Sep
13
2011
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I write this on the 13th of September, 2011. This beer was bottled two years before I could legally drink, and a little more than a year before I would try my first beer. Now, I have only had a pair of barley wines in my past, so I really don’t have a lot to compare this brew too. The only other barley wine that I have had was a 2010 Sisyphus, which I found to be excellent. This 2007 vintage however, is just plain phenomenal. This is a beer that definitely ages well. It poured a deep carmel color, similar to that of an Irish red. There was only a little head on the pour, but the lacing is excellent. The taste is very intriguing. It has an almost bitter quality to it. The first flavor that I noticed was an almost caramelized banana, almost as if if was prepared in a vintage brandy. You can also taste slight traces of plums, and spice. For a beer that is 11.5% ABV, it doesn’t hit you like a cinderblock. I have found several higher ABV brews to be too sweet, similar to drinking syrup, however this is not the case with this example. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go enjoy the rest of this wonderful brew, knowing full well that I may never come across another of this vintage.

Howdy, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I know that I did. I watched my team beat up on the Colts (34-7). I watched my brothers team lose in the final seconds to New York (27-24). I drank some good beer, and toured two breweries. So, on that note, lets get started.

Aug
31
2011

I am going to take a moment here, and in the spirit of Wednesday, discuss one of my favorite breweries and my impressions of their beer. Real Ale Brewing. Real Ale, located outside of the town of Blanco, Texas is a relatively new brewery to the scene. By new, I mean this is their fifteenth year of brewing. A small company that began in the cellar of an antique shop back in 1996. I have had a number of their brews over the past three years and have been met with mixed emotions.

 
 
 
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