Sunday, May 22, 2016

Peace Tree Kiss From a Gose

The Peace Tree Brewing Company is in Knoxville, Iowa. This is their gose style ale, brewed with coriander and sea salt, they add in rose hips.

The beer pours a hazy yellow golden. There is a half-inch of white foamy head that quickly fizzes down. The aroma is grainy, earthy, tart. The taste follows the aromas, toasted grain, followed by a very tart sourness, with a white wine quality, but more sour even then vinho verde. The beer drinks easy and light, with a crisp, but not overpowering carbonation.

 
 

Deschutes Black Butte XXVI

This is an 10.8% ABV Imperial Porter from Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon. They release a version of this each year to mark their birthday; this was year 26. This version was brewed with pomegranate molasses with 50% aged in bourbon barrels blended with some non-barrel aged that had cocoa nibs and cranberry added.

The beer pours black in color, with a half-inch of thick, tight, nearly creamy, dark khaki, foamy head. The aroma is dark roasted malt, molasses with a fruity tang, the cranberry is there, cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, light bourbon, vanilla, light char, and some very light star anise. The taste follows the aromas, but is much brighter, and then adds in a heavy dose of pleasant char. The pomegranate and cranberry come through in the aftertaste. There is much sweetness, but the finish is mostly dry with all the char, and a moderate bitterness. The beer drinks smooth with light carbonation.