AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL16/20
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!
FW Walker 14:
AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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?
AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL16/20
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.
AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL15/20
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.
AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL15/20
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.
AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL18/20
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.
I’m adding in the review from my buddy Chris who is not a Hill Farmstead Fanboy. He picks up on some different things:
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!
It’s both good and bad that readers of this beer blog weren’t following my regular blog. I know about 10 people who have been reading my main blog since 1999 and maybe 50 or so that have stopped in since 2002. While my blog has had different domain names over the years, to be writing consistently for 15 years is astonishing. I’m not the best typist but the first few regular posts I made as a middle schooler were pretty crappy. Back to my point, my main blog readers know of my love affair with San Francisco. I dreamed of living there for about 5 years and then moved and it wasn’t all I thought it would be. I still get tingles when I land at SFO but the romance is long gone. One thing that keeps me going back to SF besides work is my fandom for San Francisco giants baseball followed by the growing beer scene.
When I lived in San Francisco in a tiny apartment in the tenderloin, I drank mostly cocktails. I thought Bourbon tasted terrible, and IPAs were too hoppy. I drank a mix of Smithwicks, Guinness and Speakeasy ales or whatever Toronado or 21st Amendment had on tap. By default, I drank Gin & Tonic. The beer scene really wasn’t flourishing in the bay area. In fact, I think Vermont has far more beer culture than San Francisco does per capita. SF is a cocktails and wine city. Beer is what broke hipsters drink.
I’ve visited SF 4 times since December with 3 more trips planned this spring. my United 1K status is within reach and I’ve been able to visit a ton of new breweries and bars. Beer is still a hipster thing as it was when I lived there in 2008. The foodies drink wine. There’s a shift but I still think New England has the most beer-centric culture in America….wait I take that back. The south drinks a lot of beer but mostly macros where craft beer dominates New England. There’s a few things I’ve learned in my trips out west:
Sour Beer is cool?
When in the Hell did this happen? The most self-defeating feeling is knowing that by starting to drink Lambic in 2011, I was in no way some sort of trend-setter. In fact, sour beer is hip, cool and trendy. You can lump me in with all of the other hipsters who switched from Starbucks to Blue Bottle at the same time. Every time a new wild ale exclusive brewery pops up, my out of touch feeling as that they’re not going to last a year. How can you brew wild ales in a small market and not allow online sales and survive? Crooked Stave I thought survived off their cellar reserve society…same with Nightshift but then you go into Rare Barrel out of Berkeley and holy crap, it’s packed with people. Is this just a trend? This many people like wild ales? My brain almost exploded when I was at Mikkeller and 2 guys were talking about Cantillon. I asked them if they were on RateBeer or BeerAdvocate and they looked confused and said, “what’s that?” Like, there are people out there drinking Lambic that aren’t beer enthusiasts? I get there are Lambic drinkers in Belgium but I thought Lambic in USA was only popular among the geekiest beer drinkers. It’s not. It’s popular among the hippest bike messengers in their skinny jeans.
Craft Beer can Thrive in the Bay Area
Anyone that has spent considerable time in Nor-Cal knows the huge mindset toward supporting local businesses and the only time you don’t support local is if the product is hip. An example of that would be PBR beer and iPhones. These aren’t manufactured in the bay area but they’re incredibly popular. The craft beer scene is so well suited to Nor-Cal. Unfortunately, only Anchor Steam and maybe Russian River have the sort of production to be in bars. Most of the craft breweries are only serving their brewery patrons with a bottle release here and there and some kegs going out. Drake’s has a lot of production and you see them in some stores but really, the scene itself is restricted. If you go to a bar, they’ll have California beer on tap but rarely will they have beers from the quality breweries putting things out…Examples would be Drake’s, RareBarrel, Cellar Maker, Sante Adairius, Russian River, Moonlight. All great new breweries doing really awesome stuff but they can barely keep up with their brewpub drinkers. This leads me to another realization.
There is a ton of room for new breweries in this area
if you look at the cool places like Toronado, Mikkeller Bar, Good Karma and 2-3 other places, there is a ton of beer in the bay area, all high quality but there’s still a ton of So-Cal or out of state beers on tap where there is a clear desire from locals to seek out their neighborhood beer. San Francisco being home to 1 million people and there being under 5 craft breweries seems crazy. If there was a city that was in need of huge beer disruption, SF is it. Mikkeller bar tends to highlight their own beers with very little local beer. Their prices are pretty high due to this but I think a Mikkeller-esque bar that only served Nor-Cal beer would be hugely successful.
