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
221917
Deschutes Brewery
The Abyss Brandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222132
Bravo!
Chewie Bastard Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221915
Deschutes Brewery
Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Rich amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade on toast with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length honeyed radishes, dried citrus and nuts and hint of bamboo shoot and pine finish. A very straightforward and delicious west coast pale ale with classic style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218566
Damm Brewery
Daura Gluten Free Lager
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222208
pFriem
Bailey's Taproom 10th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Pale Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222152
Samuel Adams
Utopias 2015 Barrel-Aged Strong Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221963
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
The Pit & the Pendulum Barrel-aged Sour Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222139
Lift Bridge Beer Company
Commander Barrel-Aged Barleywine
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222140
Lift Bridge Beer Company
Silhouette Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218567
Damm Brewery
Daura Gluten Free Märzen Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222065
Delafield Brewhaus
Old Number 27 Barrel-Aged Barleywine
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222209
pFriem
Oud Bruin Barrel-Aged Brown Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222054
Stillmank Beer Co.
Barrel Aged Porter
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222093
Aviator Brewing Company
NIghtJump Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Opaque brown black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of bbq woods, smoked cacao nibs, chocolate scented candle, and sweet peas and beans with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-long chocolate citrus and peach, peppercorn muffin, grilled bitter greens, and cedar finish. A lively imperial stout nightcap.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221875
Duvel Moortgat
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221887
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Barrel Aged Imperial Smoked Porter
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221832
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co.
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222121
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Funky Jewbelation Barrel Aged Sour
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222192
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
Belgian Prairie Belgian-Style Tripel blended with Fumé
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221829
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co.
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221830
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co.
Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222162
Big Boss Brewing Co.
Shutterbug Barrel-Aged Peach Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222141
Buffalo Bill’s Brewery
Pumpkin Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221916
Deschutes Brewery
Pacific Wonderland Dry-Hopped Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221886
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Barrel Aged Blackout Imperial Stout
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221831
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co.
Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222131
Bravo!
Holy Moleee Imperial Spiced Stout
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222142
Buffalo Bill’s Brewery
Black Pumpkin Oatmeal Stout
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221884
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Barrel Aged Tripel Dog Dare Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222143
Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company
Double Cookie Imperial Stout
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221885
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Barrel Aged Alberta Clipper Flavored Porter
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222207
pFriem
Pruim Barrel-Aged Lambic
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222151
Samuel Adams
Barrel Aged Black Harbor Stout
Opaque ebony color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee, baking chocolate, and dark roasted Brussels sprouts with a chewy, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long dark nut toast, smoked peppercorns, and roasted squash puree finish. A rich savory chocolate, java like stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222161
Big Boss Brewing Co.
Saints On Raspberries Barrel-Aged Sour Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222153
Samuel Adams
KMF Grand Cru Barrel Aged Sour
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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