Beer 224/365 – Dogfish Head Midas Touch

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Dogfish Head claims this is the oldest fermented beverage in the world

Will I be drinking this again: It was very unique, but not sure if I would go out of my way to drink it again.

Grade: B

6/20/2010: Dogfish head has a little blurb on their website claiming that this beer is the oldest fermented beverage in the world. They say the recipe was found on the walls of King Midas’ tomb. Which is odd because as far as I know, the tale of King Midas is a complete myth. But what do I know? I just drink good beer and make websites.

The pour of midas touch produces almost no carbonation at all. I am getting little to no smell with this beer. Maybe a little bit of money, but that might just be because I know its in the brew, and I’m trying to hard to find something in the nose that I am convincing myself its there. The flavor no doubt has a mead type characteristic. Honey is the main event here. The flavor is almost medicinal in a way? Really hard to put into words. This also has a lot of dry white wine characteristics as well. Not overly complex, again this is mostly about the honey, with some grape. Mouthfeel is pretty damn heavy, and it doesn’t help that there is little to no carbonation. Gets a little easier to take down as it warms. This beer is very unique, but not something I would go out of my way to drink again.

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Beer 223/365 – Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout

Style: Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Maybe Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids Michigan? I can’t remember ha.

What makes this beer different: One of the heaviest Oatmeal Stout’s I have ever had.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, I hear they are selling in PA soon so thats a plus.

Grade: A-

6/19/2010: I think its official; Dark Horse is my favorite brewery. Every single beer of theirs that I have tried has been very unique, and very tasty. Plus I love the whole rustic/rural setting of their brewery/brewpub. If you haven’t seen what it looks like check out my brewery tour write up for some pictures.

This beer smells very very roasted, lots of coffee smell going on here. The taste is intense for an oatmeal stout. Almost a neck and neck race between dark roast coffee, and bittersweet chocolate, with vanilla lagging way way behind in last place. This beer is very sweet, but its kept in check by the burnt/roast flavor that the coffee is giving. Very heavy mouthfeel for an Oatmeal stout, but thats perfect for me because I love heavy beers. Not sure if you get Dark Horse beer in your area, but if you don’t be sure you try to trade for some. It will be worth it.

Picture of the day: Digging up the past.

Beer 222/365 – Dogfish Head Wrath of Pecant

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 6.0%

Purchased at: Dogfish Brewpub in Rehoboth

What makes this beer different: First smokey brown ale I have ever had. Wasn’t a huge fan

Will I be drinking this again: I have another bottle but will probably bring it to the next Pittsburgh BA tasting.

Grade: B

6/18/2010: Picked this bad boy up from the brewpub while I was on vacation a few weeks back. One cool thing dogfish does is they make some of their vintage/one-of beers available to people who make the trek to Rehoboth. I also got a couple of 2006 World Wide Stouts. If I remember right this bottle was only $7 bucks? Not too bad for the big bottle.

The smell of Wrath of Pecant is smokey, malty and nutty. The flavor is… unique? I’m not sure how I feel about it. Smoke is the first thing that sticks out, and its a weird meaty smoke. I guess the boatload of malts help balance it to a point… caramel, toffee, lots of brown sugar. This actually is a very sweet beer, but the smoked flavor just doesn’t work here. Oh and not to mention no sign at all of the plantain, carob and pecans mentioned on the label. The body is actually kind of light for how overly sweet this beer is, and it would benefit from a bit more carbonation as well.

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Published in: on June 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 221/365 – Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade

What makes this beer different: Very smooth, drinkable, and light bodied for an Imperial Stout

Will I be drinking this again: If it was available in my area heck yeah.

Grade: A-

6/17/2010: Tis the season for big thick stouts right? Okay maybe not for everyone, but I am down for a good stout 24/7/365. This was sent to me as an extra in a trade, and i usually like to drink those right away for whatever reason. I also received a Sweetwater Sch’wheat which ended up being pretty good. I would like to get my hands on one of their IPA’s as its supposed to be their best beer.

Happy Endings Stout almost smells like a chocolately milk stout in a way, very sweet smelling. The flavor is pretty straight forward, very malty with some bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of earthy hops in the finish of it. Is it possible for an Imperial Stout to be refreshing? Because in an odd way this one is. Very creamy and smooth, and hides the alcohol very well.

Picture of the day: I used to have a bunch of hermit crabs back in the day, and I gotta say this is a really cool idea.

Published in: on June 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 220/365 – Stone Levitation Ale

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

ABV: 4.4%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Its a little over par for what Stone is capable of IMO.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe, but I would say probably not as it doesn’t offer something different.

Grade: B

6/16/2010: Stone is well known for using a boatload of hops in most of their beers, and they live up to their reputation with this beer. Well as far as the style is concerned that is. Regarding the style, I actually didn’t know where it fell in before I drank it. This actually almost feels like a lighter bodied hoppy brown ale to me.

Anyways, Levitation Ale smells hoppy and sweet. The taste is not nearly as forward as the smell. There is a good bit of hops going on, and there is this “toasted” flavor that I can’t put my finger on. Its the type of flavor I normally would associate with a brown ale. The beer finishes VERY dry. Maybe my palette is blown out from all these strongly flavored beers I have been drinking lately, but this one did not do a whole lot for me.

Picture of the day: The 20 worst names ever.

