March 28, 2015

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The Bruery Chronology: 6

Description: Chronology: 6 is the first in a 4 part experiment with barrels and time. We brewed a beer rich and malty with undertones of brown sugar, toffee and toasted French bread and set it to age in bourbon barrels. Every six months we’ll take a quarter of the barrels, blend them and bottle them. This first bottling represents the flavors imparted in the base beer after 6 months of barrel aging. Reserve/Hoarder Society Exclusive

3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20

Dark Orange, 1 finger head that faded pretty fast to some big bubbles. Aroma is great! Smells like nougat, caramel, cream soda, vanilla. Well, 6 is very young still so I can say that this does need more time.Creamy vanilla soda, booze for sure but nowhere near the ABV stated on the bottle. Insanely sweet, fruity, boozy but the finish is a little too much like cough medicine. Still, a very interesting beer.

The Bruery Chronology: 6

March 27, 2015

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Surly Darkness 2014 - Barrel Aged

3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20

750ML Thanks Hoff for sending. Wax was pretty easy to remove. Pitch black 4 ounce pour a little bit of coffee head that fades to some big bubbles. The aroma is interesting. yes, sweet chocolate and some espresso but there’s some cigar smoke. Taste is good. Sweet, lots of chocolate, lots of raisin and fig. Dark fruits, chocolate, smoke. The bourbon barrel taste is really excellent. vanilla, fudge, oak. This is really interesting and worth the tick.

Surly Darkness 2014 - Barrel Aged

Surly Darkness 2014 - Barrel Aged

March 26, 2015

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Trillium Upper Case

4.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thanks guys for sharing. Hazy Orange, almost no head. This was a 750ML picked up today @ Trillium. The aroma is stupid crazy good. Tangerine, grapefruit, special super duper awesome juicy fruits. Taste is great. You get a really good melding of grapefruit, tangerine and other fruits. almost no residual sweetness. Good sweet taste. Incredibly clean. almost no booze at all. delicious overall.

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March 25, 2015

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Jackie-Os Dark Apparition

Non

3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20

 

Thanks Chris for sharing this 375ML bottle with us. Split 3 ways @ cellar temp. Pitch black. some alcohol legs, the bubbles are big but faded fast. Aroma is nice. Lots of chocolate, loads of roasted malts. a bit of cheap candies. just smells like a to-style imperial stout. Nice beer. Dark chocolate, licorice, high IBU, a little booz. the lingering chocolate finish. Very solid, well made stout.

Jackie-Os Dark Apparition

 

Jackie-Os Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition

BA

4.3

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20

Thank you again Chris for sharing this one. Pitch black pour out of a 375ML bottle at cellar temp. Ruby red edges, almost no head. The aroma is incredible. Smells like rich port wine, vanilla, figs and milk chocolate. this smells amazing. It’s a next level on the non BA apparition. wow. still thin, very oily mouthfeel.Yeah, straight up dessert wine, port barrel, bourbon, raisins, dark fruits. this is incredible.

Jackie-Os Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition

March 23, 2015

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I found this really interesting:

Top Blog Posts, Last 3 Months - Beer Blog

My beer blog is significantly smaller in traffic than the main blog which isn’t surprising. However, in looking at what post receive the most traffic, well the only surprising (but not illogical) post is my Lemon-ade-Rita post from March. This has performed very well and is the top result on Google.

For the rest of the list, my guides to cellaring and BCS French-Press have done well and reviews of popular beers like Hill Farmstead Ann, Flora, Dorothy aren’t surprising. Beer Haul posts continue to do well despite my move from a monthly frequency to more of a quarterly, as I feel like it frequency. As I said in this post from 2013, the frequency was just to stressful and most of those reasons still exist but quarterly hauls are just less stressful and lead to less people asking me to trade X beer. In fact, despite a steady readership, I get way less emails these days about trades than I used to. This is a good thing.