April 15, 2014

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I don’t think you’re supposed to aerate finished beer but oh well! 2 up front and 6 in the back. Going to have these in my car today covered up until I go to the new place. It’s always amazing how much space the tiny Golf has for transporting this sort of stuff. 

On the subject of aerating, the carboys are all sealed with vodka in the airlock and a nice level of CO2 which is heavier than O2 so it’s very likely I’m not adding much oxygen to the mix simply by having these slosh around. We’ll see once I try the finished product in a few months.

April 14, 2014

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I’m not asking if this is okay because I really have no choice but to take on this activity. I’m moving to a new house this week and I’m boxing up about 200 Lambic, 8 carboys, 8 kegs, 75 bottles of bourbon, wine, mead and iced wine and then another 150 or so bottles of beer. All of it is being transferred to my new house on a 15 mile bumpy dirt road. Temperatures are mild around 55 this week.

I’m primarily concerned for the Lambic & Homebrew wild ales. Most of my Lambic I bought 1st hand myself through importers or stores. It’s already sat in hot shipping containers for a few weeks and then on a bright sun-lit beer store shelf before eventually arriving at my 55 degree pitch black basement. There are no earthquakes here or shaking so the bottles sit pretty much undisturbed. When I acquire a bottle conditioned beer, I always let it sit for 90 days before I open it to let it clarify and yeast to settle. I don’t like yeasty beers.

The transporting of wild ales is a touchier subject. These aren’t sealed receptacles beyond an airlock. Each of the ales has a pellicle formed which is meant to act as a barrier between the beer and the oxygen. The pellicle will be long gone after this move and will need to re-create itself for the rest of the fermentation journey. The kegs will be fine obviously but some of my Lambic was brewed in 1997. I’m the 2nd owner of these and honestly most of them are just now to a point where I’m ready to open them. The older they are, the longer I let them sit. I waited 10 months to open Blauw from 3 Fonteinen and the clarity and taste was gorgeous. Patience is virtue when the yeast sediment has turned to sewage gunk.

I guess for the bottles, I’m just setting myself back 3-12 months on opening them. That’s fine but it does suck. Maybe I’ll have one more bottle this week before the move as a celebration. I don’t know if balsamic / acetic tastes are going to pop up due to the breaking of this pellicle. I really hope not because these beers are all smelling and tasting pretty good. They are all in a nice spot to be kegged sometime at the end of this year.

I’ll definitely report back on how the home-brew tastes when it is complete. Obviously my crappy skills as a brewer means that 90% of these are going to suck so I guess it’s not too bad. I’m actually moving all of the carboys and bottles in my car over a few trips because the moving truck is so bumpy, I’d for sure have some issues. You don’t want 8 carboys with 5 gallons of beer each shattering in the moving truck among all of my belongings.

The new house is great. I go by tomorrow to get Internet and utilities setup. I’ll have beer there and my new chest freezer arrives for my keezer build this summer. Obviously, I’ll take lots of photos as that progresses!

April 10, 2014

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Hill Farmstead Abner

Since I finally became the top Hill Farmstead rater on RateBeer, I thought it would be interesting to see how each of these score. I rated these beers at different times in my beer rating hobby and some bottles were old, maybe I ate a spicy taco and then rated Damon and other variables. so I’m posting this for posterity but I do plan on revising my ratings. Clara and Anna have both become much better. CD1 was a very old bottle when I rated it which is also a problem. Flora I gave a 4.6 when it’s turned out to be one of my favorite Hill Farmstead beers.

Also, even though there seven beers I rated a 4.8, that’s the overall rating. RateBeer puts these in order based on all 5 individual numbers I give so Society 5 and Society 3 may both be 4.8 but one was a 9 taste and another was an 8 taste so that leads to 5 beating it out. The top 10 I fully agree with though. These are beers I could drink for the rest of my life and be very content and happy.

Either way, this is a fun exercise to share. I doubt everyone will agree with this but I feel so lucky to live close to a brewery that makes my favorite beers!

