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Seven Stills Fluxuate Review

Distiller: Seven Stills. ABV: 47%. No age statement. Mash bill: two row, crystal, chocolate and black patent malt. $40 (375ml).

Seven Stills Fluxuate may be the ultimate hiking whiskey. 1) 357ml bottle for ease of carry, 2) distilled from coffee porter and brought to bottle strength in part with Flux Coffee to put a spring in your step, and 3) it’s very tasty.

Seven Stills founders Tim Obert and Clint Potter are craft beer geeks turned craft-whiskey-from-craft-beer geeks. Their insight seems obvious once you hear it. Since whiskey distillation starts with “distiller’s beer,” a  fermented mash of cooked grains, water, and yeast, why not distill whiskey from bottle-ready craft beer?

They’ve made whiskey from a Double IPA (Whipnose), from a chocolate stout (Chocasmoke), from a sour beer (Dogpatch), and this, the Fluxuate, from a coffee porter.

The Fluxuate starts with aromas of cocoa bean, vanilla, a pleasant yeasty/beery note that many Seven Stills whiskies share, and sure, coffee–but subdued and well-integrated. This is nowhere near flavored whiskey territory. The palate brightens these flavors, adding a little coffee acidity, then transitions to dry chocolate, cedar-y wood spice, and some orange rind on the finish.

Tim and Clint are talented distillers and great guys–and they’re just getting started. I’m not the only one predicting great things to come from them.

Keep ’em coming, gents! – BO

Seven Stills kindly provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.

Seven Stills Chocasmoke Review

Distiller: Seven Stills. 47% ABV. Age: 6 months. Mashbill: undisclosed (from oatmeal stout with peated malt). Price: $35-45 for 375ml.

Seven Stills is the brainchild of San Franciscans Tim Olbert and Clint Potter, who’ve set out on the ingenious–and in retrospect, oddly obvious–mission of making great craft whiskies from great craft beers.

As of summer 2015, they’re released three out of a planned series of seven: Whipnose (from a double IPA), Fluxuate (from a coffee porter), and the above-mentioned Chocasmoke, from a chocolate oatmeal stout.

Call me crazy, but I loved this stuff. I’m not one for anything that can show up in the “Novelty Whiskey” part of the menu (LA’s Thirsty Crow Bar actually has one), but Chocasmoke won me over.

Full-blown chocolate oatmeal stout nose–no surprise there–but then…lemon! The palate’s unexpectedly bright. Youth is evident, as to be expected from a mere six months of aging, no matter how small your barrels, but it’s under control. Smoked honey. Bitter cocoa and mild peat.  Lovely alternation between the darker nose and brighter palate as you make your way through the dram. A little like a wild armagnac turned up to 11. Just imagine this with some age!

Yes, it’s mostly available in California. And yes, the price for a 375ml should give you pause. But if you’re at a whiskey bar adventurous enough to stock it, and especially if your taste in beer runs rich and chocolatey, don’t pass it up.

I’ll be following future Seven Stills releases with great interest. Lay up a few barrels for some serious aging, gents! – BO