Beer 324/365 – Southampton Imperial Porter

Southampton Imperial Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 7.2%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: Had a bit of a cereal kick to it.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not.

Grade: B

9/28/2010: This is another beer that I picked up on a whim. Basically if you throw the word “Imperial” onto a beer, I am legally bound to buy it.

Not a ton of smell going on with this beer, but it does smell a little bit like one of my favorite cereals; Cocoa Puffs. The flavor is a lot of chocolate (similar to cocoa puffs), some coffee, and a little bit of earthiness. The flavor is nice, but where this beer fails is all in the mouthfeel. Its thin, oily, and gives you that weird sugary coating on your mouth similar the film you are left with after finishing a very sugary bowl of cereal. Not terrible but not great.

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Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 313/365 – Brooklyn Oktoberfest

Brooklyn Oktoberfest

Style: Oktoberfest

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: On the sweeter end of the Oktoberfest scale, which is okay by me.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe! It was pretty solid.

Grade: B+

9/17/2010: I was lucky enough to attend a beer dinner a few months back that as hosted by Garrett Oliver (brewmaster of Brooklyn). Extremely charismatic guy, and very approachable after the dinner. I had him sign my copy of The Brewmasters Table, which he obviously is the author of. Ever since this night Brooklyn found a customer for life as a result of the dinner. I love when business owners/heads are approachable and don’t act as it they are on another level.

Now that I am about a half dozen beers deep into the Oktoberfest style, I am starting to realize there are really not many nuances to the style… Its pretty straight forward. The nose is mostly toasted malt, and some earthy hops. Not very strong in the smell department though. The flavor is nice toasted, caramel malts, and a little bit of earthy hops. Again this is more on the sweet end which right up my alley. Mouthfeel is average as well as the carbonation. Not much sets this apart, but it is a solid easy drinker.

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Published in: on September 17, 2010 at 9:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 312/365 – Southern Tier Harvest Ale

Southern Tier Harvest

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter

ABV: 6.4%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Hoppy for an ESB

Will I be drinking this again: Probably! Very unique for the style.

Grade: A-

9/16/2010: Thus far all the Southern Tier beer’s I have had have either been excellent, or fall way short. I love their whole Sweetwater Stout series, but a lot of their beer than comes in 12oz bottles are just ‘meh.’ Taking a shot on this one since the price point was right ($1.49).

Harvest Ale is probably the strongest hop scented nose I have ever come across for an ESB. Mostly citrusy hop notes. Great transition in the flavor from sweet caramely malt, into a good punch of bitter from the hops. Most ESBs have that weird “falloff” wants it hits the back of your tongue, but not Harvest Ale, very well done. Mouthfeel is a bit full for the style, but the over average amount of carbonation makes up for this.

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Beer 266/365 – Brooklyn Brown Ale

Brooklyn Brown Ale

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: When someone asks me what a typical American Brown Ale should taste like, I would suggest Brooklyn Brown Ale

Will I be drinking this again: Very good for the style, and would definitely drink this again.

Grade: B+

8/1/2010: Brooklyn Brown Ale was one of the very first craft beers I ever tried. Sadly I don’t think I have had this since the years when I first started drinking craft beer (no earlier than 21 of course). Even though this only has the 4th most reviews for beers from Brooklyn Brewery, I would venture a guess that this is probably their best seller behind the Brooklyn Lager. What do you guys think? This is based on nothing other than my crazy assumptions.

There is not much nose to this brown ale, just a little bit of sweet malt. The flavor is lightly toasted malt, a bit bready, and a little nutty. A lot of “beer snobs” don’t like this beer because it doesn’t knock you over with flavor, but to me a brown ale really isn’t supposed to do that. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, but it goes along with the light flavors. Very drinkable and well carbonated. A very good gateway beer for your friends who might only drink “light” beers.

Picture of the day: Apparently Canadian children area bit more advanced than US children.

Beer 235/365 – Southern Tier 2xIPA

southern tier 2xipa

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.2%

Purchased at: Sent to me in a trade

What makes this beer different: The looks are deceiving, lots of flavor for how transparent the beer is.

Will I be drinking this again: Can’t find it in the area? But I would drink it again yes.

Grade: A-

7/1/2010: Pliny the Elder is widely considered to be the best Imperial IPA on the market these days. I was browsing beer advocate when I stumbled in a thread where a user did a taste test with Pliny and 2xIPA. Surprisingly a lot of people chimed in as to how well 2xipa stands up to Pliny. I haven’t seen this beer in my area so I decided I had to try and trade for some ASAP.

The smell is intense for such a light colored beer, lots of fruity/piney hops. I am not expecting the flavor to be as intense, but it actually is. Lots of hop flavors going on, mostly grapefruit, some pine, and the malt gives a nice bready flavor. Not very sweet for an Imperial IPA, finishes a bit dry actually. Medium mouthfeel. I am sure the hardcore hop heads love this beer, but I like my Imperial IPAs (DIPAs) to be a little tiny bit sweeter. This almost falls down into the American IPA category in my opinion.

Picture of the day: Everything thats great about American food all in one place.

Published in: on July 1, 2010 at 11:43 am  Comments (6)  
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Beer 173/365 – Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.1%

Purchased at: Oh man, I don’t even remember to be honest haha.

What makes this beer different: Strong and Chocolately

Will I be drinking this again: Absolutely

Grade: A

4/30/2010: Is it bad that I completely forgot how I even acquired this beer? Was it in a trade, my super bowl poll, did I buy it? Is memory loss a side effect of drinking one beer a day? I think I read something about that but I can’t remember. Regardless it looks like this is the third beer in a row I am rating an A, craziness.

