Troegs Mortal Cherry

I’ve been a fan of Troegs since I got into craft beer. I feel like since breweries are popping up so quickly, Troegs isn’t getting as much attention as they used to. Despite that, I was very excited to give this beer a try. Since they’ve moved, they have put a lot more attention onto their sour and oak aged beers.

ABV: 6.6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Each spring, the sudden flowering of cherry blossoms serves as a reminder: What’s ordinary one day may dazzle the next. In Mortal Cherry, what starts as a pie-crust-like blend of wheat and pilsner malt is wholly transformed by a union of cherries. Balaton add notes of sweet pit fruit and cinnamon, while Montmorency keep this Pennsylvania Wild Ale delicate and tart. We taste: tart cherries, flaky pie crust, hint of cinnamon”

Random: I’m starting to see Troegs’s corked and caged offerings more regularly in Jersey City.

The beer poured with a one finger, pink head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a deep maroon color with limited carbonation visible. There was also some cloudiness as well. The nose was filled with oak and cherry. The cherry was more of a tart cherry as opposed to overwhelmingly jammy, which was pleasing. The taste started with some tart cherry juice and then went into cinnamon and nutmeg and some oak and vanilla. The body was on the lighter side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cherry. I enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Paradox Skully Barrel No. 51: Passion Of The Fruit

Tonight’s beer is from one of my favorite breweries. I’ve had a few beers from them and they are all incredibly solid. Jersey gets distribution from Paradox, but it comes in dribs and drabs. Since I changed jobs, I don’t have a great beer store that I can hit on my way home. The one in town, despite being rather run down, gets alright distribution, but I need to find a new spot. Let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Where modern brewing processes collide headlong into ancient brewing techniques. Every beer that Paradox Beer Company produces is barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned. In 2012, Jeff, Brian and David, equipped with over 30 years of combined professional brewing experience, founded Paradox Beer Company. Paradox Beer Company produces original and rare beers which honor the uncertainty of nature bound with rigorous quality testing, providing one-of-a-kind flavors that could only be produced by Paradox.”

Random: I would go back to Colorado just to visit Paradox. I didn’t get up there the last time we were there.

This beer poured with a quarter of a finger ofSin white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slight hazy orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose started with passionfruit and mango up front. The taste had a pleasant sour note to it that complemented the mango and passionfruit. The alcohol wasn’t overly apparent and the mouthfeel was on the lighter side. It had a lengthy finish with mango and funk. I would definitely have this one again. If you see it, I would pick up a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Troegs Blackberry Tizzy

Now that I made my trip to Troegs, I’m seeing their limited edition corked and caged bottles all over now. Despite that, I have never seen this one on the shelves.

ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “One day, we muddled some fresh blackberries with brown sugar, lemon juice and bourbon. ‘Mmm,’ we thought. ‘This should be a beer.’ Blackberry Tizzy is that spirited daydream come true. Sour fermentation tempers the juicy blackberries with a touch of tartness, and a spell in bourbon barrels delivers ripples of oak and toasted coconut.”

Random: This beer is also only available in corked and caged bottles and draft.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with tinges of purple. There was no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with fruit. I picked up notes of blackberries, blueberries and apricot. I picked up some bourbon as well. The taste had a lot of fresh fruit as well. The dominant flavor was blackberry. I picked up the same blueberry and apricot as well. There was a slight brown sugar sweetness. It had a nice yeast characteristic as well. There was a slight alcohol heat as well. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lots of blackberries. I really enjoyed this beer and wish I picked up more than one bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Troegs Freaky Peach

One of the things I’ve started to get into is the show “Rick and Morty.” I heard a lot of positive reviews about it on a few of the podcasts that I listen to and I haven’t been able to stop watching it. It’s sarcastic and ridiculous, which is right in my wheelhouse. I’m on season 2 right now and am liking it more and more every episode. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 9.9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Oh wow. They say the nose knows, but Freaky Peach pulls a fast one. Its aroma promises charred caramel and grilled stone fruit, but the flavor delivers waves of bright peaches, spun sugar and whiskey sour. It’s young. It’s tart. It’s super-freaky.”

Random: This is another beer that is only available on draft and in corked and caged bottles.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated rather quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark orange color that was almost brown with limited visible carbonation. The nose was filled with aged peaches and some brown sugar and oak. There was some alcohol as well. The taste also had a lot of booze to it with a decent amount of peaches. The oak came through a bit more with some vanilla as well. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with peaches. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Paradox Skully Barrel No. 57: Pina Cielo

Tonight’s selection is a barrel aged sour. I really tend to like those, so I was excited to open it.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Every beer that Paradox Beer Company produces is barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned. In 2012, Jeff, Brian and David, equipped with over 30 years of combined professional brewing experience, founded Paradox Beer Company. Paradox Beer Company produces original and rare beers which honor the uncertainty of nature bound with rigorous quality testing, providing one-of-a-kind flavors that could only be produced by Paradox.”

Random: There’s another brewery called Paradox based in the Adirondacks. I haven’t tried anything from them yet.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white, wispy head. It dissipated quickly with no lacing left on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange/light yellow color. There was no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with pineapple, apricot, peach and white vinegar. There was also a touch of oak and light vanilla as well. The taste was moderately sour. It had a nice vinegar presence that quickly followed up with pineapple, apricot and a touch of mango. I didn’t pick up on any of the cinnamon. There was a pleasant amount of wine barrel with oak. The alcohol was well-hidden. The finish was lengthy and sour with moderate carbonation. I wonder if their year or so of age this beer has mellowed out the barrel. Either way, this was an enjoyable beer and I’m glad I got to try it. I just wish I picked up some of the warm spice that was supposed to be there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Strange Roots Red Briar

This was the second beer that I had at Strange Roots. It was very crowded, but Val and I found a table and played Uno for a bit. We’re both super competitive, so it’s an extra fun game for us to play. Let’s see how this beer was.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A distinctly tart and complex American wild ale reminiscent of a West Flanders style ale. Fermented with red raspberry juice and local yeast aged in French Oak red wine casks.”

Random: The taproom was a bit dark. It made it a little hard to see.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright red color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of red wine barrel notes, which wasn’t surprising, given it is aged in red wine barrels. It had a significant raspberry note with some aged white vinegar and a touch of vanilla. The taste was equally complex and pleasant. I picked up a lot of the tartness with the aged white vinegar and it quickly transitioned into warm oak and raspberry to complement the tartness. The alcohol was well-hidden and it had a lighter than expected body. It was pleasantly carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tartness and oak. I would definitely have this one again. It was worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Strange Roots Party In The Dark

The next brewery that we visited was Strange Roots. Since we were in Pittsburgh during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, it was definitely a little crazier than normal. Anyways, let’s see how the beer was.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Strange Roots exists at the intersection of farmhouse brewing tradition and creative, locally-driven experimentation. We’re passionate about celebrating our environment through the use of local ingredients, varying fermentation methods and micro flora, and strive to create unique artisan ales inspired by our surroundings here in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.”

Random: They had really good ice cream sandwiches at the brewery.

The beer poured with a half a finger of thick, light brown head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass, along with a small crown on top of the body. The body was dark brown, almost black and had no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was super complex. I picked up some dark fruit like currants and figs and then cocoa and hazelnuts. The taste was equally complex. It started with currants, figs and red grapes. There was also some red wine barrel. There was some oak and vanilla along with some cocoa and hazelnuts. The body was on the medium side with some alcohol burn. There was moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with oak and red wine grapes. I loved this beer and its complexity. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0