The acquisition of a “rare” beer is a special treat. But like Uncle Ben once said, “with great power comes great responsibility”. What the hell am I talking about, you might ask. Well, I’m talking about the decision of when to crack open that hard-to-find gem you’ve just spent (usually) a good amount of money on. Do you drink it right when it’s fresh? Or do you set on it for a little bit and save it for a special occasion? Usually I tend to fall into the latter category of beer drinkers. So when we decided to get together for drinks at our house for a close friend’s birthday I saw the perfect opportunity to share one of these special beers.
BLACK TUESDAY is a barrel-aged Imperial Stout from The Bruery. This particular bottle is from 2012 and has a whopping 19.5% ABV. Continue reading
Anchorage Brewing Company decided from the get go that they were going to do things just a little bit differently than the average craft brewery. All of their beers are barrel aged and fermented with Brettanomyces (and other sour yeasts). This allows brewer Gabe Fletcher to take tried and true styles and send them off down whole new pathways created by this oft-unpredictable fermentation process. This is what makes trying this beer all that much more exciting.
ANADROMOUS is an American Wild Ale with an 8.5% abv and 30 IBUs.
I decided to save the biggest FiftyFifty beer for last, probably not the best idea, but whatever. When I ordered the Barleywine I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they also had a brandy barrel aged version on tap, and as we all know you always go with the barrel aged version.
OLD CONUNDRUM is an American Barleywine aged in Christian Brothers’ brandy barrels. It clocks in with a 9.8% ABV.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY Beer #3: BARREL AGED BRRRBON
Brrrbon is part of the Widmer Bros. Reserve Series and a beer I knew I must try from the moment I saw it. As you may or may not remember, the Widmer winter season BRRR was one of my favorite winter releases I sampled last year. Needless to say, a bourbon barrel aged version of that beer was something that intrigued me to no end and something that I must buy. And buy I did. Brrbon was beer #3 in the Limited Release series and clocks in at a respectable 9.4% ABV.
I’ve decided that I’m going to write the reviews in the order in which I consumed the beers. Up first: BOURBON CHAOS.
Bourbon Chaos is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a 10+% ABV.
Ladyface Alehouse unveiled a bunch of one-off and “special” beers for their 1st Anniversary celebration. One of these releases was the Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Tripel. This limited release has an ABV of 7.5%.