Melon Cart by Golden Road Brewing

Rating: 5/5

Melon Cart by Golden Road Brewing is a 4% ABV American 
Pale Wheat Ale brewed with Watermelon, Cantaloupe and Honey Dew Melon

Tastes like freshly cut melons and the California sun right in your hand. This light, crisp Wheat Ale is bursting with watermelon, honeydew, and cantalope flavors, finishing bright and refreshing.

Complex melon trio. This would be great for the summer!

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2017 Darkness by Surly Brewing

Rating: 6.5/7

2017 Darkness by Surly Brewing is a 12% ABV Russian
Imperial Stout 

Description:
Our massive Russian Imperial Stout contains waves of chocolate, coffee, cherry, raisin, and toffee, plus a non-traditional dose of aromatic hops.

One of my favs to get every year!

2017 Trappist Westvleteren 12 by Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

 

Rating: 7/7
 
2017 Trappist Westvleteren 12 by Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) is a 10.2% Belgian Trappist Quadrupel.
 
Label:
None
 
==Introduction==
 
Westy 12 is back! It has been 5 years since the last time I tried this beer. Back then it was the best beer in the world and even to this day I still think it is the best only because of rarity but mainly because it was an inspiration of a beer for since my first time trying Belgians. The best beers in the world commonly found to me are the St. Bernardus Abt 12 next to Trois Pistoles and the Three Philosophers. This beer is still difficult to get as you have to have an exclusive invite to the Monastery in Westvleteren and can only buy a limited quantity. Also, it has been difficult to get in the states since the one incident a couple years ago where they sold it at Total Wine where scalpers took many to sell online. Essentially, this beer was the best before the new IPA trends took over. Oh how people have forgotten that the old world of beers that have been made for hundreds of years should still be the best over these new and up and coming brews. It is the reason why this style is still my favorite despite the fact that while I do believe the newer hyped beers are delicious, they are no worth an arm and a leg. Also, while this one was hyped at the time, people forget that St. Bernardus Abt 12 is literally the same recipe but commercialized so many people in the world can know about the great Belgians. This is why I love St. Bernardus 12. It is easy to find but because I rarely get a chance to try this beer. I consider it slight above the best but in the rarity category. Let’s have a look and see how this tastes after years of me not having tried it. Cheers!
 
Aromas:
Deep dark fruits, prunes, raisins, vanilla, burnt caramel, dulce de leche caramel, goat milk caramel, wined caramel, chocolate, wafflecone, butterscotch, toffee, marshmallow, rock candy, candi sugar, honey, piloncillo sugar cone, peppercorn, earthy hops, hazelnut nectar and golden apples.
 
Flavors:
Supreme rich dulce de leche caramel, bananas, clove spice, dark fruit dates, raisins, plums, figs, flan, sweetened condensed milk, pecan pie, Danish cream, leather, rye, earthy hops, Stone fruit peaches, peppercorn, burnt sugar, rock candy, candi sugar, honey, piloncillo sugar cone, grapes, port wine, milk chocolate, candied apples, wafflecone, butterscotch, toffee, marshmallow, bubble gum, fig pudding, rice pudding, golden apples, hazelnut nectar, cherries, Mexican sweet bread, umami, Goat milk caramel, burnt caramel, anise notes, funnel cream cake, honey dew melon, tamarind and tiramasu.
 
Aftertaste:
Rich lingering dulce de leche carame, dark fruits, stone fruits, vanilla, flan, sweetened condensed milk, pecan pie, port wine, Danish cream, leather, rye, earthy hops and mild chocolate lingers. No alcohol in the taste, smooth, silky, syrupy and creamy mouthfeel, Dark Golden Brown medium body and a moderate to sipping drinkability.
 
Overall:
A definite bucket lister! Simply because it is one of those beers that you have to try to believe. Granted, I have tried this side by side with St. Bernardus and while I think this one is only slightly better, they are pretty much in that same taste profile give or take. How does this taste to my homebrew? Well, I do have to admit how damn close the recipe came out to be to the point where I surprised myself. I actually made my dream come true and while I am not a Trappist Monastery monk, I have to say I definitely have that in spirit! It is always an honor to bring this magnificent beer to the site when I can and I suggest you give this a shot, even if one. Get that off your bucket list!
 
