Archive for July, 2011


Today Dan Jan got to visit his most anticipated brewery during his time in Portland, Hair of the Dog. Known for their bottle conditioned and barrel-aged beers, HOTD has gotten quite the following over the years as they plow along making their beers with no reqard to what anyone else thinks.

Beer: Doggie Claws 2010

Brewery: HOTD

Style: Barleywine

ABV: 11.5%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Caramel colored, with 2.5 finger of head that lasts throughout drinking the beer

Aroma: Carmel, hops, malt, sugar

Taste: Caramel, toffee, honey, sugar. Sweetness. Bit of wood, even bourbon. Some hop kick towards the end, but it’s just what I want to break up all the sweetness that this beer loads up front

Mouthfeel: Smooth but seems to stick to the mouth a bit

Drinkability: I would love to drink tons and tons of this beer in one sitting, but I don’t like passing out in pubs or having to take a taxi home

Beer Advocate grade: A-

My grade: A+

Care Packages

Hey guys, so a trading buddy of mine on Beer Advocate just sent me a care package all the way from Indiana. Initially we started out doing very formal trades (this for that, etc), but now we pretty much just set a price range and send shit to each other. Before I graduated I sent him a Troegs Splinter Black and a bunch of Founders KBS. He was planning to send a package to me soon afterwards, but with moving back to Portland and China on the horizon, I told him to hold off until July. Well, his care package has arrived, and it’s AWESOME.

From left to right:

Three Floyds Dark Lord 2011

New Glarus Showshoe Ale

New Glarus Raspberry Tart

Goose Island Big John

Three Floyds Behemoth (x2)

Goose Island Night Stalker

Founders Blushing Monk

A Review From a Fellow Beer Geek

Matt Campo, a good friend from Bucknell, recently sent me a review on Mikkekler’s Beer Geek Breakfast

Beer Geek Breakfast

Brewery: Mikkeller (Using Nogone O)

Style: Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 7.5%

Location: Grimstad, Norway

Appearance: Black, moderate initial head that quickly dissipates. Leaves little/no lacing.

Aroma: Very heavily coffee and chocolate. Especially coffee.

Taste: Very similar to taste. Finishes with a dark, roasted coffee bean flavor. Also moderate malts.

Drinkability: If you like coffee, you’ll love this. It was perfect for a 16 oz glass, but that was enough for me.

BA Grade: A-
My Grade: B+

Thanks again Campo!

The Stoic

Deschutes has set the release date for it’s reserve series Belgian Style Quad for August. I’ve been excited about this beer for about 6 months now, so it’s safe to say that I will buy a case of it, drink some, and age the rest for the “best after” date on the bottle.

For a full writeup, check out the link below.


Today Dan Jan and I went to my favorite bottle shop, which is coincidentally where Puckerfest is being held. Puckerfest is a little festival-ish thing that celebrates only sour beers, with 15 different sour beers on tap with “meet the brewer” events every night for a week. I really wasn’t feeling up to trying a million different sours, so I only tried 3.

I’m feeling a little lazy today, so I’ll only post the types of beer, the Beer Advocate grade, and my grade.

From left to right:

New Belgium Eric’s Ale

Beer Advocate grade: A-

My grade: A-

Double Mountain Devil’s Kriek

Beer Advocate grade: A-

My grade: B+

Deschutes Sour Saison

Beer Advocate grade: N/A

My grade: A

A Visit to Lucky Lab

Apparently, since beer is a breakfast beverage now, Dan Jan, his girlfriend Dana, and myself went to go visit the Lucky Labrador brewery in SE Portland. They typically focus their brewing efforts on IPAs, choosing to make many different IPAs instead of trying to make several different styles of beer. I usually don’t like one-trick pony breweries such as this, but I do like to pop in every once and a while to get my hop head fix.

Beer: Killa Amarilla IPA

Brewery: Lucky Labrador Brewery

Style: IPA


Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Golden/orange, with very little head but very nice lacing throughout the glass

Aroma: All of the hops, all of the hops. Mostly of the floral variety

Taste: Extremely low bitterness, but huge grapefruit hop character. I have not tasted a beer that tasted so much like grapefruits

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side, not crisp, but very refreshing. Great brew to have outside on a hot day with a pulled pork sandwich or something

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, and seeing as I have no idea what the ABV is, I would have no qualms with crushing a pitcher of this.

Beer Advocate grade: N/A

My grade: B+

Quick Brew Before Dinner

So right before dinner, Dan Jan and I decided to split this beer:

Beer: Imperial Stout

Brewery: Lagunitas

Style: Russian Imperial stout

ABV: 9.9%

Location: California

Appearance: Black, with a half finger of cream colored head

Aroma: Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and what kind of seems like soy sauce?

