Sunday, November 15, 2009

Octoberfest

Brewer: Samuel Adams

Style: Octoberfest

Tasting notes: (0910) A freebie @ a reception. Some interesting flavor. A tiche metalic. I moved to water after one bottle but would have been happy to have another freebie if not driving and "saving room" for better beers later that night. (0810) A glass @ Home Team Sports. Nice but a tiche watery. May rate 3 glasses.

Rating: 2 glasses

Budweiser

Brewer: Anheuser-Busch

Style: Macro Lager

Tasting notes: (0910) A freebie @ a party. OK when cold. Better than Heineken.

Rating: 1 glass. May rate 2.

Dark Starr Stout

Brewer: Starr Hill

Style: Irish Stout

Tasting notes: (0910) On draft @ Joe's Inn. Some chocolate. Some smoke. Easy drinking. Maybe a tiche thin. Went great w/ a burger.

Rating: 3 glasses

Imperial Russian Stout

Brewer: Stone

Style: Imperial Stout

Tasting notes: (1011) A 4.5 yr old bottle from Spring 2006. Chocolate and big and nice. Upgraded to 5 glasses. (1004) A 4-yr old bottle. Big,massive,and balanced. I don't know why I don't rate it 5 glasses. (0910) A 3.5-yr. old bottle. Big and complex and balanced. Age seems to smooth the beer. (0812) Massive and malty w/ lots of chocolate and coffee flavors, followed by a bitter finish. It is good and complex and flavorful but somehow does not WOW me as much as many drinkers. Downgraded from 5 glasses. Complex beer that others like more than I. (0712) A spring 2006 bottle. Massive malt followed by coffee and more coffee. Went gr8 w/ chocolate lava cake. May rate 6 glasses. (0701) Massive fudgy, milk chocolate malt. I think that 8 months aging has helped. Next bottle in 0710 or so. (0605) Milk chocolate with a touch of coffee at first. Ends with bitter chocolate. Bitter and alcohol become more noticable as the beer warms. Best just below room temp. I'm aging 6 bottles.

Top 100: 29 December 2005, March 2007, and 15 November 2009.

Previous ratings: 5, 4 glasses.

Rating: 5 glasses

Millennium

Brewer: Old Dominion
Style: English Barleywine

Tasting notes: (1003) A 2 yr 11 mn old bottle. Touches of honey, pollen, and sour. Better fresher than really old. (1002) A 5 yr 0 mn old bottle. Musty honey and pollen. Some perfume @ end. (0910) Musty honey and pollen. Easy drinking, a tiche thin, a (too) simple.

Rating: 4 glasses. (Downgraded from 5. Click here for previous review.)

Karmeliet

Brewer: Bostells

Style: Tripel

Tasting notes: (1101) On draft @ Mekong. Sweet orange, spicy fizz, and a tiche of funk. (1004) Ditto. (0910) "Blond, robust, smooth and fruity, withh a delicious spicy flavor."

Top 100: 29 December 2005. (Not 10 March 2007 or 03 April 2009.)

Rating: 6 glasses

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Les Deux Brasseurs

Brewer: De Proef

Style: Strong Belgiam Pale Ale

Tasting notes: (0910) Pineapple and sweet funk.

Comments: This beer is a collaboration between De Proef and Jason Perkins, brewmaster at Allagash.

Rating: 5 glasses

Old Horizontal

Brewer: Victory

Style: Barleywine

Tasting notes: (0910) A 5-yr old bottle. Sweet pollen, some honey, and a little spicy hops. A long finish. Easy drinking and old aleish. A great beer to age. Click here for previous review.

Top 100: 29 December 2005. (Not 10 March 2007 or 03 April 2009.)

Rating: 4 glasses

Expedition Stout

Brewer: Bells

Style: Imperial Stout

Tasting notes: (0910) A 2-yr old bottle. Massive. Dark bitter/sour chocolate. A tiche of salt/soy. Upgraded from 3 glasses and thought about 5. May be over the top. Click here for previous review.

Top 100: 29 December 2005 and 10 March 2007. (Not on 30 January 2009 or 9 August 2009.)

Rating: 4 glasses

Breakfast Stout

Brewer: Founders

Style: Imperial Stout

Tasting notes: (1010) A 1 yr. 1 mn. old bottle. Coffee is muting. (1002) A 4 mn old bottle. Well made stout. More coffee than I prefer and the coffee comes forward as the beer warms. (0910) Coffee! The flavor is growing on me. Upgraded from 3 and though about 5. Click here for a previous review.

Top 100: 29 December 2005, 10 March 2007, 20 December 2008, and 04 November 2009.

Rating: 4 glasses

Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge

Brewer: Bockor

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Tasting notes: (0910) On draft @ Mekong. Tart cherry, vineous, and refreshing.

Rating: 6 glasses

Tripel

Brewer: St. Bernardus

Style: Tripel

Tasting notes: (0910) On draft @ Mekong. Sweet apple and pear, w/ a little alcohol and a tiche of spice @ finish. (0801) Not what I remembered. Nice but nothing great. Downgraded from 6. Thought about a 4. (0711) Very nice. Sweet apple at first. Late I noticed pear and sour funk and alcohol. At the bottom of the glass the alcohol started to take away my breath and I detected banana. (0709) Pear, apple, pepper, spices, and a little sour funk. Some alcohol comes forward as the beer warms. Better (fruitier, darker, sweeter) w/ yeast. Wonderfully balanced and very drinkable.

Top 100: 29 December 2005 and 10 March 2007. (Not 4 November 2009.)

Rating: 5 glasses