Beer 173/365 – Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.1%

Purchased at: Oh man, I don’t even remember to be honest haha.

What makes this beer different: Strong and Chocolately

Will I be drinking this again: Absolutely

Grade: A

4/30/2010: Is it bad that I completely forgot how I even acquired this beer? Was it in a trade, my super bowl poll, did I buy it? Is memory loss a side effect of drinking one beer a day? I think I read something about that but I can’t remember. Regardless it looks like this is the third beer in a row I am rating an A, craziness.

I haven’t had this beer in years, and now that my beer tastes have been refined a bit, I think I will be able to appreciate it more. Brooklyn Black Chocolate smells as advertised, like a Russian Imperial Stout with loads of chocolate. The taste is very very good. Its not overly complex and mostly about the bittersweet chocolate, but not too much chocolate (like Southern Tier Choklat). I love Russian Imperial Stouts because of that little smack of alcohol you get, and Brooklyn for sure satisfied my needs in that department. With a little bit of age I would probably give this an A+. It would mellow out the bitter chocolate and alcohol just a little bit.

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Published in: on April 30, 2010 at 8:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 172/365 – Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 12.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: One of the most unique beers I have ever tasted, due to the Palo Santo wood barrel aging from South America

Will I be drinking this again: Absolutely

Grade: A

4/29/2010: Does Dogfish Head make a bad beer? Because I have yet to have one. They even make “spirits” at their tap room in Rehoboth DE. Their brown sugar honey rum is off the charts good. In fact I need to stock back up on it when I head down to OC MD next month.

There is no way for me to accurately describe the smell of this. The best I could come up with is, it almost smells like your grandmas perfume. Not necessarily flowery, but strong alcohol and some other unidentifiable “old” smells (Sorry gram I love you, but not your perfume). This is a malty malty beer, and has such a unique flavor. Again theres no way I can really describe the flavor because its like no beer I have ever tasted before, but it is woody. All I can say is the flavor is malty, woody and awesome. No way in hell would I guess this to be a 12% ABV beer. If you are getting sick of the same old beer and need to try something different, give this a shot.

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Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm  Comments (5)  
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Beer 171/365 – Stone Russian Imperial Stout

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.5%

Purchased at: 3 Sons Dogs N Suds – Wexford PA

What makes this beer different: A nice punch of alcohol and chocolate, but perfect balance

Will I be drinking this again: Absolutely

Grade: A

4/28/2010: Imperial Stouts are my favorite style, so its I am a little bit pissed at myself for not trying this a bit earlier in life. This also is going to be one of my last “ageable” beers I will be drinking for awhile. I recently organized the pile off beer I had sitting on my dining room table into beers that can and cannot be aged. Turns out I have about 40 non-ageable (sp?) beers in the stash, so I am going to try and power through those ASAP.

This smells like your typical RIS with a bit more chocolate. The beer pours out super thick and dark as night. The taste is almost perfect. Its a dark malt bomb with chocolate leading the way, and that slight alcohol punch you associate with a Russian Imperial. A little bit of hop bite makes an appearance also. Personally I like when a stout punches you in the tongue with some alcohol, but just enough to let you know its the boss. This bottle was fresh, so I could imagine with maybe a year of age this would be a A+.

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Published in: on April 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 170/365 – Great Divide Colette Farmhouse Ale

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

ABV: 7.3%

Purchased at: Giant Ginger Kevin from Colorado brought this to me right from the brewery.

What makes this beer different: Honestly it tasted like a slightly sour franzy

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, he brought me back a couple

Grade: B+

4/27/2010: So I know that technically you aren’t supposed to drink this style of beer from this glass, but it was new and it matched the brewery so I had to. Thanks to Kevin for bringing the beer/glass back from the brewery for me, this might be my new favorite glass.

Colette is pretty funky smelling, sour and lemon also. I tried this and for some reason this instantly reminded me of a sour Franziskaner. I made my franzy loving roommate try it and without telling him what it tasted like, and he said the same exact thing “Tastes like a sour Franzy.” There is also a bit of hops going on here along with the yeasty citrus flavors. Over average carbonation but I think it works here. Also I would never peg this at a 7.3% ABV beer, hides it very well.

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Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 9:24 am  Comments (7)  
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Beer 169/365 – Southern Tier Raspberry Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 4.8%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Bleh, sour, and fizzy like pop (soda)

Will I be drinking this again: Nope

Grade: C

4/26/2010: Argh! Southern Tier you were on a roll, I thought you were the kings of dark beer. Then you give me this crap. I guess realistically this is a beer a lot of girls might like (simply because most girls will try any beer with a sweet fruit in it), and probably sells well to people who aren’t really into craft beer so, I can’t be a hater.

This sounds like pop (yes its pop) when you pour it out, super fizzy. The first taste is almost like a raspberry candy, very artificial tasting. A little bit of chocolate flavor is the only thing that saves this beer at all. Very carbonated and fizzy. To me you should never be able to see THAT much light pass through a porter (look above at picture), and yes it is a bit watery tasting too. Why can’t someone make a GOOD cherry/raspberry porter? Does anyone know of one? Because I have yet to drink one.

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Published in: on April 26, 2010 at 8:56 am  Comments (5)  
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Beer 168/365 – Russian River Pliny the Elder

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Kevin from Colorado brought some back for me

What makes this beer different: Lighter Imperial IPA, lots of hop action without being too bitter

Will I be drinking this again: I have another one that I am waiting to crack open for a week or so, but yes

Grade: A

4/25/2010: So apparently Pliny the Elder is pretty readily available out west. Kevin brought me back a couple bottles. I am not a huge hop head but still wanted to try this beer because of all the hype behind it.

