Every brewer has to grow hops. It's just a thing we do. I used these as wet hops in a gluten free American IPA that I made for my son who is gluten intolerant.
In “Other Brewery’s Brews” I will present tasting notes and/or thoughts about beers that creatively inspire me.
Commentary: So I have a couple homebrewing friends who talk about Cismontane Brewing Company’s Black’s Nocturne as if they’d give their left testicle for a bottle. If they were regular bottle geeks (rare beer fans who don’t brew) I’d find it quaint, but these guys are both good brewers in their own right. That means labels don’t mean squat – it’s the beer that counts. With that in mind, I bought a bottle when I found it. It’s a barrel aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout.
Appearance 4.0: Black, impenetrable, a liquid eclipse – and not a FiftyFifty Eclipse (Nocturne is better) – in a bottle. Head like the froth on a hot chocolate, dissipates quickly, laces gently.
Aroma 4.5: Bourbon vanilla, Coca Cola syrup, cocoa liquor (pure chocolate in its liquid form), and a touch of maple. A delicate roast like an angel fell in a campfire.
Flavor 4.75: Chocolate ganache, crème brulee caramelized crust, campfire burnt marshmallows.
Mouthfeel 4.75: Full and creamy, slight astringency around the edges from roast in the long (luxurious) finish.
Overall Impression 5.00: An interesting note; my second pour from the bottle had a small pellicle. Like a brown, boogery, loogie, foamy, phlegm, floater. What did I do? I am a brewer and fermentor. I make cheese, spontaneous fermented pickles, eat “stinky” fermented tofu. I fear no floater – it’s from a barrel ferchrisakes, it happens. I found a fork, flung the floater in the sink, and finished the bottle.
So, regarding my aforementioned friends and their testicles. Left, right, whatever – I’d be tempted to trade my own for a bottle. Someone stole the chocolate left on God’s pillow after they turn down his bed, liquefied it, beerified it, bourbon barrelified it, and bottled it. I will take as many of these as you can find – please.