Archives for 2010
So, there’s no ABV printed on the label of this beer. I’ve ranted about the omission of this critical information before, and while it seems especially concerning in this case (Worldwide Stout is 18% abv), I think I know why it’s missing on this bottle, and not on some of Dogfish Head’s other beers. According [...]
Enjoyed this at a friend’s Hawaiian-themed holiday party. Couldn’t bring myself to get a six-pack of Primo (“Hawaii’s original beer”), so opted for something more seasonal. And apparently, I also forgot to take a photo! Must have been the Mai Tai’s consumed after this … Beer Name: Christmas Ale Brewer: St. Bernardus Price: N/A Sampled: [...]
Beer Name: Theobroma Brewer: Dogfish Head Price: FREE* Sampled: December 11, 2010 Rating: 4/5 Notes: Smells dry & wheaty. Tastes sweet with a hint of pepper. Does have some honey, but not getting cocoa/chocolate. Nice fine carbonation. Some toffee. Thin. ABV: 9% abv IBU: N/A OG N/A TG N/A Serving Type: Bottle. * Sent to [...]
I wrote about visiting Oregon Trail Brewing in February 2010, when I reviewed their engaging, if unusual (“mushroom funk!”) Ginseng Porter, but this is the beer they are known for. I was lucky enough to taste a siphon from the barrel in February, and the bottled version is even more incredible than I recalled from [...]
Beer Name: Doggie Claws 2010 Brewer: Hair of the Dog Brewing Price: $4.95 Sampled: December 9, 2010 Rating: 4/5 Notes: Big hop aroma! Pineapple. Brown sugar, honey and light-tasting/bodied despite its high ABV. This is Santa’s Little Helper! 7-Up? Lemon? ABV: 11% abv IBU: N/A OG N/A TG N/A Serving Type: Bottle.
Beer Name: Vinter Varmer 2010 Brewer: Laurelwood Brewing Price: N/A Sampled: December 8, 2010 Rating: 2/5 Notes: Something odd here. Something sour-ish? Acidic, almost. Anise? Rye? Something seed-y. Pretty bitter aftertaste. Puzzler. ABV: 6.4% abv IBU: N/A OG N/A TG N/A Serving Type: Bottle.
Wow, can’t believe I haven’t reviewed an Amnesia beer yet. They’re a favorite brewery of mine here in Portland, not for the food (frozen burgers, obscenely priced), and not even for the beer (which can sometimes be a little inconsistent), but their patio is unmatched for summer beer drinking. It’s located in the trendy Mississippi [...]
Beer Name: 30th Anniversary Grand Cru Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Price: N/A Sampled: December 6, 2010 Rating: 4/5 Notes: Mmm. Pretty hot and a little sweet, but quite tasty. Cotton candy and subtle, slightly yeasty hop flavor. Quite complex – might be good with age. ABV: 9.2% abv IBU: N/A OG N/A TG N/A Serving [...]
Beer Name: Anchor Christmas 2010 Brewer: Anchor Brewing Price: N/A Sampled: December 5, 2010 Rating: 4/5 Notes: Smells like nutmeg and a bit metallic. Tastes savory – like roasted meat – somewhat thick and malty with clove and – yup – nutmeg. Yum. I’m usually not a fan. ABV: 5.5% abv IBU: N/A OG N/A [...]
Ezra has an interesting walk down memory lane going over at the New School regarding the Roots Epic Ale Tasting at Belmont Station this month (post coming soon) … in it, he makes a passing reference to Roots’ famed “Habanero Stout,” which they debuted at the North American Organic Beer Festival (NAOBF) … oh, three [...]
Beer Name: Wassail Brewer: Full Sail Brewing Price: N/A Sampled: December 3, 2010 Rating: 3/5 Notes: Some smoke and bittersweet roastiness. Pretty dry – this would be good with a turkey sandwich. Fairly effervescent which conceals the booze. ABV: 7.0% abv IBU: N/A OG N/A TG N/A Serving Type: Bottle.
Gotta love Belmont Station. Just when I thought I might have tasted one of Roots’ last kegs in Portland, I stumble upon another one on a random day in December. I don’t know much about this beer, and don’t recall Roots ever having an Out Bruin on tap before, but it was a good effort [...]