  1. Art (5)
  2. Society & Solitude #5 (4.8)
  3. Society & Solitude #3 (4.8)
  4. Arthur (4.8)
  5. Damon (Port Barrel Aged) (4.8)
  6. Damon (4.8)
  7. Friendship and Reunion (4.8)
  8. Abner (4.8)
  9. Civil Disobedience (Release 4) (4.7)
  10. Biere de Norma (4.7)
  11. Flora (4.6)
  12. Juicy (4.6)
  13. Susan (4.6)
  14. Civil Disobedience (Release 5) (4.6)
  15. What Is Enlightenment? (4.6)
  16. Civil Disobedience (Release 6) (4.5)
  17. Simcoe Single Hop Pale Ale (4.5)
  18. Jimmy (4.5)
  19. Madness And Civilization #3 (4.5)
  20. Genealogy of Morals (Bourbon) (4.4)
  21. Fear and Trembling (French Oak Cabernet) (4.4)
  22. Madness and Civilization #2 (4.4)
  23. Civil Disobedience (Release 3) (4.4)
  24. Twilight of the Idols (4.4)
  25. Grassroots Brother Soigné (4.4)
  26. Nelson Sauvin Single Hop Pale Ale (4.4)
  27. Grassroots Convivial Suarez (4.4)
  28. George (4.4)
  29. Society & Solitude #1 (4.4)
  30. Double Citra (4.3)
  31. Everett (4.3)
  32. Florence (4.3)
  33. Vera Mae (4.3)
  34. Daybreak (4.3)
  35. Beyond Good and Evil (4.3)
  36. Amarillo Single Hop Pale Ale (4.3)
  37. Mimosa (4.3)
  38. Phenomenology of Spirit (2013) (4.2)
  39. Ann (4.2)
  40. E. (4.2)
  41. Harlan (4.2)
  42. Grassroots Sankt Hans Amber Saison (4.2)
  43. Nor (4.2)
  44. Walden (4.2)
  45. Edward (4.1)
  46. Life Without Principle #3 (4.1)
  47. Legitimacy of Flora (4.1)
  48. Society & Solitude #4 (4.1)
  49. Double Galaxy (4.1)
  50. Civil Disobedience (Release 8) (4.1)
  51. Barrel Aged Everett (4.1)
  52. Riwaka Single Hop Pale Ale (4.1)
  53. Fear and Trembling (4.1)
  54. Madness and Civilization #1 (4.1)
  55. Damon (Port and Bourbon Barrel Aged) (4.1)
  56. Birth of Tragedy (4.1)
  57. Society & Solitude #2 (4.1)
  58. Barrel Aged Everett (4.1)
  59. Birth of Tragedy (4.1)
  60. Elaborative #2 (4)
  61. Motueka Single Hop Pale Ale (4)
  62. Grassroots Legitimacy (4)
  63. Excursions #1 (4)
  64. Earl (4)
  65. Civil Disobedience (Release 7) (4)
  66. Fear and Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend) (4)
  67. Edith (2013) (4)
  68. Society & Solitude #7 (4)
  69. James (3.9)
  70. Flora (Satsuma Mandarin) (3.9)
  71. Grassroots The Bliss of Absence (3.9)
  72. Society & Solitude #6 (3.9)
  73. Grassroots Song of Spring Ale (3.9)
  74. Ephraim (3.9)
  75. Grassroots/Mikkeller Wheat is the New Hops IPA (3.9)
  76. Life Without Principle #2 (3.8)
  77. /Kissmeyer Holger Danske (3.8)
  78. /Mikkeller Barrel Aged Daybreak (3.8)
  79. Grassroots / Amager Shadow Pictures Of A Journey (3.8)
  80. Civil Disobedience (Release 1) (3.8)
  81. Elaborative #1 (3.8)
  82. Phenomenology of Spirit (3.8)
  83. Grassroots//Jackie O’s Autumn Saison (3.7)
  84. Fear and Trembling (Bourbon Barrel) (3.7)
  85. Anna (3.7)
  86. Citra Single Hop Pale Ale (3.6)
  87. Life Without Principle #1 (3.6)
  88. Foster (3.6)
  89. Clara (3.5)
  90. Mary (3.4)
  91. Prolegomena (3.4)
  92. Barrel Aged Earl (3.3)
  93. Genealogy of Morals (2011 – Madeira) (3.3)
April 4, 2014

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Went downstairs to snap some shots of a few carboys. Really happy with how these came out.

Cellar Photos - April 2014

Yeast Pellicle - Homebrew / Wild Fermentation

Yeast Pellicle - Homebrew / Wild Fermentation

Yeast Pellicle - Homebrew / Wild Fermentation

Yeast Pellicle - Homebrew / Wild Fermentation

Yeast Pellicle - Homebrew / Wild Fermentation

Yeast Pellicle - Homebrew / Wild Fermentation

Yeast Pellicle - Homebrew / Wild Fermentation

April 4, 2014

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I promise I haven’t given up on home brewing. It was pretty clear in a couple of posts last year that it’s difficult to brew in the winter time. The plan then was to brew a lot of wild ales and let them ferment for 12 months. Eight carboys are happily sitting downstairs just chilling out. It’s a beautiful thing.

