2014 Parabola (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)

Style: Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout 14% ABV 82 IBU’s 167 SRM Malts: Crisp Maris Otter Pale, Munich, Cara-hell, Carafa, Dark & Light Crystal, Chocolate, Oats, Roasted Barley Hops: Bittering—Zeus; Late Kettle—Hallertau From: Paso Robles, CA Brewery’s Note: “One of our most aggressive and sought-after offerings. Bold bourbon, tobacco and espresso aromas and a hint of American oak greet the nose. Rich, chewy roasted malts, … Continue reading 2014 Parabola (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)

Le Freak (Green Flash Brewing Company)

Style: Belgian Double IPA/ American Tripel 9.2% ABV 101 IBU’s Brewery’s Note: “Le Freak is the first-ever hybrid ale of its kind: the convergence of a Belgian-Style Trippel with an American Imperial IPA. Spawned over barstool pontifications between Publican and Brewmaster, this zesty Amarillo dry-hopped, bottle-conditioned marvel entices with fruity Belgian yeast aromatics and a firm, dry finish. Experience a legendary beer phenomenon.” The beer … Continue reading Le Freak (Green Flash Brewing Company)

2014 Stickee Monkee (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)

Style: American Quad aged in Oak Barrels 13.4% ABV 20 IBU’s OG: 30.17 67.5 SRM Fermentation: Lucha Libre From: Paso Robles, CA Brewery’s Note; “A Belgian Quad by recipe, but aging it in spirits barrels garners its own category: Central Coast Quad.  A beer formulated to sit on the sweeter and malty side so that we could utilize it for blending.  Turbinado brown sugar from … Continue reading 2014 Stickee Monkee (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)

Biere de Chocolat (Almanac Beer Company)

Style: American Porter brewed with Chocolate 5.5% ABV From: San Francisco, CA Brewer’s Note: “Our Biere de Chocolat celebrates the long and lauded history of chocolate production in San Francisco. Our aim was to create a beer bursting with cocoa flavors and aromas, balancing sweet and savory to create a complex but quaffable chocolate brew. To accomplish this we partnered with Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco … Continue reading Biere de Chocolat (Almanac Beer Company)

2014 Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: American Barleywine 9.6% ABV 90 IBU’s OG: 23.0° Plato FG: 6.0° Plato Malts: Two-row Pale, Caramel Bittering Hops: Chinook Finishing Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook Yeast: Ale yeast Brewer’s Note: “Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, … Continue reading 2014 Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)