|Lucky Lab Brewer Ben Flerchinger with his bounty of vintage kegs.|
2007 Lucky Lab Old Yeller - This aged barleywine was fairly fruity and very hoppy for something that had a few years on it. A mild tartness from oxidation on the finish keeps it from being completely perfect.
2010 Ninkasi Critical Hit - This is a super hoppy and boozy barleywine with a nice, sharp hoppy edge.
2011 North Coast Old Stock Ale - Sweet, with big notes of brown sugar and bready malt. Very nice now, I think it will age well, too.
2010 Lucky Lab Son of Old Yeller - Aged in bourbon barrels, and a lot of the whisky character really comes through. Notes of coconut and chocolate make it almost like drinking a Samoa cookie from the Girl Scouts.
2010 Anchor Old Foghorn - The perennial standout is superb with a couple of years on it - sweet and delicious with just enough hop character to provide some bitterness.
2008 Rogue Imperial Russian Stout - Pours like motor oil, although it somehow manages to not be super-rich on the palate. Body is beautifully creamy. The severe heat that was present when this beer was first released has diminished significantly, making it much more drinkable.
|It took a lot of work, but we made it through all these kegs in two hours.|