Friday, October 19, 2012
New Beer & Fresh Cask Friday 10/19/12
First up is a phenomenal beer from Firestone Walker Brewing. their Double DBA. FW's standard Double Barrel Ale has been in the market for quite some time and is one of their best sellers, this beer is an amped up, super barrel aged barley wine version of this beer.
Pours a mostly clear deep caramel and gold color with a thin layer of beige head. The nose is rich and boozy with smooth oak, bourbon and toffee. The taste starts with layers of toasted malts, caramel, dark fruit and burnt sugar. A light touch of citrus hops come in next and are swept away by sweet vanilla and chewy toffee. Notes of dark raisin lurk underneath, meshing nicely with the oak barrel treatment. Finishes boozy and sticky. Warm and inviting with a kiss of hops. This a phenomenal barley wine and the Beerhive is the only place in the state that managed to get some.
The Beerhive also managed to score some more of FW's Wookie Jack as well.
Returnig Champs: Roosters Ogtoberfest - This lager is dry-hopped with domestic Tettnang hops and is accentuated with deep caramel malts with a nice fruity, hoppy nose.
At Desert Edge: Augustus Amber Ale and the Munich Lager are back on tap as well.
For Hoppers Fresh Cask Friday, Secret Agent and Brewmaster Donovan Steele has filled two casks with his Pale Morning Ale - one hopped with fresh Cascade hops, the second hopped with a mystery hop (Meridian maybe?) or so feme fatale, Tiffany Steele believes. The casks will be tapped at 5:00pm. and will only be on 'till they're gone.