Jester King Cerveza De Tempranillo

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Tempranillo wine grapes from Texas were added to mature barrel-aged sour beer and refermented to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

 

Final Rating: 4.19/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend One from January 2014. Poured from the 500mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed oversize wine glass.

Pours a deep maroon, pinot noir colored body with a one finger light purple head that reduces within a couple minutes. No retention or lacing after a few minutes.

Really nice aromas coming through here, I can definitely smell the grapes upfront. Other aromas include sweet berries and red wine, some lactic tartness, musty oak, strawberries, lightly earthy.

On the tongue is an initial light tartness followed by the grape-imparted notes, particularly sparkling light red wine, berries, grape juice. On the follow through you get more “beer” character, including a light funkyness and some pepperyness, earthy notes, drying tannins definitely present. Leaves the tongue a bit dry from both the tartness and the grape tannins. Mouthfeel is light-ish, definitely smooth for 9.4%, a little undercarbonated for this style.

A great sipper, it develops as it warms. Would have liked more oak and a bit more tartness. One of the more wine-forward beers I’ve ever had, lots of red wine character here. If you like red wine and sours, this is a good beer to try.

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend One from January 2014. Poured from the 500mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed oversize wine glass.

Pours a deep maroon, pinot noir colored body with a one finger light purple head that reduces within a couple minutes. No retention or lacing after a few minutes.

Really nice aromas coming through here, I can definitely smell the grapes upfront. Other aromas include sweet berries and red wine, some lactic tartness, musty oak, strawberries, lightly earthy.

On the tongue is an initial light tartness followed by the grape-imparted notes, particularly sparkling light red wine, berries, grape juice. On the follow through you get more “beer” character, including a light funkyness and some pepperyness, earthy notes, drying tannins definitely present. Leaves the tongue a bit dry from both the tartness and the grape tannins. Mouthfeel is light-ish, definitely smooth for 9.4%, a little undercarbonated for this style.

A great sipper, it develops as it warms. Would have liked more oak and a bit more tartness. One of the more wine-forward beers I’ve ever had, lots of red wine character here. If you like red wine and sours, this is a good beer to try.4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend One from January 2014. Poured from the 500mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed oversize wine glass.

Pours a deep maroon, pinot noir colored body with a one finger light purple head that reduces within a couple minutes. No retention or lacing after a few minutes.

Really nice aromas coming through here, I can definitely smell the grapes upfront. Other aromas include sweet berries and red wine, some lactic tartness, musty oak, strawberries, lightly earthy.

On the tongue is an initial light tartness followed by the grape-imparted notes, particularly sparkling light red wine, berries, grape juice. On the follow through you get more “beer” character, including a light funkyness and some pepperyness, earthy notes, drying tannins definitely present. Leaves the tongue a bit dry from both the tartness and the grape tannins. Mouthfeel is light-ish, definitely smooth for 9.4%, a little undercarbonated for this style.

A great sipper, it develops as it warms. Would have liked more oak and a bit more tartness. One of the more wine-forward beers I’ve ever had, lots of red wine character here. If you like red wine and sours, this is a good beer to try.

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Bottle Logic Fundamental Observation Vanilla Stout

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Fundamental Observation is an Imperial Stout blended with Madagascar Vanilla Beans & Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Final Rating: 4.68/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Bottle Logic Stasis Project snifter. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown nearly black body with a one finger brown head that reduces at a moderate rate to leave a ring of foam and little lacing.

Aromas deepen as the beer gets warmer.. allowed to warm to room temperature where the bourbon aromas are at their most potent, marshmallow, lots of vanilla too, very nice. Bourbon takes center stage with vanilla in a close seond. Chocolate and coffee are present as well.

On the tongue.. wow – this is fantastic. Tons of vanilla and chocolate, liquid fudge and vanilla blondies, lots of bourbon as well, followed by sweet chocolate/vanilla liquor and a delicious roasty coffee on the follow through, finishing with a syrupy, rich sweet chocolate bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel is great, this is as rich as fudge, smooth and velvety as cake, and there’s minimal alcohol burn for 14.1%. Low carbonation.

Overall I was not disappointed by FO, this is fantastic and just as advertised. Hype is real yo.

Tree House Very Hazy

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“A kicked up version of Haze, Very Hazy is a beer that makes us Very Happy! Very Hazy conveys all the beautiful flavors of Haze, but with even greater depth and potency. Pungent grapefruit notes greet your palate while an underlying current of soft tropical fruit dances in the background. Just the right amount of bitterness balances the sweet fruit flavors while a velvety soft mouthfeel make you easily (and dangerously!) forget this one clocks in at 8.6% ABV. A huge and beautiful beer that maintains softness and delicacy – a beer we are very excited about!”

Final Rating: 4.67/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a Treehouse snifter. Thank you Patrick for hooking me up with this, been seeking a can out for a while.

Pours a “very hazy” orange body, super turbid and cloudy just as the name suggests. Two finger white head rises and falls slowly to leave a layer of retention and spotty lacing.

Aromas are delicate but forward, lots of tropical fruit, grapefruit, mango, pineapple. Light alcohol shows up.

On the tongue are layers of tropical fruits and citrus, mango, papaya, soft orange creamsicle, very easy drinking for the ABV, smooth and creamy but full of taste, very light bitterness on the finish. Definitely an imperial version of haze, but it’s missing the unusual watermelon note I get in haze. Still very delicious. Medium body with light carbonation.

One of the best Treehouse IPAs I’ve ever had and definitely worth the hunt.

Crooked Stave Persica with Peaches

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Crooked Stave Persica is an American Wild Ale fermented with peaches in Oak. One of the many souvenirs from my recent trip to Colorado – and definitely the tastiest!!

4.64/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Crooked Stave stemmed wine glass. Purchased at the brewery about a month ago.

Pours a sunny, straw yellow hazy, effervescent and fizzy body with a small white head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing and no retention. You could say it looks like peach juice once the head dies down.

Aromas are mesmerizing. Freshly cut peaches take center stage as do potent stone fruit aromas. A sweet, earthy, grassy fruitiness with some funkyness thrown in. You can tell it’s going to be acidic from the lactic aromas as well.

On the tongue is a delicious stone fruit medley. Sour peaches again take center stage, tart citrus, sour apple, white wine, very acidic but not overly, just enough. Light oak on the follow through, finished by a drying tartness that sticks on the tongue for a while. As far as mouthfeel, this is incredibly drinkable, it’s actually tough not to drink it in a couple gulps. Light crisp body with high carbonation.

Overall a definite masterpiece, up there with the big players IMO, comparable to Fuzzy with a little less funk.