What do you get when brewers from Alaska and Washington come together to make a one-of-a-kind beer? Sun of a Beak is that beer. It’s an Bourbon Barrel Aged Coconut Imperial Porter with so much complexity you just keep tasting more.
My bottle has been aged a few months past the two year mark. Yet, there’s so much life still in this beer!
Sun of a Beak pours
Icicle Brewing Company is located in a Bavarian tourist village nestled in the rugged Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The city of Leavenworth is a cute tourist town lined with flower boxes and Bavarian architecture. Icicle brewing company makes excellent beers including Lifeguard Biere de Garde.
Lifeguard is a bier de garde aged in French oak barrels for two months. Biere de Garde is a style of
Sound Brewing of Poulsbo, Washington developed a lot of complexity from just a few ingredients: Belgian Pilsner malt, cane sugar, Motueka hops, Trappist yeast, and water. They call this beer Entendez Nöel. It’s a Belgian Style Pale Quadrupel.
Entendez Nöel pours clear, dark gold with white foam that completely disappears. The aroma is
Pike Brewing of Seattle, Washington has been around since 1989, the 3rd oldest independently owned brewery in the state. Auld Acquaintance Spice Holiday Ale is Pike’s gift to us for the holidays.
Auld Acquaintance pours clear copper-red with white foam that reduces to a swirl of lace. The nose is
Silver City Brewery of Bremerton, Washington began operations in 1996 and is one of the most award-winning breweries in the State. Old Scrooge Christmas Ale is an English Barleywine. In the past, I’ve aged Old Scrooge and love how it transforms over time. Silver City also makes a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Scrooge Christmas Ale. I’m reviewing a 2014 bottle of Old Scrooge and a 2013 of the barrel-aged.
The elves and I warmed bottles to 55 degree fahrenheit for our tasting. Old Scrooge Christmas Ale pours
Here’s a unique Christmas ale, well, actually a Festivus Holiday Ale. Black Raven Brewing of Redmond, Washington created a spiced double IPA that the Costanzas would be proud of. It’s called Festivus Holiday Ale. Let the feats of strength begin!
Festivus pours copper with a thin tan head. The nose is lemon zest, piney hops, and a blend of fresh spices – sage, holly, and Douglas Fir. The flavor is that if a hop-forward beer that is spiced, as opposed to the usual spiced beers which are sweet malt-forward. I taste citrus hops, pine, tangy lemon, perhaps the cranberries, ginger, and behind all this light spices. The flavors blend to form a unique treat of hops and spice and fruit. At 7.1% ABV it’s not quite a feat of strength, but it’s up there with double IPAs. For all the hop flavor, it’s a surprising low 48 IBU.
Black Raven is an award-winning brewery just a few miles away from the Microsoft headquarters. Certainly a brewery to watch.
The Holiday Ale Festival in Portland, Oregon is in full swing with a lot of rare and barrel aged beers for the tasting. In this second report, I update a couple of barrel aged version of beers I’ve already reviewed, and explore three more. Cheers to my new friends who spurred me on as a wrote reviews! Here’s 5 more special beers.
No-Li Brewhouse Whiskey Barrel Aged Winter Warmer is an American Strong Ale with lots of oak. No-Li took their hoppy Winter Warmer (see my review here) and filled first-use Dry Fly Distillery wheat whiskey barrel hours after