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RE: Official Beer Tread
(06-18-2017 10:08 PM)CameramanJ Wrote:  Tonight was an interesting one: the Brothers "Eight Bells" French Toast Ale.[Image: BCBC_EightBells.png]

Everyone who has been tuning in for my semi-frequent beer adventures should know that I am generally high on Brothers, with the Daylight Cravings breakfast stout being one of the highlights of my 2017 craft beer experience so far. It was that fateful experience that convinced me to buy this particular beer.

The Eight Bells pours a light brown, very much like french toast fresh out of the oven. I'm not talking overly-toasted off-brand freezer bait french toast. This is the color of a gourmet product.

The nose on this beer is one of the most fantastic sampling experiences that I have had on any beer, ever. The beer was chilled at the initial pour; I had it in the fridge for a few days before I got around to it. (I obeyed the Brothers credo: "Keep 'em cold / Drink 'em in a glass") At that point, I got pronounced notes of blueberries, cinnamon, maple, vanilla, and some bready malt.

On the taste, the Eight Bells was blueberries, maple, some cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. By this point, the beer had warmed a bit in the glass. I thought that I detected a bit of noticeable bitterness with the blueberries on the opening note, but after a while it became less noticeable. The Eight Bells tastes like a whole french toast breakfast at once; a spoonful of blueberries off the side of the plate first, then a forkful of french toast with a light drizzle of maple syrup on top. Think it sounds vivid? I'm not even doing it justice. Fantastic.

The mouthfeel is moderate and slightly creamy. It definitely doesn't feel as full, rich, or decadent as a full french toast breakfast would be, and maybe that is a good thing. The comparative lightness allows me to focus on the complexity and the flavors. Nice.

Before I get to the finish, I need to rave about the nose again. The nose on this beer actively changes as the beer warms. (Read: pour chilled, then take it slow 03-cloud9) The opening nose was blueberry-first, but as the beer warms it becomes more cinnamon and bready-malt. Once the beer has warmed just about to room temperature, the nose is a dead ringer for the best french toast that you have ever had. There's cinnamon, a touch of vanilla, a touch of maple, and bready malt that emulates that fresh french toast that is just toasted enough. Sensational.

The finish is vanilla, maple, some of that bready malt, a touch of blueberries, and a lingering touch of cinnamon with accompanying bitterness. The finish is fairly smooth, and altogether quite pleasant.

Chalk up another Brothers brew for the win column, gents. This one is something special.

Got my introduction to Brothers Craft through their most excellent Daylight Cravings, a bottle of which is in my fridge right now. This sounds like it's right in my wheelhouse. Am I wrong to think of this in the same vein as Southern Tier's Creme Brulee Stout, only fruitier and not as dark?
07-29-2017 01:39 PM
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Daylight Cravings is sensational. The Eight Bells will be much lighter in body than the Creme Brulee (the ST Blackwater series leans creamy & thick, including that one) and it is fruitier. There is some of that sweetness, but not to the level of decadence that Southern Tier brews it. The bready base ale that Brothers uses for the Eight Bells tastes like a soft Vienna-style beer and it keeps the sweeter and fruitier notes from flying too high per se.
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Got my fresh bottle of Bruery - Autumn Maple and I'm cellaring it until it starts to get cold in October. Also picked up this years's bottle of the Deschutes - Black Butte Anniversary (29) and I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Blue Mountain Barrel House - Spooky. With the summer styles fading, the Oktoberfest biers peaking and the pumpkin beers/imperial porters/stouts peeking over the horizon, fall is definitely my favorite beer season
08-14-2017 11:06 PM
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(08-14-2017 11:06 PM)CameramanJ Wrote:  Got my fresh bottle of Bruery - Autumn Maple and I'm cellaring it until it starts to get cold in October. Also picked up this years's bottle of the Deschutes - Black Butte Anniversary (29) and I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Blue Mountain Barrel House - Spooky. With the summer styles fading, the Oktoberfest biers peaking and the pumpkin beers/imperial porters/stouts peeking over the horizon, fall is definitely my favorite beer season

With you there. Fall/early winter is my beer jam. Away with the ubiquitous hop bombs (though I do like the juicy/New England IPAs), in with the stouts and pumpkins and things aged in bourbon barrels.

Got my first taste of Prairie Bomb recently. It's pricey ($11 for a 12-ouncer) but damn this was good. Intense but smooth up front with the coffee and chocolate, and a nice heat kick from the ancho chiles in the end; it's 13 percent ABV but it doesn't drink like it. Would definitely try the Birthday Bomb next.
08-21-2017 06:57 PM
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My local establishment had Prairie Bomb! on tap for growler fills and I regret not getting a 32 of it at least. I sampled it as part of a weekly tasting and thought it was pleasantly complex for something that heavy-hitting. Pretty good finish between the roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and the bit of peppers at the end. Was pretty surprised that something so interesting could come from a place that I generally view as boring (Oklahoma).
08-21-2017 07:47 PM
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