I’m moving to a new house soon and will have some outdoor space and a spigot (finally) to pick up on things again. Soon, I’ll do some carboy transferring and moving things around just a bit. I also just ordered a freezer to act as a fermentation area for some lagers. It’s going to be a great time.

I’m going to continue the trend of brewing beers that are pricey or harder to get locally. I’ll continue spontaneous wild ales and berliners along with larger Imperial stouts. The Brett IPA experiment will continue and I’m going to experiment with some barrel projects but that’s going to take some time.

i’m also going to sell my kegerator as it takes up a lot of space and electricity and get a cheap chest freezer that will serve two functions, a kegerator and bottle storage. The new place I’m moving into doesn’t have a lot of space so I’ll store a lot of bottles in the chest freezer with a temp controller.

It’s a shame that Matt Riggs was so wrong about my home brewing:

 “I’m glad you slowed down with the homebrewing for a bit. Or is that permanent now too? I hope the latter, because you were also dishing out some bad advice.” 

Anyone looking at me for advice is their problem. I’m brewing for fun and to have some cheap enjoyable beers in styles that I like. I don’t aim to go pro and now that my pipeline of carboys is full, I stopped brewing for a bit. I can add Matthew to the long list of people who give a shit how I spend my time.

I will probably post some tasting notes in May of my wild ales, porter and Hair of the Dog Adambier clone. that’s also when I’ll add Currants and Cabernet cubes to my Consecration clone and I’ll brew my once a year Bourbon Imperial Stout and another Double IPA with Brett B but this time using a lot of wheat in place of 40% of the 2-row malts.

Oh and I tasted my straight spontaneous lambic yesterday. WOW it smells amazing and tastes pretty good. Still needs a lot of time but it’s cool that this beer was such a success so far. I’m really hoping to keep that carboy for 3 years and keep adding so that I have 8-12 carboys full of ‘VT Lambic” that I can blend and add fruit to.

That’s all for now!

April 2, 2014

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I grabbed a few bottles in person via store hopping and trades during the Portland OR trip in the Fall. I finally cracked these open along with a bottle from the 90s of Golden Rose that was a gift from a certain beer geek in central Maine. Chris and I enjoyed these split 4 ways. I should have held on to Matt a bit longer. The others were really great.

I didn’t snap any additional photos of Cherry Adam as I already reviewed it in Portland OR. Nice to have this one again…after Matt, it’s my favorite of the group.

Hair of the Dog Beers

Hair of the Dog Matt

Hair of the Dog Matt

4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20

AdamJackson (2067) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 29, 2014  

Grabbed this at BottleWorks for $20 a bottle. 2013 vintageA – Pours a brown to black, sort of hazy and chocolate colored. No head formed at all. Amber edges.

S – Loads of raisin and currants, Super woody, maple and birch with a touch of cedar. Vanilla and roasted milk chocolate

T – Lots of ABV to this one. You get a lot of toffee, wine tannings, grapey persimmon, kiwi, chocolate cake and pudding. Peated as all get-up

M – This coats the tongue like no other beer. Very oily and thick

O – This can definitely use a lot of age but it’s an incredible brew. try it if you can.

Hair of the Dog Matt

Hair of the Dog Matt

Golden Rose

Hair of the Dog Golden Rose

3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL15/20

AdamJackson (2067) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 29, 2014 

Thanks Chris L for this treat. The bottle looks VERY old. Label says “Golden Rose” Batch 009A – Looks like flat cream soda. Crimson and gold.

S – Nose is slightly oxidized, floral and lots of herbs with caramel and candy.

T – A mild tart taste, bits of cardboard and leather shoe. Very floral, lots of vanilla and red berries. Slightly peppery and dry finish.

M – Thin, oily and sweet

O – This has held up extremely well!

Hair of the Dog Golden Rose
Hair of the Dog Golden Rose
Otto from the Wood
Hair of the Dog Otto from the Wood
3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20

AdamJackson (2067) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 29, 2014  [delete] [move] [convert2tick]

Picked this up in Portland ORA – Weird chunks of peaches. Gorgeous dark brown to black pour. 3 finger head, bottle didn’t gush but it certainly foamed a lot

S – Huge raisin, figs and currants nose. Cherries are certainly dominant but lots of dark tree fruits and caramel.

