Oude Tart – The Bruery – ABV 7.5% Flemish style red ale aged in oak barrels.
Sent is sour but hoppy. The color is dark brown with a reddish tint and very little head. flavor is strong sour that turns tart with a hoppy red ale taste. Their is little to no lacing. This is a great sour ale from the masters at The Bruery. I gave it a 4.5 out of 5
Or Xata – The Bruery (Horchata Beer) – ABV 7%: some people say yuck that would be disgusting and others like me say wow I bet that’s amazing, I have to try it.
Cloudy light brown color. Creamy cinnamon sent with a light sweet creamy flavor with the cinnamon in the backend. It is so amazing how close they got this beer to taste like the great Mexican rice milk drink that is Horchata.
Mixed with half and half : sent is much more creamy. The taste is much more creamy obviously, it tastes even more like Horchata now. Just adding the cream brings out the lactose, and cinnamon. I would have never thought of adding creamy to any beer but it’s actually really good and my friend Moises only wanted it with cream after that.
This beer is a sting 5 out of 5 for me I suggest you try it if you like Horchata at all
Shipyard – Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin Limited Edition 2013 Bottle Number 01227 – ABV 12% before this beer was released there was much talk about this beer and anticipation of the bottle releases. I first heard of it when Cask and Flask released a picture of it on the announce day and of course I shared it. The next morning everyone I knew was talking about were they were getting their bottles. I went that night to Royal liqueur across the street from my house and asked the owner when they were getting their shipment and it happened to be in Two days.
I went two days later and sure enough it was in the back walk in fridge on the top shelf. I sat on it a week or so then opened it with beer Jesus and Moises. The scent is amazing with oak and bourbon hints. Strong spices are also in the smell of this beer. The color is dark reddish brown. The flavor is a strong spicy pumpkin taste like you would expect in a pumpkin pie. The flavor lacked the oak and bourbon hint I hoped for but did have the strong alcohol burn and was a thick liquid. I rated it a 4.5 as it was a great beer but the flavor wasn’t what I wanted and expected.
Peralta Porter – Santa Clara Valley I have been really into the Santa Clara Valley brewing company. This is their second beer released. They are a new brewery and I have been happy with their releases. I wrote a blog post about their first beer the Electric tower IPA.
Santa Clara Valley brewing is using local history to name their beers. The Peralta Porter is named after the Peralta Adobe which is the oldest building in San Jose California dating back to 1797 and is names after Luis Maria Peralta.
The beer: ABV 6.1% Black liquid with the whitehead but not much of a head. Very thin lacing but washes away quickly. The scent is of cream and prunes. Taste is a strong burnt malts but not over powering a sours strong send Spicy. It has low carbonation and smooth, It is a lighter thiner liquid then I thought. 4 out if 5
Bois – 5 year anniversary ale – The Bruery ABV 15% Ale aged in bourbon barrels – Cloudy dark brown color almost black. Scent of raisins and oak. The scent is very strong. Very thick liquid. A very strong bourbon flavor with very sweet malty flavor. This is a great bourbon barrel aged ale but is so thick and strong it demands to be drank at a slower pace. I got 1 bottle in my Bruery Preservation Society quarter 2 allocation. Which I was very happy about since a bottle goes for about $39.99 in stores.
I have had two bottles so far the one of got in my allocation and the other Beer Jesus opened in a bottle share which we had side by side with the Fruet (The Bruery’s 4th year Anniversary ale) which was very nice. I thought the Bois was better. I wrote about it in The Silicon Valley beer week Wednesday post.
Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout ABV 13% I was looking forward to this beer for a while. Stone released the information and pictures of the bottle art work way before then beer was released. I have been a big fan of stone for about 5 years and they have really done great work and innovating amazing beers since the craft beer scene has boomed again. When I heard Stone was making a been in colaberation will Wil Wheaton I was very excited.
I have been a fan of Wil Wheaton like most people from the Star Trek: The Next Generation. When I became a real Wil Wheaton Fan was when I started fallowing him on social media and reading his blog. He is the funniest celebrity for me to read being a techie geek and a beer geek. He’s just someone that I could sit with have a few beers and talk with about stuff we’re both into. I don’t write this blog to be cool or to become a well known beer writer I do it for myself and those of that actually do read this thank you. The only thing that would be really cool would be having beers with great beer heads like Wil Wheaton and Dr Bill.
Black in color with a thick tan head and a thick consistent tan lacing. A very sweet scent of roasted malts and nuts. w00tsout has a thick consistency in the mouth. Sweet malts and pecans on the first taste and the backend has a warm alcohol burn in the throat. A very good stout I like the pecans so I give it 5 out of 5 I’ve had two bottles so far and been very happy. I hear w00tsout on tap is far better so I will be on the look out for that.
Alchemy Ale – Widmer ABV 5.8% – Untappd has this beer as two Badges under the special section. The alchemy badge you get for drinking one Widmer Alchemy Ale and the Alchemy Gold is for drinking 4 of them. I tried finding this beer for over a month before I found a 6 pack and it happened to be at Royal Liquor across the street. Dark golden orange color with a thick white head and consistent white lacing. A very hoppy floral scent. Sweet hoppy flavor with elegant taste. I put this in that small category with Pliney the elder and Tree Floyd’s gumball