Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #5

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The next beer in Sean Hill’s experimental Double IPA series, Society and Solitude #5 is an Imperial IPA brewed with American and New Zealand hops.

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

Poured from a 750ml HF growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery.

Pours a beautiful, hazy bright golden body with a 3 finger white head that reduces fairly slowly, leaving blotchy lacing and some retention. Very nice.

Absolutely inviting on the nose.. tons of citrus, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, hoppy and forward.

On the tongue citrus dominates, orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, fresh tropical fruits. The finish is not bitter at all, just straight potent hops on the follow through and throughout, absolutely fantastic! Easy drinker, medium body and medium-low carbonation.

Worth the hype. World class DIPA, plain and simple.

Jester King Provenance with Oranges and Grapefruit

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The Jester King Provenance beers are a series of dry, highly-attenuated, authentic farmhouse ales, brewed with Hill Country well water, malted barley, malted wheat, hops, and fermented with a unique blend of brewer’s yeast, native wild yeast, and native souring bacteria.

This variation uses Oranges and Grapefruits. The other two use Lemon/Lime and Tangerines/Clementines. Really enjoyed this one. Here’s my full review:

Final Rating: 4.22/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass.

Pours a super hazy golden yellow body with a big frothy white head that sticks around for a while, leaving blotchy lacing.

Aromas are fruity and tart – sour apple, ripe bananas, oranges, zesty citrus and lime, Belgian style spice and farmhouse yeast.

Starts off tart, sour citrus; lemony with grapefruit, oranges and bananas, peppery spice, wheat and farmhouse funk on the finish. Aftertaste is tart. Refreshing on the tongue, easy to drink with low carbonation.. a little more carbonation would have beefed up the crispness.

Overall, as for with most of the Jester King wild ales, I am very pleased with this beer. Super balanced and complex, very easy to drink. Wish I was in the JK distro!

Firestone Walker 15: An Anniversary Blend of 8 Beers

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This Firestone Walker 15th anniversary beer released in 2011 is a blend of 8 beers, perfectly blended by world class blenders to create a true masterpiece. Here’s the blend of Firestone Walker Beers:

18% Helldorado (11.7% ABV) Blonde Barley Wine.
17% Sticky Monkey (12.5% ABV) English Barley Wine.
17% Bravo (13.5% ABV) Imperial Brown Ale.
13% Double Double Barrel Ale (11.5% ABV) Double Strength English Pale Ale.
11% Good Foot (14.3 ABV) American Barley Wine.
10% Velvet Merkin (8.6% ABV) Traditional Oatmeal Stout.
9% Parabola (13% ABV) Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout.
5% Double Jack (9.5% ABV) Double India Pale Ale.

My Final Rating: 4.05/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Firestone Walker Proprietors Reserve snifter.

Pours a deep brown, chocolatey body that, once in the glass is deep black and opaque. Off-off head rises a couple inches then reduces to a small layer of foam, leaving blotchy lacing.

Aromas are delicious and inviting, vanilla cake and butterscotch upfront, heavy bourbon and caramel, slightly nutty, molasses.

On the tongue is caramel and brown sugar upfront, bourbon and vanilla on the follow through, slightly roasty on the finish. Slight hops on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kinda thin, medium carbonation.

Overall it started out nice but I think this may have fell off since bottling. Thin and weak on the palette. Nonetheless an enjoyable drink.

Wicked Weed Amorous: A Heavily Dry Hopped American Wild

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Traded for a bunch of Wicked Weed sour beers, glad to add them to my lineup! This beer, Wicked Weed Amorous, is an American Wild ale dry hopped with tons of hops.

Final Rating: 4.5/5

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

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Wicked Weed snifter. Acquired in a trade with Mike M – thank you very much!

Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a big frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave some lacing and chunky retention.

Aromas are delicious and inviting – oak and barrel, sour lactic, green apple, citrus, and hops, pine, and light resin. I can’t wait to take a sip.

Upfront are sour, citrusy, tart fruity notes, sour cherry, musty funk, oak, wine, grapes, followed by a hoppy bite on the finish and a slight bitter, sour aftertaste. Super complex and flavorful! Mouthfeel is light, drinkable, and crisp.

I was pleasantly suprised at how balanced, flavorful, and complex this beer was.. took the characteristics of a world class wild and added a level of complexity with the dry hopping, but not too much. Would seek out again.

Snowed in With Some Bomb!

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Christmas Bomb! is an imperial stout aged on espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers with winter spiced added. All the flavors meld to create a truly unique beer. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to compliment the intense coffee and chocolate flavors.

Final Rating: 4.59/5

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Prairie dino glass.

Pours a deep, inky black body with a 2 finger dark mocha head that reduces slowly to leave some lacing and retention.. very nice looking!

Big aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasty malt, and slightly spices.. very nice and inviting!

On the tongue it’s big, bold and flavorful, lots of milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, dark roasty coffee, dark fruits, vanilla beans, with slight spices on the finish.. rich, creamy, low carbonation, and super balanced and actually very easy to drink. This is amazing!

Overall I was pleasantly suprised at how awesome this beer was, the reviews do not reflect my experience, this was one of the better stouts I’ve had. Super bold, rich, flavorful, and balanced. Would seek out again!