Friday, February 7, 2014

HOWE SOUND WOOLLY BUGGER

TASTING NOTES:
2012: Absolutely superb old ale/barley wine style ale. Pours dark amber with thick head that slowly dissipates to hefty legs and a creamy ring. Aromas of caramelized sugar, bread dough, dark fruit, hop resin, and herbal notes. Classic English Barley wine flavors, lots of malty goodness, sweet dark fruit, mild hop bitterness through the middle to finish, and lingering burnt sugar, candi sugar, toffee, and bread. Fantastic. Tasted at 58.3F.

RATINGS: ratebeer.com 97  BeerAdvocate 89

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:
A rich, malty barley wine-style ale, with an intense the depth of flavour. Named for the Woolly Bugger wet fly, one of the most effective and widely used patterns in fly fishing. Brewed with pale, crystal, cara, chocolate and special B malts, Nugget, Fuggles and Golding hops, water and ale yeast.

Food Pairing: The malt & caramel flavours of this barley wine make it a great accompaniment with hearty meals and desserts and aged cheeses, nuts and winter specialties.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Uerige Sticke

TASTING NOTES: Pours Dark brown with a huge fluffy head with massive lacing. The head retention is amazing. Slightly sour grain aroma, with resin and leather notes. Mouth feel is thick and a little sticky, and there are lots of piney hops on the finish. Lots of dark fruit, spices, and nutty caramel flavors. Really quite nice. A classic alt. Tasted at 58.8F.

RATINGS: ratebeer.com 96/99  BeerAdvocate.com 92

BREWERY DESCRIPTION: 

UERIGE Sticke can only be tasted twice a year: always on the third Tuesday in January and October. This beer is brewed with more malt and hops and is much richer than UERIGE Alt. 6% abv are hidden behind the massive but elegant aroma.

The unusual name derives from the olden days, when the guests would whisper (`stickum' being a dialect term for secret gossiping) that the master brewer must have been a little too generous when weighing out the ingredients. Of course, today this does not happen by pure chance.


Connoisseurs like to let their Sticke rest for a few more months in the cellar before enjoying it. Due to the higher alcohol content, this beer keeps much longer than the official guaranteed minimum storage time.

UERIGE Sticke is only available in 0.5l bottles and is sold exclusively for a very short period twice a year.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dogfish Head Kvasir

TASTING NOTES: Indeed a delicious and unusual brew. So much tart, fruit in both the aroma and flavor. Lingering stickiness brings, wood, cranberries, hop bitterness, and it all combines in a complex and enjoyable beer. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I would definitely get this again. Tasted at 50F.

RATINGS: RATEBEER - BEERADVOCATE

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION: In ancient Europe, before wine arrived from the Near East, alcoholic beverages were cocktails of sugar-rich ingredients like honey, fruit and grain. With the help of biomolecular archaeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern and Swedish brewer Lasse Ericsson, Dogfish Head is re-creating another ancient hybrid ale, this time from the Nordic climes of Scandinavia. "Last year, we brewed an Ancient Ale from southern Europe," says Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione, "so it's been interesting to see the differences driven by the Scandinavian climate and terroir." 

The recipe for Kvasir, which clocks in at 10% ABV, was developed with the help of chemical, botanical and pollen evidence taken from a 3,500-year-old Danish drinking vessel. The vessel, made of birch bark, was found in the tomb of a leather-clad woman who Dr. Pat says was probably an upper-class dancer or priestess.

Monday, November 4, 2013

La Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen

Tasting Notes: Very good. Starts wicked bitter, but calms down. Ridiculous head that actually forms a crust. Cloudy, tart, with a bit of a dry finish. Bitterness lingers as would be expected from a tripel IPA. I can't get over the chunky head. Amazing. A little bit of bread & yeast in the aroma reminds you that your are having a craft beer. And considering the age of the bottle I am enjoying, this beer has some staying power. Tasted at 49F.

Brewery Description: The HOUBLON CHOUFFE was brewed for the first time in 2006.  It is an `Indian Pale ale' type of beer, with a harmonious balance between a marked bitterness (three types of hops are used to make it) and a pleasant fruitiness.  The HOUBLON CHOUFFE is unfiltered, and re-fermented in the bottle.

Ratings: RateBeer 100 -- BeerAdvocate 94

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

TASTING NOTES:
Aroma of beer. Awesome body & carbonation. Clear as can be. Great head retention, simcoe & citra flavors. Very well balanced and super drinkable. I love you Gigantic. Tasted at 50F.

