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November 2017 - Best Barrel Aged, Gluten Free, Specialty Malt, Hop Hybrid

November 2017 - Best Barrel Aged, Gluten Free, Specialty Malt, Hop Hybrid
This month's Beer feature is Best Barrel Aged, Gluten Free, Specialty Malt, Hop Hybrid

Best Barrel Aged, Gluten Free, Specialty Malt, Hop Hybrid Reviews

Deschutes Brewery The Abyss Brandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
97 points
Dark brown black color. Interesting aromas of single village chocolate, graham cracker, licorice, and smoked jerky with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity fat body and a warming, intricate, long toffee, smoked peppercorn, dark roast coffee, and oak finish. A fantastical deep and rich imperial stout with great waves of flavor and texture to savor.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best Beer, 2017 Top 2 Best Ale, 2017 Top 3 Best US Beer,
2017 Best Barrel Aged Beer
Bravo! Chewie Bastard Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
94 points
Clear dark brown color. Green, citrusy aromas and flavors of mixed citrus peels and lavender, white balsamic vinaigrette, mustard greens, and jasmine tea with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, sourish medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long baking chocolate, peppercorn focaccia, salty rapini, and charred nuts finish. A big, hoppy, peppery Scottish ale sipper; try with cigars.
Damm Brewery Daura Gluten Free Lager
92 points
Clear gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of egg croissant, butter sautéed carrot, rice cake, and ginger snap with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, long nutshell and nettles, clay and crayon, metal, and dried plantain finish. A spry, toasty gluten free lager with ample bitterlng hops
pFriem Baileys Taproom 10th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Pale Ale
92 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Savory, sourish aromas and flavors of citrus vinaigrette, marinated peaches and mango, herbal sourdough stuffing, and kombucha with a supple, lively, frothy, sourish medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-length radish sprouts, vanilla nut brittle, and dried coconut finish. A refreshing and nuanced lightly sour barrel aged ale.
Awards: 2017 Best Barrel Aged Ale
Samuel Adams Utopias 2015 Barrel-Aged Strong Ale
92 points
Bronze color. Dense aromas of rancio, caramelized dried fruits, and pepper with a full body and a hot, elegant, long maple syrup drizzled almonds, amontillado sherry, and chocolate figs finish. A rich, sophisticated, and nuanced strong ale to tell your friends about.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. The Pit & the Pendulum Barrel-aged Sour Ale
92 points
Hazy sunburst color. Aromas of dried sour cherries, barnyard earth and haystack, reduced citrus, and peppered cinnamon toast with a tart, effervescent, sour medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long cherry vinegar, pickled cucumber relish, and nuts finish. A delicious and stimulating cherry sour ale that wakes the palate.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Commander Barrel-Aged Barleywine
91 points
Brilliant dark copper color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced apple, pear, and pumpkin, pomegranate cola, and cardamom pastries with a chewy, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, very long ginger beer float, mocha flan, and caramelized radishes and yams finish. A rich, gracefully spicy barleywine.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Silhouette Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
91 points
Opaque dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate nut muffin, coconut macaroon, and coffee ice cream with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry full body and a warming, medium-length chocolate cherry brownie and vanilla latte finish. A rock solid barrel-aged imperial stout.
Damm Brewery Daura Gluten Free Märzen Lager
90 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of raisin toast and egg muffin sandwich with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length fruit nut pastry, lemon pith, and nettles finish. A nice malty gluten free lager with robust bittering hops.
Delafield Brewhaus Old Number 27 Barrel-Aged Barleywine
90 points
Cloudy murky walnut color. Grainy, umami aromas and flavors of mixed grain sacks, soy nut mix, sautéed and dried mushrooms, and wet clay with an oily, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity fat body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long molasses cookie, gingerbread, and caramelized figs and peppers finish. A rich, chewy, warming barleywine.
pFriem Oud Bruin Barrel-Aged Brown Ale
90 points
Light mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-drizzled roasted nuts, dried fruits, and white balsamic drizzled pannetone and bread with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-length pickled berries and white chocolate brittle finish. A delicious, well-balanced barrel aged ale.
Stillmank Beer Co. Barrel Aged Porter
90 points
Nearly opaque brown color. Creamy, roasted aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, muffin and custard and latte with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long dried fruits, mocha creme brulee, and licorice and delicate spice finish. A tasty and warming barrel aged porter.
Duvel Moortgat Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ale
89 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed fruit cake, apple-banana custard tart, pickled golden beet salad, and white wine with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-to-long peach-mango yogurt, honeyed pepper nut bread, cherry tart, and hint of whisky barrel finish. A precise, decadent barrel-aged ale to savor and share.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Barrel Aged Imperial Smoked Porter
89 points
Bright bronze color. Smoky, inviting aromas and flavors of smoked jerky and woods, toasted pumpernickel with smoked cheddar and onion marmalade, and Band-Aid with hint of iodine with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, bittersweet medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long artisan dark chocolate, dulce du leche, grilled radicchio, and mixed peppercorns finish. A powerfully delicious smoked porter with a wonderful waves of flavor.
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
88 points
Minutely hazy amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted spiced pumpkin apples and squash, cinnamon roll, and hint of rose water with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long praline, ginger creme brulee, and peppered kale finish. A flavorful and lively pumpkin beer pleaser.
Awards: 2017 Best Other Flavored Ale
