Thai Wheat by Second Self Beer Co

Rating: 4.25/5

Thai Wheat by Second Self Beer Co is a 5.1% ABV American Wheat ale brewed with Ginger, Lemon grass and Galangal.

Label:
This SPICY American Wheat beer is as EXOTIC as the country that inspired it. This beer uses both fresh LEMONGRASS and GINGER to give it a refreshing aroma and taste taking you on a trip access the globe. We keep the beer DRY letting the spices stand out on their own giving you a unique experience.

This flavorful wheat ale is great for an escape into your Second Self.

==Introduction==

Special thanks to my good friend and homebrew brother, Richard Avila of Avila Ales for donating this beer to the website. This is the first time I try a beer from Second Self Beer Co. Their use of exotic ingredients intrigues me especially since this is a light beer. Typically, some adjuncts maybe overwhelming for a beer especially if it is a lighter style. However, based on the recommendation from my friend, he advised it was very damn refreshing and the lemon grass was really present and worked well for the style. Let’s analyze the brew and see how it is. Cheers!

Aromas:
Ginger, wild flower honey, biscuit bread, pilsner malt, yerba buena/ spearmint, lemongrass, vanilla, rose hints and tropical fruit notes.

Flavors:
Herbs, Coriander, Wild flower honey, ginger, lemon grass, floral hops, honey suckle, hibiscus, roses, biscuit bread, pilsner malt, banana notes, basil, chai notes, ginger bread, vanilla, lychee, stone fruit peach, mango and cane sugar.

Aftertaste:
Finishing dry with notes of ginger, honey, vanilla, biscuit bread, floral and herbal hops as well as stone fruit hints. No alcohol in the aftertaste, golden pale clear light body, crisp, clean, smooth and refreshing mouthfeel along with a very easy drinkability.

Overall:
Very flavorful beer showcasing lots of the exotic ingredients and flavors used. Nothing too overwhelming or spicy and for being a light beer, the light use of the flavors and still presence is something that I really liked about this one. It is also very easy to drink to I definitely recommend this one for the spring and summer times coming.

Anime Corner:
Tinker Bell from Disney’s Peter Pan was used in this pairing as I not only did I want some similar colors to use with this pairing, but mainly for the whole tropical and exotic aspects of the beer. Essentially, Tinker Bell is from Neverland, which in itself is an exotic and tropical land. So using her with this pairing fit in my mind.

Sources:
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Sirens’ Song by Ommegang brewing

Rating: 5.5/6
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Sirens’ Song by Ommegang brewing is a 9% ABV Belgian Dark Strong Ale brewed with Figs and Raisins.

Label:
Where heaven met earth and stayed awhile

To revel in life’s sweet Music

Ancient mariners braved the Aegean, holds laden with figs and raisins. They faced great storms, monstrous sea creatures, and merciless pirates. But all paled compared to the Sirens, whose enchanted songs drifted to sea and drew the sailors to their end.

Our dark ale, Sirens’ Song, pays homage to the lost cargos, with figs and raisins added to the brew kettle. The resulting beer is dark, mysterious, and as irresistible as the Sirens’ seductive song.

Roasted malt and burnt sugar aromas lead, followed by flavors of dark fruit and notes of dark caramel. The finish is smooth and balanced with subtle bitterness.

==Introduction==
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Ommegang has been one of my favorite Belgian style breweries making great beers including one of my top 3 favorites in the world, Three Philosophers. They recently released this new Belgian Dark Strong brewed with figs and raisins. While Belgian yeast, candi sugars and the right malts and hops can create great complexity similar to these fruits, adding them brings about other unique complexities. So I can definitely see how this may actually elevate the beer to higher levels of flavors. Let’s see who this dark ales does, cheers!

Aromas:
Banana phenolocs, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, dark fruits of raisins, prunes, currants, figs, dates, plums, raspberries, dark candy sugar, piloncillo sugar cone, rock candy, rye bread, molasses, pecan pie, hazelnut, stone fruit peaches, apricots and cinnamon.

