Wednesday, November 25, 2009


*** New Winter Beers ***


The Bruery 2 Turtle Doves 750ml:

Dark Belgian style brewed with cocoa nibs and toasted pecans.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Southern Tier Creme Brulee 22oz:

From the brewery:

crème brûlée Imperial Milk Stout

We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple; it’s all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition.

By comprehending the labyrinthine movement of time, one would not think it strange to trace the errant path of an ordinary object such as a cream dessert only to discover that it has been the cause of cultural disputes since the middle ages. The British founders of burnt cream and from Spain, crema catalana, both stand by their creative originality and we respect that, but it was the French Crème Brûlée, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew.
9.2% abv • 195º L • 25º plato • 22 oz / 1/6 keg
2-row pale malt / dark caramel malt / vanilla bean / lactose sugar / kettle hops: columbus / aroma hops: horizon


Boulevard Nut Cracker 12oz:

This hearty, warming brew is a classic winter ale, deep amber in color, with hints of molasses balanced by the “spiciness” of freshly harvested Chinook hops.


Marin Brewing Hoppy Holidaze 22oz:

Traditional spiced X-mas ale, brewed with Pale, Wheat, Caramalt and Munich malts and hopped with Sterling and Styrian Goldings hop varieties. Spices include Nutmeg, Mace, Cinnamon, Vanilla and Orange Peel.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


*** New Beers ***


Goose Island Bourbon County 2009 22oz:

This imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels is big strong and tasty. This inky black stout pours with a dense brown head. The aroma and flavor are huge and maybe a little overwhelming. Notes of sweet chocolate bourbon, figs, prunes, roasted malts with a bit of an alcohol kick.


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.


Marin White Knuckle Double IPA 22oz:

This double IPA pours a deep orange with a nice two finger cap and plenty of lace. The aroma is big on the fruity hops with grapefruit, pineapple and orange with some pine. The flavor is big on the resin hop flavors, a touch of smoke, citrus, and a caramel malt backing. An exceptional DIPA. A very limited supply.


*** Vintage and Rare ***

There are some very limited quantities available of the following vintage and rare beers for sale.


Full Sail Old Boardhead 1999 12oz:

Vintage Boardhead 1999. Limited Qty.


Thomas Hardys Ale 1990 180ml:

Vintage Thomas Hardy"s Ale 1990


Thomas Hardys Ale 1996 330ml:

Vintage Thomas Hardy"s Ale 1996.


Hair of the Dog Adam 22 1996 12oz:

Vintage Hair of the Dog Adam batch 22 1996


Hair of the Dog Matt 12oz:

Rare barrel aged strong ale from Hair of the Dog. 11.5% malty with calvados and oak notes.


Hair of the Dog Fred 1999 1.5L 1.5L:

Vintage Hair of the Dog Fred, batch 18 1999 1.5 Liter Magnum.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


*** Winter Beers and More ***


Ninkasi SleighR 22oz:

This winter offering from Ninkasi is billed as a Double Alt and hits the mark quite well. Brown with red around the edges, the head is thing but laces well. The aroma is malty with brown bread and just a touch of fruity hop. The flavor is malt dominant with toast, nut and a little toffee. The finish has quite a hop to it. Maybe a little more than the style should suggest but there again it is made here in Oregon, we just can’t help ourselves.


Oakshire Ill Tempered Gnome 22oz:

This grumpy winter warmer pours amber brown color and has a tight but thin head. The aroma is nutty with a bit of toffee and just a hint of citrus hop. The flavor is malty up front with caramel and biscuit notes. Some fruitiness mid pallet and a sweetish nutty character through and through.


Mactarnahans Hum Bbugr 12oz:

Black with ruby highlights, this beer pours with two fingers of tan head that quickly fall to a thin layer. The aroma is roasty with some chocolate and a touch of hops. The flavor is easy with light coffee and chocolate tones and a dry finish.


Dogfish Head Burton Baton 12oz:

This 10% oak aged Imperial IPA pours a deep golden orange color. It has a citrusy hop character with oak and floral tones. Plenty of balancing malt up front with a dry floral hop bitterness at the end. It is one more notch on the awesome beer count for Dogfish Head.


De Ranke Pere Noel 750ml:

Cloudy and light orange in color with a big persistent head. Spicy, grassy aroma. Sweet malt flavor with some peppery spiciness. Finishes with a fruity, citricy flavor. It has a great hop profile especially for a Belgian. This is one tasty Belgian beer, well worth the price.


Val-Dieu Winter 750ml 750ml:

This dark brown brew pours with a thin head. The aroma is malty with dark fruits, candy sugar and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is of grapes and figs lightly spicy with a solid malt base. Medium body verging to the start of syrup. Excellent Belgian Winter beer.


Val-Dieu Grand Cru 750ml:

This beer pours an amber brown color with an ample tight head. Its taste and aroma are cake/bready in malt and a plum/pear in fruitiness. Big malt and big fruity esters is what one expects out of a Grand Cru and the Val-Dieu delivers. Not as heavy in body as some grand cru but all the flavor.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


*** Abyss Update ***

I was hoping to get more of The Abyss in today but alas it was all gone. The last order that got filled was 25655. All of the orders after that will be kept on file just in case we see any more (It could happen, ok it would be a minor miracle but it has happened) and you’ll be contacted to see if you want the order reactivated.


