Lervig Rackhouse Off The Rack Australian Dark Rum 2021

Brewery: Lervig Aktiebryggeri
Country: Norway
ABV: 13.2%
Style: Stout – Imperial
Other Notes: Rackhouse. Australian dark rum 2021 barrel aged Imperial Stout

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Off the Rack: Australian Dark Rum 2021 is a blend of one imperial stout base with deep chocolate, vanilla and caramel notes, and another imperial stout base to balance out the blend with toasted booziness and a light peppery bitterness. Each base had 12 months on dark rum barrels, and the wood imparted charred oak, coconut and treacle with the faintest hint of ester-driven banana bread.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.34
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A purple waxed 375ml bottle, with a best before date of 8th March 2027. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin beige head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Dessert, light roast, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coconut, boozy, rum, with notes of raisins.
Taste: Sweet, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, rum, with notes of coconut and raisin.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Enjoyable sipper with great aroma and nice flavours, but another Lervig Rackhouse that is on the verge of being too sweet for my palate.


NaparBCN x Montaigu Oude Gueuze

Brewery: NaparBCN x Brouwerij Montaigu
Country: Spain
ABV: 6%
Style: Lambic – Gueuze
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled at Brouwerij De Troch, Wambeek, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) For several years people has been enjoying “oude gueuze” and “lambics”. Naparbier has decided to blend his first oude geuze ever. This oude gueuze is a collaboration between Gunther Bensch (Brouwerij Montaigu / Vicardin) and Naparbier / NaparBCN.

My rating: 3+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.95
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle, bottled in October 2015. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.
Appearance: A very slightly hazy golden orange colour with a one finger off white head that had decent retention and eventually settled to a nice thin cap, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Funky, damp wood, green apple, orange peel, lemon, lime, and a touch herbal.
Taste: Lightly sour, tart, green apple, orange peel, lemon zest, funky, wet wood, musty.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Enjoyable and easy to drink, with good funk. Would’ve loved to try this fresh.

Lervig Rackhouse Coconut Coffee Stout

Brewery: Lervig Aktiebryggeri
Country: Norway
ABV: 12.8%
Style: Stout – Imperial
Other Notes: Rackhouse. Bourbon & rum barrel-aged Imperial Stout

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This beer is defined by a natural marriage of coconut, rum and bourbon which produce aromas of coconut cream pie. Upon the first sip, light notes of honey and spice dance on the tongue before freshly-brewed coffee intertwines with the dominant toasted coconut flavours. The finish has a boozy edge which is softened by vanilla-forward sweetness and oak lactones from both the coconut and 14 months in bourbon & rum barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.22
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A copper waxed 375ml bottle, with a best before date of 9th May 2027. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with coconut like floaties and a thin tanned head that dissipated quickly while leaving sparse lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, coconut, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and notes of wafer.
Taste: Sweet, chocolate, coffee, toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, rum.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, full bodied, with soft carbonation.
Overall: The aroma and flavours were nice and made for an enjoyable sipper, although perhaps on the verge of being too sweet for my palate.

Hill Farmstead Anna

Brewery: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 6.2%
Style: Farmhouse Saison
Other Notes: Farmstead ale brewed with honey

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Anna (1902-1993) was Edward’s sister; Hill Farmstead Brewery rest upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this honey Farmstead® ale is crafted from organic American malted barley, European and American hops, Vermont wildflower honey, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Anna.

My rating: 4+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.5
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottled on 8th December 2021. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy straw golden yellow colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, fruity, funky, apricot, lemon, tea, honey, and a touch floral.
Taste: Lightly sour and a touch tart, lemon, lime zest, apple peel, tea, honey, floral, damp hay, funk.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Well balanced, good aroma and flavours, just makes this really easy to drink, and super refreshing.

Funky Fluid Leviathan Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged

Brewery: Funky Fluid
Country: Poland
ABV: 11%
Style: Porter – Baltic
Other Notes: Rye whiskey barrel aged coconut & chocolate Imperial Rye Baltic Porter

Brewer Description: (from bottle) We’ve put Leviathan, our Imperial Rye Baltic Porter with coconut and cocoa nibs, into Jim Bean Rye whiskey barrels. The outcome: exceptionally full of flavour chocolate monster, but smoother around the edges, with the pronounced peppery character typical of rye whiskey barrels.

My rating: 4-
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.05
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml gold/dark yellow waxed bottle, with a best before date of 30th December 2023. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A dark cola brown colour with absolutely no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, coconut flakes, whiskey, oak, with peppery spice notes.
Taste: Sweet, chocolate, roasty, coconut, vanilla, whiskey, oak, and a peppery spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: While the aroma and flavours were on the whole enjoyable, it was a touch too sweet for me, even as a sipper.