Beer 152/365 – New Glarus Road Slush

Style: Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 6.2%

Purchased at: Given to me by Chris

What makes this beer different: Very caramely for an oatmeal stout

Will I be drinking this again: Again if New Glarus had better distribution I would

Grade: B+

4/9/2010: Thanks again to Chris for more New Glarus. Now if he could just find me some of their iced barleywine… SO good. Tried a couple ounces at a tasting last month, and it was one of the best barleywines I have ever had.

Road Slush is a pretty creative name for a stout with so many smells/flavors going on. Lots of caramel and roast in the nose, and the flavor was much of the same. A lot of roasty flavor, with almost as much caramel flavor to go with it. A little bit of chocolate appears at the end also. Do I taste mint too? Am I looking too far into this? Great combination of flavors regardless. Typical Oatmeal Stout mouthfeel/carbonation.

Picture of the day: Oh man, Nick this goes out to you. We used to always stack all kinds of stuff on our friends Guy/Nick in college, but this one is pretty damn funny.

Published in: on April 9, 2010 at 7:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 151/365 – New Glarus Spotted Cow

Style: Cream Ale

ABV: 5.1%

Purchased at: Given to me by Chris

What makes this beer different: You can tell this beer was brewed with corn (like many “light” lagers)

Will I be drinking this again: If it was more accessible it would be a good tailgating beer

Grade: B

4/8/2010: Thanks to Chris for bringing this with him to the AC Beer show. I am always down to try some New Glarus. I wonder why their distribution is so limited? The demand is out there so what the heck?! Oh and why is this style called a cream ale? Doesn’t make much sense to me. Does anyone know?

I guess my nose buds are getting better at detecting certain ingredients because I could actually smell corn in this beer. After taking my own notes I later found out that corn is one of the major ingredients in this beer. The taste reminds me of a “good” Miller lite. You get that “cheapish” flavor you get with American Light Lagers, but you can tell some high quality ingredients were used in conjunction with the corn (pale malts?). By craft beer standards this is a bit below average, but I would take a case of Spotted Cow’s 100 times over a case of Miller/Bud/Coors Light.

Picture of the day: Hooray for Depressing Comic Week!

Published in: on April 8, 2010 at 9:59 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 114/365 – New Glarus Black Wheat

Style: Dunkelweizen

Purchased at: Stillcrazyafterallthesebeers.com

What makes this beer different: Smoke/chocolate flavor in a wheat beer

Will I be drinking this again: Its not brewed any more but I would yes.

Grade: A-

3/2/2010: This beer is one of many sent to me on the house by Guy and Gary Montessero over at Still Crazy After All These Beers. I have been dying to drink some of the beers they sent me but wanted to finish off redesigning their site first. The make a kick-ass weekly show on.. you guessed it; beer. They cover beer shows, interview brewmasters, and give their thoughts on beer in general. Go check their show out, it will be worth your time.

So about the New Glarus Black Wheat. Has the typical wheat beer smell, with a bit of a sour note similar to a wild ale smell. Taste is crazy complex. First thing I get is smoke flavor, some sour (from the yeast), and a tiny hit of cherry and chocolate at the end. Crazy combination of flavors but it works. Its almost like a wheat beer and a porter had a love child. Very very original flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a dunkelweizen, but its really good. This one was a borderline A. If you can get your hands one it, give it a try.

Picture of the day: Is the rest of the universe even trying anymore?

Published in: on March 2, 2010 at 11:40 am  Comments (6)  
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