T – Sweet, candy like. The cherry comes through in a huge way. Super malty, refined for a huge 13% ABV. Oak presence is dominating. candy like intensity

M – Boozy finish, slick, sweet and oily

O – This is not as good as I expected it to be but very nice. If only it was a little less hot

Hair of the Dog Otto from the Wood
Hair of the Dog Otto from the Wood
Michael
Hair of the Dog Michael

3.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20

AdamJackson (2067) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 29, 2014

2012 Vintage split 3 ways.A – Bright red pour, looks mahogany and crimson in the glass

S – Nose is bursting with cherry, fruit and wood.

T – Acidic at the finish, not overly sour. Has more rotten cherry old moldy fruit taste. oak and wine tannic grape juice

M – Thin, oily and dry

O – Nice nose, the taste falls short. It’s not that old of a beer.

Hair of the Dog Michael
April 1, 2014

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Hill Farmstead Beyond Good and Evil

 

4.3

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL16/20

AdamJackson (2067) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 29, 2014

Bottle picked up last week. Just couldn’t wait to enjoy this beer!A – Poured a pitch black oily chocolate texture, 2 finger chocolate head fades to a small thin line. This beer coats the glass so very well!

S – Nose is loaded. Licorice, chocolate, maple syrup, rice krispy treats and sweet candies.

T – Wowzerz. This is a heavy, thick, chocolate explosion. A touch of some fruity qualities like cherry or raspberry. Heavy creamy chocolate. No coffee or espresso at all. The maple is not at all overwhelming. The thole thing just melds together.

M – Velvety smooth mouthfeel, sweet and tongue coating oil.

O – Wheat imperial stouts are where it’s at.

Hill Farmstead Beyond Good and Evil

Hill Farmstead Beyond Good and Evil

March 31, 2014

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Oude Geuze Boon VAT 44

3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20

AdamJackson (2041) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 27, 2014

2 finger fluffy head. Never fades straw yellow and hints of gold. This is the most aroma grassy, lemon and citrus forward beer. Notes of peach as well. Taste is Veery light. Lots f wheat and light aromatic and very sort of relaxing tastes. Very bright with grape skins, lemons , wheat, like and peach. Quite nice but lacks a ton of funk.

Oude Geuze Boon VAT 44

Oude Geuze Boon VAT 44

March 30, 2014

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Last week, I started what I hope is a year-long adventure around New England joining brewers in their natural habitat to photograph their craft. I started with the brewer that I have the best relationship so far, Shaun Hill of Hill Farmstead. I’ve reached out to other Vermont breweries and hope to expand this series in the coming months.

I’m happy with these photos but admit there are some shortcomings. I’m shy as a photographer even when someone accepts me as a guest, I try to stay out of their way so the pictures that follow are very flat. It’s something I’ll improve as experience grows.

Also, I hope to return to Hill Farmstead after their expansion is complete to take more shots. The plans and vision are very promising.

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

A Day at Hill Farmstead

March 28, 2014

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Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 8)

4.1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL16/20

AdamJackson (2041) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 24, 2014

Picked this up at the brewery. 2 Per person I think? can’t remember. Enjoyed at home at cellar temp.A – Pitch black, amber brown on the pour. Prouces a 2 -finger semi-off white creamy dark head.

S – Nose is very grape forward, not too acidic but it’s there. Mild oaky presence with cranberries, cherries and other bright citrus notes.

T – Taste is great. Very nice. It’s bitter sweet, tannic, roasted cranberries and a touch of peppercorn at the finish. Vanilla and cherries, currants and a lot of oak. The bitter hops of Edith have faded and just a minor red wine note as well.

M – Silky smooth and sweet.

O – This is excellent.

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 8)

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 8)

March 27, 2014

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Hill Farmstead Madness And Civilization #3

 

4.5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL18/20

AdamJackson (2041) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 24, 2014

Picked up on a Saturday in Vermont. Looks like I got one of the last bottles! Only one bottle :( I’m gonna regret this but it’s 1 per person.. so….A – Pitch black, total motor oil pour. 1 finger completely coffee color chocolate head. fades to a few tight bubbles.

S – This smells amazing. A perfect mixture of how you think Damon and Bourbon Everett should smell. Shit, like what? Espresso, milk chocolate, vanilla beans and brownie / fudge cake. Cookie Cake w/ frosting? Huge bourbon nose, lots of vanilla?

