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Avery Brewing Co. – White Rascal

In Reviewed by Powli, Witbier on March 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Reviewed by Powli

Appearance: Pale yellow with some cloudy whiteness.  Two finger head which dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing down the glass.

Smell: Sweet.  Lemony with a mix of banana, orange, and strawberry.  Smells like a typical Belgian-style Wheat.

Taste: Lemony with wheat.  Sweet banana which carries through the aftertaste where a diminished lemon taste and sweetness remain.

Mouthfeel: Feels like a typical domestic with a light to medium carbonation which falls quickly.  Very quick and light crispness.

Overall: Pretty plain, just like the picture above.  Not impressed, but not terribly disappointed.

Grade: B-


Founder’s Brewing Co. – Kentucky Breakfast Stout

In Imperial Stout, Reviewed by Powli on March 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Reviewed by Powli

Appearance: A thick oily midnight black with a roasted brown one and a half finger head.

Smell: Rich coffee beans with a bourbon and maple syrup undertone.  Dark chocolate and a light smokiness can also be detected.

Taste: A deep bourbon taste with sweet dark chocolate.  Alcohol comes out in the aftertaste, but only enhances the strong initial flavors.  Very slight roasted nuttiness and vanilla flavors emerge in the aftertaste.  Taste definitely lingers with a sweet roasted coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick with a slight stickiness which lasts well through the aftertaste.  Smooth and rich with a very low alcohol burn.

Overall: Best beer I’ve ever had.  Complesity and richness of flavors keep me discovering new things at every sip.  I go back for plenty of smells and could drink this beer forever.

Grade: A+

Firestone – Double Jack Double IPA

In Double IPA, Reviewed by Powli on March 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Reviewed by Powli

Appearance: A medium golden brown with a small head that laces lightly down the glass.

Smell: Hoppy with hints of flora and fruit.  Mango especially comes out in the smell and has a very nice sweetness to it.

Taste: Robust with sweetness and a definite perfume-esque  taste caused by the hops.  A light bitterness which disappears quickly.  Apricots and vanilla emerge soon into the drink.  There is a lasting aftertaste where hops stay strong, and a light caramel essence.  Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Zesty crispness with an mellow overall coating of the mouth.

Overall: Best IPA I’ve had. Complex flavors and terrific smells coupled with a smooth and satiating feeling.

Grade: A+

Anchor Brewing Co. – Old Foghorn: A Barley Wine Style Ale

In Barley Wine Ale, Reviewed by hazelk on March 21, 2011 at 10:47 am

Reviewed by hazelk

Packaging: This ale is sold in a 6 pack of retro styled 12 oz bottles. The label has a charming musical feel to it, boasting that this beer hails from San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company. The story of the ale appears on every bottle – I always love when they do this.

Appearance: Rich caramel coloring with a healthy head of froth. Chose to pour in a brandy glass as I have only ever been served barley wine in a brandy glass. I have no idea if this is how brandy wine is supposed to be served but I think it adds a much deserved decadence to this barley wine style ale.

Smell: Malty, slightly candied smell. I don’t mean to be weird, but there’s some definite banana going on. Smells delicious.

Taste: A delightful caramel flavor with clear sherry undertones. It’s the love child of an exquisite barley wine and a fine IPA.  Having had the pleasure, years back, of imbibing a thick rich barley wine made by a local brewery, I am elated to have now found the more casual ale version of such a treat.

Overall: Definitely worth the $15 for the 6 pack.

Grade: A

Firestone – Double Jack Double IPA

In Double IPA, Reviewed by hazelk on March 21, 2011 at 9:54 am

Reviewed by hazelk

Packaging: Arriving in a lovely amber 650ml bottle, the packaging is classy and fairly minimal, with a textured cream colored paper embossed with a bronze banner. Also, the lion and bear posed like fighting Irish keeps it somewhat whimsical and softens any pretentious tones.

Appearance: Rich amber coloring with some deep red undertones and a healthy head full of froth.

Smell: Exquisite. I’ve never been to paradise, but now I’ve smelled it.  It’s a floral smell, perfume like, with playful citrus moments and the underlying hint of hops.  If you bought it simply for its scent, there’s no judgement from me.

Taste: A hearty hop flavor clings to the back of my throat. It’s meant to be savored, in spite of its lightness. There is a definite floral taste that is welcomed in all its weirdness.  The light grapefruit adds a nice bit of sourness. It’s a complex taste full of surprises. The more I sip at it, the further I’m lead down the maze to chase its mystique.

Overall: Terrific IPA. This beer is an absolute flirt.

Grade: A

Rogue – Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

In Oatmeal Stout, Reviewed by Powli on March 21, 2011 at 1:02 am

Reviewed by Powli

Appearance:  An opaque rich dark brown with a two finger head.  Resembles a freshly poured cup of coffee sans steam.

Smell: Malty aromas with caramel and slight hints of chocolate.

Taste: Quick to come and quick to go.  Burnt chocolate and bitter coffee.  Woody characteristics with a definite smokey quality.  The chocolate lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A light/medium density with low alcohol burn.

Overall: A pretty good beer but just an okay stout.  It is a bit thinner and weak on flavor than I would desire in my stouts.

Grade: B

Rogue – Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

In Oatmeal Stout, Reviewed by hazelk on March 21, 2011 at 12:05 am

Reviewed by hazelk

: Who wouldn’t want to sip on good beer while participating in a revolution? Rogue’s appealing packaging excites the activist in all of us. With each bottle displaying a smart faced beer drinker with a raised fist, I feel more solidarity every time I take a sip.

Appearance: This beer is a deep espresso brown with a caramel colored froth of medium thickness.

Smell:  The smell is hard to describe. It’s a grainy coffee oat-like smell and…is that hazelnut? I can’t be sure. I think I’ve smelled so many delicious oatmeal stouts in my time. It’s like trying to compare the different aromas in two apple pies. Grainy coffee oat like hazelnut smell will have to do.

Taste:  Crisper than I expected. Certainly crisper than I’m interested in for a stout. It’s not as creamy as most oatmeal stouts and I don’t hugely mind because it’s a stout in any case. Full bodied with a heavy after taste. Burnt chocolate, coffee taste that seems a bit dense, but with just the perfect hint of smoke. Strikes a soothing balance between the smoke and the grain flavors.

Overall: It’s a bit light for an oatmeal stout so you won’t fall asleep drinking two. Perfect drink companion for revisiting your favorite Shakespeare works.

Grade: B+