Tuesday, November 20, 2007


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Pike Auld Acquaintance 22oz:

This first thing to know about this spiced ale is that it is well balanced between the malt, hops, and spice. The color is a deep orange with light brown. The aroma is of orange peel, grassy hops and just a slight cinnamon. The flavor is of lightly of brown malt, coriander and nutmeg with a drying hop bitter finish.


Lazy Boy Mistletoe Bliss 22oz:

This roasty winter ale pours a dark brown with a touch of red around the edges. The aroma and flavor is of dark crystal with a touch of dark roasted malts. The hops are piney with some flower as well. Medium bitterness at the finish.


Skagit Trumpeter 22oz:

It pours quite black in color with a foamy tan head. The aroma is bready with fruity ester and a bit of licorice. The flavor is heavy on the roasted barley and citrus hops. It is good now and I foresee some nice aging potential, gaining in the dark fruit flavors and mellowing in the finish.


Birrificio Scires 750:

This dark cherry ale is barrel aged and blended, young with old. Cloudy dark red with tons for carbonation that tries to creep out of the bottle when opened. The aroma is heavy cherry with a tart lactic kick. The flavor has just a short brown malt flavor that is quickly overrun by cherry, wood, and that tart lactic finish. The body is light but it is not that surprising considering it is quite dry. If you are looking for a tart dry cherry brew that is not as funky as most lambics but still has plenty of depth and character this one is for you.


Boulder Beer Killer Penguin 22 oz:

What bird cannot fly AND cannot walk?? It is any penguin that finishes a bottle of this by himself. The Killer Penguin is a fine, limited release Barley Wine from Boulder Brewing Company. The color is a red / brown tone and pours with a tight head. The aroma is malty with caramel, toffee, and molasses tones. The flavor is caramel with tropical fruity notes and a touch of brown sugar. It has a great package and I think some aging will lower the sweeter tones and bring the fruity esters forward.


Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws 2007 12 oz:

As usual, another fine vintage of Doggie Claws. The hop character is very big. With Simcoe hops the flavor is very herbal with citrus notes. Caramel in the malt with a big showing from the wildflower honey he added. It tastes great now and has BIG cellaring potential


Elysian BiFrost 22oz:

Copper / orange in color, this winter warmer has a hop aroma of pine and citrusy orange. The flavor is of pale malt and the piney hops. The finish is dry with a good hop bitterness.


Hale"s Ales Wee Heavy 12oz:

This Wee Heavy has great flavor but is a bit more on the Northwest side of the style if you know what I mean. Nice brown color and a malty aroma with caramel tones that befits a Wee Heavy. The hops come in late in the aroma and flavor and provide a light flowery piney hit to the brew that marks its origins as being from the northwest.


Klaster Winter Lager 500ml:

This Vienna style lager from the Czech Republic comes out deep golden that is tinted with a hint of red/brown. The head is not large but is appropriate for the style. The aroma is of bread and sweet toffee. The flavor is malty with caramel tones and finishes with a spicy hop character. This kind of beer goes perfectly with any type of food


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Dogfish Head Raison d""Extra 12 oz:

An amped-up version of the Dogfish Head Raison D"Etre, this beer is brewed with a crazy amount of brown suguar, raisins and malt. If you are into things like Avery"s "The Beast" or "Samale" this is a must try.
ABV 20% 20 IBU


Dogfish Head Pangaea 750 ml:

Brewed with ingredients from each continent. Pale amber in color it pours fizzy with a nice head. The aroma is of ginger and citrus. The flavor is ginger, biscuit malt and lightly fruity. A fun experimental brew tasty and very easy to drink.


Ale Smith Decadence 750ml:

2006 Imperial Evil Dead Red Ale. Big, malty, sweet, complex with just the right amount of hop to tie it all together.


Speakeasy Old Godfather 12oz:

Now this is the kind of barley wine that I like. Brown/amber in color it pours with a large head that fall a bit too quick. The malt starts off well with caramel and crystal malt character without being sweet. The hop quickly takes over and finishes bitter with a big grassy, and light citrus. Even at 10.2% this is a drinking type barley wine as opposed to those thick heavy sipping ones.

