Bois – 5 year anniversary ale – The Bruery

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.

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Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout

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.
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Silicon Valley Beer Week Thursday – New Belgium Brewing 21 tap takeover

Silicon Valley Beer Week Thursday – New Belgium Brewing 21 tap takeover
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French Aramis IPA (Hop Kitchen series) – New Belgium Brewing ABV 6.7% Golden almost orange color with a thick whitehead and big consist white lacing. The scent is not very hoppy for an IPA. Flavor is very light hoppy with a almost orange citrus flavor. Most of the hops is on the back end 3.5 out of 5
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Rampant Imperial IPA – New Belgium Brewing ABV 8.5% Golden red color thick whitehead and consist white lacing. Smells of hops like a strong American IPA. Taste of strong sweet hops 3.5 out of 5
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Dreadnaught – Three Floyds Brewing ABV 9.5% Light golden orange color with almost no head and no lacing. Scents of hopes and something like maybe pineapple. It has a hoppy sweet flavor with some kind of citrus for like maybe pineapple or something else 3.5 out of 5

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Coconut Curry Hefeweizen (Lips of Faith) – New Belgium Brewing ABV 8% Cloudy yellow color with a good Whitehead with a extremely thick lacing. Scents of coconut and curry. The initial taste is mostly the coconut flavor with a curry backend. A true sweet and spicy beer with a lot of character. 4 out of 5
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Tart Lychee (lips of faith) – New Belgium Brewing ABV 7.5% Cloudy yellow with a white and white fruit tart scent tart fruity flavor 4.5 out of 5
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My Blueberry Nightmare – Birrificio Del Ducato ABV 9.5% This is one hard to find sour! It isn’t as sour as I thought it would be but the blueberry is very good 4 out of 5
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Mash – The Bruery ABV 12.5% its a little sweet right now but i think if it aged it would mellow well the perfect mix is half mash and half mash and grind 4 out of 5
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Mash and Grind – The Bruery ABV 12.5% very good coffee flavor! 4.5 out of 5
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Kalevipoeg at the Gates of Hell – Cigar City ABV 11% 4.5 out of 5
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Otiose – The Bruery ABV 8.2% 4.5 out of 5
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Sans Pagaie – The Bruery ABV 5.8% I really like this sour blonde withe cherries is so perfect I could drink this all day 4.5 out of 5

Tart of Darkness (2012)- The Bruery ABV 5.6% this is black in color and the best sour stout i have had so far 4 out of 5

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Saison Tonnellerie – The Bruery ABV 6.7% 4.5 out of 5

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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged – The Bruery ABV 13% 4 out of 5
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4 Calling Birds – The Bruery ABV 11% this still needs to age for sure! 4 out of 5
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Silicon Valley Beer Week Wednesday – Drake’s Brewing

Silicon Valley Beer Week Wednesday – Drake’s Brewing – Harry’s Hofbrau

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I got to Harry’s a little late and Beer Jesus had a beer waiting for me
Triple Hopped Aroma Swap – Aroma Preita with Coma hops on cask- Drake’s brewing company ABV 6.75%
Cloudy yellow color with a white tiny from the cask. It was creamy and great with Althea Triple hops made it so floral and strong flavored. I have this a 4.5 out of 5

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That was the only beer I got to have as a part of the drakes event. Jeremy’s birthday party started with a huge bottle share and bottles being brought at Harry’s.
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We started off with the dogfish head 120 minute IPA ABV 18% that was aged since October it really mellowed out a lot but still had a great kick I gave it 5 out of 5.
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XS Russian Imperial Stout 2008 – Rouge Ales ABV 11% – yes aged in a cellar for 5 years this black thick stout was very smooth and strong just perfect for small sips. I gave this 4.5 out of 5
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Terra Incognita – boulevard brewing Co colab with Sierra Nevada ABV 8.5% – I was trying to find this beer for over a month and finally beer Jesus got a bottle it was good but didn’t blow me away. Tart but not really sour. I gave it 3 out of 5
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Adjunct Professor (w/ Boysenberries) Batch 2 – Sante Adairius Rustic Ales ABV 9.8% I give this a 4.5 out of 5

