Archive for October, 2011

A Night at Belmont Station

I’m currently in the process of accumulating amazing beer for an epic tasting once I’ve finally moved into my new apartment. I’m not quite up to where I would like to be at the moment, so I went over to Belmont Station to buy a few beers as well as enjoy a brew or two in the process.

Very pretty head, and a creep gnome dude on my glass.

Description: Basically a saison hopped with 100lbs of Magnum fresh hops.

Beer: Hits from the Vine

Brewery: Upright Brewing

Style: Saison

ABV: 6.5%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Orange/yellow, with 3 fingers of pearly white head with big bubbles. Left some nice lacing too.

Aroma: Dry, hoppy, with some grass and earthiness.

Taste: A little bitter, with citrus and spices following up. Hops come in towards the end, and I was surprised at how subtle the hops were in this beer. I expect a fresh hop beer to punch me in the face with those citrus and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Light with medium carbonation. Super duper dry though. Almost as dry as reading a bad book, but much more pleasant!

Drinkability: Very sessionable, you could have this sucker with dinner, dessert, and for a nightcap as well.

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: B+

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Back to Reviews!

Sorry about not reviewing over the last few days, I got sidetracked by stuff like trivia night and other stuff like friends. Gawd, I hate friends sometime haha.

Lots of weird bubbles sticking to the side of the glass, they went away though.

Description: When we made the Toronado’s 20th Anniversary Ale, we had no idea that it would turn out to be one of our favorite barrel aged beers we would ever make. With that said, we have always wanted to make a dark barrel aged beer using 100% cabernet barrels, but, we never were inspired. That is, until we blended five different beersto make the Toronado beer, the tobacco character¬† from the dark malts blended nicely with the fruit character that developed in blending. So, with Consecration we set out to make a barrel beer using all Cabernet barrels. Now, we are not saying this is a replica of the T-rooms anniversary beer, after all, a beer like that can never be duplicated, and, there was no fruit added to the beer as there was with this one. All we are saying is that it gave us great inspiration to brew Consecration.

Beer: Consecration

Brewery: Russian River

Style: Wild Ale

ABV: 10%

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Appearance: Dark dark red, with no head or lacing. If this beer was a little more maroon, it could pass for wine, especially if you’re drinking out of stemmed glassware.

Aroma: Cherries, plums, lots of oak, and some funkiness. Horse blanket maybe…

Taste: Wow, this beer is tart, but pleasantly so. Cherries, and sweet plums follow initial tartness. The aftertaste is dominated by earthiness, but I think I can taste some spices too. Very tasty beer, but I remember this beer being better the last time I had it. Oh well, I probably just spend too much time at the Barrel House drinking delicious sours.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with really sharp carbonation. It’s not heavily carbonated, it’s just that the bubbles are kind of prickly.

Drinkability: Supremely easy, don’t share this little bottle with anyone. It’s yours.

Beer Advocate Grade: A

My Grade: A

Beer Release Incoming!

Block 15 is going to be releasing La Ferme de De’mons on the 26th at Belmont Station from 6-8PM. This beer is a dark farmhouse ale that has been soured and put into tons of different barrels. I will be there and you should be there too!

On a side note, a special beer called Strawberry Fields will be tapped as well. It’s a blend of golden ales aged in Pinot Noir barrels for 16 months and then fed 200lbs of strawberries. I’m curious, and suddenly very thirsty.

 

This is the bottle design:

Another Bottle Share at Beermongers

It’s about time I managed to get myself to another bottle share at beermongers! Apparently it happens every week or so but no one ever bothers to tell me. It’s kind of frustrating when you know that beer geeks are getting together and talking about beer while you’re sitting at home drinking a beer and playing Starcraft II. Not that Starcraft II is bad though, it’s pretty much the best thing since sliced bread.

As much as I hate Three Floyds sometimes, this beer actually does live up to the hype. It was a great beer.

Not bad, but really, really funky. I point my fingers in the fact that I got the drink the yeasty, yeasty dregs because I showed up late. It’s what I deserved haha.

Tasted like spices and bananas, but in a good way. I don’t even like bananas and this one worked out for me!

I haven’t had this beer in quite some time, and it tastes just as much like campfire as I remember. I’m not sure these smoked beers are really my thing. The only smoked beer I have really enjoyed was Alaskan’s Smoked Porter.

I was completely unaware that 3 Fonteinen even had beer that didn’t come in bottles smaller than 22ozz.

