October 14, 2014

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Sante Adairius Deaf Stewart

3.4

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

AdamJackson (2652) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 30, 2014 

Thanks for the share, guys.

A – Slightly hazy nose, mild head that fades fast

S – Nose is white grape, honeycomb, some maple wood and peach skin with a tough of sulphur.

T – Taste is slightly acetic with a touch of wheat, loads of lemon and finish contains melon and kiwi with acidic pineapple.

M – Thin body, slight oily. vinegar light lemon and pineapple at the end.

O – This is a good beer, very good considering the ABV. very tart and refreshing.

Sante Adairius Deaf Stewart

 

Sante Adairius Deaf Stewart

October 13, 2014

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Side Project Pulling Nails #1

 

2.7

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

AdamJackson (2652) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 30, 2014

Acquired in a trade, this is #1. Cellar temp in stemware split 5 ways

A – very dark orange a 1 finger creamy head fades to a thin line.

S – Very grape forward, touch of vinegar and pear…acetic notes.

T – Very acidic tart sour almost harsh boozy medicinal. Very tart, cherry and woody

M – Thick, boozy and a dry finish

O – This is an interesting beer but like most american wild ales, I just don’t like it.

Side Project Pulling Nails #1

 

Side Project Pulling Nails #1

October 10, 2014

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La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Reserve

 

4.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20

AdamJackson (2652) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 30, 2014 

2006 Reserva enjoyed with Tommy and others.

A – Dark orange almost a bronze gold. Nice alcohol legs, flat obviously.

S – Has a huge fruity apple and pear with a little bit of clove and prune. Nose is pretty huge with lots of fruit

T – Wow. There is a ton of flavor in this one. It has an almost rotten apple finish. up front I get blueberry, apple, honeysuckle and just loads and loads of apple.

M – Thick, viscous and oily. coats every aspect of the tongue and leaves a lot of sweetness

O – This is a very unique cider. I’d love to get more!

October 10, 2014

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I have a busy 8 weeks ahead. In between these trips are a few very large beer tastings and planned. Very excited to return to Belgium even if it’s only for 5 days and then I’ll be off to Poland for the first time. Always amazed that I have a job that takes me to Belgium so often. As usual, I’ll have some updates here throughout the trip.

After Europe, I’ve used the stupid amount of Hertz & Hilton points earned this year to go back to Chicago w/ my buddy Chris for Bourbon County Day. 

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October 9, 2014

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Pizza Boy Bleurbon Berry

 

3.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20

AdamJackson (2652) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 30, 2014 

Bottle from a trade. Split 4 ways at fridge temp in stemware.

A – Looks like most other blueberry beers. has that nice purple red color, mild head that faded fast.

S – Smells very raw like hand picked blueberries with a lot of oak, bark, sort of a musty earthy aroma. mild sweetness with a hard whiskey nose.

T – Well, it’s tannic, oaky, certainly has the standard american wild pucker up characteristics. Blueberry is faint but that’s to be expected with any blueberry beer.

M – nice sweetness, dry finish.

O – For an american wild aged in bourbon with blueberries, I like this more than expected. couldn’t down a bottle though or finish a glass. Still nice to try.

Pizza Boy Bleurbon Berry

 

 

Pizza Boy Bleurbon Berry

October 8, 2014

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Banana Bochet French Toast

 

3.9

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20

AdamJackson (2652) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 30, 2014

Thanks CP for sharing this one! Enjoyed 4 ways @ cellar temp or around there in stemware.

A – Still (obviously) with a very burnt orange and gold

S – This smells incredible. Nose is cinnamon dolce with with creamy lactose, insanely amazing. like french toast on buttery bread. my god I feel so fat.

T – well.as the name suggests this is a cinnamon brown sugar, loads of doughy sourdough, a rye spice is in here, almost too much herbal spice. a lot of booziness that maybe fades with time?

M – Very thin with a huge sweetness.

O – Incredible mead but almost too extreme for this youngling who doesn’t know mead yet.

