Posts Tagged With: 4-and-a-half Pint Glasses

Dogfish Indian Brown Ale

Beer: Indian Brown Ale
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 7.2%

Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark darky dark brown body with an inch of dense tan head.

Smell: This is one deep brew: overpowering coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. NOW TIME TO DRINK.

Flavor: Impossibly delicious dark chocolate and espresso flavors. There’s also a rich, decadent caramel that swirls in the middle. A bite from the hops comes through at the end.

Feel: Creamy, thin body with moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark: The Indian Brown Ale is one of Dogfish Head’s longest continually produced beers–13 years and counting. After enjoying a pint of it, this comes as no surprise. This is one of those beers that you pick up when just want something good. It’s sweet, dark, bright, hoppy…and quite alcoholic (7.2%). What more could one want in a beer?

I was a little bit hazy on what constitutes an “Indian Brown Ale.” While I made the assumption that an Indian Brown Ale is a Brown Ale-IPA hybrid, the DFH website clarifies that it in fact a Scotch Ale-Brown Ale-IPA amalgam. Apparently, the Indian Brown Ale has to looks of a Brown Ale, the sweetness of a Scotch Ale, and the bitterness of an India Pale Ale. The result is the perfect offspring–eugenics at its best.

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Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Brewery: Saint Louis Brewery/Schlafly Tap Room
Style: Pumpkin Ale (Imperial)
ABV: 8.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:


Sight: Clear, bright copper body with a small white head.

Smell: It smells like stepping into a bakery. Specifically, a Cinnabon. And even more specifically, it smells like the gooey cinnamon filling that has made Cinnabon its millions. The resemblance is so strong, Cinnabon could probably sue for smell infringement. There’s just the tiniest hint of pumpkin purée, as well.

Flavor: Of all the pumpkin pie beers I’ve had this month, this is hands down the most pumpkin pie-est of the bunch. This actually tastes more like food than beer. Vanilla and caramel flavors linger, which is only icing on the…pie.

Feel: Thin with high carbonation, and dry, like Champagne.

Concluding Remark: Although it doesn’t label itself as an Imperial Pumpkin, drinking Schlafly’s humble Pumpkin Ale is essentially like consuming shots of pumpkin pie. It’s impossibly delicious with a high ABV, rendering it the perfect holiday beer. Like some of its peers, it’s just a wee sweet. However, I would honestly choose Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale over actual pumpkin pie. And that’s saying a lot given my decades-long obsession with pumpkin pie. If you find this in stores, make sure to pick it up ASAP. I had to sweet talk a beer clerk at my local liquor store into splitting their hidden stash with me.

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Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

Beer: 75 Minute IPA
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: IPA
ABV: 7.5%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: The Fant Mansion
Primary Consumer: Ally
Secondary Consumer: Laura, Ally’s sister

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OVERALL RATING:



Sight: Gorgeous, multi-faceted golden honey color with darker amber waves throughout.  A 2-finger thick and foamy ivory-colored head with some lacing.

Smell: Classic IPA hoppiness (Cascade hops, to be exact) with a note of sweetness in the realm of caramel or the added maple syrup.

Flavor: Sweet maple, caramel, and floral notes, with a woodsy hop aftertaste.  Very balanced!

Feel: Crisp, light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark: The Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA is actually a blend of their 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPAs, dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascades and bottle conditioned with maple syrup.  The result?  A complex, well-balanced beer that will appeal to both IPA fans and non-believers alike.  The sweetness of the maple syrup (which, Laura notes, results in a caramel-like flavor) complements and mellows out the hops.  If you’re looking for something sweeter or just an interesting twist on the standard IPA, this is it.  And if you’re just looking for a darn good beer to share with a friend (it comes in a 750ml bottle), this is also it.  You know, this beer is pretty much a winner no matter what you’re looking for.  I wish it didn’t have such a limited release!

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Great Divide Colette Farmhouse Ale

Beer: Colette Farmhouse Ale
Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Company
Style: Saison
ABV: 7.3%

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 Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:



Sight: Pale, almost neon yellow, hazy body with a huge billowy white head.

Smell: Hell. Yes. This smells exactly as a Saison should: funky, citrusy, spicy, and sour. It smells like lemons that have been seeped in a gallon of wheat beer.

Flavor: Thankfully, it tastes almost exactly how it smells. It tastes like drinking extremely fresh lemons, with a touch of clove.

