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Stone Double Bastard Ale in the Rye | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Much like the lacerative muther of a beer that is Double Bastard Ale, rye whiskey is not for everyone. Not remotely. Most are not emotionally or otherwise equipped to appreciate its unbridled intensity. So to sequester Double Bastard Ale in rye whiskey barrels is to conceive an experience that no doubt will be treasured by only a select few. It takes a special breed of exceptional depth to thrive under such demanding conditions and emerge with such stunning vibrancy. Something this sublime should never be squandered, however. Those plagued by even a smidge of self-doubt should look elsewhere. This rare treasure is strictly for those possessing the capacity to appreciate what many just like me. 500 ml release. Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged. Read More »

Stone Stone Xocoveza Extra Anejo (tequilla barrel aged) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

The base beer is the recipe of 2014 Stone Homebrew Competition winner Chris Banker, an intensely flavorful milk stout brewed with coffee and spices to mimic the rich flavors of Mexican hot chocolate. IN THE MASH: U.S. Pale, Maris Otter Pale, Crystal, Black Patent, Coffee Malt & Chocolate Malt IN THE BOIL Challenger & East Kent Golding Hops SPECIAL INGREDIENTS: Lactose, Flaked Oats, Coffee, Vanilla, Pasilla Peppers, Nutmeg, Cinnamon & Cocoa AGED in French Oak Extra Añejo Tequila Barrels that previously held Bordeaux Wine CELLAR NOTES: We were so smitten with the initial batch aged in extra añejo tequila barrels that we brought in more barrels and brewed more beer specifically to fill them. The barrels smelled amazing, with aromas of vanilla crème brulée, dulce de leche and tequila. The result is both satisfyingly expected and surprising at the same time: Sweet caramel-like flavors, ... Read More »

Trillium Congress Street – Double Dry Hopped | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This amplified version of Congress Street IPA is a focused exhibition of the Galaxy Hop. Milky and yellow-orange in appearance, Double Dry Hopped Congress Street emits fragrant aromatics of mango, pine resin, grapefruit, pineapple, and peach. Explosive flavors of tropical fruit, grassy hop, nectarine, orange rind, and creamy malt inundate the palate with a thick, rich mouthfeel and soft, effervescent carbonation. The finish is full and oily, yet clean, with a light, modest bitterness. ABV: 7.2% MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine, Dextrose HOPS: Galaxy, Columbus Read More »

Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Who knew a worldwide hop shortage in 2008 would give rise to such a memorable, delicious beer? When it came time to craft a commemorative offering for our 12th anniversary, we decided to trade in the bitterness of hops for the bitterness of unsweetened chocolate, and paired that with flaked oats. Featuring a thick, rich, roasty mouthfeel and chocolate-heavy flavors and aromas, this onyx-colored, malt-forward beauty became an instant classic that shares space on our liquid trophy case alongside our hop-focused fan favorites. Rebrewed for our 20th Anniversary Encore Series. Read More »

Dogfish Head Oak Aged Noble Rot | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This saison-esque science project gets complexity and fermentable sugars from the addition of two unique white wine grapes, sourced with our friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, Washington. The first addition is the must of viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This ’noble rot’ reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is a pinot gris intensified by a process called ’dropping fruit,’ where large clusters of grapes are clipped to amplify the quality and distinction of those left behind. We then aged Noble Rot in one of our oak tanks for an entire year, making for a hazy ale that has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish. Read More »

Firestone Walker/Alexander Murray Pollys Cask Scotch (Double DBA Barrel Aged) | BGN Reviews

Alexander Murray & Co are proud to announce our first collaboration with Firestone Walker Brewing Co, thus being, Polly’s Casks, an extraordinary Limited Edition Scotch whisky. On a balmy California evening, Alexander Murray founder Steve Lipp was enjoying a typically noisy dinner with David Walker and Polly Firestone Walker of the Central Coast brewery when the conversation turned to rare whiskies and craft beer. Like whisky distillers in Scotland, the Firestone Walker Brewing Company ages their Proprietor’s Vintage beers in oak bourbon barrels, so the question was posed: what would happen if old world met new, and the cycle extended? What would happen if fine single malt Scotch whisky was finished in the same bourbon barrels used to age those beautiful Californian barley wines, stouts and special Imperial bitters? The question deserved an answer, so 60 barrels were shipped across the Atlantic from Firestone ... Read More »