Anime Corner:
Temari Sabakuno from Naruto, Kos-Mos from Xenosaga, Ryuko Matoi from Kill La Kill, Yoruichi Shihouin from Bleach are chosen for very special beers. Since I first had a pairing with Temari, Kos-Mos and Yoruichi in the past, it was only fitting that I do this again but this time with Ryuko too. Being my favorite anime characters always get the best pairings in some of the beers I truly feel are deserving of that ‘Heavenly and Godly Ambrosia’ Liquid status as with many of the beers I have tried, I have used them in the previous St. Bernardus Abt 12 review except with the introduction of my recent favorite girl, Ryuko Matoi. The original time I tried this beer, it was the world’s best beer and the best Quadrupel since St. Bernarudus. It is this style of beer that grew my desire, my love and passion that lead to the the fruit of my labor with my homebrew ‘Las Quad-tro Monjas’. So heavenly fitting, my favorite top characters go with my favorite beers, especially this rarity.
 
Previous review:
 
Information on the Westy 12 VS. St. Bernardus 12:
 
 

 

2017 The Three Philosophers by Ommegang

Rating: 6/6

2017 The Three Philosophers by Ommegang is a 9.8%ABV Belgian Quadrupple ale blended with 2% Belgian Kriek (Cherry Belgian Ale)

One of my top 3 best common beers in the world. True love for the Belgian Quads!

Original Review https://animebeers.com/2013/02/27/the-three-philosophers-by-ommegang-new-label/

Dark Age by Wicked Weed

14525039_10103596955614080_3325273672849418286_oRating: 6.25/7

Dark Age by Wicked Weed is a 12% ABV Imperial Stout aged in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels.

Label:
Humanity’s path out of the Dark Age is one without end. This path carries us away from the mystical to the measurable, from the magical to the mathematical, and is a meticulous tale of progress from madness to method. Yet, we still find wonder in the magic, and extraordinary potential in the mystery. Out of this yearning for the old ways, Dark Age imperial stout emerges from the whisky barrel, its dark malt complexity and bold, ye balanced, sweetness softened by it’s mystical evolution in oak. There are few things pair together better than bourbon and beer. Brewed with local honey and brown sugar this imperial stout spent upwards of 9 months soaking up rich flavors of bourbon while aging in oak barrels. With huge chocolate flavors playing together with the complexity of bourbon and a warming finish, this beer is a great night capper.
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==Introduction==

This is not the first time I tried a Wicked Weed beer. The first time was a sour my friend Auggie’s invitation to the BeerBumz beer session. I have heard many great things about this brewery and I absolutely love their artwork. They are mainly an East Coast brewery so we typically don’t see any of their beers on the west coast. What I have seen though is a way to get them online. https://bruisin-ales.lightspeedwebstore.com/ has them. So I was able to get this one on the website. This one being a bourbon barrel aged is a great way to introduce them to the website. Those complex beers are always welcome here. Let’s take a splash into the abyss… Cheers!

Aromas:
Dulce de leche caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon whisky, dark fruit currants, raisins, plums, figs, raspberries, pomegranates, boysenberries, flowers of lavender, rose petal hints, port wine, wine grapes, funky hints, black berry yogurt, blueberry yogurt, leather, tobacco, anise, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, German Chocolate, bakers chocolate, bananas, clove spice, raisin bread pudding, maple, roasted coffee, fruit cake, toasted coconut, licorice and abuelita chocolate.

