Beer 373/365 – Deschute’s Hop Trip

Deschutes Hop Trip

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: One of the pinier (sp?) APA’s I’ve had

Will I be drinking this again: Won’t go out of my way for it, but it was decent.

Grade: B+

12/27/2010: Weird but I think I am actually now drinking more beer now that the 365 is over. This is probably because I can drink whatever I want, whenever I want. No need to worry about if I will have enough new beer for every day, or if the beer itself is a duplicate. Plus I have a ton of bottles in the basement, might as well drink em!

The nose is very sharp pine hops, and some caramel in the mix as well. The flavor is one of the most hop forward APA’s I have ever tried. Lots of pine, some grapefruit as well. Thankfully there is a good bit of caramel malt for the hops to stand on. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Overall this was a decent beer, but I typically I like my American Pale Ales a bit more malt heavy.

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Published in: on December 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 372/365 – Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Great Divide Espresso Yeti Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: The best yeti of the oak aged series for sure.

Will I be drinking this again: Yup my buddy Kevin got me 4 bottles right from the tap-room in Denver.

Grade: A

12/20/2010: Earlier in the year I rounded up all four of the Aged Yeti’s, and this was the last of the oak aged series that I have yet to try. Chocolate and Oak were both very good, but I tend to really like the coffee centered stouts so I am willing to bet this will be my new favorite.

The nose of Espresso Yeti smells as advertised, very Espresso heavy. The flavor is just awesome, rich, roasty, oaky, bittersweet chocolate, and of course a lot of espresso. What I like about the espresso flavor is it isn’t “burnt” like a lot of other coffee flavored beers. I am assuming the beans were possibly steeped and not actually brewed? Would be interested to know. The beer has a great heavy creamy mouthfeel, and finishes a bit dry. Surprisingly drinkable considering how heavy it is. If you are a coffee lover give this one a shot, you will probably love it!

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Beer 371/365 – Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse Imperial Stout

Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse Imperial Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 18.0%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Very similar to dogfish world wide stout, clone maybe?

Will I be drinking this again: Would love to, but its not exactly the most widely distributed beer in the world.

Grade: A-

12/17/2010: Kuhnhenn is yet another great brewery from the great beer state of Michigan. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it there on my Michigan Brewery Tour, but next time I am going to stop by for sure. They are known for their raspberry eisbock, which I have aging in the beer cellar right now.

I opened this late on a weeknight not taking note of the ABV before doing so (18%)… Oops! The nose is not as boozy as I expected, a lot of dark chocolate and some char. The alcohol is very well hidden for an 18%ABV beer, a lot of dark chocolate in the flavor, sweet toffee, and some prune like flavor in the mix. Mouthfeel as expected is a bit heavier than average. The beer went down well considering the high alcohol content, but it got a little bit too sweet at the end. Overall very good! Not quite as good as its 18% ABV brother WWS.

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Published in: on December 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 370/365 – Scaldis Noel

Scaldis Noel

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 12.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: $6 for such a small amount, not quite worth the price.

Will I be drinking this again: Decent. but not at this price.

Grade: A-

12/14/2010: Phill out at Vintage Estate highly recommended this beer, and our palettes are pretty similar so I figured I would give this one a shot. Even though the price is a bit steep at $6 for about 8.5oz of beer. Oh well you only live once right?

The nose is boozy as hell, with some cinnamon and cherries. The flavor is boozy as well, but not as much as I expected for a 12% ABV beer. Toffee is a big player in the flavor, with some cherries and a touch of cinnamon. Not overly complex, but thats okay its tasty. The mouthfeel is really nice, silky and full. Overall this was a good beer, but not worth the price of admission.

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Beer 369/365 – Foothill’s Sexual Chocolate Stout

Foothills Sexual Chocolate Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.75%

Purchased at: Traded for it

What makes this beer different: One of the coolest beer labels ever.

Will I be drinking this again: I must try another one, you will see why below.

Grade: C+

12/13/2010: I have about 10 beer photos edited to update for the site. I just need to stop being lazy and type up some posts. Still drinking about 3 new beers a week, just haven’t had time to update. I plan on getting a few this week for sure though, so stay tuned.

The nose was.. a bit cherryish (oh no), and some roast. The flavor was NOT chocolaty at all, and unfortunately this must be infected. Lots of that sour cherry flavor, with some dark malt. I had sampled Sexual Chocolate at a tasting a few months back, and remember it tasting much better than this. Thankfully the infection wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t drink the entire beer, but still no chocolate to be found. I hadn’t heard anything about Sexual Chocolate being infected, but after a search on BA it turns out there were a handful of other people who experienced the same thing (Oddly enough I can’t find that thread for the life of me now). For some reason it seems like stouts are the most affected by infections, wonder why that is? Maybe brewers should just come out with an American Wild Stout style, and call it a day.

Picture of the day: This has happened to me more than a few times. Damn you Call of Duty.

Beer 368/365 – Traquiar 900

Traquiar 900

Style: English Barleywine

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: Most cola tasting beer ever.

Will I be drinking this again: Honestly I was pretty disappointed with this one.

Grade: B-

12/7/2010: Pretty excited to try this one. Traquair 900 is only my second English Barleywine, and I loved the other one so here is hoping this was is good as well (JW Lees Harvest Ale). Igave Phill from VE a BA Blackout stout and he gave me a 2002 Aventinus, and the Traquair in return. I gotta be honest in saying that I have never even heard of this beer so no idea what to expect.

Traquair 900 does not have a strong smell to it, some sweet malt, caramel. The flavor is not at all what I was expecting, to be honest it was a lot like a watered down cola. Some caramel in the mix, a bit of wood, and a tobacco like kick as well. I am not that familiar with the style but the mouthfeel is very light, nothing like the JW Lees Ale that I had before. A bit under-carbonated as well. I am not that familiar with the style but this beer was pretty underwhelming in my opinion. Does not hold a candle to the JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale.

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