Voodoo Cowbell Imperial Milk Stout

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A double chocolate oatmeal milk imperial stout. This beer is served nitrogenated to not only enhance the beer’s flavors, but to also give it an intensely smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Final Rating: 4.4/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz Nitro can into a Voodoo Teku glass. Thanks HoppyBastard1 for this generous extra.

Pours a beautiful deep brown body with a big frothy cloud-like head that has a nice brown-to-light brown gradient that eventually settles to a thick layer of retention and lacing. All the great looks of a nitro beer.

Aromas are coffee and chocolate. Taste matches the nose with a deeper chocolate flavor.. very fudgey, very chocolatey. Milk chocolate with a lightly roasty aftertaste. Smooth, silky mouthfeel, very easy to drink.

A nice change of pace.. a very well done nitro beer. This is where nitro adds something to a beer.. but not all styles would benefit like this one.

Kane Mexican Brunch

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Mexican Brunch, a 9.2% Imperial Milk Porter with Coffee, Cinnamon, Maple, Cacao and Ancho Chile Peppers.

Final Rating: 4.35/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Kane snifter glass. Thanks LCC for the trade.

Pours a deep brown body with a big two finger brown head that reduces slowly to leave a layer of retention.

On the nose.. lots of chili pepper aromas, cinnamon and coffee, milk chocolate all mix together.

This beer is straight mexican milk chocolate .. cocoa powder, milk chocolate, coffee and a little roasty on the finish. Chilis and cinnamon sit in the background. Body is a little light but expected for a porter. Medium carbonation.

Lives up to the name. This beer is exactly as described.

Cigar City Good Nightmare Mekong

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“Good Nightmare Mekong: even your mama wants a taste, and she doesn’t drink.  Imperial stout with coconut, coffee, and cinnamon added.

Pesadilla en un vaso.  That means “nightmare in a glass”.

Brewed in collaboration with The Answer from Richmond, Virginia and Cigar City Brewpub from Tampa, Florida.

Final Rating: 4.4/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter glass. Acquired as an extra in a trade.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a one finger light brown head that reduces fairly quickly to leave a ring of foam. No lacing.

Aromas are sweet and dessert-like – vanilla and light coconut upfront, caramel and sweet chocolate I’d almost guess this was barrel aged due to the sweet bourbon-like vanilla and caramel notes.

On the tongue is sweet chocolate vanilla upfront, followed by coffee and maybe a tinge of coconut, burnt sugar, finishing super roasty which I really dig. No sign of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is medium body, silky and velvety. A little light. Easy drinker with low carbonation.

Overall a solid brew – I would have liked more cinnamon or coconut, but it was tasty for what it is.

Bullfrog Le Roar Grrrz Kriek

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Le Roar Grrrz Kriek is a cherry lambic style beer brewed in Pennsylvania. They do a great job brewing this classic Belgian style!

Final Rating: 4.58/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Le Roar Grrrz Teku glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a clementine orange hazy amber body with a two finger white head that sticks around for a while, reducing to a white ring and leaving little lacing.

Aromas are heavy on the oak – lots of wood here, musty basement, funky yeast, overripe oranges, citrus, grapefruit, vinegar, light cherries. This smells amazing.

Taste matches the nose quite well which is really nice – tons of oak and barrel present, light cherries, funky yeast, musty wood, finishing with grapefruit and tart sour citrus. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation.

A great Wild ale. My only complaint is there isn’t much cherry here. Great Gueuze character though.

Firestone Walker Bretta Rose

brettarose.jpgThirty miles north of Barrelworks lies the fertile Santa Maria Valley. Its warm days and cool marine layer-fed evenings allow for a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to be grown in its rich soil. One of Santa Maria’s crown jewels is locally grown raspberries. We jumped at the opportunity to ferment fresh local raspberries with one of our Barrelworks creations. Behold Bretta Rosé! A low-alcohol Berliner Weisse style ale, acidified and matured in French oak puncheons for 6 months, is the foundation for this gem. Add 1000 lbs. of fresh raspberries, allow a secondary wild fermentation for 4 more months and voila (!), we have a crisp effervescent concoction, bursting with raspberry perfume and flavor, a rosé color, bracing acidity, and a clean and refreshing finish.

4.4/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 bottled 2/10/16 poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip glass. Purchased at B&C in North Providence, RI.

Pours a lightly hazy bright pink-red body – looks like a rose wine. Head is effervescent and fizzy, light pink in color. Leaves a ring of retention and very little lacing.

On the nose is straight raspberry – fresh and bright, fruity and juice-like. Not getting much oak here, just raspberry juice, lightly tart aroma.

On the tongue.. lightly acidic raspberry notes, very jammy, fruity, tart, not too sour. Again the oak is not present at all, so I have to deduct .25 for taste. Quite balanced and very easy to drink, high carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.

If you like Raspberries and tart, borderline sour beers, this is for you. Not super complex, but quite enjoyable.

Prairie Pirate Bomb

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“Pirate bomb is our beer Prairie Bomb! aged in rum casks. The flavor from the casks helps impart more vanilla and coconut flavors to the beer while helping to add more body and smoothness to the already explosive and expressive flavors of Bomb!”

