Pumpkin Beer Reviews: Elysian, Buffalo Bill’s, Uinta and Dogfish Head

Love them or hate them, Pumpkin beers are here to stay. Beer Advocate lists 1,305 different Pumpkin beers! Tonight, the Elves and I took a break from Christmas preparations to taste four Pumpkin beers. One was a clear winner.

Buffalo Bill’s is a pioneer in the microbrewery scene. Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale, which the brewery touts

Stone Xocoveza Review

In 2014, Stone Brewery produced Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout using a recipe by Chris Banker who won Stone’s home brewing competition with his take on Mexican hot chocolate brewed with spices. That beer was meant to be a single release, but fans said otherwise, and Stone Brewery is now producing Stone Xocoveza as an annual holiday beer.

Stone Xocoveza is a Milk Stout and pours

Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper Bourbon Barrel Aged Review

Last summer I gave you notice to get your bottle of Port Brewing Bourbon Barrel Santa’s Little Helper while it was still available. It’s released every July after aging Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels for 9 months. Today, I grabbed a bottle from my cellar and pulled the cork. Here’s my review.

Bourbon Santa’s Little Helper pours black with a thin chocolate brown head of foam. The nose is full of bourbon,

Holiday Ale Festival #3 – New Breweries

Today is the final day at the Holiday Ale Festival in Portland, Oregon. Time for me to get back to the North Pole, but first here are 5 more winning Christmas beers. Stickmen Brewery of Lake Oswego, Oregon and Alameda Brewing of Portland are new to me.

Stickmen Brewery The Twerking Elf (2013) is a Sour Brown Ale. It pour brown with a lacy tan head. It smells sour with plums and cherries. It tastes slightly sour with malts, Granny Smith apples, sour plums, and dark fruits. I find it

Holiday Ale Festival Report #1

I’m at the Holiday Ale Festival in Portland, Oregon this weekend tasting many specialty and rare Christmas beers. I tasted a number of barrel-aged gems. Here’s my first report of 5 rare beers.

First up, Cascade Brewing’s Gingersnaps. This is a Northwest Style Sour Strong Ale. It pours cola brown with a root beer style bubbly head. The nose is ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and light bourbon. It tastes like

Nøgne Ø Special Holiday Ale Review

The label of this beer has a silhouette of the 3 Magi traveling on camels to find the Messiah. Three brewing kings collaborated on Special Holiday Ale – Nøgne Ø of Norway, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales of Michigan, and Stone Brewing from California.

Special Holiday Ale pours brown with a few bubbles but no head. Sweet malts, juniper, cherry and sage greet your nose. I pick up

Bison Gingerbread Ale Review

Bison Brewing creates USDA organic certified beer. Gingerbread is their spiced Porter for Christmas.

Gingerbread organic ale pours dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly to lace. The nose is sweet speculoos cookie with figs, molasses and malts. The brewery says this beer tastes like a drunken gingerbread cookie, but I find the initial flavor to be ginger, caramel malts, and spice. It has a strong porter base from the