Perennial Barrel Aged Sump

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Imperial Stout aged 12+ months in Heaven Hill rye whiskey barrels with Sump Coffee Colombia Nariño Los Rosales coffee beans

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Perennial stemmed wine glass. Thanks Brian for sharing this long-time want.

On the nose I get a lot of vanilla, chocolate, fresh coffee beans, and surprisingly a bit of maple. Smells like an awesome breakfast stout.

Bold, dark chocolate notes, chocolate covered espresso beans, vanilla-maple coffee, cocoa and bourbon on the follow through. The aftertaste is charred with dark roast coffee flavors lingering for a while. Mouthfeel is good with a medium-heavy body and low carbonation.

Sump is one of my favorite coffee stouts, so it was to be expected that I’d really enjoy BA sump, which I did. World-class beer!

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DeGarde Boysen De Mer

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De Garde Boysen de Mer is a farmhouse wild ale aged in oak barrels with boysenberries.

Final Rating: 4.11/5
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a DeGarde tulip glass.

Pours a dark pink-purple body with a bright pink two finger head that reduces slowly to leave a good amount of lacing and retention. The color is stunning, this is a perfect 5 for look.

Aromas are faint and earthy, berries and somewhat grassy, fruit skins, tannic with some champagne-like aromas. On the tongue are fairly tart, dry, berry notes with white wine and champagne, light berry flavors in the background, earthy and green, lightly bitter aftertaste. Easy, crisp body with high carbonation.

This beer’s best characteristic was it’s vibrant color and head, which led me to believe that it would be more fruity with more berry flavors, but it was actually subtly fruity with delicate notes. Not bad though.

2014 Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze Golden Blend

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The Golden Blend is made with 4 year old Lambic that accounts for 25 % of it’s contents, the rest of the blend is made up by a “secret” combination of 1, 2 and 3 year old Lambic.

The exact mixture is only known by the master-blender Armand himself.

The name “Golden Blend” is not far away from the truth, in fact, the 4 years of maturation in oak-wooden barrels is making this particular Lambic very expensive.

Due to the “evaporation” through the barrels, only a small percentage of the lambic is left over after 4 years of maturing.

Final Rating: 4.52/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler glass. Thanks Emily for getting this for my birthday!

Pours a deep orange, lightly hazy body with a big, frothy off-white head with a yellow ring around the head that sticks around for a while.

Aromas are funky and musty, with oak and damp cellar, lemongrass and hay, citrus, lightly grassy and a tad skunky. On the tongue it’s lightly tart with barnyard funk but not overly funk, oak and citrus, yeasty, a little bitterness on the follow through, drying aftertaste. Lightly carbonated but super easy to drink, medium-light body.

This was fantastic – complex and balanced, so flavorful. 4 years did it well!

 

2016 Three Floyds Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout

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Dark Lord aged in bourbon barrels for one year. Recently has used a blend of barrels from Heaven Hill, but has also been Woodford Reserve and others in the past.

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

750mL 2016 bottle poured into a Dark Lord Teku. Thanks Ray for sharing this one.

Pours a thick dark brown/nearly black body with a tan head that reduces to a ring.

Aromas are complex and inviting, with lots of bourbon and dark fruits, oak and caramel, cocoa, chocolate, some vanilla in there, alcohol heat.

Great combination of flavors on the tongue, I can taste the base beer slightly but it’s really complimented with rich bourbon cake flavors, fudgy caramel brownie, dark fruits and coffee on the follow through. Pretty rich mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation, very easy drinking for 15%.

BA Dark Lord is a great example of what a BA Imperial Stout can take like without adjuncts. Super complex, flavorful, balanced.

Trillium Trillbomb

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“For this collaboration, we took the grain bill for Trillium’s Night & Day and combined it with the flavor sugar and spice additions from Prairie’s BOMB! to create TrillBOMB! Brewed with cacao, coffee, Ancho chilis, and vanilla, TrillBOMB! has an intense dark chocolate and oatmeal cookie aroma, tastes of hot chocolate, sweetened cold brew coffee, and ends with a subtle warmth from the Ancho chilis. ”

Final Rating: 4.37/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trillium snifter. Thank you Steve for hooking me up with this bottle on my birthday.