Flavors:
Super dark fruits of raisins, prunes, currants, figs, dates, plums, raspberries, pears, apples, Banana cream pie, Banana sundae, dark chocolate notes, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, maple syrup, cloves, anise, coriander, stone fruit peaches, apricots, cinnamon, peppercorn, dark candy sugar, piloncillo sugar cone, rock candy, rye bread, molasses, pecan pie, hazelnut, pralines, peanut clusters, marzipan, toffee, apple pie, peach cobbler, peach preserves and port wine.
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Aftertaste:
Finishing up with rich dark fruits, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel, stone fruit, bananas, dark candy sugar, clove spice and marzipan notes. No alcohol in the taste. Full Crimson body. Smooth, creamy, and velvety mouthfeel and a moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
Exceptional dark Belgian with so much dark fruit complexity. The figs and raisins actually did make a difference enhancing the beer, which I can only assume the base was already delicious. The phenolic and banana flavors really stand out wonderfully almost making this more of a banana and dark fruit dessert. It has been a long time since I have tried a new Belgian from Ommegang and trying these new beers are always pleasant. I highly recommend this one to those that love dark Belgians.
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Anime Corner:
Ariel from Disney’s the Little Mermaid as well as original Siren and mermaid characters were chosen for this pairing as it was the obvious choice to go with the name of the beer and the label colors. It was something that I felt should have been easy but I also wanted to give a pairing to the name which is the Song of the Siren and there for it shows Ariel singing. While Sirens and Mermaids differ in how much more of a fish they are and other characteristics, some mermaids can be seen as sirens. So I think it worked out just fine.
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Mr. Nibbles by 5 Stones Brewing of Cibolo Texas

14543700_10103598632663260_8959214263226471863_oRating: 6/6

Mr. Nibbles by 5 Stones Brewing of Cibolo Texas is a 5.2% ABV Brown Ale brewed with Walnuts, Almonds, Filberts, Pecans, Brazil Nuts and Maple Syrup.

Label:
Batch 1 Bottled on 1/20/2016
Ale hand crafted with Walnuts, Almonds, Filberts, Pecans, Brazil Nuts and Maple Syrup.

==Introduction==
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What great way to start the fall with some brews from my good friend and fellow review brother, Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com. This beer comes to us from the good people at 5 Stones brewing in Cibolo, Texas. Thanks to Aaron, I have the great opportunity to bring some of these beers to the website. Many of which have been very delicious and some supremely exceptional and unique. Today, we bring you a review of their Mr. Nibbles beer. A beer that has been made with all sorts of crazy nuts. Sure, I can recall the delicious nutty peanut butter beers and even the hazelnut nectar beers, but this…. this is taking nuts to a whole new level. Let’s take a look at this new brew, cheers!

Aromas:
Maple syrup, marshmallows, bananas, clove spice, cinnamon, fruit cake, ginger bread, almond joy butter, nutter butter, hazelnut nectar, pecan pie, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla, rye bread, nutmeg, brown sugar, bananas, marzipan and praline ice cream hints.

Flavors:
Rich Almond joy butter, nutter butter, hazelnut nectar, pecan pie, toasted pumpkin seeds, cashew cream, butterscotch, toffee, dulce de leche caramel, marshmallows, leather hints, rye bread, walnut cake, dark chocolate notes, milk chocolate, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, peanut buttercup notes, maple syrup, molasses, bananas, clove spice, cinnamon, fruit cake, ginger bread, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, marzipan, mazapan, capirotada raisin bread pudding, stone fruit peach, mango hints, dark fruit raisins, cherries, dates, Danish cream and vanilla.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with rich nutty notes, toffee, chocolate notes, cinnamon, marzipan, rye bread, toffee, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel and banana notes. No alcohol in the taste, crimson medium body, smooth, creamy and slightly chewey mouthfeel and with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
Damn exceptional brew. It isn’t even barrel aged but the many points go to it for making a brown ale so complex it almost reminded me of a special Belgian Quadruple I had long ago. The mix of nuts and sweets is enough to drive someone nuts. The scary part about this is that I almost finished the whole bottle it was that damn good. Deep within the recesses of Texas and other parts of the country, people like 5 Stones are brewing beers that are damn unheard of helping people reach a special palatable Nirvana of sorts. I highly recommend you try and find this one if you live in Texas and special thanks to Aaron for the awesome hook up, always a pleasure!!

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Anime Corner:
Gadget Hackwrench along with Disney’s Rescue Rangers gang were chosen in this review to go with the label furry characters. Yes, I know chipmunks and squirrels are not the same but the fact that it showed mice and a squirrel, I felt it was a great opportunity to bring it the Rescue Ranges into this pairing. This one I think works super well considering the comparisons of the woodland creatures. I also found an awesome picture with the surprised look on their faces just like the squirrel in the label is surprised about the mice. Almost like a king but in this case, Gadget would be the queen.

Sources:
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2016 Dodie by The Bruery

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2016 Dodie by The Bruery is an 11.7% ABV American Strong Ale aged in bourbon barrels with grape must, cherries, orange zest and spices.

