Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Oro Negro

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Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Oro Negro is a Stout brewed with walnuts, conditioned on spices & aged in bourbon barrels.

Final Rating: 4.37/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Jackie O’s snifter.

Pours a deep brown body with a one finger light brown head that reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing or retention.

Aromas are big and potent, lots of vanilla, chocolate, a bit of booziness and nuttyness, cinnamon and whiskey.

On the tongue is milky chocolate, hot cocoa, bourbon, spices, a distinct spicyness that sticks on the tongue for a while, vanilla-whiskey, roasty coffee on the finish, sweet throughout. Medium body with low carbonation, syrupy but not thick.

Overall an interesting beer, the walnut adds a unique character that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Bottle Logic Leche Borracho Imperial Stout

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Imperial Stout brewed with ancho peppers, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and lactose sugar aged in tequila and bourbon barrels

Final Rating: 4.62/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a bottle logic snifter. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a light brown two finger head that reduces fairly quickly to leave a ring of foam and little lacing.

Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, light cinnamon, vanilla-bourbon, and a very light booziness come through. Aromas are not overly potent but definitely reflect the ingredients.

On the tongue is sweet but not cloyingly sweet cinnamon hot chocolate, milk chocolate and cocoa, very well executed medley of mexican stout flavors, a little spiciness from the peppers, followed by a roasty stout character. Mouthfeel is SUPER thick, rich, probably the best aspect of this beer. Medium carbonation.

A fantastic beer and great execution of the mexican style imperial stout. So thick and rich, nice balance of flavors with nothing taking over.

Sante Adairius Cellarman

 

 

 

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“Cellarman began as a collaboration with Jeff Kimpe, Triple Rock’s brewmaster, for San Francisco Beer Week. Our goal was to illuminate the versatility of the saison style, and to pay homage to those unsung brewery workers whose efforts go largely unrecognized. This beer has morphed since its original inception, and Cellarman now spends all of its time in French oak. Tart and lemony with an arid dryness, Cellarman celebrates cooperation, friendship, and hard work. From our foudres to your glass, Sante!”

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Sante Adairius snifter glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a sunshine-golden, hazy body with a big fluffy white three finger head that reduces slowly to leave nice lacing and good retention.

Aromas are funky, yeasty, barnyard and heavy acidic citrus, oak and champagne sitting on a light malty backbone. This smells heavenly!

On the tongue is light lactic / citrus tartness upfront, followed by oak and wheaty barnyard, green apple and white wine. Finishes dry and lightly bitter. Stunningly drinkable, a great quencher for a warm day. Medium carbonation and medium light body.

A very well done Saison – extreme balance and flavor.

Alesmith Hammerhead Speedway Stout

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“Some would argue that Speedway Stout, easily one of the finest coffee-infused imperial stouts in the world, needs no embellishment, that this burly yet beguilingly smooth and easy-drinking beer is perfect on its own. We’re not ones to disagree, but a thirst for experimentation leads us to tinker with our recipes—even those of the highest order. In the case of Hammerhead Speedway Stout, we endeavored to maximize java intensity as baristas do with the classic coffee-house offering, the “hammerhead,” in which a shot of espresso is added to a cup of coffee. For this beer, we take our already coffee-rich Speedway Stout and add a plentiful dose of crushed Ethiopian and espresso beans. The result is a sultry, velveteen beer with eye-opening bite.”

Final Rating: 4.22/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Alesmith glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown body with a light coffee colored head that reduces to a ring of foam and leggy lacing.

Aromas of coffee and espresso, roasted malt and a lightly metallic aroma that I get in all speedway variants. Light booze on the nose. Aromas stay the same as it warms up.

On the tongue is a good amount of freshly ground coffee, milk chocolate, finishing with bittersweet chocolate and leaving a roasty coffee flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a nice silkyness, medium low carbonation.

Overall my favorite non-barrel aged speedway stout variant. Good coffee flavor.