Tasty, but nothing revolutionary here

This beer exceeded my expectations, I was slightly skeptical when I saw that the label emphasized the fact that it was local. If it’s a good beer, it’s a good beer, and I could really care less about how local it is. Smelled and tasted amazing though.

A surprisingly good barleywine despite the fact that the label looked like it was made by a 4 year old.

I actually don’t remember what this one tasted like at all, I’m just going to assume it was decent. I would have remembered if it was awful or amazing.

This one was pretty tasty, need to make a mental note to try stuff from Olde Hickory more often

I’ve had last years Greater Pumpkin and it was great, like drinking pumpkin pie. This years had some funk to it. I’m not sure it was intentional, but in my opinion they could have labelled this beer as something else and I wouldn’t have even noticed.

I think a good number of people thought that this was the best one of the tasting, it was very woody, with lots of vanilla notes, but still very balanced. It has changed a bit since I’ve had it fresh, for the better. It’s vanilla character was a little bit to0 much for me at the time, but it’s very well rounded now. Great beer from Troegs.

Goose Island can make tasty stouts. I don’t think anyone is surprised here.

I thought that this beer was pretty standard for a pumpkin beer. I could smell pumpkin and the spices, but I could only taste the spices.

Well, that’s it! There are a few other beers after this one, but I had to leave early so no photos for you. Tough luck!

Late Harvest!

This is the beer that I had while I was visiting Upright Brewing.

It’s certainly pretty.

Description: Late Harvest is an annual brew revolving around a somewhat strong barrel aged brown ale base. Each year the grist is tweaked a bit and a different blend of spices is incorporated. This release uses a simple malt bill and draws aromatics not only from the spices bt also from an interesting mix of barrels – two former pinot noir and one each whiskey and old tom gin, all sourced from the Ransom winery and distillery. The finished beer has a very fruity nose reminiscent of burnt orange and spiced apples, followed by a firmly tart flavor that finishes dry and with a hint of wine character. Late Harvest is a great provision beer and will cellar well for several years.

Beer: Late Harvest

Brewery: Upright Brewery

Style: Saison

ABV: 7%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Very brown, with no head to speak of. Left zero lacing. I know this description doesn’t sound very appetizing, but this beer is very pretty.

Aroma: Smells like apples, pears, and hazelnuts. Not as earthy as I expected.

Taste: Pleasantly sour, not puckering at all, and a great starter beer for people looking to get into sours. I get oak, apple cider,  earthy funk, and some spices. Very complex, but not in the same way as a big stout or barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low carbonation. This beer is extremely mellow. If beer were people, this would be a super relaxed guy that could fill huge holes with all the fucks he doesn’t give.

Drinkability: If I didn’t have to drive, I would take this beer to poundtown and finish several glasses with no problems.

Beer Advocate Grade: B+

My Grade: A-

Spending lots of money

Today I finally managed to go to a brewery that I’ve been trying to make time for for several weeks. Upright brewing makes some great stuff, particularly beers in the saison category. When I used my GPS to get to the brewery I was confused as to where the brewery was. It was a non-descript building by one of the main bridges in Portland, with no signs, parking, silos, or anything that would give the building away as a brewery. After I parked I walked around the area and discovered the only thing that hinted at a brewery.

“Oh.”

I then went inside the building, and there was no brewery. After some examination of the occupancy directory, did I discover that the brewery is actually located in the basement of the building. Okay, so this is getting a little more obscure than I’m used to in terms of visiting alcohol establishments.

This is what I discovered when I got out of the elevator.

Well this is more like it. I had a beer there and bought 2% of their entire stock of a barrel aged stout to take home with me. Reviews coming soon.

Need Moar Cowbell! (I mean pumpkin)

Since I’ve been trying to get pumpkin beers for a while now, I have to keep drinking them until the craving goes away.

Description: Our original pumpkin ale is brewed with over 7 lbs of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice

Beer: Night Owl

Brewery: Elysian Brewery

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 6.1%

Location: Seattle, WA

Appearance: Opaque red. Really, really red. More red than most red ales. A quarter finger of head but no lacing. God dammit I want lacing

Aroma: This beer smells like Southern Tier’s Pumking. As in, like a very aromatic pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, it’s amazing. I’m very eager to taste this beer.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma, but the intensity is turned way down. Kind of tastes creamy and vanilla-y. Good, but pumking has this one beat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: I could chug this beer, but I would rather just smell it all day. It smells so good I’m getting hungry

Beer Advocate Grade: B+

My Grade: B+