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.

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Beer 379/365 – Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon (Bacon)

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 7.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: The meatiest tasting beer EVER. Never thought I would use the word meat to describe a beer.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not, but I’ll bet it would be great for marinating a steak.

Grade: B

2/24/2011: Did I REALLY want to try this beer? No… But I bought it purely because I was extremely curious. I’ve had ‘smoked’ and ‘rauch’ beers before, but never had one that was bold enough to use bacon in the name. I split this bottle with my buddy Donnie who is also a stout lover.

After pouring the beer, the first smell you get is similar to how your clothes smell the day after you sit around a campfire. Oh that is, if your clothes were also dipped in a meat vat. Also a bit of chocolate in the mix. The flavor at first is an A. It literally was like drinking chocolate covered bacon. Which by the way if you have never tried chocolate covered bacon, I feel that you need to because it encompasses everything that makes America great. Back to the beer, there is also some bittersweet chocolate in the mix, as well as a hint of licorice. The meaty flavor wears on you after a bit though. To be honest I had a really hard time finishing the whole thing. Mouthfeel was slick, and just above average. One of the most unique beers I have ever sampled, but will probably not be drinking this again in the future.

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Beer 378/365 – Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout

Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout

Style: American Stout

ABV: 5.8%

Purchased at: Its been so long I don’t even remember how I got this.

What makes this beer different: Very drinkable, one of the more strongest coffee flavored “regular stouts” I have ever had.

Will I be drinking this again: Would like to but its not distributed here.

Grade: A-

2/9/2011: Wow has it really been over two weeks since I updated? I really have to get back to updating this site. I have about 30 beers backlogged, but my 8-5 job has been insanely busy lately. I have been drinking a lot of good new beer lately though. I feel as if now that I am not obligated to drink a beer everyday, that I actually enjoy drinking beer much much more.

The nose is full of roasted malt, and surprise surprise a shot of espresso. The flavor isn’t overly complex, but much better than I had expected. An even balance of roasted malts, and espresso; neither overpower the other. Also has a bit of a sweet kick to it (maybe a play on sugar in coffee?). Again not too complex, but a very enjoyable drink. Medium body and well carbonated for the style. Pretty good stuff!!

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Beer 376/365 – De Struise Tsjeeses

De Struise Tsjeeses

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 10.0%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra

What makes this beer different: Strongest BSPA I have ever had, yet the ABV is hidden very well

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure if I will be able to find anymore, but I would love to.

Grade: A

1/24/2011: Wow I can’t believe its been over two weeks since I have updated. Sorry about that! Crazy busy at work, and my part time job has been taking up a lot of my time as well. I do have about 30 beers I need to update. Now I just need to find time to update!

Tsjeeses is not a beer for the meek, very bold! The nose is somewhat like a tripel, with a bunch of non-descript spices. The flavor is just great, sweet, sour, spicy.. just a great great balance of flavors. Some white pepper, nutmeg, sour apple, peach, maybe cinnamon? I gotta be honest in saying that I am having a hard time picking out exact flavors because of the complexity. The ABV is hidden amazingly well too. If I had to guess the alcohol content, I would have guessed around 7%. This is my 4th beer from De Struise, and every single one has been amazing and unique. De Struise is now officially my favorite Belgian Brewery.

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Beer 375/365 – Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale

Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: My house mate Dave brought me this back from Canada

What makes this beer different: Very spicey.

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure i would be able to find any more vintage bigfoot’s but I would love to try another.

Grade: B-

1/7/2011: I am sure some of you are scratching your head saying “Wait I didn’t realize that Great Lake’s brewed a Pumpkin Beer!” Well the Great Lake’s Brewery you are thinking of does not. This Great Lakes brewery is actually in Ontario Canada.

The nose has a lot of all spice, with some pumpkin as well. The flavor is okay at first, but grows a bit old towards the end. All spice is the main character, with some pumpkin, and an odd hop bitterness that just doesn’t sit right with me. Light bodied and finishes a bit dry. Overall it was drinkable, but a little too bitter.

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Beer 374/365 – Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine (2008)

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine

Style: American Barleywine

ABV: 9.6%

Purchased at: Sent as winnings in a superbowl block poll.

What makes this beer different: The first aged barleywine I have ever tried, and it definitely mellows out the harshness.

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure i would be able to find any more vintage bigfoot’s but I would love to try another.

Grade: A-

1/4/2011: Almost a year ago I registered in a superbowl block poll on BeerAdvocate with 9 other people. It was the first time I tried anything like this, but I ended up winning. The losers all had to send at least 48oz of beer to the winner, but most sent more. That was a total of at least 432 oz of beer, or 36 12oz bottles. I got a ton of good rare stuff like the beer above, a 2006 Bourbon County stout, and others. I’m definitely going to register for this again this coming year.

The nose is semi-boozy, caramel, some spice, and some citrus as well. There are a ton of flavors going on here, and surprisingly hops are one of the dominant ones even after 2 years of age. To be honest if this was fresh the hops might have been a bit overwhelming. Sweet caramel malt, bitter citrus hops, and a nice bite from the alcohol. A bit of a orchard fruit type kick that I really can’t put my finger on. About average on the mouth-feel, but has a very long finish. One of the better American Barleywine’s I have had.

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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 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.

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