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.

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Beer 354/365 – Great Lakes Christmas Ale

Great Lakes Christmas Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

ABV: 7.5%

Purchased at: Great Lakes Brew Pub – Cleveland, OH

What makes this beer different: Subtle hint of ginger is pretty unique.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, but its hard to get in bottles.

Grade: A-

10/28/2010: Made the two hour trip to Great Lakes Brewery this day for the BA Blackout Stout release. We got there a bit early so I decided to have a Christmas Ale. I took a picture JUST in case I wasn’t able to take down a full 10oz snifter of BA blackout at the end of the night. Well turns out it was a good thing that I drank this beer and took this picture, because I was in no shape for any more beer after 5oz samples of 2007-2010 Blackout Stouts, 2010 Ba Blackout, and 2010 Rackhouse Ale (30 more oz of high ABV beer). Ended up leaving with a belly full of beer, bourbon pulled pork, and 6 bombers of BA Blackout Stout.

The nose is sweet, caramel, honey, cinnamon, and a touch of ginger. The flavor is much the same; Caramel malts, honey, cinnamon and a little bit of ginger in the aftertaste. Ginger is a flavor that either disappears, or is just too overpowering, but they got just the right amount in their Christmas Ale. This kind of reminded me of a light version of Troeg’s Mad Elf. Mouthfeel is a bit on the full side, with decent carbonation.

Picture of the day: Keanu Reeves just doesn’t give a @#$%.

Beer 177/365 – Deschutes Jubelale Winter Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

ABV: 6.7%

Purchased at: Ummm I think Kevin sent it to me from Colorado?

What makes this beer different: Not much, typical winter warmer

Will I be drinking this again: Not sold out here so probably not.

Grade: B

5/4/2010: Is this really my first beer from Deschutes? I do have a couple Abyss bottles sitting in the cellar, but kind of surprised I haven’t had anything from them yet. I would also like to try and get my hands on some Black Butte Porter.

Jubelale really doesn’t have a strong smell, just some sweet malt. The flavor is pretty decent, lots of caramel malt, very bready, and a kick of cinnamon. A little tiny bit of Pine hop, which is pretty fitting for a Christmas beer. It is actually a little boozy for a 6.7% beer, and it could use a bit more carbonation. I am sure that might be due to me waiting so long to drink this beer. Average Mouthfeel.

Picture of the day: Shut your muffin!

Published in: on May 4, 2010 at 9:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 127/365 – Shipyard Prelude Special Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

ABV: 6.8%

Purchased at: Received in a trade with jlindros @ beeradvocate

What makes this beer different: Typical Winter Warmer styled beer

Will I be drinking this again: hmmm not sure really hah

Grade: B

3/15/2010: Received this one from Jared at Beeradvocate. We traded about 30 beers back and forth earlier in the year. Finally getting through my stash from him haha.

The smell is very Christmasy. Caramel malts and winter warmer spices you usually get with these sorts of beers. Lots of caramel malt in the flavor. A bit of cinnamon/brown sugar taste, with a hint of non-descript spice. The one thing that doesn’t sit right with me is the sharp boozy punch you get. I don’t mind strong, but this one kind of stabs your tongue just real quick. Mouthfeel is nice, syrupy with good carbonation. Overall a pretty decent beer, just wouldn’t go out of my way to drink again

Picture of the day: I give you.. Irony Man!

Published in: on March 15, 2010 at 8:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 81/365 – Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

Purchased at: Given to me by a wine barrel maker

What makes this beer different: Smoothness

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A-

1/28/2010: Funny story about the guy who gave me this beer, and this is a 100% true story. He owns a company near me and one of his sales people convinced him to follow a lead at the Pittsburgh Zoo. She told him the contacts name was “Mister Lion.” So he called the zoo and was all pissed off that the person who answered wouldn’t transfer him to Mr Lion… I still don’t think he got the joke. This man is a legend let me just say that. Oh and he called this beer “Fuzzywug.” He might even end up calling President Adam’s asking him for some more of his delicious fuzzywug.

So anyways Old Fezziwig was recommended to me by Tony (guy I work with). The smell is sweet and bready. The taste is not super complex, roasty malts, caramel and slightly sweet. No hops to be found. Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium. Carbonation is a little high but I think it really helps bring out the flavors. Very very drinkable.

Funny Picture of the day: This would be a good way to teach children about sex.

Published in: on January 28, 2010 at 10:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 34 – Troegs Mad Elf Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Honey Covered Cherries

Will I be drinking this again: As long as you keep that angry elf away from me

Grade: A

12/12/2009: What the hell is this elf so pissed off about anyways? He is the cover boy for one of the best Winter Warmers out right now. Maybe he is pissed because everyone is drinking all of his brew? You would think part of the beer label deal would involve some kind of stipend in the form of beer. Who knows.

Anyways I am sure a lot of you already know that this stuff is just plain awesome. Might just be my favorite domestic winter warmer out right now, with Anderson Valley Winter Solstice a close second. The primary taste is without a doubt cherries, with a hint of honey in the aftertaste. There is little to no hop flavor in this one. Even though I am not a hop guy I would say thats the only thing this one is missing; a little bit of hop bitterness. If you haven’t tried this one, you really need to run out and grab some.

Published in: on December 12, 2009 at 10:45 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 33 – Breckenridge Christmas Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Tamed version of Sierra Nevada Celebration

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe

Grade: B

12/11/2009: This beer probably has one of the cooler looking labels for a Winter Warmer, very Christmasy. Colorado has a ton of good breweries, and Breckenridge is another example of that. Their vanilla porter is probably one of my favorite vanilla beers.

This beer actually reminded me A LOT of Sierra Nevada celebration ale. The only difference is the Breckenridge is a little less flavorful all around compared to the Sierra. Hops are much less intense, and the malt isn’t quite as sweet. I see it like the Sierra being a Lexus, and the Breckenridge a Toyota; both good cars but you would probably rather drive the Lexus right?

Published in: on December 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 31 – Weyerbacher Winter Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: I have had better winter warmers but this is one decent.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not

Grade: B

12/9/2009: Weyerbacher brewery resides in my home state of Pennsylvania, and they put out some pretty decent beer.  Their winter warmer is just average. Winter Warmer as a category is a pretty loose one as there are many different styles within it. This one falls into a brown ale type for me.

Its funny because this beer has the flavor that I thought the Atwater Winter should have had. A bit more flavorful, but still not quite where my mouth tells me it should be.  Decent caramel flavor with a slightly roasted aftertaste. This would be a good beer to introduce your “average” beer drinker to craft beers.

Published in: on December 9, 2009 at 9:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 22 – Samuel Smith Winter Welcome Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: A bit watered down for Samuel Smith

Will I be drinking this again: Negative

Grade: B-

12/1/09: Anytime I drink a Samuel Smith I feel like I need to drink it with my pinky out, as it is brewed is England and the bottles always look so fancy shmancy.

This beer fell short for me and lacked the wow factor. Especially because I really like all the other beers brewed by Samuel Smith. Not a bad beer, but its just something I would not go out of my way to drink again. Needs more flavor for my mouth buds.

Published in: on December 1, 2009 at 6:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 4 – Anchor Special Christmas Ale 2009

Style: Winter Warmer

Purchased at: 3 Sons

What makes this beer different: Piney/Hopey

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not

Grade: B

11/12/09 Was not the biggest fan of this one. Was a pretty “dry” beer for a Christmas beer. Also a too bitter for my tastes. Slight pine taste but there is an earthy taste that just doesn’t sit right with me,

Published in: on November 12, 2009 at 7:48 pm  Comments (1)  
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