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.

Kane 2014 A Night to End All Dawns with Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beanas

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Final Rating: 4.54/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Kane Tulip Glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a thick, inky, opaque black body with a deep brown one finger head that reduces fairly quickly, leaving spotty lacing and a ring of retention.

Aromas are heavy on the bourbon, very whiskey forward, with a light chocolate-vanilla aroma, judging by the aromas I think this will be sweet.

Upon sipping, sweet milk chocolate upfront, mingled with caramel-bourbon, sweet toffee, light vanilla on the follow through, finished by roasty charred malt, coffee-like.

Rich, thick mouthfeel, very smooth and silky, low carbonation, defintiely the shining point of this beer.

This was a big one.. this highlight of this beer was the oily, rich look and feel, and the aromas and flavors were there as well. Would have liked a little more vanilla, but overall excellent.

Side Project Fuzzy

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Fuzzy is a Blonde American Wild Ale that was fermented and aged in Chardonnay barrels with Missouri grown White Peaches.

Final Rating: 4.8/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Side Project long stemmed tulip (wine?) glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a lightly hazy, sunny yellow body with a 2 finger white, frothy head that sticks around for quite a while, leaving a good amount of lacing and retention. Looks really nice.

Aromas are potent and forward – they filled my kitchen upon uncapping this beer. The aromas that come off this beer are absolutely stunning. This is how a wood aged fruited sour should smell, period. Heavy funk and hay, TONS of overripe stone fruit, like you left some peaches out in the sun for a while, definitely tartness going on here, I can’t wait to sip it.

Beautifully complex stone fruit, sour candy, funky yeast, pretty strong sourness, oak, champagne, musty basement, more woodyness on the finish, leaves a puckering sour apple aftertaste, quite dry. Mouthfeel is light, refreshing, effervescent, crisp.

One of the best, if not the best beer I’ve had this year, and one of the best sours I’ve ever tasted. All around this is magnificent and world class. Would recommend.

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock

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“Consistently rated as one of the top beers in the world by beer ratings websites, this beer has developed a cult following since its first release in 2004. After a very very long boil, fresh raspberries and raspberry juice is infused into this intense lager, bringing about fresh berry notes with a hint of chocolate, like a chocolate truffle. A wonderful balance of sweet malt and tart fruit lends to the drinkability, while a long aging period mellows the alcohol, making for a great sipper with a long finish.”

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

2014 bottle. Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Kuhnhenn Snifter Glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours an amber-ruby stream, with a hazy maroon body once in the glass with a tan-khaki colored head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a ring of retention and no lacing.

Aromas are heavy on the raspberry, lots of raspberry juice, caramel, light chocolate, a little musty, almost oxidized. Little alcohol on the aroma.

Heavy raspberry on the tongue, very heavy, like raspberry puree, thick and syrupy, burnt caramel on the follow through, big malty notes, the finish is lightly roasty, the raspberry lingers for a while. Medium thick mouthfeel, rich with little to no carbonation.

Hmm.. I don’t think I could have drank more than the 12.7 oz of this, even that was tough. I do appreciate the aggressive raspberry flavor but I’m not sure if it meshes with the big malt backbone. Glad I got to try it though.

Funky Buddha Morning Wood

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What’s better than beer for breakfast? How about a little Morning Wood. This Imperial version of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is aged in Bourbon barrels for months, lending smoothness to the smokey, salty, rich combo of maple syrup, fresh roasted coffee, and bacon.

4.65/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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Poured fromm a 22oz bomber into a Funky Buddha snfiter. Acquired in a trade.

Pours an inky, pitch black body with a coffee brown head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a small ring of retention and a little bit of lacing.

Aromas are heavenly.. potent and rich, a wonderful combination of sweet maple, vanilla-bourbon, roasty coffee, chocolate, toffee, butterscotch. Extremely inviting. Closer to a 5 than a 4.75 in this category. Nearly perfect.

Taste is exactly what you would predict from the aromas, light-to-moderate sweetness with lots of maple syrup, vanilla, and bourbon upfront, follows through with caramel and coffee, finishes lightly roasty with coffee on the finish. Aftertaste is smokey.

All the flavors are amazing and this beer is world class, but little more body would have gone a long way. Not watery but a little less potent flavors/body than the nose would suggest. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is crazy good.. an EXCELLENT breakfast stout, a hair below good morning and mornin’ delight, but miles above the rest.

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