2017 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

2017 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand (ADI) Stout is 14.1 ABV and pours virtually black.  It’s very rich with all those cocoa, coffee, boozy, oaky, vanilla, and dark fruit notes that you’d expect.  Mouthfeel is big and chewy.  This is obviously a special beer and one to seek out and covet.  This always comes with a huge hype and fortunately manages to live up to it.  Can’t recommend enough.  Get as many as you can, age some, enjoy them.

Stone Totalitarian

Stone Totalitarian is a 10.6 ABV RIS and pours virtually black.  The nose is bitter cocoa which leads into the taste, very bitter and toasty espresso with a light dark fruit sweetness.  Mouthfeel is a bit thick but not at all cloying, with a just lively enough carbonation and all but hidden alcohol.  Stone did a great job with this, will age half the 4 pack.   Easily recommended.

2014 Milziade Antano White Label Montefalco Rosso

2014 Milziade Antano White Label Montefalco Rosso is 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot aged 30 months in French oak casks.  This is from Umbria, Italy.  It’s very sweet berry fruit forward, with moderate spice and leather and a tannin rich dry finish.  The longer it sits the more a mellowness comes out.  I’m seeing this between $15 and $20, at the lower end it’s an amazing value, at the top end just fair.

Sam Adams Rebel Anytime

Sam Adams Rebel Anytime (A)IPA is 4.7 ABV and 30  IBU.  Hops include Simcoe, Mosaic and Cascade.  Appearance is orange amber and the nose light citrus.  The palate is standard AIPA with sweet malt and light, almost oniony hop.  Mouthfeel, carbonation and texture are light to moderate.  Comes off a bit watery  and you’d be hard pressed to see it’s a Sam Adams from the labeling.   Fine but nothing great.

Black’s Station 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Black’s Station 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a red from Central Valley, CA.  The nose is big on the fruit, namely currants and cherry.   The flavor is similar, very fruity with some tobacco and spice and a moderate amount of dryness on the finish.  It’s decent, and from what I’ve noticed this is a sub #$10 bottle of wine, making it a good value.  The cork pushed right into the bottle when opening.

Rittenhouse Straight Rye

Rittenhouse Straight Rye whiskey (Heaven Hill Distillery – Louisville, KY) is 100 proof and distilled in the “Pennsylvania Stlye.”  The palate is chocolate orange sweet and quite spicy, with leather, tobacco and oak.  At around $35-$45 it makes for a decent value rye.  Stands by itself just fine but would stand up to an ice cube, drop of water, or for use in a cocktail.

Founders Azacca

Founders Azacca (A)IPA is 7 ABV and 70 IBU.  Appearance is darkish amber and the nose bitter, citrusy hop.  The flavor is a nice balance of that sweet malt and the Azacca hop notes, tropical citrus and a bit spicy, but a touch acidic.  Mouthfeel is moderate and a bit creamy and that ABV/IBU level very appropriate.  It’s a nice showcase of Azacca hop, which is good but not a favorite of mine.

The Bruery Mischief

The Bruery Mischief is an 8.5 ABV Belgian Strong Pale Ale.  Appearance is golden with a spicy, banana bread nose.  The flavor follows, banana, coriander, orchard fruits, and lemony citrus with a strong yeast presence.  Mouthfeel is crisp.  There’s a lot going on here, very interesting take on a Belgian style from a CA brewery and quite worth trying.

 

Founders Solid Gold

Founders Solid Gold is a 4.6 ABV 20 IBU Adjunct Lager.  Appearance is orange with a frothy head and the nose sweet cereal malt.  The palate is definitely that of a basic adjunct lager with cereal malts and a light hop, but a very good one.  This is as good and bad as a drinkable, cheap, accessible, American lager type should be.  For the right occasion this is a great beer.