Taste: Smoke, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, alcohol heat

Mouthfeel: Abrasive, high carbonation for a stout

Drinkability: Not hard, but I was very happy after a single 16 oz. snifter

Beer Advocate grade: B

My grade: B

Some More Reviews

Today Dan Jan, his girlfriend and I went to the Barrel House to get some sour beers, where I came across this tasty brew that I have never had before:

From the brewer:
“Apple Pie: this live barrel of NW style sour blond ale was initially aged for six months in oak, then aged on Granny Smith apples for another two months. It was then blended with vintage apple beer and additionally aged with Bourbon vanilla bean and Granada cinnamon. Sweet notes of apple flesh with hints of cinnamon greet you in the nose. Crisp apple skins and sweet malts with hints of lemon on the palate finish up with sharp apple tartness, cinnamon and a lingering essence of marshmallow with the last sip. The slight hint of marshmallow in the finish is from the Bourbon vanilla bean.”

Beer: Apple Pie

Brewery: Cascade Brewing

Style: American Wild Ale

ABV: 8%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Straw colored, with minimal head and lacing, quite cloudy

Aroma: Funkiness, sour apples, and cinnamon

Taste: Sour apples, lactic sourness, some funk, cinnamon, and other spices

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I could actually drink this one all the time, it’s easy on the palette despite the sour nature of the beer

Beer Advocate grade: A

My grade: B+

Portland International Beerfest…

A few days ago my friend Dan Jan from Bucknell came to visit PDX just in time for the Portland International Beerfest. Dan is a new member to the beer geek crowd and this was a great way to wet his whistle in the craft beer world. So without further delay, here are the beers that I tried during this rainy day in Portland (bright side is, no waiting in lines for delicious brews!)

Beer: Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Russian Stout

Brewery: Stone Brewing

Style: Imperial Russian Stout

ABV: >10.5 (this beer doesn’t exist on Beer Advocate, and normal IRS is 10.5%, so putting a strong beer in a bourbon barrel will give you an even stronger beer)

Location: Escondido, CA

Appearance: Pitch black, minimal lacing, minimal head

Aroma: Bourbon and oak, with some roasted malt and coffee

Taste: Bourbon up front, malt, oak, alcohol heat, with some smokiness on the exit

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, but a slightly abrasive feel to it

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but do NOT drive afterwards. You have been forewarned.

Beer Advocate grade: A (normal IRS)

My grade: A


Beer: Iris

Brewery: Cantillon

Style: Lambic

ABV: 5%

Location: Belgium

Appearance: Pinkish, with some yellow and gold highlights

Aroma: Lactic sour awesome with a hint of epicness

Taste: Citrus, lactic sour, funkiness, and kind of tastes the way spring smells

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp, but puckering and makes the back of your jaw tingle

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but I wouldn’t want more than a 16 oz. snifter or so

Beer Advocate grade: A-

My grade: A


Beer: Rainier Kriek

Brewery: Double Mountain Brewery

Style: American Wild Ale

ABV: 9%

Location: Hood River, OR

Appearance: Weak yellow, kind of like lemonade

Aroma: mostly sour and funky, with only little hints of tart cherries

Taste: Dear god this thing is sour, but the amazing mouth lathering kind, with cherry at the finish

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, but drinking this beer results in you making interesting faces

Drinkability: Preferred weapon of delivery = straight from the keg

Beer Advocate grade: A-

My grade: A


Beer: Blackberry Nightfall

Brewery: Cascade Brewing

Style: American Wild Ale

ABV: 8%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Looks like cranberry juice

Aroma: Sour cherry, with lots of blackberry afterwards

Taste: Blackberry, some cherry, with moderate sourness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Extremely light, with high carbonation

Drinkability: I want as much as people can give me

Beer Advocate grade: A

My grade: A+


Beer: Schaerbeekse Kriek

Brewery: Drie Fonteinen

Style: Lambic

ABV: 6%

Location: Belgium

Appearance: Kind of like a watered down red wine, with pink head and lacing

Aroma: Tartness, cherries, funk

Taste: Lactic, funky, lots of cherries

Mouthfeel: Lots of jaw tingle, puckering, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very drinkable lambic

Beer Advocate grade: A

My grade: A+


Beer: Tsunami Stout

Brewery: Pelican Brewing

Style: Stout

ABV: 7%

Location: Pacific City, OR

Appearance: Black, with some red highlights

Aroma: Coffee, roasted malts, and caramel

Taste: Chocolate, malt, and coffee in that order

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Finishing a 6 pack would be easy

Beer Advocate grade: A-

My grade: A-


Beer: Jelly Roll

Brewery: Cascade Brewing

Style: Fruit Beer

ABV: 4.5%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Raspberry lemonade

Aroma: Raspberries, and that’s it

Taste: Raspberries, some yeast

Mouthfeel: What mouthfeel?

Drinkability: If you’re not a girl, less than one bottle.

Beer Advocate grade: A-

My grade: B




Well, I guess I needed a bit of a nightcap before going to bed, so here goes!

Beer: Pliny the Elder

Brewery: Russian River

Style: DIPA

ABV: 8%

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Appearance: Gold, with 2 fingers of head if poured aggressively down the center

Aroma: Citrus, hops, malts

Taste: Citrus, pine, with some light floral hop flavor in the finish

Mouthfeel: Very light, mild to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: You can drink this one all night long, until you pass out that is

BA grade: A+

My grade: A