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8th Anniversary Ale | Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Brewed by:
Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Nevada, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a fine, one finger dark khaki head with great retention and thick lacing. Looks good. Aroma of mild dark toasted and biscuit malt, vanilla, mild bourbon, raisins, dates and dried plums. Flavor is dark toasted, caramel and biscuit malt, fresh and dried plums, raisins, figs, vanilla, hints of nuts, oak and cherry. The flavor thins out slightly in the finish revealing a nice faint smoky note. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. Wow, the malt flavor is all over the place in this one and there is such an odd variety that it shouls be a mess, but somehow it all comes together very nicely. All the component malts have at least a suggestiong here; stout, doppelbock and Belgian dark, with the stout subsumed into the fruitier bock and Belgian components, which is quite a feat, since stout malt is usually very dominating. The hints of of smokiness and fresh fruit in the finish make it exceptional and interesting. I think Joseph James did a fine job with this blend. This bottle oddly showed up in a local grocery store (that does have good craft selection) about a month ago but apparently is over a year old, so it's been stuck in a warehouse somewhere for a while. A year on a fine strong ale is no problem and that seems to be the case here, it's very enjoyable. In the unlikely event I see this again, I'll put another bottle away for another year. It is cellar worthy. Well done.

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Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brandonwnw
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty badass beer for a brewery who has been good, but in many ways unremarkable in my experience. i have liked their beers, but nothing of this level of process at all. this is a blend of three different barrel aged beers, but for me, the smoked beer element in the blend s the strongest, a nice rich earthy woody campfire smoke is present all the way through from the first sniff to the last drop, a nice almost pleasing intensity to it cutting through the heavy bourbon that dominates the rest of the beer. tons of whiskey on this, and actually it might be so strong there that some of the more subtle elements like the fruited beer and the vanilla beans are not as obvious as they maybe could be. for how complex it actually is, its not is insane when drinking it. some good chocolate to this, a light sweetness, tons of wood, and not too much body or exposed alcohol for what it is. i had no idea these guys did beers this interesting, and this definitely represents a new highpoint in their lineup for me. a little dried cherry in the finish, possible belgian yeast, more smoke, brown sugar, vanilla cream. desserty but great.

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Photo of Radome
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a bomber bottle.

L – Medium brown and clear around the edges, but in the heart of the glass it is darkest brown and impenetrable. The head is light tan in color. It is initially tall and fizzy, then fades to a few wisps and strong lacing; however, it reemerges whenever the glass is swirled.

S – Strong bourbon aroma blends with dried fruit aromas, such as raisins and prunes. A bit of grainy malt in the middle. Strong alcohol aromas in the finish. Clean and enticing.

T – Strong cracked grain malt competes with bourbon whisky flavors. Coffee flavors blend well with strong hops bitterness. A bit of chocolate and coffee come across in the finish.

M – medium body. Moderate, spritzy carbonation. Strong bitterness and alcohol presence. All leave the impression of a big beer,

O – This is a substantial beer with great aroma and flavors derived from the whiskey barrels, but it is still clean and approachable.

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Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radcpa
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mild taste without any bitterness, great bourbon aroma, dark appearance with a small head when poured and no alcohol flavor at all. This is by far one of the best bourbon aged ales that I have tried. This beer is totally underrated

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8th Anniversary Ale from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 8 ratings