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Banana Bochet French Toast

October 7, 2014

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Oxbow / Stillwater Stillbow Oxtisanal

 

4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20

AdamJackson (2652) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 30, 2014 

Thanks Matt for bringing this to Tommy to share. enjoyed 4 ways in stemware.

A – Nose has a minor hazy orange and a 2 finger creamy head that fades fast to next to nothing.

S – Has a mild acidic and tart lemon skin bitterness like european hops and some solid wheat and tropical fruit.

T – Taste has a very clean lively fruity bitterness. I get mango and papaya with peach toward the end. Great clean tart notes, some wine barrel notes, clean grape skin.

M – Very dry with a light sweetness.

O – Great beer. deserves the current rating. Love this beer.

Oxbow / Stillwater Stillbow Oxtisanal

October 6, 2014

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3 Fonteinen Oude Lambik (4 Year)

4.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20

AdamJackson (2652) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 30, 2014 

Split 4 ways at just around cellar temp @ fridge temp. Bottled 05/31/2011

A – Pours a very dark brown with reddish hues, slight sediment even on a fresh pour. Fully still with no head.

S – Nose is incredibly cheesy with a hearty amount of funk. A little bit of copper penny, tart oaky notes. Really enticing nose.

T – there’s a lot of penny / metallic notes in this one, nice cheese rind, some earthy mulch and tons of basement mold. I love how it coats the mouth, has a swampy moldy grape finish. I like the underlying lemon juice that you get throughout the entire palate and throughout each sip.

M – Very thin, oily but then a dry chalky enamel stripping finish

O – Incredibly good. Not my favorite unblended lambic but very delicious! MMMM. This is delicious. I could drink an entire bottle myself.

 

3 Fonteinen Oude Lambik (4 Year)

 

3 Fonteinen Oude Lambik (4 Year)

October 4, 2014

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Looks like the .beer TLD is now available. At $25.50 a year, it’s an expensive domain name but I bought it for a few years and that URL redirects to this blog. http://adam-jackson.net/beer still works just fine! No need to update your bookmarks or RSS reader but you can also visit http://AdamJackson.beer if you’re interested.

October 3, 2014

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I realized that having two Bourbon County Stout variants on tap is going to for sure kill me, so I picked up 2 kegs today. One to drink now and another to age for a few months. The distributor threw in a tap handle!

New Kegs

 

Allagash Saison

 

Couldn’t wait to crack into the Allagash saison! Interesting that it stays in-code until August of next year (12 months after packaging). That’s quite a long shelf life for a non-wild saison. I like this beer fresh so I’m going to drink it ASAP.

October 2, 2014

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La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Recolte D’Hiver

3.8

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20

AdamJackson (2626) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 20, 2014  

Dark gold. Super thick. Nose is apricot and pear. Taste is awesome. Viscous thick. Totally strawberry nose. Some cinnamon and sweet finish. So good.
If you’re not drinking Iced Cider, you should check it out.
October 1, 2014

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I had an awesome time in Waterbury last night…while it was a late evening, we had some fantastic beers. Also my friend Tommy had never tried Bourbon before so we did a mini tasting of George T. Stagg, Sazerac 18 and Thomas Handy Rye.

More reviews from this tasting coming throughout the week.

Tasting Last Night

Tommy and Julien

Prohibition Pig, Waterbury Vermont

October 1, 2014

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New Glarus R&D Peach

3.9

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20

AdamJackson (2626) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 20, 2014  

Dark hazy burnt reddish orange. Some yeasty peach gunk. Nose is outrageous. Fills the room. Tons of peach. Malty a touch of acidity. Fresh peaches with the skin on. Juicy finish. I recommend seeking this one out. sorry for the so few notes on this one. Took them in a rush.
September 30, 2014

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Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

4.1

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

AdamJackson (2626) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 20, 2014 

Very dark blood red color. Light 1 finger pinkish head that faded to a light ring Aroma has a ton of cherry! Loads of fresh ripe cherries and a touch of lemon zest and sourdough bread. Reminds of a tarter version of Intense Red. A lot of very fresh cherry. Lambic takes a backseat to the frresh fruit in this beer. Very sweet ultra dry finish. Finish has some cheesy funk

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

September 29, 2014

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Cantillon Crianza Helena

3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20

AdamJackson (2626) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 19, 2014

Acquired one bottle in a trade and another @ DHVL in Belgium. Not sure which of these I’m open but both have been sitting horizontally in the cellar @ 55F for 6 months. Enjoyed split many ways but I made sure to get my pour first and tried to keep yeast out of things.

