Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Levitation Ale

Brewer: Stone

Style: Red Ale

Tasting notes: (0910) A hoppy dark red ale w/ conifer flavor in the hops. May rate 4 glasses.

Rating: 3 glasses

Rockfish Wheat

Brewer: Blue Mountain

Style: Kristalweizen

Tasting notes: (1010: Nice but downgraded from 5. Lacked "punch". (0910) A bottle in Harrisonburg. Ditto. Click
here for previous review.

Previous rating: 5 glasses

Rating: 4 glasses


Brewer: Duck-Rabbit

Style: Porter

Tasting notes: (0910) Coffee porter?

Rating: 5 glasses

Dulle Teve

Brewer: de Dolle

Style: Tripel

Tasting notes: (0910) Dry, apples, raisins, and lemon rind bite at finish. Thought about 6 glasses.

Rating: 5 glasses


Brewer: Allagash

Style: Dubbel

Tasting notes: (0909) Reminded me of a good lager. Clean and quaffable mix of malt w/ hop bite. Went great w/ flank steak w/ brandy and shallot reduction. Click here for a previous review.

Rating: 4 glasses

Third Coast Old Ale

Brewer: Bell's

Style: Old Ale

Tasting notes: (1009) A 2-yr. old bottle. Burnt caramal, dark fruits, and hop bite @ finish. A solid 6. Ages well. (1009) A bottle purchased from the cooler section @ Elwood Thompson. Burnt malt, deep bitter hop bite, a tiche of sour. A complex beer. May rate 5 glasses but I left it at six pending further review. Complexity and the impression it made on my memory prevented the downgrade. (1004) A 2 yr 7 mn old bottle brewed 0709. A tiche thnner than I remembered and a little lactic acid, a la Vintage Ale, peeping out. Thought about a downgrade to 5. (1002) A 2 yr 5 mn old bottle brewed 0709. Malty burnt caramel with some hops and a tiche of old ale sour. (0909) A 2-year old bottle. Toffee. An English barelywine. Ages fantastically. Thougt about 7 glasses. (0809) A 1-yr. old bottle. Wonderful. Big caramel malt with sour, bretty bite at end. Upgraded from 5. ( 0801) A bottle dated 0709. Delighful. Cream brule, a hint of chocolate, dates, a touch of alcohol, and a little leather. (0801) A little cream brule, some bitter hops w/ a touch of sour, and a blast of alcohol. Quaffable and flavorful. May rate 6. (0712) Sweet malt followd by a sour (Brett?) bite. Sourness becomes predominate as it warms. An interesting sipper. Ages nicely and would pair well with game. (0710) Caramel, dark fruit, alcohol, deep bitterness, and a touch of stout/smoke when cold. Port (?) wine, figs, and sour bitterness as it warms. An non-sweet English BW? A good sipper for a cold night. Upgrraded from 3. (0611) 1st of a 6. Burnt crème brule when cold. As it warms the malt fades a little and a sour hop bite at end becomes more predominate - sort of a subdued Arrogant Bastard. Alcohol present in every sip. I suspect it will improve with age. I could see pairing it with game cooked with sweet fruits. May rate 4/8.

Previous ratings: 3, 5, 6

Rating: 6 glasses

Friday, October 16, 2009


Beer: Hefeweissbier

Brewer: Weihenstephaner

Style: Hefeweizen

Tasting notes: (1104) A solid 5, maybe 6 glasses. (1104) 3 from a 4.5 mn old 6-pack. Heavier than I remembered w/ some orange zest . Downgraded from 6 glasses and thought about going lower. An old/bad batch? (0909) Cloves and a tiche of bitter/sour. Not quite as good as I remembered. Downgraded to 6 after tasing Third Coast Old Ale and remembering Aventius from previous night. Click here for previous review.

Top 100: 29 December 2005, 10 March 2007, 8 February 2009, 2 August 2009, and 14 October 2009.

Previous ratings: 7, then 6 glasses

Rating: 6 glasses


Beer: Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock

Brewer: Schneider

Style: Weizenbock

Tasting notes: (0909) Cloves, bananas, dark (slightly rotted?) fruits, and cinnamony spiciness. Wonderful thick mouthfeel. Upgraded from 6 glasses. (0803) A bottle @ home w/ grilled steak. Nice. Mixture of cloves, banana, and sweet. 0707: A bottle @ Bavon. Darker, milder version of a good Hefe. Might rate 5/8. (0703) A bottle @ Grafiti Grill. (Too much?) cloves and licorice.Downgraded from 7/8. (0606) Mysteriously complex. Cloves, banana, licorice? (0603) Sweet dark fruits, cinnamon ?, with an alcohol bitter-sour bite at end. Reminded me of dark fruit version of Allaghash Tripel Reserve up front and Samuel Adams Imperial Stout at end. Ability to accompany food remined me of Hennepin. Went great with manchino cheese, apples, steak, and roasted plums.

Top 100: 29 December 2005, 10 March 2007, and 14 October 2009.

Rating: 7 glasses.

Shakespeare Stout

Beer: Shakespeare Stout

Brewer: Rogue

Style: Stout

Tasting notes: (0909) Coffee, chocolate, and hops. A little thin. Downgraded from 7 glasses w/ misgivings but was comparing it with Old Ruffian and Hanssens Oude Gueuze that I had also had that weekend. Click here for a previous review.

Top 100: 29 December 2005 and 10 March 2007. (Not on 3 August 2009.)

Rating: 6 glasses.

Black and Tan

Beer: Black and Tan

Brewer: Yuengling

Style: Black and Tan

Tasting notes: (0909) A nice beer and a good value. Simple. Downgraded from 4 glasses. Click here for a previous review.

Rating: 3 glasses

Old Ruffian

Beer: Old Ruffian

Brewer: Great Divide

Style: Barley Wine

Tasting notes: (1001) On draft @ Mekong. Smooth and strong. (1001) A 2+-year old bottle. Ditto as what follows. (0909) A 2-year old bottle. Sweet brown sugary malt with bitter hops. Easy to drink. Alcohol is totally hidden. A loooong, bitter finish comes after swallow. (0802) A bottle purchased 0707. Sweet malt with bitter hops poking out its head. Bitter aftertaste emerges. Too easy to drink. Alcohol is totally hidden. Downgraded to a 6. (0708) Sweet barley malt coats the tongue and mouth. A loooong, bitter finish comes after swallow. Almost quaffable but then you would miss the finish after each sip. Too smooth? The alcohol is totally hidden - watch out. Plan to share or spend 3 hours on a bottle. Would like a side-by-side with Old Crustacean. May rate 6.

Top 100: 29 December 2005, 10 March 2007, and 14 October 2009.

Rating: 6 glasses