Friday, August 8, 2014

Black Butte XXV Aged 1 Year

  • SRM Color : 70
  • Brewer: Deschutes Brewery
  • Brewer's Description:  Dates, figs and chocolate. Black currants, barrel-aged in bourbon casks. The result is an Imperial Porter with a tart berry and chocolate aroma with luscious layers of dried fruit, oak and vanilla. A fitting tribute to the 25th Anniversary of our flagship beer.
  • Recommended Glassware: Goblet
  • Russ' rating: 9.5 of 10
  • With the brew: Waiting
  • Comments: I waited a year to drink this one and I have to say it was totally worth it. Black Butte XXV pours a viscous almost oily black with little or no head at all. The aroma is malty sweet and carries a roasted note dipped in chocolate. The flavor is intense and up front. Rich roasted grains and a hint of coffee flavor, but fades as you swallow leaving no bitter aftertaste. Even with an ABV of %11.3 it is not at all alcohol forward. Exceptionally drinkable. I can hardly wait until next year when I can try it again.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Two Jokers Double-Wit

  • SRM Color : 13
  • Brewer: Boulevard
  • Brewer's Description: They say there are two sides to every story, and that’s certainly true of Two Jokers Double-Wit. On the one hand, it’s a revival of the classic Belgian “wit,” or “white” ale, with lactic fermentation providing a refreshing tartness. On the other hand, it’s a modern, uniquely American brew; big, flavorful, and spiced with cardamom, coriander, orange peel, lavender, and grains of paradise.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Tulip
  • Russ' rating: 8.5 of 10
  • With the brew: Wedding Present
  • Comments: Two Jokers pours an exceptionally bright golden color with a slight haze leaving a head of average size ( 0.5mm - 0.7mm ) bubbles. The aroma hits you even before you are done pouring the glass. It is spice forward with a floral nose and a slightly orange citrus scent. The flavor has a strong coriander character, a large floral middle, and a slightly astringent citrus finish that is very refreshing and would be great on a warm summer afternoon. 
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Triporteur From Hell

  • SRM Color : 24
  • Brewer: Belgian Original Malt Bakery and Brewery ( BOM )
  • Brewer's Description: Triporteur From Hell is a dark beer brewed with hellish burned and roasted BOM malt. The beer reminds us of chocolate, caramel, recently brewed coffee and freshly baked bread. The wheat malt in the unfiltered beer can cause a slight cloudiness. The taste of Hell keeps evolving in the bottle.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Teku
  • Russ' rating: 6 of 10
  • With the brew: A Trip to Hell
  • Comments: I *love* Belgian Dark Ales. When I found this one with such a fun theme and packaging ( 6.66% ABV ), I was excited to try it. The beer pours darker and less viscous than I expected, and left a fine head of average ( 0.5mm - 0.7mm ) bubbles which settled to a light layer of foam lasting the entire glass. The aroma was not sweet at all but had an earthy quality I attribute to the yeast. The flavor was very earthy, almost dusty. There was no sweet malty character, or hoppy bite. Over all a very disappointing experience.
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Friday, June 6, 2014

Three Blind Mice Raspberry Imperial

  • SRM Color : 35
  • Brewer: Mother's Brewing Company
  • Brewer's Description: Three Blind Mice is inspired by our favorite qualities from English brown ales, German altbiers, and Irish reds. Mother’s trio of beer connoisseurs sipped away many a night, working to find this ideal combination. Mother’s beautiful brown beer is medium-bodied with caramel, toffee, and subtle chocolate malt flavors—all balanced by moderate hop notes and a clean, dry finish. Three Blind Mice combines components of several malty beers for the unique brown beer experience you've been missing. After lots of research to find the perfect styles for our base, the clear winners were the lighter body and caramel characters of Irish red ales, the soft chocolate and toffee flavors from English brown ales, and the hop component and balance of German altbiers. We used traditional elements from each beer style and added our own touch for one incredible brown beer.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Teku
  • Russ' rating: 8 of 10
  • With the brew: Return to Beer
  • Comments: Generally berry or fruit beers are mostly beer tasting with barely a hint of the color or taste of the accompanying flavor on the label. Three Blind Mice however has a bold berry taste that perfectly enhances the dark chocolaty notes and maltiness of the brew. Pouring much less viscous than I would expect from an Imperial, the beer forms a nice light tan head of average ( 0.5mm - 0.7mm ) bubbles. The nose is clearly an imperial beer but there is a very subtle hint of the raspberries. The flavor is raspberry forward and surprisingly sweet. The back of the tasting is all Imperial with heavy malty flavors and a lightly hoppy finish.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Wake Up Dead Nitro

  • SRM Color : 40
  • Brewer: Left Hand Brewing Co.
  • Brewer's Description: Super Smooth trifecta of cocoa, dried fruit, and licorice notes.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Teku
  • Russ' rating: 10 of 10
  • With the brew: The end of Winter
  • Comments: Imperial Stout brewed with the darkest roasted grains, and Left Hand Brewing Co.'s Wake Up Dead is paragon of the style. Adding the Nitro infusion has made for a superbly smooth and creamy experience. The "hard pour" makes for a thick and creamy tan head of smaller than average ( < 0.5mm ) bubbles that top the beer for most of the drinking experience...however that was never long in my trials. The nose is malty with hints of cocoa and roasted grains. The body of the beer is creamy and almost sweet with the hint of a hoppy bite paired with dates and raisin.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Even More Jesus

