Saturday, February 23, 2013
Shmaltz He’brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale when we went to his place for the Eclipse tasting. The beer pours a black color with a frothy tan colored head. The aroma consists of raisin, chocolate, malts, caramel, fig, and vanilla. The taste is strong and full of chocolate and caramel malts on the front end. Some fig and raisin filter to the surface before the alcohol kicks the hell out of the tongue. It brings along with it some peppery spice. The alcohol content is 16% ABV, matching the year of its celebration. This falls in line with all of the other anniversary beers that Shmaltz makes, and I absolutely loved it. The 16% will start to kick your ass, but it’s quite enjoyable.
Friday, February 22, 2013
As was done last year, a group of friends and I went in on some FiftyFifty Brewing Eclipse barrel aged beers. This year, we tried the following:
Blue (Old Fitzgerald) - This version had light bourbon aroma fronted by a lot of chocolate. The taste was smooth and dry with a good bourbon flavor that actually thins out the thickness of the stout in the mouth.
Green (Rittenhouse Rye) - Just like in 2011, the Rye had a strong bourbon aroma with accents of rye, pepper, and oak. The taste was bold with the bourbon and very forward, bringing out the spicy rye flavor. Surprisingly, it has a smooth but dry finish.
Beige (Bernheim Wheat) - The aroma had a faint alcohol smell and was mostly dominated by chocolate. The Wheat also provided very faint accents to the taste from the aging. It was a little dry on the finish and almost sweet cherry and and vanilla accents. This beer mostly accented the honey, making it the sweetest of the bunch.
Black (Evan Williams) - The aroma had sweet and smooth bourbon accents, cherry, and vanilla. The taste brought out cherry, vanilla, chocolate, and toasted malts. A lightly dry finish with some alcohol burn arrived, but it was not overpowering and very complimentary.
Purple (Elijah Craig 12-yr) - There was a sweet cherry and vanilla bourbon aroma with a nice background of chocolate. The taste was smooth and sweet with bourbon and vanilla. Hints of cherry arrive with a lightly dry finish before caramel and honey surfaces.
Metallic Gold (Mellow Corn) - This one absolutely smelled like whiskey with some chocolate and alcohol burn. The taste was surprisingly smooth before a very dry alcohol burn that lingers for a good while. This one also brought out lots of honey and was sweet on the tongue.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tired Hands-Pizza Boy Brewing collaboration California Uber Helles. The beer pours a golden color with a frothy white color head. The aroma consists of grapefruit, tangerine, orange, lemon, and pepper. The taste is light and hoppy with grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus flavors on the front end. It has a peppery and spicy finish that tickles the back of the tongue and light caramel roundness. The alcohol content is 5.3% ABV. This was a clean drinking beer with nice citrus and spiced notes to it. I have since ordered this beer several more times, as I cannot get enough of it.
Pizza Boy Brewing Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Solid Gold Bock. The beer pours an amber color with a thin bubbly white colored head. The aroma consists of sweet apples, caramel, a hint of oak with a dash of of cinnamon, and very reminiscent of apple pie. The taste is powerful with apple flavor right of front and a sharp brandy alcohol bite. Caramel smooths things over before a slightly tart finish. The alcohol content is 5.3% ABV. This barrel-aged beer provided a wonderful blend that is pie-like with a lightly sour aspect to it as well. I highly recommend trying this one if you get the chance.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12, the final beer in the series. The beer pours a dark brown color with a lofty and frothy tan colored head that leaves specks of lacing behind on the glass. The aroma consists of candisugar, tobacco, chocolate, raisin, fig, cinnamon, allspice, orange, and nutmeg. The taste is rich and fruity with raisin, dates, fig, orange, and rose all up front. The base of the beer is built with chocolate and tobacco flavors, and the finish has a dry and spicy hop flavor to it that brings along some lemon zest and pine. The alcohol content is 9.0% ABV. I really enjoyed this blend of spices and dark fruits, as it was like no other beer I have tried before. It was hoppy yet full of tobacco and chocolate, keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout the ride.
Troegs tasting room was Scratch 85- Cocoa Porter. The beer pours a black color with a bubbly tan colored head. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, toasted malts, and coffee. It’s pretty simple on the nose, but quite enticing. The taste is dark and rich with lots of chocolate and cocoa on the front end. It has a good toasted malt base and a very dry and powdery finish. The alcohol content is 7.0% ABV. This was a wonderful cocoa based beer and was much better than the Scratch 54 attempt. It’s still powdery and dry, but is enjoyable and robust.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Troegs tasting room to try Scratch 84- Belgian Pale Ale. The beer pours a dark amber color with a thin bubbly white colored head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast and spices and plenty of grass. The taste is dry and spicy again with Belgian yeast on the front end. Some grass and an earthiness arrive as well, carried by orange and lemon citrus flavors.. The alcohol content is 6.7% ABV. I’d say this was a very nice Belgian Pale Ale that had some citrus characteristics to it and was very easy to drink.
Boxcar Mango Ginger IPA. The beer pours a golden color with a frothy white colored head. The aroma consists of mango, caramel, ginger, and pepper. The taste is spicy with ginger, a light mango sweetness, and plenty of a caramel background. Pepper and grass spice up the finish. The alcohol content is 7.0% ABV. This was a simple beer with great entry level IPA taste. It definitely erred on the fruity side rather than the bitter side, but the ginger flavor helped appease my tongue a little bit.