Beer 84/365 – Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Style: Milk Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Tastes like Guinness with chocolate added

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: B+

1/31/2010: I have passed on buying this beer for years, and I’m not quite sure why because I love stouts; especially chocolate ones. Regardless I finally bought a couple to give it a try. Plus you gotta love any beer that comes in a nitro can.

So much about this beer reminds me of Guinness. The head on Young’s Double chocolate stacks up like an upside down waterfall. Smell is chocolate and lactose (milk). Taste is not as sweet as I thought, and actually reminds me more of a Irish Dry Stout than a Milk Stout. A good bit of roasted malt here, and a little bit of chocolate. Maybe I am getting too accustomed to drinking over the top beers but to be the title “Double Chocolate” is a little bit of an overstatement. I would rename is Young’s Half Chocolate Stout. Mouthfeel is creamy just like a Guinness, but maybe a bit thicker. Overall a simple easy to drink beer, I just would have liked a little tiny bit more chocolate.

Funny Picture of the day: Not sure how some of these stores get away with these names

Published in: on January 31, 2010 at 9:35 am  Comments (10)  
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Beer 83/365 – Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Purchased at: Jolly Pumpkin Cafe – Ann Arbor

What makes this beer different: Cinnamon Covered Lemons

Will I be drinking this again: Prob not.

Grade: B+

1/30/2010: Picked this one up while visiting the Jolly Pumpkin Cafe back in early January. I got lucky and snagged the last one. Apparently it was a running gag that for years Jolly pumpkin never had a pumpkin ale.

The smell is “barnyard funk”, cinnamon, and lemon. The taste is exactly the same. A lot of lemon flavor with faint hints of cinnamon and pumpkin, but you REALLY have to dig deep for the pumpkin. This has that funky tart/sour flavor that most Jolly Pumpkin beers have. It is a good flavor, just not something I would consider a pumpkin ale. Mouthfeel is medium, kind of fizzy. Again a good brew just for the style it needs a good bit more pumpkin flavor.

Funny Picture of the day: This one is actually a video. Saw it on tosh.0 (actually a pretty funny show on comedy central). Not sure why but when this kid starts eating it cracks me up.

Published in: on January 30, 2010 at 9:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 82/365 – Pretty Things Jack D’or

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Purchased at: Received in a trade

What makes this beer different: Its funky as hell, in a good way

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: B+

1/29/2010: Got this one in a trade with jlindros on BA… It was my first ever beer trade and now I am addicted. If you are reading this, you are really into trying new beer, and have not made a trade yet.. you need to. Much easier than I thought it would be.

So this is the second pretty things beer I have had, and I am noticing that they “think outside the bottle” when it comes to their flavors. The St Bodolph’s town I had from them was awesome, with a lot of different flavors going on. This one is more of the same. If I had to sum this beer up in one word it would be “funky.” A nice bit of citrus, a little bit of hops and pepper, and a good bit of tart/sour flavor. Very very complex. I’ll bet you could have 10 different beer people taste this, and each one would pick up a different batch of flavors. Also I see how people can say this has a “barnyard” type flavor… Not sure how to put into words what that tastes like but it totally makes sense. If you can get your hands on one of these give it a try, very different.

Funny Picture of the day: So this is how comic strip characters have babies.

Published in: on January 29, 2010 at 9:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 81/365 – Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

Purchased at: Given to me by a wine barrel maker

What makes this beer different: Smoothness

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A-

1/28/2010: Funny story about the guy who gave me this beer, and this is a 100% true story. He owns a company near me and one of his sales people convinced him to follow a lead at the Pittsburgh Zoo. She told him the contacts name was “Mister Lion.” So he called the zoo and was all pissed off that the person who answered wouldn’t transfer him to Mr Lion… I still don’t think he got the joke. This man is a legend let me just say that. Oh and he called this beer “Fuzzywug.” He might even end up calling President Adam’s asking him for some more of his delicious fuzzywug.

So anyways Old Fezziwig was recommended to me by Tony (guy I work with). The smell is sweet and bready. The taste is not super complex, roasty malts, caramel and slightly sweet. No hops to be found. Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium. Carbonation is a little high but I think it really helps bring out the flavors. Very very drinkable.

Funny Picture of the day: This would be a good way to teach children about sex.

Published in: on January 28, 2010 at 10:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 80/365 – Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale

Style: American Strong Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Intense hops/alcohol

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: B+

1/27/2010: Lagunitas is slowly creeping up pretty close to my top 5 favorite breweries. They have a lot of solid beers. I am also starting to realize I like any kind of beer that has the name “Imperial” in it. Imperial on the label = Drew will drink you.

Imperial Red smells VERY Floral. The taste is about 60/40 hops to malt. The hops are are orangey tasting, and a little too intense for me. The malt has a nice bready taste to it. This tastes like its stronger than 7.5% ABV but it isnt. In an odd way I kind like the alcohol bite. This actually reminds me a lot of their Brown Shugga beer, but without the brown sugar. Very solid but I wish the hops were toned down a tiny tiny bit.

Funny Picture of the day: Check out Mel Blanc’s tombstone.