RATINGS: ratebeer.com    BeerAdvocate.com

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:
A freakin' hop bomb. Bright, multi-layered citrus hop aromas and flavors blow up your face, with just the right amount of hop bitterness to back it all up.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Gueuze Tilquin

TASTING NOTES:
Huge funk aroma from the bottle. Pours crystal clear with nice head that sticks around. Great carbonation and wonderful lingering flavor. Tart, apple, sour cherry, wood, and a bit sticky. Superb beer tasted at 60F.

RATINGS: ratebeer.com BeerAdvocate.com


MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION:
Oude Gueuze Tilquin a l'Ancienne (6.0% alc/vol) is a spontaneous fermentation beer, produced from the blending of 1, 2 and 3 years old lambics. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized, and refermented in the bottle for at least 6 months. The lambics used were fermented and oak aged in our installations. These lambics are coming from worts brewed by Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon breweries.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

JW LEES CALVADOS HARVEST ALE

TASTING NOTES:
Superb English style barleywine. Wonderful wood notes both in aroma and flavor. Very drinkable, especially for an 11.5% brew. Oaky, huge malts, lots of residual sugar, and mild hopping. Mouthfeel is amazing. Love this and all of the JW Lees Harvest line. Tasted @ 60F.

RATINGS: ratebeer.com - BeerAdvocate.com

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:
Only available filtered and pasteurised in bottles. Matured in wooden Etienne Dupont Calvados casks from the end of October until mid March. This fully fermented ale has been brewed by JW Lees as a celebration of the brewers' art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

TASTING NOTES: Unreal nose. Chocolate, caramel, light hop, candi sugar, and malts. Amazing flavor of chocolate, caramel, and interesting tobacco notes, with a hop finish. Delicious beyond belief. Tasted @ 65F.

RATINGS: ratebeer.com | BeerAdvocate.com

MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION:

We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple; it's all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition.


By comprehending the labyrinthine movement of time, one would not think it strange to trace the errant path of an ordinary object such as a cream dessert only to discover that it has been the cause of cultural disputes since the middle ages. The British founders of burnt cream and from Spain, crema catalana, both stand by their creative originality and we respect that, but it was the French Creme Brulee, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Milk Stout. Lactose sugar is added and is present in the product.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FIRESTONE DOUBLE DBA 22 OZ

TASTING NOTES:

Aroma of malts, booze, wood, and cherries. Remarkable flavors of whiskey, wood, dark fruit/raisins, bitter hops, with a hint of vanilla. Superb mouthfeel. Yes it’s a little hot right now, but that’s to be expected and I can’t wait to try it in 6 months. Tasted at 60F.


RATINGS: ratebeer.com | BeerAdvocate.com

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:
DDBA is our flagship beer brewed at double strength. It is amazingly similar in many respects to our barrel fermented DBA and possesses everything we love about that beer times two. English caramel malts lend rich toffee character that pairs well with assertive medium toast American oak barrels.

REMEMBER: Watch for bottled on dates located on the necks or bottom left corner of the label for each of our beers. Our Proprietor's Reserve Series, Barrel-aged beers are built to aged carefully. Storing in a dark place at or below 40F will allow them to best age for several years.

MALTS:
Premium Two-Row
Maris Otter Pale
Munich, Crystal
Chocolate

HOPS:
Bittering-Magnum
Late Kettle-Styrian Golding
East Kent Golding
Dry Hops-East Kent Golding

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gigantic The City Never Sleeps

TASTING NOTES:
Smells like a sour brown from the neck. Pours very dark brown with a decent head if you work at it. Interesting flavor. Definitely some saison notes, malt backbone, and a bit of smoke on the end. Mouthfeel is fairly thick for a saison. Oxidation that helps the overall flavor, well carbonated. Very nice tasting and I have to say, I am glad after the initial hype about this brewery. Very much like a black IPA but without the bitter hops. Very well put together beer. I like it a lot! Tasted at 55.7F.


RATINGS: ratebeer.com | BeerAdvocate.com


COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:
From the deep dark recesses of our minds emerges this Imperial Black Saison. A beer shrouded in mystery and depth of flavor. A night you will never forget. 18.6 Plato 7.6% ABV 26 IBU

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dogfish Head Noble Rot

TASTING NOTES:
Sweet, sour, and grassy aroma from the neck. Pours wicked clear light gold with an aggressive frothy white head. Malty sweet and vinous aroma. First sip is WOW! What an interesting brew. The flavor of white wine is very forward. It nearly tastes like champagne to be honest, with a similar carbonation. But the alcohol is fairly well masked...at least balanced out well. Good combination of malts and hops to pair with the fruit. So a specialty brew perhaps not getting the justice it deserves. IMO, a well made and interesting, quaff. Very refreshing! Tasted @ 54F.


