Fremont Rusty Nail

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The Rusty Nail begins life as The First Nail, an oatmeal stout of epic proportions with brewer’s licorice, smoked barley, and pale malt and is then aged on cinnamon bark. She becomes the Rusty Nail after spending 15 months in 12-year old bourbon barrels. The Rusty Nail pounds your palate, challenges your perception of all that you’ve known of beer, and leaves you wanting … another sip.

Final Rating: 4.63/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Fremont pint glass. Shared with Ryan, 2016 vintage.
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Pours a thick, motor oil, inky body with a dark brown head that reduces to a ring of foam, little lacing present. Fantasticly thick, this is exactly how a stout should look.

Aromas are a little muted straight out of the fridge but as it warms up, bourbon and vanilla, chocolate and a little booze are present.

Taste.. out of this world thick chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, fudge-bomb, light cinnamon, roasty coffee, finish is amazing with potent roasty coffee, charred malt and a light astringency. Thick, rich, low carbonation.

This was fantastic, one of the best stouts i’ve had this year.

 

Trillium Barrel Aged Outside the Lines

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“We decided to go beyond our comfort zone to craft an immensely robust Imperial Stout that landed at 12.7% abv. Then came a balanced addition of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans and subtle hint of green cardamom to accent a liberal dose of cold brewed medium roast Barrington Gold coffee. For an additional layer of complexity, we aged a small amount in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels for 6 months.”

 

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trillium snifter. Thanks Steve for hooking me up with this guy.

Pours a thick, black, viscous body with a dark brown one finger head that reduces slowly to leave a good layer of retention and lacing.

Aromas are standard for a BA stout with some spics in there.. lots of bourbon and caramel-vanilla, maybe a tad bit of cinnamon.

So complex on the tongue – starts off with pretty sweet rich bourbon-chocolate flavors, followed by a good amount of cinnamon and spices, followed by coffee, chocolate, finishes dark chocolate with tons of roasty, toasty coffee notes. Thick, rich body, nearly perfect in the mouthfeel category with medium-low carbonation.

Masterful. The bourbon barrel added an extra dimension to the base adjunct stout without overtaking those flavors.

Lost Abbey Veritas 015

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Lost Abbey Veritas 015 is an American Sour with Peaches, Nectarines and Apricots which took home gold medals from the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (Wood and Barrel Aged Beer), The 2015 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FOBAB – Wild Beers w/ Fruit), and The 2015 San Diego International Beer Festival (other sour beer category).

Final Rating: 4.78/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a hazy golden orange body with a pretty fluffy, frothy three finger white head that rises out of the glass and reduces slowly, leaving heavy lacing and retention. Looks really nice.

Aromas are mesmerizing, peach and stone fruits galore, you can tell by the aroma that it’s going to be sour. Funky overripe fruit and light oak dominate the nose.

On the tongue is juicy sour stone fruit, peach and apricot intermingled with citrus and lactic acid, followed by delicious notes of oak, funky hay, finishing crisp and tart, farmhouse funk. Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect, medium high carbonation and light body make it refreshing and sip demanding.

I was highly impressed with v015, this is near perfection when it comes to a fruited sour. Will seek out again.