Published in: on January 27, 2010 at 10:24 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 79/365 – Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale

Style: English Brown Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Lots of Brown Sugar

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: B+

1/26/2010: The girlfriend made me get this one because of the Labrador on the label. At least she didn’t make me buy her a real dog, although by the time I am done with the 365 beers I probably will have spent enough to buy a couple purebreds.

Ellie’s Brown Ale is a very easy drink. Smell and taste are both brown sugar up front, and a little bit of a toffee type taste to it. Mouthfeel is light to medium, but very creamy for a brown ale. This beer is very sessionable (for those who don’t know that means able to drink more than one of these). Nothing too “wow” about this one but to me most brown ales aren’t meant to wow you.

Funny Picture of the day: I’ve had a job or two similar to this one.

Published in: on January 26, 2010 at 10:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 78/365 – Founder’s Porter

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Lots of flavor for a light porter

Will I be drinking this again: Yes for sure

Grade: A-

1/25/2010: Dark. Rich. Sexy. That’s what the label reads and pretty much sums the beer up better than anything I can type. Although the lady on the picture by today’s standards wouldn’t be considered very sexy. Maybe 100 years ago that type of chick would be my cup ‘o tea.

Have yet to try a beer from Founder’s that I don’t like. This beer is dangerously drinkable. The smell is straight chocolate, and the taste is pretty similar. A nice amount of chocolate with a bit of coffee taste. Very creamy for a Porter. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than a typical porter, but still on par. It also hides the alcohol well for it being 6.5%. Overall its a solid beer and very drinkable.

Funny Picture of the day: Damn engineers are pretty slick. Check out how this guy is drinking his beer.

Published in: on January 25, 2010 at 5:42 pm  Comments (6)  
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Beer 77/365 – Southern Tier Choklat

Style: Imperial Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Tons and tons of bittersweet chocolate

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I bought a few to age

Grade: B+

1/24/2010: I was probably more excited to try this beer than any of the prior 76 beers on my list. From what I have been reading people say its the most chocolatey beer out there. I love chocolate and big heavy imperial stouts, so I was ready to have my mind blown.

The smell is like a melted tootsie roll all the way. Okay about to take my first sip and ready to be “wowed”… but no… Maybe I am guilty of comparing certain beers to each other but i was expecting the same “wow” I got when I drank the Southern Tier Jahva. Don’t get me wrong this beer is damn good, but again my anticipation for this one might have been too high. The taste is without a doubt chocolate, but VERY bitter chocolate and lots of it. This is not a Hersheys milk chocolate flavor, this is more like dark chocolate bakers discs. Southern Tier is always true to their labeling, pumpking, creme brulee, jahva… all have an in your face taste of the name on the bottle. The mouthfeel was also a bit lighter than what I expected. The alcohol peeked out a little bit too much towards the end of the beer, where the jahva had similar alcohol content but not a sign of alcohol. I am hoping if I age a couple of these it will mellow out the bitterness and mask the alcohol a bit.

Funny Picture of the day: I’ve gotta find me one of these air fresheners.

Published in: on January 24, 2010 at 9:42 am  Comments (6)  
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Beer 76/365 – Goose Island Christmas Ale

Style: American Brown Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Its just average

Will I be drinking this again: Prob not

Grade: B

1/23/2010: Damn I just realized I have a good bit of Christmas Beer I still need to get through. Anyone else notice you get a backlog of beers pretty quick during the fall and winter months? It’s like I am a squirrel stocking up for a long cold winter or something, and beer is my only means of survival.

Overall this beer is pretty decent, but to me I want a Christmas beer to smell/taste “Christmasy.” The smell was mostly caramel malt, and a bit of alcohol. The taste was a typical brown ale, but no signs of actual Christmas type spice. Also the alcohol was not masked very well, kind of surprising for a 5.60% beer. Pretty average all around. At the price I will probably not be drinking again.

Funny Picture of the day: Sooo thats what happened to the dinosaurs?.

Published in: on January 23, 2010 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 75/365 – Tröegs Nugget Nectar

Style: American Amber

Purchased at: 3 Sons – Wexford PA

What makes this beer different: Not a ton of complicated ingredients, which makes it very crisp.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A-

1/22/2010: There has been a ton of hype behind this beer, and lots of discussion on Beeradvocate about how amazing it is. I was pretty excited to try this beer, especially because its #34 on Beeradvocate’s top 100. I usually find that I psyche myself out by getting overly excited for beer with a ton of hype. It’s almost like I expect it to taste like an angel gave birth in my mouth or something. Half of the time the beer doesn’t quite live up to the hype in my opinion.

This beer almost lived up to the hype. Don’t get me wrong it is a very very good beer, but again I expected it to be life changing. Again remember I am just recently being more open to IPA/hoppy beer. The smell is very hoppy, a bit of caramel, and some citrus. The taste is very clean and crisp, with hops upfront, and caramel malt behind it. The scale tips a tiny bit too much on the hop end for me, but not enough for me to dislike it. The taste is still very refreshing, and it impresses me that they get this much flavor out of a beer that’s this transparent. Very good beer, but one I need to be in the mood for.

Funny Picture of the day: The big bad wolf must be in cahoots with Al Queda.

Published in: on January 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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