Beer 101/365 – Founder’s Imperial Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Very well rounded beer.

Will I be drinking this again: For sure

Grade: A-

2/17/2010: So truth be told, I drank this for the first time on Wednesday, took a picture, and now on Saturday I am ready to do my once every other or every three day update, and I realize my camera for whatever reason did not save the picture to my sd card. So whats the only logical thing to do? Go out and buy the beer again so I get an actual picture. Plus I get to drink this awesome beer again! Dedication people, dedication.

It’s starting to sink in that founder’s really knows what the hell they are doing. I really wish when we visited the brewery that they wouldn’t have been so busy so I could have tried more beer (tried a honey wheat which was awesome). This beer pours out super thick, and smells mostly of roast and chocolate. Taste is a lot of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is a it heavier than an average imperial stout, but not even close to some of the heaviest I have had. Overall a very solid beer, and hides the 10.5% alcohol very very well.

Funny Picture of the day: Remember back in the Aol days when chatrooms weren’t weird? Does anyone else even remember AOL chat rooms? hah.

Published in: on February 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm  Comments (1)  
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100 beers down, 265+ to go!

So 100 beers in, almost a third of the way through my journey. So far this has been an amazing experience. I came up with this idea on a whim because honestly, I get bored with hobbies very easily. I have always been into trying new beer, but never took it as seriously as I do now even though I still consider myself an amateur beer drinker on the grand scale of things. Believe it or not my life has changed greatly since making this website.

Since starting this site I have been sampling some world class beer, getting deals to redesign beer related websites, pushing my personal beer style limits, gained almost 10lbs, and am meeting some very cool people along the way. It really amazes me how gracious and friendly “beer nerds” are. Whether its Phill the owner of Vintage Estate sharing his last Surly Furious he got from a friend in MN with me, Mike/Ruth sending me a Westy 12, Jared sending me one of his last Imperial Stout Troopers, or Roscoe helping guide me through my Michigan Brewery tour, it has all amazed me. I have had people send me free beer from all corners of the country to review, and I even have Dan sending me some craft beer from Japan. I am averaging almost 200 hits a day now and never expected to get more than 20 a day.

As many of you would agree trying new beer is fun, but sharing your experience with other beer lovers is really what its all about. Not to get all mushy but seriously thanks so much for reading, and please continue commenting on my posts as it gives me motivation to keep this site running. Besides it would be boring for me to update this website without anyone reading. On that note if you are in driving distance of Boardman, Ohio, you should come out and have a beer with me at The Big Tap In on April 24th. Just go to the site (that I designed wooo) and check out the list of breweries attending, and that should be enough convincing. It is all for a good cause too. Sidenote: I would also like to thank my girlfriend Cara for being supportive through all of this, and even starting to like almost as many beers as I do! Not often you find a chick who likes good beer.

So now go ahead and crack open a beer and let me know what it is, and how it is! Cheers!

Published in: on February 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm  Comments (12)  
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