Entropy (Mystic Brewery)

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale/Super Ale 14% ABV From: Chelsea, MA Brewery’s Note: “Uncarbonated “still” ale, fermented with three strains of yeast and aged in American oak./ A Mystic Brewery original, Mystic Entropy defies categorization. A true high-gravity creation… Whatever you may call it, a barley port, imperial Belgian, a triplequadruple, or a “Boston Cognac”, Entropy is a rare epicurean experience that pairs beautifully with … Continue reading Entropy (Mystic Brewery)

2014 Maiden (Siren Craft Brews)

Style: Barrel-Aged and Blended American Barleywine 11.1% ABV Barrels Mentioned: “Red Wine, Sauternes, Banyuls and Whisky” Barrels Assumed from 2013 Maiden: “Madeira, Bourbon, Armagnac & Tequila” Read More About the Maiden Program Here From: Wokingham, UK Brewery’s Note: “The goal for Maiden is to celebrate our love of experimentation and the impact of wood and time on a beer. A big barley wine is brewed … Continue reading 2014 Maiden (Siren Craft Brews)

Smuttlabs Ol’Grundy Humper (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: Pale Barleywine aged on Oak Chips 10.8% ABV Bottled On: 1/13/15 From: Portsmouth, NH The beer pours a brilliant, pumpkin-orange color. It forms a nice, rockier head of off-white and tanning bubbles, which form sheets of frothy, slick lacing when splashed over the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is clear of particles, and fairly cloudy from oak and protein and such. … Continue reading Smuttlabs Ol’Grundy Humper (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Bride Maker (Jack’s Abby Brewing Company)

Style: Lager Wine 13% ABV From: Framingham, MA Brewery’s Note: “We aged this beer in bourbon barrelspreviously used for our Barrel-Aged Framinghammer Baltic Porter. Lengthy aging allows the 13% ABV beer to mellow and develop a deep vanilla, almost honey-like sweetness and plum-like dark fruit flavors. This beer is a sipper. You’ve been warned!” The beer pours out like thin maple syrup, auburn and clear, … Continue reading Bride Maker (Jack’s Abby Brewing Company)

2014 Our Finest Regards (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

Style: English Barleywine 12.1% ABV IBU’s: not important  Hops: there’s hops in here? Malt: Thomas Fawcett & Sons, Yorkshire OG: 29 Plato From: Somerville, MA Brewery’s Note: “From Pretty Things to you this winter season: “Our Finest Regards.” Four years into our project and we’re grateful and amazed that so many people love and support great beer these days. The fact that we’re still here is a credit to you … Continue reading 2014 Our Finest Regards (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

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)

Proprie-tor’s Reserve Series: No. 003 §ucaba/Abacus (Firestone Walker)

Style: Barrel Aged English Barleywine 12.5% ABV 42 IBU’s OG: 27º Plato FG: 4.7º Plato Yeast: House British Ale Malts: Munton’s Pale, Crisp Maris Otter Pale, Munich, Dark & Light Crystal, Chocolate Hops: Bittering—Bravo; Late Kettle—East Kent Golding From: Paso Robles, CA 2013 Vintage Brewer’s Note: “Big boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combined with soft chocolate malty undertones. Complex malt flavors framed in oak, … Continue reading Proprie-tor’s Reserve Series: No. 003 §ucaba/Abacus (Firestone Walker)

Third Party Candidate (Clown Shoes & Three Heads Brewing)

Style: Blended Imperial Red Ale; 50% Imperial Amber Ale, 50% Oatmeal Red Ale 10% ABV  Bottled on: 8/2012  Brewing Notes: “50% Eagle Claw Fist Imperial Amber Ale, 50% Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale”   The bottle is interesting for sure.  I find the picture, which is reportedly Geoff Dale, “The Minister of Mayhem from Three Heads Beer,” to be a little creepy.  The fonts are all … Continue reading Third Party Candidate (Clown Shoes & Three Heads Brewing)

Flying Mouflan (Tröegs Brewing Company)

Style: American Barleywine 9.3% ABV 100-ish IBU’s Color: Dark Mahogany Malts: Euro Pils, Vienna, Munich, Dark Crystal Hops: Warrior, Chinook, Simcoe HopBack Hops: Whole leaf Nugget, Simcoe Yeast: Ale JuJu: Cane Sugar As with all Tröegs bottles, I like this one a lot.  The graphic art/comic book-style to the label is just great, the colors are vibrant, and the text is pretty funky.  This is … Continue reading Flying Mouflan (Tröegs Brewing Company)