Hill Farmstead Birth of Tragedy

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“Birth of Tragedy is the imperial and oak barrel-aged version of our annual winter porter, Twilight of the Idols. Brewed with locally roasted coffee and Vermont honey, we age this beer for a year in personally selected bourbon barrels from our favorite distilleries.”

Final Rating: 4.44/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9.21.16, almost a year old. Poured from a 500mL bottle into a hill farmstead tulip. Purchased at the brewery.

Pours a deep brown body with a nice, frothy three finger heads that reduces to a ring of foam and leaves spotty lacing.

Aromas are very inviting, sweet bourbon, coffee, milk chocolate, honey, sweet vanilla. On the tongue it’s pretty sweet, caramel and sweet milk chocolate, developing into vanilla and bourbon, chocolate cake, coffee. The finish is roasty and charred, a lightly bitter coffee / toasted malt flavor that sticks on the tongue for a while. Mouthfeel is rich but not too thick, sweet and decadent. Medium-low carbonation.

A real winner from Hill Farmstead. This release is drinking great, complex yet balanced with tons of flavor and a good bourbon presence.

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Prairie Pirate Paradise

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Imperial stout brewed with coconut and vanilla, aged in rum barrels.

Final Rating: 4.84/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a yellow/orange prairie Dino glass.

Pours a deep brown body with a light brown head that reduces quickly to leave a ring.

Aromas of strong coconut and vanilla, run and milk chocolate.. this is straight chocolate covered coconuts.

On the tongue.. absolutely decadent chocolate coconut macaroons and sweet vanilla rum. Thick rich body, velvety.

One of the best stouts I’ve ever tasted.. this is a real vanilla coconut stout, kills prop 13. Favorite beer for 2017 so far.

 

 

Cigar City – Life Is Like

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“Of the many similes used to describe our journey through the mortal coil of life, our favorite includes a reference to a certain group of confectioneries wherein you’re unsure of what flavor you’ll end up with. We put our heads together with our Danish friends at Mikkeller and seized our collective destinies by deciding exactly what we’ll get: an Imperial Stout brewed with cherries and cacao nibs that’s been aged in bourbon barrels, that’s what. Boasting decadent flavors of rich dark chocolate and ripe cherries, this enormous stout evokes some of the best things that life has to offer.”

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

2017 vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a cigar city snifter. Shared with Ryan.

Pours a deep brown body with a brown head that reduces to leave spotty and a ring of retention.

Aromas of heavy coffee and chocolate, vanilla and caramel and berries, cherries.

On the tongue is sweet milk chocolate and caramel covered cherries, finishes coffee and roasty, dark chocolate and toasted malts. More on the sweeter side, heavy body with low carbonation.

Really enjoyed this beer, a definite win for Cigar City. Subtle fruit / berry sitting on a massively delicious stout backbone.

De Garde Nectarine Premiere

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Nectarine Premier is a wild farmhouse ale aged in oak wine barrels with nectarines.

Final Rating: 4.81/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a oversized wine glass. Thank you Ryan for sharing this!

Pours a sunshine golden hazy body, this is literally glowing. Small white head. Beautiful beer. God damn that is thick on the last pour. Oh my god, straight fruit purée.

On the nose.. straight stone fruit, pulp to the nasal, like someone just crushed a bunch of nectarines and peaches and the aromas are wafting in my general direction.

On the tongue is straigh stone fruit pulp, sour peaches, orange juice and nectarine pulp goodness. Thick and juicy. God damn this is amazing.

One of the best sours I’ve ever tasted. This was perfect on every account.

 

Side Project Saison Du Ble

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Saison du Blé is our Chardonnay barrel-aged Wheat Saison. Batch 1 was fermented in stainless and then aged in oak for 3 months with our rustic house blend.

Final Rating: 4.6/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a stemmed Side Project wine glass. Acquired in trade.

Pours a nicely hazy golden straw body with a pretty decent size white head that reduces very slowly to leave a ring of retention and nice lacing.

Aromas are nice and funky, musty, white wine and lactic acid, yeasty and lightly fruity. Smells very nice.

Taste is superbly balanced tartness, light stone fruit and white wine, hay, lacto funkyness, oak barrel, dry champagne-like finish. Very easy to drink, crisp and quenching light body.

I was really impressed with this Saison – extreme balance and drinkability with a good amount of flavor.

