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Video Review: Stone Crime

Video Review: Stone Crime

About four months ago Greg had the idea that sparked a movement: A chili stout tasting. The movement wasn’t necessarily one of social importance, but more a movement of beers from the cellars of Paige, Greg, and Russ to make the tasting happen. After a delightful, two day event that including amazing beers including Barrel Aged Abraxas, Prairie Bomb!, and Red Wine Barrel Aged Mexican Cake, we ended with Stone’s Crime. Crime’s base is bourbon … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Beer, Blend, Stone Brewing Co.

Better From The Barrel: Extreme De Struise Edition

Better From The Barrel: Extreme De Struise Edition

We have a real treat for this edition of “Better from the Barrel.” De Struise, a well respected Belgian brewery, does some crazy things with their stouts. Stemming from the base of Black Albert, a 13% ABV Russian Imperial Stout, De Struise offers Cuvee Delphine and Black Damnation V: Double Black. Cuvee Delphine is step two in this process and is Black Albert aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels for a few months. Double Black … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, De Struise Brouwers, Four Roses, Imperial Stout

Recap: Barrel Room Collection Release at Voodoo Brewery

Recap: Barrel Room Collection Release at Voodoo Brewery

Last weekend, Greg, Russ and Kenton made the trip to beautiful northwestern PA to see the brand new Voodoo Brewpub and hopefully buy some delicious barrel aged beers. This weekend was no normal weekend, it was the long awaited Barrel Room Collection release. For our faithful readers, you’ll remember our attempt to liveblog the event, but we figured it warranted a full writeup as well. A lot of people speculated as to when everyone would start to line … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Release, Breweries, Buffalo Trace, Imperial Stout, Laird's Apple, Pappy Van Winkle, Tripel, Voodoo Brewery

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Cherry Rye

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Cherry Rye

We here at The Beer Circle are no strangers to Goose Island’s famed Bourbon County Brand Stout–Kenton took a chance on the regular BCBS and I have already reviewed last year’s Bramble Rye variation–and we never miss a chance to say how good it is. When I finally landed a bottle of this year’s special variety, Cherry Rye, I was overjoyed. Cherries come third only to bourbon and coffee when it comes to things that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Blend, Goose Island Brewing Co., Imperial Stout

Church Brew Works’ Heini’s Hooch

Church Brew Works’ Heini’s Hooch

At this year’s Great American Beer Fest featured one of Pittsburgh’s most unique (in terms of architecture, at least) breweries, Church Brew Works. While the Church has been a Pittsburgh staple for years, it only recently began its atmospheric rise to prominence and showed that talent this year, winning four medals and Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year honors this year in Colorado. Included in these accolades were bronze medals for Celestial … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Beer, Bourbon, Church Brew Works, Old Ale, Reviews

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

For my first TheBeerCircle review, I decided to review a beer that I got my hands on from Brass Rail Beverage via their V.I.P. program – Bourbon County Stout. I was told by some friends that I needed to give this beer a taste, so I jumped on the opportunity and picked up a bottle. Given the rave reviews I heard from others, I decided to find out for myself. Bourbon County Brand Stout Beer Stats Style: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Blend, Goose Island Brewing Co.

Cricket Hill Bourbon Barrel Porter

Cricket Hill Bourbon Barrel Porter

Cricket Hill, a New Jersey-based operation, is a self-proclaimed ‘gateway’ brewery. Rather than overload a beer with hops or sweeten it to candied intensity, brewmaster Rick Reed instead opts for recipes that don’t leave bitter or unwelcome flavors on the palate. This ‘classic’ taste derives inspiration from Germany’s Reinheitsgebot – a purity law that states that beer shouldn’t be brewed with anything more than water, hops, and malt (so long, pesky adjuncts!) – which Reed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Beer, Bourbon, Cricket Hill, Porter, Reviews

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine

Kuhnhenn is a brewery I’m pretty familiar with. Dedicated readers will remember that a few months ago, I reviewed Kuhnhenn’s Dark Heathen Triple Bock. After recently drinking Sam Adam’s 1997 Triple Bock with Russ and Paige, I remembered the other Kuhnhenn beers in my cellar and pulled their Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine. Russ has already experienced Kuhnhenn’s accomplishments with barrel-aging and I figure it’s my turn to enjoy it as well! This particular bottle is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Beer, Bourbon, English Barleywine, Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Reviews

Goose Island’s King Henry

Goose Island’s King Henry

For those of you who follow Russ, Greg or my own personal social media accounts, you saw that we had a pretty awesome tasting two Saturday’s ago. There were a few beers that we considered duds, but Goose Island’s King Henry was one of the highlights. By the numbers, our third highest rated overall beer, though tied for second with the Bramble Rye Bourbon County Stout (which Russ reviewed) once you eliminated the rating from a … Read entire article »

Filed under: English Barleywine, Goose Island Brewing Co., Pappy Van Winkle

Goose Island Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

Goose Island Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

I was pretty excited when I found out Goose Island was releasing a Bourbon County Brand Stout variant that contained raspberries and blackberries, but was also not exactly convinced I would actually be able to ever taste it. Luckily, I was able to trade a Founders CBS and some other things for one a few months back. I forced myself to hold onto it so more people could share this opportunity…but it wasn’t easy! I pulled this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Goose Island Brewing Co., Heaven Hill, Imperial Stout