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Avery Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale (15% ABV – 2014 vintage) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Samael is the prince of demons, the angel of death, accuser and destroyer. Filled with enmity towards man, he planted the vine, the forbidden tree of paradise. Behold his venom and vengeance, both sweet and tempting, enticing you, his spellbound victim, within his wings. Samael’s Ale is a super-caramelly, oak aged English-style strong ale. Perhaps the least hoppy (sacrilege here at Avery!!) beer we’ve brewed, to accentuate the malt. The oak is very apparent in this rich and high gravity ale, adding additional depth and complexity with a woody and cask-like nose and a pronounced vanilla flavor on the palate. This potent ale is the second installment, along with The Beast, of our “Demons of Ale Series”. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Firestone Walker Double DBA Video Beer Review

DDBA is our flagship beer brewed at double strength. It is amazingly similar in many respects to our barrel fermented DBA and possesses everything we love about that beer times two. English caramel malts lend rich toffee character that pairs well with assertive medium toast American oak barrels. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Hornbeer Helge Video Beer Review

A sour beer at 10 percent. with cherry With saints, we wanted to brew a dessert to be enjoyed in situations where criminals might select a dessert – a port or sherry. Helge is of type Barley Wine. Barley Wine is an English-style beer that occurred when Napoleon prevented the British from importing wine. Then it was good advice expensive when wealthy Englishmen had to find a replacement for the wine they had grown accustomed to. So was resourceful brewers to brew a really strong beer without too much hops. Barley Wine, or bygvin, directly translated. Napoleon showed up at Waterloo, so the British could again get wine. So was barley wine forgotten, until American micro-brewers “reinvented” beers. Helge is our version of a barley wine with fruit. Its acidity of the berries, and is sweet from the malt. The color is reddish. We ... Read More »

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Better then Pumking?) | Beer Geek Nation Beer Reviews Episode 244

Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit. To fully enjoy all the flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Smashed Pumpkin pairs well with sharp cheeses, nuts, lamb, hearty stews and desserts like flan or pumpkin pie. Chefs find this an excellent beer to cook with in dishes such as braised short ribs. Read More »