Style: Sour & Belgian-Style Stout
Tallgrass Brewing Co. One-Eyed Jacques
What the brewers say
“With big, roasted malt character and notes of bitter dark chocolate and coffee, One-Eyed Jacques goes rogue from the fleet of stouts with bold fruity esters, and raisin and fig-like qualities from Belgian yeast and Belgian candi sugar used in the brew.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Really nice prune and raisin vinous character up front very evident of Belgian yeast—a healthy blend of fruity esters and spicy phenols: pear, overripe apple, and light banana with a pleasant floral, spice note. Great dark burnt caramel and toffee, with a roast character akin to earthy moss.”
Flavor: “Bright yeasty prune esters and a white pepper phenolic dominate but still showcase the roast. Banana and clove, with star anise, black licorice, and a touch of floral spice. Lime and lemon citrus notes. The coffee and dark caramel character comes through as it warms.”
Overall: “A great job balancing and harmonizing the different flavor profiles. The dark caramel is fantastic with this ever-so-slight dark roast/special B character. Banana bread with raisins becomes more apparent as it warms. The monks would be proud!”
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Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
High Hops Brewery Dr. Pat’s Double IPA
Who is Dr. Pat? A dentist, third-generation farmer, and cofounder of High Hops Brewery. Dr. Pat cultivated our on-site hops farm in 2007, which led to the opening of High Hops Brewery in 2012. It’s his recipe that creates this malty, heavily hopped beer. We brew it with continuous hops additions using hops grown in that same field more than 10 years later.