Saturday, November 07, 2009


*** Winter Beer Wonderland ***


Pike Entire Wood Aged Stout 22oz:

This wood aged stout is like the “Big Foot” imperial stouts. By that I mean that is has a huge, powerful, aggressive flavor now that is extremely impressive and enjoyable but, if you are patient and want a smoother more supple brew and you can wait a year or two, this is going to be rich, smooth, with intensely rich flavors. Big dark roast character in the form of dark chocolate, espresso and a touch of molasses. The wood aging comes through with oak vanilla and a touch of bourbon. The tannins from all of the dark malt and wood has a bit of sharp but not an unwelcome characteristic this early in the game and should meld into the other flavors with time. The hops are quite pronounced and bitter now. Like in Big Foot this not a bad thing and if you’re a hophead now is the time to drink. If on the other hand you like things a touch more mellow the bitterness will drop quickly over the next 8 to 12 months. This is the PERFECT aging beer. Great now. Great a year or two from now and AWSOME 4 or 5 down the road. I only have five cases so get it while ye may.


Lompoc C-Sons 22oz:

The winter version of their Imperial Pale is everything the C-Note is plus a smattering of darker malts. It produces a dark amber / brown brew with a thin head but some great lacing. The nose is floral with the promise of some extrodanary hop flavors to come. The malt comes though early from some dark crystal but the flavor quickly moves to the hops. The hops come though with a mélange of floral, citrus, pine and a grassy bitter finish. As it states on the bottle “In hops we trust”…… so true.


Nectar Ales Black Xanthus 22oz:

This wood aged 11%er is rich black / brown and opaque. It pours with a tan head. The nose has wood tones of vanilla, tobacco and oak. The flavor is smooth with coffee, vanilla, cocoa, a little bourbon, a litter earth, and a solid hop underpinning. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy but the finish ends bitter. Check out the video….


Big Sky Biere De Noel 750ml:

This wonderful beer from the guys who brought you Moose Drool, is a straight up Belgian double style. It pours a solid brown hue with a voluminous rocky head. The aroma is slightly sweet with candied fruit and chocolate tones. Supple mouth feel and toffee and chocolate flavors with hints of dark inverted candy sugar. The hops are in there someplace but the focus of the brew is the rich sweet malt flavors.


Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout 22oz:

Black as night with roasty chocolate nutty flavors. Dark, complex and delicious, a strong, flavorful Oatmeal stout. Enough hops to balance the large amounts of dark and roasted malts, with the addition of oatmeal creating a creamy smooth drinkability.


Southern Oregon Extra Special 22oz:

This ESB has a great, easy, and appropriate malting. The hops are there and coexist with the malt well. The hard thing to find in this area of the country is an ESB that is not over hopped. SOB has done a great job of this and the finish is crisp and ultra clean.


Southern Oregon Extra Special 22oz:

This ESB has a great, easy, and appropriate malting. The hops are there and coexist with the malt well. The hard thing to find in this area of the country is an ESB that is not over hopped. SOB has done a great job of this and the finish is crisp and ultra clean.


St. Bernardus Christmas Ale 750ml:

Brown with an 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.


De Proef Kerstmutske 750ml:

De Proef Christmas brew.


Hook Norton Twelve Days 500ml:

Fruity malty English Winter brew


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 souped up Biere de garde.


Nogne O WInter Ale 500ml:

At 8.5% and 30 IBUs, this winter warmer is big on the caramel and toffee flavors. The Chinook and Columbus hops give it a pronounced bitterness and enough hop flavors to make you sit up and take notice.


Nogne O Peculiar Yule 500ml:

Norwiegen winter beer.


Norrebro Julebryg 600ml:

Norrebros Julebryg is a unique Danish style Christmas ale. Dark, spicy, complex and with a sweet finish, it is perfect for the season.


Baladin Noel 750ml:

Noel is an ale with an incredible complexity of aromas: flowery of rose, hint of dried fruits, caramel tasting, banana, cherry, plum, toffee, cocoa, licorice and peppery notes. Excellent with black chocolate, a glass of Noel is perfect for a special night.


Gouden Carolus Noel 750 ml:

Man oh man, massive fruity aroma and flavor. Plenty of alcohol, and a touch of sweetness. If this doesn"t scream Belgium I don"t know what does.


Olfabrikken Kloster Jul 750ml:

Ummmmm, now this is a winter / Christmas beer to savor and cherish. Dark brown in color with mahogany around the edges. The head is very persistent with some amazing lace. That aroma is of heavenly chocolate covered spiced cherries. The flavor, like the aroma, is chocolate along with some same dark fruit and star anise. Do not serve this too cold, as it would do it a great disservice.


Olfabrikken Jule Ale 500ml:

An opaque medium brown color that pours with a sticky tan foam. The aroma is hoppy with citrus rind and a bit of chocolate cookie dough from the malt. The flavor is hoppy with oily grapefruit with some restrained caramel and spice. A great Christmas beer that has more hop presence than most of its imported brethren.


De Struise Tsjeeses 330ml:

This winter Belgian is exactly what I expect out of one of the finest craft breweries in Belgium. Big sweet, fruity with a spice hit. The color is a yellow orange with two fingers worth of head. The aroma is sweet with spicy coriander, orange and ginger. The flavor is sweet and a tad doughy with cherry and prunes. The spice comes through in the flavor as well and also includes a bit of clove, cardamom and hop bitterness. DO NOT serve this cold or you will end up with a metallic taste, you have been warned!


Great Divide Hibernation Ale 12oz:

This “Old Ale” is brewed in July and aged until October. This gives it a deep malty smooth character with big roasty tones and a well-developed and complex hop presence due to the aging and subsequent dry hopping.


La Rulles Cuvee Melleurs Voeux 750ml:

This bottle conditioned winter ale pours orange with a bit of brown. The head rolls out large but settles to just a whisp. The aroma is malty with a touch of roastiness and figs with orange peel at the end. The flavor is fruity orange with sweeter brown malts that give it cocoa hint and finished with a juniper, piney hop. Serve at cellar temp (55) or above. This beer has a nice set of flavors that blend well at warmer temps but the not too sweet malt gets cut out if it is too cold.

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