Black. Tokyo. Horizon.
I can’t believe we’re here already. There’s only 2 beers left after tonight and then that’s it until next year. This year’s selection has tested my resolve on a number of beers that have winked at me from the
shelf cellar over the last year, and tonight’s beer is one of those. Thornbridge Brewery’s Sour Brown (2013) edition is part of the Thornbridge Hall range and comes in a box, adding a little something to the presentation.
Nearly there. Into the last quarter of the #12beersofxmas now and only 4 beers to go. Although there is the biggest ABV of the lot to come, the finish line is in sight. Today’s beer was sent to me MONTHS ago by Shepherd Neame. It’s an English Barleywine collaboration with Sigtuna Brygghus in Sweden that came about as a result of master brewers from the two breweries coming together at a trade show.
Today’s beer is special. Very special. It’s special because I was at the brewery when it went into it’s red wine barrels for a long sleep. The Buxton/Rooie Dop/Oersoep collaboration ‘Grain & Grape’ originally started life as ‘Big Dump’ (which was obviously a working title). The proof of this is in the image below and also in much more detail in this great blog by Connor Murphy.
Today takes us over the half way line. Six beers in, six to go as we build toward New Years Eve and the end of 2014. Tonight’s beer is an interesting one. Meantime Brewing’s Black Russian was not originally part of my #12BeersofXmas and a beer that I found in my possession due to being tagged in a competition that was entered by fellow
craft wanker beer nut Greg from Twitter. You can read his blog today for the full details rather than me repeat it here.
Today was a beer that I have been excited about drinking for a while. It’s a beer that has been much blogged about, and one blog in particular from Justin Mason won my Golden Post for ‘Best Palate Post’. The beer of course is Beavertown’s ‘Ger’onimo’, a 9% Russian Imperial Stout that has been aged in Jameson Irish Whiskey casks and was the beer of choosing for many of those doing the #12BeersofXmas today.
This beer has become something of a Christmas tradition for me, but then I guess that’s the idea of it. Released in a box every November, the Fullers Vintage series has been going since 1997 and are produced using what Fuller’s consider to be the ‘best ingredients’ of the year. We were lucky enough this year to interview Fuller’s Director of Brewing John Keeling and that makes this year’s beer just that little bit more special for me.
This is actually my second beer, but I explained all of that yesterday. Tonight’s selection was Ilkley Brewery’s ‘Worlds End’. It’s an 8% Islay Whisky barrel-aged version of their amazing chocolate and chipotle stout ‘The Mayan’. I was a little
scared apprehensive of this beer as I have fond memories of The Mayan giving me a real burn from the chipotle and I thought this would be enraged amplified by the barrel ageing.
You may have noticed that I didn’t get round to drinking my #12beersofxmas entry yesterday. Life got in the way for a bit with a family emergency that saw me at the local hospital until well gone 10pm. By the time I was home I really didn’t think that I’d be doing the beer any justice at that time of the night so a reshuffle is on order.