Hops and Malt

For the love of craft beer and fine spirits

Bellwoods Lambda

by davidsunlee

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Been looking forward to this one from Bellwoods Brewery.

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Schneider Weiss Aventinus Weizen Eisbock

by davidsunlee

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This is an amped up version of one of my all time favourite beers.

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Great Divide Brewing Co Yeti Imperial Stout

by davidsunlee

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The nose is huge with roasted barley and coffee and cocoa.

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Stone Brewing Xocoveza

by davidsunlee

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@stonebrewingco Xocoveza

When I cracked this open I was surprised at  the huge waft of smoke that hits you over the head. At first the smoke is like the last remnants of a campfire. Gentle smoke but very apparent. It’s hard to describe. I think the
surprise of the smoke is more prominent than the actual smell of smoke itself.

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Macallan M

by davidsunlee

The Macallan M

Photo courtesy of Macallan

Round. Round. Round.

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Brouwerij Bosteels DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)

by davidsunlee

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Deus 2011 vintage. Wasn’t a total convert to this until I tried this 3yo version. Absolutely incredible. Ginger, black pepper, candy sugar on the nose. Persimmon, Asian pear, apricot on the palate. Empty glass reminiscent of cedar and tobacco leaf.

Bellwoods Brewery & Evil Twin Brewing No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn

by davidsunlee

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Crazy carbonation. Sparkling on my tongue. Cherries, dark chocolate, toffee, touch of raisin on the nose. Palate is very complex. Hard to pick it apart. Mild sourness throughout like sour cherries. Mild roasted barley. Cocoa. This is pretty incredible stuff. Wish I could have gotten a case. Drinking really well right now but would have left it another year I think.

Calvados Christian Drouin

by davidsunlee

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Shared by a generous friend. Probably the most perfect expression of calvados I’ve ever had.

Chateau de Montgueret

by davidsunlee

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Need French bubbly but don’t want to spend champagne money? Buy this. Ridiculous value.

Boon Framboise

by davidsunlee

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This will make red wine drinkers pay attention. I’m going to say it’s close to a rosé. Tart cherries on the nose and mirrored on the palate. Vinous as well. A bit thin on mouthfeel if you think of it as beer but in terms of wine I would say it’s medium bodied. Overall I think it’s the mildest lambic I’ve ever tried. Interesting in its own way but I think I prefer my lambics more brazen.