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Bourbon County Stout – Goose Island Beer Company/Anheuser-Busch-InBev (2012)

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Goose Island Beer CompanyBourbon County Brand Stout is a bourbon barrel aged stout from this Chicago, Illinois brewery. In 2011 Anheuser-Busch/InBev purchased full control of Goose Island from Craft Brewers Alliance (Kona, Red Hook & Widmer Brothers). That sort of takes them out of the craft beer frying pan and puts them into the macro brewery fire. On the bottle Goose Island suggests that this beer be cellared for no longer than five years. Being a little anxious we cracked open this bottle soon after purchasing it.

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Written by A+K

January 6th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Ten FIDY – Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery (2011)

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Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout is big beer and we had the pleasure of enjoying it on tap. The version we sampled was aged over a year originally being kegged in 2011. The brew pours a thick, dark black with a creamy saddle color head that sticks around even after you start sipping. The aroma is dominated by alcohol and chocolate, with hints of vanilla and coffee coming though. Subtle cherry and maple are also present and there is a brightness that has notes of fresh cream to round out the scent. For a strong beer in both smell and appearance, the taste is restrained and well balanced. Ten FIDY is medium bodied i and the mouthfeel is smooth, with several flavors working in harmony. Up front, there are coffee and roasted notes with subtle hints of vanilla. This gives way to a sweeter maple flavor and the sip ends on a semi-dry, bitter note. Alcohol is present in the taste but it is not overwhelming. Aging this brew for a year seems to have tamed the alcohol a bit and also subdued so of the 98 IBUs. This is another beer that would be great around a fire with a few close friends.

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Written by A+K

January 5th, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Black Tuesday – The Bruery (2012)

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The Bruery Black Tuesday is the next beer on our journey of 12 beers (of Christmas) in six days. This is one beer we were looking forward to trying at some point in the future. We thought we would have a tough time tracking down a bottle and may have to resort to black market trading and some Indiana Jones level hijinx. Fortunately for us (very fortunately) we happened to have a very generous friend share a bottle with us this holiday season. Frank, the BLC team thanks you very much.

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Written by A+K

January 4th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Til Via Fra (To Via From) – Mikkeller (2011)

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Mikkeller Til Via Fra (To Via From) is a holiday seasonal, complete with a gift tag label for the beer enthusiast in your life. The brew comes in a festive 750ml bottle, so if you are lucky someone may share this “second beer of Christmas” with you. To Via From pours dark brown, almost black, with red hues when it is held up to the light. A dark tan head stays around for awhile, eventually leaving sticky lacing in it’s wake before settling into a thick, foam cap. This is definitely an attractive beer and the aroma takes its cues from this brews bold look. Once in the glass, a sweet, chocolate scent is noticeable with a hint of dark fruit and a touch of cream. There are woody notes, some subtle spice as well as wafts of alcohol which prevent the nose from being too sweet. Upon taking a sip, you immediately are hit with smokey, roasted flavors that are nicely balanced by dark fruit, spice and cocoa. These flavors seem to glide around the palate as the mouthfeel is smooth and slick with mild carbonation. The beer finishes on a dry, semi-sweet note leaving an aftertaste of chocolate, alcohol, faint fruit and a hint of nutty almond. This Baltic Porter is fairly thick in body and takes on more syrup and full notes as it warms and opens up. Savor this one with a friend or loved ones (hopefully both).

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Written by A+K

January 4th, 2013 at 2:10 am

Old Rasputin – North Coast Brewing Company (2010)

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For the first brew of Christmas, a true love it turned out to be, North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout sans a pear tree (first and last play on that tune, promise). So, technically speaking, we obtained this bottle in June of 2010 and have been aging it in the BLC cellar ever since. We felt that after two and a half years it was time to give this a try and what better time to break out a special stout than around the holidays? Having tried current versions of this beer both on tap and in a bottle dozens of times, 2010 Old(er) Rasputin held quite an allure. Much like its modern day counterpart, it pours thick and black with a moderate sized tan head. The aroma is creamy, almost reminscent of a milk stout, and there are hints of chocolate and vanilla throughout. A slight bready, malty note mixes with dark fruit to round out the scent. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth and age did in fact change the flavor profile of this beer. The sip begins with a balance of roasted coffee and fruity, sweet flavors that give way to a mild, slightly bitter finish with hints of chocolate and vanilla peppered in. The 9% alcohol by volume comes in as a slight warming presence, but it is quite subtle and mellow for a higher alcohol beer. When savored and allowed to come to room temperature more coffee, roast, and even some wood-like notes emerge. So aging this bottle of Old Rasputin definitely had an effect and we here at BLC enjoyed it throughly. We are eager to see how it continues to evolve and develop in the remaining bottle we have (if we can keep from opening it). If you can put a few bottles away and let us know what you think!

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Written by A+K

January 4th, 2013 at 12:43 am