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Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #9

Brewery: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: American Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) Imperial IPA brewed with Amarillo, Motueka and Nelson Sauvin hops.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.45
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 24th September 2018 with a drink by date of 5th November 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A murky hazy dark orange colour with a two finger white head that had great retention and left lots of nice fluffy lacing.
Aroma: Tropical mango, peach, apricot, guava, some citrus orange, grapefruit, and resinous pine.
Taste: Fruity, tropical and citrus. Mango, peach, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, with hints of pine. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Great aroma and flavours with lots of tropical and citrus fruit.

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Prairie Bourbon Paradise

Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales
Country: USA
ABV: 15.9%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Krebs Brewing Co., Krebs, Oklahoma

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout aged with coconut and vanilla.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.67
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of, I want to say, 32517, but it’s not so clear. Meaning that it was bottled on 21st November 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin mocha brown head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut, bourbon and oak.
Taste: Rich creamy milk chocolate, bourbon sweetness, oak, vanilla, caramel and light toasted coconut.
Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth, rich, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Wow, almost 16% ABV but it still drinks so smooth. The bourbon sweetness comes through strongly along with the booziness that follows, but it’s well balanced with the rich chocolate flavours and compliments the vanilla and coconut. An excellent sipper.

Prairie x Evil Twin Barrel Aged Bible Belt

Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales x Evil Twin Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 13%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Krebs Brewing Co., Krebs, Oklahoma

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Stout brewed with spices and aged in whiskey barrels.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.58
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 36416 (I think, as it was slightly unclear), meaning that it was bottled on 29th December 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Vanilla, whisky, oak, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted coffee and light spices.
Taste: Lightly sweet, whisky, oak, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, roasty coffee, light bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, velvety, full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Excellent, just so smooth to drink with wonderful notes of whisky and oak shining through. You don’t feel the 13% ABV at all, as you sip it.

3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera Solera

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)
Other Notes: Lambic blend aged on Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez sherry casks

Brewer Description: (from bottle) With the first version of Zenne y Frontera, 9 Oloroso barrels and 3 PX barrels were filled with young lambic. After one year of oak maturation, the characteristics of the finest of sherries and the 40 year old casks integrated with the 3 Fonteinen lambic. Only half of the volume of all casks was blended and bottled and the barrels were filled again with young lambic – our interpretation of the “solera” method. For this second edition, again only half of all barrels was blended and bottled. After another 17 months of bottle maturation, the average age of this naturally refined traditional lambic beer is more than 45 months. This batch is limited to 3000 bottles.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.8
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 750ml bottle, batch 2, bottled on 26th March 2016 and a best before date of 26th October 2026. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen funnel and decanter, decanted for 60 to 90 minutes and poured into a 3 Fonteinen Zenne glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear golden orange colour with a minimal white head and sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Earthy funk, barnyard, hay, oak, nutty, sherry, peach and lemon.
Taste: Complex flavours. Funky, earthy, barnyard, sour, lemon, grape, apricot, sherry and oak with a hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Wow, such complexity and goodness from a beer. Amazing and well balanced. Now I really want to try this side by side with the sherries and even batch 1, if at all possible.

Cantillon Cuvée Moeder Lambic Kriek

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: aka Cantillon Kriekenlambik

Brewer Description: (from lambic.info) Cantillon Cuvée Moeder is a kriek blend made specifically for the two Moeder Lambic bars in Brussels. Whereas Cantillon Kriek contains 200 grams per liter of Turkish cherries and the Lou Pepe Kriek contains 300 grams per liter (g/l) of Schaerbeekse cherries, this unique kriek blend is made with of 200 grams per liter of Turkish cherries and 100 grams per liter of Schaerbeekse cherries.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.55
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 250ml pour from the cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas into a Cantillon Gueuze glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark ruby red colour with an almost two finger frothy pink head that had pretty good retention and left some lacing.
Aroma: Cherry, almond and marzipan.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, almond, marzipan and a touch of lime.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Very refreshing and just so easy to drink.