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.

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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.

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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

LAGUNITAS SUCKS HOLIDAY LEFTOVERS ALE



TASTING NOTES:

Huge tangerine aroma...hops hops hops...but not too bitter. Really enjoying what sems to be citra-hop with a nice malt backbone. Really much like a fruit-filled DIPA, and extremely enjoyable to drink. The hop/flavor intensity reminds me of Monk's Indiscretion and Bigfoot. Mouth feel is medium and the head retention is great. Even with a giant head, the hop aroma blasts you in the face. Tasted from the bottle @ 51F.


COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:

This sad holiday season we didn't have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared Brown Shugga' Ale. You see we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga’ every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s a drag. This year, we brewed something that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure this kind of failure never happens again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing this up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our own sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it to be all over... So this substitute beer is a `Cereal Medley' of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats.. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.6%abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

RUSSIAN RIVER REDEMPTION BLONDE ALE



TASTING NOTES:

Super clean straw yellow pour with fluffy white head. Beautiful Belgian ale aroma, yeast and malt notes. Slightly tart apple, floral, with a fairly dry finish. This is a superb example of a Belgian Blonde Ale with appropriate carbonation. Easy to drink, a wonderful beer. Tasted @ 55F.


COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:

This is the sister beer to our award-winning ale, Damnation. Fashioned after a Belgian-style "single", this ale is rarely brewed in America, let alone Belgium. Typically, "singles" are brewed only at the Trappist Monasteries for the monks to enjoy with meals. They often drink only half of a bottle with lunch and the rest with supper, despite the beer's low alcohol content. Redemption is modest in strength, robed in warm golden hues, and soft on the palate with a smooth dry finish.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Der Blokken Ginga



Sharp Hop aroma from the neck. Pours a bit cloudy dark amber. Actually less red than the Der Blokken Black. Thin off-white head, but it stays around for quite a while. 3 Minutes and there’s still a thin head on it. Not getting much aroma to speak of. Some sour fruit, grassy hops. Well carbonated with a nice malt forward flavor. Now I am getting pine notes in the aroma. Decent hop balance. This really is a pretty good red, although I don’t drink many of those. I like the mouthfeel too. It’s really got some body. Nice legs on the glass, and the head is still there! Tasted from the bottle @ 58F.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

LIPS OF FAITH COCOA MOLE

TASTING NOTES:

Wonderful spice and malt aroma from the neck. Pours dark amber, looking like an old ale with a nice off-white head. Aroma is a complex blend spices, malt, chocolate, cinnamon, peppers. Flavor is roasted malt, dark chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, herbal, and chilis. medium mouthfeel with nice legs and a LOT of flavor staying power. This beer would be superb to cook with as well, like maybe for fresh oysters. Very nicely done specialty brew! tasted from the bottle @ 60F.

We first tasted the beer at Strange Brewfest and were very excited to find out it had been bottled!


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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION:

Say Hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers. But don't fear the heat, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor to our Cocoa Molé. Scents of cinnamon when poured will have you saying, "Ole for molé!"

Monday, February 6, 2012

Der Blokken Black



TASTING NOTES:

Aroma from the neck is malty, roasted, and carmelized sugar. Pours very dark red with a frothy tan head. The head itself has a hoppy aroma and takes a while to flatten down. Nice legs! Lightly carbonated with a medium to thick body, and nutty malt flavor. Malt forward with a muted but tasty bitter hop on the finish. This is a well balanced sweet stout with just enough hop flavor to make it an interesting and easy to drink stout. Even a bit creamy and slightly sticky with a hint of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and biscuit. Tasted from the bottle @ 54F.