T – Dear god. Seriously? This is quite possibly the most roasted espresso bean and dark cocoa chocolate bomb ever! Not as velvety or thick as Kentucky Brunch but the balance is just insane. Chocolate, booze bourbon soaked walnuts, pecans and oak. Woody, chocolatey roasted delicious.

M – Smooth and rich, coats the tongue. Jeez.

O – This is a remarkable beer. Quite possibly the best stout I’ve ever had from Hill Farmstead. I need a keg of this? Shaun? LOL

Hill Farmstead Madness And Civilization #3

Hill Farmstead Madness And Civilization #3

March 21, 2014

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The folks at Good Karma are awesome. They’ve allowed me to bring some shelf-turdz from Vermont and in exchange, they’re always up for sharing great beers. Also, their food is just awesome. Get the house burrito! You won’t regret it.

I snapped a few photos late night that may be cool to share here. Thanks guys for the west coast hospitality!

Good Karma Tap Handles - San Jose

Bottle Share - San Jose, CA

Bottle Share - San Jose, CA

Hill Farmstead Arthur

Saison Bernice

Firestone Walker Feral One

Russian River Toronado 25th Anniversary

The Bruery / Bottle Logic Tumescence

Lawson's Finest - Sticky Ale

De Garde LOAK

La Muerta Imperial Stout

Jared K

Jared K

Good Karma, San Jose CA

Good Karma, San Jose CA

Good Karma, San Jose CA

Good Karma, San Jose CA

Good Karma, San Jose CA

Neil Lagomarsino

March 20, 2014

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Really enjoyed my trip down there. Had some good beer, met some people who for some reason recognized me (still freaks me out to this day) and was offered some pours of some good beer. I love that there are bottle shares down there. Really cool!

Sante is on my must-visit list every single time I’m i San Jose.

Sante Adairius

Sante Adairius Doble Lupulo

Sante Adairius Professor Ron

Sante Adairius Doble Lupulo

March 18, 2014

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Alchemist Luscious

 

4.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL17/20

AdamJackson (1994) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 7, 2014 

Thank you Tommy for sharing this beer with me. Really excited to try it. Enjoyed at room temp in a stemmed wine glassA – Pitch black, minor head that quickly fades.S – Quite ashy. a ton of cocoa and marshmallow with just a touch of turpentine.

T – Very ashy, loads of milk chocolate, lots of licorice. sort of a boldness of really nice English bittering hops, creamy vanilla and charcoal

M – Very creamy. Really sticks around for some time.

O – I enjoyed this a LOT! If you can find a bottle, send it to me!

Alchemist Luscious

Alchemist Luscious

Alchemist Luscious

March 17, 2014

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Kuhnhenn Barrel Aged Solar Eclipse (2012)

4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL17/20

AdamJackson (1994) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 9, 2014 

Pours dark brown out of the glass, pitch black, really slow nitro like carb due to the abv. not much head. Nose is a whiskey bomb. Lots of vanilla and oak and raisins. Trims the nose hairs as you snift. The smell lets you know that shit is about to get real. Taste is huge. Loads of the darkest fruits like figs, raisins and prunes….very little chocolate but ashy charcoal and dipping tobacco. blackberry finish and the whiskey is very forward with a lot of vanilla and healthy coconut and very cabernet tannic dry notes. really amazing beer.

Kuhnhenn Barrel Aged Solar Eclipse (2012)

March 14, 2014

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Beachwood Tovarish

3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20

AdamJackson (1994) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 7, 2014  

Thanks DontDrinkBeer for sending this over. Split 3 ways in Quebec with some friends at room temp.A – Poured a 2 finger creamy milk chocolate head with big ’ol bubbles. Fades very slowly to some sticky lacing. Pitch black

S – Nose is big roasted day-old espresso. sort of a raw element to this one. chocolate, cocoa, espresso and licorice.

T – Insanely coffee forward. A lot of coffee like raw espresso beans just chewing on them by the handful with little bits of dates, chocolate, licorice and sweet cheap jelly beans in an assortment of dark flavors.

M – Oily, thick almost no sweetness

O – This beer just blows away your palate with coffee and fruits. It’s so freaking coffee forward that I honestly would rather just make espresso.