To quote the bottle, “Speakeasy’s patriarch, Old Godfather, commands respect. Flanked by a potent arsenal of malt and a ruthless gang of hops, it’s simply a beer you can’t refuse.”


Ale Smith IPA 22oz:

It pours a nice peach hue with a dense sticky head. Nice pine/citrus/resin hop aroma. Big bitterness mingles in with a medium body and slight doughy malty flavor. The pale malt character comes though as it warms a bit and it takes on a touch of sweetness. A fine and well placed fruity bitter finish makes this an outstanding IPA to remember.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Stone Double Bastard 22 oz 22 oz:

If you have yet to try the Double Bastard, think Arrogant Bastard only more malt, more hops and more alcohol. Everything you love in a beer and more. Malty rich and caramely, this seasonal brew is not to be missed.


The Perfect Christmas Gift Pack #1 :

Not only are these the funniest Christmas labels I have ever seen, but the beer is awesome as well. They cover a range of styles, from golden to black and from mild to strong. Anyone who loves beer would love to open this up on Christmas morn. Two each of Ridgeway"s awesome Christmas collection. Save 5% over the single bottle price.

2 Lump of Coal
2 Bad Elf
2 Very Bad Elf
2 Seriously Bad Elf
2 Criminally Bad Elf
2 Warm Welcome


Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf 500ml:

Outstanding English barley wine. Brown in color with a bit of amber. Dense ample head with malty aroma. The flavor is caramel and fruity without being sweet and a small hop finish. Great beer with a great label.


Ridgeway Seriously Bad Elf 500ml:

Another masterpiece from Peter Scholey at Ridgeway Brewing. Seriously Bad Elf is Peters"s very English interpretation of a Belgian Tripel, brewed to warming 9% alcohol.


Ridgeway Very Bad Elf 500ml:

Based on an original Pale Ale recipe from 1795, Very Bad Elf has nutty and sweet-roasted flavors attributable to its use of an ancient pale malt, uniquely recreated for this delightful ale. A rare variety of Fuggles hops dating to the mid-1800’s gives the beer a soft, rounded bitterness and uncanny drinkability.


Ridgeway Bad Elf 500ml:

This English IPA style is a little less hoppy, a little more malty, and a little more festive this time around. This Elf is so bad, it’s way good.


Ridgeway Santa""s Butt 500ml:

First off the title is a double-entendre in that the 126 gallon cask he is sitting on is referred to as a butt. This “Winter Porter” is deep brown in color. The aroma is lightly fruity with a nice roasty hit. The flavor is light coffee and caramel with a fruity hop flavor and an ever so slight hop bitterness at the finish. The perfect holiday gift.


Ridgeway Warm Welcome 500ml:

Peter got to work brewing the beer, which is of course a classic Brown ale with, er, more umph. It’s 6% by volume, a little hoppier than your average Brown, and with a little extra malty sweetness. A Nut Browned worthy of the holidays, for sure. Keep an eye out for a little earthy funkiness in the beer, the result of a special multi-strained yeast


Ridgeway Lump of Coal Stout 500ml:

Looking forward to a depressing holiday? Here is liquid consolation. This 8% bittersweet chocolate stout is the best you could hope for in these dark times. Actually, come to think of it, considering how bad you’ve been, this little coal-black gem is more than you deserve for Christmas this year.

The handiwork of vastly talented (but altogether too cheery) master brewer Peter Scholey, Lump of Coal is the perfect stocking stuffer for the beer lover or manic depressive in your family.


Ridgeway Reindeers Revolt 500ml:

This English Christmas beer is a medium dark amber orange color with a average head that settles to a thin layer. The aroma is of lightly toasted brown malts and sweet plumb and a touch of grassy hop. The flavor is sweeter up front with the plum fruitiness and light caramel. The finish is well into the bitter range that balances well. And the story is of a beer-drinking reindeer complaining about his overweight slave driver who he hauls all over the world in the snow and muck.


Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf 330ml:

This light mahogany colored 11.2% insanity pours with a dense thick head that lasts well for such a high percent. Billed as an imperial red the one thing that comes to my mind is the images of sugarplums dancing in my head. Huge plum fruity with a touch of cherry and a big candy sweetness. Very Belgian in character since I can not think of any other English beers that approach this level of strength, ester, and sweetness.


Mad River John Barleycorn 12 oz:

This Barley wine from Mad River is quite smooth for the 9%. Pours mahogany in color with a thin but persistent head. Dark fruits (plum, raisin) dominate the flavor with a citrusy hop character.


Beer Valley Owyhee Amber 22oz:

Owyhee Amber Ale is an easy drinking Amber that will appeal to many but has enough character to impress even this jaded old beer drinker. Brewed with 2-row barley, Munich, and crystal malts, this amber beer is a cleaner, crisper version of an ale reminiscent of an amber lager beer that has the most phenomenal body and mouth-feel. This just may be my new amber of choice.


Beer Valley Highway To Ale 22oz:

At 10.5% this barley wine pours a dark copper with a small head. The aroma is mainly of tangerine and orange zest with a low current of nutty malt. The flavor is citrus hop (but not of the cascade grapefruit variety) with a pronounced bitterness but not overpowering (55 to 65 IBUs??) the flavor then switches to a sweetness of pale and crystal malts but moves back to the bitterness in a light lingering finish. This is a great “Right Now” barley wine. Not to say that it would turn bad if cellar aged (because you know I love a well aged beer) only that it would be a shame to lose any of its flavorful orangey hop character. I find a barley wine of this caliber much more enjoyable early on than I do one of those 100+ IBU monsters at the same age. Buy it, drink it and enjoy it. If you are like me you’ll put a few down anyway to see how it fairs in the next 3 to 5 but this baby is great right out of the gate.
((I"m on my way to the promised land…Yow!!!))

Saturday, November 10, 2007


*** Beer Flash!! ***

Stone's Double Bastard is now in stock. Get while the getting's good.


Stone Double Bastard 22 oz 22 oz:

If you have yet to try the Double Bastard, think Arrogant Bastard only more malt, more hops and more alcohol. Everything you love in a beer and more. Malty rich and caramely, this seasonal brew is not to be missed.

Thursday, November 08, 2007


St. Bernardus Christmas Ale 750ml:

Brown with a amber tint to it, this Christmas beer has plenty of carbonation and a very large head. The aroma is of fig, date and cherry with the brown malts coming off as cake. The flavor is big on the fruits (cherry, dates and raisins) with a spice cake in the middle and a light hopping at the end. This beer being rich, fruity and strong (10%) this is what Belgian beer is all about.


Jenlain Biere de Noel 750ml:

Bright copper in color this beer pours with a large head that settles down into a thin layer with some lace. The aroma is of crystal malt, herbal / earthy hops with orange and spice. The flavor is toasty with orange peel, spicy clove, candy sugar, caramel and earthy hops. This is a great soupped up Biere de garde.


Laurelwood Vinter Varmer 22oz:

Dark mahogany in color this Vinter beer pours with a medium sized dense head. The aroma is malty and nutty with a great piney / grassy hop. The flavor is of darkly caramelized malts and a hop profile that comes off almost juniper like. This is a great tasting winter ale that is not soooo big that you have to stop at just one. A couple two three pints of this would be perfect.


Nils Oscar Swedish Barley Wine 330ml:

This 9.5% barley wine is ruby red in color with a touch of brown with a head that settles into a thin cover. The aroma is sweet. It has notes of raisins, hazelnuts, pepper and brandy. It is sweet on the tongue and warm in the tummy. The flavor is of apples, toffee with just a touch of chocolate. The flavor is sweet and aggressive and with the alcohol at 9.5% this has great aging potential of about 5 years.


