Side Project Pulling Nails Blend 6

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The Official Blend:
51% Biere de Garde from the SDF Pinot Puncheons (12 months in oak)
12% Red Wine Barrel Sour Quad (9 months in oak)
21% Blueberry Derivation (3 years in Bourbon Barrels – 1 of those years aged on Blueberries)
12% Black & Wild (30 months in Bourbon Barrels)
4% Cascara Sour Brown (15 months in oak – 12 of which on Sump Coffee Cascara)

Final Rating: 4.23/5
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a side project white wine glass.

This one was a gusher, immediately starts foaming upon opening and pours nearly all foam on the first pour. Refrigerated for weeks so it wasnt a storage issue. Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a huge off white head that reduces slowly to leave frothy lacing and retention.

Aromas are sharp and tart, ripe fruit and lactic acid, a hint of blueberry, light vanilla and caramel, maybe some bourbon in the background.

Taste is initially sour upon sipping, lots of lactic / acetic here, like sour warheads giving way to leather, dark fruits, light toffee, and a very dry aftertaste. The 10% ABV was well hidden, medium body and carbonation.

An interesting beer. Extreme sourness that may have overtaken some of its constituents.

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Voodoo Cowbell Imperial Milk Stout

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A double chocolate oatmeal milk imperial stout. This beer is served nitrogenated to not only enhance the beer’s flavors, but to also give it an intensely smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Final Rating: 4.4/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz Nitro can into a Voodoo Teku glass. Thanks HoppyBastard1 for this generous extra.

Pours a beautiful deep brown body with a big frothy cloud-like head that has a nice brown-to-light brown gradient that eventually settles to a thick layer of retention and lacing. All the great looks of a nitro beer.

Aromas are coffee and chocolate. Taste matches the nose with a deeper chocolate flavor.. very fudgey, very chocolatey. Milk chocolate with a lightly roasty aftertaste. Smooth, silky mouthfeel, very easy to drink.

A nice change of pace.. a very well done nitro beer. This is where nitro adds something to a beer.. but not all styles would benefit like this one.

Kane Mexican Brunch

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Mexican Brunch, a 9.2% Imperial Milk Porter with Coffee, Cinnamon, Maple, Cacao and Ancho Chile Peppers.

Final Rating: 4.35/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Kane snifter glass. Thanks LCC for the trade.

Pours a deep brown body with a big two finger brown head that reduces slowly to leave a layer of retention.

On the nose.. lots of chili pepper aromas, cinnamon and coffee, milk chocolate all mix together.

This beer is straight mexican milk chocolate .. cocoa powder, milk chocolate, coffee and a little roasty on the finish. Chilis and cinnamon sit in the background. Body is a little light but expected for a porter. Medium carbonation.

Lives up to the name. This beer is exactly as described.

Cigar City Good Nightmare Mekong

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“Good Nightmare Mekong: even your mama wants a taste, and she doesn’t drink.  Imperial stout with coconut, coffee, and cinnamon added.

Pesadilla en un vaso.  That means “nightmare in a glass”.

Brewed in collaboration with The Answer from Richmond, Virginia and Cigar City Brewpub from Tampa, Florida.

Final Rating: 4.4/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter glass. Acquired as an extra in a trade.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a one finger light brown head that reduces fairly quickly to leave a ring of foam. No lacing.

Aromas are sweet and dessert-like – vanilla and light coconut upfront, caramel and sweet chocolate I’d almost guess this was barrel aged due to the sweet bourbon-like vanilla and caramel notes.

On the tongue is sweet chocolate vanilla upfront, followed by coffee and maybe a tinge of coconut, burnt sugar, finishing super roasty which I really dig. No sign of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is medium body, silky and velvety. A little light. Easy drinker with low carbonation.

Overall a solid brew – I would have liked more cinnamon or coconut, but it was tasty for what it is.