Style: Sour & Belgian-Style Stouts
The Libertine Brewing Co. Stocking Stuffer
What the brewers say
“This wild stout is a continuation of our famous Christmas stout aged in spirit barrels for 12 months. This stout is tart with a smooth finish.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Beautiful vinous grape, cherry, and deep stone-fruit characters up front, with a nice rich citrus note to complement. A touch of vanilla underneath the fruity notes, with a great earthy, spicy, herbal background. Slight woody oak comes through after the bright acidity, and slight roast cuts through as it warms.”
Flavor: “Pronounced tart cherry sweet and sourness that’s balanced with stone-fruit flavors—apricot, plum, and pluot. A touch of malt complexity with a healthy amount of funk add to the experience. The barrel is restrained, adding just enough spiciness to add depth. Nice warming chocolate roast character in the back, with a woody character that’s earthy and lingering.”
Overall: “Intense flavors, but they don’t overpower. A great balance of acidity, funk, malt, and barrel that makes for an excellent beer. It really has some complexity that lends a lot of character.”
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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.’
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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.