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Stillwater / Olivers Channel Crossing

Stillwater / Olivers Channel Crossing
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Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Used to be the way to cross the English Channel was by ferry (or hovercraft if you could afford it) but now the Eurostar train will transport you from London to the heart of Brussels in under 2 hours via the Channel Tunnel! Alternatively of course, you can join us for a little trip from the U.K. to Belgium via Baltimore by way of our recent collaboration with Stillwater Artisinal Ales and our Cross Channel Belgian Bitter. The concept was pretty simple, combine elements of our respective brewing styles, brew it on our English Peter Austin system and ferment in our open fermenting vessels with Stillwater’s saison yeast (and it has to be added, we also used some Belgian yeast generously provided by the Brewer’s Art). The malt grist consisted of Franco-Belges Pilsen malt and English Halcyon pale ale malt as the base with English crystal, chocolate and wheat malts and German melanoidin . We bittered with English First Gold and Kent Goldings and finished with English Kent Goldings and Bramling Cross and Czech Saaz. After a slow start the fermentation progressed at a steady pace and held @ 76F, finishing @ a specific gravity of 1.006, 6.7% abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2010
Tap at RFD Washington. Deep amber pour with a tight white head. The nose is a bit soft and spicy. A touch of bright zippy hoppiness over a fairly rustic, earthy malt base. Hops are pronounced with a mixture of earthiness and noble character. The yeast is well-developed and shows a bit of light earthiness. Fairly assertive bitterness with a lingering spiciness. Really fresh and lovely. Another winner from Stillwater.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2010
On draft at Capones. Pours a coppery amber with a medium sized frosty white head. Aroma of grains, light candied malt and faint bubble gum. Taste of fruit, light bubble gum, candied malt and zesty lemon. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Cask @ Max’s. This was my favorite of Brian’s beers that I was able to try, and it’s probably the most enjoyable experience I’ve ever had with a Biere de Garde; lovely the pronounced English hop character here. Seriously gorgeous pour: slightly hazy copper / bronze color, like the color of wood; creamy, fine-bubbled white head with great retention and lacing; awesome-looking pour. Soft English hop character coupled to a solid biere de garde character in the nose: delicate earthy and floral and zesty hops, along with a doughy / bready core with hints of vanilla; soft, delicate, excellent. Medium body; relaxed, soft carbonation; medium levels of doughiness, breadiness, and a hint of brown sugar; nicely balanced earthy and floral British hop character; not a ton of bitterness, just enough to balance, along with a whole bunch of soft, well-integrated hop flavor; just beautifully done; hugely drinkable even at 6.5%; we didn’t want to leave Max’s. Awesome hybrid of an often lackluster style; love the English hopping. Medium finish: toasty / bready malts, soft earthy and floral bitterness lingering; nicely dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Tap at Capones during PBW10. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a medium foamy off white head. Aroma of citrus, wheat and cheerios. Flavor of some spicy hop notes, citrus and wheat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, some earthiness, grass, and spices. Tastes of caramel, grass, spices, and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of citrus, Belgian yeast, and vanilla. Poured yellow/gold in color with a small, white head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Ok lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, grass, spices, grains, and some Belgian yeast. Medium body. Dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Yeast and spice finish is dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5943) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2010
[Draft @ Capones] Hazy light amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, earth, grass, hay, and light spices. Taste of toast, light caramel, some spices, hay, grass, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12934) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Cask. Minimal off-white head atop amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, wood, some Belgian yeast, apricot. Taste is moderately sweet, apricot, wood, some grapefruit, Belgian yeast, light orange. Medium body, some acidity, minimal carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Cask at Max’s. Hazy red-brown pour with a thin silky light tan head. Slightly toasted aroma with moalsses. Floral and apple notes. Very dry toasted flavor. Some flowers and chocolate. Very bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (20303) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Cask at Churchkey. Hazy chestnut color, large bubble head. Aroma of apples, malt, Taste is apple tart, citrus, smoke. Light body. Tasty.

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