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Oak Aged Ebenezer – Upstream Brewing ABV 9.4% I give it 3.5 out of 5
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Sang Noir (2011) – Cascade brewing Co ABV 9% this is a great sour like most sours from cascade I gave this 4.5 out of 5
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White Chocolate – The Bruery ABV 14% this taste like candy it was amazing! It had a rich sweet flavor but was not over powering. Dark orange color with a white head smells and taste of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. I have it 4.5 out of 5
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Black Flag Imperial Stout -Beer Valley Brewing ABV 11% – I have this 3.5 out of 5
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Bois – The Bruery ABV 15% we did a side by side with the bois and the fruet. it was a great way to see the difference between the 4 and 5 years anniversary ales. The Fruet( year 4) was clear while the Bois was cloudy. the bois was stronger while the Fruet was mellow. I liked the bois more this night. I gave this 4.5 out if 5
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Fruet – The Bruery ABV 15.5% I gave this 4.5 out of 5
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Big John (2012) – Goose Island Beer Co ABV 11.5% this is a very good stout! A very dark black color scents of roasted malts. The flavor has dark chocolate and roaster malts. Since its not barrel aged its not the same as the bourbon county stout they make. I gave this 4 out of 5
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Sour in the Rye (kumquats)- The Bruery ABV 7.6% We did a side by side with the sour in the rye kumquats and the Beauredarde. I picked the sour in the rye with kumquats as my favorite of the two I gave this 4.5 out of 5
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Beauregarde – The Bruery ABV 5.3% I gave it 4 out of 5
Bright Sea Blonde -Sante Adairius Rustic Ales Barrel Aged Blonde Ale w/ spices ABV 6.2% 4 out of 5
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Or Xata – The Bruery ABV 7% this was Amazing looked like a beer, smelled like no other beer I’ve ever had it smelled like rice, cinnamon, cream and nutmeg. The flavor was out of this world! It tasted so much like Orchata! A big 5 out of 5
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The Abyss (2001) – Deschutes Brewery ABV 11% 4 out of 5

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Alchemy Ale – Widmer

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

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Silicon Valley Beer Week Tuesday – Almanac beer co

Silicon Valley Beer Week Tuesday – Almanac beer co – Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose

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Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine – ABV 12% – a reddish brown color with a white head with a thick lacing. Very strong scent of barley and pumpkin. Strong ale scent. A spicey pumpkin flavor like I want to drink this for Christmas or thanksgiving. Very good beer beat pumpkin beer I have had. I give this a 4.5 out of 5

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Alamanc Dogpatch Sour – ABV 7.5% – color is dark golden red. A very sour oak scent. The taste is a smooth sour with a oak barrel aged after taste I give it 4 out of 5

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Alamanc farmers reserve #3 – ABV 6% – light cloudy golden yellow color. A very sour fruity smell. Smooth sour fruit and oak flavor. The a after taste is more sour then the first flavor. This is one of my favorite sours. I give this 4.5 out of 5

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Alamanac Farmers reserve #4– ABV 6% – light cloudy golden yellow color a little darker then the #3 lights liquid th #3 it’s more refreshing then #3 lemon citrus les sour then #3 but the back end had great lemon. I give this beer 4 out of 5

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The Bruery Bottleworks XII – ABV 8%. cloudy orange color. A very sour fruity scent. Very think liquid in the mouth. A sour tingle in the mouth but not a sour punch in the mouth. Fruity flavor I give it 4 out of 5

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Drake’s Aroma Prieta – ABV 6.75% this a very hoppy American pale ale with special hops that give it a distinct flavor. It is a cloudy yellow color. It is somewhat thick and strong flavor. It is much better then the Aroma Coma in my opinion and for sure 10 times better on tap then bottle. The Aroma Prieta with coma hops is also amazing. I gave this beer 4.5 out of 5

Ebony and Oak – The Bruery

Ebony and Oak – The Bruery ABV 8% – Stout Aged in oak bourbon barrels – This was one of three beers in my allocation for the first membership of the preservation society membership I go for Father’s Day. This is a true great one amoung the barrel aged stouts. Black in color with a white head and lacing. Scent if oak and malts. Taste of sweet vanilla, oak and roasted malts. Having this stout aged in oak bourbon barrels gives it a whiskey aftertaste and a heat all the way through the mouthful. I will be buying this again when I get my reserve society membership.

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