Quite the bang for your buck! In an era where a $1 beer token usually gets you 2-4 ozs. of an “average” craft beer; Bailey’s was extremely generous, serving 4 ozs.+ of rare and vintage beers for that same single token.
Barrel aged brews seems to be the main theme; Bourbon barrels, wine barrels, oak barrel, etc.!
Here’s a run through the beer selection with some quick and dirty impressions.
* Block 15 - Super Nebula – Imperial Stout:
Yep it’s an Imperial Stout! Moderate girth in body with some dark malt complexity and above average hopping. A fairly tame RIS with some woody notes.
*The Bruery - White Oak – Wheat Wine:
One of the most interesting beers of the day! Oaky with some sweet malt and wheat notes. Very flowery nose with an almost perfume Sweet flower and fruit aromas. Medium bodied with Oak, Fruit, orange blossom and coconut nuances. Very interesting.
*Cascade Brewing - Bourbonic Plague - American Wild Ale
Surprisingly pretty well balanced with a Singular lactobacillus nuance which seems to blend well with the Porterish malt complexity. I was a little scared to try this beer, as some Cascade’s offerings have a sickly Lacto note. This was just enough lacto funk! Nuances of Blueberries, dark fruits and complex dark malts dominate with some lacto funk in the middle. Wood? OK, I guess so….
*Double Mountain - Terrible Two
Some roasty notes come through this bourbon and wood flavored brown(?) Ale. Maybe more like an Imperial Brown? Having previously sampled this beer, I can say it’s dramatically mellowed out in every aspect. Where it was very big, malty and extremely bourbon tasting; This beer now has aged and tightened up the bourbon and dried out in the malt. Now, smoother and more mature. Nice.
* Firestone Brewing - Parabola – Imperial Stout
Dense, rich, chocolaty and oaky! Very impressive body, almost milky in texture. Leaves a slick creamy note of the tongue in the finish. Rich complex chocolate malt flavors, almost fudge or butter cream chocolate cake frosting in flavor. The bourbon saturates this beer so thoroughly you’d think you’re eating a Holiday Chocolate Bourbon Ball. Exquisite sipper!
*Fish Brewing - ’04 Leviathan – Cask Barleywine (Oak)
It tastes like what it is…. A barrel aged vintage Barleywine. Mellowed and mélanges flavors that ends almost bone dry. Decent.
*Hair of the Dog - SHERRY Adam from the Wood
Apparently this brew was kegged/casked a little shy on the Cherries, so it’s more heavy on the Sherry Barrel notes. The cherries are still detectable in he background. Very smooth and well balanced with Adam’s roasty notes and dark malt marriages. The Art of balanced malt and hop flavors married with the barrel aging Sherry wood. The wood is apparent with Sherry vinous notes. Very nice.
* Oregon Trail Porter – Porter (Pinot Noir)
Typical Oregon Trail Bourbon Porter …. Was there something else? Pinot Noir Barrel? Hmmmm…. Didn’t find it.
* Rock Bottom - Maude Flanders – Sour (Pinot Noir)
Wanted to like this beer, but just couldn’t! At my home bar I have a multi-tap beer system with a big drip tray that transfers all the runoff and muck to a dump bucket under the bar. After about a few months or so, I get around to dumping that bucket! Lets just say, when I crack the lid of that dump bucket, the aroma can be quite sickly and strong. Basically, that’s what I taste and smell in this beer! It’s just totally FUNKED up! A beer science experiment gone dramatically wrong. Big Acetate nuances, Finger nail polish remover with added lacto funk and disjointed sweetness. The flavor profile is pretty much a sickly flavored lactobacillus with some Frankenstein twisted malt mutation. Majorly funky and undrinkable. Maybe it should be called Rotting Maude! ;-}
* Rogue - John John – Maibock (Whiskey)
Dry Maibock with wood, period.
* Russian River Consecration – Sour (Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel?)
Another amazing beer of the day! Defined malt base with some black currant overtones that mélange in harmony with Dark Malts. The Wild Yeast sourness and acidic is delicate, but well balanced across the entire beer. Some residual sweetness, but a nice artistic blend of Malt and sour balance. Wood is along for the ride.... Poetic!
Big Thanks to DW1 for this article.
– Wort Crew