Friday, March 23, 2018

Firestone Walker Sucaba Barrel-Aged Barleywine Style Ale (2018) - Review

Beer Review #189

Hello, hello! Welcome back to another edition of Beer Porn & More. For this Friday edition of the show I'm wrapping my lips around the 2018 vintage of Firestone Walker's barrel-aged barleywine Sucaba. This beer hit shelves on February 10th. Today is March 23rd. I'd been eyeing since release day but only today finally pulled the trigger. At 12.5%ABV, this barrel-aged barleywine is a very age-able brew, but lets be honest. Beer was made for drinking, not for hoarding. So bottom's up me hearties.

For a high ABV barrel-aged beer this one pops out of the bottle with a surprisingly vigorous amount of carbonation, but any head that emerges dissipates quickly and the beer doesn't come across as all that 'snappy' on the tongue.

The aroma is fabulous. Its barrel aged, but the barrels seem particularly fresh - an element sometimes lacking now that the onslaught of barrel aged beers has put a premium on time and storage to make this stuff happen. Look for a big Bourbon, oak note replete with strong notes of vanilla. Molasses, brown sugar and graham cracker are key.

All of these great elements are present on the pallet as well, although the mouthfeel remains remarkably light and refreshing for a beer of this magnitude. Continue below for my video review of this beer over on youtube:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Beer With Books

Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet (review)

Beer Review #188

Hello, hello. Welcome back to Beer Porn & More. We're closing in on 200 written beer reviews and nearly as many video reviews (though not all the same beers, so be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel). Its been ages since I reviewed a brew from Sierra Nevada so today I'm tasting one that I'd never heard of before in the form of their Hop Bullet Double IPA.

One of my favorite IPA's going back a few years to when I first caught the craft beer flu was Sierra Nevada's hop oil infused Hop Hunter IPA. This time around I'm reviewing their lupulin powder powered Hop Bullet DIPA.

This 8.0% - 60IBU Double IPA, pours a slightly golden shade of straw with approximately three fingers of tight, fluffy white foam. The beer appears to be clear, but at closer inspection you'll begin to notice a very fine suspension of particulates - most likely the undissolved remnants of the lupulin powder.

The aroma is decidedly old-school West-coast American IPA, with pine leading the charge. But its not completely one dimensional, as hints of zesty lemon peel and "soapy" floral hops later emerge.

Now, let's talk taste. Malts are nearly non-existent. This is primarily a big, dry, hop-driven West-coast IPA that is more retro (in 2018) than forward thinking. Pine leads the charge, with citrus and floral hops fighting for any attention from our taste buds.

Not at all exciting, its nevertheless a dependably, text book DIPA, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Lupulin powder keeps the hop profile tasting fresh, and I'd expect this beer to have a better-than-usual shelf like for the style.

Continue below for my video review

Monday, March 19, 2018

Three Heads Tropical Kind Double IPA (review)

Beer Review #187

Hello, hello! Welcome back to another edition of Beer Porn & More. In today's episode I'm taking a taste of Tropical Kind Double IPA from Three Heads Brewing. This New York State brewed double India Pale ale features mango and passion fruit to take on a tropical theme.

Weighing in at a respectable 8.7% ABV this orange-amber DIPA yields a few scant fingers of quickly dissipating white foam, magnifying-glass like clarity, a medium-light body and a moderate push of carbonation.

The aroma is unexpectedly, and pleasantly tropical in nature with a wallop of passion fruit, mango, and a citrus tingle that give way to only hints of pine and malt, but you really have to look for them.

But what about flavor? Big aromatic tropical IPA's usually pack more fruit in the aroma than the pallet, and this one is no exception. That passion fruit, mango, and even fuzzy peach-like elements do indeed strike first, but quickly give way to floral and earthy hops. A hint of pine follows on the finish. For more about this beer continue below and watch my review video. Subscribe to my channel while you are at it. 


Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens (Review)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

2018 Cloverleaf 4k (slideshow)

I spent Saturday morning trail side snapping some photos of my friends at the first small, local run of the year, the sixth annual Cloverleaf 4k Trail Run. This fun run benefits the local land trust where the event is held. Watch the video slideshow (above) and click the link for still phots.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Tennessee Prinse Quadrupel Ale (review)

Beer Review #186

Hello, hello! Welcome to another craft beer review here on Beer Porn & More. In today's review we'll be taking look and taste of Tennessee Prinse Quadrupel Ale Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Northhampton Mass. based Brewmaster Jack. Scroll down to skip ahead to my video review, unless you are old school like I am and still enjoy reading things.

This behemoth barrel aged quad clocks in at 11.5% ABV and costs a whopping $20 for a 4-pack of 12oz bottlers at my local bottle shop, The Jolly Farmer. The beer pours nearly-black but with significant red highlights when held up to the soft-box lighting set up here at the luxurious Beer Porn Bedroom Studios.

The aroma is primarily fruity - grap, plum, fig, but look also for a healthy dose of graham cracker and maybe a bit too much alcohol for its own good.

That fruit and graham cracker thing is also present on the pallet, along with a bit of alcohol warmth, and dose of oak off the barrel. I also detect a bit of pipe tobacco that I did not notice while recording my video review which you can view below. Please Subscribe!

Photos In The Snow

Took my new lens out for a short walk in the cold, wind and snow this morning. You can see the photos in the video slideshow or check out the still photos on my photo blog: HERE