C-DOS Cuvée Delphine On Steroids aka Pablo Eiscobar – De Struise Brouwers


Some times you get a chance to try out some very interesting and rare beers and this is one of those.  From De Struise Brouwers in Belgium comes their “C-DOS (Cuvée Delphine On Steroids aka Pablo Eiscobar” a Double Eisbocked version of Cuvée Delphine.  This version was brewed in 2010 and aged for 5 years in Arran Lochranza barrels.  The beer pours a very deep brown colour with no head or carbonation and some sediment.  The aroma consists of bourbon, chocolate, treacle, licorice, dark fruit, oak and lots of booze.  The flavour is alcohol up front and lots of it with bourbon, oak, chocolate, treacle, licorice, dark fruits, some nuts, peat and cherries.  The alcohol content comes in at an insane 41% and is very very thick!  This beer drinks like a bourbon but this is no surprise as the beer comes in at the same alcohol content as a bourbon.  If you do not like spirits then this beer is a total miss for you but if you do and you find a bottle then it is something you need to try.  But this will cost you a serious pretty penny.

Bottled on 11/08/2015
lot number CDOS 0002/2015

Drank 10/13/2016

Here is a link to the base beer description: Click Here

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Utopias 2013 – Samuel Adams


Limited Edition
Bottle 6,561 of less than 15,000

From Samuel Adams out of Boston Massachusetts comes the Holy Grail of most beer nerds “Utopias” 2013 Vintage (also the most expensive beer to date).  This beer destroys your perception of what a beer is as not only is it uncarbonated but it is also 28% alcohol and is a blend of beers some of which have been aged in barrels for up to or more than 20 years!  This years edition has been aged in Bourbon barrels, 8 year old port barrels and rum barrels and the finished product is blended together with a small amount of their beer the Komsic Mother Funk.  Before you pour this beer understand it is not meant to be refrigerated and should be served at room temperature.  The beer pours a ruby brown colour and as mentioned is uncarbonated.  The aroma begins with alcohol up front with whiskey, vanilla and some sweet fruits.  The flavour is of huge malts, maple syrup, toffee, plums, cherries, butterscotch, chocolate, honey, vanilla, salt, rum, port, bourbon with a good sweetness.  This beer is quite viscus and feels almost more like a syrup than a brew.  The beer has a strong alcohol warmth and a medium alcohol flavour in the finish.  To say this beer is tasty would be the understatement of the year!  This is a game changer in the brewing industry as not only is is amazingly flavourful but it is also a beer that is brewed to an amazingly strong 28% (IBU is 25).  This beer does not use any gimmicks such as freeze distilling to achieve the alcohol content.  This beer tastes as good as high end Cognac and sherry.

Malts:  Two-row, pale malt, caramel 60, munich
Hops:  Hallertau Mittelfruh, Tettnang Tettnager
Special Ingredents: Maple Syrup, Komsic Mother Funk

Commercial Description:  Utopias is brewed using traditional methods. The brewers begin with a blend of two-row Caramel and Munich malts that impart a rich, deep amber color. Noble hops – Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Spalt Spalter and Tettnang Tettnanger – are also added to lend complexity and balance. During fermentation, several yeast strains are used, including one normally reserved for champagne. The beer is then blended with a variety of different brews, some of which have been aged in different wood barrels for more than 20 years. As a result of the blending and aging, Utopias invokes the flavors of a rich vintage Port, fine Cognac, or aged Sherry while feeling surprisingly light on the palate.

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Tactical Nuclear Penguin – Brewdog


Super Limited Edition
Batch Number 918 Best Before 26-06-23 (consumed 18-01-2014)

From Brewdog out of Aberdeenshire, Scotland comes the “Tactical Nuclear Penguin” a beer that puts new meaning to Imperial Stout.  This beer starts out as a 10% alcohol stout that is aged for 14 months in Scottish Whiskey Casks and then is freeze distilled over and over to bring it up to its insane 32% alcohol content!  The brew pours a deep syrupy brown with little to no head present.  The aroma is overly boozy with some molasses and fruits.  The flavour is of syrup, molasses, liquid sugar, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, licorice and yes there is a booziness to this brew but not as you would expect.  What you get from this beer is a flavour reminiscent of a very expensive Liqueur and not of an unrefined monster.  This beer has a mouthfeel similar to a syrup as it is very viscus.  Like it was stated this beer comes in at an insane 32% alcohol content so it is not to be trifled with.  As the bottle states “This is an extremely strong beer, it should be enjoyed in small servings and with an air of aristocratic nonchalance.  In exactly the same manner that you would enjoy a fine whisky, a Frank Zappa album or a visit from a friendly yet anxious Ghost”.  I have heard mixed reviews of this beer but I am completely on board with this beer and would love to get a second bottle.  If you can find this beer and unless you are in Scotland or England I doubt it pick a bottle up if you can stomach the price and believe me it is steep!

Commercial Description:  No Penguins were harmed in the making of this beer; some humans did get very, very cold though.  It was worth it.  The Antarctic name, inducing schizophrenia, of this uber-imperial stout originates from the amount of time it spent exposed to extreme cold.  This beer was initially double barrel aged for 14 months; maturing in the deep, rich oak of Scottish whisky casks.  After this epic maturation the beer was then frozen, then frozen again, then frozen again.

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Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale – Elysian Brewing


Limited Edition

From Elysian Brewing out of Seattle Washington comes the “Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale” the 8th beer in the 12 beers of the apocalypse series.  This is a single batch limited edition series of beer where they release a new beer every month of 2012.  I was lucky enough to find this amazing beer on tap at St Augustine’s on Commercial Drive in Vancouver.  The orange juice…. I mean beer pours a nice cloudy orange with a small white head.  Did I mention this beer looks like orange juice?  The beer smells heavily of oranges with a floral hint.  The taste is wonderful with a heavy orange flavor from the blood oranges with some orange peel, malts and a nice hops hit.  This is not a sweet beer but more on the tart side.  The beer comes in at an alcohol content of 7.25% none of which shows in the flavor of the beer.  Another beer that I hate to see is only every being brewed once as it is amazing.

 

Redwoods Wine Barrel Aged Ale – Tree Brewing Company


Very Limited Release

From Kelowna’s Tree Brewing Company comes their very Limited Release beer “Redwoods Wine Barrel Aged Ale”.  This beer is only available at their Brewery in Kelowna as they only made a very limited amount of it!  What gives this beer its destinct scent and taste is the fact that it was aged for 100 days in an Okanagan Valley Wine Barrel!  The ale pours a copper/red colour with a very small off white head.  The ale smells of sweet malts, vanilla, toffee with light red wine aromas.  The flavor of this beer is very interesting with a nice malt profile with a slight hops bitterness balanced with toasted oak and mild red wines.  This beer has an alcohol content of 5% and comes in a wine shaped 750ml bottle.

I have had many oak aged beers ranging from Whiskey to Rum but none of them have been anything like this ale!  If you have a chance to head up to Kelowna or have a contact up there you should really get a bottle of this beer.  I know I am working on getting more bottles myself.

On the bottle “A red wine barrel aged beer brewed to celebrate the fall wine harvest in the Okanagan.  As our Vintners continue to produce the world class wines that have made the Okanagan Valley famous we invite you to raise a glass of this limited release brew in celebration of their efforts.”