Special Releases & One-Offs are not a thing yet
This is amazing to me. Yeah, Beatification and ‘younger are big deals but events at Sante Adairius, Drake’s and to a degree, Firestone Walker aren’t blowing up like they are up here in Vermont. I know New England is a lot of states and people in one area compared to the bay area but somehow 400 people can make it to Hill Farmstead or Lawson’s but then Sante Adairius doesn’t. Maybe that’s changing or I just have been lucky but I feel like being able to go grab Hopocalypse at most beer stores in SF and walk into Drake’s and order what I want or have Beatification on tap at RR 2 months after it was released, that’s just awesome. There are a lot of factors involved like production size but I am interested in seeing how the next year evolves for beer in the bay.
California Love is alive and well
There’s one thing about California that I’ve really enjoyed. New England is difficult for a non-local. If you didn’t grow up in the area you live, outsiders aren’t that welcome. Vermont has some good people but it takes time for them to open up to you. I have no connection with this place so I befriend other non-locals. The locals themselves are insulated. California has always been an open-arms situation because most of the people out there are also not from California. In the past few months, I’ve been invited to bottle shares, small tastings and had total strangers offer to grab special releases for me and hold them or tip me off on where to find a certain beer on tap. I know the beer community is generous but this is ridiculous. The in-tune beer drinkers of Nor-Cal are an incredible bunch. I can walk into a San Jose bar with 1-2 bottles for Vermont beer and suddenly we’re having a bottle share of amazing beers.
I’m looking forward to this year in California. It’s been great so far. I may go less than previously expected but i’ll be there at least once a month which is great.
AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL14/20
S – The smell is really nice! Loads of spice, tart acetic acid with a touch of balsamic. Peaches are there but not in the nose as much as taste.
T – I gotta say the heartburn kicked in as soon as I took the first sip. Rye spice, vanilla and honey and a really great oak presence, tannic green grape skins and just a ton of peach fuzz, apricot and grapey tastes. But it’s very sour, very difficult to drink more than a glass.
M – Not a lot to say. Has the regular SiTR mouthfeel. Big carbonation on the mouth swish, very creamy and fluffy. just a dessert like even latte creaminess very soft.
O – If this beer was free of vinegar, it would be awesome but it’s not and that’s disappointing.
Most of these I bookmark via Instapaper to use in blog posts but then I got busy and decided not to write a blog post around each of these and just link to them instead. I think they’re worth sharing with you all. Thanks.
- High Functioning: Craft Beer and Alcohol
- Beer Ratings and Best Beer Lists Are Total Bullshit
- Dave Pickerell, former master distiller at Maker’s Mark, shares his thoughts on Pappy and if there’s a right way to drink whiskey.
- GUIZE: Huffington Post Decided that THE MIDWEST HAS SOME OF THE MIGHT BE BEST BEERS PERHAPS TRIED
- Against Hoarding
- Jim Beam and the Myth of Bourbon
- Is Snobbery Dead?
In August, I wrote this post about trying to rate every HFS beer. I’ve made some progress in the 6 months since that post but I think things are slowing down a lot. If any of my readers have some of the bottles I haven’t reviewed, please get in touch.
I’m now the #2 rater of Hill Farmstead beers after James Otey. He has 82 reviews (and I’m sure a few beers from HFS he hasn’t reviewed) and I have 79. I only have 1 more HFS beer in the cellar I haven’t reviewed yet and then I’ll be at 80. Here are the beers I haven’t reviewed still based on bottle or style:
- Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience #8 (In Cellar, will review soon)
- Hill Farmstead Jim (I saw a bottle of this at a tasting, could have asked very nicely to try it but didn’t so I’ve seen a bottle opened in the last 2 months, I just didn’t try it)
- Hill Farmstead Genealogy
- Hill Farmstead Iced Coffee Stout (Iced Earl)
- Galaxy Single Hop Pale Ale
- Rakau Single Hop Pale Ale
- Columbus Single Hop Pale Ale
- Apollo Single Hop Pale Ale
- Pacifica Single Hop Pale Ale
- Sorachi Ace Single Hop Pale Ale
- Summit Single Hop Pale Ale
- Phenomenology of Flora
- Abner is Enlightenment?
