A Box of Old Beer
This is the most expensive 6 pack we've ever come across. But those of you in the know will see that it's an absolute bargain. The beers have been ageing and improving for years. Some are absolutely exclusive- the Deschutes beers have never been seen in New Zealand before and are long since sold out in the USA.
Deschutes. Black Butte XXVIIII
11.5% | 650ml | RateBeer 100%
Every year, Deschutes celebrate their anniversary with an imperial, barrel-aged version of their flagship Black Butte Porter. For the 2016 release, the brewers added cocoa, vanilla beans & sweet orange peel and aged it in bourbon and scotch barrels.
Chocolate, vanilla, and light smoke flavors lead the way, followed up with a clean orange peel bitterness.
Deschutes. Jubel 2015
10.4% | 650ml | RateBeer 96%
Affectionately referred to as “Super Jubel”, Jubel 2015 is an imperial take on their festive winter ale. Notes of toasted caramel, raisins, dates and figs are complemented by spicy and herbal hop aromas. Originally planned as a once-a-decade-ale; Deschutes couldn’t wait another five years. Malt: Pale, Special B, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Flaked Barley. Hops: Millennium, Nugget, Cascade, Willamette, US Tettnang, East Kent Goldings. Barrel-Aging: (50%) 12 Months in Pinot Noir and new Oregon Oak.
Deschutes - The Stoic 2015
10.9% | 650ml | RateBeer 95%
A very special quad brewed with pomegranate with 16.5% being aged in oak pinot noir barrels and 16.5% being aged in oak rye whiskey barrels for 11 months. Four nuanced fermentations. Aged, sequestered, in select rye whiskey & wine casks. Ergo a stoically brewed quad, with the spellbinding complexity of its medieval ancestors.
The Stoic 2015 is a great example of how these dynamic beers change in the bottle. Previously subtle aromas and flavors capture your attention, while other assertive notes recede to the background, much like a song where the musicians take turns in the spotlight. You will get notes of toasted caramel, citrus, vanilla and spice.
MoonDog. Jumping The Shark 2013
15.4% | 375ml | RateBeer 99%
It's huge even by imperial stout standards - 15.4 per cent - has been aged in Cognac barrels and, as la piece de resistance, features $4,000 worth of Tasmanian black truffles. So: ridiculous. Ridiculous and probably the best beer they've released. Despite the high alcohol content, it presents beautifully, with a tight brown head and soft carbonation, is as opaque as anti-matter and has enough going on to mask the understandable booziness in the aroma pretty well. Earthy, chocolatey, boozily fruity, molassesy and long and smooth on the palate, it's as much of a triumph for Moon Dog as Henry Winkler landing his skis.
Stone - Imperial Russian Stout
11% | 650ml | RateBeer 100%
Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and, well, sinful, you might worry that you'll be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about a sip. Rest assured, however, that even though this seemingly pernicious brew is indeed as black as sin, we guarantee that no actual sin was committed in making it...you'll have to add that on your own. This massive and intensely aromatic beer abounds with notes of chocolate, coffee, black currants, anise and roastiness, and its heavy palate is nothing to be trifled with.
Stone - 08.08.08 Vertical Epic.
8.9% | 650ml | RateBeer 96%
In 2008, Stone Brewmasters Steve Wagner and Mitch Steele traveled to Belgium, where they enjoyed a number of hop-forward Belgian tripels, pale ales and IPAs—beers that had taken a cue from the U.S. craft brewing movement and inspired us in return. It’s a big reason 2008’s summer season came to be known at Stone as our “Summer of the Triple.” Upon their return, they crafted Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale, the seventh beer in the 11-beer Stone Vertical Epic Ale series. Packed with floral, spicy essence from Belgian yeast plus plenty of hoppy New World character, it’s our West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers.