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Stillwater / Olivers Channel Crossing

Stillwater / Olivers Channel Crossing
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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Draft at PP. Wow. Reminiscent of Fantome. Brown-black with a lacy white head. Sort of like a dark Saison, with some chocolate malt balanced out by mellow sour tones. Incredibly drinkable. Call me a homer but this is awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours from the cask with a nice amber-brown color. Good white head and some nice lacing. The nose brings some light sweetness, honey, and a bit of spice. The taste is pretty light with a bit of sweetness. Feel is good with really nice carbonation and combines spice with the sugar quite well. Drinks nicely and is toward the better end of the Biere de Garde spectrum. Serving type: cask Reviewed on: 11-03-2010

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Herbal hops and doughy malt nose with some notes of fruity yeast. Lightly sweet taste, lightly bitter with doughy yeast, light toffee and green grapes. Medium body is very soft with gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Dark amber, thin off white creamy head. Herbal earth and fruity-like notes warm to touches of white pepper. Rustic earthiness and peppery hop flavors round with a touch of sweet yeast and spice. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Was a great way to kick off this series…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7560) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21644) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6527) - 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.

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