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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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21205) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13077) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11290) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Tap at ChurchKey. Pours a hazy, golden amber with no head or lace. The nose is dominated by white chocolate, caramel, spiced fruits. Taste is rye malt, burnt toast, lots of earthy/dirty hops. Excellent silky mouthfeel and super soft carbonation. Labeled at CK as Belgian IPA. I’m going to nix that. And Biere de Garde? I’m no expert on the style but my understanding is that Biere de Garde is light bodied table beer for pairing with French food. Sort of like a castrated saison. But this is more like a hoppy rye beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (8661) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2011
Draught. Low fluffy off-white and quickly disappearing head. Clear very dark red brown body. Acidic grapefruit lemon aroma. Highly carbonated acidic grapefruit cocoa hoppy flavor. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7373) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2010
On cask at Max’s in Baltimore. Pours a hazy, translucent copper with a very creamy, eggshell head. Aroma is malty, fruity, perfume, a little grass. Flavor is malty, crisp, grassy, a little astringent, lightly medicinal, sweet, lemon peel, a little anise. Full bodied, sweet finish. Might be the best Biere de Garde I’ve ever head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6586) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Draft @ Capone’s. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet malt, grass herbal aroma tones. Flavor is bitter, with some malty tones, yeast and light spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6492) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2011
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark. Dark brown, medium beige head. Fruity, berryish aroma with some fudge, cacao, prt wine, and herbal hops. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Medium dry with some acidity, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6075) - 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.

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