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Alvinne / Naparbier Gentleman Sour Oak-Aged Oud Bruin (unknown release)
Lagunitas Willet Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (unknown release)
The Ale Apothecary J.W. Lees Barrel-Aged Loganberry La Tache (unknown release)
Despite having plenty of concentrated hop juice, this worked really well. The additional flavors (mint, mango, chili) come through as a brightness and a non-alpha bitterness that round out and balance the flavors very well. No detectable spice, though.
Clean, light saison that sits definitely on the fruity, vinous end of the scale (as opposed to spicy or sour). Not too funky, although there is a whiff of horse blanket around the edges if you're really paying attention. A very tasty saison.
Had a bigger taste of this. There really isn't any detectable smoke in the flavor of this beer. It has a light touch, more like a soft German chocolate cake; lots of caramel sweetness and some smooth cocoa on top. It's not super-compelling, but it's decently tasty.
A chalky-roasty stout, but made even drier with the wine. So dry. Flavors were there, and I wanted to like it, but it was hard to really enjoy the whole glass. The concept would probably have worked better with a slightly sweeter stout.
Better than I remember from past releases. Still not much of the barrel spirit present, if at all, but a fine roast stout with coffee notes, enough to counteract the nitro blandness and produce some solid flavor.
Nitro Draft at Black Raven Brewing Company, Redmond
So good I ordered two pints and nothing else. I’m too sloshed to fully articulate its greatness (two pints!). Roy hated it but the bartender AND the two rando-guys from Illinois at the other table agreed, this is the best.
Fragrant and super-flavorful. Decent amount of cereal body. For something with the words "imperial" and "rye" in the name, this was actually refreshingly light and smooth. Then again, I thought the same thing about Fortem and then was totally disappointed the second time. WE'LL SEE.
Yasssss... Super-smooth dark chocolate cake opening. Creamy texture, biscuity sweetness. Habanero's hard to taste at first, just a bit of fruity tingle on the front of the tongue, but builds up into a pleasant warmth after a couple ounces. Pretty darned tasty.
A double IPA? No way! This is super flavorful, with a ton of hop flavor, but also very smooth and slightly sweet; it finishes really mildly. This shared a lot of positive qualities with Stillwater Extra Dry, another sake-based beer, although this went in a different direction. Just as enjoyable and dangerously drinkable.
An amber IPA, very fragrant, sweet and resinous. For me, this wasn't a good start, folks. But this beer really pulled it out in the end, with a smooth, sweet cereal finish with no bitterness at all. Very pleasant finish. If you're going to make a gateway beer to Lagunitas-style hop bombs, this is probably it.
Can at Home
Whhhhheaaaatttyyyt. Not bad. Dunno. Maybe. I had a glass of Rye before this so I’m not entirely sure where I am. I do know it is PROM night though! Gonna get down and get funky. Mark’s plum sour is dance fuel. Mr T just commented that Maltlog is really just my “drunk log” and he would be correct. On this date, I was toasted. FIN.
Pours rich, and thick, and this is BOURBON! above all, but what makes this beer work is that despite the BOURBON! and the clear, rich coconut flavor, this manages not to be cloyingly sweet, or even sweet as a first impression. That's a really delicate thing to accomplish. This was a really, really good beer, you guys.
Jake brought in a beer! I really liked this. Pretty strong hop presence in the opening, with pungent pineapple notes, hints of grapefruit. Finishes with a malty cereal smoothness. It's been a while since I expored Full Sail's lineup, might be time again.
So, Pumking is great, but if you were looking for something to cut the sweet, pie custard quality of that beer, this is probably exactly what the doctor ordered. A fairly roasty coffee flavor counteracts a very Pumking opening and makes for a different ending. Drama, not comedy, if you're in that mood!
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