“I’m right with you on the interest in Wee Heavies. They’re hard to come by these days. Also agree with you about malt potential, and the shifting of the palate. It’s funny, because I’ve heard the same thing about this transition from many people." - beeritual

Yeah, I don’t know if it’s because IPAs are played out and finding a truly unique one is harder to come by, but the possibilities of malt seem limitless in comparison. If you like Wee Heavies you should definitely try Alesmith’s. I really like theirs. 

I’m right with you on the interest in Wee Heavies. They’re hard to come by these days. Also agree with you about malt potential, and the shifting of the palate. It’s funny, because I’ve heard the same thing about this transition from many people." - beeritual

Yeah, I don’t know if it’s because IPAs are played out and finding a truly unique one is harder to come by, but the possibilities of malt seem limitless in comparison. If you like Wee Heavies you should definitely try Alesmith’s. I really like theirs. 

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Founders “Dirty Bastard” Scotch Ale: I’m becoming more and more a fan of Scotch Ales / Wee Heavies. Probably linked to my growing fondness for Barleywines. The aroma has sweet toffee notes coupled with plum (perhaps even dark cherry) and mild fusel notes. Vanilla undertones with almost a peat-like nutty character. Plenty of toffee and dark fruit on the palate. Molasses. Chocolate-covered cherries with just a hint of tobacco. Subtle toasted malt character. Medium-plus body with minimal carbonation and a lingering malt finish. Very palatable.
I wish this style would become more popular. Obviously the growing styles are Session Ales / IPAs and American Saisons. As my palate matures, I see much more potential in malt than hop. Both are essential, but I think what a brewer can do with malt is infinitely more inspiring than what they can do with hops.

Founders “Dirty Bastard” Scotch Ale: I’m becoming more and more a fan of Scotch Ales / Wee Heavies. Probably linked to my growing fondness for Barleywines. The aroma has sweet toffee notes coupled with plum (perhaps even dark cherry) and mild fusel notes. Vanilla undertones with almost a peat-like nutty character. Plenty of toffee and dark fruit on the palate. Molasses. Chocolate-covered cherries with just a hint of tobacco. Subtle toasted malt character. Medium-plus body with minimal carbonation and a lingering malt finish. Very palatable.

I wish this style would become more popular. Obviously the growing styles are Session Ales / IPAs and American Saisons. As my palate matures, I see much more potential in malt than hop. Both are essential, but I think what a brewer can do with malt is infinitely more inspiring than what they can do with hops.

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stonebrewingco:

Our newest Stone Groundbreaking Collaboration #beer, a joint-effort with renowned AleSmith Brewing Company, is NOW AVAILABLE on our Indiegogo campaign page. Brewmaster Peter Zien says he’s bringing his “A-game!”http://www.stonebrewing.com/collabproject 

I like Alesmith so much I’m gonna pledge even without knowing what kind of beer it will be (but fingers crossed it’s a stout, barleywine or wee heavy)

stonebrewingco:

Our newest Stone Groundbreaking Collaboration #beer, a joint-effort with renowned AleSmith Brewing Company, is NOW AVAILABLE on our Indiegogo campaign page. Brewmaster Peter Zien says he’s bringing his “A-game!”http://www.stonebrewing.com/collabproject 

I like Alesmith so much I’m gonna pledge even without knowing what kind of beer it will be (but fingers crossed it’s a stout, barleywine or wee heavy)

(via bakersbrews)

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Founders “Red’s Rye IPA”: I’m glad to be able to try more from Founders. It’s probably one of the only breweries I’ve had a good sampling from that isn’t distributed in my area. Bouquet of grapefruit and floral hops in the aroma with a healthy amount of caramel malt undertones. Noticeable rye spice characteristic, but lingers beneath the surface. On the palate I get a medley of sweet caramel malt upfront immediately preceded by moderate to assertive hop bitterness and ending with rye spice on the backend. Medium to medium-plus body with a plenty of carbonation and a lively mouthfeel. Not overly complex, but well executed. Very palatable.

Founders “Red’s Rye IPA”: I’m glad to be able to try more from Founders. It’s probably one of the only breweries I’ve had a good sampling from that isn’t distributed in my area. Bouquet of grapefruit and floral hops in the aroma with a healthy amount of caramel malt undertones. Noticeable rye spice characteristic, but lingers beneath the surface. On the palate I get a medley of sweet caramel malt upfront immediately preceded by moderate to assertive hop bitterness and ending with rye spice on the backend. Medium to medium-plus body with a plenty of carbonation and a lively mouthfeel. Not overly complex, but well executed. Very palatable.

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xccris asked:

Taphouse in my old college town is having a FW tap takeover. What should I try? I haven't had anything from them yet. LBTAPHOUSE

Brewgie Howser, Craft-Beer Enthusiast Answer:

That’s a damn fine tap list;

  1. Pale 31
  2. Union Jack
  3. Stickee Monkee
  4. 2013 Sucaba
  5. Lil Opal
  6. DBA
  7. Agrestic
  8. Bretta Rosé
  9. Opal

If you haven’t had any Firestone, that is unfortunate. Honestly, I would try the rarities and then grab bottles of their year-round lineup while you’re in the area.

