New Brew Friday

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Happy Valentine’s Day! It is a day for lovers, beer lovers that is, so when you and your sweetie are indulging in some decadent dessert don’t forget to pair it with a worthy craft beer.

Accompanying our hazelnut torte with chocolate mousse the hubby and I cracked open our Joseph James 5th Anniversary Barrel Aged Smoked Wee Heavy, a 14% warmer that makes a lovely after dinner tipple.

This wee heavy pours a very darkest brown black with just a ring of head and nice legs. Big smoky sweet nose with lots of malt. First few sips are viscous and slightly harsh but as you drink the bourbon and vanilla flavours bring things back into balance. Nice oaky character reminding you this one spent lots of time in the barrel. Very warming on the finish, rich and sweet. Overall, There is a lot to like here and I think this beer would be a fantastic cellar candidate.

Also, I have say I really love their label (hope they don’t get sued by Joseph and his Amazing lawyer) with the beer name turned into a fox tail and the black/silver colour scheme. The silver wax seal was a nice touch and I would definitely gift this beer.

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