Beachwood Tovarish

Beachwood Tovarish

March 13, 2014

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Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged

 

4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20

AdamJackson (1986) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 5, 2014 

Thanks DmouthCaliBrewz for sharing this bottle with me. Split 4 ways (more than enough I should add) at about 55 Degrees F in snifters.A – Pitch black, 1 finger head that fades fast. Great legs, some minor particles on the swish. Looks eerily similar to straight up regular Hunahphu.

S – Nose WHOA. this is a different beast than it’s little brother. Maple, cupcake, vanilla, rocky road ice cream, the brandy sweetness definitely comes in like it’s 4th of July.

T – Again, shines even deeper. I would guess this is way higher than 14% ABV. Wedding Cake, brownie batter, pepper only at middle to end and doesn’t linger. the spice is in no way hanging on for dear life. You get this bright maple waffles and chocolate cupcake like this is all dessert and should pair really well with NOTHING. drink it straight up after eating a steak dinner. you’ve deserved it!

M – Thick, velvetty, sweet and smooth.

O – Great beer! I love it. Would get more if I could.

Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged

Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged

March 12, 2014

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The Bruery Mocha Black Tuesday

3.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL13/20

AdamJackson (1986) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 22, 2014  [delete] [move]  [convert2tick]

2014 Hoarders Society. Thanks Eric for sending this my way! Enjoyed this 750 with Chris on Saturday after enjoying some imperial stouts at Portsmouth Brewery / Earth Eagle. Stoked to try this with a fellow BA Coffee Stout lover.A – Out of the bottle, pours a solid black but with some translucent notes. In the glass, a tiny head forms but fades instantly. It’s basically flat. It has the blackness of a porter in the glass.

S – The coffee nose is so similar to Melange 8 / Mash & Grind. Almost a sweet coffee aroma like creamy latte. It is overwhelmingly coffee + chocolate and that’s pretty much it.

T – Jeez. There is a ton going on in this beer. It’s definitely like a latte with vanilla beans, soy milk, espresso and cream. It has a ton of hazelnut and french vanilla I mean I really feel like I’m drinking a cheap gas station coffee with an ounce of jack daniels in it. Nutty, sweet, boozy, coffee forward. Really interesting and delicious.

M – Oily and sweet. Has a vodka or gin mouthfeel, slick, boozy but not huge carbonation or mouthfeel.

O – I enjoyed this beer a lot. Should be split 4 ways among even the most hardcore beer geeks.

The Bruery Mocha Black Tuesday

The Bruery Mocha Black Tuesday

March 11, 2014

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IMG 6335

4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20

adamjackson (1978) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 27, 2014  [delete] [move]

On draft at La Trappe in San Francisco. $11 a pint and no line. GREAT!A – Crimson gold with a 3 finger creamy head. Fades so slow with sticky lacing.

S – Nose is similar to elder. Smells like a pine cone with a lot of sweet esthers and nutty bits as well.

T – The taste is interesting. Clearly a west coast IPA. Sweet, borderline barleywine taste and a clear booziness that separates it from other imperial IPAs. A raw rind of lemon, grapefruit and clementines is there too. It’s a great beer for the abv. That’s pretty amazing about it.

M – Thick, malty and waves of hops.

O – I would actually say this is the closest to heady topper I’ve ever had with slightly more booze. In that regard, it’s like I’m drinking a heady topper in San Francisco minus the mineral water mouthfeel that heady has. Everything else is really similar

Also, had some pizza at my old favorite spot, Tony’s Great day in SF

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March 10, 2014

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3.8

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL16/20

adamjackson (1972) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 27, 2014  [delete] [move]

This is a beer I’ve been trying to track down for a while. I met a Ratebeerian in California who wanted to share some beers. He gave me a choice between a 2001 3F Oude Gueuze or a Civil Disobedience #1. I chose this because I’m a weirdo. While the Gueuze may have held up better, this was a real treat!A – Insanely cloudy but most of these traveling beers are. Although, the hint of Mimosa may have led to this being a bit cloudier. More of a dark yellow, fluffy head and huge carbonation. Not a gusher just a lot of carb on each pour which is a very welcome thing.

S – Smells like Vanilla and Cream Soda with a tiny bit of wet cardboard and ropy leather. Nice grassy notes but clearly showing its age.

T – Taste was good and improved as it warm dup throughout the evening. Taste is loaded with a ton of funk and Brett and really hearty ropey leather. Finish is nice. Slightly cheesy and bitter orange peel and spice at the finish. Cardboard and funk lingers

M – Great mouthfeel, full bodied lemon meringue texture.

