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Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Stone Bastard In The Rye (Arrogant Bastard Aged in Templeton Rye Barrels) Video Beer Review

How do you up the overly healthy haughtiness of an already Arrogant Bastard? Stick said bastard in a Templeton Rye whiskey barrel and allow the nectar and woodiness trapped within it to take that strong ale to places as of yet uncharted. Read More »

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 XVII (Seventeenth) Anniversary Ale Video Beer Review

As a finished beer, XVII is dark, rich and complex. The lead beers of the blend are Bravo, a lean and oak-forward imperial brown ale and Stickee Monkee, a huge brown sugar infused barley wine. These beers are beautiful on their own but together they bring rich molasses drenched oak flavors and cinnamon glazed almond aromas lifted by high alcohol. In the middle of the blend are our two favorite stouts, Parabola and Velvet Merkin, working in concert to provide a dusty cocoa mocha aroma and bitter dark chocolate flavors. Somehow together in this blend I am reminded of Bourbon-soaked chocolate chip cookie dough! Double DBA makes the blend again this year, bringing its signature vanilla-infused crème brulée flavor. Helldorado, our blonde barley wine, helps to bring balance with its honey notes and light leather nuances. Like last year, a dash of Wookey Jack ... Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Stone Southern Charred Video Beer Review

2012 Double Bastard Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels Arrogant Bastard Ale’s (really) big brother, this dark amber ale is brewed with a huge malt bill and a belligerent amount of hops. It’s a heavy, bitter beast of a beer and absolutely not for the timid. Read More »

HeBrew Jewbelation Reborn (17% ABV) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

How could we hope to top last year’s Jewbelation Sweet 16 with its cupcakes, unicorns, & Satan’s Ferrari birthday cake? massive challenge. So for Year 17, we threw in a whole new dimension to our shtick – we built our very own brewery! After 17 years of contract brewing, our first Shmaltz Clifton Park batch emerged 17 months after the first draft of the business plan. Coincidence? Renaissance means “Re-birth” in French & Italian. In Buddhism, the concept does not truly translate as “reincarnation” but instead as “becoming,” or a “stream of consciousness.” 11 syllables structure a haiku. Shakespeare penned 17 comedies. In The Simpsons episode “Duffness” Homer sings “When I was 17″ about buying his first beer with a fake I.D. “I drank some very good beer. I stayed up listening to Queen, When I was 17.” In The Office, Dwight recites Rule ... Read More »

Stone Double Bastard Ale (2013) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This is a lacerative muther of a beer. The evil big brother of Arrogant Bastard Ale. It is strongly suggested you stay far, far away from this beer. Those foolish enough to venture close enough to taste will experience a punishingly unforgiving assault on the palate. ’Course there’s always the masochists… Beer Geek Nation Craft beer reviews Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Hair Of The Dog Bourbon Fred From The Wood Video Beer Review

This Beer is my regular Fred, aged for over a year in Kentucky bourbon barrels. (And flat as a pancake). Read More »