I’ll admit that I have no idea when I bought this, or where. But its dark goodness has been taunting me each time I open my beer fridge. Tonight the temperature outside is supposed to “rapidly plummet” into the single digits, freezing everything in its wake without discretion. An oatmeal stout seems like just the thing to warm my insides.
Category: Beer Reviews (Page 37 of 55)
“The mouth of a perfectly contented man is filled with beer”
No, I haven’t just returned from a trip to Colorado, but I was able to find this one (and other Avery offerings) at Oliver’s beverage in Albany, NY. Oddly enough, I was actually a bit annoyed at myself after reading my receipt. I always run up a decent tab at great beverage centers, but this one seemed a bit high. I examined the receipt to find that I had payed more than $8.00 per 12 oz. bottle that I had purchased of the Grand Cru. I must not have been looking at the prices as I was making mixed six packs. So I put off tasting this one for a while, because I really hoped it would be worth what I paid for such tiny bottles.
I haven’t had any good Barleywines lately. I’ve tried a few that were a bit lackluster, but none terrible or off putting. So I was craving what I typically think of as a barleywine – thick, sweet, alcoholic. And boy did I get what I was looking for.
Tasting it, I was not dissapointed. The flavors include the alcohol sting of a barleywine, a wonderful warm soft sweetness, and a spicy note that is a delight. It also has a bit of hop flavoring through it, which is nice, and a nice touch (since I’ve been drinking such malty brews lately). The bottle I tried was also dated, and labeled as an “limited early 2008 release” released in January of last year, so this is about a year of aging. I think that the flavors are just right at this point. Stone’s website says that aging further mellows the alcohol sting and that this one can age with the best.
Its rare to find a strongly flavored yet not overwhelming barleywine. I think that this is an example of what can be done when a brewery like Stone puts their beer-centric minds towards it. Go get this one, it should be widely distributed.
Back when I was a beer novice, I picked up a pretty black bottle at Kappy’s and thought it was somehow exotic, rare, or interesting. It was made by Sam Adams, so I felt safe that at least it was local, and it was being sold at a store so it was at least relatively normal. And I was wrong, very wrong, on both counts. The bottle? A tiny sample of Sam Adams Triple Bock, actually in a cobalt blue bottle with a glass blue stopper, and it pours a disturbingly thick like fermented teryaki sauce.