A – You still get this slightly off-cloudy orange like golden beer. champagne bubbles but only faint. 1 finger head fades to half a finger white fluffy and remains.

S – The nose is interesting. It’s a lot of sweet woody almost light candy aroma. Some very light spice, orange peel and a LOT of funk!

T – Well, the taste is incredible. I already like it far more than Blauw but it’s more acidic, more sweet-tart candy and less refined but a lot less oak. I’m guessing most of the intense flavors of 2008 are long faded most notably the distinct cognac. Honesty, I get a brandy note at the finish, some really moldy old grapes, old cheese. There’s a really nice present of sweetness and something else I can’t really describe. A well melded lambic

M – Very dry, acidity is higher than I would have hoped.

O – Worth the 125 Euro plus shipping? It’s really good! I’d drink Armand & tomme or fresh 3F Oude Gueuze any day. Still an interesting beer and I’d like to have tried it fresh.

Cantillon Crianza Helena

 

Cantillon Crianza Helena

September 26, 2014

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De Garde Black Raz Bu

4.1

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20

AdamJackson (2626) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 20, 2014

This beer LOOKS so beautiful! the nose is incredible! just fresh jam juicy fruit and tart acidic wine notes. Very good taste..maybe too acidic and sharp for me but that’s more of a berliner character than anything. The juiciness redeems the beer completely.
September 25, 2014

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Hill Farmstead Dorothy

3.9

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

AdamJackson (2626) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 21, 2014

Picked this up yesterday @ Hill Farmstead. $10 a 750ML bottle. Enjoyed 2 ways at 42F in Hill Farmstead Stemware.

A – Pours a dark gold, slightly hazy. Starts with a 3 finger head but fades to a small thin white ring, tons of glass lacing.

S – This smells fantastic. nose is juicy citrus, herbal brett and chamomile.

T – Taste is super interesting. I get aloe, chamomille, funky brett (which should improve with time), there’s a ropey ness to this, minor peppers and a lot of orange peel. Funky, crisp. Wish the finish was a little juicier but that’s just personal preference.

M – Very dry, crisp and pretty.

O – This is a good beer, I bet it will improve greatly over time!

 

Hill Farmstead Dorothy

 

Hill Farmstead Dorothy

September 24, 2014

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Portsmouth Royal Impy Stout 2014

 

3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20

AdamJackson (2626) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 22, 2014

2014 Bottled on 2/24/2014. Bottle #374 of 987. Thanks Chris for getting this for me. Having had Kate the Great 2010 and 2011, I’m very excited to try this one.

A – Pours a dark brown to black out of the 375ML bottle. Looks pitch black in the glass. Almost no head formed on the pour, seemed downright flat. Even the cork was difficult to get out. A light head formed and faded to a single line.

S – The aroma is insanely roasty, a touch of peat, a lot of dark chocolate and some creaminess. Very similar to KtG.

T – Sweet milk chocolate, almond, roasted nuts and an oaky woody texture. It’s very sweet but the roast balance does a good job of keeping things in check. I get a peach, kiwi thing in the middle. Really interesting.

M – The mouthfeel is very good! Nice creamy mouthfeel. It’s oily and slick at the finish with a thick middle feel. Finish is pretty damn boozy for 11% ABV.

O – This is a top tier beer but is a bit too sweet for now. i’d say in 18 months, it’s really going to shine.

