Omnipollo (SWE) – Magic #90000 7.0%
#90000 pours a deep, vivid red colour with hops more dominant on the aroma than you would expect. However, there’s also a tangy sweetness coming from the fruits. The flavour becomes the perfect blend of sharp, hoppy, tropical bitterness with a tartness emanating from the blueberries. From the almond flour and pecans follows hints of nuttiness that provide a savoury edge to the beer and prevent it from becoming overly sweet.
Omnipollo, from Sweden, produces fantastic beers that stray from the ordinary, but are rarely anything short of brilliant. This not so innocent smoothie is proof of that.
Beavertown (ENG) – Stingy Jack 7.2%
From Beavertown, the Stingy Jack is essentially pumpkin pie in a glass, and it is delicious! Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pimento peppers, ginger, Demerara sugar and cardamom are all added alongside the pumpkin; and flaked oats create a smoother, silkier body. All this works together to give the beer a spicy, warming quality that is perfect for enjoying knowing just hold cold it is outside.
The Bruery (USA) – Cuivre 16.2%
Every year this beer is brewed to celebrate The Bruery’s birthday. This is nothing too crazy, quite a lot of breweries do this. However, what they do with these beers once they’ve been brewed is what makes it stand out – they solera age their beer. This means that every year a portion of the beer is put into barrels for a year to be aged. This is then blended with the fresh batch from next year which, in some ways, creates the ultimate vertical beer series.
Solera ageing creates a level and depth of complexity in the beer unachievable by any other means. The beers in the barrel mature and change their characteristics, whilst taking on elements of the barrel that they sit in. The fresh batch naturally change slightly year to year, again giving their own personality to the final product.
This may seem like it’s excessive, however, it creates a simply outstanding beer. This is a beer that offers dark fruits, sweet vanilla and oak, creme brûlée and more. The creation of this beer is an exercise in indulgence, and that is exactly what you should do. It is rich, complex and luxurious – indulge away!