Saturday, November 28, 2009
I picked up a bottle of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout on a whim and because I really like Bell's products. The beer has a deep black color with a lofty brown head. The aroma is sweet smelling with licorice accent. The taste is chocolately with roasted malts and licorice accents. The alcohol content is 6.0% ABV. The robust amount of flavors makes this a very enjoyable beer and I am a big fan of it. I would highly recommend this beer, even if you don't like licorice, as it is not an overpowering flavor.
Friday, November 27, 2009
I grabbed a bottle of Breckenridge Autumn Ale because I liked their Vanilla Porter. The beer is a dark brown color with a thin tan colored head. It smells is malty with hints of toffee. The taste is sweet and malty with an undertone of chocolate and toffee. There are also some mahogony accents. The alcohol content is 6.7% ABV. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer with the sweet caramel accents on top of the chocolate flavored base. I would recommend this beer and I look forward to trying additional Breckenridge beers.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I picked up a bottle of Philadelphia Rowhouse Red. The beer has a red copper color with almost no head. The aroma is malty and hints at hops. The taste is light and malty at first and finishes with a hop bite that tastes like pepper and toasted malts, but not a good taste of roasted malts. The alcohol content is 5.0% ABV. I thought that this was not a very good beer, and I wouldn't necessarily buy more of it. I think that the hop accent didn't accentuate the flavor but actually hindered it.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The sixth and final beer I had out of the “12 Beers of Winter” sampler pack from Saranac was the Winter Lager. The beer is a dark brown color with minimal head. It has a slight malt aroma. The taste is very sweet and malty with a very light hop accent. It also has a slight caramel accent and a dry coffee taste on the finish. The alcohol content is 5.9% ABV. This was a very excellent lager and would rank up there with my favorites. There are a variety of flavors and this beer is very dynamic.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The fifth beer I had out of the “12 Beers of Winter” sampler pack from Saranac was the Rye IPA. The beer has a gold color with a frothy white head. There is a fresh and slightly hoppy aroma. The taste is slightly sweet at first with a peppery hop bite on the finish. There is also a light lemon accent. The alcohol content is 6.0% ABV. I liked this Rye IPA and thought it was not just about the hops, but more about the balance of citrus, hops, and malts.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sheetz is behind a movement in Pennsylvania to Free My Beer. The premise is that Sheetz wants to revise Pennsylvania's awful beer distribution laws and allow six packs to be purchased at convenience stores (that would be a convenience in my opinion). From the website:
If you support the convenient and responsible sale of beer in Pennsylvania’s grocery and convenience stores, join us as we work to change the state's restrictive and out-of-date beer laws.
The current PLCB ruling that allows grocery stores and Sheetz to sell six packs is being challenged in the State supreme court and if overturned would forever defeat six pack sales in PA. So please sign this petition and help Sheetz make purchasing beer in PA a better and more convenient experience.
I picked up a bottle of Red Hook Limited Release Tripel at D's Six Pax and Dogz in Pittsburgh. The beer is a yellow gold color with a light frothy head. It smells sweet with pepper and cinnamon hints in the background. The taste is very sweet and this beer hits strong with the alcohol punch. It finishes with banana flavors, which smooths out the alcohol impact. The alcohol content is 10.2% ABV. I thought that this was a fantastic tripel and I really enjoyed it. It actually ranks among my favorite tripel beers.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The fourth beer I opened out of the “12 Beers of Winter” sampler pack from Saranac was the Black Lager. The beer has a deep brown color with a creamy foamy head. The smell is heavy on sweet malts with hints of coffee. The taste is dry and slightly bitter at first, but the taste sweetens with hints of chocolate and a slight coffee undertone, which is what makes it dry. The alcohol content is 5.5% ABV. I really enjoyed this beer with the coffee and chocolate tastes and thought it was a very dynamic experience.