- Ephraim and Society & Solitude #5
- Abner Without Principle
- Civil Disobedience (Release 4.5)
- Civil Disobedience (Release 2)
- Biere de Mars
- Edith (2010)
- Hill Farmstead/Tired Hands The Myth of Saison
AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL18/20
S – HUGE nose of lactic bright acidity, grape skins, earthy, tree bark, sweet fig newtons, lemon bars and cheesecake. Very acidic tartness and had me thinking this was going to be a vinegar forward Upland beer. Thankfully, I was wrong.
T – WOWWOWOWOWOW Barely a hint of vinegar like none. BOOM apricot, mango, floral honey-dew, rose hips and peaches. Most importantly, the most muscadine forward beer I’ve ever had. Maybe this is like some child-hood throw back but I used to eat these things growing naturally in Alabama as a kid growing up like growing out of ’strip pits’ and really gross conditions and this was like a muscadine beer. Straight up grapey, peach fuzz muscadine earthy beer with tart wine-like acidity that hits you hard at first and sticks around just incredible.
M – Explosive carbonation but has a 7up like soda carbonation that really blends well with the tart fruit.
O – This was easily my favorite American Wild ale ever made. Incredibly juicy, wine forward everyone should try this beer once and now Pizza Boy is on my must stop list anytime I’m passing through PA.
AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
S – Nose is peanutty, chocolate and eggs. Very bright and bourbon comes in nicely.
T – Peaty taste…nice smokey charcoal backbone that sticks around long after drinking. Sort of a fruit and caramel backbone. peaches and cherry. Creamy espresso finish with vanilla and oak.
M – Creamy, oily and heavy
O – Surprisingly full of a lot of flavor for a 6.7% beer. quite enjoyed this one.
AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL18/20
S – Smells very floral and full of herbs and fruity nose but hard to place.
T – Really nice Brett funk all of the right texture and notes. Every floral and pomegranate notes really comes through really really awesome. Rose hips, pomegranate, blueberry, raspberry and blackberry all rolled into one beer with tart chalky enamel stripping tartness but not sour..just really nice and dry.Quite perfect and very close to HFS Flora. It has all of the right notes of dryness and with the added fruit, it’s nearly perfect.
M – Dry, full-bodied and loaded with enough berry and floral notes that persistently continue for miles
O – A perfect brett beer. I don’t think this could get any better.
AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
S – Nose has a mix of funk, leather, prunes, figs and caramel maltiness.
T – Taste is nice. Sweet but still dry, lots of fruits and malty backbone. minor hint of vinegar, cherry pie and graham cracker.
M – Nice mouthfeel eruption but thin and oily finish.
O – I really enjoyed this beer. It has all of the nice malty characters followed by a sweet tart candy like sour. Really great.
AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL15/20
T – Starts with a burst of sweet vanilla, cocoa, milk chocolate and finishes with this huge spice that sticks around forever and ever. I mean it is a very spicy beer..lingering spice for days.
M – Oily, slick, medium body
O – Decently good imperial stout. not much residual sweetness, coffee has faded (batch 1 is like a year old now?) but still really good.
I know it’s been a bit boring on this blog lately. Every day, another stupid one-off review copied and pasted from my lazy RateBeer profile taken with a camera on ‘auto’ mode. I get it. That gets really boring. Obviously, I’m still drinking quality beers with great friends and have thinned out my cellar quite a bit. I’m drinking a lot more Hill Farmstead beers and whatever is on tap at brew pubs while traveling.
It’s also hard to go out much lately with so much now dumping on us around the east coast. Finally, I’m traveling a ton for work so I haven’t made it out to acquire a lot of new beers lately.
My carboys are full of sour beer, my kegerator is also full. I haven’t done many verticals or horizontals or experiments with yeast strains, etc. I’ve just been sort of drinking and working a lot and that’s it and the blog reflects that. Most nights, I’m just drinking Bourbon County Coffee from the sixtel I picked up in November or cracking open a growler of Abner or enjoying Arthur. It’s a pretty boring, standard existence in the beer world and my bank account reflects the reduced spending / trading which is VERY nice.
Homebrewing will pick back up this summer, and there will certainly be some HUGE beer-porn / hauls getting posted after my upcoming trips to Canada & Belgium. There’s a lot to share in the coming months and I apologize that most of the content is just beer reviews. I queue up these posts weeks in advance so there’s a new beer review every day from now until the 2nd week of March.
