Sixpoint Hi-Res : Fresh, Fruity, Floral

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Decided to curl up next to a 4 pack of this fresh-off-the-canning-line beer for the snow storm. Sixpoint claims to have “delved into the Mad Science of particle physics to investigate beer’s most dynamic particle” to brew this one, and it seemed to have worked. Here’s my review:

Final Rating: 4.53/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Purchased a 4 pack in Smithfield, RI.

Appearance- Pours a clear, deep golden body with a frothy, fluffy, off-white head that rises quickly and reduces slowly, leaving a generous amount of thick lacing as it does so. Very inviting.

Smell- This is an extremely fresh can of this beer and the aromas reflect this fact.. nothing dull or flat, just fresh hops which tickle the nose with aromas of bright citrus, tropical fruit (tangerine + pineapple), fresh herb, a light resinous pine, and a light malt backbone. If this doesn’t demand a sip, I don’t know what will.

Taste- Bright citrus notes combined with a juicy splash of mango and grapefruit, lightly complimented by a sweet malt backbone and followed by a nice, non-cloying resinous bite that lingers on the tongue for a little while. Absolutely no indication that this is 11% ABV.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and drinkable, medium body. It could have had a little more carbonation, which is why I only gave it a 4.25 in this category.

A very well done DIPA. In my opinion it’s a more balanced, aromatic version of Resin with a more tropical hop profile. Get some fresh while you can.

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Firestone Walker’s Barrel Aged Version of Velvet Merlin: Velvet MERKIN!

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“Our decadent Oatmeal Stout lovingly aged in Bourbon barrels.  Beautiful chocolate, espresso and vanilla-bourbon aromas hold your nose hostage.  Rich dark chocolate truffle, bourbon and espresso create a dangerously smooth and incredibly drinkable barrel aged Oatmeal Stout.  Hoarding tendencies may occur.  ”

Final Rating: 4.38/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz boxed bottled into an innis & gunn tulip glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA. Thanks Eric for putting this aside for me.

Appearance- Pours a pretty deep brown body with a generous 3 finger, fast rising light mocha head that reduces slowly to leave some thick white lacing.

Smell- Smells quite sweet with vanilla, butterscotch, honey, and caramel notes, the bourbon comes through quite nicely. Light coffee and chocolate.

Taste- Creamy, smooth, slightly sweet milk chocolate, toasted oats, caramel are the first things to show up. The barrel is present here and adds vanilla and bourbon notes. The finish is roasty and leaves a nice toasted malt flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Somewhat light on the tongue, could use more body.. light carbonation.

A nicely done oatmeal stout.. barrel aging is unique with an oatmeal stout.. usually it’s reserved for the heavier styles like Russian Imperials or double stouts, but it worked here.

Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus

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Final Rating: 4.43/5 

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Cantillon Tulip. Bottled 27 May 2013. Thanks Eric for allowing me to try this!

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy, fizzy cherry colored body with a light pink, 2 finger head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing. +.25 in this category for the label 😉

Smell- Upfront is some Belgian funk, citrus/lemon juice, tart berries, and a woody mustyness. The aromas become a lot more pronounced after 20 or so minutes of sitting.

Taste- Quite dry upfront, tart berries, fermented fruit, bready/yeasty, the finish is somewhat astringent with a slight bitterness reminiscent of citrus peel, followed by raspberry notes.

Mouthfeel- Pretty high carbonation, but light and refreshing on the tongue.

Cantillon never disappoints, and this beer is an example of why they brew the world’s most authentic lambics. Very nice when drank fresh. Recommendable.

Stone Smoked Vanilla Porter

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“In 2006, almost exactly 10 years after we first released Stone Smoked Porter, Stone Small Batch Brewer Laura Ulrich had a brilliant idea: What if she added whole Madagascar vanilla beans to a small batch of the finished beer? And voilá, Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean was born!”

Here’s my review:

 

Final Rating: 4.04/5 

look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Stone tulip glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

Appearance- The pour exhibits a dark brown but clear stream, opaque and black with cherry highlights once in the glass. Light mocha head which reduces slowly and leaves spotty lacing. Classic appearance of a porter.

Smell- Light on the nose.. toffee, molasses, light chocolate, vanilla and roasted coffee.

Taste- First up is a distinct smokey flavor, followed by creamy vanilla, milk chocolate, and a roasty, coffee flavor on the finish. The aftertaste is pretty smokey and toasty. Not sweet or heavy in the least bit.. very dry, reminiscent of an Irish stout.

Mouthfeel- Somewhat watery, but this was expected with the low ABV. Smooth and easy to drink. Low carbonation.

This is a pretty good porter, and a nice change of pace from the high-ABV, rich, thick stouts that are saturating the market. If you want an easy drinker which some nice, subtle flavors, grab a bottle