Saturday, January 24, 2015

What's in the cellar?

Click here to see the inventory in my cellar

Blue Mountain Long Winter's Nap

Blue Mountain describes Long Winter's Nap as a blonde tripelbock. It is big, malty, and tasty.

5 glasses

Foothills Hoppyum IPA

Hoppyum is a nice IPA with a good bite. I tasted drafts the last two Fridays.

5 glasses.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dupont Avec les bons voeux

This is the Christmas special version by Dupont. It is wonderful. Hardy without being big. A subtle touch of spice. Yummy.
6 glasses
Earlier review.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Home brew: Shakespeare Stout

I brewed my first beer. I had assisted ML several times. My main job was to drink beer. After she started using all-grain recipes I decided I wanted to take the lead. My daughters bought some good equipment for me and I finally pulled the trigger. I wanted a stout for the cold weather ahead and followed a recipe for a clone of Rogue Shakespeare Stout that I found online.

I am pleased. The beer looks beautiful. It is really dark and a nice head forms when poured. It has flavor, lots of smoke, some charcoal, and a blast of hops. I fear that it is not balanced, the hops are too much for the malt. Perhaps it will mellow some as it sits. I may want to tweak the recipe if I follow it again.

3 glasses, maybe 4

Update: 22 Jan. Getting better. Rating = 4 glasses. I would brew again in a heartbeat.

Recent good beers

Drie Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek
Drie Fonteninen has blended great lambics and are now brewing their own. I think that this was a one-off to celebrate their entry into brewing. It is a fantastic Kriek. It is darker and fruitier than most Krieks and packs a powerful sour punch.

6 glasses, at least. I want another bottle before going to 7.

Another fabulous wild ale from Russian River. This one is aged in Cabernet Sauvingnon barrels and contains currents. The wine flavor was a little too strong imho. Otherwise, 7 glasses

6 glasses

Hardywood The Great Return
My favorite double IPA. Nice hops and not too sweet.

6 glasses