Folklore, The Tale of Van Winkle by Stillwater Artisanal

Rating: 5/5

And so it was written, a return of Folklore. I have previously stated much about the original beer, the beer of myth and legends (

The Folklore Mythic Tradition ale by Gypsy Brewer Stillwater Artisanal now brings forth a chapter in brewing arts…Folklore, The Tale of Van Winkle. The original Folklore aged in freshly emptied 20year old Pappy Van Winkle Oak Bourbon Barrels coming in at 8.4%ABV.

A recent chapter in the tribute to human history which the myths and legends shape the cultures all over the world. Rituals, gatherings, celebrations or just being social and sharing stories. The original Folklore had elements of good and evil which is important in cultures and decision making. This barrel aged version bring a tale as well….similar to the show of life….Doth Fate Raise the Curtains and let the show commence…..

-=The Show of Life=-

by Billy Shakesbad, begins….OLD NICK: Woe be woman, whose fate it is to serve.MEPHISTA: May thy tongue shrivel, that it spews such falsehoods.

OLD NICK: Ah, but does not a man pull thy strings?

MEPHISTA: We are all but puppets of greater powers.

OLD NICK: Puppets? As in the Show of Life? Truly, birth doth draw wide the curtains. And woman, are thy lines scripted? In that I can be no one but myself, I can say only my lines. So sad, to be so constrained.

MEPHISTA: It is I who feel for thee. Thine own role and fate has ever been written, while mine own changes with each breath. Yea, tho puppet I be, it is hope, faith, and love that pulls my strings.

OLD NICK: Woman, mine ears do sting from thy tongue. I shall away in search of easier folly!
Original Story by Squaresoft Inc. from the Secret of Evermore SNES Game

So what is brought forth in terms of smell and flavor…the original was like a Belgian Stout full of flavors or chocolate, coffee, bread and dark fruits. The fragrance of this is similar with the chocolate, coffee, but there is a rush of caramel and vanilla bourbon. The flavors are similar of oak, cherry, raisins, rye bread, dark chocolate, coffee cake, vanilla, dulce de leche, vanilla, whiskey, molasses, and licorice. The aftertaste is like a dipped peach in chocolate and whiskey. I recommend this one simply because Stillwater has yet to provide a disappointing beer. I love the art work and I love the beer it comes with. Some day I am sure California will have this more often >:)…..

Thus the curtains close on this fine tale/brew and many a brew be brought forth for many morrows…….

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