Allagash FARM TO FACE

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FARM TO FACE was brewed as a pale ale and fermented in stainless with our house yeast. After primary fermentation, pediococcus and lactobacillus were added along with 3lbs of peaches per gallon. Ten months later, the finshed beer is bright amber in color with peach, graham cracker and green apple in the aroma. Drinking this medium bodied beer is like biting into a juicy peach with tartness throughout. The finish has a long lasting peachyness

 

Final Rating: 4.51/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an Allagash tulip glass. Thank you Steve (Big Julius) for getting me this!

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange body with a fizzy white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave spotty lacing and some retention.

The acidity on the aroma is very potent – a punch of sourness, lactic tartness, giving way to light fruity notes, some hay, funk. On the tongue it’s pretty sour, delicious tart peaches, oranges, some lemony tartness, finishing with a light oakyness and funk. Mouthfeel is pretty dry but not astringent, medium-high carbonation with a very refreshing, easy drinking body.

What a great beer, I just wish there was more! Very complex and flavorful.

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience 15

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A blend composed of beers from a diversity of barrels ranging from 16 to 30 months and further aged on organic, hand peeled mangos… many, many mangos

Final Rating: 4.74/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.  Bottled 8/12/15.

Pours a cloudy orange body with a 2 finger white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave spotty lacing and a ring of retention.

Lots of funk and fruit on the nose, citrus and tart fruit skins, pepper and mango definitely comes through as well as some oak and white wine, grapes.

On the tongue.. upfront I get immediate tartness, lots of tart fruit, mango, white wine, grapes, funk, peppery saison yeast, oak, follow through is more mango and possibly banana. The finish is very dry, crisp, refreshing, medium high carbonation. Overall very flavorful and complex.

I really enjoyed this variant of Civil Disobedience. Nice tart saison qualities with a subtle mango taste. Balanced and complex.

 

 

Lawson’s Double Sunshine

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This American Double India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit flavors and bright herbal aromas, thanks to the abundance of US-grown hops.

Final rating: 3.9/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Lawson’s tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep amber body with a nice frothy white head that sticks around for a while, leaving some lacing and a good amount of retention that sits on the surface for a while.

Aromas seem muted and subdued.. I get some grapefruit and pine, peppery and floral hops, a little buttery diacetyl, sweet caramel maltyness. Doesn’t smell as potent or inviting as others.

Upfront on the tongue is sweet caramel malt, followed by grapefruit/citrus rind bitterness, floral notes, creamy orange sorbet, but it takes a hit because I still get a buttery diaceytl off-note that distracts from the overall hop character.. on the finish is a somewhat cloying bitterness. A little off-balance. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Somewhat underwhelmed by Double Sunshine.. between the muted aroma and odd flavor profile, I probably wouldn’t seek this out again, but I am happy that I got to try it!

Goose Island Bourbon County Regal Rye

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A unique blend of Bourbon County Brand Stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with blackberries, Luxardo candied cherries, fresh sour cherries and sea salt. Developed by the team of Goose Island brewers, this year’s recipe was especially collaborative. The brewers submitted recipes, held a roundtable discussion dissecting each and in the end landed on Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout.

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

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a Goose Island tulip glass. Purchased in Sturbridge, MA yesterday. 13.2%. Bottled 27Oct15.

Pours a thick black oily body with a rather fizzy milk chocolate colored head that reduces pretty quickly to leave light lacing and a ring of retention.

After an hour of sitting and warming up, the aromas potent and inviting. Lots of chocolate, coconut, and vanilla-bourbon-caramel notes, with light berries in the background.

On the tongue is that lovely, rich chocolately bourbon county stout flavor, lots of dark roasty malt here, followed by light berry notes, dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon, char and delicious toasty malts on the finish that stick around for a while. Rich and creamy on the mouthfeel with low carbonation.

I really enjoyed this variant, the berries weren’t overpowering or cloying and the distinct bourbon county flavors were there. Very well balanced and complex.

 

 

The Bruery Sourrento

 

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“Sourrento is a sour ale that was inspired by the lemon flavored spirt, Limoncello which hails from the city of Sorrento, Italy. To create this unique, sweetly sour flavor, we aged our sour blonde ale with both lemon zest and fresh vanilla beans. The resulting beer is somewhere between a classic sour blonde, a delightful Italian apertif, and a lemon meringue pie.”

Final Rating: 4.44/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Acquired in a trade with vitese, thank you!

