Happy New Year! The holiday season brings out the special beers from cellars and collections and this year is no different. Cheers to 2018 with these special brews.
2017 Hopworks Kentucky Christmas: The whiskey barrel aged version of their Abominable Winter Ale. Aromas of dark fruit, light oak, light whiskey. Flavors of dark fruit, heavy oak character, lingering tannins and a surprising hop bitterness. I’d prefer more whiskey character, but still good. (4.5 stars)
2017 Pyramid Bourbon Barrel Snowcap: This year’s barrel aged version of Snowcap. Aromas of dark fruit, sherry, faint whiskey. Flavors of dark chocolate, apple, Christmas spices. Interesting this year, but maybe not quite as good as last year.
2016 Worthy Dark Muse: Barrel aged Imperial Stout. Aromas of dark fruit, whiskey, faint chocolate. Flavors of dark fruit, whiskey, brown sugar and coffee. This was really delicious. My wife picked this up at a white elephant bottle exchange and it was quite a lucky draw. (4.75 stars).
2017 Anchorage Brewing Time Waits for No One (Batch 2): Port barrel aged Imperial Stout. This was was pretty interesting, but a little heavy on the port character for my tastes. Gave it an odd flavor. Super rich and thick, jet black like India ink. If you like port this might be for you. (3.75 stars)
2016 The Breury Mocha Wednesday: Tasted this at a party, so didn’t take full notes, but my first experience with The Breury and this stuff was amazing. Very balanced, coffee not too strong. The price on their bottles always gives me sticker shock, but obviously some amazing craftmanship going into this. (5 stars)
De Garde Saison Mélange 3: Blended farmhouse ale aged in Gin and Vermouth barrels. A departure from the usual stouts and barleywines, but this was incredible. Very well balanced, lightly tart, good gin character. I don’t like gin at all, but I tend to like gin barrel aged beers. Bizarre. This was one of our blind picks off the beer wall at Brews for New Avenues and it was an absolute winner. (5 stars)
Cheers! More to come this year for sure.