Feel: Thin body, Champagne-like carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Great Divide’s Colette is like the bizzaro, funky cousin of the Hefeweizen. It’s exceptionally tart, and makes me want to roll around in a field of lemon trees. It’s not spiced–instead, the four yeast strains used produce a banana-clove-like aftertaste, and the inclusion of rice creates a fresh feeling. At over 7%, which is undetectable, this is a near perfect beer. It’s balanced, perfectly carbonated, and has a complexity that makes you want to keep drinking until you realize you’ve consumed the entire bottle in three gulps. Whoops. If I’m so lucky, I’ll be spending much of my summer hanging out with Colette on a roof. Or anywhere, really.

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Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

 

Beer:  Old Engine Oil
Brewery: Harviestoun Brewery
Style: English Porter
ABV: 6.0%

Serving Style: Cask
Glassware: Mug
Drinking Establishment: The Blind Tiger, NYC
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Pitch black, with a thin tan head.

Scent: Like that of creme brulee–sweet, vanilla, and caramelized sugar.  There is a note of alcohol in the aroma as well.

Flavor: A fascinating combination of hops in the form of pine, hiding beneath roasted malts and a sweet caramel coating.  We also tasted notes of citrus pith and chocolate.

Feel:  Thin but creamy, with no carbonation due to it being a cask beer.

Concluding remarks: Soulful.  Balanced.  Delicious.  Drinking the Old Engine Oil Porter is like walking through the forests of Scotland (Harviestoun’s homeland) while eating a caramel-dipped dark chocolate-covered orange and finishing the night with a bottle of red wine.  In other words, the best day (and night) ever.

CASK CAVEAT: The only reason we didn’t give this Porter a full 5 Pint Glasses is that we tried it from a cask; we eagerly await an opportunity to try the Old Engine Oil in another form, with perhaps a bit more carbonation.

PORTER CAVEAT: Have you picked up on the fact that you just read a Porter review during Stout month?  No, we didn’t get confused, but the Blind Tiger did: they had the Old Engine Oil listed on their menu board as a Stout.  We won’t hold it against them, though, because we are ever-so-glad we got to experience this beer, so much so that it was still worthy of a write-up (despite it being two months late).

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Beer:  Black Chocolate Stout
Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.00%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn, NYC
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Opaque, near black in color; or, more appropriately, dark chocolate.  1 1/2-inch dense but frothy head, mocha in color.

Scent: Like a dark chocolate-covered cherry!

Flavor:  Bittersweet initially, but the bitterness melts away as it rests.  The chocolate is definitely more of a semi-sweet or Baker’s chocolate.  There are also notes of coffee, even chicory.

Feel:  Creamy and thick.  Low-to-moderate carbonation, with a tickle at the end.

Concluding remarksThe Black Chocolate Stout, one of Brooklyn Brewery’s winter seasonals, is dubbed “famous” and “award-winning” by the brewery…and we can see why.  This tasty beer gets an award of 4-and-a-half Pint Glasses from us; although, if it tasted as good as it smelled, it’d probably earn a full 5.

It should be noted, also, that we went back for seconds. And that’s saying a lot, considering we were at a beer bar with a number of rare Belgians on tap that night.

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The Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout

Beer:  Serpent’s Stout
Brewery: Lost Abbey
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
ABV: 11.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Pours a near black body. (It actually look very similar to our rating pint glasses!) The head at first pour is high, frothy, and a sumptuous dark tan.

Scent: A trifecta of toffee, chocolate, and vanilla. (These smells will be a theme this month.) Slight earthy wood–maybe a mahogany, but not oak, which is commonly found in beers that have been oak-aged–at the end.

Flavor: Initially like…a dry forest. (Definitely not a wet forest, in case you were wondering.) Just like a well-structured play, this beer goes through the dramatic arc in five parts. There’s the upfront taste of wood (in a good way, I swear), then coffee, then chocolate, then really bitter chocolate, and lastly an underlying current of sweet toffee and alcohol that balances the beer. There’s also just a spritz of freshly squeezed lemon somewhere in there.

Feel: Creamy body. Carbonation is initially high, but fades as it sits.

Well, it’s the hardest-to-open bottle in history; but that is one of the only reasons this beer got a 4-and-a-half Pint Glass rating instead of a perfect 5. Lost Abbey, a California brewery that is not widely distributed in the Northeast, has put forward a truly exceptional Imperial Stout. This might sound unappealing, but it has a lichen moss taste. It’s quite earthy and has a unique balance of the bitter and sweet. It is ridiculously complex and rich, and feels a lot stronger than 11%, but tastes a lot less than 11%. Also, this guy was bottled just two months ago. I imagine the Serpent only gets better with age.

Concluding remarksIf you can find the tempting Serpent’s Stout, you must give it a try. However, share this 750ml with a friend. It has a lingering bite…

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