Flavors:
Dark fruit currants, raisins, plums, figs, raspberries, pomegranates, boysenberries, dulce de leche caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon whisky, flowers of lavender, rose petal hints, port wine, wine grapes, funky hints, black berry yogurt, blueberry yogurt, Marshmallows, molasses, leather, tobacco, anise, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, German Chocolate, bakers chocolate, bananas, clove spice, raisin bread pudding, maple, roasted coffee, cookie dough, Danish cream, rocky road ice cream, marshmallow smores, pecan pie, toasted coconut hints, licorice hints, oreo cookies and cream, rock candi, piloncillo sugar cone, hazelnut, flan, 3 leches/3 milks cake and beet sugars.
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Aftertaste:
Rich dark fruits like cherries, prunes, figs, coffee hints, dark chocolate abuelita, tobacco, bourbon, caramel, Blackberry yogurt, wine hints, floral hints oak and marshmallows. Slight influence of booze but like rosey petal kiss. It does not detract from the flavors but it is hard to explain and yet awesomely delicious. Dark Abysmal body, Sipping drinkability, smooth, creamy, rich and syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall:
Above Exceptional! While this bottle is only 500ml, there is a whole world of massive complexity reminding me of some of the best sour stouts I have ever had. In fact, this is the best sour stout in the world for me. Reminding me of a like a Cuvee of Madrugada Obscura, Tart of Darkness, Hellshire II and many other great blends. With the deep oak and complex flavors, I highly recommend you find this one!
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Anime Corner:
Ryuko Matoi from Kill La Kill was chosen for this pairing because the label and the name represent dark ages and dark knights. While Ryuko’s dress kind of looks like evil dark armor, she is not evil at all. While the dark ages mainly happened in Europe, I wanted to show the contrast as what the dark ages would have been in Feudal Japan. Ryuko with the samurai contrasts that of Japan and in her other attires represents the European times as well as the Dark Knight outfit. Definitely creative.
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Sources:
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Ale to the Chief! By Avery brewing

14481760_10103596938927520_7144194345813442735_oRating: 5.5/6

Ale to the Chief! By Avery brewing is an 8.1 ABV American Strong Ale.

Label:
A Presidential Pale Ale to celebrate Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017

We the Brewers of Avery Brewing Company, in order to form a more perfect ale, require a new leadership that can liberate us from our quagmires in foreign lands; embrace environmentally sound energy alternatives to imported oil; heal our ailing health care system; free us from tyrannical debt and resurrect the collapsing dollar. We hereby pledge to provide him or her with an ample amount of our Presidential Pale Ale to support in the struggle for the aforementioned goals! Hail to the New Chief!

Not an “Imperial” pale ale, this is a democracy. It’s Presidential! Take the all-American pale ale, a bipartisan blend of malt and hops, increase to both Avery Brewing standards, and then, of course, dry hop the result with that most quintessential of American hops, Cascades, and you get this… Ale to the Chief. A brew worthy of the Oval Office! Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops and yeast.

==Introduction==

Released every 4 years, this is the first time I try this beer and one I have not heard of before. The fact that it comes out every 4 years to go with the elections is quite the tribute. While I don’t like to express my political views, this beer is nice to see who will be the next president of the United States. An interesting reason to make a beer but I think different things in life should be celebrated in the name of beer. Now, let’s take a look and see if this beer is worth the 4 year wait. Cheers!

Aromas:
Tropical fruit mango, dragon fruit, papaya, guava, pickley pears, raspberry, citrus, grassy, grape fruit and earthy hops, Danish cream, sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, leather, berry, starburst, oak, leather, rye bread, dark fruit raisins, figs, prunes, dark cherries, currants and bananas.

Flavors:
Caramel, vanilla, Biscuit bread, citrus, grassy, grape fruit and earthy hops, orange peel, toasted grains, Bananas, plantains, clove spice, dark fruit raisins, figs, prunes, dark cherries, currants, strawberry short cake, Tropical fruit mango, dragon fruit, papaya, guava, membrillo guava cake, pickley pears, raspberry, coffee cake, Danish cream, sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, leather, oak, rye bread, tangerine gummies and berry starburst.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with rich banana and orange flavor, grapefruit, biscuit bread, vanilla, and caramel. No alcohol in the taste, crimson clear body, clean, crisp, refreshing and smooth mouthfeel and moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
Exceptionally delicious. A blend of pale ale, Barleywine and American dark strong brew is the only I can describe this one. You have a great mix of hops, an array for light to dark fruits, caramels and other dessert sweets. In some cases, like Barleywines and old ales, the malt over takes the hops but this one has a strong enough hop forward presence that makes it balanced. Once that I will need to find again and one I highly recommend you find too!

Anime Corner:
Ryuuko Matoi from Kill La Kill was chosen in this pairing since I wanted to go with a character who is one major bad ass and a leader of her own series. Ryuuko For President! Essentially. She gets things done and doesn’t look back for such a bold and strong and yet balanced character to pair with a beer like this was something I had to choose. Besides, she’s a favorite of mine so no questions there. She looks like a queen on her throne.

Sources:
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