Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

Very excited to try this R.I.S. from Leinenkugel's! Bottle says 9.5% abv. Pours into my glass a viscous, dark tar black with a solid half inch of creamy dark tan head on top. No light getting through at all! Aromas begin with deep roasted malts. Dark chocolate, coffee and a slight smokiness. Dark fruits mixed in with some vanilla. There's some hops in there as well. A great aroma overall.

First sip brings big roasty malts with a rich chocolate upfront. Rolls into a hint of molasses and a wonderful dark fruity aspect. A touch of smokiness and coffee as it flows down. Bitterness on the finish with some hops as well. I enjoy the fruity, cherry aspect here. This is a robust, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is dense and creamy, with a big body. It goes down smooth overall. A big, hearty brew that is great for a cold night. I've never been a huge fan of Leine's regular offerings, but this one just blew me away. I hope they keep up with the Big Eddy series as this is one helluva a good R.I.S. from a brewery I wouldn't have expected to brew something like this. Seek it out.

Overall I gave this brew a rating of Amazing. Check it out for yourself!

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Pours a deep impenetrable black from the bottle, very viscous as well. An inch of creamy thick dark tan head rises on top of the brew. Aromas of well roasted malts along with a chocolate character. Then the coffee bean aroma comes in with a nice fresh brewed aroma. A light dark fruity undertone with some anise also.

First sip brings a smooth dark roasted maltiness with a good blast of chocolate and black coffee flavors. The oats make it very slick and smooth, a bit oily even. A slight caramel and dark fruit accent is there as well. Finishes with a good bitterness, a touch of herbal hops and is balanced overall. The bold, tasty coffee flavors linger on after each sip.

Mouthfeel has a big, creamy body. Goes down smooth and is damn tasty! Finishing the bomber is no problem here. This is a highly drinkable brew anytime of the day. Overall, a wonderful coffee stout from Mikkeller, I'm glad to see their brews around Chicagoland now and can't wait to try more.

Overall I gave this brew a rating of Amazing. Seek this one out!

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Three Floyds Broo Doo Harvest Ale

22oz bottle picked up at the brewery for $7. Pours into my glass a clear copper orange hue with a half inch of bubbly, sticky white head on top of the brew. Harvest colors for a harvest ale! Aromas blast out of the glass with huge tropical, citric dank hop resins. It literally smells like rubbing a hop cone between your fingers. Wow, it's hard to stop smelling this one. Some slightly sweet caramel in the background, but this is all about the hops.

First sip brings a caramel, lightly toasted grain malt quickly run over by a rush of hops. Citrus and tropical fruit flavors along with green oily hop resins. There's a big bitterness but it never becomes too much. Sorta spicy. A hop lover's dream, this is one tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation, this brew is incredibly easy to drink and a bomber goes down without the blink of an eye. Another triumph in hoppy goodness from Three Floyds, this time in a lower abv beer. Pick this one up at all costs and drink it fresh. My favorite wet hopped harvest ale I've sampled this year. I need more.

Overall I gave this one a rating of Amazing. Go buy some!

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Nine G Brewing Infidel Imperial IPA

Here's a brew I got in Michigan from one of my buddies on Beer Advocate. This brewery is unfortunately no longer in business. Originally in South Bend, IN. They also produced a tasty porter that I had the chance of sampling. This is my last bottle and I'm guessing very little if any is left on the shelves anywhere. If you have any knowledge of the brewery or where the brewers may be now, please drop me a line or leave a comment!!

12oz bottle. Pours into my glass a crystalline deep amber orange with a half inch of white head that quickly falls to a ring atop the brew. Aromas start out with deep caramel and toffee tones. Resinous, herbal piney hops are still there in nice supply but seem to have faded a bit. Light citrus. Somewhat floral, more on the malty side of the spectrum.

First sip brings a sweet caramelized toffee malt upfront that moves into resinous, piney hop flavors. Light citrus tones as well. The hops bring some bitterness against the sweet malts, however the maltiness wins out in the finish. The hops have faded here and seem a bit dirty. Still not bad!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick. Good subtle carbonation. It fills the mouth well and goes down smooth. Overall, drinkability has suffered some due to age and I wish I could've had this fresh. However, it doesn't look like I'll ever be coming across this one again. It's morphing more towards a barleywine now. If you run across this beer by chance you might as well give it a shot while you can!

Overall this one got a ranking of Enjoyable.

The Nine G website is no longer in existence as the brewery is out of business, which is too bad!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

New Glarus Home Town Blonde

Pours into my Sam Adams glass a clear yellow orange hue with a half inch of light bubbly white head on top. Aromas start with crisp pilsner malts that have a nice fresh graininess to them. Herbal, spicy noble hops are there in abundance with a fresh green snap. A bit of a fruity sweetness in there as well. Lovely.

First sip brings smooth, crisp lightly sweet pilsner malt upfront that has a bit of a grainy aspect to it. It flows across the tongue with a bit of fruitiness followed by just the right smack of herbal, spicy noble hops. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness on the back of the palate. This is a great pilsner!

Mouthfeel is smooth and easily drinkable with a nice creaminess to it as well. Very refreshing, this is just a perfect example of what a pilsner should be and I wish I would've picked up more of this. This one stacks up with the best of 'em. Another wonderfully brewed beer from New Glarus! Grab some if you still can.

Overall I give this on a rating of Great. A very well made pilsner!

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Founders Harvest Ale

Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan is easily one of my favorite midwest breweries, and with just cause. They brew some awesome beers and Mike and Dave are some of the nicest guys I've had the chance of meeting. Some of my favorites are Red's Rye, Black Rye, Breakfast Stout and Kentucky Breakfast just to name a few. Today, I have their new bottled offering, a wet hopped ale aptly named Harvest Ale. It's brewed with fresh, wet hops that were recently picked. Here goes!

12oz stubby bottle pours into my glass a quite hazy yellow orange with a couple inches of creamy, cragly white head that leaves sticky lacing on the side. Aromas of citric, tropical hop resins jump out of the glass. Peach and grapefruit mingle with some pine and green herbaceous notes. Sweet, light caramel in the background. Wow, the fresh green hop cone aroma brings a smile to my face! Somewhat floral even.

First sip brings a sweet, lightly toasted caramel malt that flows into a flow of fresh hops. Citric, slighty tropical with a big green, herbal push. The resins come through along with a perfumy, floral quality. Flows down with a bit of bitterness, but it's fairly mellow probably due to the fresh wet hops. Finish with a bit of lingering sweetness and green hop cone resin. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and solid carbonation. A sturdy pale ale that brings a wealth of flavor while at the same time being quite drinkable and refreshing. This is a darn tasty wet hopped brew and I'm glad to see this in bottles. Get on it and try this one while you can. Another solid brew from Founders.

Overall this one gets a rating of Great. Go get yourself some!

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