Thursday, September 13, 2012
Williamsburg Alewerks Cafe Royale from the Beer Club 4 Men in a trade. The beer pours a black color with a frothy tan colored head. The aroma consists of strong chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toasted malts, and malts. The taste is bold and full of dark chocolate. There is oak, vanilla, and toasted malts before a bourbon smoothness rounds out the flavor. A milky creaminess sweetens up the after taste. The alcohol content is 8.0% ABV. The smoothness of this beer was impeccable and the infusion of bourbon was just enough to cut through the sweet chocolate flavors in the beer.
Boulevard Brewing Double-Wide IPA. The beer pours an amber color with a frothy cream colored head. The aroma consists of caramel, lemon, grass, pepper, and toffee. The taste is dry and bitter with caramel and toffee as a base. There are some lemon, pepper, and spruce hop flavors that take over the mouth and dries it out. The alcohol content is 8.5% ABV. This was a nicely bitter beer with a strong caramel and toffee base that was also bittered enough to balance the flavors.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Starr Hill Monticello Reserve Ale from the Monticello. The beer pours a golden color with a bubbly white colored head. The aroma consists of lemon, biscuit, wheat, and light caramel. The taste is biscuity and has a strong lemon presence. It has a dry finish with some grass notes and a hint of pepper. The alcohol content is 5.5% ABV. It was very interesting to taste a beer that was made from a recipe of a former President. I wouldn’t say it was the best tasting beer, but I liked tasting history.
Williamsburg Alewerks Caledonia in a beer trade with Beer Club 4 Men and shared it at our weekly bottle share. The beer pours a golden color with a thin bubbly white colored head. The aroma consists of toffee, caramel, lemon, and pepper. The taste is light on the tongue with toasted toffee before a lemon and grassy flavors take over the mouth. The finish is dry and leaves grass flavors lingering. The alcohol content is not available online, but I would estimate it to be about 6.0%. This was a nice IPA with a very different approach to it. I liked how dry the hops made the beer, and it had a nice lemon flavor.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Iron Hill Funkadelic Cherry Brown Ale to share at our weekly bottle share. The beer pours a brown color with a thin filmy tan colored head. The aroma consists of vinegar, cherry, toasted malts, and caramel. The taste is full of vinegar, cherry, toasted malts, and caramel. There is a dry and sugary finish. The alcohol content is 6.2% ABV. This was a great sour brown ale with a wonderful cherry presence and nice vinegar bite.
Iron Hill Flemish Red (not F*Red) to share at our weekly bottle share. The beer pours a brown color with a very thin filmy white colored head. The aroma consists of tart cherries, vinegar, and sugar. The taste is tart and full of vinegar, tart cherries, raspberry, and sugar. The alcohol content is 4.8% ABV. This was a wonderful flemish red with a great tart cherry flavors and was fully of vinegary goodness.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Hangar 24 Local Fields Essence Double IPA in a beer trade with Beer Club 4 Men. The beer pours a golden color with a frothy white colored head. The aroma consists of tangerine, orange, blood orange, and grapefruit. The taste is fruity and dry with a light caramel base. Oranges, blood oranges, tangerine, and grapefruit. The finish has a light pepper and spruce finish. The alcohol content is 8.5% ABV. This was a great Double IPA that substituted the citrus hops with actual citrus fruits, making it refreshing and excellent taste.
Troegs Tasting Room to try a glass of Scratch 73- Fest Lager. The beer pours a red-amber color with a frothy white colored head. The aroma is malty and has caramel, grass, and funky hop smells to it. The taste is malty and biscuity with lots of caramel. A spicy hop finish with pepper rounds out the flavors. The alcohol content is 5.5% ABV. I thought this was a delicious oktoberfest with all the right notes. I would, and could, drink plenty of these in one sitting.