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Tasting Notes: Hazelburn CV

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Hazleburn CV

Hazelburn CV (Scottish Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky: No age statement: 46%)

Visual: Banana gold.

Viscosity: Very slow puckering.

Nose: Stewed banana. Grain fields. Honey. Some alcohol prickle. Water emphasizes grain fields and brings out lime.

Body: Banana. Honey. Lime. Very smooth texture. Some alcohol feel. Moderate oak and charring. Custard. Much more honeyed with water. Light grassy character. Beef slices at back.

Finish: Lime. Digestives. Alcohol feel. Custard. Honey comes out with water along with some milky chocolate Light beef crisps and beef slices. Grassy. Toffee. Paprika.

Conclusion: So, Springbank without the peat? How does that work? Very smoothly as it turns out. The texture is light and slick, there is some alcohol presence but it is easy dimmed with but a little water. The flavours are very smooth and sweet with lots of honey and a touch of custard. Simply relaxing.

What is interesting is that it turns out…

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All The Same Beer

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SKA Brewing Company, located in Durango, Colorado, began producing beer in 1995 when two underage guys (Bill Graham and David Thibodeau) decided the answer to them not being able to legally purchase beer was to make it themselves. Inspired by Ska music, (which, I must state, I am NOT a fan of — it’s kind of like American jazz combined with Caribbean music) they brewed some beer and found they were good at it.

And that’s all the history their website (skabrewing.com) gives, so I have to stop there.

SKA’s Autumnal Molé Stout is a seasonal release, brewed with cocoa nibs, spices, three different chile peppers: Mulato, Ancho, and Anaheim. All of the peppers used in this beer are relatively mild on the Scoville scale, which is a numerical rating scale used to measure the spicy heat of peppers. This beer comes in a can, and rates 5.5% ABV (alcohol…

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Southern Tier Warlock

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Brew: Warlock

Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company

Style: Imperial Stout brewed with Pumpkin

ABV: 8.6%

Tasting Notes: This brew was one of the most exciting new beers to come out of my home town brewery in a while for me. From my understanding this brew is a spin on STBC’s Seasonal fan favorite Pumking. I’ve always been a sucker for pumpkin flavored brews so naturally having already been a fan of Pumking I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this new rendition. Moving right along, this beer pours exceptionally opaque with just a few hints of dark ruby highlights sneaking through. The head was a billowing two finger high tower of mocha, once that settled down the pumpkin pie aromas that came off this beer were exceptional! There were a ton of great nutmeg and spice notes alongside some rich biscuit accents. The stout aspects came through in the nose in the form of subtle licorice notes with a hint of roasted barley. The sip starts out with the same big malt sweetness I’ve come to expect from a Pumking. Where this brew really starts to distinguish itself is towards the middle when the roasty bitterness meets up with the spice and malts to bring this brew to a very pleasing balance between a solid imperial stout and a classic STBC Pumking. The roast bitterness helps clean the palate up thru to a finish that leaves just a few traces of spice and roast behind.

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Hoppin helles

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Micro snub.

A guy walks into a bar…

…wearing a red, long-sleeved T-shirt, with the word, “Leinenkugel’s” scrawled diagonally in white from his waist to his shoulder.

But the bar is Short’s Brewing Co.

The guy feels a little out of place and almost feels obliged to buy a Short’s T-shirt.

Instead he tips more generously than normal, and hopes the bartender, who did not mock him even once, understands that he’d rather drink Short’s over Leinie’s any day…but that the shirt was on the clearance rack.

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