Bottle Logic Ground State

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Bottle Logic Ground State is a stout brewed with chocolate and cocoa nibs and aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla and coffee beans. Brewed for their second anniversary.

Final Rating: 4.46/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a bottle logic snifter. Acquired in a trade two days after release, stored in my cellar since. Allowed to warm over 45 min.

Pours a thick, black body with a good 2 finger brown head that reduces slowly, leaving some lacing and a good amount of retention. Looks great.

Aromas are surprising, I was expecting a more traditional coffee stout “breakfast” medley of aromas, but instead it’s pretty heavy on the bourbon and vanilla. Mostly bourbon here to be honest.

On the tongue – sweet, sticky vanilla-bourbon notes, intermingled with a light coffee flavor and dark chocolate. The follow through is also sweet, giving way to a lightly roasted finish. Mouthfeel stands out as quite thick and rich with medium-low carbonation. A little heat here but that’s expected for the high abv.

The final verdict? I thought it was great, but nothing super special. I was expecting more coffee and less bourbon. A little too sweet too.

Stone Enjoy After 12.24.16

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This IPA is spiked at bottling with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that, over time, brings about charmingly unpredictable complexities of spice, funk, acidity and more. The operative words in our beer-cellaring thesis are “over time.”

Final Rating: 4.02/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy after 12.24.16, enjoyed on 01.04.17. 7th Edition. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Stone tulip glass. Thanks Sara and Andrew for this beer!

Pours a hazy amber body with a one finger white head that reduces slowly to leave heavy lacing and retention.

Aromas of citrus and over ripe oranges, light yeasty brett, farmhouse pepperyness. A bit of an “old” flavor in there, probably the faded hops from sitting for all this time.

On the tongue is a very distinct farmhouse flavor profile – peppery, yeasty, brett notes, bananas and spice, citrus, oranges, followed by a hoppy, astringent, intense bitter bite that sticks on the tongue for quite some time. Mouthfeel like medium body with medium carbonation.

Interesting and enjoyable. This is a hoppy farmhouse ale more than an IPA. Reminds me of Hill Farmstead Dorothy.

Cantillon Rose De Gambrinus

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Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus is a traditional raspberry lambic (framboise) bottled regularly by Cantillon. Its fruit content is generally around 200 grams of raspberries per liter of lambic. The fruiting process for Rosé de Gambrinus consists of taking pre-frozen raspberries and placing them in stainless steel tanks with an average age of 20 month old lambic for a maceration period of 1-2 months. It is then transferred to a stainless steel bottling tank until it is ready to be bottled. A quantity of young lambic is added equal to one-third of the volume of the fruited lambic before bottling to obtain secondary fermentation.

Final Rating: 4.42 / 5

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cantillon stemmed glass. Bottled 2016. Thanks Robin for the trade!

A- Pours a slightly hazy, fizzy cherry colored body with a light pink, 2 finger head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing

S- 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.

T- 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.

M- 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 best lambics. Very nice when drank fresh. Recommendable.

The Eternal Void of Alpaca Magi

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This variant of a Rhode Island classic is a Dark Sour fermented in oak barrels with Dark cherries, Black Currants, Blackberries and Raspberries.

Final Rating: 4.56/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an Alpaca Magi long stemmed wine glass.

Pours a hazy dark maroon-brown body with an off white one finger head that reduces slowly to leave spotty lacing and a good amount of retention.

Aromas are delightful – definitely going to be sour. Among the acetic / lactic sourness are aromas of berries, dark fruits, cherry, earthy.

On the tongue is sour cherry, dark fruits, leather, acetic, citrus, very light oak oak, funky yeast, followed by berries and a drying tannic character. Aftertaste is slightly grainy. Easy drinking, smooth mouthfeel for 8.8%. Medium body.

This was really nice – very berry forward with great balance given the high acidity. A definite win for Lil Rhody.

Funky Buddha Last Buffalo in the Park

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“This Imperial version of our Last Snow porter is a rich, thick, decadent treat. Pitch black and viscous, it’s made with coconut and fresh roasted coffee. We then age it in Bourbon barrels for months to accentuate the vanilla and coconut notes. Originally brewed in collaboration with our friends at Park Tavern in Delray Beach.”

Final Rating: 4.52/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Funky Buddha snifter. Thanks Matt for this bottle.

Pours a deep brown body with a one finger off-white head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a ring of foam. On par for a porter.

Aromas are rich and potent – the “almond joy” aromas that everyone describes are definitely there but it’s much deeper than that. Vanilla, whiskey, and roasty coffee are also present in addition to heavy coconut and chocolate.

On the tongue.. chocolate covered coconut macaroons upfront, followed by an almost smokey note, roasted coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla-bourbon, caramel, finishes charred and again, a little smokey. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but this is a porter not a stout so that’s OK with me. Low carbonation.

Overall just as described. Worth a try.