This year's holiday seasonals include Blitzen Spiced Golden Ale, Cherry Christmas Sour Blend, Brewdolph Belgian Style Red, Holiday Cheer Robust Vanilla Porter, Jolly Bock German Style Bock, C-sons Greetings Imperial IPA, Bourbon Barrel Aged C-sons Greetings, Old Tavern Rat Barley Wine, Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat and 8 Malty Nights Chocolate Rye.
Emily Engdahl - Dog & kid wrangler & co-founder #pdxbeergeeks
Jim Keyes - Homebrewer & husband of Emily Engdahl
Michael Umphress aka @mmcooljam & co-founder #pdxbeergeeks
Perry Bee of BrewmanceNW fame
The reviews -
This spiced golden ale is infused with cinnamon, clove, lemon zest and fresh ginger. It is bright gold in color with a strong cinnamon aroma. The flavor mixes bready wheat malt character with underlying ginger notes and a hint of citrus. 4.6% ABV
Cherry Christmas is a blend of four different beers: Golden Ale fermented in stainless steel with sour cherries; Golden Ale fermented in Port barrels with sour cherries; Brown Ale inoculated with a lambic blend yeast ale aged in Merlot barrels for four years; and a two-year-old Gueze. 5.6% ABV
At first smell one can detect the sour. It's very complex, cidery, and reminds me of some lambics. I'm not a fan of sours, but am certain several will like this offering.
C-sons Greetings is a higher alcohol version of our popular C-Note Imperial Pale Ale, brewed and dry-hopped with even more of the seven "C" hops - Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Challenger. It features a deep copper color with a piney, citrusy, floral and resinous aroma. A rich caramel malt finish balances the full hop flavor and endless developing hop presence. 8% ABV
reminds me of Camp Hancock, great strong IPA
Wonderful release this year, and I feel better than years passed. Super great aroma hops, lovely Cascade hops spoiled the nose with spice, floral, and citrus qualities. Very well balanced yet still a hoppy monster. Loved it.
One of my favorite seasonal beer from the last two years. Incredibly balanced and a true hop bomb!
Bourbon Barrel Aged C-sons Greetings
Brewed in February 2011, this was aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for seven months and cellared for an additional month. It has a deep copper color and strong oak aroma with caramel and resinous hop notes. 8% ABV
Slightly soapy, and unfinished, looking forward to having this when it is a little older. fine ivory head, will be available in bottles at area shops soon.
A little sharp, could use some vanilla bean.
Super good, mellowed version with lovely wood character. Almost all was barrel aged, and in barrels used before. Certainly not overpowered by bourbon, but still had great mellowed malts, and light vanilla and oak to really round this beer out. One of my favorites there.
This is the one I was really looking forward to trying. All the great qualities of C-Sons Greetings, but I agree with Emily this one needs some more time to mature.
This robust vanilla porter combines big chocolate flavor and a full body with mellow vanilla notes compliments of whole vanilla beans in the conditioning tank. 6.8% ABV
This lager was brewed with a generous amount of Munich malt to develop the deep amber color and rich malt flavor. The malty profile is balanced with a spicy hop bitterness. 7.3% ABV
malty, not sweet, quick carbonation
Old Tavern Rat
This dark, amber colored barley wine was aged for almost a year prior to its release. It has a strong bitterness that is balanced with the sweetness of caramel and toffee flavors. 9.4% ABV
A loose off white head, candy & toffee aromas - deep copper red, top hints of esters, smooth.
A good barleywine.
Truly a superb barleywine ale. Really true to the English style, robust, and packed with well rounded flavors. Sweet, bready, brown sugar, molasses.. and good dry hops. The way a barleywine is really meant to be. This one shines.
As a fan of the barleywine style, this one rings true. Dangerously smooth, and very drinkable.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat
Barley Wine was originally brewed in December 2009, then aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 10 months and cellared for another 13. The dark amber-colored barley wine features a soft oak character with notes of raisins and figs. 9.7% ABV
It's buttery smooth, fine ivory head, puckery at lips, vanilla and wood tones.
Darker and more mellow than Old Tavern Rat.
I am a much bigger fan of BBA barleywines than any other style. This was solid, had some very big bourbon and vanilla notes, and really darkened the beer up some. Great smooth drinker. High marks for this one.
Incredible! I'm with Jim on this one. Much more mellow the Old Tavern Rat. Not overly boozy tasting as on would expect from a BBA barleywine. Certainly worth buying a couple bottles, storing and see what this offers down the road.
Thanks again to Lompoc for hosting this event, and hopefully will see some you down at Sidebar on 29th. Just tell them #pdxbeergeeks sent you. Cheers!