Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Ale-2005-Smoother after about 3 years of being "cellared." Robust hops and tons of malt. Tobacco and licorice tastes. Slightly cloudy after 3 years but not skunky or spoiled. IBU about 90 according to a link RMD provided recently. 9.6% ABV and it tastes every bit of it. Not for the faint of tongue.
Bigfoot-2006 vintage-don't notice too much different 'tween the '05 and the '06. Bursting with hops, slight cloying sweetness with tons of malty goodness-probably caramel malts. Brutal for the uninitiated but enjoyable for the true "hopheads."
120 Minute IPA-Dogfish Head-WOW-It has been several years since enjoying one of these but it won't be that long again. I got a bargain on this and "only" paid 7.99 for a 12 ounce bottle. Took me 2 nights to savor it. Mine poured an orange-red color and was slightly cloudy. Interesting difference with me-I tasted fresh squeezed grapefruit and rind with this. Also thought about fresh OJ with tons of pulp and rind. Some cloves and sherry notes, too. Heavenly floral aroma. Slighly burns the nose and palate with its 20+% ABV. Took about an hour to enjoy a 6 ounce portion. I did find this in a couple stores over the last few months and stockpiled about 6 bottles (well, 5 now), along with some World Wide Stout and a bottle of Raison D'Extra-Lavabe got the 2nd bottle of this. The 120 variety probably should have a new designation of an IIIPA or a Triple IPA.
Hopefully the 2008 Beast later tonight and a review to follow. I'll also be picking up a bomber of the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine after reading the devildeac review from earlier this week. Never had it, but looking forward to it.
Primarily the same, with a few minor changes to the review. On the nose it's a little brighter in terms of the fruit--as much orange as the dark fruits. Flavor is pretty much as described above with a bit of the dried fruit. Also, we often talk about how a beer finishes but sometimes determining when the flavor goes from the "start" to the "finish" can be tough (at least for me). There is no problem making that distinction here. You can literally feel the change from the fruity/sugar start to the caramel/toffee finish. Kind of a weird experience. As expected, this is a sipper--both because of the high ABV and the fact that the flavor changes so dramatically from cold to warm.
I would like to discuss beer/alcohol combinations. Not drinks like Boiler Makers (ymmm) or Irish Car Bombs (sacrilege), but separate beverages that compliment each other. I'll start, and then see where we go from there...
My all-time favorite (courtesy of my best friend since 6th grade and drummer extraordinaire) Guinness and a Gimlet. I prefer Vodka Gimlets over the traditional Gin because Gin is Satan's Juice. I think this is a great combo... sip of Gimlet, sharp and tart, and a nice draw off a pint of Guinness finishes pleasantly bitter and smooth, instantly killing the tart. Drink it!
1. Schlafly Oktoberfest
2. Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
3. New Glarus Wisconsin Red
4. New Glarus Raspberry Tart
5. Fat Tire bomber
All delivered yesterday by a woman who has now become my favorite patient after her 4500 mile journey along the Mississippi River and adjacent zip codes in August and September.
Curious to know how the Raspberry is, flavored beers are hit and miss for me.
Mid boil now on the Dunkel Weiss, no bottling yet for the scotch since it's still fermenting. I'm in no rush if it isn't. Damn I love the smell of hops on the boil.