Holy hell this is one hell of a beer! Every year, Shmaltz Brewing puts out a holiday gift pack. To celebrate their 17th year, and the opening of their own brewing facility, they brewed Jewbelation Reborn specifically for the gift pack. 17 hops, 17 malts, 17% ABV, this beer is a flavor f***! Boozy, with flavors of dark fruit and a strong alcohol burn, this is one heck of a beer experience!!!! Try it if you can get it!
Slumbrew, or Somerville Brewing Company, is another one of those great up and coming breweries from western Massachusetts. Their Flower Envy is a nice example of a Saison, or Farmhouse ales. This one has a nice floral aroma, with hints of clove and lavender. The taste is typical of the style, with orange peel and coriander with some lavender and a nice estery banana and buttery flavors. A wonderful example of a saison, with just a nice amount of hoppiness as well. I give this one a definite must try!
Blue Mountain Barrel House Dark Hollow is an Oak Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout that is a really good beer! I tried it on a friends recommendation and was extremely pleased! Boozy, bourbony, with flavors of vanilla, chocolate and coffee, this is one big beer with lots of bold flavors! One of my new favorites, I highly recommend trying this beer!
Captain Lawrence is an excellent Brewery in NY State that makes this most amazing beer! It’s a Belgian tripel aged in apple brandy barrels. With aromas of green apples and vanilla and tastes of tart apple, brandy with some slight vanilla and hoppiness. At 12%, this beer will kick your butt! You must try this beer if you can find it!
Flying Dog is releasing a series called Brewhouse Rarities, which are a limited release series. It’s a Belgian Strong Ale made using El Diablo yeast. It has a nice pinkish hue with aromas and tastes of peach, pears and apples with some hints of banana. It’s a delicious and refreshing beer, but probably won’t be to everyone’s taste. I enjoyed it and think its worth a try!
This is one of a series of Stone collaboration beers, this one being the R & R Coconut IPA. As far as an IPA, it was very good: citrusy, piney and floral with a nice hoppiness. As a coconut IPA, it was, to me, a failure. No coconut aroma, with just a slight hint of coconut as the beer warmed up. So…good IPA, failure as a coconut IPA.