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North Coast Twentieth Anniversary Ale

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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67% ale brewed with agave nectar and aged in oak barrels, 33% ale brewed with agave nectar. (Released in 500ml cork/cage bottles at brewpub, on May 10, 2009, later rebranded as Grand Cru)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
574deadzone (1173) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2015
As "Grand Cru," vague idea of age (2011-2012ish?). Listed at 12.9% ABV and aged in oak bourbon barrels. Gusher, like a Champagne bottle, which is a little disturbing. Once it settles, the pour is a hazy golden orange with a fair amount of fine floating sediment and a fizzy eggshell head that settles to a scant ring and does not lace, though some alcohol film not quite turning to legs is present on a swirl. Nose involves rich sweet malt, vegetal agave notes, some tropical pineapple, cane sugar, woodiness, vanilla, stone fruit (peach) and coconut. Very sweet, lightly tart, somewhat bitter. Full bodied, slippery, viscous, soft yet prickly, with a warm twangy herbal drying finish. Full disclosure: this beer is not for me on the grounds of the agave alone. I unfortunately ruined tequila for myself at a young age by drinking quantities of swill and suffering the obvious negative side-effects (puking 90% of the time I drank it and blacking out in people’s bathrooms and a kitchen sink once), so that agave flavor takes me back to a bad place. That said, the combination of horrifying veggie-agave flavor with the overbearing sweetness and questionable age of this beer pushed this to borderline disgusting and undrinkable for me. My rating will no doubt be an outlier, but I will never try this again and would never recommend it to anyone, even at fire-sale prices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdtm82 (1004) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle; thanks to the superb generosity of my friend madmitch76, shared with staff at Alehouse, Chelmsford, 31st March 2015. Shit loads of cedar on aroma, reminiscent of Thomas O’Hardy. Sugar and caramel. Very rich. Taste is sugar, marzepan, cedar, caramel and alcohol. Fantastic. Exactly what I want from a good old bottle. Completely blown away by how clean and how interesting this beer is. Great work.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (500) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Smell is odd and hard to describe. Kind of malty? Taste is caramel, malt, and general ale. Hides the ABV pretty well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (2021) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2015
Flaska från SB. 2013 vintage. Smak och doft av torkad frukt, äpple, persika, röda bär med toner av trä, bourbonfat och vanij. Agavesötma, fruktig, fin syrlighet, komplexa smaker som sammanflätas på ett angenämt sätt. Lättsam att dricka trots sina 12%. Bästa ölet denna kväll.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2410) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2015
Flaska från SB. 2013 vintage. Söt, fruktig och med en lite fin syrlighet som ger ölen en lätthet som är ovanlig för en 12%s fatlagrad pjäs. Lätt borbountouch, stora komplexa maltig smaker med vanilj, fat, torkad frukt, lite kokos och en fin fruktighet med lite persika och röda bär. Fantastiskt gott.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PattyBat (78) - - JAN 30, 2015
Cork and cage into snifter. Smells a little of honey, hints of Bourbon, and some funk. Tastes a little bit of peach, just a perfect amount of Bourbon, sweetness, with a taste of carrot left on the tongue. Incredible and unique beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (15061) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Draft at Churchkey. Hazy golden yellow color, medium white head. Aroma of vanilla, summer fruit, light dust. Taste is lightly funky summer fruit. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SupperHopped (18) - - NOV 14, 2014
Not my favorite north coast beer. Slightly sour aroma and a really nice smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abcfan (805) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Interesting brew. Pours yellow / orange with a small white head. Aroma is pineapple and vanilla. Light sour notes, with a tart finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6698) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"This one was unique right from the get go. Probably the lightest and fizziest (good head) barrled beer I’ve had. Little hint of any alcohol on the nose til it reached close to room temp. Aroma of fruit coconut and vanilla. Weird combo, but it works. In the flavor, the alcohol is a bit more prevalent, but subdued for such a strong beer. Agave, belgian spicy yeastiness, apple-like fruit notes, and bourbon (obvious without being overbearing - i think it’s a 2/3 blend). Smooth finish. Wanted more at the end."

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