Stone Fyodor's Classic Russian Imperial Stout, Batch No. 1 (2014). #review : This is a vintage entry by Stone, a yearly release of a bourbon barrel Imperial stout. My understanding is that this was the first edition. Brewed June 2014, bottled March 2015, purchased in about November 2015, opened and drank February 2018. I am sadly not doing a vertical on this. My first impression was "Where's the carbonation?" Zero head, zero froth. However, tiny, lively bubbles are present to give this beer life. Low carbonation, but appropriate for the style. Nose is big bourbon, saltwater taffy. Taste begins with dry maltiness, then opens up into an exploding candy shop of caramel, licorice, dark chocolate and vanilla. All of these flavors somehow hammer the palate without overwhelming with sweetness. Finish is like saltwater taffy dusted with bitter cacao. Overall, reminiscent of Anderson Valley's Bourbon Barrel Stout, but less sweet and less alcohol taste, and even more oak and malt notes. A monstrous 13% ABV, this conceals the alcohol content with massive flavor and oaky, malty refinement. This surpasses Mother Earth's outstanding Silent Night for best stout I've had, as well as best bourbon barrel aged beer I've had. I will certainly be doing verticals on future installments, if I can find them.
I believe this was $9.99 at Trader Joe's when I bought it.
The tennis balls and blanket are part of my efforts at more textural photos.
#rating 10/10 (one of only two beers I have given a perfect rating)
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It’s Washington Beer Day, so I’m going to an IPA that changed the game, @balebreaker Top Cutter. This beer comes from a brewery sitting in the middle of a hop field and is packed full of citrus and tropical fruit. The bitterness is perfect and forget that malty backbone, this is 2018. We don’t need a ton of crystal malt!
This beer is absolutely sublime. I didn’t think anything like this actually existed so I feel I’ve discovered something here that’s world class. Picked up at @craftbeercooldstreet, this 8.4% ‘Didgeridank’ collaboration DIPA by @sirencraftbrew and @tinyrebelbrewco is every bit as good as it looks.
Brewed to mark Tiny Rebel’s 6th birthday, this collaboration DIPA has gone all out with hops and they say they have added loads and loads and loads and the flavour is truly psychedelic as a result. Firstly though, look at the colour of it; the deep orange-gold is beautiful and rich, thick and murky and the texture is exactly that too, rich, thick and with a lovely, sticky appeal. The dank, tropical fruit flavour is insane, it rings in smooth, milky pineapple, mango, peach, melon, orange and pine - it’s lovely and sweet and has a touch of bitterness to remind you it’s beer and not a fruit juice. It’s soft in the mouth and goes down an absolute treat due to a very faint carbonation. 🍺
Didgeridank is a full on, full bodied DIPA that has to be respected but it’s charming taste will lure you and and ensnare you. I cannot was lyrical about how nice this brew actually is. I’m going to keep an eye out for it as I need more of it in my life! Bravo.
@alesmithbrewing .394 San Diego Pale pahs hommage to @tonygwynn the SD Padres batter who holds highest single-season batting average Gwynn set back in 1994. (.394) 🍺
This San Diego Pale Ale will showcase abundant piney and citrusy hop aroma and flavor from an intense dry-hopping schedule. A balanced malt profile will round out these hoppy flavors with a biscuity finish to enhance drinkability throughout the innings 👌🏽 5/5 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
Colony Collapse from @wrenhousebrewing on the menu tonight. The aroma was on point with all the classic citrus and mango you’d expect, but flavor is a bit muted. This is an 8% beer, so it’s possible the alcohol and yeast killed some of the hoppy punch we all love in a NEIPA. I’d love to know what yeast was use because I got a distinct bread flavor. As always, graphics are 🔥 💯.