The Bruery White Chocolate

Brewery: The Bruery
Country: USA
ABV: 13.8%
Style: Wheatwine
Other Notes: Ale aged in bourbon barrels with cacao nibs and vanilla beans. This bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine-style ale made a fanciful trip to the chocolatier, featuring cacao nibs from TCHO and fresh vanilla beans.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This is one luscious, rewarding summons to the senses – beginning with its golden appearance and finishing with warming, which chocolate-like flavors. This is accomplished by adding cacao nibs and fresh vanilla beans to our bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine-style ale, complementing the rich notes of coconut, honey, caramel and vanilla from extensive barrel-aging.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.25
My rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2017 edition, bottled on 19th January 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A cloudy orange brown colour with a half finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some fine spotty lacing.
Aroma: Bourbon, chocolate, cacao, caramel, toffee, vanilla, raisin, with a hint of nuts and orange.
Taste: Moderately sweet, caramel, toffee, vanilla, honey, bourbon, chocolate, coconut, boozy, and a lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Boozy yet still smooth, with good aroma, flavours and complexity.


Sante Adairius x Triple Rock Cellarman Barrel-Aged Saison

Brewery: Sante Adairius Rustic Ales x Triple Rock Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Farmhouse Saison
Other Notes: Barrel-Aged Saison, SF Beer Week

Brewer Description: (from bottle) When an institution like Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley asks you to collaborate, you don’t say no. We first brewed Cellarman at Triple Rock for San Francisco Beer Week 2013 with the understanding that we’d make it again at SARA and age it in wine barrels. What you hold is this second version. Cellarman pays homage to those often-overlooked supporting brewers without whom, nothing would get done. Bright, citrusy, and tart with a dry finish, this saison celebrates cooperation, friendship, and hard work. Sante!

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.49
My rating: 4.4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, with no bottled on or best before date (although I’m pretty sure it’s either B1 or B2). Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Funky, barnyard, minerals, light tartness, tropical stone fruit, apricot, unripe berries, green apple, citrus, grapefruit, lemon peel, oak, a touch of grains, with slight pepper notes.
Taste: Tart, tropical and citrus fruity, grapefruit, apricot, green apple, light funk, oak, vinous, with a lightly spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to try it fresh, but this bottle having aged 6 / 7 years, has aged gracefully with wonderful complex yet balanced aroma and flavours.

Yardley Brothers BUGS: Bourbon Marmalade Wheat Sour

Brewery: Yardley Brothers Brewing
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 7%
Style: Wild Ale
Other Notes: 2020 vintage, limited release

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Barrel-aged series. Bourbon Marmalade Wheat Sour aged in oak bourbon barrels.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.37
My rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle, 2020 vintage, bottle 581 of 1000. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear copper colour, with a one finger off white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some decent lacing.
Aroma: Nice restrained bourbon, oak, vanilla, marmalade, honey, yuzu, almost candy like.
Taste: Sweet, whiskey sour, citrus zest, orange, pineapple, yuzu, lime, wheat, oak, with light bourbon notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: It reminds me of one of my favourite cocktails, the whiskey sour, so it was definitely enjoyable and easy to drink for me.

Carbon Brews Funky Rich Lupulins v3.0

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 8.5%
Style: Brett IPA
Other Notes: 15 IBUs. Hops – Citra and Mosaic. Yeast/microbes – Amalgamation II. Barrels – s003 & s004 French oak

Brewer Description: (from bottle) One barrel was pre-acidified before fermentation then we blended and dry hopped both to give us a more balanced acidity. Gives an abundance of tropical fruit and a moderate level of funk.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.13
My rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottled, packaged on 1st March 2021, and with a best before date of 1st March 2023. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A nice slightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left some lacing.
Aroma: Floral, citrusy, lemon zest, funky, brett, stone fruit, mango and pineapple.
Taste: Funky, brett, oak, light tartness, tropical fruit, melon, pineapple, lemon zest, with light white wine notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Brett IPAs are not my favourite, but this was quite enjoyable, especially the aroma.

Hair of the Dog Adam from the Wood

Brewery: Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 12.4%
Style: Old Ale
Other Notes: 2015 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Made with organic pilsner and a variety of speciality grains along with Northwest hop flowers. This beer has been aged in Kentucky rye barrels for at least 3 years. It has mild carbonation with notes of leather, walnuts and chocolate. It also has complexity and wisdom only achieved with time.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.2
My rating: 4

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, 2015 vintage, poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with pretty much no head and only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Dark malt, chocolate, roast, caramel, oak, whiskey, with light notes of vanilla and dark fruit, plum, prunes.
Taste: Moderately sweet, dark malt, roasty, caramel, chocolate, oak, whiskey, light vanilla, dark fruit, grape, plum, prunes, some nutty notes, boozy, with light peppery spice.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Despite it being both sweet and boozy (usually not my thing), it was still an enjoyable sipper.