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.

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.

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.

Bullfrog Le Roar Grrrz Kriek

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Le Roar Grrrz Kriek is a cherry lambic style beer brewed in Pennsylvania. They do a great job brewing this classic Belgian style!

Final Rating: 4.58/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Le Roar Grrrz Teku glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a clementine orange hazy amber body with a two finger white head that sticks around for a while, reducing to a white ring and leaving little lacing.

Aromas are heavy on the oak – lots of wood here, musty basement, funky yeast, overripe oranges, citrus, grapefruit, vinegar, light cherries. This smells amazing.

Taste matches the nose quite well which is really nice – tons of oak and barrel present, light cherries, funky yeast, musty wood, finishing with grapefruit and tart sour citrus. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation.

A great Wild ale. My only complaint is there isn’t much cherry here. Great Gueuze character though.

Firestone Walker Bretta Rose

brettarose.jpgThirty miles north of Barrelworks lies the fertile Santa Maria Valley. Its warm days and cool marine layer-fed evenings allow for a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to be grown in its rich soil. One of Santa Maria’s crown jewels is locally grown raspberries. We jumped at the opportunity to ferment fresh local raspberries with one of our Barrelworks creations. Behold Bretta Rosé! A low-alcohol Berliner Weisse style ale, acidified and matured in French oak puncheons for 6 months, is the foundation for this gem. Add 1000 lbs. of fresh raspberries, allow a secondary wild fermentation for 4 more months and voila (!), we have a crisp effervescent concoction, bursting with raspberry perfume and flavor, a rosé color, bracing acidity, and a clean and refreshing finish.

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

Batch 3 bottled 2/10/16 poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip glass. Purchased at B&C in North Providence, RI.

Pours a lightly hazy bright pink-red body – looks like a rose wine. Head is effervescent and fizzy, light pink in color. Leaves a ring of retention and very little lacing.

On the nose is straight raspberry – fresh and bright, fruity and juice-like. Not getting much oak here, just raspberry juice, lightly tart aroma.

On the tongue.. lightly acidic raspberry notes, very jammy, fruity, tart, not too sour. Again the oak is not present at all, so I have to deduct .25 for taste. Quite balanced and very easy to drink, high carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.

If you like Raspberries and tart, borderline sour beers, this is for you. Not super complex, but quite enjoyable.