See anything in this image? I mean, other than the huge, sticky beer in a ridiculously large package, taken with too-shaky hands? This beer would be much better in those small bottles Rogue is now using for big, Imperial beers. I might have rated it higher had I not forced myself to finish what is [...]
Editor’s note: Forgot to photograph this one, but it’s a cool label, and a tasty beer. You should get one for yourself, admire the label, and send the beer to me. Or drink it yourself. Beer Name: Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. Brewer: Schmaltz Brewing Price: N/A Sampled: November 30, 2010 Rating: 4/5 Notes: Big time dark [...]
Why, hello, blog. How are you? Been awhile, right? Sure has. Sorry about that. Wow. I’m really sorry about the delay in posting here. To say that the holidays have been busy is … both an understatement, and a bit of foreshadowing for the rest of this post, which celebrates an important milestone. I’m officially [...]
Editor’s Note: I am sure the long-time readers will be shocked, but I have again fallen behind in my blog posts. With good reason, I must say. Actually, two reasons, both of which will be revealed sometime this week, I think, after which I promise to catch up on posting beers 318 – 331. Prost! [...]
Day three at the coast. We showed up at the surprisingly great* Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, which is also home to one of Oregon’s most well-known craft breweries – Rogue. I’d been to the brewery once before, but I didn’t remember it well, other than a vague recollection of chaos and batter (in the [...]
Day two at the coast. I picked this little gem up at Corvallis Brewing Supply*, an equally sparkly bottle shop/homebrew store in downtown Corvallis. One of the hazards of a project like this is the package size of certain beers. Yesterday, I picked up a growler at Block 15, but even with help from my [...]
I hit up Block 15 Brewing in Corvallis on my way to the coast for a long weekend with my small family. We rented a small house in Yachats, a really endearing little coast town about 45 miles south of Newport (home of Rogue Brewing). If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know [...]
Beer Name: Scottish Ale Brewer: Fearless Brewing Price: $2.39 Sampled: November 10, 2010 Rating: 3/5 Notes: “Brewed from magical waters of Clackamas River.” Umm, okay. Starts quite sweet and malty, with a subtle hop linger. Very smooth texture – quite sessionable. ABV: 5.3% abv IBU: N/A OG N/A TG N/A Serving Type: Can.
Beer Name: Before After Triple Bock Brewer: Brewery Rinkuskiai Price: N/A Sampled: November 9, 2010 Rating: 2/5 Notes: Picked up in Polish store in Detroit on label alone. Wow, so sweet – this has trouble all over it. Like syrup from canned fruit cocktail with fluorescent cherries. Danger! ABV: 12% abv IBU: N/A OG N/A [...]
Beer Name: Dragonstooth Stout Brewer: Elysian Brewing Co. Price: N/A Sampled: November 8, 2010 Rating: 3/5 Notes: Mmm, that’s rich. Like a bitter-er Sheaf Stout, but smoother in the mouth. Super roasty with some vanilla in the aroma and a little heat on the end. ABV: 7.45% abv IBU: N/A OG N/A TG N/A Serving [...]
Beer Name: Terminator Stout Brewer: McMenamins Pubs and Breweries Price: N/A Sampled: November 7, 2010 Rating: 3/5 Notes: Roasty, chocolate with a slightly herbal/vegetal finish. Sweet, dark cola like that old, richer RC cola that came in bottles. ABV: N/A IBU: N/A OG N/A TG N/A Serving Type: Draft.
Beer Name: Bifrost Winter Ale Brewer: Elysian Brewing Price: N/A Sampled: November 6, 2010 Rating: 3/5 Notes: Kinda got a hop “stank” going on. Pungent. Taste is very nice, though. Warming, slightly bitter and very smooth. Some lemon yogurt flavors. Nice. ABV: 7.6% abv IBU: N/A OG N/A TG N/A Serving Type: Bottle.
Beer Name: Buffalo Sweat Brewer: Tallgrass Brewing Price: FREE* Sampled: November 5, 2010 Rating: 4/5 Notes: Smells a bit like a slightly acrid vanilla latte. In a good way. Wow, that’s unusual! Good, though. Reminds me of a stripped down version of “Mokah.” Nice texture and linger. ABV: N/A IBU: N/A OG N/A TG N/A [...]