Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Bottled at De Troch, Belgium by BIIR Brewer Assoc
Brewer Description: (from bottle) BIIR Sour Sweet is a 100% lambic beer, aged 12, 18, 24 and 36 months in French oak barrels. It has 450gr/l of whole cherries and raspberries, without added sugar. Blended by Gunther Bensch (Montaigu), the maker of Triple Gueuze. Lambic beer is a traditional Belgian style beer with a combination of red fruits to get an unique and balanced sour and a sweet taste. It is made exclusively in the Zenne Valley.
My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.26
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1
Intro: A 375ml corked and capped bottle, bottle no. 870/3800, with a best before date of June 2017. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.
Appearance: A nice clear dark ruby red colour with a thin soapy pinkish head that dissipates quickly while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and sour red berry fruit with cherries and raspberries leading the way. This is followed by blackcurrants and oak with hints of vinegar and funk.
Taste: Lightly sweet and lightly sour cherry, raspberry and oak with a hint of red wine.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: It’s more sweet than sour which is not my preference, but it is still an interesting and very nice Fruit Lambic.
Brewery: Black Isle Brewing Co.
Style: Smoked Beer
Other Notes: aka Black Isle Organic Smoked Oktobeer.
Brewer Description: (from website) Initially brewed for Jocktoberfest, where it was by far the biggest selling cask beer, we thought we would make this more widely available for those that missed out (this does not mean that if you were present at the event that you can’t relive the experience in the comfort of your own armchair!)
This is a blend of German roasted malts and our local smoked barley which might even put a smile on a disgruntled German Chancellor’s face. Balance is what this little beauty is about, something that takes great skill from the brew team and boy they have achieved it here in bucket loads, or we should say conditioning tank loads, one to be specific.. and even then not a full one.
Grab it while you can, it won’t be around forever.
My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.9
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7
Intro: A 330ml bottle from the 2014 small batch, bottle number 6488 of 8480 with a best before end date of October 2015. It was poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a dark brown with a thinnish cream tanned head that did not stick around too long.
Aroma: Aromas of roasted malts with a bit of chocolate, licorice and slight peat smoke.
Taste: Starts slightly sweet caramel and chocolate maybe even some toffee, but finish is definitely smoky, bitter and lingering ash.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation
Overall: I’ve had quite a few smoked beers before and although this was not at the top, it was still pretty good. I would buy this again.
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Brewer Description: (from back label) Inspired by the mysterious creature that dwells in the deepest Arctic seas, Narwhal Imperial Stout is midnight black and bold with notes of baker’s cocoa and dark roasted coffee. This massive imperial stout is incredibly complex and explores the darkest depths of malt flavor.
My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.28
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4
Intro: 12oz bottle packaged on 6 November 2014 as per the back label. Poured into a Westmalle goblet.
Appearance: It poured pitch black with minimal head and low retention.
Aroma: Mocha chocolate with hints of espresso at first but followed by some alcohol.
Taste: Bittersweet chocolate with some coffee. Later on some booze does show.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and velvety. Very light carbonation.
Overall: I thought that this was a decent stout. Taste wise its not the best of its style but it is certainly solid. I’ve also heard that it ages well so I may have to find another bottle to age a few years.