So you all remember that one Hailstorm Brewery beer I wrote about awhile ago right? The Tequila barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout named Vlad the Conquistador that had notes of cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of chili pepper? Yeah that one.
Well, right next on the shelf at a couple of Liquor stores out here in Chicago typically lies an interesting little number named Tequila Barrel Aged Crash Test Dummy which happens to be a Belgian Tripel aged in tequila barrels. What barrels???? Tequila barrels fool!!!!
The shit's like a national treasure. It's somewhat of a scarcity really. I've so far only encountered two beers that have graced empty tequila barrels so far and they both were experimented with by Hailstorm. With that said, bravo folks at Hailstorm, bravo. Y'all are the shit. Straight up.
So let's get into the actual review of this here brew shall we? First things first I have to say that though I feel a waxed top on a bottle is a true sign of prestige and quality I absolutely loathe having to put the work in to open one of these motherfuckers. Like come on fam.
Moving along once I crack it open there is a brief hiss that literally lasts a second then
Nothing. Straight calmness. No C.O. 2 release signage (though of course it was released since the bottle has been opened),
I may be a little scared. Maybe.
So I pour this thing into my trusty Buckledown Brewing 12oz snifter and take a whiff. Nose: Tequila and Belgian yeast without a doubt. Wow. This is going to be interesting to say the least. First sip: BOOM tequila right out the gate then a nutty taste takes over until it finishes with more tequila. Damn this is boozy. This is incredibly boozy, like scary. Shouldn't be drinking this solo but my only back up has a baby on her chest so I'll have to hold it down tonight as I'm sure her eyes will be battling over 500 in no time. Mouthfeel: Creamy, understandable smooth shit that murders move with no doubt. Dangerously drinkable despite the tequila kick. It's not spicy at all so it goes down with absolutely no problem. The crazy thing is it's actually quite chewy. It's a thick-bodied brew for sure. Overall: You still get the original Belgian tripel Crash Test Dummy base in there but the tequila really leads the way and covers things on the finish. This is intense but amazing. I'm honestly so impressed that I can't think of any synonyms for this shit right now. Just simply terrific. I love this beer man. I will tell you this now you'll never catch me drinking this alone though ever again. Nope. Not gonna be that guy again. As I'm writing all this right now I can seriously feel the Booze taking over. The bottle reads 10.7% abv but It hits like the 40% from a bottle of tequila. Wow.
Never drink this by yourself, you're an idiot if you do
Buy two of these (1 to age and one to share)
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