I haven’t had this beer in years, and now that my beer tastes have been refined a bit, I think I will be able to appreciate it more. Brooklyn Black Chocolate smells as advertised, like a Russian Imperial Stout with loads of chocolate. The taste is very very good. Its not overly complex and mostly about the bittersweet chocolate, but not too much chocolate (like Southern Tier Choklat). I love Russian Imperial Stouts because of that little smack of alcohol you get, and Brooklyn for sure satisfied my needs in that department. With a little bit of age I would probably give this an A+. It would mellow out the bitter chocolate and alcohol just a little bit.

Picture of the day: Kermit the frog x-ray.

Published in: on April 30, 2010 at 8:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 169/365 – Southern Tier Raspberry Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 4.8%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Bleh, sour, and fizzy like pop (soda)

Will I be drinking this again: Nope

Grade: C

4/26/2010: Argh! Southern Tier you were on a roll, I thought you were the kings of dark beer. Then you give me this crap. I guess realistically this is a beer a lot of girls might like (simply because most girls will try any beer with a sweet fruit in it), and probably sells well to people who aren’t really into craft beer so, I can’t be a hater.

This sounds like pop (yes its pop) when you pour it out, super fizzy. The first taste is almost like a raspberry candy, very artificial tasting. A little bit of chocolate flavor is the only thing that saves this beer at all. Very carbonated and fizzy. To me you should never be able to see THAT much light pass through a porter (look above at picture), and yes it is a bit watery tasting too. Why can’t someone make a GOOD cherry/raspberry porter? Does anyone know of one? Because I have yet to drink one.

Picture of the day: If I had a kid I would for sure get him this shirt.

Published in: on April 26, 2010 at 8:56 am  Comments (5)  
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Beer 166/365 – Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale

Style: Rye Beer

ABV: 7.5%

Purchased at: One of my winnings from the superbowl poll

What makes this beer different: Crisp, light, but flavorful

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure if I can get it here in the burgh? I would if we did though.

Grade: B+

4/23/2010: Ya mon! I actually listened to some Bob Marley while drinking this. Reminds me of when I spent two summers in Ocean City Maryland. There was a band that always played down there that sounded a bit like Bob Marley, called SOJA. If you like that type of music check out that link.

I gotta be honest in saying I have no idea what “Rye Grains” taste or smell like. Is it like rye bread? I do know this beer smells “fresh”, and hoppy. The taste is mostly fruity hops, some light malt, and a bready/grainy type flavor (No idea if its rye grain I am tasting but I am assuming thats a yes). I get some kind of pepper flavor too. It has a lot of flavor for as light as it is. Overall a good beer, it just had a weird bitterness afterburn that didnt taste completely right to me.

Picture of the day: Ouch, nice little diss on the po-po.

Published in: on April 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 160/365 – Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold Tripel

Style: Tripel

ABV: 10.0%

Purchased at: One of the bottles I won via the superbowl block poll on beeradvocate

What makes this beer different: Fluffiest head I have ever seen on a beer, even more than Duvel.

Will I be drinking this again: Pretty sure they don’t distribute to PA, but if they did I would for sure buy more of this.

Grade: A

4/17/2010: How do you like the green walls at my buddies fishing camp? Gotta love fishing camp though. My buddies pap is 87, and was up doing snakebite shots at 2am with us. As far as the beer I have to be honest in saying that I have never heard of Captain Lawrence Brewing before I got this bottle. After looking up some of their beer it looks like they brew some good stuff. I have never seen any Captain Lawrence on the shelves here in the burgh but I will have to keep an eye out now.

Tons of fluffy head Very sweet smelling, typical yeasty smell you get with a belgian, and a good bit of fruity action going on also. The taste really took me by surprise. Its a complex flavor, but at the same time no one ingredient is out doing the others. Sweet rock candy type flavor is the first thing you notice, with some nice citrus flavor going on also. Floral hops finish of the main trifecta of flavors, which is pretty unexpected for a belgian. Flavors aren’t super intense, which makes this very drinkable. Mouthfeel is perfectly creamy. To be honest Xtra Gold Tripel probably got the closest on mouthfeel to an Authentic Belgian more than any other US brewed Belgian I have ever had. Did not expect this beer to be as good as it was.

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Published in: on April 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 157/365 – Southern Tier Hop Sun

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.9%

Purchased at: 3 Sons Dogs n Suds – Wexford PA

What makes this beer different: Great summer beer. Pale Wheat Ale’s might be my new go to summertime brew.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, although I am hoping Three Floyds gets their paperwork through to sell in Ohio ASAP. If that happens I will be buying gumball head by the trunk full.

Grade: B+

4/14/2010: Southern Tier is one of my favorite breweries because of the awesome imperial stouts they brew. Creme Brulee, Jahva, Mokah, Chokolat.. all great beers and all taste just as advertised. When I want a flavored stout I don’t want to have to search for the flavors, and with Southern Tier its like playing hide n seek with the neighborhood fat kid who isn’t exactly the stealthiest guy around. I haven’t had many of their non-stout beers and this one sucked me in with the shiny summertime labeling.

For as light and transparent as this beer is, is sure has a strong floral hop aroma to it. The taste is tons of floral hops, and some tangy zesty lemon action going on. Unfortunately there isn’t much wheat to malt balance in Hop Sun. There is much more sweet pale malts that wheat it seems like. Super light mouthfeel with above average carbonation makes this a great summer time beer. If only the malt/wheat had a little better balance (like gumball head), and a little bit thicker of a mouthfeel to it, this beer would have been an A-.

Picture of the day: Wow what a combination. I might have to stop by this place next time I need to stock up on beer.

Published in: on April 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm  Comments (5)  
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