The story of this year’s beery adventure…
DECADANCE (2015) by ALESMITH
Pours a lovely deep chestnut brown with a small creamy head…and the aroma matches the tastes…all toffee,malty goodness and a little boozy banana with a slight drying bitterness on the finish…a lovely,satisfying and complex beer …
…and so that’s it,all over for another year
So,2016 has been a really challenging year for the world in “real” life but in the beer world it’s been it’s been a cracker,some great beers being produced,the beer world seemingly getting smaller as overseas beers that have been difficult to get in the past becoming easier (slightly) to get and the British beer scene/breweries going from strength to strength even challenging,and in some cases,surpassing the “big boys” from over the pond.
On a personal note,I too have had a great beer journey through 2016,had some great beery adventures in Aberdeen (Brewdog AGM),Newcastle (Craft Beer Calling) and Barcelona (weekend with SWMBO,so not as much fun 😉),met a load of people I had only previously “met” through social media (and every single one was a pleasure to met in real life, proof of the old adage the “beer folk are good folk”) who I now class as real friends and even a shambolic guest appearance on the now sadly departed Beer o’clock show podcast and a regular appearance 😉 on its evolution into the excellent Hopinions podcast co presented by the captain of the this fine ship Steve (@beeroclockshow) and his new partner in crime Martin (@mjpo007).
So all that’s left is for me to wish you and your families a happy,healthy and beery 2017
…..and see you next year for #12BeersOfXmas 2017!!!
Days 9,10,11 megapost
LORELEI by OMNIPOLLO/SIREN CRAFT
10.5% Imperial Porter
Quite simply one of the best stout/porter’s I’ve tasted and I think my Stout/Porter of the year!…all the flavours are there wrapped in a luxurious mouthfeel,and not overly sweet (though it is a dessert type). If you thought Anagram was great this takes it up a notch,like a dessert in a glass,just wish I had more…if you see it don’t hesitate to pick it up (you can thank me later😉)
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 by ANCHOR BREWING
6.5% winter warmer
The now traditional #12beersofxmas Xmas day beer for me,and brewed to a different recipe every year…not sure of this year’s attempt though,not much spice and mor like a poor black IPA … a bit disappointing so hoping for a better beer for next year from them
ABSTRAKT : 20 by BREWDOG
14.2 % Barleywine
Full of chocolate and vanilla notes,smooth and hides the abv superbly well…got another of these so will look forward to seeing how it develops with some more age on it.
REINDEER FUEL by AMAGER BRYGHUS
I have to admit I’m a bit of a fanboy of this brewery and have enjoyed all I’ve had from them so I had high expectations of this one.
This is the first of an ongoing annual release from them that will be different each year until they’ve perfected the recipe and this one proves a solid start.
Sweet toffe aromas escape from the bottle on opening and pours a lovely deep red with a small fluffy white head atop.
It’s very Malt forward,with candy sugar sweetness,tempered with some spice and a little bitterness at the backend. It’s certainly not the finished article but it’s a great base to build on..I look forward to seeing where they go with this one next year
GOOD KING HENRY SPECIAL RESERVE 2013 by OLD CHIMNEYS BREWERY
11% Russian Imperial Stout
Day 6 and I’ve made it to the halfway point and if you’re still reading these you haven’t got many more to endure!
I’ve had this one a while now so thought it was high time to get into it (couldn’t wait any longer😉).
Straight from the cap pop I could tell I was in for a treat,with the oak and berries aroma seeping out the top.
It pours into a deep black holding up a small tan head with the aromas intensifying . The luxurious taste is provided with a slightly oily mouthfeel,but full of dark fruits,some chocolate and vanilla and a slight edge off the oak.
This annual beer release is eagerly awaited each year and it’s easy to see why…a really classy beer.
BOURBON BA TRIPEL by CLOUDWATER
10% Belgian Tripel
A huge bottle tonight to get through tonight…and I’m so glad because this one is superb!
The cap popped quite explosively and I feared the worst (gusher!) but I should have known Cloudwater would know what they are doing and the rising bubbles soon died back in the bottle without breaching.
The aroma out of the bottle was an inviting mix of vanilla and bourbon whips just intensified in the glass. It poured a delicious dark chestnut with a small off white head that stays all the way down to the bottom of the glass.
This really is a delicious example of the style with the added warmth from the bourbon barrel ageing,its perfectly balanced against the vanilla sweetness you get with a tripel without pushing it over the edge further and hides the abv remarkably well too.
Did I say it was a big bottle?…not big enough I say!
EMBRASSE by BROUWERIJ DE DOCHTER van de KORENAAR
Belgian strong ale – 9%
Another big bottle and this was in line to feature last year but for some reason got subbed out so this year is its chance to shine in the spotlight…
Very little aroma on popping the cap and not much more when in the glass.
Pours a lovely dark chestnut brown with a light magnolia head,it really does look a lovely drink in the glass.
Unfortunately that’s where the glowing words end for me I’m afraid…it’s malty,full of dark fruits with a slight sweetness and a little booze banana but it’s all a bit subdued,nothing really grabbed me and made me want to go back in…it’s not a bad beer just a bit underwhelming