Laugar Aurrera Stanitsa

Brewery: Laugar Brewery
Country: Spain
ABV: 11.2%
Style: Stout – Russian Imperial

Brewer Description: (from website) Framed within the Dark series, the result is a nearly inexpresable texture and density, where the heavy presence of Honduran coffee and raw muscovado sugar are the protagonists in both smell and taste.

My rating: 3+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.04
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of May 2023. Poured into what I guess is a water glass (being all that I could find at the hotel late at night).
Appearance: Black in colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, coffee grounds, light nuttiness.
Taste: Roasty, coffee, light to moderate sweetness, chocolate, dark fruit, raisin, candied dates, brown sugar, molasses.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Good and interesting flavours, but perhaps on the verge of being too sweet for me.

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Equilibrium x Weldwerks Tera Bitrate Fluctuation

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery x Weldwerks Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 8.5%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) Our collab with Weldwerks amps up the hop bill to near extreme levels. Using the same base with an adjusted hop schedule, Citra Incognito, Citra T-90’s and Idaho7 was added to the whirlpool with a huge dry hop of Strata, Citra, Galaxy, and Bru-1. Tera Bitrate Fluctuation pours with aromas of pineapple chunks, mango, and lime with juicy flavors of pineapple in syrup, ripe mango, lime gummy wedges, fruit punch box drink, and a touch of Anjou pear. Despite the amount of hops, this beer is extremely bright and crushable with a pulpy mouth feel and a dank lime custard note and our #EQjuice finish.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 1 pint can, with no clear canned on or best before date. Poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: A little weak, but there’s pineapple, citrus zest, lime.
Taste: Lime, citrus zest, pineapple, candied citrus.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Aroma was a bit weak, and while flavours were interesting, they weren’t among my favourites.

Equilibrium x Toppling Goliath King Al

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery x Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 7.9%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) King AL uses a mashed-up grain bill from MC² and Toppling Goliath’s King Sue before introducing Equilibrium’s absolute biggest dry hop to date with an all Citra Incognito, Citra LUPOMAX, Citra Cryo, and Citra T-90 hop bill. Pouring a milky opaque yellow with aromas of mango sorbet and orange creamsicle, we get chewy saturated flavors of tropical smoothie, fresh squeezed navel orange juice, dank grass, fruit salad in syrup, and lime gummies with a thick and custard like creamsicle finish and a huge blast of EQjuice rainbow melon flavors. King AL is dangerously soft and smooth and may have you questioning the laws of physics, space, time or just how we got a melted orange creamsicle fruit bomb into the can.

My rating: 4+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.44
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 1 pint can, with no clear canned on or best before date. Poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy milky orange colour with a one finger white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Creamsicle, orange zest, tangerine, mango, with notes of pineapple.
Taste: Mango, orange, creamsicle, a touch of grass, and a lasting melon finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I love the creamsicle notes which really makes it for me. Easy to drink with enjoyable flavours.

Chien Bleu Abricot 2021

Brewery: Chien Bleu
Country: Switzerland
ABV: 6%
Style: Farmhouse Saison – Fruit
Other Notes: 720 bottles

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The frost has led us to change the variety of apricot for the 2021 season. We chose the Bergarouge. The apricots were infused for 6 weeks in a 12 month saison.

My rating: 3+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.89
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle, cuvee 2021-2022, with a best before date of June 2024. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, apricot, wood, light funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, apricot, green, oak, light funk.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Not as complex as I hoped, and while the apricots were front and centre, they seemed a little underripe and green (or this is just a variety that isn’t one of my favourites).

Equilibrium x Widowmaker Astral Projection Into Multiple Galaxies

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery x Widowmaker Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 8.5%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) Astral Projection into Multiple Galaxies is our first collaboration with our friends from Widowmaker Brewing. We set out to have an out of body experience with mind, body, and soul and travel into multiple galaxies by using a hop combination of Galaxy, Strata, and Apollo Hops. Astral Projections into Multiple Galaxies pours milky yellow with aromas of passionfruit creamsicles, lemongrass, and pineapple and a cosmic flavor profile of mango, orange sherbet, dank passionfruit, grapefruit, and lime PEZ candy with an assorted melon salad #EQjuice finish that will mentally transport you to the galaxies above.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 1 pint can, with no clear canned on or best before date. Poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy milky orange colour with a one finger white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Creamsicle, mango, passionfruit, pineapple, vanilla.
Taste: Juicy, mango, passionfruit, pineapple, orange pith, grapefruit, lime soda, with a lasting bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Loved the creamsicle aroma, and too bad it wasn’t replicated in the taste as the citrus bitterness was quite obvious. However, it was still enjoyable and easy to drink despite not heading in the direction I hoped it would after my first whiff.

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