Branca Aguardente de Cana Rum Agricola da Madeira

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Pours clear and colourless. Old barn, mouldy cedar mustiness on the nose with brief hints of tropical fruit. Definite alcohol burn on the palate (there’s a reason they call this ‘moonshine’ in Portugal) with a finish that warms all the way down that approaches smoothness during it’s lengthy persistence. Not for the faint of heart. Interesting to try but a larger bottle won’t be making its way into my liquor cabinet.

Trillium Brewing “Old Soul” American Blonde Barleywine Style Ale Aged on American Oak

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Pours cloudy dark yellow-orange. Sweet nose of citrus and dried apricot. Sweet and smooth on the plate with big mouthfeel and loads of oak influences. Highly recommended.

Stone Brewing Co. Delicious IPA w/Lemondrop & El Dorado Hops

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Pours light amber yellow. Lemon pound cake on the nose. There’s an almost orange TANG quality on the palate combined a nice rush of bitter hop freshness. The malt plays second fiddle without becoming overall unbalanced.

Le Trou Du Diable Albert 3 Le Singe De L’Espace Universal Beer

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Slightly cloudy pale yellow. A bit saison-like on the nose with yeast and hints of white pepper and banana. Grapefruit pith bitterness on the palate that marches outward and sets-up camp on the edges of the finish. A refreshing palate cleansing beer.

Oast House Biere De Garde Farmhouse Ale

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Pours cloudy dark amber-brown. Notes of toffee and crème brûlée on the nose. The palate is smoky and reminiscent of Rauchbier with much more sweetness. The finish is velvety smooth and pleasant. Recommended.
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“The Braveheart”

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If you’re still awake and looking for your next taste sensation may I humbly suggest the cocktail my father invented. A Braveheart consists of equal parts Scotch and Tawny Port served neat or on the rocks. In this case I used Té Bheag Blended Scotch Whisky and Warre’s Otima 10 Year Tawny Port. Enjoy, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!