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Cellar: Victory Storm King 2011-2013

Cellar: Victory Storm King 2011-2013

Back in 2011, when I was fresh into beer, I decided that Victory’s Storm King Stout would be a nice beer to start my cellar. When I lived in Pennsylvania, it was a local beer that was relatively easy to find, so it all came together. A lot has happened since then, including the decision by Victory to sell Storm King in four packs, instead of six packs. I was so taken aback by the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Cellar, Russian Imperial Stout, Victory Brewing Co.

Stone Vertical Epic Tasting

Stone Vertical Epic Tasting

In late July, Tom and Todd of The Brewski Boxscore hosted quite the Epic tasting. What once started as a modest goal to simply taste the last three or so releases from Stone’s Vertical Epic series quickly blossomed into a drive to collect the whole set. During their travels along the East coast for family visits and summer vacations, Tom and Todd found vintage bottles of the Vertical Epics sitting on store shelves, seemingly content … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belgian, Cellar, Reviews, Stone Brewing Co., Vertical

Cellar: Avery Brewing Company Rumpkin

Cellar: Avery Brewing Company Rumpkin

Craft beer these days pushes the limits of styles, taking them to places breweries never dreamed of in the past. Avery has done just that. Think about the last time you were drinking a pumpkin ale, did it cross your mind that it would taste better with triple (or quadruple) the ABV and aged in rum barrels? Well, it should have. Enter: Rumpkin. An 18% ABV pumpkin ale aged in Gosling’s rum barrels. I wanted to let that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Avery Brewing Co., Beer, Cellar, Gosling's, Pumpkin Ale

One Night: Nine Years of Stone’s Vertical Epic

One Night: Nine Years of Stone’s Vertical Epic

12.12.12 at Churchkey in Washington, DC was truly a day we all won’t soon forget. The bar managed to tap nine years worth of Stone Brewing Company‘s Vertical Epics: 03.03.03 through 12.12.12, including special versions of ’07 and ’09 aged in red wine barrels and ’10 aged in French Oak barrels. To top that, Sam Calagione (yes, of Dogfish Head) was in the building to promote his collaboration with Bluejacket. I got to have a quick conversation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Stout, Cellar, IPA, Oak, Stone Brewing Co., Strong Dark Ale, Wine

Cellar: Victory Golden Monkey 2011

Cellar: Victory Golden Monkey 2011

Victory Golden Monkey has been a go-to beer for me ever since I turned 21 in good old Central PA. I liked the taste, and the nearly 10% ABV had the desired effects on a college student. Now that I can appreciate the beer a bit more, I decided to put a 750ml bottle in my cellar to see how it holds up. The results were pretty surprising. Golden Monkey 2012 Beer Stats Style: Tripel Serving: Bottle Size: 12oz ABV: 9.50% BA … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Cellar, Tripel, Victory Brewing Co.

Cellar: Tröegs Flying Mouflan: 2011 vs. 2012

Cellar: Tröegs Flying Mouflan: 2011 vs. 2012

My friend Jack sent me a message and asked if I would like to share a two-year vertical of Tröegs Flying Mouflan, and I didn’t think twice about accepting his request. Not only do I love Flying Mouflan, this tasting has so many underlying stories. What does Flying Mouflan taste like after a year compared to fresh? What is the difference between the Harrisburg and Hershey Tröegs breweries? Do I like to drink beer? As many of you … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Barleywine, Beer, Cellar, Tröegs Brewing Co.

Cellar: Weyerbacher Riserva

Cellar: Weyerbacher Riserva

This week I sat down for three straights days of three vintages of Weyerbacher Brewing Company’s American Wild Ale: Riserva. Weyerbacher thought highly of the most recent batch, saying before the release: Riserva is an 11.7% abv amber ale, fermented with wild yeast and red raspberries. In choosing the barrels to blend specifically for this year’s batch, we were able to achieve an absolutely beautiful taste profile that’s the epitome of the sour beer experience. We … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Wild Ale, Cellar, Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Cellar: Founders Imperial Stout

Cellar: Founders Imperial Stout

Today I’m continuing my trend of pulling some Founders stuff out of the cellar. Thursday I looked at Founders’ KBS after one year in the basement, and next up is their Imperial Stout. I have always been a big fan of this beer (which is basically the case for all stouts made by Founders). This and Founders Breakfast Stout really helped me make the jump into the wide world of stouts, and surely either don’t hurt … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cellar, Founders Brewing Co., Imperial Stout

Cellar: Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Cellar: Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Founders Brewing Company is a popular brewery on this blog (earlier this week Greg delved into Curmudgeon’s Better Half). Tonight I’m taking a look at the two most recent releases of their famed KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout), a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Please note that this is NOT simply Founders Breakfast Stout aged in bourbon barrels, it is actually a completely different base beer–the same used to create CBS. KBS is aged in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blend, Cellar, Founders Brewing Co., Imperial Stout

Better From The Barrel: Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia (4D)

Better From The Barrel: Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia (4D)

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is not a brewery I can say I was very familiar with until a few months ago when I was offered a few of their beers in a trade. After looking up the kinds of beers they were involved with, and the well above average ABVs (and ratings), I was sold. Today’s post fits nicely into our Cellar column and our Better From The Barrel column as I have Fourth Dementia and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Cellar, Heaven Hill, Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Old Ale