Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Weekend Beer Review

USA! USA! USA!!!! Alright I know I am a hypocrite!

1) Sierra Nevada XXX - Charlie Fred & Ken's Bock - 8.3% - The second of the 30th Anniversary beers. Very very tasty! Nice orange color, starts out with the spices and finishes (in my opinion very dry). Really looking forward to the other releases in this series!

2) Southampton - Imperial Porter - 7.2% - Pours a nice black very mild chocolate, cocoa & coffee. Kind of thin for an Imperial but tasty though.

3) Weyerbacher - 15 Smoked Imperial Stout - 10.8% - Nice sipping stout!. Might be a bit warm for this but I like the pronounced smoke flavor!

4) La Botteresse - Blonde - 7.5% Nice fruity Belgian blonde ale. Courtesy of 12 % Imports.

5) Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel - Equinoxe du Printemps - Scotch Ale Brewed with Maple Syrup - 9.5% - Wow almost passed out typing that name. Nice beer very sweet would go great with pancakes!

6) Hoppin Frog - Doris The Destroyer - Double Imperial Stout -10.5% - Just the thing for a warm summer night. A little stronger than it's brother Boris. I like the coffee and chocolate mixed in with a good amount of hops. Alcohol is easy. Very drinkable.

7) Bear Republic - Big Bear Black Stout - 8.1%. The BA bros have this as world class (A+). Who am I to argue. Great black beer (bear) love the coffee and toffee being pushed by the hops. This can reasonable be obtained in New York state and would recommend that this would be pursued.

8) Stoudts - Triple - 9.0% - I like this nice sweet beer to put me out of my misery on a hot early summers day. Can'nt wait for the Gator's suggestion to try Allagash!

Sunday, June 20, 2010


getting to the end (hopefully)

and continues etc....

and continues...

NYC Beerfest begins..

NYC Beer Fest part 1 of who knows

Interesting history on Fraunces Tavern. Stopped down on the way to the Fest. Not familiar with ethe Wall Street area so it was nice to see this.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Real Sports don't allow ties beer review!

Let ROW be primitive.

1) Stoudts - Double IPA - I really like this. Says it's 10% on BA. Very tasty (I know lame review)

2) The Lost Abbey - Judgement Day Ale 10.5% - Fresh back from the NYC Brewfest which was outstanding. Have some pix coming tomorrow. This is a quad...very nice still don't get the alcohol though. I need a Rochefort 10!

3) Founders Nemesis (2009) - Wheat Wine aged in Maple barrels- 12.0% - Man this is real boozy. Got this in an in person trade for a CL Golden Delicious. I tastes a lot of rum and it's got a nice bitter aftertaste. A fellow BA described this a a mess of a beer, kind of like what the White Album was to music. I think that analogy works.

4) Southampton - Abbot 12 - 9.9 % - Their verison of a quad. I like it one of the better American Style Quads that I have had.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Continuing on with the beer

2) The Lost Abbey - Carnevale Ale - 6.5% - Another Saison! This wasn't planned. Now I really know I need to rethink this style. This is very good. I really like the tartness here! Thanks to Table & Vine for this.

3) Mikkeller Big Worst 17.6% Wow where to begin. At least after this I won't have to watch anymore annoying soccer!Poured this into a brandy snifter (where it belongs)!Pours a nice murky amber very little head.S- Boy the malts and molasses really come through. This smells so sweet. Malts and more malt, got molasses, honey, some cinnamon I think. Hugely hot. You can only have one of these in a week. The alcohol presence is huge. I thought my cellaring project was going to be pretty simple a couple of Bigfoots a year and I would be good. Going to get a couple of bottles of this and let them sit for a while.

4) Southern Tier - 2XIPA - 8.2% - Very good DIPA. Nice orangey color citrus and piney (hey them again) noted with a very nice malt backbone. Well done.

5) Pike Brewing - Monk's Uncle - 9.0% - Their version of of a tripel. I had this at the brewery when I was in Seattle last year and loved it. This was weak. I've now had a couple of weak Pike beers being sent back East. Maybe there is something to it.

6) Left Coast Brewing - Asylum - 11.0% - A bit better than the offering above. I do not knoww where the alocohol is. See you next week.

Not a good place to eat dinner I guess

Some more

Various NYC Shots

There is a word here I don't understand.

Weekend Beer Review!

Right to it!

1) Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace - 7.6% Saison - I think this is a style that I had not liked too much in the past but I like this beer a lot. Had it on tap once before picked up a bomber at DeCicco's. Nice light golden color. Taste is very tart, very lemony and there is a nice bite that comes from the hops I guess. Enjoyed this a lot.

My thoughts on the World Cup

Sunday, June 6, 2010

D-Day Remembered

This is a must listen:

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Weekend Beer Review!

So Paul McCartney goes to the White House and basically serves up a gratuitous slam on George W. Perhaps Sir Paul can elaborate why things are so much better with the Once in the White House? Could it be the record breaking debt? Could it be no improvement in unemployment? Could it be the way the Christmas Day attempted bombing and Time Square attempted bombing were handled? Or could it be the Once's golf game? That said....

1) Captain Lawrence - Captains Kolsch - 5.5% - Poured from a Captain Lawrence Growler into a Captain Lawrence Pint Glass! It's about 90 and humid today and I think I found the perfect beer for the weather. Pour a nice medium golden color, not much in the way of a head. The beer is nicely sweet with basically no notable hops present. Very easy to drink.

I actually bought a growler koozie from them....betcha Adam doesn't have one of those! Who'd have thought I'd be making beer geek challenges to Adam?

2) Weihenstephaner - Hefe Weissbier - 5.4% ABV - You gotta like purity laws, right Helen Thomas! Anyway don't want to ruin a great beer when dealing with Trolls. This taste is unique to me. I'm guessing it is the yeast and when I read the reviews on BA the description is it tastes of cloves. Never tasted a clove before but this is very good!

3) Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast 7.5 %
Pours with a nice foamy head very black.Love the balance between the coffe and chocolate. I guess this really must be for breakfast!
The hint of the hops at the end really completes this.

I am more of an American Craft guy but this was/is a very enjoyable import. Will buy again!

4) Brooklyn Brewery - Buzz Bomb - 8.0 % - Pours a nice light golden color, a lot of carbonation action which is nice as this growler was kept overnight. Definitely banana yeast is this a Belgian Pale Ale? Get that banana yeast taste, honey then kicks and and it finishes up with some spiciness. Mouthfeel is sharp & crisp, really jumps at you. Can't believe that this is 8.0%. Very easy growler to drink. Thanks to Brooklyn Brewery (and DeCicco's for a nice treat). This was a style (Braggot) that I was not familiar with and I will be sure to search out other offerings in this style.

5) Wachusett - California IPA - Oh no Good beer and all but nothing near a California IPA. Too malty.