Smuttlabs Durtáy (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: India Brown Ale aged in Rum Barrels 12.7% ABV Barrel Type: Berkshire Distilling Rum From: Portsmouth, NH Brewery’s Note: “Durtay (12.7% abv), is a Berkshire Mountain Distilling rum barrel-aged variant of Durty… This beer is part of a Berkshire Mountain project that sent used spirit barrels out to breweries who would then age a beer in that barrel. When the beer was packaged, the barrel would go … Continue reading Smuttlabs Durtáy (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

2013 The Hairy Eyeball Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Company)

Style: American Strong Ale 9.4% ABV 56.66 IBU’s From: Petaluma, CA Brewer’s Note: “Laying there, staring up at the ceiling, head pounding, last night was a dim recollection. How did he get home? Was he alone? Looking to the left and right, the answer was yes, maybe. His head was full of ’rag water, bitters, and the blue ruin’.His teeth felt like he’d been chewing … Continue reading 2013 The Hairy Eyeball Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Company)

Slumbrew Yankee Swap (Somerville Brewing Company)

Style: American Strong Ale aged in Rum Barrels with Dark Maple Syrup 12% ABV 27 IBU’s Bottled on: 11/08/13 From: Somerville, MA Brewer’s Note: “You could gift this bottle as a reflection of your fine craft beer taste, drink it now to ease your holiday tension or cellar for the long winter ahead./ For our first year of our Yankee Swap beer series, we selected … Continue reading Slumbrew Yankee Swap (Somerville Brewing Company)

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Company)

Style: American Strong Ale (Imperial Mild/ Uber ESB) 9.7% ABV From: Petaluma, CA Brewer’s Note: We brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St Patrick’s Day Massacre and in commemoration of our 20-day suspension that followed. The ABC conducted an undercover investigation of our brewery, finding us guilty of operating a “Disorderly House.” We did the crime. We did the time. We got … Continue reading Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Company)

Lil One (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American Strong Ale (It’s really just a Double IPA…) 9.1% ABV O.G.: 1.080 Malt:  American 2-Row, Marris Otter, Victory, Carapils, Caramel 80, Midnight Wheat Hops: Centennial, Simcoe, Cascade, Falconer’s Flight Brewer’s Note: “Some may call this a malty double IPA, some a hoppy barley wine.  We prefer that it not be classified.  We think of it, simply, as our strong winter ale.  Intense hop … Continue reading Lil One (Maine Beer Company)

Tango Wilco Foxtrot (Lagunitas Brewing Company)

Bottle:  A fairly simple design, though I like the paper used for the labels with its thick graininess.  With its plain cream color and dog symbol, which is present on all Lagunitas bottles, I don’t get the feeling of anything special, and not really something I would display on the shelf.  Boring type and simplicity. Appearance: Pours a carameled brown, with a nice thick yellow … Continue reading Tango Wilco Foxtrot (Lagunitas Brewing Company)