Damnation pours a hazy light golden color with a persistent thin white head. A good amount of lacing exists. The aroma is full of grainy malt and yeast. Clove and peppery phenols and citrus/banana esters also are very prevalent.
The flavor has a biscuit/grainy malt base with a very prevalent metallic phenol. Grassy and herbal hops add a touch of bitterness and earthiness to the overall flavor. Notes of pepper phenols. Underlying unripe peach skin and yeast esters add a bit of sweet funk to the flavor. The finish is dry with a malt sweetness.
Mouth feel is medium with medium high carbonation.
Russian River is known for putting out outstanding beers and this is no different. A very solid and enjoyable example of the Belgian Strong style.
Moderate, grassy, piney hops with some coffee and biscuity malt. Moderately low date esters with a hint of nuttiness.
Black, with a large beige/tan head. Very good retention.
Moderate biscuity malt, moderately high bitterness. Toasty/ biscuity malt with some light toffee and coffee flavors. Same date and nutty esters as the aroma. Moderate sweetness balances the bitterness.
Moderate body, little warmth, balanced to semi- dry finish.
Not a huge black IPA fan but this is one of the better ones I have had. The initial aromas and flavors were muted but, as the beer warmed, more of the malt and ester character came through. Not the west coast hop flavor or aromas I expected; more bitter than hoppy.
BABA pours jet black with a medium tan head. The aroma has a fairly strong chocolate malt base with the presence of herbal hops and chalk. Has notes of charcoal.
The flavor has the roast flavor of a roasted blend coffee. There’s a slight presence of lactose and vanilla. Has some herbal hop flavors that help to balance the malt sweetness. Does have brininess about it that makes me think of raw oysters. The finish is very clean and well balanced
Medium mouth feel with medium carbonation and creaminess.
I have been underwhelmed by black lagers in general however BABA is a very enjoyable pour that could easily be a session beer for those fall tailgates. Very easily could be used in multiple types of recipes such as marinades.
Saison pours a deep hazy golden color with a large persistent white head. The nose has a bready malt base with a good amount of Belgian yeast. Stone fruit esters such as apricots are noted. Some spicy hops and clove phenols are noted.
The flavor is full of banana esters and clove phenols. Has a grainy malt backbone. Faint grassy hops and honey are noted. Belgian yeast notes scattered throughout. A slight alcohol flavor is present. The finish is fairly dry with notes of spice and honey.
Mouth feel is medium with medium carbonation and warmth.
A fantastic representation of the style. Extremely enjoyable as an after dinner beer or just to enjoy on a hot summer day.
Strong tropical fruit aromas (papaya more than mango), moderate bready malt, light grassy/piney hops, some honey. Moderate alcohol.
Hazy, gold, small off white head, lower retention.
Aggressive bitterness and hop flavors, grass and pine. Moderate bready malt, moderate tropical fruit, mango. Moderate alcohol flavor and bite. Sweet up front, Bitter finish.
Like me, big bodied and warm. Semi dry finish.
Hazy, fruity goodness. I typically don’t like fruit beers but this is a great IPA, with some tropical fruit added. Sweet, malty, and fruity, contrasted by bold hop flavors and bitterness. The up front sweetness transitions to a bitter, drier finish. Though big, when served cold, it is still a refreshing sipper on a hot day.
Tribute pours a hazy gold, almost orange, color with a persistent white head. The head starts out as a three finger head and reduces to about a 1/4″. The aroma has very prevalent yeasty/bready base which is further defined by notes of orange rind and coriander. Very faint banana aromatics are also found. The aroma reminds me somewhat of Juicy Fruit gum.
The flavor has a bready/grainy malt base which is further defined by Belgian yeast flavors. There’s a bit of spice such as coriander and maybe a touch of pepper. Very ripe banana and orange rind also help to add complexity to the flavor. A boozy flavor can be found throughout. The finish is fairly balanced but leaves spicy phenols that linger.
The mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation and medium high warmth.
Overall a very nice Tripel that is very easy to drink. The pepper notes are a pleasant surprise. Word of caution this beer doesn’t drink like 9.3% an will sneak up on you quickly.
Intrigued by the addition of Italian Plums. Pours black with a small tan head that disappears fairly quick.
Nose provides a malty experience of coffee, roast, and some caramel. The plums are certainly there but not too strong. Hops provide a hint of pine and earthiness but nothing all that exciting. Malts are certainly the highlight in the nose.
Very creamy as it hits your tongue. A very nice balance of malty sweetness and earthy bitterness from the hops. Plums are just right and provide a unique flavor to this porter. The coffee and chocolate malts certainly are the most powerful flavor. I was worried this beer would be too sweet but that is certainly not the case. Hops are there but nothing too strong – mostly earthy with a hint of pine in the finish.
Finishes creamy and balanced. Very smooth with just the right amount of plum! This would pair amazingly with chocolate cake or raspberry truffle. The desert would certainly be the sweeter of the two.
Maltier than the blind pig to the left. Moderate levels of rich, bready malt. Moderate to moderately-high citrus and grassy hop. Low stone fruit esters.
Golden color. Big, off-white head. Good clarity. Lots of lace.
Smooth and rich, toasty, Munich like malt. Moderately high bitterness, moderately-low grassy hop flavors. A bit of pear and stone fruit esters. Moderate sweetness. Good balance. Some bready/toast invests lingers through the finish but more bitter than sweet.
Moderate body. Little warmth. Somewhat creamy on the tongue. Balanced finish.
Rich malts for an IPA. Refreshing, but not crisp. Malty up front, more bitter on the back end.
This Behemoth pours a deep copper in color with an initial foamy head which reduces within seconds to a thin tan/off-white lacing. The aroma has a strong caramel malt backbone with a floral/herbal hop aroma. Definitely smell the alcohol which also has a medicinal aroma. Raisin aromatics are also noted.
The flavor is very medicinal and herbal with a strong malt base. Both floral/herbal hops are also laced throughout. Strong alcohol taste is also noted. Some dark fruit notes are present. Significant bitterness and very malty (caramel and biscuit).
A nice barleywine but lack that something special that the elite beers have. I look forward to trying this beer once it’s had some time to age.
Moderate grainy malt takes a backseat to honey, hops, bourbon, and coconut. Citrus hop with some grass and pine. A bit of oak as well. The amount of bourbon aroma varies from sniff to sniff. There is a lot going on here.
Fairly clear gold with a moderate white head and moderate retention. Lace.
Coconut esters uniquely flavor this malty, hoppy, boozy beauty. Piney, citrus, and grassy hop, in abundant supply, are backed by a lighter, grainy, malt and honey sweetness. High bitterness and some woody notes accompany a moderate bourbon character.
Moderate to full body. Slightly warm. Bitter, but not astringent. Semi-dry finish.
I may be underestimating the alcohol flavor a little bit but that is only because I started watching mad men, and cannot do so without a glass of booze: I am building a tolerance. There are a number of aromas and favors at play here: the honey; bourbon; and even the coconut, compliment the bourbon. The hops, bitterness, and tannic wood are in stark contrast. It works on a number of levels and is certainly different from most other bourbon aged creations: usually a stout or a barley wine.