Topling Goliath Kentucky Brunch Breakfast Strout (KBBS)
This beautiful beer was acquired through a fellow BA member that turned out to work with me. Never did I think I would be able to acquire this beer, however he wanted to share the wealth. The beer itself was outstanding. Right after the popped the cap on my underwhelming 12oz bottle, I got the bourbon and chocolate notes, almost as if the beer was calling for me. For a split second, I thought about grabbing it, and running out the door. The beer poured a jet black, with minimal amber head. The mouth-feel is perfect, very mellow and smooth. While this beer was just a tad bit below Mornin Delight, it was as close to perfection as a beer could get (5/5).
Cigar City Life is Like
The beer comes in a thick black color with barely any head. The aroma has huge luscious milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, cherries, as well as a little of the bourbon barrel.The flavor follows with that fudgey sweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and then dark chocolate covered cherries. They are almost this overly sweet dark cherry. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.
Without taking into account the adjuncts, the beer itself reminds me of BCBS. The sweetness, barrel character, and huge body. This has large chocolate and vanilla notes to keep that cherry in the back and mellowed. As Darwin’s review puts it, this beer was quite the surprise for the both of us (4.94/5).
S.A.R.A West Ashley
This beer pours a mellow apricot color, reminding me of orangina soda, with a little white head around the rim. Not too much acidity on the nose, you get a little of the funk mixed with an intense apricot and orange smell. The taste is very crisp and refreshing. This is something I could drink all day long if I could ever find more than a single bottle. One of the best sours I have ever had, just incredible. It’s not too much funk, and not too much tart, but the perfect balance in every way (4.75/5).
The Lost Abbey Cable Car Ale
The beer comes in a hazy bright straw yellow. The aroma has funky hay, apricot, dried peach, and a decent tartness. The flavor follows of tart lemons, stone fruit and nectarine, onto a medium minus malt backbone with a medium hay funk. There’s a dry and tart quality in the back. This is up there with the best gueuze I’ve had. It definitely holds back on the funk unlike Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon, but has a wonderful complexities and restraint (4.8/5).
Evil Twin Brewing Double Barrel Jesus
This beer poured a get black motor oil color out of the bomber, with minimal amber head. This beer reeks of whiskey notes which are very forward, mixed with dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate. The mouth-feel is very thick, boozy chocolaty goodness. The bourbon makes this very sweet, but not overpowering for me (4.75/5).
Toppling Goliath Assassin
The beer pours in a dark black color. The aroma has roasted malt, whiskey, coffee, chocolate. The flavor follows with a bright kick of whiskey in the front onto roasted malt and longing flavor of chocolate. The beer transitions into a bitter coffee, a hint of apple. On the finish is beautifully onto oak, coconut, and almonds. This beer certainly had comparisons to KBBS. Arguably just as incredible and one of the best barrel aged stouts out there.
On contrary to Darwin who gave this beer a perfect 5, I was a little underwhelmed by Assassin. Lets get this straight, yes it is a great beer, and yes I would tell someone to find it if they don’t have to trade the farm, but it was a 4.65 for me. It might be the fact that I had this after having KBBS and Mornin Delight, which were as close to perfection as you can get, so this was bound to drop off a bit for me.