Sunday, 9 May 2021

April 28, 2021

148/3498) Home:  Sam Adams' Utopias (2015) by Boston Beer Company of Massachusetts, U.S.A.:  *****; 28%, 25 ibu; bottle number 10750; this is a blend of ales brewed with maple syrup, aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels, ruby port, sweet madeira, white carcavelos, cognac and Armagnac barrels; brewed with two row pale malt, cherry wood and peat smoked Briess Extra Special, Munich, Caramel 60 malts, three varieties of Noble hops: Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittel Freuh and Tettnang Tettnanger as well as English Goldings hops and a variety of strains of yeast, including champagne yeast; pours the colour of port; boozy nose with oak and dried fruit; sweet, boozy, port-like notes, sherry, raisins, oak;  no carbonation; 

The batches that make up this blend are up to 22 years old which takes us back to 1993 when the Toronto blue Jays were World Series champions.  I have seen this going for as much as C$620. 

April 27, 2021

147/3497) Home:  Hazy IPA by Wayne Gretzky Craft Brewing of Ontario:  ***1/2; a 6.0% New England IPA brewed with barley, oats and wheat; mildly hazy with a soft, fluffy head; tropical nose; similar flavours, no bitterness to speak of;

April 26, 2021

146/3496) Home:  Vintage Ale (2005) by Fuller's Brewery of England:  ****1/2; 8.5%; brewed with floor malted Optic malt and Fuggles hops; best before date is the end of 2008; bottle conditioned; deep amber in colour; nose of caramel, toffee, sherry and marmalade with ever so mild oxidation; tastes of caramel, sherry, dried fruit and marmalade; here again, I have seen this listed for as high as U$318; bottle 08213 of 95,000;

This is the last of my Fuller's collection.

Saturday, 8 May 2021

April 25, 2021

145/3495) Home:  Vintage Ale (2006) by Fuller's Brewery of England:  *****; 8.5%; brewed with floor malted Optic malt; hopped with Fuggles and Slovenian Super Styrian hops; pours a very dark reddish brown; nose of sherry, caramel; I let this sit for a moment and was rewarded with notes of caramel, toffee, dried fruit, marmalade, sherry, fruitcake - I am thinkin here of my late brother-in-law's outlandishly boozy fruitcake - and raisins; bottle 39,548 of 100,000;

The best before date is the end of 2009.  This was purchased at the beerbistro.  It was their oldest, which means I did one better than the beerbistro.  I have stated that possibly 8 to 13 years is the peak aging time but I gave this 5 of 5 so who knows? This one goes for U$318 or approximately C$397.

April 24, 2021

144/3494) Home:  Vintage Ale (2007) by Fuller's Brewery of England:  ****; 8.5% 40 ibu; their 10th anniversary edition; bottle conditioned;  hopped with Fuggles, Target and Super Styrian hops; grain bill is Maris Otter malted barley; "best before 2010 end"; rich deep copper; mildly sweet nose; caramel, hint of oxidation, sherry, touch of alcohol; bottle 10471 of 150,000; 

I have seen this selling for as much as U$117.  I may have exceeded the optimal aging period here.

April 23, 2021

143/3493) Home:  Vintage Ale (2008) by Fuller's Brewery of England:  *****; 8.5%, 40 ibu; brewed with Challenger and Northdown hops as well as Maris Otter malted barley (floor malted); deep brown; nose is sweet with mild spice, caramel and dark fruit; tastes of caramel, marmalade, apricot; another beerbistro purchase, "best before end 2011"; bottle 82166 of 145,000;

April 22, 2021

142/3492) Home:  Vintage Ale (2009) by Fuller's Brewery of England:  *****; 8.5%; brewed with Kent grown Goldings hops and East Anglian Tipple malted barley; rich chestnut colour; nose of caramel. marmalade and jam; flavours of caramel, sherry, marmalade, fruit, dark sugar; I found that this benefitted from sitting for a minute to settle; bottle 038385 of 160,000;