Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Sept 11–17 (39 Uniques)

20170914_000514Sorry I skipped the previous week. The GCBF madness prohibited me from taking notes.

This was a pretty bit week, but several were shared with my girlfriend, so it’s not as bad as it looks.

Sorry, there’s a couple of pumpkin beers in here.

Assemblage Numéro 6 by Brasserie Dunham

Tart and fruity with rich notes of raspberry, cherry, and a touch of funk from the wild yeast. Effervescent and refreshing.

Nuclear Hop Assault by Mikkeller

Grassy and fruity nose with lemon rind and grapefruit peel on the palate over a rich caramel malt base. So fresh and delicious!

On Fleek by Stillwater Artisanal

Rich roasted malt notes with chocolate, toffee, vanilla, raisins, tobacco, and leather. Sweet, sticky, and boozy. This was fantastic for an imperial stout in a can. You’d think it was barrel-aged.


Tamarindo Gose by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Fruity nose with a slightly sour, salty, and wheaty body. The tamarind brings notes of figs and prunes.

New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta by Rogue Ales & Spirits

Gimmicky name. It’s just a NA barleywine, which is really just a triple IPA. Grass, pine, citrus, and tropical with a doughy malt body.

#Blessed by Twin Sails Brewing

A gorgeous pale ale with hoppy notes of melon, mango, and orange peel over a light biscuity malt base.

That New Trapp by Hearthstone Brewery & Stillwater Artisinal

Big nose of tropical fruit, citrus, and berries with a touch of Brett funk. The body was juicy and hazy.


ZRA 2 by Category 12 Brewing

Floral and spicy nose with notes of banana, orange, pear, clove, and coriander over a rich caramel malt base.

Commander Imperial Stout (2017) by Dead Frog Brewery

Aged several months. Notes of liquorice, vanilla, molasses, raisins, and oak. Whisky on the nose, but not body. Smooth and mellow.

Pumpkin Ale by Steamworks Brewing Company

Light pumpkin notes with subtle cinnamon and nutmeg over a bready malt base. Not as bland as some pumpkin ales.

Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale by Phillips Brewing Company

This used to be better. Not enough pumpkin cinnamon, nutmeg, or anything. Just bland and watery.


Crookeder Tooth (2017) by Phillips Brewing Company

Very slightly better than “bland tooth.” It had hints of vanilla and oak, but no bourbon. If this saw a barrel, it was for a very short time

Kiwami Plum Sour by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

Moderate tartness with a sweet body and very gentle plum notes. The plum was under-expressed.

Super Fearless Imperial IPA by Dead Frog Brewery

Hop-forward aromas of tropical fruits, grapefruit, and pine. The body was mostly caramel malt with a bit too much much grassy hop biterness.

Haters Gonna Hate by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Floral nose with a crisp crackery malt body with hints of tropical fruits and moderate spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Well hidden booze


Orval by Brasserie d’Orval

An undefinable classic. Banana and clove from the primary fermentation. Funk from Brett secondary. Earthy hops from the dry hop. Super dry and a tad tart.

Cathedral Grove Common by White Sails Brewing

Lightly toasted malt notes with a touch of caramel and mild fruitiness. Dry and crisp finish.

Sunrise Gose by Coal Harbour Brewing Company

Mildly tart and slightly salty with a wheaty body and a refreshing dry finish.

Cry Me a River by Driftwood Brewery

Slightly tart, salty, wheaty, dry. Refreshing. Like the Gatorade of beer.


Con Leche by Twin Sails Brewing

Rich and roasty malt notes of coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon. Smooth mouthfeel and sweet finish from the lactose.

Simple Things by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Crisp, clean, and refreshing with a floral nose. Notes of honey and biscuit on the palate, with spicy noble hop bitterness in the finish.

Trappist Tripel by Trading Post Brewing

Spicy pepper and clove notes, with a touch of fruity esters, followed by a strange herbal aftertaste. Rich and Sweet.
Charleston by Townsite Brewing

This bottle has aged over a year. It had lots of clove and pepper, but little fruitiness. The finish was rather bitter and lingered.

20170916_225351Cool Hand Cuke by Hearthstone Brewery

Interesting, like a slightly tart and boozy cucumber water. Not much more to say.

Longest Night by Yukon Brewing

Dark roasty malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. The hops were grassy and a little too bitter for the style.

Broadside IPA by Torchlight Brewing Company

I’m not sure if the bottle was old, but this was just bitter, earthy, piney, and grassy.

Saison by Funkwerks

Notes of orange, lemon, ginger, passion fruit, and pepper. Dry finish with lingering bitterness.

Kyritzer Mord Und Totschlag by Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle

Rich and roasty dark malts with coffee, cola, treacle, and caramel. Earthy and grassy hop bitterness.

20170908_220701Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XVIII Aged In Rye Whiskey by North Coast Brewing Company

Dark roasted malts with notes of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, spicy rye, coffee, and hints of oak. Rich and smooth with a drying finish.

BOB by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery at Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Rich notes of blood orange with puckering lactic acidity and a touch of Brett funk. Fruity but dry and refreshing.

Sprucey Fruit by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Gentle pine notes with puckering lactic acid tartness.

Juice Bigalow by Parallel 49 Brewing Company—at Garrick’s Head Pub

Smooth and juicy. Decent first attempt at a NE style but it is too heavy on the grapefruit notes. It needs more tropical and gentle citrus.

Drop Art by Modern Times Beer—at Smiths PubIMG_20170916_220236

Mildly tart with mango, orange zest, and a touch of peppery spice.

Or Xata by The Bruery—at Smiths Pub

This tasted like apple pie! Notes of cinnamon and vanilla with a creamy and rich mouthfeel from the lactose.

Zwarte Wheat by Townsite Brewing—at Smiths Pub

Grainy and bready roasted pale malt with dusty wheat. Spicy yeast phenols. A touch of fruity esters. Grassy hop bitterness.

Smash With Guanabana by Andina Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub

The guanabana brings notes of banana, pineapple, and papaya that takes this Smash to another level. Also, it’s nice and hazy.

Tart Saison With Orange by Andina Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub20170910_225317

Mildly tart with subtle citrus notes and a touch of saison yeast spice.

Smash by Andina Brewing Company at Smiths Pub—at Smiths Pub

Decent tropical fruit and citrus hop character over a light crackery malt base.

Bambuco by Andina Brewing Company at Smiths Pub—at Smiths Pub

Nice and light, but I felt myself wanting more Belgian yeast spice and hop presence.