I have some random beer I have been meaning to mention but have not had the time or a place to put them. So here they are, all in one post. Consider this a filler post. My next one will be about the ICBCF last weekend.
Flying Dog's Wildeman Farmhouse IPA is a 7.5% cross between an IPA and a saison. You get that initial sour, fizzy lemon sherbet with a peppery spiciness. Plenty of wheat and perhaps a bit of rye.
It's absolutely lovely. The sour funk mixes really well with the strong hops.
Moving on to Horn Dog, a barley wine style ale. For those new to beer, a barley wine is simply a very strong beer of about wine strength but it's unmistakably a beer. It's a prune bomb, something I very much enjoy in a strong ale. Think prune juice, some chocolate, raisins and you get the idea. In fact, it's so pruney that Worf from Star Trek might consider it a warriors drink. I thought it was fantastic myself.
From Thornbridge, we have Evenlode. It's a brown Porter with an ABV of 6.2. Mine was bottled in sept 2011 so it had aged for a bit by the time I got to drink it. In this type of beer, a little ageing is usually a good thing. The aroma is fruity with dark cherry with woody and chocolate notes. On tasting, it starts off with old coffee, wait sour cold coffee. Some dark fruits emerge and also some fairly tart berries. Well, it's matured on blackberries it seems so that makes sense. It's a little disjointed actually but in an enjoyable way, you never know what way it's going to go and the beer keeps you guessing.
The Russian Imperial Stout is a slightly more boring beer compared to the Evenlode but compared to your average stout, it's not boring at all. For one thing, it's 9.4%. My bottle said it was brewed April 2011 and then bottled December 2011 so again, a nicely aged beer. An aroma of smokey ash sort of bacon like with plum. Well, plummy bacon sounds good to me. The taste is big and chewy with a sort of marshmallow mouthfeel. Dark chocolate and espresso with a little whipped cream come next. The beer seemed a little over carbonated but the resulting fluffy mouthfeel is very pleasant. An absolutely lovely beer with a warming finish. I can think of little better to sip on a cold winters night in front of a fire.
Oude Geuze Vieille 6% I am forever searching for a good gueze that will not break the bank. They are pretty expensive in Ireland. Cantillon has always been my favourite and that remains so but it's €6 a bottle and more importantly, it's not always available so I like to scour for a good alternative. There's not a lot of flavour here and the fiz prevented any subtlety but it is lovely and sour and refreshing. It's no Cantillon but it's a decent alternative.