Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Tyranena The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter



Pours into my glass a deep black that hardly lets any light through except for a bit of dark brown on the edges. A half inch of light tan head tops it off. Aromas rush at me with smoky, roasted coffee well in the forefront. Chocolate is present as well as some rich dark malts.

First sip brings a super smooth rush of roasted dark malts enveloped in coffee beans. Somewhat smoky with a wonderful slightly oily slickness from the oatmeal. Chocolate and light vanilla notes mix in on the way down. It finishes off slightly dry with a lingering brewed black coffee flavor. Quite a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a good steady carbonation. Rolls across the palate with ease. This is a tasty coffee porter for sure, the oatmeal adds a nice slickness. I wish I had more than this one bottle. Another tasty brew in the Brewers Gone Wild series from Tyranena. Just another reason to visit Wisconsin!!

Overall I gave this brew a 4.15 out of 5.0.....a damn tasty brew!!

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Southampton Pumpkin Ale - 22oz bomber


My newest review comes from Southampton Publick House and brewer Phil Markowski. Located in Southampton, NY, this has been one of my favorite micro breweries for a long time now. They have recently began bottling a line of 22oz bombers featuring their 4 seasonal ales. Double White, Imperial Porter, May Bock and Pumpkin Ale make up the list. All of these are great brews, but today I'm focusing on the Pumpkin Ale.

Pours from the 22oz bomber into my glass a clear red-orange color...reminds me of fall and pumpkins for that matter. A nice half inch of bubbly eggshell head on top. Aromas start out with a nice caramelized pumpkin aroma alongside plenty of spiciness including cinnamon and nutmeg. A bit of burnt sugar...quite nice and reminds me of fall weather and pumpkin pie!!

First sip brings a flow of caramel pumpkin goodness right off the bat. It's followed by some brown sugar and a wonderful mix of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe even a touch of clove. It flows down with a hint of bitterness and a nice spicy finish that is so well balanced and not overwhelming at all. This is a damn tasty pumpkin ale in my opinion and I'm glad to have the opportunity to try it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a nice strong flow of carbonation. I enjoy drinking this brew and will easily finish the bomber off. A tasty pumpkin ale that ranks up there with the best ones I've sampled personally. I'll be seeking this one out again next year and hope to sample it a bit fresher when it comes out! Cheers once again to Southampton on a fine creation.

Overall I gave this fine brew a 4.3 out of 5.0 - A wonderful pumpkin ale.

Check out the other fine brews and eats at Southampton Publick House by surfing on over to www.publick.com