Stillwater / Oliver Channel Crossing

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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
On tap at Of Love and Regret in Baltimore. Pours dark brown. Very sweet. This is a nice beer but too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Wow! This is great . Tastes very similar to fat tire, but is a bit more sharp. Maybe bitter but sharp sounds better. I like it, and I’m outside too!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (6146) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (9490) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6683) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , 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 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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (7444) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Draft: Poured an amber color with a nice head. The aroma was wheat, sweet malts and citrus. The flavor was lemon, pine, yeast, hops, and sweet malts. Overall, not well balanced for the complexity.

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