Saturday, September 12, 2015

Cellar Beer Flight Review: Goose Island, Alaskan, Stone and Alesmith

I had the chance today to enjoy a flight of cellared vintage beers, secured at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California.  Here are my notes, unapologetically done in the same way that I do my wine notes!  The winner of this afternoon's cellared beer award: Alesmith Brewing Decadence Quadruple.
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Original tasting and review : This is Goose Island Brewery Halia Farmhouse Ale, Halia, Chicago, Illonois, 2013, finished at 7.5% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in September, 2015.

Inspired by this beer:  On the patio with grandma, she's talking about the REALLY old days!

In the glass: Butterscotch color.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature, shows  tangy and sour nose.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact as suggested by the nose, with funky and dry citrus.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Original tasting and review : This is Alaskan Brewery Barleywine, Juneau, Alaska, 2010, finished at 10.7% alcohol and first sampled 5 years from vintage date, in September, 2015.

Inspired by this beer: We're playing table hockey, sharing black licorice candies.

In the glass: Deep malty brown.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature, shows bold malty nose.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact plenty of malt, with some cocoa and licorice.

In summary: Overall, rates 3 stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Original tasting and review : This is Stone Brewing Double Bastard American Strong Ale, Escondido, California, 2007, finished at 11.2% alcohol and first sampled 8 years from vintage date, in September, 2015.

Inspired by this beer:  On the boat with buddies, we want a cigar but no one's got one!

In the glass: Light muddy brown.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature, shows subtle aged malt.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, light oxidized malt primarily.

In summary: Overall, rates two plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Alesmith Brewing Decadence.

Original tasting and review : This is Alesmith Brewing Decadence Quadruple, San Diego, California, 2012, finished at 12% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in September, 2015.

Inspired by this beer:  Ice-skating, looking forward to the conversation and snacks later.

In the glass: Deep brown, hints of mahogany.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature, shows light, bright aromatic malt.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact balanced, clean, layers of malt with a clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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