Pours a nearly clear golden orange body with a big frothy white head that reduces fairly quickly, leaving little lacing and a little ring of white foam.

Aromas are tart, lactic, and a little funky, some citrus with oak to compliment, definitely vanilla / caramel present as well.

Taste is really nice and balanced, exceeding expectations. Sour citrus, lemon zest, lactic tartness, a nice vanilla bean flavor on the follow through, oak and funk on the finish, but not too sour, and none of the flavors take over. Mouthfeel is really nice too, crisp dry and refreshing, medium carbonation.

Overall a really nice beer with some unique notes, the vanilla and lemon zest really worked together which is surprising considering the odd combination. Really glad I got to try this.

Treehouse Double Shot with El Salvador Coffee Beans

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Final Rating: 4.6/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml growler into a Treehouse tulip glass. Got it Oct 30 at the brewery.

Pours a deep black, opaque inky body with a big deep brown head that sticks around for a while to reduce to a layer of foam, leaving spotty lacing and good retention.

Wow.. The aroma is to die for, straight up freshly ground coffee beans.. Like walking into a coffee shop but better, some vanilla and chocolate there too.

Taste is similarly amazing.. Freshly ground coffee, toasty roasty malts, a light lingering bitterness, dark fruit, char, finishes with dark chocolate lingering on the tongue and cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is medium but rich with medium carbonation.

Another great variant of this world class coffee stout.. Honestly I think this series may be the best series of coffee stouts ever made.

Toppling Goliath Mornin’ Delight

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“How do you like your coffee? Try our delicious coffee stout and you’ll never want your low-fat vanilla cream latte again. This might not contain a wonderful design in the foam, but it certainly will satisfy your need for a late evening coffee pick-me-up.”

I never thought I’d get to try this beer – my white whale, the Moby Dick of my beer world. I finally got a bottle this past August, when a lucky 500 people lined up in Decorah, Iowa for the second bottling of one of the best stouts in the world, maybe the best some would say. It took a few big bottles from the cellar to finally get someone to budge, but I was able to acquire a bottle in September which instantly went to the cellar.

Well, what do you do with a bottle of beer this coveted? You wait for the biggest event of your life to open it, and that’s exactly what I did! To celebrate the marriage of my beautiful wife and I, I cracked open the bottle, and boy it didn’t disappoint.

Toppling Goliath’s Mornin’ Delight is a 10.5% ABV imperial stout brewed with maple syrup and coffee. Here’s my full review:

Final Rating: 4.9/5
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 2015 Mornin’ Delight tulip glass. Acquired in a trade with PaulG, thank you very much. Opened in celebration of my marriage. Drank over the course of ~1.5 hours, allowed to warm over that time.

Pours a thick, oily, viscous, jet-black body right out of the bottle, producing a deep mocha colored rising head that reduces fairly slowly, sticking around for a while to leave light lacing and eventually a ring of mocha retention. Looks exactly like a stout should look.

The aromas are potent and present the second you open the bottle, but naturally get more pronounced as this stout warms up. They peak just below room temperature. Anyway, the maple syrup is astounding, incredibly sip-inviting and ever present without smelling artificial or forced. The sweet maple goodness mingles greatly with a fresh coffee bean aroma – think freshly ground maple coffee. In the background is a dark chocolate aroma, vanilla, and caramel.

As if the aromas weren’t heavenly enough, the taste delivers a massive punch to the taste buds. A perfectly balanced medley of maple syrup, freshly ground coffee, cocoa, and dark chocolate are what I’d expect a chocolate covered maple coffee bean to taste like in liquid form. On the follow through is a sweet, rich chocolate-vanilla flavor reminiscent of chocolate cake, followed by a delectable charred, roasty, dark chocolate-cocoa bittersweet note that sticks on the tongue for a few minutes.

What sets this beer apart from others, and really pushes it to the next level, is the mouthfeel. Rarely have I tasted a beer as thick, rich, full bodied, and full of delectable flavors as Mornin’ Delight. The carbonation is medium-light but definitely present.

What can I say? This beer has everything.. it looks awesome, smells like breakfast in a bottle, tastes heavenly, and feels like liquid fudge, therefore I give it a the same rating as my favorite beer of all time, Good Morning. I give it a 4.75 for taste because it may be literally a hair too sweet for my liking. It was the closest to perfect I think can be achieved in that category. Worth the hunt, try it fresh!