RATINGS: ratebeer.com | BeerAdvocate.com


COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:
Hmmm. We wonder if anyone will buy a beer with the word "rot" in the name? This saison-esque science project gets complexity and fermentable sugars from two unique wine grapes sourced with our friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, Wash.


The first addition is unfermented juice, known as must, from viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This noble rot reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is pinot gris must intensified by a process called dropping fruit, where large clusters of grapes are clipped to amplify the quality of those left behind.


"This is the absolute closest to equal meshing of the wine world and the beer world thats ever been done commercially," says Dogfish's Sam Calagione.


Noble Rot is brewed with pils and wheat malts and fermented with a distinct Belgian yeast strain. It has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish.

Monday, May 28, 2012

TASTING NOTES:
Obviously early in its life, this brew is still quite good. Sweet & Sour, wild notes, wood. Aroma is vinegary from the bottle, but opens up in the snifter to a very complex profile. Great carbonation, sour & sweet throughout, wonderful barrel notes intertwined. ABV is well masked. This beer is going to age VERY well. Tasted from the bottle @ 45F.

RATINGS: ratebeer.com | BeerAdvocate.com

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:
Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing join forces to weave The Dissident and The Stoic and Fred and Adam into an artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy. Damn. Beer is fun!

Conflux No. 1 - Collage is the second release in the Deschutes Conflux Series. These beers were brewed in March of 2010. One hundred percent of these beers spent two years aging in a variety of oak barrels: Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sherry, Pinot Noir, Bourbon, used American Oak, new American Oak and new Oregon Oak.

 
Less than 200 barrels of this intelligent blend was produced.

 
PAIRINGS: 
  • Turkey Paisano Sandwiches with Fig-and-Black Olive Vinaigrette 
  • Figs and Dried Cherries Poached in Vanilla-Honey Syrup with Pistachios  
  • Apple Raisin Bread Pudding

 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

BOURBON BARREL-AGED OLD RASPUTIN


TASTING NOTES:
Pours black as ink, with a huge frothy tan head. This beer looks beautiful in a glass. Huge aroma of chocolate, sweet malt, alcohol, bourbon, and wood. Complex flavors of wood, licorice, bourbon, malt and bitter hops on the finish. A great mix of salt, sweet, and bitter. Great mouthfeel and wonderful Winter Warmer feeling going down. This beer is aging very well. Tasted from the bottle @ 60F.

RATINGS: ratebeer.com | BeerAdvocate.com

MANUFACTURER DESCRIPTION:
Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels in 500ml corked bottle. Truly an amazing beer, worth every penny.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Silver City Deluxe Spring Lager

TASTING NOTES:


Huge malt aroma from the bottle and off the head. Pours very clear golden with a nice white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a thin blanket and some lacing. very clean malt flavor, hint of hops, spices, excellent body and extremely easy drinking. Great carbonation and slightly oily. For me, this would be the PERFECT all Summer beer, and I am glad the bottled beer is just as good as it is on tap. Tasted from the bottle @ 54F.


COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:

This golden lager is an ideal spring beer that refreshes on a warm day, yet warms on a cool one. Representative of beer brewed before prohibition, Deluxe's exceptional refreshing character comes from the use of flaked corn in the mash. The result is a smooth, full flavored light bodied lager with a pleasant, sweet grain character.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

LOST ABBEY JUDGEMENT DAY ALE

TASTING NOTES:
Awesome aroma of dark fruit, flavors of dark fruit, Belgian style, rich and robust. Phenomenal head with ultra legs. Incredibly smooth. Pairing superbly with Chimay cheese & Goat Gouda. Tasted from the bottle @ 60F.

RATINGS: ratebeer.com BeerAdvocate.com

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:
A massive beer in every sense of the word. A stronger and more contemplative version of our Lost and Found Ale. Judgment Day is the base beer for our Cuvee de Tomme. Many of the Trappist Breweries produce a version of beer which ages incredibly well for many years to come. And, since none of us knows when the end of the world is coming, we suggest you stock up with lots of Lost Abbey beers so that when the end of the world magically appears from no where, you'll have a beer or two on hand for even the stingiest of angels.
Malts- Two Row, Wheat, Medium and Dark English Crystal, Special B and Chocolate Malt.
Hops- Challenger and East Kent Golding
Yeast- Proprietary Belgian Ale Strain
Adjuncts- Dextrose and Raisins