Wow, this stuff literally the room with hop aromas before I even poured it. I can’t imagine how strong smelling it would have been fresh. Pliny is no doubt about smack you in the face hops, again if it were fresh it would almost be too much for me. Not nearly as “sticky” as other DIPA’s I have had. I am by no means going to act like I can pick out the exact hop flavors, but they are intense and plentiful. From what I understand there are 5 different hops used to make this bad boy. Other than the 70/30 hop/malt balance I am getting, I get a little bit of lemon also. Overall the flavor is very very unique, and it is much more crisp than any other DIPA I have ever had, but I needed a tad bit less hop bitterness or a little more malt for me to give this an A+.

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Published in: on April 25, 2010 at 10:39 am  Comments (6)  
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Beer 167/365 – Rust Belt Rusted River Irish Red

Style: Irish Red Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Steamers Bar & Grill – North Lima, OH

What makes this beer different: Heavy but very little flavor

Will I be drinking this again: No way

Grade: C

4/24/2010: Had this beer the same night the Pens clinched the series against the Sens. Also I am typing this up as the Caps are about to blow it in game 7, hilarious. Ovechkin’s tears make me happy. Oh I should also mention I had this beer AFTER The Big Tap In, and I sampled probably 30-40 different very good beers at. Rusted River Red might have been the worst of all of them.

It was weird because it really had no smell, maybe a little sweetness. The mouthfeel was pretty syrupy, but oddly enough it was not very sweet. The only thing I can pick out is some caramel malts. Maybe my palette is shot after trying 9842 different beers today, but this beer just isn’t doing it for me. It reminds me of Killian’s but with even less flavor.

PS This picture was taken with a camera phone so excuse to poor quality.

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Published in: on April 24, 2010 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 166/365 – Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale

Style: Rye Beer

ABV: 7.5%

Purchased at: One of my winnings from the superbowl poll

What makes this beer different: Crisp, light, but flavorful

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure if I can get it here in the burgh? I would if we did though.

Grade: B+

4/23/2010: Ya mon! I actually listened to some Bob Marley while drinking this. Reminds me of when I spent two summers in Ocean City Maryland. There was a band that always played down there that sounded a bit like Bob Marley, called SOJA. If you like that type of music check out that link.

I gotta be honest in saying I have no idea what “Rye Grains” taste or smell like. Is it like rye bread? I do know this beer smells “fresh”, and hoppy. The taste is mostly fruity hops, some light malt, and a bready/grainy type flavor (No idea if its rye grain I am tasting but I am assuming thats a yes). I get some kind of pepper flavor too. It has a lot of flavor for as light as it is. Overall a good beer, it just had a weird bitterness afterburn that didnt taste completely right to me.

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Published in: on April 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 165/365 – Sebago Frye’s Leap IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.2%

Purchased at: One of my winnings from the superbowl poll

What makes this beer different: Too bitter, and not in a good way

Will I be drinking this again: Negative

Grade: C+

4/22/2010: Not sure why but there are three different entries for this beer on BeerAdvocate. All have different ABV, but the same label. I have no clue how to truly tell which one this is so I just went from the one with the highest amount of reviews for all the technical info above.

I drank this the night the pens went into TRIPLE overtime. Not sure if a lot of you know but I work as an usher at the Mellon Arena to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins play, while getting paid for it. So I didn’t end up drinking this until about 1am, and I had to get up for work at 7:20. Needless to say I drank this down pretty quick, and woke about about 3 times in the middle of the night haha.

I am starting to realize that pine hops are the kind I dislike. I won’t act like I know which hops give that type of taste, but from what I read in reviews is that beer with a lot of pine flavor is not my cup ‘o tea. The smell is bitter hops, with a bit of grainyness. The taste is just too bitter on the hope end for me. Not a whole lot of malt to work with, and the hops are pretty piney. Very light mouthfeel. Maybe I am just tired and the hops are too intense but I won’t be drinking this one again. Dedication!

Picture of the day: The makers of The Simpsons apparently areSouth Park fans. If you haven’t heard Matt Stone and Trey Parker are getting death threats for animating Muhammad in a bear suit.

Published in: on April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 164-365 – Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Style: Baltic Porter

ABV: 7.8%

Purchased at: One of my winnings from the superbowl poll

What makes this beer different: Strong but very drinkable

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, this beer just jumped onto the top of my “favorite porter” list.

Grade: A

4/21/2010: Is this really my first beer from Maryland? I guess they really don’t have a lot of big time breweries down there so maybe this isn’t such a big surprise. On that note if you ever want to see what beers I have had from a certain state just click in the tag cloud along the right-hand column.

Huge head on the pour of this beer. I had to sit around for a few minutes for it to die down until I would pour out the entire beer. Gonzo has a lot more of a hop smell than I thought it would, with some chocolate there also. The taste is very complex for a porter, roasty, pine/citrus hops, a lot of chocolate. I am sure there are more little flavors going on, but those are the main ones that hit me. A lot of nice carbonation, almost “airy”. Finished pretty dry. Semi creamy mouthfeel, actually if I didn’t know this was a Porter I would have guessed it was a stout. Hides the semi-high ABV very well also. I liked this beer much more than I thought I would.

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Published in: on April 21, 2010 at 9:42 am  Comments (10)  
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