Published in: on June 16, 2010 at 11:21 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 219/365 – Old Speckled Hen

Style: English Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: One of the first decent beers I have ever had that came in a clear bottle

Will I be drinking this again: Had a sample of it in nitro, and it was REALLY good served that way. In a bottle? Maybe

Grade: B

6/15/2010: I originally had a 4oz sample of this on nitro @Vintage Estate a couple months back. I was really really good on tap, so I decided to grab a twelve ouncer to see what its like out of the bottle. Although I am apprehensive to ever buy a beer that comes in a clear bottle. For the beer newbs out there, the number one reason a beer goes bad is due to the beer being subjected to too much light. It would be similar to you sitting in an un-tinted car, with no sunglasses, on a 90 degree sunny day. Wouldn’t make you very happy and it doesn’t make for a happy beer.

Old Speckled Hen does not have a lot of a smell to it at all, very odd. Maybe a little bit of sweetness. The one word I would use to describe the taste is earthy. Almost like a watered down Sam Adams Lager. Toasted malts and some non-descript hops make an appearance. There is an odd metallic taste going on, but its not enough to ruin the beer all together. Very light mouthfeel which makes this very drinkable on this super hot late spring day.

Picture of the day: Okay this isn’t a funny picture, but it is bad ass. Skydiving during a shuttle launch.

Beer 218/365 – Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Style: American IPA

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Why is this a rye beer, yet in the IPA category?

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not, I haven’t had a rye beer that I liked yet.

Grade: B-

6/14/2010: Figured I might as well take out both of my Bear Republic IPA’s right in a row. The first was really good stuff, not so sure how I feel about this one. I’m not sure I rye in beer is really my thing?

The nose of hop rod rye is straight hops. Mostly Citrus, but I smell the dreaded piney flavor hops in there also. Yup there it is in the taste.. Pine hop flavor. FYI; if you are a new reader I like IPA’s, but hate piney hops. Thankfully there is a good bit of sweet caramel malt in this to save it. Citrus hops are there also. Did this beer seem undercarbed to anyone? That kind of killed this beer for me as well. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy though. Wouldn’t go out of my way to drink this again.

Picture of the day: The 10 best skits from the Chappelle show. One of the best shows ever if you ask me

Published in: on June 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 217/365 – Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 7.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Not much really, but it was a pretty damn good beer.

Will I be drinking this again: I would love to try it fresh on tap sometime.

Grade: A-

6/13/2010: I figure its summer time so I might as well get around to trying some new IPA’s instead of sticking with my go-to stouts. I never thought the style would be something I would like, but alas it is growing on me. Although I still prefer an Imperial IPA.

Racer 5 is my kind of IPA, it almost pushes the the lower line of an Imperial IPA. The smell is hoppy (citrus, and a little earthy), and sweet (pale malt). The flavor reminds me a lot of a Bell’s Two Hearted, with a bit of an earthy kick. Citrus hops are the headliner, with pale malt playing a nice supporting role. The mouthfeel is buttery, almost “slippery” in a way. Overall for an IPA I would say this ranks in my top 20% for the style.

Picture of the day: Whats more boring to watch on TV? Nascar or Soccer?

Published in: on June 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm  Comments (5)  
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Beer 216/365 – Bell’s Expedition Stout

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: One of the few Russian Imperial Stout that I have tasted dark fruits in? They are usually more straight forward.

Will I be drinking this again: Depends what else is in front of me but yes

Grade: B

6/12/2010: Anyone else not really “wowed” by anything that Bell’s makes? I really like Hop Slam, but its not something that I would go out of my way to get. Maybe I am a victim of all the extreme beer variations out there. A lot of breweries are making some pretty off the wall stuff (Three Floyds, Short’s), and I am always down to try something new and crazy. Bell’s kind of stays on the straight and new as far as pushing limits goes.

Expedition Stout smells like most Russian Imperial Stouts; Chocolate and booze. The taste is a bit different though. One of the first things I get is some dark fruits, which isn’t usual for an RIS. There is also a lot of bitter chocolate, and very bitter espresso. The beer isn’t all that complex, but the alcohol punches you a little too much for my taste. I know a lot of RIS’s are known for that, but this is a little too in your face. Took me over an hour to finish the beer. Flavors are right, alcohol balance is not.

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Published in: on June 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 215/365 – Three Floyd’s Blackbeard English IPA

Style: English IPA

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: My roommate picked this up from the brewpub, he also got me a whole case of gumballhead.

What makes this beer different: Tons of earthy hops

Will I be drinking this again: Mmmmm maybe

Grade: B+

6/11/2010: The English IPA style originated when brewers from the 18th century made a beer strong and well hopped enough to survive the long voyage to their troops in India (Hops are a natural preservative). Story has it that the beer would watered down for the troops, and left at full strength for the commanding officers. Three Floyd’s tried to replicate this style as true as possible, by using all English Ingredients, and a strong ABV of 9.0%.

I don’t know my hop varieties all that well, but I know for sure there is some goldings in here just from smelling it. Goldings has a very unique scent. The taste is very earthy/herbal on the hop end, not in the bitter way at all either. A lot of Pale malt to help balance the rugged earthiness. The beer is aged on toasted oak chips, but I don’t pick it up in the taste at all. Very nice full mouthfeel, and no sign of the 9.0% alcohol. Very good beer, just not three floyd’s best.

Picture of the day: Conan wants to know whats up with all the chocolate pelicans?

Published in: on June 11, 2010 at 10:51 am  Comments (1)  
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