Lindley Park Stout Olde Hickory Bourbon Barrel Aged with Raspberries and Honey

Lindley Park Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout with Raspberries and Honey, brewed by Old Hickory Brewing

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Tasting: August 4, 2017
Style: Bourbon-Barrel Aged Stout with Raspberries and Honey added.
Beer #: 1,085
ABV: 10%

Lindley Park Stout

Lindley Park is a neighborhood in Greensboro, North Carolina. The area is named after Quaker and local businessman John Van Lindley. In 1902, he donated 60 acres of land to be used as a recreation complex. The area had a man-made lake and amusement park. The lake and amusement park closed in 1917 and the town fathers set out to create a neighborhood with a park as its main element. Coincidentally, the community celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Another serendipitous discovery is that the name Lindley comes from the English text, Lind – meaning tree and Ley – meaning clearing. So, it seems Van Lindley lived up to his name by clearing some trees for the construction of the lake.

Maybe it’s just the age on this bottle (probably 2 years old) but the raspberry is non-existent. Well-polished stout with robust roasted coffee, baker’s chocolate but soft edges and a plush mouthfeel. A nice stout, wonder what it would have been like with some raspberry. I’ll give Lindley Park Stout 92 points.

Was Lindley Park better than this Raspberry Stout?

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Huge Arker Russian Imperial Stout, Anderson Valley At 13.5% this is a huge arker, ask anyone in Booneville.

Huge Arker

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Okay, what the hell is an Arker?
Check Meriam Websters…no luck, no such word.
Scrabble dictionary?…no luck, no double word points for you.
Check the Boontling dictionary?…uh-yeah, there it is.

Arker: verb (ar-ker) coming from the word ark which means to wreck something. It’s not a bowgley ( a whopper of a lie).

What the hell am I talking about? It seems my serendipitous beer journey has caused me to stumble across an archaic dialect that is native only to the town of Boonville, California. No surprise that Boonville is also the home of Anderson Valley Brewing. It only seems right that Anderson Valley honors their local heritage by naming this robust stout Huge Arker.

Boontling

As the legend goes the dialect was invented in 1890 by the youth of the community as a means to communicate so the elders wouldn’t understand. Kind of like today’s text jargon…#IHNI. According to legend, it was Ed “Squirrel” Clement and Lank McGimsey that developed Boontling and today there are fewer than 100 people in Boonville that still speak Boontling. Check out the link below as the dialect is quite extensive and entertaining.

The label also notes that they’ve been Bahl Hornin’ since 1987. That’s good drinking (or alternative to saying cheers).

Well, that was a fun side trip. Now onto the Huge Arker or huge wrecker.

Tasting: June 28, 2017
Style: Russian Imperial Stout aged in used Wild Turkey bourbon barrels
Beer #: 1,075
ABV: 13.5%

Huge Arker

Looks thin on the pour and not so opaque. My criticism ends there. This is a nice stout. Sweet molasses, some earthy peat, vanilla. Nice soft edges for a 13.5% monster. Although thin, the mouthfeel is sticky almost Bill Nunn (sorry, last Boontling reference – means syrup). This bottle is from 2014 and I’m guessing age seems to have served it well. 92 points.

Read more about the Boontling Dialect

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Trillium Night and Day with Cold Brewed Coffee A work of art at the Trillium tasting room!

Trillium Brewing Company, Canton, MA

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Trillium Night and Day

Tasting: June 14, 2017
Style: Imperial Stout
Beer # 1,072
ABV: 11.5%

By the time my friend Mike and I made it to Trillium in Canton, we had been driving for about four and a half hours. It was about three hours from New Jersey to Tree House. We had a quick  twenty minutes on the ground waiting for our twelve cans of Haze and Bright Citra and it was back in the car for another hour and a half to Trillium. Facing another three plus hours home, it was nice to take a beer break in the Trillium tasting room in Canton.

My wife gave me strict orders not to come home with any stout. For once, I had to agree with her as my beer cellar is bursting with prized stouts. I would rather spend my cash on a summer’s worth of world class IPA. I still wanted to try a stout and my taste buds couldn’t wait for a pour of Trillium Night and Day with cold brewed coffee.

If you do go to the tasting room in Canton, they allow you a total of 20 ounces and serve their beer in either five ounce or ten ounce portions. You can do the math. I started with a ten ounce pour of El Dorado Cutting Tiles. I had just purchased a case, as well as a couple of growlers of the IPA formerly known as Artaic. I couldn’t wait to have one. I followed Cutting Tiles with my long awaited five ounce pour of Trillium Night and Day with Cold Brewed Coffee from Barrinton Coffee Roasters. It did not disappoint. This stout is amazingly complex with dark roasted coffee, fudge, a hint of dark fruit and cherry. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Really hit the spot, amazing stout 96 points.

Back on the road with our combined haul of about nine cases of IPA. Thankfully, they didn’t have any bottles of this stout to go or I would have been in trouble at home.

Read about Trillium Night and Day on the Trillium website

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Hazelnut Spread Porter by Brew Bus Brewing Not another one with nuts!

Hazelnut Spread Porter by Brew Bus (brewed by Brew Hub)

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Tasting: January 28, 2017
Style: Hazelnut Porter
Beer #: 1,033
ABV: 6.5%

Hazelnut Spread Porter by Brew Bus (brewed by Brew Hub)

This beer is from a bus for hire company and it is brewed by a brewery for hire company.

Here’s a little about Brew Bus from their website:

The Brew Bus fermented in 2011 when our Founder Anthony Derby was a student at The University of Colorado. When he tried to visit 3 breweries in one day he quickly realized the need for a transportation service. Flash forward just 4 years and we have 1 tour location and offer visits to over 100 different breweries and other destinations in Florida. We have introduced thousands of tourists and locals to our area’s breweries and we’re just getting started.

This beer is brewed by Brew Hub from Lakeland, Florida. Contract brewing isn’t a new concept. Nomadic brewers like Evil Twin, Grimm and Mikkeller regularly use capacity availability from breweries like Westbrook and Two Roads to create their beer. Brew Hub is a brewery and distribution for hire company and notable breweries use them to amplify availability. I noted in a previous entry that Toppling Goliath uses this same Florida facility to produce Pseudo Sue – 93 points. Brew Hub helped Toppling Goliath amplify their production by seven-fold. Thinking of starting your own brewery, using a company like Brew Hub might be a logical first step.

Once again brewed with cacao nibs, hazelnut and vanilla. Pours a transparent cola brown color. Overall, I’d describe it as having a watery body and muted flavors. Does have a wisp of nutty flavor but not really discernible as being hazelnut. Again, some minor roasted flavor. Balanced, not offensive but not exceptional either. A very “meh” 84 points. Sorry to end my hazelnut run on a low point.

Read more about Brew Bus and Brew Hub:

Brewery For Hire!

Find Out About Brew Bus Tours!

Next up a whole series of beer using brazil nuts. Actually, that’s not true. Until next time, cheers.

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