Saturday, December 7, 2019
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!
Friday, December 6, 2019
Dogfish Head's Suddenly Comfy Imperial Cream Ale recently his the shelves here in South Florida. This is an ale brewed with apple juice, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla beans. Mmm, sounds like liquid apple pie! 8% alcohol.
Big cinnamon aroma! You will immediately taste a great apple and allspice flavor combo, exactly like an apple pie as surmised. Cinnamon and vanilla are also very easy to pick out, especially more into the finish. Creamy, good body, some alcohol kick helps bring out the flavors.
Good beer, similar spice profile to other beers this time of year, just swap in apple for pumpkin, which is AOK with me!
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Wild Heaven's Watermelon Emergency Drinking Beer can now be found in South Florida. This is one of the variations on their regular Emergency Drinking Beer, and according to the brewery's website, their most popular beer. Unfortunately it's out of season now, but you can plan for next summer.
I had it at the brewery in Atlanta last time I visited my sister, but decided to grab some cans in case of local emergencies (hurricanes, broken AC, out of beer). 4.0% alcohol.
Lightly peachy pink color. Salty aroma with soft watermelon fruitiness. Crisp, lightly tart with a sweet watermelon answer. Refreshing a very flavorful, though I could have used a little more sharpness or tartness. Grab some!
Monday, December 2, 2019
Happy Birthday to me! You know what that means right? #QuadDay !!! Since I don't have any Quads sitting around, I'm going to check out Short's Brewing's Sticky Icky Icky, an American IPA. 7.1% alcohol.
Beautifully hoppy aroma, full of citrus, plenty of dank goodness and some background sweetness. Very nice flavors. Soft citrus and spicy hoppiness to start. I was expecting more hop bite but can for sure appreciate the excellent balance.
Dank but sweet while spicy but in a tame way. Great IPA!
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Last month, my wife and I visited Dania Beach's (just south of Ft. Lauderdale) 3 Sons Brewing Co. We tried pretty much all the beers with half pours. There were some very interesting Goses like Strawberry Margarita Bling, some great IPAs like Double Dopealicious DDH DIPA, and a bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout named Hazelnut Dreams! And lots of others.
Great food! Very nice staff! Family friendly! Check it out! Maybe when you go they'll be utilizing their balcony second floor space too!
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Anchor's Our Special Ale 2019 is the forty-fifth annual beer brewed to celebrate joy and the newness of life. The label on this year's Winter Warmer features Thuja plicata, a western arborvitae, this particular one an evergreen conifer native to Northern California. 6.9% alcohol.
Deep reddish brown color. Aroma features lots of pine and caramel with some licorice and dark fruits. Very hoppy, very piney, even minty. Caramel, some spiciness, and a little medicine-like, which I didn't love. Different, interesting, give it a shot.