Label:
HOTSY TOTSY

Dodie is inspired by a classic New York concoction and shares a nickname with Grandma Rue, who was keen on the ritzy drink.

It’s time to dip the ill with Dodie. With no giggle juice on its rap sheet, it’s a dandy recreation of the profile of a classic Manhattan cocktail – from the grain (rye, wheat and barley), bourbon barrel -aged character, and blend of 20+ spices and grape must for bitters-eque and vermouth-like notes. Fancy a garnish? Cherries and orange zest come out as your kisser hits the glass.
==Introduction==

Released to the Bruery Reserve Society. I didn’t think too much about this beer at first since I had no idea what it is about and yet the Bruery always surprises with their full on experimentations. Once I saw what it was I was definitely intrigued. A beer based on a mixed drink. Reminded me of the L’deracola (Cola flavored beer) or the El Roble (Margarita based beer). They always come up with great beers and definitely are an inspiration to homebrewing. It is because of their willingness to experiment that I have taken it upon myself to make my own experimentations. Let’s have a look at this one though and see what it has to offer, cheers!

Aromas:
Dark fruit fruit raisins, prunes, plums, figs, dates, dark cherries, capirotada bread pudding, brown sugar, wine grapes, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, oak, orange zest, coriander, bananas, clove spice, coconut, chocolate orange creamsicle, cherry cordials, cherry cobbler, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, English toffee, Danish Cream, brown sugar, marshmallows, smores chocolate, almond joy chocolate, rocky road ice cream, cinnamon, fruit cake, allspice, nutmeg, chai tea and coffee cake.

Flavors:
Bananas, clove spice, coconut, Rich dark cherries, orange zest, bourbon, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel, wine grapes, dark fruit raisins, prunes, plums, figs, dates, coriander, ginger bread, cinnamon, fruit cake, allspice, nutmeg, chai tea, green tea ice cream, dark chocolate, marshmallows, smores chocolate, almond joy chocolate, rocky road ice cream, chocolate orange creamsicle, cherry cordials, cherry cobbler, pecan pie, hazelnut nectar, English toffee, Danish Cream, Dr. pepper notes, cherry cola, mocha, molasses, anise, mint, licorice, tangerines, coffee cake, capirotada bread pudding, and lots of brown sugar.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with rich flavors of dark fruits, cherries, oranges, pecan pie, oak, marshmallow, bananas clove spice, vanilla and caramel. No alcohol in the taste, Blood Crimson clear body, smooth, creamy and velvety body along with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
Exceptionally awesome. I have had different mix drinks in the past and while I still have yet to try a Manhattan, this is pretty damn delicious. Almost as if it was what they were going for. Either way, it was enough for me to try to seek this one again. Spicy rich, fruity, citrucy and nutty, this one a highly recommended brew from me.

Anime Corner:
Jessica Rabbit from Disney’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit was chosen for this beer for many aspects such as beer color, label and theme. Essentially, this beer was made to mimic the Manhattan cocktail drink. As such, Jessica wears a cocktail dress and the movie, while it took place in Los Angeles, the theme seems very similar to New York in the 1920’s. While her character comes off as seductive like the flavors of the beer, the strength of the beer mimics her sense of justice to help Roger out in the movie. A childhood classic, now tribute with a brew.

Sources:
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2015 Lips of Faith Series Blackberry Barleywine by New Belgium

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2015 Lips of Faith Series Blackberry Barleywine by New Belgium is a 10% ABV English style Barleywine brewed with blackberries.

Label:
Smooth as the silk ascot you should be wearing while sipping this barley wine ale brewed with fresh blackberries. A trip under your nose reveals aromas of toasted oak, caramel toffee and burgundy. Sip with purpose.

==Introduction==

I obtained this one at my local brew shop, Ramirez Liquors in Boyle Heights California. This was the last beer in the Lips of Faith Series for 2015. While I haven’t tried the Lips of faith in a while due to the rerelease of previous year ones, this one was one that I really wanted to bring forth to the site. The reason it took a long time was due to the aging process. Barleywines have to age on Secondary fermentation for the alcohol to mellow out. Once it was ready and I was able to find it, I took no time to wait and try it out to bring it to the site. Cheers!

Aromas:
Strong cherry and blackberries, dark fruit raisins, figs, plums, currants, pomegranate, banana notes, stone fruit apricot notes, brown sugar, rye bread, tart grape, grape wine notes, port wine hints, biscuit bread, toffee and hazelnut hints.

