Prairie Pirate Bomb

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“Pirate bomb is our beer Prairie Bomb! aged in rum casks. The flavor from the casks helps impart more vanilla and coconut flavors to the beer while helping to add more body and smoothness to the already explosive and expressive flavors of Bomb!”

Final Rating: 4.63/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Prairie golden dino taster glass. Thanks Ryan for giving me this bottle, been looking for a while!

Pours a pitch black, oily body with a brown one finger head that reduces to leave a ring of foam and little lacing.

Aromas are sweet with lots of vanilla and chocolate, bourbon, light chili peppers, maybe a hint of booze but it’s surprisingly tame for being 15%.

On the tongue.. it starts out with sweet fudgy chocolate, spiced rum, vanilla and caramel, coconut and chocolate cake, followed by roasty coffee and charred malt on the finish. Not hot at all for 15%, this is very easy to drink. Smooth and velvety yet rich and flavorful. Low carbonation.

Overall a fantastic beer – super balance and extremely drinkable for the high abv. So much flavor here.

Other Half All Green Everything

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All Green Everything is a huge, but dry, triple IPA packed with Motueka, Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic.

Final Rating: 4.24/5
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into an All Green Everything Other Half tulip glass.

Appearance is slightly hazy, darker orange body with a two finger off-white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave a light layer of foam and spotty lacing.

Aromas are malty, resinous, piney, citrusy, rindy, grapefruit, caramel, light booze. Smells like it’s going to be a malt-forward IPA.

On the tongue, it’s less malty than the nose would suggest but still sitting on a heavy malt backbone. Pine and resinous hops, floral, orange cream, lightly citrusy, follow through is lightly sweet with a slightly bitter peppery finish. Mouthfeel is fantastic for a 10.5% TIPA – almost no booze detected. Drinks like a 7% IPA. Medium body and carbonation.

Overall I liked this for what it is. A 10.5% triple IPA that drinks super smooth and has no off flavors. This isn’t the tropical fruit bomb that are increasingly popular these days, this is a solid IPA brewed with the classic hop styles and a good malt backbone.

Fremont Rusty Nail

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The Rusty Nail begins life as The First Nail, an oatmeal stout of epic proportions with brewer’s licorice, smoked barley, and pale malt and is then aged on cinnamon bark. She becomes the Rusty Nail after spending 15 months in 12-year old bourbon barrels. The Rusty Nail pounds your palate, challenges your perception of all that you’ve known of beer, and leaves you wanting … another sip.

Final Rating: 4.63/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Fremont pint glass. Shared with Ryan, 2016 vintage.
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Pours a thick, motor oil, inky body with a dark brown head that reduces to a ring of foam, little lacing present. Fantasticly thick, this is exactly how a stout should look.

Aromas are a little muted straight out of the fridge but as it warms up, bourbon and vanilla, chocolate and a little booze are present.

Taste.. out of this world thick chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, fudge-bomb, light cinnamon, roasty coffee, finish is amazing with potent roasty coffee, charred malt and a light astringency. Thick, rich, low carbonation.

This was fantastic, one of the best stouts i’ve had this year.

 

Trillium Barrel Aged Outside the Lines

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“We decided to go beyond our comfort zone to craft an immensely robust Imperial Stout that landed at 12.7% abv. Then came a balanced addition of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans and subtle hint of green cardamom to accent a liberal dose of cold brewed medium roast Barrington Gold coffee. For an additional layer of complexity, we aged a small amount in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels for 6 months.”

 

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trillium snifter. Thanks Steve for hooking me up with this guy.

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

Aromas are standard for a BA stout with some spics in there.. lots of bourbon and caramel-vanilla, maybe a tad bit of cinnamon.

So complex on the tongue – starts off with pretty sweet rich bourbon-chocolate flavors, followed by a good amount of cinnamon and spices, followed by coffee, chocolate, finishes dark chocolate with tons of roasty, toasty coffee notes. Thick, rich body, nearly perfect in the mouthfeel category with medium-low carbonation.

Masterful. The bourbon barrel added an extra dimension to the base adjunct stout without overtaking those flavors.

Lost Abbey Veritas 015

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Lost Abbey Veritas 015 is an American Sour with Peaches, Nectarines and Apricots which took home gold medals from the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (Wood and Barrel Aged Beer), The 2015 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FOBAB – Wild Beers w/ Fruit), and The 2015 San Diego International Beer Festival (other sour beer category).

Final Rating: 4.78/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Pours a hazy golden orange body with a pretty fluffy, frothy three finger white head that rises out of the glass and reduces slowly, leaving heavy lacing and retention. Looks really nice.

Aromas are mesmerizing, peach and stone fruits galore, you can tell by the aroma that it’s going to be sour. Funky overripe fruit and light oak dominate the nose.

On the tongue is juicy sour stone fruit, peach and apricot intermingled with citrus and lactic acid, followed by delicious notes of oak, funky hay, finishing crisp and tart, farmhouse funk. Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect, medium high carbonation and light body make it refreshing and sip demanding.

I was highly impressed with v015, this is near perfection when it comes to a fruited sour. Will seek out again.

