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Terms

abv: Alcohol By Volume

ncf: Non-Chill Filtered

ncs: Natural Cask Strength

nas: No age statement

12/17/10 Tasting

Cragganmore Distillers Edition nas 40% abv

Speyside


Nose: Fresh oak with citrus and a light port hit

Palate: Wonderful spice and oak tannins with dried fruit

Finish: Medium long with and dried oak and a late hit of port






Ardbeg Blasda nas 40% abv

Islay


Nose: Peat, oak, young/fresh/underage

Palate: Sweet, light, and peaty

Finish: Medium with vanilla and spice


Even though this is supposedly peated @8ppm it gives a much stronger impression



Benriach Importanticus Fumosus/Peated/Port
12yr 46% abv

Speyside


Nose: Nice big peat hit with vanilla and warming tawny port

Palate: Sweet peat, light vanilla, citrus and port - very complex

Finish: Long & spicy with late port and stewed fruit


Really Nice!




Laphroaig Triple Wood nas 46% abv

Islay


Nose: Light peat, light oak, very grassy, some vanilla

Palate: Full bodied and fruity, toffee and vanilla

Finish: Smooth and creamy with a nice long finish and late hit of spice.

Much better than expected. Definite nust for Laphroaig fans!



Arran 100 Proof nas 57% abv

Speyside


Nose: Big burst of fresh fruit, citrus, rindy, then again a pear fruitiness and vanilla

Palate: Hello Arran, very islandish, full-bodied, slightly oily. Water brings out sweetness of honey and toffee

Finish: Very complex and long


Really good stuff! Best of the night.




Port Askaig Cask Strength nas 57.1%

Islay


Nose: Sweet and light smoke, syrupy sweetness

Palate: Like chewing peated barley, honey sweetness with a little spice

Finish: Long and warming with smoke, a little peppery on the tail. Yum!


Brew List

Here’s the list and checkin’ it twice, gonna see which is naughty or nice.

Over the river and through the woods to TST we go....

Tastings

Avery Brewing Co "Seventeen"

Dry Hopped Black Lager 8.69% CO


Nose: Big hop hit, yeasty, light sweetness


Palate: Roasted/burnt malt, hops


Finish: Short and bitter


Not all what it’s cracked up to be. I would rate it around 90.




Allagash Triple Reserve Belgian Style Ale 9%

ME


Nose: Fresh hops early, then yeast followed by a very intense banana split!


Palate: Nice citrus hit and very smooth


Finish: Short and again a late citrus hit









Terrapin Beer Co "Rye Squared" IPA 8.5% GA


Nose: Very fresh orange, hops, and light winter spice


Palate: Fresh citrus, spice, and light hop trailing


Finish: Short but pleasant with light hop and orange notes on the tail





Orkney "Dark Island" 4.6%  Scotland


Nose: Nice sweet nose of chocolate, figs, toffee and hints of fruit


Palate: Very smooth and well rounded with coffee, dried fruits, and a slight hop bitterness


Finish: Again chocolate with roasted malt coming in late


Beautiful!



Dogfish Head "Miles Davis' Bitches Brew" 9% DE


Nose: SW30! Light nose of hops, citrus, honey, with traces of soy sauce


Palate: Sweet hops, dark roasted malt, sweet


Finish: Medium and lackluster


After all the hype I was quite a bit disappointed. Not really a 99 but more like a 92. Still very unique and worth the experience.





Schlafly "Reserve" Imperial Stout 10.5% MO


Nose: Sweet, green hops, coconut


Palate: Very sweet, molasses, caramel, and again coconut


Finish: Nada



Merry Christmas to one and all!