Beer#1: Port Brewing Older Viscosity Ale
Old Viscosity is a super intense dark stout. Older viscosity is Old Viscosity aged in Bourbon barrells. mmmmm. Wow, what a great beer: vanilla, caramella, brown sugar/molasses on the palate – but less creamy and vanilla-intense than the Goose Island I reviewed earlier. There is also a very interesting herbaciousness on the thick and syrupy palate. At 12% abv, you’ve got to drink this slowly. But why would you want to do anything other than peacefully enjoy a sip here and there of this magnificently intense brew.
$20/bottle at Toronados
Beer #2: Russian River Damnation
Russian River is a sonoma brewery making a very nice quality range of distinctive and yet flavourful beer. The Damnation is in the style of a Belgian Wit, and had a great not-too-sweet palate of spices like cloves and pepper. Drinking very smoothly, this is a good Belgian for those who don’t love Belgian sweet malts, but enjoy the yeastyness.
$3/pint at Happyhour (normally $4)
Beer #3: Rodenbach Grand Cru
Having had the Rodenbach red ale a couple weeks ago at City Beer, I had to try this very rare Grand Cru from them – same beer but aged in oak. And, wow was it good. Like the red ale, but with more complexity, roundness and balance. Aged in oak for 8 months, the palate was very smooth and full with apple, pomegranate, dragon fruit, and blueberry. Awesome!
Excellent to Excellent+
$12 a bottle