Nils Oscar Imperial Stout 330ml:

This highly rated imperial stout just about has it all. Big huge flavor of highly roasted malts. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavors with the over the top roastiness pulling out some woody leather tones and a bitterness as well. The light cherry fruitiness adds a little something and the dry finish make you want more.


Nils Oscar IPA 330ml:

Deep orange red in color this Nils pours with a fizzy head the settles quickly. The aroma is hop fruity with grapefruit, orange, and a touch of something tropical along with some sweet pale malts. A good bitterness showing from the hops that balances out the malts well. Lightly doughy with tropical flavors.


Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA 12oz:

I’ve been waiting for this one to come back for some time. This 20% IPA had hops added to it continually for 120 minutes then it was dry hopped every single day for a month. What does this do to a beer? It makes it the biggest hop monster on the planet. The aroma is big flowery, grassy grapefruit hop extravaganza with a bit of sweet fruitiness to boot. The flavor is like chewing on a sweet juicy hop cone. Sweet malt with grape like fruitiness along with a grassy hop flavor and a spicy alcohol hit. When it comes to excess no one does it like Dogfish Head.


Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 12 oz:

At 18% makes this the strongest dark beer in the world. A very heavy, thick, sweet stout that has a very big roasty flavor and a hop presence that is not shy. This beer has tons of flavor but needs to be served cold. At cooler temperatures it is easy to enjoy all of the sweet roasty goodness, when it warms up a bit the 18% starts to get in the way of this very enjoyable beer. Just make sure and sit down first then open this beer.


Dogfish Head Olde School 12 oz:

This 15% Barley Wine pours deep amber / copper in color. The head is thin but tight. The aroma is of caramel and toffee with a whiff of sweet fruit. The thick body goes down ultra smooth and kind of coats on the way down. The flavor is of dark fruit, apricot and sweet malty goodness. The alcohol is spicy and does make itself known there at the end but at 15% I suppose that can not be helped.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Full Sail Wreck The Halls 22oz:

This is a totally hop driven winter extravaganza. Deep amber in color, dense voluminous head and a hop aroma to die for. Big piney, hop flavor with just a hint of citrus. I think Sherri said it best when she described it as a Christmas tree in a bottle. This beer is one for the hop-heads.


Norrebro North Bridge Extreme 600ml:

Clear copper with a thick white head with good retention. The aroma is big spicy, herbal hops. The flavor is a bit sweet with some caramel and licorice along with a big bitterness and earthy, herbal hops. The finish is a lingering bitterness. At 9.6% this Imperial IPA is mainly for the hopheads


Norrebro Skargaards Porter 600ml:

Nice black color with a light tan head. Big coffee licorice aroma with an earthy hop. The flavor is roasty, nutty, caramel, and honey. The hop bitterness is pronounced.


Haand Norse Porter 500ml:

Big and black with a prodigious tan head. The aroma is of dark chocolate, black malt and wood. The flavor is of coffee, bitter chocolate and has a touch of smokiness. Bolder than an English porter, not as hoppy as an American but not as sweet as a Baltic. I might call it an imperial porter due to its aggressive flavor but the average 6% would keep it from that category IMHO. Imperial or not this is one tasty porter.


Mahrs Jubelfest Bier 500ml:

Pale amber in color this German winter has a tight head that leaves a nice lace. The aroma is bready with honey and light nut. The flavor is toasty with the fore mentioned honey and finished with a dry hop bitterness.


Weltenburger Winter - Traum 500 ml:

This German Winter pours amber/orange in color. It has a malty body that has a touch of caramel and roasted barley to it. The aroma is floral and spicy which carries over into the flavor. This is kind of Oktoberfest style only a little more so. It goes down smooth with a touch sweet but finishes clean.


Weltenburger Urtyp Hell 500ml:

Light yellow / golden in color, this beer pours with a sudsy medium head. The aroma is a touch sweet with a big graininess and a bit of noble hop. Light in body with the pilsner malt flavor and spicy hop.

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