Thanks for reading and I hope ya’ll are staying warm wherever you are.
Oh and here’s a look at what posts are coming up if you’re into really following this stuff closely: I’m sure the Facebook beer group is on the edge of their seats to see what I rate these beers that I’ve already rated over on RateBeer. MUCH SUSPENSE. INSANE CLIMAX. GOOD PIX.
AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL16/20
S – Nose is very oak heavy…caramel, candy corns, honey, nutella, graham cracker and some ginger. Has some peaty qualities…a touch of earl grey tea.
T – Yeah, this is pretty smoke heavy. The salty astringent sea kelp taste at the finish certainly detracts. The cocoa, caramel and licorice. There is a little sweetness that does help with the saltiness. Smoke is off-putting along with the ashy clam juice but this is a sipper that does open up at warmer temps and is still best shared with a friend. (ball-jokes aside)
M – Sweet, kind of oily, totally leans toward the porter mouthfeel over barley wine. Sweetness at the finish and an everlasting northwest hop bitterness of pine and juice lasts for days.
O – I’d have this one again, maybe after it sat for a while.
AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
S – Interestingly enough, I get a nice dominance of raspberries. It’s strange but raspberries and pecans and quite earthy…very smooth like the nose there is nothing at all off about it. Pretty much a perfect dark beer nose.
T – That cherry / raspberry taste is still there at the finish. Great french press cold brewed coffee with really raw hard chocolate. There is a bitterness that’s minor resin and I get spiced cinnamon and cheap hard candies.
M – It is a great young beer…the most velvety sweet, roasted notes in a beer that’s a blend I mean it’s really mouthfeel-wise, very good.
O – Aside from the berry notes, it’s a very good beer and I could enjoy it all by myself. Really nice beer.
AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
S – Nose is dominated by vinegar, cherry and blackberries. Like a dessert with balsamic notes.
T – Lots of fruit, lots of balsamic vinegar, smells like a fruit salad, corn and biscuits. gingerbread cookies, more sour and tart and the blackberries are very dominant.
M – Lots of foamy over run creamy explosive carbonation.
O – Aside from the total vinegar bomb, it’s good. The fruit is very nice but I’m stoked to not have a second or third bottle oft his. Just the Bruery allocation bottle and that’s perfect.
Most of these should make an appearance on this blog once I’ve drank them with some great tasting buddies. Some here in New England, others in California. Really looking forward to the Firestone Walker 14-17 mini vertical.
Double Barrel Damon, Damon Bourbon, Birth of Tragedy, BA Daybreak, Sour in the Rye Peaches, Autumn Maple and BA AM, Florence, Port Damon, Firestone Walker 14-17
AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL16/20
S – Holy roasted chestnuts. Smells like I set fire to a canister of almonds and doused them in oak port barrels then smashed up some vanilla beans, hazelnuts and figs and threw those in the glass. The fig / prune nose is very persistent.
T – Very fruit forward with raisins and other dark fruits. Vanilla in the middle and the finish is an oak bomb lined with milk chocolate. Minor medicinal characters but the most impressive part of this taste is how well integrated every flavor is. Like these are all best friends chilling out in my glass.
M – One of the thickest imperial stouts I’ve ever had. Oily, thick, hearty and the tannic properties stick to my taste buds for about 10 minutes in between each sip.
O – This beer sits around Stone’s IRS and Goose Island’s Cherry Rye. I’d say that’s a solid place to be. It’s not mind blowing but it is integrated, smooth and, at 11% ABV, it’s perhaps the most flavorful imperial stout in that range. Very much enjoyed and I could drink this often.
AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
S – Nose has a lot of lactic acid, that rodenbach cherry pie and oak aroma and quite a bit of sweetness.
T – It’s a very nice beer. The sour is not overwhelming at all, very light in fact and doesn’t really stick around. you can a woody note mid way through with caramel and prune juice the finish is rum booziness and more sweetness.
M – Hard to get any carbonation from this at all…it’s pretty much a flat beer but oddly that doesn’t detract at all from how nice it is…would have been better with carbonation though.
O – By the nose, I thought this was going to be a sour bomb. It’s not and I enjoyed sipping it on a cold evening up here in the woods.