O – This beer was probably excellent a year ago but a Summer 2011 beer may not have just fallen off but who knows how well it was stored and how many hands it changed over the years. Still, it was great to try this. Thanks CheepBeerBuzz for sharing!

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March 7, 2014

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Firestone Walker 14

FW Walker 14:

Firestone Walker 14

3.2

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20

adamjackson (1944) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 15, 2014  [delete] [move]

Grabbed this in a trade last year. Opened alongside other FW beers. Snifter, fridge tempA – Pretty dark, oaky, barley wine / stout looking beer. minimal head.

S – Nose has lots of dark fruit, vanilla, figs, red wine, chestnut and birch and maybe even some oak. Slight cardboard

T – Yep, cardboard and strange off flavors but overall, very sweet, still pretty boozy and prunes, grapes and blackberries. Lots of roasted charcoal, licorice chocolate

M – Heavy, slick and tannic

O – This is a solid beer from drinking this along side 17, there’s no comparison.

FW Walker 15: 

Firestone Walker 15 (XV)

3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20

adamjackson (1944) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 15, 2014  [delete] [move]

Bottle split 4 waysA – Appearance is like most FW blends, barley wine old ale and stout sort of mixed together. Faint oak red / brown.

S – Great depth! lots of cherry, fig, blackberry, blueberry and other fruits. Bourbon vanilla and rum with a touch of cognac. Sweet nose.

T – Taste is nice. Oranges and honey with a lot of dark fruits. Very tannic and full of great maltiness but a slight oxidized finish.

M – Creamy mouthfeel, sweet and vinous finish

O – I enjoyed this one a lot. Should have opened it sooner.

Firestone Walker 15 (XV)FW Walker 16:

Firestone Walker 17

4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20

adamjackson (1944) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – MAR 18, 2013  [delete] [move]

UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 Bottle split 4 waysA – Looks just like 14-17 of the FW anniversary beers. Dark amber, barley wine colors. nice 1 finger head

S – Big nose. like licorice and kale, sweet milk and more dark fruits.

T – Sweet and boozy finish. I get some medicine in this one but the meld of this is really nice. Blended perfectly, tequila, bourbon and rum with their accompanying sweet fruits and earthy tastes. Chocolate and molasses.

M – Creamy, velvety mouthfeel

O – This is great and is my 2nd favorite of the FW anniversary beers. 17 is just worlds better than the others maybe due to age?

Firestone Walker 17

March 6, 2014

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Hill Farmstead Damon (Port and Bourbon Barrel Aged)

4.1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL16/20

adamjackson (1944) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 15, 2014  [delete] [move]

Bottled 05/2013 and acquired in a nice sunny day in August among friends. Stored upright @ 55F in my basement and then opened with Chris in a random Saturday.A – I would say this beer looks slightly more oily & black and regular damon. A velvet sheen / shine that lets you know shit is about to get real. It’s hard to get any head to form even with a vigorous pour but the alcohol legs that form on the swirl are another reminder that this is going to be a memorable here.

S – Having only had bourbon Damon, it’s definitely all Damon with that vanilla, coconut and charred oak bourbon but then the sweet tawny porto wine, vinous, tannic and acidic are also on the nose. Both really come through in a big way to hold up the chocolate, wood, blackberries and creamy yogurt. The easiest nose is straight up licorice on a first sniff.

T – This is just really interesting. Chocolate, brownies, figs and blackberries. The most dark fruit salad forward stout I’ve ever had. Molasses and other syrups come through as well. All of the awesome bourbon characteristics are here as well. Very grapey the port characters really come through stronger than bourbon however, I’m sensitive to wine and tannic qualities and drink a lot less port than bourbon so that obviously hits me stronger. All of the sweet & roasted characters of Damon shine through perfectly.

M – Thin, oily and sweet finish. Not a lot of carbonation which is disappointing. Still a great beer and one that I look forward to trying again in a few months or even a year.

O – So putting DB Damon among all of the other dark beers? It’s hard to say sort of like in my review of Ann. It’s way better than Anna but among the other wine barrel aged saisons from HFS, it’s just on-par. This is a great beer, low bottle count, high cost so makes for great trade bait for some of you but I think this beer is best split with one friend, at cellar temp and allowed to warm and once you finish it, open up an Everett and maybe making a grilled cheese sandwich while the snow falls. To be enjoyed, not cherished, DB Damon is a solid beer.

