Shegöat – The Bruery – ABV 8.7% – From the Bruery: “Shegöat is based on one of Patrick original, award winning homebrew recipes. Based primarily on the traditional weizenbock style of Germany, the beer is rich in the flavors of bananas, cloves and caramel malt with slight spice hovering in the background. Just like the banana bread that groRmutter used to make.”
This bottle came in the Winter allocation of the preservation society membership. I was very happy to try this new beer. I took it over to my neighbors apartment to share with him and his brother in-law while watching the 49er vs Falcon game. We were all impressed with this beer.
This beer is extremely dark brown in color almost black with a thick white almost tan head. The scent is of dark fruit, almost candied fruit. It tastes of fruit and dark spice like cloves. The after taste is almost tart. This is a German style beer in all aspects of the flavor. I have this a 4.5 out of 5 but it’s really more like 4.8
Rueuze – The Bruery – ABV 5.9% – Sour blonde ale aged in Oak Barrels – From the Bruery: “Rueuze is our take on the traditional Belgian- Style blend of lambics of different ages. We carefully select a number of oak barrels from our warehouse that have been aging out sour blonde ale for anywhere from several months to several years and blend the beers together to what we find to be the ideal flavor. This is one complex beer. Notes of hay, barnyard funk, apricots and olives play wonderfully with the balanced acidity.”
Color is cloudy yellow almost orange with a light white head. The sent is funky like the bacteria that sours the beer. Taste is light refreshing with a hint of fruit like apricots and a sour aftertaste. Very good sour blonde ale! 4.5 out of 5
Innis and Gunn Canadian Cherrywood aged – Scottish Ale Aged over Cherrywood Chips with Maple Syrup Added – ABV 8.3% – Color is dark amber Almost brown with a thick whitehead and good consistent lacing. Scent is very strong of the cherrywood and malts. The flavors are extremely complex with the Scottish ale that Innis and Gunn is famous for with the Cherrywood and the maple syrup gives it a little bit of a syrupy feel but then the back end gets all that maple into the flavor. I have had 4 different kinds of Innis and Gunn ales and while the Rum Cask Aged remains my favorite this is a very close second!
I give this 5 out of 5
Goose Island: Bourbon County California release and tap take over
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine -ABV 12.1%
Sent is Okey and has a hint of bourbon. The flavor has sweet malts with oak flavor and definite strong hints of bourbo.n The barley gets hidden by the oak and bourbon. The color dark brown reddish color with a nice head. I give this a 5 out of 5
Bourbon County Brandon Stout -ABV 14.9%
Beautiful Okey sent. Strong oats and bourbon flavor with being very smooth. The flavors really came out as it warmed. Black in color with no head. This has got to be one of my favorite bourbon barrel aged stouts. I give this 5 out of 5
Bourbon County brand coffee stout -ABV 14.3%
Very dark black in color no head. Very strong coffee scent with the bourbon and oak. Coffee definitely is stronger than anything else in the taste. The coffee flavor is like fresh coffee grounds with a warming bourbon taste at the end. Now this is my favorite if the three. I give this 5 out of 5
Sofie – Goose Island -ABV 6.5%
A very good fresh Saison. Light yellow in color with a white head. 4 out of 5
Heady Topper – The Alchemist -ABV 8%
fresh dry hop scent. Strong dry hop flavor so good as good as pliney light yellow orange with a nice white head. I had been waiting to try this beer for so long I am very happy to try it. I give this 5 out of 5.