B. The beers were being poured in a literal cyclone around me, and as the saying goes, "if ya snooze ya lose." Or in this case, if you are too busy being a dork and taking notes, you are gonna miss something awesome...
C. I attended a wine tasting thrown in my honor earlier in the day, where we went through 10, YES 10 bottles of crazy good wine. Errr, needless to say my sensory functions were a WEE bit compromised.
Nonetheless, I tasted some of my favorite brews EVER on this misty evening....At the top?
Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: ABV: 5.5% Oh my wow. This beer is absolutely delicious. A perfectly balanced and structured gueze. Like a well-made wine, everything is exactly in the right place. Aromatics of hay, freshly cut herbs, apricot, peach, and citrus with some light wood notes. Nice and sour but with a clean, balanced finish. I want this beer. Always.
2008 Three Floyds Alpha Klaus: ABV: 6.5% Oh my, my, my. I like this one. Rich nose of toffee, roasted nuts, and coffee. The coffee follows through on the palate with notes of tobacco & cigar box. The hop profile nicely refreshes the weight of the nose and palate. One of my new favorite holiday beers. Well done, Three Floyds.
Jolly Pumpkin Lambicus Dexterius: Oh my sour goodness. You see how my top 3 beers begin with 'Oh....' It's a pattern with me. Get used to it. I can promise it only comes out with exceptional liquids, beer or wine. A spontaneously fermented beer that Jolly Pumpkin has been working on for 4 years. I would like to THANK the stranger who left this for me as a gift at Cork & Bottle. PLEASE make yourself known. What an incredible present. Wow, this guy is SOUR. And delicious. But not for the faint of heart. If you don't like warheads in your mouth, don't touch this one with a 10-foot pole. Bright, fantastic notes of lemon and citrus, mingled with a bit of leather, hay, and funk. Following through on the palate, this mouth-puckerer was the cult treat of the night.
Ok, so those are my top three, here are the rest, which I also absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed:
Stone Collaboration: Problem is I did NOT see the label, so I'm not sure which collaboration.(I am telling you people, there were bottles flying around everywhere.)Smells like tree bark, wet leaves, forest floor, and smoky tobacco. And for those of you who know my wine palate, you know these are big yesses pour moi. This aroma profile strike anyone as familiar?
Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale: ABV: 9% I really liked how this beer was toasty and nutty, (of course!), with cocoa, but with some interesting sour notes to perk up a normal Nut Brown.
Will Brown's Belgian Strong Ale: ABV 9.5%: Nice! Glazed puff pastry with caramelized fruit. Great aromatics and flavors.
Ninkasi Tricerahops: ABV: 8.8%: Still really liking this beer and its herbal nose. This time I got more citrus and orange peel than last time.
Stone 13th Anniversary: ABV: 9.5%: Clean and balanced aromas 0f pine and citrus. Nice vibrant hop finish.
Three Floyds Behemoth 2008 and 2009: ABV: 10.5% I like the '09 much better. Much more hop presence, with good bitterness on the finish to cleanse the palate. The '08 is great, but so different, with a concentration of dried fruit and raisins.
Surly Furious: ABV: 6.2% A nice IPA, but not terribly complex. All the call signs are here, (lots of hoppy citrus and floral notes) just would have liked to see a little more. Maybe I should give it another go sometime.
The Bye-Week Double IPA: ABV: 8%: A mixture of both tropical and tree fruit. Think apricot, peach, pear, and citrus mingled with notes of mango and guava. Palate smooth and balanced. Well done.
Midnight Sun: I'm not sure the name. Or the ABV. It was dark. Someone poured it into my glass and said "Here, this is from Midnight Sun." It was late. It was a nice, hoppy stout that smelled like meat. As one who does not eat meat, it is from these types of beers and also wines from the Northern Rhone of France, where I derive my animalistic sensory pleasure. Enough said.
Bells & Van Twee Collaboration Dark Belgian Ale: My last remotely readable note. I'm sorry, this is all I wrote: "Yum! Cherries & Sour. Yes!!" That's pathetic, I realize, but it was late and I was SURE I'd remember. Yeah.
There were more. Many, many more, but I couldn't tell you a bloody thing about them. Good times. Thanks, Dan!!!