Hill Farmstead Damon (Port and Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Hill Farmstead Damon (Port and Bourbon Barrel Aged)

March 5, 2014

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Hill Farmstead/Mikkeller Barrel Aged Daybreak

3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL15/20

adamjackson (1944) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 15, 2014  [delete] [move]

Picked this up at Hill Farmstead in February. Enjoyed 2 ways with Chris in a snifter at 60F.A – Oily, shiny and nice lacing / legs on the glass. It’s a pitch black midnight oil color.

S – Insanely roasty..marshmallow, bright citrus fruits and semi-sweet bakers chocolate. I get a little cognac nose.

T – Key tastes are fruits, espresso raw with a touch of chocolate. Minor saltiness with miles of coffee, oak, and the barrel character hits at the finish with some sweet orange candies.

M – Pretty oily, velvety and overall full bodied stout you’d expect from Hill Farmstead, maybe a little thinner than I’m used to.

O – Not the citrus bomb I expected but still a great stout in its own right. I look forward to seeing how this progresses over the next year.

Hill Farmstead/Mikkeller Barrel Aged Daybreak

Hill Farmstead/Mikkeller Barrel Aged Daybreak

Hill Farmstead/Mikkeller Barrel Aged Daybreak

March 4, 2014

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Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout

3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL15/20

adamjackson (1944) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 15, 2014  [delete] [move]

Shared at a small tasting. Enjoyed in a snifter, 2012 vintage and 75CL split 4 ways.A – Pitch black, oily and nice 2 finger coffee coloured head.

S – Smells very nice.You get a standard stout of coffee, chocolate and roasted coffee. Green pepper nose and the farmhouse yeast adds a belgian orval nose to it

T – Taste is pretty standard. There’s licorice, smoke, chocolate and dry oaky notes. The flavor is spicy, bread and sadly the two styles just don’t meld too well

M – Big body, sticky flavors that hang out for a long time. Creamy and heavy carbonation

O – Good beer, the original I still think is better than this one.

Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout

March 3, 2014

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Hill Farmstead Damon (Port Barrel Aged)

4.8

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL18/20

adamjackson (1944) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 16, 2014  [delete] [move]

Grabbed this at Hill Farmstead a few months back. Split the 375ML two ways with Chris at around 55F in a snifter.A – Pitch black pour, just completely black, 3 finger nitro-like coffee colored head. The lacing on this beer is very sticky, 2 finger head sticks around for quite some time. It’s thick and has healthy alcohol legs.

S – Gigantic roast and chocolate forward nose I’ve ever smelled on a stout. There’s a shit ton of chocolate, roasted birch wood, grapes and the heartiest vine fruit like heirloom tomatoes, grapes, muscadines, etc. Sweet and hearty. The nose makes me look forward to the taste that’s about to hit me in the face.

T – The fruit in this beer really stands out and it is an absolutely perfect companion to the roasted notes. You get ash, roasted espresso beans, the most high cocoa chocolate bars and then you get this burst of grapes, plums, blackberry and pears. Minor salt presence in the middle which works great. totally sweet & salty mix here that compliments so well.

M – Full-bodied, sweet, salty, thick and dry. Carbonation is spot on, even after 15 minutes, this beer still has a thick head with sticky lacing.

O – If there ever was a beer that embodied what I would imagine Damon’s spirit to be, this would be it. This beer pairs well with man’s best friend, sitting next to a fire place on a cold winter evening. It really is a sippable perfectly crafted stout and one that I feel honored to have enjoyed. This is VERY good. It easily dethrones bourbon Damon and is only slightly behind this year’s Bourbon Genealogy of Morals.

Hill Farmstead Damon (Port Barrel Aged)

I’m adding in the review from my buddy Chris who is not a Hill Farmstead Fanboy. He picks up on some different things:

4.6

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20

AirForceHops (2522) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 16, 2014  [delete] [move] 375 ml bottle shared by Adam Jackson. Thick sheets of lacing that coat the snifter on the way down. Tan bubbles stick to the glass. Aroma starts with oak, deep roasted chocolate and hearty amounts of port wine. The flavor maybe the best I have ever experienced in a stout. The level of roasted malts is on another level compared to 85 % of any stout I have ever had. The port vinous influence marries really well with the roasted notes. Hints of charred coffee. Almost has a brine saltiness hiding under the roast. Notes of dark berries. Thick body with an insane silky, creamy, smooth texture. The amount of flavor is almost overwhelming. Too bad this is so limited; I could drink this once a week. Mr. Hill, Bravo sir!

Hill Farmstead Damon (Port Barrel Aged)