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This autumn Cisco Brewers has launched our Island Reserve Series. Crafting a new and unique beer in very limited quantity once a month (roughly). We have two beers that have shipped off the island brewery headed to market in the past few days; Very Brown IPA and Saison Farmhouse Ale. All of these are 100% bottle conditioned in 750mL crown finished bottles. I recommend decanting the Very Brown. The Saison; try without the yeast then taste with the yeast roused, whichever you prefer.
Very Brown is a, well, very brown india pale. This tawny-hipped, rocky-headed ale flirts with whirling dank hop aroma, cocoa, and toffee. A medium-light body progressively delivers piney hop bitterness and orange hiding behind the curtain of bittersweet chocolate. I love this part of my job. Seriously. This beer is dry. If you want the assertive hop aroma in this beer you need to drink it right away. Do not age hoppy beers and hope to find beautiful hop character in them. There are a lot of hops in this beer, please drink it young. If somehow it slips your mind and you find an old bottle in your cellar the malt character will shine through the muted hoppiness.
Saison Farmhouse... before we get to that, I'm not here to re-create existing beers or brew to stylistic convention. Saison is the closest style to this beer and thus the best way to guide prospective consumers. Do not buy this expecting to taste a DuPont-esque beer. (I am a DuPont fan.)
Saison Farmhouse was fun to brew and is fun to drink. Buckwheat, oats, and rye fermented with Brettanomyces and a Saison yeast in a 50 hectoliter french oak cask. Herbs and spices grown here at the brewery replaced most of the hops. On it's way into package it was treated to a host of microflora to create additional character over time; look for it to gain acidity and dryness. Drinking now: A hazy tight laced golden-orange, herbal and spicy with tropical fruit in the nose. Light-Medium bodied yet somehow slick with very fine carbonation. I'll be cellaring this and pulling a bottle every month to watch it change. Five year peak? We'll see.
I love this part of my job. Seriously.
Styles currently being toyed with...RIS and Tripel. (Ilovethispartofmyjobtoo) -Jeff the Brewer
Russian Imperial Stout:
Black fig, plum, toasted almond, unsweetened cocoa. A dry, full bodied interpretation of the style.