Saturday, December 3, 2016

Barley John's Wild Brunette

This 7.2% ABV brown ale is made using wild rice, and is from Barley John's Brewing. Their brewpub is in New Brighton, Minnesota, but their cans come from their facility in New Richmond, Wisconsin (which due to Byzantine various state alcohol laws, allows them to sell their cans in Minnesota, which they could not do from their own brewpub).

The beer pours a dark brown with dark ruby tints. There is a half-inch of light tan, creamy head. The aroma is sweet and nutty, caramel, dark fruits, hazel nut and toasted wild rice. The taste follows the aromas, sweet, fruity and nutty. The finish is dry, clean, and moderately bitter. The beer drinks very easy with light carbonation. This is a pleasant beer. 

Ommegang Game of Thrones Valar Dohaeris

This 9.0% ABV Belgian-style tripel ale is from the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. Ommegang is part of the Duvel family, and is essentially a Belgian brewery plopped down in New York State. It is one of their special releases tied to the HBO television series Game of Thrones. This is the counter saying to the coin (and beer) Valar Morghulis, a saying in High Valyrian meaning "all men must die," that when spoken guarantees you assistance from any person from Braavos. Valar Dohaeris means "all men must serve."

The beer pours a hazy very dark golden. There is an inch of raggedly foamy white head. The aroma is sweet, fruity and floral yeast esters, tangy and bright. The taste follows the aromas, a very balanced blending of sweet, tangy, and floral. There is a moderate floral bitterness on the finish. The beer drinks easy and smooth, with a tingling of carbonation. This is very nicely done, one of the tastiest that they have had in this series.