Flavors:
Rich dark fruit raisins, figs, plums, blackberries, currants, pomegranate, dark cherries, banana notes, rye bread, tart grape, grape wine notes, port wine hints, biscuit bread, toffee, dulce de leche caramel, leathery notes, orange and peach preserves, hazelnut nectar, coriander spice, pecan pie, maple syrup hints, fruit cake, stone fruit apricot notes, brown sugar, caramel cherry cake, and butterscotch.

Aftertaste:
Lots of rich dark fruit, toffee, caramel, rye and vanilla lingers. No alcohol in the taste, crimson light body, smooth, silky and creamy mouthfeel with a dangerously easy drinkability.

Overall:
Damn perfect malty Barleywine. Just the way I like them. The fruit and the already malty and dark fruit flavors expand so much that I almost finished the brew in one sitting really quick. For a 10% ABV, this is dangerous but it certainly is something that many people will like. Yes it is from New Belgium but their Lips Faith series has always been a hit or miss and this one is one major hit out the park!

Anime Corner:
Anna from Frozen was used in this pairing as I was looking for something to pair with the label of the beer which also has colors of Blackberries. Long behold, I found this one and while I hardly do Disney characters, this was a nice far artwork that seemed to just work so well with this one. Lots of the colors stand out with the flavors and ingredients of the overall brew.

Sources:
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The Belly Rub collaboration by Project Co-op Brew and Sleepy Dog Brewing

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The Belly Rub collaboration by Project Co-op Brew and Sleepy Dog Brewing is a 10% ABV Belgian Tripel aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Label:
You know that satisfying good feeling you get when your belly gets rubbed? Yeah… like that. So go ahead have a sip, sit back, paws up, and say, “hahh haahh haah.”

==Introduction==

I have over looked this beer many times and did not really bother to get although I really liked the label. There was always something else I wanted to try but recently I saw it again and I thought to myself, I have to get it now or miss the chance. I said screw it! So here we are with the little dalmatian on the label. Looks like Disney may have over looked this one as the little puppy resembles one of the 101 dalmatians. Disney selling beer? Nah, no way! Anyway, here you have it. This Belgian Triple is aged in Bourbon Barrels. I have not tried many Tripels aged in Bourbon so trying this I hope it is as awesome as some of the other great BBA beers I have tried in the past. Let’s try out this one shall we? Cheers!

Aromas:
Stone fruit apricots, peaches, plums, mango, white raisins, white wine grapes, peppercorn, biscuit bread, rye bread, butterscotch, Danish cookies, graham crackers, bourbon, marshmallow, brown sugar, pilloncillo sugar cone, sweeteened condensed milk and brettanomyces possibly from the oak.

Flavors:
Rich Stone fruit Apricots, Peaches, old mango, apples, pine apple, guava hints, Biscuit bread, Oak, Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, honey, phenolic notes, bananas, sour white wine grapes, orange preserves on rye bread, brettanomyces hints, waffle cone, graham crackers, brown sugar, pecan pie hints, sweetened condensed milk hints, butterscotch hints, buttery Danish cookies, White Raisins, floral notes, lemon peel, peppercorn hints, citrus, farm house hay hint, marshmallow, coconut hints, dried plums, Pilloncillo Sugar cone and cane sugar.

Aftertaste:
Apricots, White Wine grapes, caramel, waffle cone, bourbon hints, Danish cookies, honey, citrus and biscuit bread lingers. No alcohol in the taste, Hazy Golden medium body, moderate and creamy body and moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
A bit over the perfect mark. This beer is pretty pleasant allowing a good amount of honey and stone fruit sweetness along with the mild tart citrus and apricot notes and more. Something about the aging process or maybe the type of bourbon used here pairs it well to unleash the rich Stone fruit flavors. I would definitely recommend this as this thing oozes with a lot of Stone fruit flavors and oak. A great tripel and the bourbon barrel aging just does its wonders.

Anime Corner:
Original Dalmatian Girl by Hirano Katsuyuki was chosen for this pairing to go with the little cute dalmatian puppy. It really looks like a Disney character. Also, trying to find something that would pair with the label was hard to find. Not only could I hardly find a cute anime girl but a Dalmatian one at that. I only found it in one place but you can see how well it pairs especially as she approaches the beer. The beer gives a Belly rub from the inside and definitely please man’s best friends search for great beer. I am not sure if dogs drinking beer is good, but it seems to make them happy. Overall very cute

Sources:
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