Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Port Brewing - Older Viscosity - 12.0 % Aged in Oak Barrels - Poured in to a snifter...
Appearance - Jet black thin head...

Smell - Great to the nose...rum, chocolate, raisins, vanilla & caramel. Man there is a lot here!

Taste - Very good...interesting thing is that the booze is prevalent in the smell, it is not that pronounced in the taste.

Drinkability - At 12.0%...Good by me!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Beer 498

400 was the brandy barrel version of this beer. This is the Bourbon barrel version. Great beer. I really did not plan to drink beer tonight but was tempted by Brooklyn Detonation at Amity Hall and a 2006 Bigfoot at the Tiger. The very attractive bar tender at the Tiger compilented me on my choice!

498 - Lost Abbey Angel's Share Bourbon Barrel Aged....12.5%

Appearance a very nice nut brown. No carbonation at all, Smell -
Alcohol and caramel...why am I drinking this in the summer!
Drinkability - Can only do one of these a night.

Not sure where all the carbonation issues arise with these guys. Not sure if I would like this fizzy! That said I am happy to do the three hour round trip to Mass to get Lost Abbey/Port Brewing beers. Very good!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Ketel One Lounge

Tha last one was actually out in the concourse but getting the 27 Yanks in the picture is always worthwhile.

Yet some more of the Evil Empire

More Yanks

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Yankees game

From the high rent district!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Weekend Beer Review

Figured I'd start early as I was pretty pathetic last week. By the way am seriously considering going to this eventwhich would be concurrent to NY Craft Beer Week. Nothing good can come of this.

1) Two Brothers - Hop Juice 9.9% - I love double IPA's and this is very good. More of an east coast IPA as the hops are more bitter than citrus. May follow up with another but then...maybe not.

Follwed up with...

2) Coronado Brewing - Idiot IPA 8.0% Nice too much sediment in the glass for me! Gotta like the name though!

3) Rogue - Captain Sigs Northwestern Ale - American Amber/Red - 6.2% - I think this has something to do with that TV series deadliest catch. Anyway nice and malty up fron with a bit of a (too) bitter finish. Glad I tried this though. This is beer 493.

4) Brasserie de Rochefort - Rochefort 8 - 9.2% - Belgain Stong Ale - I haven't had an authentic belgian in a while and it is time tou get back to basics. Outstanding sweetness with spice. World class (like I'm breaking news here).

Alert!!!! a Dick Blumenthal troll just knocked on my door. He was dispatched with much rudeness!

5) Southampton - Grand Cru - 9.8% - Was going to toast MC's birthday today with this on facebook but he won't let you write on his wall. That's ok I will do it here. Very good american belgain offering. I has almost a champagne texture...grape taste does dominate. Almost like a wine. Beer 495.

6) River Horse - Hop Hazard - 6.5% - American Pale Ale...ain't nothin pale here. Sierra Nevada pale ale on steroids! Very tasty!

7) Terrapin - Rye Pale Ale - 5.3% another very solid beer. Beer 497.....may begin the countdown!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Stupid NY School Aide's Tricks

Via the New York Post...These are classics. A recommendation for future jobs follows.

1) For the individual who wanted to take days off with the explanation that her mother had died (while her mother was still alive)....No comment.

2) For the individual who "submitted a medical note with a co-worker's name crossed out and her own name scribbled in".... Chairperson of the House Ways and Means Committee or Speaker of the House.

3)For the individual who "suffered a medical-scam snafu when she left a blank Mount Sinai Hospital doctor's note sitting on a copy machine shared by school staffers. After school supervisors and investigators matched the blank note to Lebron's file of medical excuses, they identified eight fakes over a two-year period"...An appointment to the Joe Biden school of intellectual property!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Birthday Weekend Beer Review!

Went on a growler filling bonanza today. I have already reviewed two of these (Southern Tier 2x IPA and New England Brewing Ghandi Bot. It is going to be a hoppy weekend!

1) Speakasy - Betrayal - 9.2% - American Red Ale - 32 oz Growler fill from Decicco's. Nice way to start the Hops explosion! Balanced and tasty. The sweetness really complements the Piny Hops! By the way this is number 490 reviewed!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bobby Thomson Beer review

RIP to a man who hit one of the most famous home runs in baseball history passed today. Here's one to him.

1) Ommegang Abbey Ale 8.5% - I have no record have reviewing this so it's fair game. Great dubbel maybe the first craft beer I had before I really appreciated the style. Like the candied malts and the very dry finish. Great dubbel to a great home run!

2) Cascade Brewing - The Vine - Northwest style sour ale - 8.33% - Nice sour aged in Oak barrels and brewed with grapes. I can go back and forth on these sour ales but I like this...by the way the countdown to 500 commences next!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Stop the Mosque Beer Review

Here via Powerline. Waiting for the You Tube Video of the planes hitting the towers while the Apostate in Chief gives a religious lecture.

1) Terrapin - Hop Karma Brown IPA - 6% - Nice meld of brown Ale and IPA very balanced have been very impressed with the beers from this brewer.

2) Dick's Grand Cru - 10% Belgian Style Abbey Ale - Another Grand Cru foray still don't think I've had the same Grand Cru twice. Anyway, very good. Nice fruity taste. Alcohol is sneaky!

News alert!

Very close to having the requisite numbers of beers in house where I can begin a countdown to 500 reviewed. Thanks to MC I identified a beer that I reviewed but forgot to track! Kind of like Hack Wilson getting an RBI 50 years later. But I will state no performing enhancing drugs were used to achieve this record!

3) Sierra Nevada - Tumbler - Very good. Not much of a malty guy but this is what it is!

4) Sierra Nevada - 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken's Ale - Barleywine - 10.2% Pours a nice brown very nice carbonation. Starts off very nice and sweet midway through the chocolate flavors really come through which at least for me is interesting the finish is some nice hop presence. As stated nicely carbonated a little grainy as well. This is definitely a sipper. This warms very well and you can sit for a while with this beer

5) Vicory Brewing - St. Victorious - Dopplebock - 8.5% got a lot of caramel and Toffee going on here. Nice to have a new Victory brew!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Atom Bomb Beer review!

No not Adam bombed MC provides some good thoughts and my final take on the Obama birther nonsense is this....his body may have been born in America but his mind and beliefs weren't.

1) Sixpoint Old Krusher - Barleywine 10.4% - This is very good...you do have to admire a bunch of psychos who release a barleywine in the summer! Growler fill via Decicco's

2) 21st Amendment - Back in Black IPA...too watery!

3) Sixpoint Signal - Released in July and this was the second growler from Decicco's. Very crisp light and refreshing. Not sure of the style though.

4) Boaks Monster Mash - 10% RIS - Say this has a lot of hops. Not sure where they are but this is a nice beer. Chocolate and malts dominate as would be expected. This was part of the Oak Tree haul which will be slowly whittled down!

5) Boaks Double BW - Too lemony!

6) New Holland - Envious 7.5% - Beer brewed with pears and rasberries. Too weird!

7) Dogfish Head - Bitches Brew - 9.0% - Brewed in honor of Miles Davis's album. Never heard the album and not that interested in it but this is a very good beer. Nice smooth stout...I guess that is what the music is supposed to symbolize.

8)Rogue - St. Rogue Red Ale - 5.1% Dry hopped. Interesting balance with the hops and malts. Malty nose but the hops jump at the taste.