Russian River Temptation

Specs: American Wild Ale; 7.25% abv; 750 ml bottle (Batch 004X4)

Brewed by: Russian River Brewing Co. – Santa Rosa, CA

Tasting Notes: Nose – sour counter-balanced with some vanilla; spectacular. Taste – sour apples with cherries expressed in a masterful process; an oak balance. Big price tag, worth every penny.

Veredictum: 3 of 3 pts. – must drink more

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Russian River Sanctification

Specs: American Wild Ale; 6.47% abv; 750 ml bottle (Batch 004)

Brewed by: Russian River Brewing Co. – Santa Rosa, CA

Tasting Notes: A delicate nose of sour blood orange with some plaster funk. A brusque taste experience of over wrought tartness, mineral, and (unfortunately) some bile.

Veredictum: 2.2 of 3 pts. – drink more

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

Specs: Russian Imperial Stout; 10.5% abv; 12 oz can (Canned on: 10/30/09)

Brewed by: Oskar Blues Brewery – Longmont, CO

Tasting Notes: Like Peche Mortel, but with more tobacco and malty sweetness on the nose; the “bourbon” of beers.

Veredictum: 2.5 of 3 pts. – drink more

 

Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale

Specs: Scottish Ale; 8% abv; 12 oz can (Canned on: 3/19/10)

Brewed by: Oskar Blues Brewery – Longmont, CO

Tasting Notes: Nose – all bruleè and booze. Yummy roasted malt dominates the taste; smoothed out by sugary-ness; backed by spicey alcohol.

Veredictum: 2.4 of 3 pts. – drink more

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

Specs: American Imperial IPA; 9% abv; 12 oz bottle (Bottled on: 6/17/10)

Brewed by: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – Milton, DE

Tasting Notes: Exceptional lacing. The nose is mighty – herbal hops and fruit notes interplay to great effect; more than an above par nose, perhaps the best DIPA nose I’ve come across. The taste is initially marked by a hop punch that is all class, followed by a sweetness of the malt sort – a balance is achieved; but, I also believe that a sweetness of a different timbre would improve this brew a touch.

Veredictum: 2.7 of 3 pts. – drink more

De Proef/Port Signature Ale

Specs: Belgian Strong Pale Ale; 8.5% abv; 750 ml bottle at Hamilton’s Tavern (San Diego, CA)

Brewed by: De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) – Belgium

Tasting Notes: SoCal’s own Tomme Arthur (of Port/The Lost Abbey fame) had his hands in this Belgian/American joint venture from 2008. Nose – some shots of flower followed by rich caramel and malt; hints of paprika and cinammon make an appearance as well. Tastewise, one finds some wood, but for the most part the front is Amber-like; the back is a bit boozey. Limited collaboration run.

Veredictum: 2.5 of 3 pts. – drink more

Köstritzer Schwarzbier

Specs: Schwarzbier; 4.8% abv; pint draft pour at Hamilton’s Tavern (San Diego, CA)

Brewed by: Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. – Germany

Tasting Notes: A little funk aroma of dank must; slight char and chocolate cake on the nose too. Taste – an unexpected ‘coco pebbles’ sweetness; hops present without interfering; tasty to the nth degree; and, worthy of high praise. I am willing to go to great lengths to find this star again.

Veredictum 3 of 3 pts. – must drink more