Beer 385/365- 21st Amendment Fireside Chat

21st Amendment Fireside Chat

Style: Winter Warmer

ABV: 7.9%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Ugh, this beer is a sloppy mess.

Will I be drinking this again: Nope, its been a while since I’ve had a beer this bad.

Grade: C-

3/31/2011: Anyone who has followed my site for a while knows I love canned craft beer. I haven’t had much from 21st amendment yet, but what I have had was pretty damn good for a Belgiain in a can (Monks Blood). So here is hoping that this one is good!

The nose of this beer is actually really nice; bready, caramel, some chocolate… So far so good. The first sip is… confusing? The first thing you get is sharp sour lemons, then some caramel and breadiness. The sourness is not an infected sour taste, but straight up lemons. Very odd. The mouthfeel falls short as well, very light for the ABV. Boozy as well. If you see it on the shelves be sure to avoid this one.

Picture of the day: Gotta hate when the hand turkey appears.

Beer 384/365 – Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 10%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Very malty, I have a feeling this was a bit old.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes i want to try it fresh

Grade: B+

3/28/2011: My first schedule Monday update! I now have my google calendar set to remind me every Mon and Thur to update. I’m usually doing 982,734 things at once during a typical work day, so this should help kick my ass into gear. Anyways onto the review.

The nose is not nearly as hoppy as I thought it would be, it was more sweet like a light ABV barleywine. That being said there are some citrus hop notes in the smell. The flavor is really good, but again doesn’t remind me a lot of a DIPA. A lot of caramel malt, some earthy hops, a hint of wood, and the finish is a little boozy. Actually this reminds me of what a “105 minute IPA” would taste like (half 90 minute, half 120 minute). Actually after just reading some of the reviews apparently this is not due to the beer being old like I suspected, most people actually feel the same about this being very malty. A bit heavy/sticky on the mouthfeel. All that being said this tasted great, just wouldn’t consider it an Imperial IPA.

Picture of the day: Sounds like a fun date to me!

Updates will be every Monday and Thursday

Okay so I realize I have been completely slacking since I ended the official 365 beers, but I decided I want to be a little more consistent. So now I will update every Monday and Thursday with a new beer. I have about 30 beers with photos and notes that have not been updated, but just haven’t had time to update. I actually put a little reminder on my calendar on my phone to update every Monday/Thursday so you will be sure to see something on both days.

In the mean time, have you been drinking anything new and interesting? I am looking to try something new and would like some suggestions.

Cheers!

Published in: on March 23, 2011 at 7:47 am  Comments (8)  

Beer 383/365 – The Bruery Autumn Maple

The Bruery Autumn Maple

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

ABV: 10.5%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: The first beer I have ever tried that was brewed with Yams…

Will I be drinking this again: I have another bottle in the basement, it was a little hot so hopefully some age will tame it a bit.

Grade: A-

3/22/2011: Let it be known that I will try any beer that has maple in it. I LOVE maple flavor. It also helps that they use yams in this because sweet potatoes/yams are right up my alley as well. You might see a blurry face in the reflection of the window behind the beer, and that would be my good friend Donnie who I split the beer with.

I was expecting a lot of maple in the nose, but there was zero. Lots of spice, nutmeg and cinnamon maybe? Also something fruity. The flavor is great, but not what I was expecting. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove are the front runners. Maple is there but to be honest I’m not sure if I would have picked it out if i had not known it was in the beer. Lots of caramel flavor as well. Everything about this beer is great except for the mouthfeel, and strong alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is a bit light for such a high ABV. Overall though I’ll bet this beer will be great with some age.

Picture of the day: I can already tell this chick is going to make a great mother.

Beer 382/365 – Tripel Karmeliet

Tripel Karmeliet

Style: Tripel

ABV: 8.4%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate Wine & Beer – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Very sweet/sugary even for a Tripel

Will I be drinking this again: Yes it was damn good for the price.

Grade: A

3/15/2011: I bought this beer on a recommendation from a friend. She lived in Belgium and said this was one of her favorite beers ever, and I was crazy for not having tried it yet. I would love to visit Belgium because their bottles only run about 1-2 American dollars, as opposed to at least 5 dollars here in the states. Someday!

I already know this beer is going to be sweet as there are chunks of candy sugar around the mouth of the bottle (you can actually see it in the picture above). The nose is even parts sweet and spicy, maybe cardamom? The flavor at first is very very sweet; toffee, caramel, honey, candy sugar. About halfway through my glass a lot of the spice starts to show up; cardamom, clove, maybe some orange peel? Lots of good carbonation keeps the beer from getting cloying. Overall this was one of the best tripels I have ever had. Highly recommended.

Picture of the day: Put that candy away!

Published in: on March 15, 2011 at 8:29 am  Comments (6)  
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Beer 381/365- New Holland Dragon’s Milk

New Holland Dragons Milk

Style: American Stout

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate Wine & Beer – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Thought this would be considered an imperial stout due to the ABV. Regardless this is one of the best affordable “big stouts” available.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, this beer is a staple in the cellar.

Grade: A-

3/7/2011: Kind of shocked that I didn’t drink one of these during my 365. Even more shocked that this is my first New Holland beer. I tried to make it there on my Michigan Beer Tour, but ran out of time and energy. I plan on driving through Michigan again in the near future, and I plan on making it to New Holland this time around for sure.

Dragon’s Milk in my opinion isn’t overly complex, but complexity isn’t a must for a good beer. The nose is mostly chocolate, oak, and a bit of dark fruit. The flavor reminds me of a stronger version of one of my favorite beers; Dominion Oak Barrel Stout. A lot of roasty malt, chocolate, some oak, and a hint of vanilla and dark fruit. There is a little alcohol kick that you usually get with a Russian Imperial Stout, but it doesn’t bother me much. This coming from a guy who drinks his Beam ‘n Coke’s at an 80/20 ratio typically. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the ABV, which is probably why the alcohol isn’t hidden extraordinarily well. Overall a great beer for the price.

Picture of the day: Who is up for a staring contest?

Beer 380/365 – North Coast Brother Thelonious

North Coast Brother Thelonious

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 9.4%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Not very unique, but a great beer for the price.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, not many Belgians to be had for $3 a pop these days.

Grade: A-

3/2/2011: Andy, this post is for you buddy. I just need prodded every now and again haha. This is my third North Coast beer on my site. The first two were both very impressive; Old Rasputin and Pranqster. Lets hope this one is as good.

A nice dose of caramel in the nose, with a good helping of spice as well (can’t put my finger on exact spices). I always set the bar pretty low for American brewed Belgian’s because no one seems to do it like the monks from the motherland. This is why I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. Lots of caramel, and some fruits come out as well (orange, raisin). Clove seems to be the spice that I was smelling as it really comes through in the flavor. Mouthfeel is excellent for an American brewed Belgian, but still not as good as the real thing. Overall for the price this is a great beer, and am really impressed with everything I have tried this far from North Coast Brewing.

Picture of the day: Poor Dog.