Beer 368/365 – Traquiar 900

Traquiar 900

Style: English Barleywine

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: Most cola tasting beer ever.

Will I be drinking this again: Honestly I was pretty disappointed with this one.

Grade: B-

12/7/2010: Pretty excited to try this one. Traquair 900 is only my second English Barleywine, and I loved the other one so here is hoping this was is good as well (JW Lees Harvest Ale). Igave Phill from VE a BA Blackout stout and he gave me a 2002 Aventinus, and the Traquair in return. I gotta be honest in saying that I have never even heard of this beer so no idea what to expect.

Traquair 900 does not have a strong smell to it, some sweet malt, caramel. The flavor is not at all what I was expecting, to be honest it was a lot like a watered down cola. Some caramel in the mix, a bit of wood, and a tobacco like kick as well. I am not that familiar with the style but the mouthfeel is very light, nothing like the JW Lees Ale that I had before. A bit under-carbonated as well. I am not that familiar with the style but this beer was pretty underwhelming in my opinion. Does not hold a candle to the JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale.

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Beer 132/365 – Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

Style: Old Ale

ABV: 6.0%

Purchased at: Monks Cafe – Philadelphia PA

What makes this beer different: Very smooth for the style

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A-

3/20/2010: This weekend is the big celebration of the suds in Atlantic City NJ. Hotels are super expensive in AC so the girlfriend and I got one in Philly. I have always heard good things about Monk’s cafe so we decided to give it a shot. Gotta be honest I wasn’t sure impressed. Sure they had a lot of hard to find bottles, but it was super pricey and they only had 6 taps there. Not sure about you guys but I like to have a good amount of choices on draft when I am at a beer bar.

When I went to buy the Old Engine Oil the bartender said that this was served at room temp. I have never had a beer at room temp so I figured I would give it a shot. Also note that it was actually kind of warm in the bar so it was probably warmer than normal. Surprisingly it was very drinkable at room temp. Not sure if it was due to the temp but there was almost no smell to it at all. The taste/mouthfeel reminds me of an English Porter. Sweet chocolate malt, with a bit of bitter in the aftertaste. Honestly its odd but its harder to pick out flavors with a beer at this temperature. Mouthfeel is a little light but good. If you have never tried a beer at room temp, give it a shot with this one. Its weird at first but once you take a few sips its no big deal.

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Published in: on March 20, 2010 at 8:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 125/365 – Wexford Irish Creme Ale

Style: Irish Red Ale

ABV: 5.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Tastes like caramel syrup mixed with soda water

Will I be drinking this again: No way

Grade: C-

3/13/2010: Happy St Patty’s day! Picked this one up last time I visited VE. Figured it would be a cool beer to try for St Patty’s. Plus Nitro Cans are pretty nifty little contraptions. I would say about 95% of the beer I buy now, I usually have a good idea about the reputation of the brewery or quality of the actual beer itself before purchasing. I know sounds crazy to some, but I figure if I am going to put all this time, money and effort into this 365 beer project I might as well make sure the beer I am buying is good. Well this was a case where I never heard of the beer, and was pulled in by the fancy looking can. Never judge a beer by its label.

The pour was very nice, similar to how a Guinness with the “upside-down waterfall effect.” The first 2/3 ounces actually poured out just like half and half, then jumped right into a copper color. The smell is caramel malt and some lactose type smell. The taste is mostly caramel malt, but it is very watered down. Then the aftertaste brings a sharp metallic/mineral type of flavor that just totally kills the beer. Cara disliked hers so much she couldn’t even finish it. Avoid this beer!

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Published in: on March 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 117/365 – Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: This beer is the benchmark for Oatmeal Stouts in my opinion.

Will I be drinking this again: For sure.

Grade: A

3/5/2010: I worked up a nice little stash of Sam Smith’s beer that is just waiting to be drunkened. It’s so damn inexpensive at Vintage Estate that I went a bit crazy the first time I visited and bought 6/7 different ones.

Smell is dark malt and some sweetness. Taste is so smooth. This to me is what an Oatmeal Stout should taste like. Roasted malt, a slight creamy taste, coffee flavor, some earthiness, and a bit of caramel. The mouth-feel is what really makes this, thick for an Oatmeal Stout, but so damn smooth. This is also a good gateway beer to get your non-craft beer friends into stouts.

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Published in: on March 5, 2010 at 9:20 am  Comments (5)  
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Beer 115/365 – Fullers ESB

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: Smooth drink, but a bit metallic tasting to me

Will I be drinking this again: Yes because I think this one might have been tainted

Grade: B

3/3/2010: I remember having this beer years ago, and liking it a lot more than I am this time around. I don’t have a whole lot to say about this beer unfortunately.

The smell is a little bit of hops, and little bit of malt. The taste is a bit lacking for me. You can taste some caramel malts, a toasted flavor, and some dry hop. A weird metallic/mineral flavor is coming through. Overall it just seemed a bit watery to me. Am I getting too used to drinking imperials? Maybe… But I just wish this had more flavor.

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Published in: on March 3, 2010 at 11:09 am  Comments (1)  
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