Final Rating: 4.63/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Prairie golden dino taster glass. Thanks Ryan for giving me this bottle, been looking for a while!

Pours a pitch black, oily body with a brown one finger head that reduces to leave a ring of foam and little lacing.

Aromas are sweet with lots of vanilla and chocolate, bourbon, light chili peppers, maybe a hint of booze but it’s surprisingly tame for being 15%.

On the tongue.. it starts out with sweet fudgy chocolate, spiced rum, vanilla and caramel, coconut and chocolate cake, followed by roasty coffee and charred malt on the finish. Not hot at all for 15%, this is very easy to drink. Smooth and velvety yet rich and flavorful. Low carbonation.

Overall a fantastic beer – super balance and extremely drinkable for the high abv. So much flavor here.

Other Half All Green Everything

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All Green Everything is a huge, but dry, triple IPA packed with Motueka, Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic.

Final Rating: 4.24/5
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into an All Green Everything Other Half tulip glass.

Appearance is slightly hazy, darker orange body with a two finger off-white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave a light layer of foam and spotty lacing.

Aromas are malty, resinous, piney, citrusy, rindy, grapefruit, caramel, light booze. Smells like it’s going to be a malt-forward IPA.

On the tongue, it’s less malty than the nose would suggest but still sitting on a heavy malt backbone. Pine and resinous hops, floral, orange cream, lightly citrusy, follow through is lightly sweet with a slightly bitter peppery finish. Mouthfeel is fantastic for a 10.5% TIPA – almost no booze detected. Drinks like a 7% IPA. Medium body and carbonation.

Overall I liked this for what it is. A 10.5% triple IPA that drinks super smooth and has no off flavors. This isn’t the tropical fruit bomb that are increasingly popular these days, this is a solid IPA brewed with the classic hop styles and a good malt backbone.

Fremont Rusty Nail

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The Rusty Nail begins life as The First Nail, an oatmeal stout of epic proportions with brewer’s licorice, smoked barley, and pale malt and is then aged on cinnamon bark. She becomes the Rusty Nail after spending 15 months in 12-year old bourbon barrels. The Rusty Nail pounds your palate, challenges your perception of all that you’ve known of beer, and leaves you wanting … another sip.

Final Rating: 4.63/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Fremont pint glass. Shared with Ryan, 2016 vintage.
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Pours a thick, motor oil, inky body with a dark brown head that reduces to a ring of foam, little lacing present. Fantasticly thick, this is exactly how a stout should look.

Aromas are a little muted straight out of the fridge but as it warms up, bourbon and vanilla, chocolate and a little booze are present.

Taste.. out of this world thick chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, fudge-bomb, light cinnamon, roasty coffee, finish is amazing with potent roasty coffee, charred malt and a light astringency. Thick, rich, low carbonation.

This was fantastic, one of the best stouts i’ve had this year.

 

Trillium Barrel Aged Outside the Lines

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“We decided to go beyond our comfort zone to craft an immensely robust Imperial Stout that landed at 12.7% abv. Then came a balanced addition of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans and subtle hint of green cardamom to accent a liberal dose of cold brewed medium roast Barrington Gold coffee. For an additional layer of complexity, we aged a small amount in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels for 6 months.”

 

Final Rating: 4.62/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trillium snifter. Thanks Steve for hooking me up with this guy.

Pours a thick, black, viscous body with a dark brown one finger head that reduces slowly to leave a good layer of retention and lacing.

Aromas are standard for a BA stout with some spics in there.. lots of bourbon and caramel-vanilla, maybe a tad bit of cinnamon.

So complex on the tongue – starts off with pretty sweet rich bourbon-chocolate flavors, followed by a good amount of cinnamon and spices, followed by coffee, chocolate, finishes dark chocolate with tons of roasty, toasty coffee notes. Thick, rich body, nearly perfect in the mouthfeel category with medium-low carbonation.

Masterful. The bourbon barrel added an extra dimension to the base adjunct stout without overtaking those flavors.

Lost Abbey Veritas 015

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Lost Abbey Veritas 015 is an American Sour with Peaches, Nectarines and Apricots which took home gold medals from the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (Wood and Barrel Aged Beer), The 2015 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FOBAB – Wild Beers w/ Fruit), and The 2015 San Diego International Beer Festival (other sour beer category).

Final Rating: 4.78/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a hazy golden orange body with a pretty fluffy, frothy three finger white head that rises out of the glass and reduces slowly, leaving heavy lacing and retention. Looks really nice.

Aromas are mesmerizing, peach and stone fruits galore, you can tell by the aroma that it’s going to be sour. Funky overripe fruit and light oak dominate the nose.

On the tongue is juicy sour stone fruit, peach and apricot intermingled with citrus and lactic acid, followed by delicious notes of oak, funky hay, finishing crisp and tart, farmhouse funk. Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect, medium high carbonation and light body make it refreshing and sip demanding.

I was highly impressed with v015, this is near perfection when it comes to a fruited sour. Will seek out again.