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Beer Review: Deschutes Black Butte XXVI

    Deschutes Black Butte XXVI Producer: Deschutes Brewery; Bend, Oregon Beer Name: Black Butte XXVI Style: Imperial Porter Price Range: $15-17 / bottle (22 oz) ABV: 10.8% Appearance: Aroma: Virginia Pour House Review: This beer from Deschutes promises to be a highly complex one with a description that reads: “Ale brewed with pomegranate molasses with 50% aged in bourbon barrels blended with ale with cocoa nibs and cranberry added.” Whoa, that’s a lot of different things going on at once. Let’s break this down. It’s brewed with pomegranate molasses, which is apparently just a fancy way to say pomegranate juice. It comes from pomegranate juice boiled down into a thicker, syrupy substance. The beer itself is 50% aged in bourbon barrels and 50% brewed with cocoa nibs, which I’m assuming is a fresh batch. Finally, there is cranberry added, which I’m guessing was added post-brew in the fermentation phase, …

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12 Beers of Christmas: Blue Mountain Lights Out (Day 3)

Twelve Beers of Christmas continues with a local Virginia brew!   Blue Mountain Lights Out Producer: Blue Mountain Brewery; Arrington, VA Beer Name: Lights Out Style: Old Ale Price Range: $2 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 7% Appearance: Dark brown, small foamy tan head, cloudy Aroma: Dark fruit, fig, raisin, plum, sweet, light roastiness Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a cloudy brown with a small, foamy, tan head. The aroma includes notes of dark fruits and is sweet with some light roastiness. I get possibly a little fig, raisin, and maybe some plum aromas but it’s mostly understated. There is some dark fruit in the taste, but it’s pretty light-bodied overall, with strong bitterness in the middle. The fruit blends in a weird way with the hops. The taste is pretty accurate for the style, although I’m not a huge fan of old ales in general. What is confusing me about this …

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