April 3rd, 2011

Bush Ambree (Scaldis 12) ~ Dubuisson

Appearance: cloudy dark orange; translucent. Feeble white collar leftover from when it was poured draft to glass.

Nose: orangey, doughy spicy, bananas – overripe bananas. Overripe peaches with pits still included. Orange oiled leather. Bananas foster – flambéed. Peanuts, peanut oil, flaxseed oil. Rubber shoe soils.

Palate: funktastic. Dry bananas and banana breads in the back along with cooled cooked pecans. Dry spices – cinnamon. Flaxseed. Spiced banana flambé with cinnamon powder and cinnamon sticks. Medium-bodied and full mouthfeel. Doughy, yeasty, chewy.

Final Thoughts: not too shabby. Definitely different than what I was expecting. The Belgian yeast strain (whatever it is) is highly prominent. A meal in a glass I’d gladly enjoy on a regular basis.

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Hoppy Stony Face Red Ale ~ Hoppy Brewing Company

Appearance: amber and garnet hues with a touch of haze. Coppery head, filmy and bubbly. Swirls average.

Nose: hoppy. Red apple skins, peach skins, apricot skins – all including skins. Grapefruit pith, lemon pith, dry outer skins galore. Crisp. Dried hop cones. Clean and crisp.

Palate: clean, crisp, and dry. Apples, peaches, and apricot with skins included followed by sweetness of meats and juices. Mouth dries immediately – grapefruit and lemon. Skins and sweetness up front. Hop cones on top of tongue. Clean and unassuming but to the hoppy point.

Final Thoughts: the one thing about not expecting a lot out of a beer is when one gets happily surprised by a very pleasant tasting and quaffing experience. That was me and this beer.

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Or ~ Cigar City Brewing

Appearance: pours black with a nice espresso crema caramel head – tight and angel cakey. Bubbles along the edge. Swirls thick with a nice collar.

Nose: hops jump out first followed by twigs and woods, pine needles, and fir trees, tree bark. Nondescript dark fruits in the back along with dry tannins. Old leather, dark oiled and worn. Lovely. No evidence of the high ABV.

Palate: ooooh. Hoppy than dry and chocolaty, piney, barky, and dry. Fir trees, pine, bark. Dark bakers chocolate. Dark fruits underneath than dry tannins and nutty stones. Just like the nose, no real apparent ABV except for some warmth in the chest. Citrus pith – grapefruit. Of the earth.

Final Thoughts: not sure whether I liked Or or Either. Good stuff all around and I really enjoyed the addition of the hops. Very earthen, dense, and rich.

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HeBrew Monumental Jewbelation Tenth Anniversary Ale ~ Shmaltz Brewing Company

Appearance: dark browns and dark chocolates. Lovely head of tans and woods. Lace, collar, and some bubbles. Swirls puffy and nicely thick along the sides.

Nose: fudge, brownies, and dates all mixed together in the middle. Brush and twigs in the back, green leaves. Black root, earth, bakers chocolate cinnamon truffle dust. Chocolate covered raisins.

Palate: clean with raisins up front than dry and roasty. Chocolate and cinnamon and truffle powder. Chocolate graham crackers. Bit tart up front, tannic in the back. Twiggy, black earth, black roots still covered in dirt. Prunes and chocolate covered raisins. Meaty and chewy over all.

Final Thoughts: it’s intriguing how all the Jewbelations share similarities but also are quite different. Like all the Schmaltz beers, I was skeptical at first and ended up loving the Jewbelation 10 and all others before and after.

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HeBrew Jewbelation Twelve ~ Shmaltz Brewing Company

Appearance: dark woods and earth – old European forests. Not much head though a collar lingers from start to finish. Swirls thicker along the edges.

Nose: dates, figs, prunes – pits and stems included. Dank in a black earth olden musty way. Bakers fudge. Oiled leather. Red apple skins along edges and in the back.

Palate: meaty and earthy with decadent chocolate cake in the back. Lightly dries top of tongue with chocolate cake and fudge. Fudge icing. Burnt caramel. Meaty and chewy with black root and burnt molasses. Touch of charcoal underneath. Old oiled leather along the edges. Decadent and earthen at the same time. Rustic quality.

Final Thoughts: not as complex as some of the other Jewbelations but I kind of liked that it wasn’t as complex. The flavors are richer, smoother, and quite seductive if I do say so myself…and I do.

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