Beer 318/365 – Sprecher Oktoberfest

Sprecher Oktoberfest

Style: Oktoberfest

ABV: 5.75%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Very well balanced and creamy.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, next fall I will pick up some more.

Grade: A-

9/22/2010: I just recently tried my first Sprecher beer via a recommendation from a reader, and I am really glad I did. Sprecher Black Bavarian might be my favorite schwarzbier to date, so I figured why not give one of their other beers a try as well? I also picked up their Russian Imperial Stout for the cellar.

The nose again, is very typical for an oktoberfest. I’m not sure if I just don’t have the best smelling power out there, but all these oktoberfest’s smell so similar to me. The flavor is extremely well balanced between sweet malt, and what seems to be noble hoppiness. The mouthfeel is very creamy for the style, a bit thicker than average. This was without question in the top 5 oktoberfest beers I have tried. I will be drinking this again next fall.

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Published in: on September 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 306/365 – Furthermore Three Feet Deep

Furthermore Three Feet Deep

Style: Irish Dry Stout

ABV: 5.50%

Purchased at: 3 Sons Dogs ‘N Suds – Wexford PA

What makes this beer different: Lots of peat flavor, and lots of flavors going on for an irish dry

Will I be drinking this again: Yes this was better than expected.

Grade: A-

9/10/2010: I know know about Furthermore Beer company, or any of their beers, but I decided to pick one up on a recommendation from a friend. They had a few to pick from at my local 6 pack shop, and I decided to go for the stout since in my opinion a bad stout is still better than an average IPA.

The nose is just amazing for an Irish Dry Stout; a style which usually is pretty average in the smell department. Lots of chocolate malt, with some smoke on the side. The flavor is a lot more than i expected, mostly bittersweet chocolate, a good bit of peat (earthy/smoky type flavor), some grassy hops, and a splash of roasted coffee on the backend. Mouthfeel is average, carbonation average, and it finishes dry but pleasant.

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Published in: on September 10, 2010 at 8:06 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 292/365 – Sprecher Black Bavarian

Sprecher Black Bavarian

Style: Schwarzbier

ABV: 6.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate Wine & Beer – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: It might be the best Schwarzbier I have ever had.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, and I’ll be this would make an awesome marinade for some steaks.

Grade: A

8/27/2010: One of my readers recommended I try some Sprecher beer, but I cannot remember who? Well whoever it was thanks. I didn’t know which specific beer to grab, so I just purchased the one that looked the most interesting.

The nose is burnt caramel sugar, similar to what a cotton candy machine might smell like (not the candy itself, but the sweet burnt smell). Also smells like some chocolate in the mix? The flavor took be by surprise as I was not expecting much. A lot of stout characteristics, smashed into a lager style beer. Really nice chocolate, some roasted caramel malts, a light smokey wood type flavor, and finishes with a dry earthy type kick. Very complex and a lot of nice flavors going on here. Even with all these heavy flavors, Sprecher Black Bavarian comes off “crisp” in an odd way. The over-average carbonation helps make it very drinkable for a heavy-ish beer. No question this is one of the best lagers I have ever had.

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Published in: on August 27, 2010 at 8:23 am  Comments (3)  
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Beer 280/365 – Lakefront IPA

Lakefront IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.9%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Not much, just a relatively drinkable IPA

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe?

Grade: B+

8/15/2010: This one one of the rare times that I picked a beer up on a whim, mostly because I tried Lakefront’s Cream Ale a bunch of months ago and thought it was really good. The price point of $1.49 was a nice selling point as well.

Lakefront IPA has an awesome color to it, a very deep orange type hue that I have never really seen in an IPA. It has a pretty typical American IPA nose; mostly citrus hops. The flavor though was a bit different, as there was an earthy aspect to it that I can’t quite put my finger on, with a less than average amount of hop flavor (which is okay in my book). Mouthfeel is right about average, carbonation is as well. The ABV is nowhere to be found, if I had to guess at the percentage I would have said 5%. Overall a very good beer, and not as bitter as a lot of IPA’s out there.

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Published in: on August 15, 2010 at 9:53 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 257/365 – Tyranena Scurvy Ipa

Tyranena Scurvy Ipa

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade.

What makes this beer different: Nice and citrusy, but the pine knocks it down a few notches for me.

Will I be drinking this again: They don’t sell in PA, but not so sure I would trade for this.

Grade: B+

7/23/2010: Apologies for the crappy picture. The only pint glass I had at the time has a huge label on the front of it, but it blocked out a lot of the light coming through. Just look at the bottom part of the glass for an idea of what the color should look like.

Scurvy doesn’t smell nearly as potent as most IPA’s do, only slighty hoppy. The flavor though was a bit more hoppy, a lot of citrus hops, and a nice dose of piney hops (my least favorite kind). You can also taste the orange added a little bit, with a lot of caramel malt. Overall Tyranena Scurvy is on the maltier end of the IPA spectrum, but the pine hop flavor knocks it down a bit for me.

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Published in: on July 23, 2010 at 10:31 am  Comments (2)  
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Beer 230/365 – Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter

Central waters mudpuppy porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade

What makes this beer different: One of the lightest bodied porters I have ever had

Will I be drinking this again: If only it was available in the area.

Grade: A-

6/26/2010: So apparently New Glarus, Tyranena, and Lakefront arent the only places that brew good beer in the great cheese state of Wisconsin. Add Central Waters to that list. Most of their beers on BeerAdvocate rate at a B or better, which is doesn’t happen very often.

Mudpuppy Porter has a pretty strong chocolate smell, and something a little nutty also? The flavor is very good for how light the body is. Chocolate, caramel malt, and hazelnut! Very unique to see that hazelnut flavor in a porter. The body is very very light, but still gets a bunch of flavor to the taste buds. Very drinkable.

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Published in: on June 26, 2010 at 10:51 am  Comments (5)  
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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.

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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.

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Published in: on April 8, 2010 at 9:59 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 141/365 – Tyranena Down ‘N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Style: Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 6.3%

Purchased at: A Pint w/Chris

What makes this beer different: Heavy for an Oatmeal stout

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, Chris brought me back a 4 pack

Grade: A-

3/29/2010: Longest beer name ever? It is the longest of my 141 beers so far thats for sure. Thanks to Chris for bringing this with him to AC Beerfest. He lives in what I would say is the best beer purchasing state in the country; Wisconsin. They get pretty much every good brewery there, Three Floyds, Goose Island, West Coast beers, all the good Michigan beer… etc etc.

The smell has a ton of chocolate in it, but the taste does not. The taste is a lot of roast, some coffee, and a tiny hint of chocolate. To be honest if I didn’t know this was an Oatmeal stout I would have thought it was a regular American Stout, but it did still have a nice amount of smoothness to it. Reason being is the mouthfeel was a lot thicker than an average oatmeal stout, but it was still “airy”. The best comparison I can draw is the mouthfeel was kind of like a marshmallow, big but still light. That made this beer very unique.

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Published in: on March 29, 2010 at 8:44 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.

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