Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Full Sail Session Fest

Hops, pepper, fresh grain, and caramel malt. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Full Sail Session Fest - Full Sail Brewing Company - Hood River, OR

O'Dempsey's Inukshuk IPA

Nose is sweet orange peel and Citrus hops. Flavor is citrus hops, orange peel, sweet malt & some s
Floral flavors. The body felt a little watered down.

O'Dempsey's Inukshuk IPA - O'Dempseys at Red Brick Company - Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stone Monkey

This is my Stone IPA Clone homebrew.  It turned out great.  Nicely hoppy :-)

Stone Monkey - Drunken Monkey Brewhouse - Roswell, GA

N'Ice Chouffe

Very smooth for a strong ale. The 10%ABV is well hidden. Nose is belgian yeast, malt, and spice. Flavor is sweet malt, orange, spice, light hops, brown sugar. Delicious.

N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe - Achouffe, Belgium

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gulden Draak

I just happened to have a Gulden Draak glass to drink my fist Gulden Draak. Nose is all sweet dark fruit. Taste is very sweet. Raisin, date, and tons of rich caramel malt. Very good, but very sweet. The 10.5% ABV is very well hidden.

Gulden Draak - Brouwerij Van Steenberge - Ertvelde, Belgium

Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs

Lots of hops in the nose. Flavor is citrus & pine hops and an almost rye like bitterness. Lots of sweet caramel malts in there for balance. Very sticky palate.

Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs - Sweetwater Brewing Company - Atlanta, GA

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock Lager

Nose is roasted malt and smoke. Flavor is smoked, burner malt, caramel, & chocolate. Not bad at all.

Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock Lager - Thomas Creek Brewery - Greenville, SC

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ridgeway Santas Butt Winter Porter

Not awesome, but not horrible either. A little light bodied for a porter, but nice chocolate and roasted malt flavors.

Ridgeway Santa's Butt Winter Porter - Hepworth - Horsham, England

Friday, November 25, 2011

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja

The standard Jolly pumpkin wild yeast. Sour cherry, caramel malt, oak & funk. Pretty nice if ye be liking your beers sour.

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales - Dexter, MI

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mad River Jamaica Red Ale

Nice little red ale. Bread, malt and spice aroma. Flavor is sweet malt and spice up front and a nice bitter hop finish.

Mad River Jamaica Red Ale - Mad River Brewery - Blue Lake, CA

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Moerlein Christkindle Winter Warmer

Nose is grain and spice. Flavor is earthy grains, malt, alcohol, and a hint of chocolate.

Moerlein Christkindle Winter Warmer - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company - Cincinnati, OH

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hop Back Pickled Santa

Nose is malt and christmas spices. Flavor is  the same, sweet malt and christmas spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread). Not horrible.

Hop Back Pickled Santa - Hop Back/Shelton Brothers

Monday, November 21, 2011

Saison Imperiale

Very sweet for a saison. Sweet malt, citrus, and earthy grains. Not bad, but too sweet in my opinion.

Saison Imperial - De Proefbrouwerij - Lochristi-Hijfte, Beligium

Sunday, November 20, 2011

New Belgium Lips of Faith Biere De Mars

Floral, spice, fruit, belgian yeast. Smooth and easy to drink, not my favorite in the series, however.

New Belgium Lips of Faith Biere De Mars - New Belgium - Ft Collins, CO

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Weyerbacher Verboten

Nose is grapefruit, orange peel, and banana.  Flavor us very similar to the smell. Light body and slight hop bitterness. Not crazy about it.

Weyerbacher Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Company - Easton, Pa

Friday, November 18, 2011

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca

O.K. I am becoming a huge fan of Jolly Pumpkin. Calabaza Blanca has a nice nose of coriander, orange, and Belgian yeast. Flavor is citrus, coriander, orange and yeasty funk. Love it.

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales - Dexter, MI

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial

Delicious. Nose is Belgian yeast, cherry, and a sort of pixie stick tart sweetness. Flavor is orange, oak, cacao, and a nice tartness. Glad I have more than one bottle.

Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales - Dexter, MI

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet Letter of Marque

Aroma is sweet with apple, banana, and pear notes. Flavor is also sweet banana, apple, pear, a little brown sugar & and a little spiciness. Decent Dubbel.

Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet Letter of Marque - Heavy Seas Brewery - Baltimore, MD

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jailhouse Smokey

The smoke is very light and well done, but I always find it hard to pick out other flavors in smoked beer. There is definitely wheat, cocoa, and a bit of syrupy sweetness present. I wouldn't scream its name from the roof tops, but it's not bad.

