Roscoe Trout Town Whittle Wee Heavy

Roscoe Trout Town Whittle Wee Heavy is 9.5 ABV and 2o IBU and pours coppery brown.  The nose and taste are orchard fruit and nutty malt with almost no hop bitterness.  Aging this one has seemingly treated it well, it drinks almost like a cider with that sweet apple so dominant on the palate.  Also I’m sure this accounts for the dissipation of any hop presence.  The ABV is all but hidden and it drinks very well despite low carbonation.  Very nice, glad I could get one.

Lagunitas Waldos 2018

Lagunitas Waldos comes in at 11.3 ABV and 100+ IBU for 2018.  Appearance is orange amber and the nose dank hop.  The flavor is what you’d expect, big sweet malt, big dank hop, mouthfeel is moderate and creamy with a slightly low carbonation.  The ABV is present but not raw.  This one edges a bit sweet, especially as my six pack has aged over the month I’ve had it.  Nonetheless it’s a must get every year.

Elyisan Super Fuzz

Elyisan Super Fuzz is a 6.4 ABV APA and pours a light, hazy, unfiltered orange.  The nose and palate are light citrus and malt, the blood orange comes through, but mildly.  Mouthfeel is light and bouncy but has a bit of creaminess.  It’s a fine beer and drinks nice, even if a bit watery.  Nothing here is outstanding but nothing wrong either.  Decent.

Firestone Walker Leo V Ursus Wookus

Firestone Walker Leo V Ursus Wookus is an 8.2 ABV American Black Ale.  The appearance is black with a frothy head and the nose malty sweet hop.  The flavor is your basic black ale and done well, roasty rye malts with that bitter pine hop coming on the back.  Mouthfeel is moderate and creamy.  This is a nicely conceived and executed series from a solid brewer.  Will continue to get these anytime I see a new one.

Against the Grain Citra Ass Down!

Against the Grain Citra Ass Down!  is an 8.2 ABV 68 IBU ADIIPA.  Hops include Citra, Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, U.S. Tettnanger, East Kent Golding, Bavarian, Brewers Gold, “and other unknown hops.”  Overall it’s good, with a complex, resiny, citrus hop character and sweet malt.  Mouthfeel is moderate with a nice creaminess.  It’s fine and worth trying but Against the Grain can get a bit expensive.

Sierra Nevada Beer For Drinking (BFD)

Sierra Nevada Beer For Drinking (BFD) is a 4.8 ABV American Blonde Ale with a light orange pour.  The nose and palate are grainy, straw lager, with a citrus bite on the finish.  Mouthfeel is light and crisp.  It’s an unexciting style but elevated well by a consistently good brewer.  Maybe nothing to get too excited about but great for the style.  Like the 19.2 OZ can.

 

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.