Several new beers I've tried recently:
1) Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, 2014 release. Tasted by itself, not blind. It's okay; I don't think this is going to take home any prizes in a blind barleywine tasting. What I do notice is that trademark Stone dryness. Does anyone else pick that up in alot of Stone brews? Dryness just has no place in a BW for my palate. But otherwise decent texture. Just nothing to write home about.
2) Deschutes Obsidian Stout. Had fairly high hopes for this. Definitely well made, but again, this is dry on the side of North Coast Old Rasputin; but without that rich luciousness of Rasputin. Glad I bought and tried it, won't be rushing to finish off the other 5 bottles.
3) Bokcor Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge sour ale. Now this is interesting. Kind of a tart-cherry tripel perhaps? And it really earns that "sour" ale label. Will buy again, interesting, unique... more of a "conversation" piece beer than something I'd quaff glass after glass, but I did buy only one bottle then was lamenting not having another after that. Just interesting, not the best brew I ever drank.
Putting up this thread in hopes it might be useful for postings on similar random tastings.