Portsmouth Royal Impy Stout 2014

September 23, 2014

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Parker Pie in Greensboro hosted a fantastic event after Zwanze Day. There were 7 different Hill Farmstead bottles available and 3 Lambic taps (Iris, Tilquin and Glassic Gueuze) There were also almost a dozen different Hill Farmstead on tap including Anna. Oh and there were Vera Mae bottles available which was a nice treat! Really well done event and thanks to Parker Pie and Grassroots for making this happen.

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

September 22, 2014

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Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

Hill Farmstead Zwanze Day 2014

 

September 21, 2014

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A few months ago, two guys on TalkBeer asked if we could share some bottles next time they came to Vermont. Of course I agreed! We had set to enjoy a vertical of Madness & Civilization from Hill Farmstead. 3 months later, they came up and we opened far more. Since that message and Hill Farmstead’s announcement that they are hosting Zwanze Day 2014, the group taking part in this tasting grew considerably.

Thursday night, 7 people sat in my living room drinking. 15 hours later, 11 people were in my house drinking. Two days of tastings with Zwanze Day happening on Saturday. I think it was one of the most fun tastings I’ve ever been to and I hope we get to do it next year.

Now, for a few photos:

Pre-Zwanze Tasting @ My House

 

Pre-Zwanze Tasting @ My House

 

Cantillon Crianza Helena

 

De Cam Framboise Lambiek

 

New Glarus R&D Peach

 

De Garde Black Raz Bu

 

La Face Cachée de la Pomme Neige Recolte D’Hiver

 

September 15, 2014

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De Garde Saison Desay

 

OVERALL 4/5

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

AdamJackson (2578) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 11, 2014 

Received in a trade. Stored upright for about 6 weeks. Split the 750 5-ways which was a mistake

A – Really nice golden clarity, fluffy head that faded semi-quick to a light thin ring.

S – t. Lots of spice and peppercorn and Indian food spice with mushrooms Brett. Very interesting.

T – Loads of rose petal floral tastes. Spicy up front, honey and lime finish. Oily and coats the tongue with a fleeting lime only remainder when it’s gone. I get a little bit of apple and persimmon.

M – Nice dry mouthfeel at the finish but not as crisp as I was hoping. A bit too oily

O – This is still a fantastic saison! Really clean, lovely enjoyable. Classified here as a wild ale which is fine but has a lot of saison character.

De Garde Saison Desay

 

De Garde Saison Desay

September 15, 2014

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I was pretty happy to see this over the weekend. The only time I’ve had HFS beers and not checked in was @ their festivals where there is no cell-service but I’d say this number is pretty accurate. I had my first Hill Farmstead beer in January of 2012 so that’s 2 years and 9 months of drinking Shaun’s beer. Some quick math tells me I have 3.4 Hill Farmstead beers every week since I started drinking them. I’m pretty impressed by that number. 

The only guy ahead of me would be Yourefragile on Untappd. He lives almost 12 hours from Hill Farmstead but is ahead of me in check-ins on almost every HFS beer and I just recently passed him on RateBeer in unique HFS reviews. 

While not a huge accomplishment in the scheme of things, I find this number to be oddly satisfying. Here’s to another 500 Hill Farmstead beers.

Oh and @ an average of $10 per beer, that’s $5,000 USD spent at least @ Hill Farmstead since 2012. Jeezum.

September 12, 2014

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Don’t let the name deceive you. This is the 6th version of the Gang Bang where we do a secret santa style box of beers for another regional group. Teams are anonymous and this is my second ‘bang’. The minimum ounces each group sends is 700..I think we passed 1,000. Of course if we’re going to get together and pack up a box, we might as well drink a few beers! I took a few photos.

Team New England Packing Party #6

Team New England Packing Party #6

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Team New England Packing Party #6

Team New England Packing Party #6

September 11, 2014

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Infinity Brewing Saison

Infinity Brewing in Vermont is brand new. They’re not even on the VT Passport yet. I had the honor of trying 8 of their beers in bottle form last weekend and I’m pretty impressed. No, they’re not all A+ OMFG awesome but for a new brewery that just opened, they’ve already started to do interesting things and for that, they’re worth checking out even if it’s just a drop in to their tasting room.