Category Archives: 4 – Good (buy)

Black Project Supercruise Cab Franc

Brewery: Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
Country: USA
ABV: Unsure as not on bottle (7.5% on RateBeer, 8% on Untappd, n/a on BeerAdvocate)
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Sour Golden Ale refermented with grapes

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Supercruise starts with wine grapes from locally sourced, family-owned vineyards in Palisade, Co. Once the grapes have been destemmed and crushed, we allow the juice to rest for a few days – developing rich color and depth of flavor – before finally transferring the juice to neutral oak barrels along with our base Golden Sour. The beer then goes through a secondary fermentation while resting on the grapes, and after a few weeks is ready to bottle. Fruited at about half of what we do for Mach-Limit, the stonefruit character from the base beer is backed by bright fruit and soft tannins, yet the beer still shines through. This beer should age well with proper cellaring, however the grape character may diminish over time.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.05
My rating: 3.9

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle, bottled in April 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear pinkish orange colour with a less than one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, mixed berries, red grapes, apricots, oak, acidic.
Taste: Sour, tart, vinous, red grapes, oak, light berries, acidic, and a hint of vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice flavours with a good grape, berry and oak mix. Slightly too acidic feel though.


North Coast Old Rasputin Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewery: North Coast Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 12.2%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: XXI release

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Barrel-aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.3
My rating: 4.2

Intro: A wrapped cap 500ml bottle, XXI release. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a big two finger tanned to brown head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, bourbon sweetness, oak, caramel, and some raisins.
Taste: Moderately sweet, lightly roasty, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light caramel and dark fruit, maybe raisin and plum, also boozy on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice enjoyable sipping. Bourbon may be a little strong versus other flavours, but it’s still good.

Grassroots Brewing Arctic Saison

Brewery: Hill Farmstead Brewery (Grassroots Brewing)
Country: USA
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: Ale fermented in oak tanks with brettanomyces. Collaboration – Hill Farmstead Brewery x Anchorage Brewing Company

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This ale embodies the spirit of perpetual creative collaboration in conjunction with disciplined brewing endeavour. We trekked to Alaska and helped craft this rustic Saison, bringing with us the essence and imagination of our Vermont Farmstead family. Share. Consider. Enjoy…

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.14
My rating: 4

Intro: A corked and caged 750ml bottle, Batch #2, bottled in March 2014. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a one and a half finger off white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Funky, brett, grass, hay, green apple, apricot, lemon and oak.
Taste: Light sour, funky, brett, grass, hay, herbal, green apple, lemon peel and oak with hints of apricot.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I kept this last bottle of Batch #2 in my cellar longer than expected, but it seems it is just as good as when I last tried it in 2016. Good funk and brett balanced with some nice fruit coming through.

Siren Maiden 2016

Brewery: Siren Craft Brew
Country: England
ABV: 11.2%
Style: American Barleywine
Other Notes: 2016 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The first batch brewed at Siren was to provide the base for our first annual release. This barley wine has been aged in many different barrels, and then using expertise from the wine and whisky world, blended into what stands before you in this bottle. The first brew of 2016 is now the base for the next year’s release.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.11
My rating: 4

Intro: A 375ml waxed bottle, 2016 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A dark reddish brown copper colour with a thin beige head that stuck around for a bit and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and boozy, caramel, toffee, red wine, dark fruit, raisin and prunes.
Taste: Moderately sweet, light roast, vinous, red wine, dark fruits, raisin, prunes, and a touch of caramel.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice complex flavours. A good sipper.

Kees x De Molen Frick & Frack

Brewery: Brouwerij Kees x Brouwerij De Molen
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 11.3%
Style: English Barleywine
Other Notes: Malts – Pale Smoke and Pale Crystal. Hops – Cascade and Bramling Cross

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Smokey Barleywine.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.32
My rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle, batch 17.28, with a best before date of December 2022. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A clear copper amber colour with a one finger beige head that had pretty good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Malty, smoky, bacon, fruity, cherry, grape, prunes, raisin with hints of caramel.
Taste: Sweet-ish, smoky, bacon, caramel, toffee, honey, sugar syrup, cherry and prunes.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Surprisingly good since I’m not a fan of Barleywines. But this was very smooth and the sweetness was balanced really well by the smoke.