Very Hazy conveys all the beautiful flavors of Haze, but with even greater depth and potency. Pungent grapefruit notes greet your palate while an underlying current of soft tropical fruit dances in the background. Just the right amount of bitterness balances the sweet fruit flavors while a velvety soft mouthfeel make you easily (and dangerously!) forget this one clocks in at 8.6% ABV. A huge and beautiful beer that maintains softness and delicacy – a beer we are very excited about!”

Final Rating: 4.67/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a Treehouse snifter. Thank you Patrick for hooking me up with this, been seeking a can out for a while.

Pours a “very hazy” orange body, super turbid and cloudy just as the name suggests. Two finger white head rises and falls slowly to leave a layer of retention and spotty lacing.

Aromas are delicate but forward, lots of tropical fruit, grapefruit, mango, pineapple. Light alcohol shows up.

On the tongue are layers of tropical fruits and citrus, mango, papaya, soft orange creamsicle, very easy drinking for the ABV, smooth and creamy but full of taste, very light bitterness on the finish. Definitely an imperial version of haze, but it’s missing the unusual watermelon note I get in haze. Still very delicious. Medium body with light carbonation.

One of the best Treehouse IPAs I’ve ever had and definitely worth the hunt.

Crooked Stave Persica with Peaches

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Crooked Stave Persica is an American Wild Ale fermented with peaches in Oak. One of the many souvenirs from my recent trip to Colorado – and definitely the tastiest!!

4.64/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Crooked Stave stemmed wine glass. Purchased at the brewery about a month ago.

Pours a sunny, straw yellow hazy, effervescent and fizzy body with a small white head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing and no retention. You could say it looks like peach juice once the head dies down.

Aromas are mesmerizing. Freshly cut peaches take center stage as do potent stone fruit aromas. A sweet, earthy, grassy fruitiness with some funkyness thrown in. You can tell it’s going to be acidic from the lactic aromas as well.

On the tongue is a delicious stone fruit medley. Sour peaches again take center stage, tart citrus, sour apple, white wine, very acidic but not overly, just enough. Light oak on the follow through, finished by a drying tartness that sticks on the tongue for a while. As far as mouthfeel, this is incredibly drinkable, it’s actually tough not to drink it in a couple gulps. Light crisp body with high carbonation.

Overall a definite masterpiece, up there with the big players IMO, comparable to Fuzzy with a little less funk.

Hill Farmstead Biere de Norma

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“Brewed on the day of my grandmother’s passing (Norma), this is an inspired Biere de Mars fermented entirely in oak and soured with our house spontaneous culture.” -Shaun Hill

Final Rating: 4.55/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 2015 Release. 2014 vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a hill farmstead tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery during the release, refrigerated since purchase.

Pours a muddy brown, pretty hazy body with an orange tinge. Small one finger off white head rises and reduces slowly, leaving a good amount of lacing and a layer of retention. Gusher, -0.25.

Aromas are potent and inviting, heavy oak dominates with a definite acidity present – lactic and light vinegar, musty, old basement, hay. Can’t wait to sip this.

On the tongue, a delicious sweet and sour medly is present intermingled with a wild funkyness and delicious oak. Light lactic, sour apple, caramel, toffee, finished with drying wood notes. Medium body with low carbonation.

Overall quite an enjoyable beer. Great sweet and sour notes, lots of funk, lots of oak. Very nice.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek

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Oude Kriek is a blended lambic beer brewed with sour cherries and aged in oak. Positively loaded with real cherries, which are added whole into slowly fermenting oak casks.

Final Rating: 4.52/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 3F tumbler glass. Acquired in a trade. 2013 bottle.

Pours a magnificent ruby red body with a 2 finger pink fizzy head that reduces fairly quickly, leaving a layer of retention and not much lacing. Color is awesome.

Aromas are very cherry forward, lots of berries, a nice freshness that perfectly compliments the end of a hot day. Light funk and definitely some tartness in the aroma.

On the tongue is tart cherries upfront, not too sour though. Lactic tartness, drying tannins, light funk, and a touch of oak on the finish. Dry finish, crisp and refreshing, leaving a sour cherry taste on the tongue.

Overall quite excellent, not too sour, very balanced, and I like the fact that you can taste the cherry without it being taken over by sourness.