Stickee Monkee: A West Coast Quad

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A Belgian Quad by recipe, but aging it in spirits barrels garners its own category: Central Coast Quad. A beer formulated to sit on the sweeter and malty side so that we could utilize it for blending. Turbinado brown sugar from Mexico and Belgian candi sugar add wonderful molasses flavors. It has a full body and lush texture with barrel expression all over this beer: toasted oak, coconut, leather and cigar tobacco.

Final Rating: 4.36/5 rDev -2%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Firestone Walker barrel room snifter. Purchased in Cumberland, RI. Allowed to warm over an hour.

Pours a muddy brown body with a 2 finger light mocha colored head that reduces fairly quickly, leaving no retention. Aromas of caramel, toffee, molasses, dark fruit, candi sugar, raisins, some booze on the nose. The taste gets more and more pronounced as it warms up, mirroring the nose with strong sweet notes of candi sugar, molasses, caramel, bourbon, raisins, dates, dark fruits, and a very nice roasty, toasty finish. Medium body with some booziness and low carbonation.

Overall, very complex and a great American representation of a Belgian Quad. On the sweet side, a little more than the usual quad. Very nice nonetheless.

Lactobacillus Guava Grove: Wildly Fruity

Poured this saison brewed with guava juice and lactobacillus bacteria into a Cigar City snifter!

Final Rating: 4.38/5

Appearance – pours a deep amber hazy body with a 2 finger white head that reduces quickly to a small ring of foam. 4.25

Smell – smells much like a Flanders.. Creamy, pale malt, Lacto tartness, cherry juice, citrus rind, some fruityness , spices 4.5

Taste- starts off hugely sour with lactic acid, lemon juice, sour apple, and citrus. The follow through definitely exhibits melon and guava, with some banana. The finish is creamy with some caramel and pale malt. The finish is astringently tart. 4.5

Mouthfeel- super carbonated, light and refreshing. 4.25

Very tasty, very sour, maybe a little too sour and carbonated and that may take away from the guava notes. Nevertheless nicely done.
4.25

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Midnight Sun Arctic Devil

Arctic Devil Barley Wine, aptly named after the ferocious wolverine of the north, is an English-style (meaning malt-inclined) barley wine. Though the recipe and process for Arctic Devil have evolved over the years, it is brewed once a year then aged in oak barrels for several months before the entire batch is blended, bottled and released. Arctic Devil is released once a year in the fall.

In its youth, Arctic Devil gnarls and snarls its way across the palate. Containing this beast of a beer for long periods in oak barrels–some having previously aged port, wine or whiskey–tames the unleashed malt and fierce hop flavors, melding and mellowing this powerful liquid into an incredible elixir worthy of a brewer’s table.

Final rating: 4.45/5

look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Zwak glass. Thanks Keith for hooking me up with this!

Appearance – pours a hazy maroon-amber body with a thick off white head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing or retention. Some settling

Smell – tons of vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, cookie dough, some bourbon, caramel, honey, molasses. Sweet and inviting.

Taste – upfront I get molasses and vanilla, butterscotch, bourbon, the follow through has some coffee and roastyness. The finish is sugar cookies, very sweet and syrupy. Not much alcohol detected at all.

Mouthfeel – medium – heavy body, low carbonation

What an outstanding representation of a barleywine – complex, balanced, and sip demanding. The bourbon barrels really add tons of flavor to this beer. Seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

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