Saturday, December 21, 2019

Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale

Southern Tier Brewing brews some fun Imperial Ales based on things you all love! Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale is one of their seasonals that fits that criteria. This is an ale with cinnamon and caramel flavors added. 8.6% alcohol.

Aroma is full of cinnamon and caramel, they made no doubt about their intentions here. A little boozy too. Flavors are rich and sweet and full of caramel and cinnamon as well, unsurprisingly. Definitely tastes like a cinnamon roll.

Although pretty sweet, there is an alcy answer that kind of tames it. For sure a novelty, but I'd definitely take it to a party for some fun.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Laces IPA

Wynwood Brewing's Laces IPA pays homage to the streets of Wynwood. Seriously read the story below. Basically the Laces are those of the shoes tied together then thrown over the overhead wires. The can art is pretty nice, too. 6.9% alcohol.

Nice dank hoppy aroma, very nice. The flavor is similar, full of dank, green hops and an excellent bitterness. Very resinous. Light citrus fruitiness in the background. Delicious!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Tart Berry Berliner Weisse

"Whoever heard of a tart berry?" So the story goes with Green Man Brewery's Tart Berry Berliner Weisse. This "lickable delight" comes in pounder cans. "Pucker up dreamers!" 4.2% alcohol (yes, I know their website says 4.3%, but I'll go with the can I drank).

Deep pinkish-purple color, pretty cool! Holy mega raspberry bomb on your nose! Oh, yeah, big raspberry flavor too, accompanied by a nice tartness. Lightly salty, very refreshing. Full of flavor and yeah, it's very "one note". But who cares? I liked it!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Hopstate IPA 2019

Every time I see a new beer from Brewery Ommegang on the liquor store shelves, I pick it up because I'm always impressed with their creations! Today I'm checking out Hopstate IPA 2019 from their Farmhouse Series. This beer was brewed exclusively with hops grown in upstate New York. Pounder can. 7.4% alcohol.

Nice color, rich orange-yellow. Very nice tangy citrus aroma. Flavors are similar, citrus orange, tangy, lightly spicy. Soft flavors and not overly hoppy. Enjoyable in every way!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

North Coast Old Stock Ale 2018 Cellar Reserve Rye Whiskey

Today I'm checking out North Coast Brewing's Old Stock Ale 2018 Cellar Reserve, aged in rye whiskey barrels. Nicely packaged in 500mL bottles, small-batch, limited release, 13.5% alcohol. Perfect for a chilly December afternoon in Miami (60°F)!

Dark brown with reddish highlights. Wow! Big aroma of whiskey and brown sugar. Awesome flavors! Brown sugar, toffee, raisins, fruitcake soaked in booze. The rye whiskey is definitely noticeable but nicely adds more flavor.

Very rich body, plenty of sweetness with a sugary aspect. And while the alcohol is there, it's well incorporated and an enhancement for all of the flavors. Pick up a bottle!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Belgian-Style Dark Ale

Apparently I'm hosting a party tonight, and the guests are expecting me to supply some cool beers to sample. So I'm thinking this might be one of them. Boulevard Brewing recently started their Tasting Room Series. This member beer is Bourbon Barrel Belgian-Style Dark Ale Release 001 Year 2019. 11.9% alcohol. 16 IBUs.

Nice bourbon, fig and raisin aroma. Mmm. Super rich, excellent flavors! Caramel, figs, toffee. A little sweet though the alcohol does help tame that. Belgian, yeasty character topped with a Bourbon-flavored kick. Finish puts some heat in your chest, but overall the alcohol is a nice feature. Yum! See you later at the party!