Wood-Aged Beers

Russian River Supplication Ale

Russian River Supplication Ale

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On a recent snow day a group of us got together to share some brews. We enjoyed some great food, sampled a fantastic home brew (Ruination clone), and got after some tastings. Everyone brought something to share: my contribution was a bottle of Russian River’s Supplication Ale. Most brewheads know and love this Santa Rosa, […] ... [Read more]

Great Divide 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

Great Divide 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

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Based off their DPA, year seventeen tasted very close to that of its predecessor.  It too was aged on American and French oak chips, brandished the same abv, and seemed to embody a similar malt and hop profile.  The only thing that was noticeable different was the label.  Last year (16th), the grain on the label […] ... [Read more]

Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood-Aged Double IPA

Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

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I kept this bomber in my fridge for a year in order to see how it would age.  Would the hops fade?  Will the abv turn it into more of a barleywine? What about the oak aspect?  These were all questions I asked myself throughout the year as I waited 365+ days to enjoy this […] ... [Read more]

Founders Old Curmudgeon Ale

Founders Old Curmudgeon Ale

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Curmedgeon.  A bad-tempered, crusty, difficult, stubborn, (generally) old person.  The label depicts what looks to me like an old John Calvin (college located nearby brewery).  Perhaps Founders is suggesting that scholars should step away from the books every once and a while before they become old and senile.  In all seriousness though, this beer is […] ... [Read more]

Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale

Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale

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They, Stone, calls this the Cuvee de Bastards and rightly so.  It combines and blends the 3 notable  variations: Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Aged Bastard, and Double Bastard in this one-off brew that was released in November of 2010.  Its release celebrated 13 years since the original was brewed in 1997.  Having had the aforementioned beers I was not […] ... [Read more]

Allagash Odyssey

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I’ve saved this treat for just such a special occasion. The last evening of a great weekend ‘up north,’ I was happy to share with family. It poured into a tulip glass wonderfully, a solid beige head formed at about an inch, looking like a liquid bed of styrofoam. The body was dark, a mahogany, […] ... [Read more]

Great Divide Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti

Great Divide Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti

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Tom: Three Yeti brews down, one to go on my quest to sample all of Great Divide’s Imperial Stout variations.  I was super excited to open the gold leaf wrapped cap and pour this viscous, obsidian colored brew into my snifter.  Having just had Goose Island BCS Coffee I was interested to see how the […] ... [Read more]

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

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Michael: For me, winter is stout season. Last year, I spent three glorious months of cold searching out the finest stouts I could. As the snow flies this year and the liquor store shelves begin to fill with bottles of black liquid goodness, it was time for me to clear out my fridge and make […] ... [Read more]

Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

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Michael: Life has a way of surprising you. So does beer. This was a gift and so for some reason the price tag of ‘free’ had prejudice me against this brew. The label was average, nothing exciting and I had never bumped into Old Dominion before. So, thinking I was in for an average beer […] ... [Read more]

Great Divide Rumble

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Fall is approaching us here in Chicago as the temperatures are dropping and more importantly the humidity is gone. However, this morning when I woke up it was rainy and overcast. Wanting to say in a catch up on some much needed rest I hunkered in with a nice beer and some episodes of Rookie […] ... [Read more]