Stone's 2011 Old Guardian Belgo is awesome. They added a Belgian yeast to the barleywine. LOVE it.
The scotch ale collaboration between Stone/Green Flash/Port Brewing was dissapointing. Very boring. Expect much better with those 3 breweries involved.
KRBC Class V Stout. I have been telling you guys about it!
I cant believe I forgot to mention what I had over the weekend. Never too late... I'll start with a couple of Danish ales that I picked up while at the Bruery Provisions bottle shop
Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS - Gudelos
This is an imperial stout, in the American Imperial Stout fashion (not the English Russian Imperial Stout style). And by god (pun fully intended here) they nailed the style! It reflected all of the characteristics of an Imperial Stout, while being incredibly balanced and easy to consume. The coffee/roast was in check, with lots of chewy malt to counter the dryness. Check out the writing on the label below....
"About: Bryggeriet Djævlebryg and the Danish Atheist Society have entered into an unholy alliance and the result is "Godless": This first batch is a somehow accessible imperial stout with its 8.9% abv. It offers burnt notes from the malt mingled with sweet nuances and a warming depth from the alcohol. Even though "Godless" was originally aimed at members of the Atheist Society, it is now available in more or less all our outlets.
In these times, when companies are expected to show social responsibility, we in the brewery have decided to follow suit: For each unit sold we donate 1 Danish Krone to the Danish Atheist Society"
Next beer of the weekend was their Old Mephisto, which is an English style barleywine. I used to reach for an American barleywine first, but I have really come around to appreciating the English version. Alesmith ruined it for me early on when they were bottling their Old Numbskull in green bottles. However, after having it on tap at their brewery, it completely changed how I felt about the style in general. Back to this one..... very subtle as most english barleywines are. Indeed heavy on the caramel, with some slight hop bitterness. I honestly drank this one way too quick to really focus on it, it was just simply that good! If you want a barleywine that is way too easy to drink, this is a perfect example. I've been saying this for a while - American brewers should watch out for Norway and Denmark. They are just as impressive in my book, and are really dominating the European market as far as innovation and creativity goes.
The Bruery Cuadruple - When I checked out the reviews for this one on beeradvocate, I think it was at a B, which usually means its underrated, nobody cares about it, and pretty damn good - which it was! Its a Quadruple, but instead of using the belgian candi sugar, they replaced that with agave syrup. I was impressed! I was expecting a beer with some tequila twist to it, but that certainly was not the case. It really tasted like their Two Turtle Doves (Belgian Style dark Ale) except sweeter compliments of the agave syrup. I am so glad this one isnt hyped and going on Ebay for hundreds of dollars (as some of their other beers are). I will stock up on these, and enjoy them in the years to come. The carbonation was perfect on this, which is hard to come by on a Quadrupel, considering the ABV in that style is generally high, resulting in low to moderate CO2.
The Bruery Old Richland - Hell yeah! Very hoppy, and somewhere between a Double IPA and American Barleywine. I dont know if The Bruery ever officially gave it a style, because its really in the middle. Highly recommend this one, and definitely soon before the floral hop styles begin to fade. Super easy to put this one down, and the hop flavors are more prevalent than the actual hop bitterness. Nicely done.
Finally for the weekend, I had Left Coast's Ale Epeteios. Not too shabby for an American Imperial Stout, but I think I would pass on this one if confronted with it again. Lots of roast and coffee notes, but in the end pretty average. Some more caramel would have been a nice compliment, but Id take a cup of hot coffee over this one and save some liver cells and my $10 bucks for the bottle.
Stopping by to recommend 2:
Delicious beer. Excellent hoppiness. Big fan of Sierra Nevada so this was an added treat.
This years is the best I've had. Scope it out.
Hopitmum is awesome. Just hard to find.