Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Jan 15–21 (31 Uniques)

’twas another week filled with great craft beer. I tried 31 different beers this week, many at home, but several at the Spinnakers barrel-aged beer release and a few down at Smiths pub.

Draught

Fig Deal Barley Wine by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub—at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

This English-style barley wine had notes of figs, plums, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. The alcohol was very well concealed.

Alba by Luppolo Brewing Company at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

This “rustic table saison” was sour and funky with notes of pineapple, pear, pepper, spice, and barnyard funk. It finished nice and dry.

Lekker by Powell Brewery—at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

This golden sour was funky and sour with notes of lemon, gooseberries, and melon. It had a slightly sweet finish.

Voyage by Postmark Brewing—at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

This barrel-aged French saison was vinous, fruity, and earthy with notes of caramel, red wine, and oak. The parts don’t really come together.

Barrel 58 Irish Stout Sour by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub—at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

This barrel-aged sour stout was tart with notes of roasty malt, nuts, coffee, and a touch of oak. Finishes quite dry.

Prunus Plum Sour by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub—at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

This barrel-aged plum sour had a floral and fruity nose. The body was quite tart with nice plum presence, but it had a bit of THP going on.

Little Sunshine by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub—at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

This tea infused sour was tart with notes of burgamot, lime, stone fruit, and green tea. Little bit of tannin bitterness in the finish.

Framboise by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub—at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

The raspberry sour had light tartness with gentle notes of raspberries, some vinous notes, and a touch of oak.

Roxanne Raspberry Sour by Strange Fellows Brewing—at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

This sour had tart raspberry notes with a hint of and bready malt.

Woolly Bugger (2017) by Howe Sound Brewing—at Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

This English-style barley wine was smooth and rich with notes of caramel, toffee, treacle, raisins and plums. It had lots of warming alcohol in the finish.

The Victorious Weizenbock by Moon Under Water Pub—at Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Dark, malty, and warming. Nice yeast ester and phenols character. Like a wheat imperial stout.

Short Pants by Twin Sails Brewing–at Smiths Pub

This 100% Mosaic double IPA had notes of tropical fruit, citrus, berries, pine, and sweet bready malt. It was nicely balanced and smooth!

San Diego Pale Ale .394 by AleSmith Brewing Company–at Smiths Pub

This pale ale was light bodied with piney hop notes and a sweet malty finish.

Last Dance by Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom–at Smiths Pub

This pale ale had light hoppy notes of melon, orange, and lemon over a bready malt base.

 

Bottle & Cans

Frank & Sense by Innis & Gunn

This beer aged with gold, frankincense, and myrrh had notes of doughy caramel malt with a touch of perfume and resin.

Ariana Grande by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

This kettle sour had notes of lemon and assorted citrus. It was relatively tart with a little hop bitterness in the finish.

Wild Riesling Ale by Field House Brewing Co.

This beer/wine hybrid had a fruity, herbal, and perfumey nose with notes of white wine and earthy flowers on the palate. It was crisp and dry.

5th Anniversary Ale by Powell Brewery

This barrel-aged brett NE IPA was juicy and hazy with notes of citrus, tropical fruit, berries, Brett funk, oak, and red wine.

Kindling Breakfast Stout by Cannery Brewing

This breakfast stout had a rich coffee nose with notes of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and bready malt on the palate. It had a smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Ravens Hot Chocolate Porter 2017 by Ravens Brewing Company

This chocolate porter had nice cocoa notes to complement the roasty malt notes. It was quite dry with moderate bitterness.

Surtur Nr.30 (Sheep Dung Smoked) by Borg Brugghús

This sheep dung smoked imperial stout was peaty with notes of cocoa, molasses, liquorice, a touch of earthy hop bitterness, and a hint of sheep dung?

Meri by Põhjala

This gose was lightly tart with mild notes of coriander and a touch of salt. This bottle was a little old so a bit stale.

Biere De Garde- Batch #0011 by Swans Brewery

This cellar-aged beer had notes of toasty malt and floral noble hops on the nose. It had sweet malt body with fruity ester notes, mostly isoamyl, and a touch of hop bitterness.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout by Bomber Brewing

This barrel-aged RIS was very over-carbonated. It had decent roasty malt notes, but the vanilla from the bourbon barrels was too sweet and the body was too thin.

Peaks And Valleys by Russell Brewing Company

This extra pale ale had a touch of citrus, but was perhaps a bit more grassy than it should be as this was canned in the summer. It was decent though.

Slackline Summer Ale by Hearthstone Brewery

I bought this on clearance in January, but it was still really good. The sacc trois and juniper berries made it so funky and botanical.

Double Red India Pale Ale (2017) by AleSmith Brewing Company

This double red IPA had notes of caramel malt with piney and floral hops. with a nice bit of bitterness in the finish. I often fine red ales to be a bit grassy, but this one was really well balanced.

New England IPA by White Sails Brewing & Swans Brewpub

This collaboration was hazy and juicy with hoppy notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and biscuit malt. The bitterness was low and the mouthfeel was smooth.

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.

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.

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.

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