Fortunately for me, one of them was not far from my workplace so I picked up all four on Friday. The first thing you notice is the wrapping. I've seen it compared to opening Christmas presents.
|Aged in rum barrels.|
This one was on of my favourites. It poured a cloudy, dark ruby red brown, with a cream head that lingered.
The aroma was hobby and fruity. I couldn't pinpoint exactly what fruit until I let my daughter smell it for her opinion. Immediately, she said "prunes" and I think she was right. I also picked up an alcohol aroma that reminded me of rubbing alcohol.
The taste was a light rum with a slight alcohol burn, perhaps because it was a healthy 8.9% ABV.
Overall, I really enjoyed this. I've tasted other beers aged in rum barrels and this was by far the smoothest one for me.
|Aged in red ice wine barrels.|
The aroma was pepper, and orange which reminded me a lot of wheat beers that I enjoy so much.
The flavour was similar. Pepper, orange, wheaty, and smooth.
Overall, another one that I enjoyed very much. At 10.2% ABV, it's probably not a good idea to enjoy too many of them at once.
|Aged in rum barrels|
The colour was a cloudy copper, and like the Siduri, it had a very foamy head, and lacing.
The aroma was ginger, with a hint of chocolate.
The taste was a little hoppy, and the ginger was pretty light — lighter than other ginger beers I've tried. Despite being aged in rum barrels, I didn't pick up an rum flavour. Perhaps it was hiding behind the ginger?
This had the lowest ABV of all four, at 6%.
Overall, I did enjoy it. For me, this was more like a beer, whereas other ginger beers I've tried were closer to being a pop drink.
|Aged in Chardonnay barrels|
The color was a light golden orange. There was very little carbonation, which made me think of wine.
The taste was smooth, with a light orange peel flavour. The taste also reminded me of wine. It's no wonder it's called a "wheat wine".
The ABV was the second highest at 9.8%.
Overall, really nice. I think this could make a great dinner wine substitute for beer lovers, or perhaps allow a wine lover to explore the craft beer world.