It takes a community to build a house but only one man to live blog a fantastic beer event. Or does it? The guys at the Gate have kept six kegs in the deepest dankest part of their basement and tonight this one Beer Friend is drinking his share. Here's the lineup, each one keg aged four years:
J.W. Lees Manchester Star Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock Hitachi no Nest Celebration Ale Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Scotch Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Allagash Curieux
Graham's First - Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale
Let's recap an important conversation:
Me: How's the bourbon barrel scotch ale. Bartender: How is it? It's kinda f$ck%n awesome. Me: Then I kinda f#ck€n want some.
Small pour of epic deliciousness. Five weeks of bourbon barrel aging already puts it over the top but keg age the brew for 5 years and it really opens up. Your talking each delectable flavor of the brew: hints of vanilla, sugar, smoke and wood.
Over the top flavors of bourbon. Which I suppose includes all those aforementioned flavors. Did I mention that I love bourbon?
Graham's Second - Allagash 2008 Curieux
Another recap - the last beer was dark. Like the soul of a southern republican. It was bourbon aged with 6 different malts and two different hops. Bourbon/whiskey aged means nothing constant to anything however. The Allagash Curieux proves that. Aged 2 months in Jim Beam barrels at first sip one wouldnt know the difference - until you got real deep into it. The vanilla from the oak/whiskey barrels is dominant. Belgian flavors are reserved but present and the 9.5% ABV is non-existent.
Cloudy (as hell, which is most likely cloudy) and blonde-ish this beer defines what a bourbon aged Belgian should. Awesome.
All-in-all this is one of the most delicious beverages with this much flavor east of the Mississippi.
Graham's Third - Hitachino Nest Celebration 2008
Apparently one of the rarest breweries on the planet after the tsunami - located right where that terrible wave hit. This beer was brewed a bit before the disaster and and after four years of aging it was delicious.
This beer gives...er...has great head. They serve a 10 oz. pour in a pint glass because the head is so active. And it's not empty fizzy head either - it's packed with the aromatic flavors of the beer. Speaking of the beer's flavors...
This is a light colored, intriguingly spiced winter warmer. If you were wondering what a Japanese winter warmer would taste like this is it...on four year aged steroids. Very spicy but definitely verging on sweet at some points. Flowing in between the orange/vanilla side and the coriander/nutmeg/cinnamon side. All the while staying incredibly smooth. One of the best brews of the night.
Thanks to the guys and gals at the Gate! You guys really know how to rock an imaginary type of day in the right type of way!