Braudog (6385) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, labeled "best after 4/30/13" ... Yet another antique off the Total Wine floor, and at $10 for a 12 oz bottle, an iffy purchase to begin with. This is beer, not jewelry. This pours muddy and murky, and with its apparent age, the lack of any body is to be expected. So is the lacquer character, the alcohol burn and the ultimate sting. I get cherry, bourbon, oak, and a sweet sugary swirl. For those that enjoy the phenomenon of aged beers, this might be a good choice. (#5963, 4/19/2015)
Reconqvista (339) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark hazy amber colored beer with a beige frothy head. Aroma includes pretty fruity and caramelized. Flavor is sweet, with alcohol included. Bitter long end and oily body with low carbonation.
burg326 (5384) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep amber color with aromas of toffee, caramel, booze, light cherry and some light wet oak. Flavors were light tart cherries, booze, some light funk and wet wood. Very nice hid the abv well, could be in trouble if I drank more than one of these, it held up nicely with the age.
PartyFowle (954) - - APR 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Collage is the first of Deschutes’ Conflux brewery collaboration series, but is actually premiering second. Conflux No. 2, a White IPA made with Boulevard Brewing of Kansas City, hit shelves in July 2011. Collage was brewed first but took some additional time to age and blend -- two years and more than 100 rounds of mixing and sampling, according to brewers. It’s made up of two beers from each brewery: Hair of the Dog Adam, Hair of the Dog Fred, Deschutes The Dissident and Deschutes The Stoic. To make Collage, the Dissident and Adam were placed in oak barrels that had formerly held Oregon pinot noir. The Stoic was aged in rye whiskey barrels, while Fred was aged in bourbon barrels. Poured into a tulip or snifter, Collage is the color of rosewood, clear but dark, topped with a finger of feathery khaki foam. The nose is a dance between two partners: the Stoic and the Dissident, which lend aromas of white grapes, biting balsamic and a touch of green apple. Oak is huge here, fresh and untoasted. Deeper inspection reveals weird stuff -- pencil shavings and the lightest hint of leather. Were I given beer-naming privileges, I might have gone with Mosaic. It’s like an image crafted of smaller images -- discernible and enjoyable as a whole, but easily broken into its contributing parts when you focus on them. Here’s the Stoic, lending vinous oak, white wine and green apple; there’s the Dissident with dark vinegar and cherries. Adam contributes savory leather and dark fruits, while bourbon-aged Fred delivers toffee, vanilla, grapefruit pith and bitterness. There’s no getting around the alcohol flavor, but it works well here. With the combined strength of these brews and the hefty alcohol content they carry, you’d expect an equally hefty body, but this isn’t the case. The liquid’s actually rather delicate, peppered with just a bit of silky carbonation and pretty well-hidden alcohol. The combination makes the brew surprisingly light and drinkable -- it goes down far more easily than the ABV should allow. Collage’s combination of beers and aging platforms makes for a very interesting sensory experience -- though if I’m being honest, I expected a little more. I think this is too heavy on the Stoic and needs more Adam and bourbon. The bottle advises that it’ll taste best a year from now, so we’ll see how I feel about it after the malts have had some time to mature and the souring yeast takes more hold.
Bottle with a best after date of 4-30-13, enjoyed 5-22-13. The aroma, once packed with green oak, biting balsamic and tart apples, has become smoother, sweeter and more savory. Leather, vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, dark cherries. Damn fine. Bourbon has come more into the fore, which is exactly what I was waiting for. The flavors are better-blended and harder to pick apart. Musky leather is nice and big; smoky oak and morello cherries are as well.
drpimento (3186) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very interesting beer. Appearance is just ok with a smallish light tan head that soon settles to a ring and island with a bit of lace and a hazy dark amber color. Aroma is a very volatile mix of raisins, prunes, dates, figs, sherry, brandy, toffee, black pepper and a suggestion of peaches. Flavor’s somewhat similar to nose, starts out a bit sweet and finishes in the back of the mouth with a long lasting tang. Excellent body. A beer to be shared and sipped. Well done, brewmasters!
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A reddish copper ale with a very thin off white head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with light cherry notes, light Brett, cork character, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a beautiful complex mix of pinot de charente, alcohol warmth, bourbon barrel, light vanilla, alcohol warmth, well balanced. Bottle shared with Matt and Puhskinwow.
bytemesis (6979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours crystal clear reddish burnt umber, small off-white head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is very vinous, oak, wine, grapes and toffee. Medium sweet, very light tartness, light funk. Oaky and vinous, malty, cherry, vanilla. Medium body, low carbonation. Really nice beer.
VastActiv (5736) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 12 fl oz at Hair of the Dog Brewing, Portland. Year 2012 made. Best after 4/30/13. Colour is cloudy brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, berries, wood, some sweetness, hints of sourness, warm alcohol and malts. Strange mixture of sour brown / American strong ale but overall very enjoyable complex ale.
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled@PBF IX. Ambery copper colour with a small white head. Aroma is floral, wooden, a bit lactic along with some zestiness, alcohol and mild berries. Flavour is biscuity, bready, mild toffee along with some berries, alcohol, fruits and mild grassiness. Quite a big bitter kick in the finish, yet balanced out by the sweetness of alcohol. Mellow and pleasant.
sudomorph (1095) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy, but bright, ruby orange, with a thin, off white head. Aroma is a touch acidic with dark fruits, red wine, cherry, and oak. Taste is a bit tart with sour cherries, caramel, whisky, and a sweet/tart finish. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with no alcohol taste. A lot going on in this beer. Tart cherries, dark fruits, caramel, and oak.