Beer 314/365 – Evolution Jacques Au Lantern

Evolution Jacques Au Lantern

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 6.1%

Purchased at: Johnny’s Pizza – Ocean City MD

What makes this beer different: Light bodied but lots of flavor.

Will I be drinking this again: No, but thats only because its seasonal and not distributed very far.

Grade: B+

9/18/2010: Back down to Ocean City for my buddy Donnie’s wedding. I am the best man, and I am a TERRIBLE public speaker. So at this point I am stressing out like crazy. Maybe two of these will help me calm my nerves a little bit for the time being. Oh, by the way this is the first picture with my new Android phone; Samsung Fascinate.

Jacques Au Lantern has one of the better noses out of the pumpkin ales I have tried so far this year. Smells a lot like pumpkin pie filling after you add all the spices. Caramel malts are laid out for the pumpkin, all spice and cinnamon to rest on. No sign of any nutmeg in this pumpkin ale. You actually get a little heat from the spice in the beer, but the spice flavor itself is not overdone. Very light bodied but well carbonated and finishes a little cry. I took two of these down without a problem. Easily the best beer I have tried from Evolution so far.

Picture of the day: What is wrong with people?

Published in: on September 18, 2010 at 10:34 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 310/365 – Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Marzen

Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Marzen

Style: Marzen / Oktoberfest

ABV: 5.3%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Not much, its just pretty average.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not.

Grade: B

9/14/2010: Before doing my 365 I never trid any flying dog beer, but now that I have had a few I would probably have to put them in my top 10 favorite. Raging Bitch and Gonzo Imperial Porter are two of my favorite beers in their respective styles. I also love their artwork on their labels. So why not give Dogtoberfest a shot even though I know nothing about the beer.

The nose is grainy, and quite earthy. The flavor isn’t intrusive, but there just isn’t enough of it. Toasted malt, grainy, and a little hint of spice? Maybe from the hops? Hard to tell. Mouthfeel is actually very good, smooth and semi-full with nice carbonation. Not bad, but needs more flavor.

Picture of the day: Now excepting studants.

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Beer 285/365 – Evolution Summer Session Ale

Evolution Summer Session

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.6%

Purchased at: Market Street – Salisbury MD

What makes this beer different: Can’t hold a candle to the best examples of this style (gumball head, little sumpin sumpin)

Will I be drinking this again: No way

Grade: C+

8/20/2010: Okay so truth be told I had no intentions on this being my beer for the day. I drove down to Salisbury Maryland right after work on this Friday, and brought a few bottles with me also. I ordered this on a whim at this random bar when we got into town, and we ended up doing a bunch of these crazy shots called “Hinkles.” Lets just say I ended up sleeping half of the night on the bathroom floor, therefore I was in no state of mind when we got back to the condo to pour a beer and give it a serious review. Which is also why there is no photo of this beer (sorry about that). I guess its a good thing I did drink this beer, because I would have missed my beer for the day. I would be pretty pissed if I messed this all up after 284 consecutive days with a new beer.

Again I did not pay a ton of attention to the characteristics of this beer, so sorry for the half assed review. The flavor was very light compared to others in the style, little to no hops in the mix. A little bit of citrus, and a little bit of pepperyness. I honestly had no idea that this was an APWA while drinking it. I would have assumed it was a witbier from the flavors. Overall there was not a lot of flavor going on, and they flavors that were there just didn’t jive.

Picture of the day: Time traveling cat.

Beer 211/365 – Heavy Seas Peg Leg Stout

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Fager’s Island – Ocean City MD

What makes this beer different: Doesn’t come off as an RIS to me, more like a regular American Stout.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably yes, very drinkable.

Grade: B+

6/7/2010: Last day of vacation! Went to lunch with my two good friends at Fager’s Island in Ocean City Maryland. I worked there the entire summer of 2007. 36 servers, and 30 of them were female. The apartment complex I lived held 16 people, and I was the only guy. Honestly this setup wasn’t as glamorous as you might think. Good times never-the-less. PS That is tomato, mozzerella, balsamic and basil in the background, so so good.

Got this one on a recommendation from my buddy Marcos. The smell is actually more like a milk stout, with some coffee splashed in. The flavor is actually very good, but by no means is this a Russian Imperial Stout. They really mis-categorized this beer. It lacks that punch you get with a RIS, and it was very light on the mouthfeel. This fits right in the regular American Stout category if you ask me. Anyways the flavor is mostly about a light bodied roasted coffee, almost a sweet fruity flavor, and a lot of caramel going on as well. Very good flavor and very drinkable, but again by no means should this be considered an Imperial Stout.

Picture of the day: It’s about damn time this guy showed up.

Beer 164-365 – Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Style: Baltic Porter

ABV: 7.8%

Purchased at: One of my winnings from the superbowl poll

What makes this beer different: Strong but very drinkable

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, this beer just jumped onto the top of my “favorite porter” list.

Grade: A

4/21/2010: Is this really my first beer from Maryland? I guess they really don’t have a lot of big time breweries down there so maybe this isn’t such a big surprise. On that note if you ever want to see what beers I have had from a certain state just click in the tag cloud along the right-hand column.

Huge head on the pour of this beer. I had to sit around for a few minutes for it to die down until I would pour out the entire beer. Gonzo has a lot more of a hop smell than I thought it would, with some chocolate there also. The taste is very complex for a porter, roasty, pine/citrus hops, a lot of chocolate. I am sure there are more little flavors going on, but those are the main ones that hit me. A lot of nice carbonation, almost “airy”. Finished pretty dry. Semi creamy mouthfeel, actually if I didn’t know this was a Porter I would have guessed it was a stout. Hides the semi-high ABV very well also. I liked this beer much more than I thought I would.

Picture of the day: 25 odd and funny album covers.

Published in: on April 21, 2010 at 9:42 am  Comments (10)  
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