Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Jan 8–14, 2018 (26 Uniques)

Last week was a good week of boozing. The quantity wasn’t huge this week, but the quality was amazing. Huge thanks to Copper & Theory for their amazing European beer tap takeover at Moon Under Water.

Bottles & Cans

Cherry Foreword by Coalesce Brewing

Funky, sour and fruity with big cherry notes along with grainy malt, oak, and a touch of white wine. Rich mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Black Malts & Body Salts by To Øl

This coffee imperial black IPA had notes of dark roasty malt, coffee, nuts, dark chocolate, and piney, grassy hops.

Forty Fathoms Imperial Porter by Britannia Brewing Company

There’s something about the combination of cinnamon and vanilla in this porter that I just don’t like. It reminded me of a car freshener my sister used to have. I found it rather sickly.

Alpen by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

This winter warmer had rich notes of toffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, and biscuity malt, with a warming finish.

Motel by The Parkside Brewery

This 5-hop pale ale was hop-forward with notes of tropical fruit, berries, and lemon. The body was hazy and smooth.

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This orange-chocolate imperial stout was rich and roasty with notes of cacao nibs, vanilla, and a subtle hint of orange zest.

Mocha Marlin by Ballast Point Brewing Company

This coffee porter had notes of dark roasted coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and roasty malt. It was full-bodied and not too sweet.

Jackdaw Rye Sour by Ravens Brewing Company

Modeled after a whisky sour, this one was light, refreshing, and tart with notes of citrus and a touch of rye spice followed by a dry finish.

Good Life Ale by Field House Brewing Co.

This wild IPA was fruity and botanical with notes of berries, pine, and a light touch of funk and tartness.

St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe by Brasserie McAuslan (St-Ambroise)

This Russian imperial stout had notes of dark roasted malt, coffee, nuts, molasses, liquorice, bourbon, and oak. It all wrapped up with a warming and dry alcohol finish.

Hazy White IPA by Field House Brewing Co.

This white IPA was juicy and smooth with notes of lemon, orange, coriander, and grainy malt.

London Fog by Dogwood Brewing

This golden ale was light-bodied and refreshing with notes of vanilla, burgamot, and black tea.

Mango Hefeweizen by Maui Brewing Company

This hefe had nice mango presence with grainy malt and a crisp, dry finish. It was canned in the summer but was still tasting decent.

Barrel Aged Brett Saison by Bridge Brewing Company

This Brett saison was fruity with mild notes of pineapple, cherry, and light funk and oak. The Brett was quite subtle and had a tiny touch of Band-Aid.

Narwhal Imperial Stout (2017) by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

This RIS had intense roasty malt notes of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, nuts, dark fruit, and a hint of smoke. I love this beer!

Dawn Patrol by Aslan Brewing Company

This NE pale ale was nice and juicy with notes of pineapple, light mint, and rye spice followed by a dry finish.

Odin’s Gift by Odin Brewing Company

This amber ale had lots of caramel malt with a touch of berry fruitiness and some earthy bitterness.

Double Infinity (Mosaic) by Superflux Beer Company

This NE double IPA was really fruity with notes of papaya, mango, tangerine, blueberry, blossoms, grass, and bubblegum over a light crackery malt base.

You Gonna Eat That? by Twin Sails Brewing

This black forest cake imperial stout had light roasty malt notes of cocoa with natural cherry flavour. I often find cherry to come of medicinal in beer, but thankfully that’s not the case here.

35K by Against the Grain Brewery

This imperial stout had notes of dark roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, and coffee. It had a slightly sweet finish with a creamy mouthfeel and a touch sourness.


On Tap

Jambe-de-Bois by Brasserie de la Senne

This tripel was floral and earthy nose with notes of honey, fruity esters, and spicy phenols on the palate. Warming alcohol and bitterness in the finish.

Saison du Meyboom by Brasserie de la Senne

This saison had a floral nose. Zesty notes of lemon on the palate with peppery spice and cereal malt. Crisp and dry.

Saison de Dottignies by Brouwerij De Ranke

This saison was floral and fruity hoppy nose with a dry spicy and fruity palate. A little bitterness in the finish from the dry hopping.

Salzspeicher Raspberry by Freigeist Bierkultur

This dark sour had notes of roasty malt, rasperberry, and dark fruits. It was tart with acetic sourness and had very gentle carbonation.

Room 101 by Freigeist Bierkultur

This spiced beer had notes of peppermint, eucalyptus, juniper, lemon, and salt. Some people got toothpaste, but I liked it. Very refreshing!

Kwasimodo by Freigeist Bierkultur

This dark sour had notes of cherry fruitiness and tartness over a grainy and bready malt base. Slight touch of acetic acid and a dry finish.