More Ale and Odds and Ends

I can finally see the back of my beer fridge. At least for now, I can go to my fridge and pick out a beer I’d like to drink versus beer I should drink because I need a recent blog entry or its getting old. As much as I’d like to try to keep my fridge clear, inevitably I’ll fill it up with same experiments and create a new backlog of beer. Here are a few of the lingering stragglers:

Allagash White and Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale

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Maduro Brown Ale by Cigar City-

Tasting: January 4, 2015
Style: Brown Ale
Beer #: 678

Meh…not really any positive takeaways here. Madero comes across with watery coffee, and a wisp of sweet toffee. 83 points.

Allagash White
Tasting: January 6, 2015
Style: Belgian Ale
Beer #: 681

Bought this bottle about ten months ago as an experiment for a tasting event I was hosting. I passed on including in my talk but nonetheless, it lingered in the back of my fridge for all these months. I had this bottle immediately after enjoying Prairie’s Standard Farmhouse Ale. This one is pale as well but that’s where the road diverges. Loads more spice than standard – clove, banana. Despite its age, really isn’t bad at all – 86 points.

The Beast Grand Cru Ale by Avery Brewing Company

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Avery The Beast

Tasting: January 4, 2015
Style: Belgian Quad
Beer #: 679

Big time boozy. Not sure I see it as the advertised Belgian quad. Definitely more barley wine with raisins and toasted caramel tucked behind all the heat. I’ll call it nice and give it 87points.

Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine Ale

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Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

Tasting: January 7, 2015
Style: Barleywine
Beer #: 682

Received this bottle of barleywine as a bonus in my first trade way back in March of 2014. With wind chills below zero on the evening that followed a grey January day. I need some boozy heat and this 11.5% ABV bourbon-barrel aged barley wine might do the trick. This Brewer’s Reserve offering from Wisconsin was a Gold Medal winner at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival. Massive bourbon influence up front – vanilla, oak, peat with underbelly of caramel and prunes. A bit more carbonation than I’d like. It certainly brings the heat and even feels more boozy than The Beast from Avery that I had the other night. Perhaps I should have waited a little longer on this one. I’ll call it an 87.

Prairie Artisan Ales Standard A Hoppy Farmhouse Ale

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Prairie Standard

Tasting: January 6, 2015
Style: Belgian Farmhouse
Beer #:680

Surprised to see Prairie make its way to New York a couple of months ago and was happy to buy this bottle along with a bottle of their legendary Bomb!. It’s a farmhouse ale, so not really in my wheelhouse. Pale straw beer that’s light but crisp on the palate. Has a bit of cider underneath spices. Hops are mellow but add to a nice finish. I can see drinking this on a hot summer afternoon. Surprisingly, I’m liking it – 89 points.

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