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Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels with Cherries, Coffee and Vanilla beans added. Brewed in Collaboration with Three Floyds.

Final Rating: 4.47/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Bruery reserve snifter. Thanks Ryan for sharing this one!

Pours a deep brown translucent body with a decent sized brown head that reduces to a layer of foam.

Aromas of coffee , freshly ground coffee grounds, cherry and chocolate, heavy vanilla bourbon.

Taste is chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, milk chocolate, lightly tart cherries, finishing roasty and lightly bitter. Medium heavy mouthfeel, can’t tell this is 13.5%. Low carbonation.

I get every flavor as advertised here. Awesome beer.

Lost Abbey Ad Idem

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San Marcos, CA – After a year of conceiving, brewing, and blending, an idea shared between like minds at The Lost Abbey and Wicked Weed Brewing will finally see the light of day. Ad Idem, a French oak-aged golden sour ale with peaches and Brett will be available for purchase online February 24th starting at 12pm PST.

A project originally imagined in November of 2014, the first steps to achieving the shared vision were initiated in February 2015 as The Lost Abbey crew made their way to snowy Asheville, NC to brew the first half of the final beer. Two beers were brewed with the intent of blending; a Brettanomyces blonde ale and a sour blonde ale aged in neutral wine barrels on whole, local peaches.

Final Rating: 4.53/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a clear-ish sunshine yellow body at first but is pretty hazy on the last pour as the sediment is disturbed.

Aromas of peach and a definite tartness, oak and grain in the back seat.

On the tongue is a light-to-medium tartness balanced by subtle but ever present sour peach notes, not super dry with a tad bit of sweetness. Follow through is quenching and crisp, finished by a light stone fruit flavor. Very refreshing on the tongue with medium-
High carbonation and an easy crispness that begs for another sip.

Overall an extremely balanced sour peach ale. Went perfectly with this hot summer day.

Deschutes Mirror Mirror Barleywine

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The Reserve Series romance all began with our first release of this limited-edition brew. Mirror Mirror, born of a double batch of Mirror Pond Pale Ale, is an inspired barley wine ale layered with intriguing nuances. Explore this latest incarnation and enjoy its delicious complexity in every sip.

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

2014 bottle, acquired in a trade 2 years ago, been sitting in my fridge since then. 22oz bomber into a Deschutes tulip.

Muddy brown body, two finger white head that reduces moderately to leave spotty lacing and a small layer of retention.

Aromas of vanilla and smoked malt, caramel and toffee, sweet dark fruits, lightly vinous.

On the tongue is sweet malt, caramel, cocoa and leather upfront, followed by char and coffee, finishing sweet and sticky, butterscotch and vanilla. Medium body with low carbonation.

A real treat, this beer has aged nicely. Not a super syrupy thick barleywine, but nice complex flavors.

Bottle Logic Fundamental Summation

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“Player Two has joined the game! Our collaboration with 3 Sons Brewing combines the best elements of their epic BBA Imperial Coffee Vanilla Stout, Summation, and the unique brewing and beaning techniques we use to create our Fundamental Observation. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee supercharges the rich layers of Madagascar and Tahitian vanilla beans.”

Final Rating: 4.7/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Bottle Logic tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a thick, inky black body with a one finger mocha colored head that reduces slowly to leave a ring of foam.

I allowed this to warm to room temperature before reviewing, as this is when the most flavors came out and it was at its best. I’d recommend doing the same!

On the nose is straight marshmallow vanilla bourbon, with chocolate and light coffee lingering in the background. So much marshmallow!!

On the tongue is sweet vanilla-chocolate upfront, followed by thick, rich marshmallow-cream, rocky road brownies. Finishes with more sweet vanilla, and a light amount of coffee and roast. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety with low carbonation.

Wow.. this a straight vanilla marshmallow bomb with perfect mouthfeel. My favorite BL to date.

De Garde The Peach

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A golden wild ale aged in Cognac barrels. After extended aging, this was transferred into oak tank and refermented with Oregon Peaches.

Final Rating: 4.71/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into De Garde snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy orange body with a one finger white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave slight lacing, little retention.

Aromas are sour and fruit, lots of peach and lactic tartness, stone fruits, oak and sour warheads.

On the tongue is straight sour warhead sour peach, stone fruit bomb, lightly funky yeast, farmhouse.

Mouthfeel is easy, smooth and refreshing. Overall a fantastic beer, one of the best sours i’ve ever had.