Agrestic, Lil Opal, and Bretta Rosé (which I’ve yet to try) are from their Barrelworks program and are all sour(ish). Doing a side-by-side of Opal and Lil Opal would be interesting. I’ve had them separately. I’d probably then choose the 2013 Sucaba. I’ve had that vintage, but when it was released (not an aged version). I did a side-by-side of 2014 and 2012 and the older vintage was incredible. I’d probably choose Stickee Monkee as a final choice. Very good, but having something from Barrelworks or an aged Sucaba would be real treats.

If you want to try something from their regular lineup at the takeover, I’d go with Opal, Union Jack, DBA then Pale 31. If you go out bottle shopping for FW, grab a bottle of Wookie Jack and / or Double Jack.

Look at the bottled on dates in the bottom left corner of the label. FW doesn’t pasteurize their beer and recommends consumption within 120 days of bottling (with exception of their Proprietor’s Vintage releases, Anniversary Blends and Barrelworks releases). Those can be cellared.

Firestone Walker “Stickee Monkee” Central Coast Quad: Created for a previously released Anniversary Blend, this is the first year this beer has been bottled. From the nose I get a lot of toffee and brown sugar character followed by fruity esters and barrel notes of vanilla, leather, tobacco and oak. Slightly banana-y, but leaning more towards plum-raisin-like dark fruit. Subtle fusel notes. Toffee / butterscotch caramelized malt character notes dominate the palate. Dark fruity esters and barrel notes start to emerge. Belgian Candi sugar / honey / molasses notes. Echoes of orange zest. Medium-plus creamy body with a light malt roast, moderate carbonation and bourbon fusel warmth on the palate. Very palatable. I’m not well versed in quads, but this is one of the better examples I’ve tried. Not sure what time will do for this, but I have three more bottles in my cellar.

Firestone Walker “Stickee Monkee” Central Coast Quad: Created for a previously released Anniversary Blend, this is the first year this beer has been bottled. From the nose I get a lot of toffee and brown sugar character followed by fruity esters and barrel notes of vanilla, leather, tobacco and oak. Slightly banana-y, but leaning more towards plum-raisin-like dark fruit. Subtle fusel notes. Toffee / butterscotch caramelized malt character notes dominate the palate. Dark fruity esters and barrel notes start to emerge. Belgian Candi sugar / honey / molasses notes. Echoes of orange zest. Medium-plus creamy body with a light malt roast, moderate carbonation and bourbon fusel warmth on the palate. Very palatable. I’m not well versed in quads, but this is one of the better examples I’ve tried. Not sure what time will do for this, but I have three more bottles in my cellar.

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only the good (great) stuff" - beeritual

Thanks. I’m really trying to hone my cellar skills. I used to put whatever in there, but I’m working on paring it down to just the essentials; those beers that will actually benefit from cellaring. It’s still part experimental, part favoritism though. Some of the stuff in my cellar I really just want to have for later enjoyment and don’t feel it will improve with time, but won’t hurt it either.

I’ll post mine. Should get bigger when I get back.” - xccris

Sweet! I’m always curious to see what people have in their cellar.

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Tioga Sequoia “Midnight Lightning” Russian Imperial Stout: I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while now and wasn’t sure I was going to be able to find a bottle. Aroma of dark chocolate, earthy espresso and roasted malt. Subtle notes of dark fruit, like plum, and anise. Woody. The flavor profile is very similar to the nose with chocolate dominating. Espresso adds a pleasant bitterness to counter the sweetness from the chocolate. Roasted malts linger on the palate. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Subtle fusel warmth, but non-intrusive. Highly palatable. I’m definitely looking to enjoy this one again before it disappears for a while. I’d cellar a bottle if I thought it could benefit from it, but honestly it’s perfect just the way it is. Maybe I’ll just tuck one away to enjoy at a later time. At over 11%, it definitely has the potential to do some downtime.

Tioga Sequoia “Midnight Lightning” Russian Imperial Stout: I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while now and wasn’t sure I was going to be able to find a bottle. Aroma of dark chocolate, earthy espresso and roasted malt. Subtle notes of dark fruit, like plum, and anise. Woody. The flavor profile is very similar to the nose with chocolate dominating. Espresso adds a pleasant bitterness to counter the sweetness from the chocolate. Roasted malts linger on the palate. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Subtle fusel warmth, but non-intrusive. Highly palatable. I’m definitely looking to enjoy this one again before it disappears for a while. I’d cellar a bottle if I thought it could benefit from it, but honestly it’s perfect just the way it is. Maybe I’ll just tuck one away to enjoy at a later time. At over 11%, it definitely has the potential to do some downtime.

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