Shmaltz Brewing Company Funky Jewbelation Barrel Aged Sour
88 points
Dark medium brown color. Interesting aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, sweet and peppery spices, pumpernickel bread pudding, and leafy greens with a slightly chewy, tart, sourish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long peach-cherry vinaigrette on mustard greens, peppercorns, roasted nuts, and cola float finish. A great example of barrel aged ale with fine balance of malt and sourness.
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. Belgian Prairie Belgian-Style Tripel blended with Fumé
88 points
Hazy amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of lemon herb muffin, caramel on raisin toast, champagne vinaigrette, and Playdoh with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long melon, grapefruit gelato, and watercress finish. A complex, vinous ale with great table appeal.
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
87 points
Brilliant amber color. Creamy aromas of peach and apple butters on toast, flan, and delicate herbs with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium caramelized nuts, vanilla cream, and peppered roasted carrots finish. A crisp, lively barrel accented ale.
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale
87 points
Bright deep amber color. Creamy aromas and flavors of coconut creme pie, tres leche cake, and dream bar with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, easy vanilla nuts, brown sugar and yams, and lettuce finish. A fun, super creamy barrel aged cream ale that will be good with desserts.
Big Boss Brewing Co. Shutterbug Barrel-Aged Peach Ale
87 points
Cloudy gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of buttered sourdough toast, peach chutney, and ricotta with a supple, crisp, effervescent, sourish light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant peach skin and pit, butter roasted almond, and pretzel mix finish. A pleasant lightly sour peach accented ale.
Buffalo Bill’s Brewery Pumpkin Ale
87 points
Brilliant sunburst color. Spicy aromas and flavors of fresh baked pumpkin pie with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy celery soda and sasparilla, gingerbread with pears, carrot cake, and radish finish. A nice pumpkin beer that will appeal to many.
Deschutes Brewery Pacific Wonderland Dry-Hopped Lager
87 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of exotic citrus, peppercorn muffin, hop pellets, and mango powder with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length grilled citrus and carrots, radicchio, and okra finish. A nice hoppy lager with a lot of earthy, savory notes.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Barrel Aged Blackout Imperial Stout
87 points
Dark brown black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee and maple fudge with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long chocolate gingerbread and citrus peels and hint of pepper finish. A lively and engaging imperial stout.
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat Ale
86 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Attractive, creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of peach custard pie and white chocolate profiteroles with a velvety, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long creme brulee, honey buttered golden raisin nut rye toast, radish spouts, and endive finish. An attractive toasty creamy peach accented ale that is sure to be a hit.
Bravo! Holy Moleee Imperial Spiced Stout
86 points
Dusty brown black color. Aromas of mexican chocolate, vanilla bean, dark roasted nuts, and leather ball with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long dark chocolate cherries and nuts and latte finish. An elegant, subtly spiced stout with great drinkability.
Buffalo Bill’s Brewery Black Pumpkin Oatmeal Stout
86 points
Dark walnut color. Spicy aromas of pumpkin pie, whipped cream, and apple pie with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-length dark chocolate covered espresso beans, cola float, roasted nuts, and pepper finish. A tasty, spicy, lively pumpkin flavored stout.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Barrel Aged Tripel Dog Dare Ale
86 points
Sedimentary deep amber color. Aromas of banana bubblegum, honeyed dried fruits, sunflower seed bread, and wintergreen and flowers with a velvety, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, breezy sarsaparilla float, praline, pear cider vinaigrette, and pepper finish. A weighty ale for desserts.
Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company Double Cookie Imperial Stout
86 points
Dark brown black color. Attractive, creamy aromas of oreo cookie ice cream, vanilla salt water taffy, and hint of Playdoh and glue with a velvety, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a warming, refreshing, long caramelized yams, cappuccino gelato, praline, and pepper finish. A fun, cookie flavored stout.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Barrel Aged Alberta Clipper Flavored Porter
85 points
Murky dark brown color. Interesting aromas and flavors of black licorice, raspberry dark chocolate bar, carob yogurt, and coffee grounds with a chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long toffee and peppered greens finish. A nice chocolatey porter with pleasant fruit and even balance.
pFriem Pruim Barrel-Aged Lambic
85 points
Nearly opaque amber pink color. Odd aromas and flavors of melted candle wax, bbq rub and woods, and dried citrus and seeds with a slightly chewy, shrill, medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium roasted lemon juice, pickled root vegetables, gooseberry, and wet wood finish. A seriously sour ale for the table.
Big Boss Brewing Co. Saints On Raspberries Barrel-Aged Sour Ale
84 points
Clear copper color. Sourish aromas and flavors of raspberry balsamic vinaigrette on mesclun and reduced lemon with a supple, racy, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long nutskin, pickled okra and berries, and hint of nail polish remover finish. A nice sour raspberry flavored beer to whet the appetite at the table.
Samuel Adams KMF Grand Cru Barrel Aged Sour
84 points
Murky brown color. Interesting aromas of pickle juice, edamame, carob bar, and latex with a slightly chewy, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, long pomegranate vinaigrette on greens, hot pickles, and figs jam on sourdough toast finish. A rich, meal in a glass style sour ale.
Suntory ALL-FREE Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage
81 points
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas of lemon curd on toasted crumpet and corn meal with a watery body and a swift puffed wheat, popcorn, puffed barley, and nectarine skin finish. A solid nonalcoholic beer; try as a shandy.
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