Pours a thick black inky body with a big brown head that reduces slowly to leave leggy lacing and a ring of retention. This beer is thicccc.

Aromas are big and potent, and come out more as the beer warms up. Chili peppers and chocolate are immediately apparent, coffee and tobacco, burnt sugar, vanilla.

On the tongue is sweet milk chocolate, coffee, light vanilla and roasty charred malt. Some heat but not too much, spices and syrupy toffee on the follow through. Finish is lightly bitter. Thick body, this is a meal. Low carbonation.

Overall a good beer. A BIG beer, this is liquid fudge. Viscous with tons of flavor.

Goose Island Bourbon County Northwoods Stout

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Bourbon county stout aged in bourbon barrels with blueberry juice and almond extract added.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Goose Island Tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown body, a little less thick and inky than other Bourbon County beers, with a one finger tan head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing and a ring of retention.

Aromas are very pastry like – nutty biscotti, amaretto, freshly baked cookies, marzipan, bourbon-vanilla, maybe a hint of blueberry.

The taste matches the nose spot on – amaretto and nutty biscotti with a light blueberry flavor, milk chocolate and bourbon, finishing roasty. Mouthfeel is medium, not as heavy as regular BCBS or variants but still thick enough.

This was interesting but I liked it. Less blueberry, more nutty.

2016 Three Floyds French Vanilla Militia

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Dark Lord Aged in Armagnac Barrels with Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, and Coffee. 2016 is notoriously better than the 2017 version which supposedly tasted like green peppers. 2016 is considered one of the best stouts ever made.

Final Rating: 4.69/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle poured into a Dark Lord Teku. Thanks Ray for sharing this one.

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

Aromas are straight chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel. Just as advertised. As it warms they become more potent, and a bit of dark fruit and coffee shines through.

On the tongue is fudgy vanilla-bourbon, lots of barrel here, dark chocolate and roasty coffee in the background, marshmallow, pretty sweet (sweeter than BVDL and BADL). Mouthfeel is spot on, very thick and viscous, rich and velvety.

Another great Dark Lord variant. Lots of vanilla here, almost as much as BVDL. More barrel

Goose Island Bourbon County Northwoods Stout

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This year’s national variant is a blueberry-and-almond recipe conceived of by Goose Island Brewmaster Jankoski, who said he has been working with those two flavors for a long time as “sort of a personal project.” The dark chocolate notes of the stout and the blueberry and almond extract combine in a way that is “supporting and pleasing aromatically,” Jankoski said.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Goose Island Tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown body, a little less thick and inky than other Bourbon County beers, with a one finger tan head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing and a ring of retention.

Aromas are very pastry like – nutty biscotti, amaretto, freshly baked cookies, marzipan, bourbon-vanilla, maybe a hint of blueberry.

The taste matches the nose spot on – amaretto and nutty biscotti with a light blueberry flavor, milk chocolate and bourbon, finishing roasty. Mouthfeel is medium, not as heavy as regular BCBS or variants but still thick enough.

This was interesting but I liked it. Less blueberry, more nutty.

DeGarde Nectarine Premiere

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This was my second time having this beer, and it was just as good the second time around. I stand by my last post regarding this beer, that it’s one of the best sours ever made!

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 Degarde tulip. 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.

The Lost Abbey Veritas 017

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The 17th iteration of Veritas, Veritas 017 was aged in oak with Blackberries and Lost Abbey house cultures. Tart Blackberry, strong notes of oak and tannins with a strong presence of Brett leads to a very refreshing jam-like finish.

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

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

Pours a hazy maroon body with a light pink frothy three finger head that reduces fairly slowly to leave a layer of foam and good lacing.

Aromas are sharp and acidic, lots of lactic tartness, sharp citrus and sour berry aromas.

Taste is lightly sweet and grainy initially, followed by sour blackberry and sour apple notes with a drying, woody follow through. Finish is dry and sour, lingering on the tongue for a while. Pretty effervescent, crisp body.

Overall a solid wild – I would have preferred a little more berry and less sharp acidity though. Great nonetheless.