  • SRM Color : 40
  • Brewer: Evil Twin Brewing
  • Brewer's Description: A few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and muscovado sugar, obviously only made in limited amounts and most crucial of all - it must taste rare!
  • Recommended Glassware: A Teku
  • Russ' rating: 10/10
  • With the brew: If I Had a Heart
  • Comments:  What a terrific beer to find! It pours a dark thick stream with a dark caramel colored head of smaller than average ( < 0.5mm ) bubbles. The aroma id large and high above the glass. You can smell the dark roasted grain bill, and a malty sweetness that makes your mouth water long before it hits your palate. It has a thick mouthfeel but not sticky and residual. The flavor is just amazing. The dark roasted grains are the biggest flavor, but there is a thick sweetness like dried fruit that is constant and lasting. The final flavor at the end of the sip is a  hoppiness that clears the flavors and leaves you longing for more. Do NOT pass by this beer.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Brinkley's Maibock

  • SRM Color : 13
  • Brewer: Free State Brewing Co.
  • Brewer's Description: A Midwest legend for his off-the-wall practices using goat, erm, parts to increase virility in humans, Doc Brinkley was a decidedly unique individual. So who better to inspire our fresh spring seasonal with its one-of-a-kind flavors? With smooth barley malt character, full-bodied flavor and graceful honey and toffee notes, Brinkley's Maibock is a brew that's as fresh as the season.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Teku
  • Russ' rating: 8.5 / 10
  • With the brew: 11 inches of snow
  • Comments: I love a good Maibock, and Brinkley's is a solid contender in the style. it pours a champagne color with an orange hue, reminding you of how spring sunshine feels. There is a shallow head with average sized ( 0.5mm - 0.7mm ) bubbles that dissipates quickly. It has a delicious light malty nose, that carries a wonderful flavor on it. The brewers description of "graceful honey and toffee notes" is spot on as the sweet spring honey taste offers a wonderful floral flavor. Like spring in a bottle.   

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Breakfast Stout

  • SRM Color : 40+
  • Brewer: Founder's Brewing
  • Brewer's Description: The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Teku 
  • Russ' rating: 10 / 10
  • With the brew: Seminole National Champions
  • Comments: I have been waiting for this to be available in my area and in season. I heard it was a great beer, and I was not disappointed. Breakfast Stout pours less viscous than I expected, but still quite a hearty beer. A dark toffee colored head of average size bubbles ( 0.5mm - 0.7mm ) forms but is shallow and quick to dissipate, leaving only a faint ring as you drink the beer. The beer drinks with a sharp coffee flavor that is slightly bitter, but smooth and pleasant. Very reminiscent of the bitter chocolate it contains. It drinks easily and smooth. Delicious! 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Saint Botolph's Town

  • SRM Color : 24
  • Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
  • Brewer's Description: 
  • SBT is fermented with two yeast strains for a unique rustic finish.  But it’s in the yeast strains where this beer really departs from the typical: one is a German ale strain, the other is a common English strain.  Why?  Because it’s about the flavour, not just ticking the “style” boxes. In the end we have an ale of 5.9% abv with a big malty, almost smokey Black Malt character, a bitter attack from Fuggle hops, a rich barleymalt finish, some dried coconut hints and an old ale acidity around the edges.  We’ve even timed its tan head, standing proud for ten minutes! The name “Saint Botolph’s Town” is in tribute to our great home in America: Boston.  The original Boston in Lincolnshire, England is an abbreviation of “Botolph’s Town” or “Botolph’s Stone”. When we were back in Yorkshire recently, we found a churchyard where St. Botolph spoke in the year 675; a ‘stump’ (broken old cross) marks the spot.  Saint Botolph is a 7th century saint from England whose feast day is June 17th.  Perhaps a great day to save a bottle or two for!
  • Recommended Glassware: A Pokal 
  • Russ' rating: 9 / 10
  • With the brew: Chocolates from a Secret Santa
  • Comments: Saint Botolph's pours darker than a Brown Ales I am used to. It has a sweet malty nose, and pours to a head of average ( 0.5mm - 0.7mm ) bubbles. The head settles quickly but leaves a nice crown at the lid of the beer. It has an aged astringent flavor that pairs nicely with the slightly smokey malt flavor. All of this combines to make a very nice rustic tasting beer. A hint of "Old World" in a glass. Special thanks to a great bunch of people in Ten Forward, and my Secret Santa for taking the time to send me something so close to home.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Ale

  • SRM Color : 22
  • Brewer: Brewery Sint Bernardus
  • Brewer's Description: St.Bernardus Christmas Ale is a dark seasonal brewed in the classic 'Quadrupel' style of Belgium's best Abbey Ales. (10,0 % ABV) Similar to all the beers from our brewery, it greets the drinker with the signature aroma of the St.Bernardus house yeast strain (in use since 1946!) Rivaling the complexity of the St.Bernardus Abt 12, St.Bernardus Christmas Ale offers a spicy, mint-like flavor profile exuding the tastes of warming alcohol, fermented molasses, apricots, licorice and marzipan that are highligted by the perfect balance of brewing sugars.
The perfect companion to enjoy a (cold?) winter evening, with or without the company of your friends!
  • Recommended Glassware: A Goblet 
  • Russ' rating: 10 / 10
  • With the brew: Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits
  • Comments: Wow. This beer pours a hazy dark brown with a sweet aroma of fruit, with wisps of molasses and yeast. The head is of slightly larger than average ( > 0.7mm ) bubbles and lasts through the entire glass. The flavor is art... music... miraculous. It has a delicate mouthfeel with a complex combination of earthiness, fruit, malt and spice. The balance between the flavors is expertly struck, and at 10% ABV it is THE template for a "Winter Warmer"