Jailhouse Smokey - Jailhouse Brewing Co - Hampton, GA

Monday, November 14, 2011

Victory Otto

Nose is a mild smokiness. Lot's of different flavors going on. Fruit, caramel malt, and smoke, but not really a good smoke flavor, more like BBQ grill or campfire smoke. Not horrible, but I wouldn't drink it again.

Victory Otto - Victory Brewing Company - Downington, PE

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Brooklyn Monster Ale

Nose is sweet malt and a little grain. Flavor is malt, toffee, cherry, raisin. Feel light for a barley wine which I personally like.

Brooklyn Monster Ale - Brooklyn Brewery - Brooklyn, Ny

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Flying Dog Horn Dog Barley Wine

Pretty much what you would expect in a barley wine. Thick and malty, caramel and ripe dark fruits. Very rich.

Flying Dog Horn Dog Barley Wine - Flying Dog Brewery - Frederick, MD

Friday, November 11, 2011

Terrapin Georgia Theater Session: Iron Tankard Old Stock Ale

Nose is dark fruit (date, raisin, plum) and toffee. Flavor is very sweet. Toffee, caramel, dark fruit, and a little bit of spice. Really really sweet. Like liquid candy.

Terrapin Georgia Theater Session: Iron Tankard Old Stock Ale - Terrapin Beer Company - Athens, GA

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA

Big piney hop nose. Nice pine and grapefruit hop kick up front followed by thick orange and caramel hop sweetness. Me likey a lot!

Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Company - Munster, IN

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam Hoppy Farmhouse Ale

Nose is wild yeasty funkiness. Flavor is wild yeast, citrus hops, malt, and a light earthiness. Super delicious.

Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales - Dexter, MI

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale

Body is light. Nose is chocolate, smoke, caramel & vanilla. Flavor is the same with a little hop bitterness. Very nice.

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing - Tampa, FL

Monday, November 7, 2011

Primator Maibock

Nose is grain, grass, hops. Flavor is slightly sweet and malty with fresh grain and a bitter hop finish.

Primator Maibock - Privovar Nachod - Czech Republic

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jailhouse Community Service

A big bottle of malty goodness. Loads of sweet malt, brown sugar, roasted malt, and a subtle yeastiness. A pretty nice Wee Heavy.

Jailhouse Community Service - Jailhouse Brewing Co - Hampton, GA

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Coney Island Freaktoberfest

Interesting beer. Sweet and malty with a lot of fruity flavors. Fresh grain & honey. The red color could be from hibiscus, but more than likely it is red food coloring. Fun to drink once.

Coney Island Freaktoberfest - Shmaltz Brewing Company - San Francisco, CA

Friday, November 4, 2011

Lost Abby Witch's Wit

Over rated. Pretty much a standard well made Hefeweizen, but in wouldn't say it was great.

Lost Abby Witch's Wit - Lost Abby - San Marcos, CA

Goose Island Matilda

Lots of coriander and orange peel and yeasty flavors. Very enjoyable beer.

Goose Island Matilda - Goose Island Beer Company - Chicago, IL

The Bruery 4 Calling Birds

Gingerbread, Gingerbread, and more Gingerbread and a bunch of Alcohol. Very tasty!

The Bruery 4 Calling Birds - The Bruery - Placentia, CA

Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash

Aroma is pretty much all hops. Flavor is a lot of smoke and roasted malts up front with a bitter hop finish. Not bad.

Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash - Sweetwater Brewing Company - Atlanta, GA

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Troegs The Flying Mouflan

Nose is ripe dark fruit, raisin & plum, caramel, & brown sugar. Flavor is the same with a nice bit of hoppiness as well. I am not a huge fan of barley wines in general, but this one is pretty solid.

Troegs The Flying Mouflan - Troegs Brewing Company - Harrisburg, PA

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Blowing Rock Oktoberfest

Decent Oktoberfest. Nice and malty with flavor of fresh grain and hay.

Blowing Rock Oktoberfest - Boone Brewing Company - Blowing Rock, NC

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sand Creek Oscar's Double Chocolate Stout

Nose is more burn malt and smoke than chocolate. Flavor is also smoke, burnt & roasted malt and chocolate. Not bad, but i was expecting more chocolate flavor.

Sand Creek Oscar's Double Chocolate Stout - Sand Creek Brewing Company - Black River Falls, WI

Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA

Thanks again to my evil twin Lance Martin I was able to get my hands on a bottle of this awesome beer. Huge citrus and piney hop nose. Flavor starts with a big citrus and pine hop punch that mellows as the sweet malt grabs you. So good.

Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA - Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Paso Robles, CA