Smuttlabs Barrel Aged Tripel (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: American Tripel Aged on Chardonnay Barrel Oak Chips 9.5% ABV 25 IBU’s Malts: North American 2-Row, Aromatic, Wheat, Carahell Hops: Sterling Yeast: Trappist Ale Bottled On: 8/18/14 Brewery’s Note: “Following the debut of our Belgian-style Tripel, comes a Heritage Avenue-brewed Smuttlabs tripel, aged on chardonnay oak. You’ll notice a few differences between this and the Big Beer Series version. Vanilla and pear highlight the … Continue reading Smuttlabs Barrel Aged Tripel (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Revisting: 2012 Expedition Stout (Bell’s Brewery)

Style: American Russian Imperial Stout 10.5% ABV O.G.: 1.11 Bottled On: 10/22/12 From: Kalamazoo, MI Brewer’s Note: “One of the earliest examples of the Russian Imperial Stout in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with vintage aging in mind, as its profile will continue to mature and develop over the years. A huge malt body is matched to a heady blend of … Continue reading Revisting: 2012 Expedition Stout (Bell’s Brewery)

Revisiting: Heady Topper (The Alchemist)

Style: Imperial IPA 8% ABV From: Waterbury, VT Yes, that infamous golden nectar that all the hop heads gush over. If I’m being honest with you folk, I’ve had Heady quite a few times since I first wrote that quaint review way back at the start of this blog.  I was young in my quest for beer, and was even naïve to just how sacred … Continue reading Revisiting: Heady Topper (The Alchemist)

Revisiting: 2013 Founders Imperial Stout (Founders Brewing Company)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout 10.5% ABV 90 IBU’s Brewer’s Note: “Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body. Serve this guy at cellar temperature. Put another log on the fire, sit back and enjoy the friendship of this ultimate winter warmer.” It’s snowing fat drops of cold fury outside, and I have decided to … Continue reading Revisiting: 2013 Founders Imperial Stout (Founders Brewing Company)

Revisiting: 2012 Narwhal (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout 10.2% ABV 60 IBU’s OG: 24.2 Plato FG: 6.6 Plato Bittering Hops: Magnum & Challenger Aroma Hops: Challenger Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa, and Roasted Barley From: Chico, CA So I’m finally going to start cracking open some of my cellars offerings and let you know what a year (+) does to a beer.  The first to be given … Continue reading Revisiting: 2012 Narwhal (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)