For the first time ever, the FiftyFifty Brewing Co. Eclipse series beers hit the Philadelphia market, and we were lucky enough to pick up a few varieties. Today, we’re taking a look at the Four Roses Bourbon single barrel aged Eclipse. Shane and Nick, both fans of bourbon, tackle this 9.5% ABV Imperial Stout.
Archive December 2011
Barleywines can be hit or miss for me, I either love it or can do without it. When you get a good Barleywine it hits all the perfect notes and you just want more of it. Sam Adam’s most recent entry in the world of Barleywines is the Griffin’s Bow, which is an 11.5% ABV oak-aged Barleywine. Promising notes of honeysuckle, pineapple, brown sugar, and toffee, it looks good on the outside.
Mike brings back a bottle of Avery’s Rumpkin from the DC area, which is their Imperial Pumpkin Ale aged in rum barrels. At 15.90% ABV this beer packs plenty of holiday flavor. From our recollection, this is the first barrel aged pumpkin beer any of us have had, so it’s quite a unique treat. Certainly seek this one out if your area received it!
My only connection to the relatively new Port City Brewing is Mike, and unfortunately his visits aren’t frequently enough to deliver their beer! On his most recent trip back, he brought with their first winter holiday beer, Tidings. Unlike most breweries that favor a Winter Warmer or Strong Dark Ale, Port City chose a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with honey and spices.
We’ve got another bourbon barrel aged beer today, Victory’s Dark Intrigue (2011), which is their Storm King Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels for the summer of 2011. According to Victory, this is the last year this is being made and even sold the actual bourbon barrels at the release event. And yes – we had been drinking…