 

Drie Fonteinen Armand & Gaston Geuze

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston is a geuze released in 2016 that consists only of lambic brewed by 3 Fonteinen in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The oldest lambic in the blend is some of the first lambic brewed on the new 40-hectoliter brewing system installed in the same year.

Final Rating: 4.63/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a 3F Tumbler glass. Acquired in a trade.

On the uncork.. a pretty big pop but nothing like I’ve seen others describe. Much like champagne. It’s been chilled for a few weeks which could have helped that. No gush.

Pours an orange hazy body with a big frothy white head that reduces slowly, eventually leaving a half finger layer of foam and some spotty lacing.

Aromas are super citrusy, over ripe oranges and lemon zest are the first things that come to mind. Funky 3f yeast and oak are also present.

On the tongue.. wow, the balance is unreal here.. lightly tart with a good amount of oak and old funky basement, citrus, musty barn, green apple, light grain on the finish. Finishes lightly dry and super carbonated. Easy drinking light body.

I really enjoyed this beer. Insanely drinkable and balanced. I’ll be seeking out a few more bottles.

Bottle Logic Ground State

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Bottle Logic Ground State is a stout brewed with chocolate and cocoa nibs and aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla and coffee beans. Brewed for their second anniversary.

Final Rating: 4.46/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a bottle logic snifter. Acquired in a trade two days after release, stored in my cellar since. Allowed to warm over 45 min.

Pours a thick, black body with a good 2 finger brown head that reduces slowly, leaving some lacing and a good amount of retention. Looks great.

Aromas are surprising, I was expecting a more traditional coffee stout “breakfast” medley of aromas, but instead it’s pretty heavy on the bourbon and vanilla. Mostly bourbon here to be honest.

On the tongue – sweet, sticky vanilla-bourbon notes, intermingled with a light coffee flavor and dark chocolate. The follow through is also sweet, giving way to a lightly roasted finish. Mouthfeel stands out as quite thick and rich with medium-low carbonation. A little heat here but that’s expected for the high abv.

The final verdict? I thought it was great, but nothing super special. I was expecting more coffee and less bourbon. A little too sweet too.

Stone Enjoy After 12.24.16

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This IPA is spiked at bottling with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that, over time, brings about charmingly unpredictable complexities of spice, funk, acidity and more. The operative words in our beer-cellaring thesis are “over time.”

Final Rating: 4.02/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy after 12.24.16, enjoyed on 01.04.17. 7th Edition. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Stone tulip glass. Thanks Sara and Andrew for this beer!

Pours a hazy amber body with a one finger white head that reduces slowly to leave heavy lacing and retention.

Aromas of citrus and over ripe oranges, light yeasty brett, farmhouse pepperyness. A bit of an “old” flavor in there, probably the faded hops from sitting for all this time.

On the tongue is a very distinct farmhouse flavor profile – peppery, yeasty, brett notes, bananas and spice, citrus, oranges, followed by a hoppy, astringent, intense bitter bite that sticks on the tongue for quite some time. Mouthfeel like medium body with medium carbonation.

Interesting and enjoyable. This is a hoppy farmhouse ale more than an IPA. Reminds me of Hill Farmstead Dorothy.

Cantillon Rose De Gambrinus

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Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus is a traditional raspberry lambic (framboise) bottled regularly by Cantillon. Its fruit content is generally around 200 grams of raspberries per liter of lambic. The fruiting process for Rosé de Gambrinus consists of taking pre-frozen raspberries and placing them in stainless steel tanks with an average age of 20 month old lambic for a maceration period of 1-2 months. It is then transferred to a stainless steel bottling tank until it is ready to be bottled. A quantity of young lambic is added equal to one-third of the volume of the fruited lambic before bottling to obtain secondary fermentation.

Final Rating: 4.42 / 5

Look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cantillon stemmed glass. Bottled 2016. Thanks Robin for the trade!

A- Pours a slightly hazy, fizzy cherry colored body with a light pink, 2 finger head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing

S- Upfront is some Belgian funk, citrus/lemon juice, tart berries, and a woody mustyness. The aromas become a lot more pronounced after 20 or so minutes of sitting.

T- Quite dry upfront, tart berries, fermented fruit, bready/yeasty, the finish is somewhat astringent with a slight bitterness reminiscent of citrus peel, followed by raspberry notes.

M- Pretty high carbonation, but light and refreshing on the tongue.

Cantillon never disappoints, and this beer is an example of why they brew the world’s best lambics. Very nice when drank fresh. Recommendable.

The Eternal Void of Alpaca Magi

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This variant of a Rhode Island classic is a Dark Sour fermented in oak barrels with Dark cherries, Black Currants, Blackberries and Raspberries.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an Alpaca Magi long stemmed wine glass.

Pours a hazy dark maroon-brown body with an off white one finger head that reduces slowly to leave spotty lacing and a good amount of retention.

Aromas are delightful – definitely going to be sour. Among the acetic / lactic sourness are aromas of berries, dark fruits, cherry, earthy.

On the tongue is sour cherry, dark fruits, leather, acetic, citrus, very light oak oak, funky yeast, followed by berries and a drying tannic character. Aftertaste is slightly grainy. Easy drinking, smooth mouthfeel for 8.8%. Medium body.

This was really nice – very berry forward with great balance given the high acidity. A definite win for Lil Rhody.