Archive for June, 2012

Drowning in the Darkness

A friend of mine was generous enough to share this beer with me the other day. I was blown away.

Beware of zombies

Beer: Darkness

Brewery: Surly

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.3%

Location: Brooklyn Center, MN

Appearance: Black with minimal head

Aroma: Sweet, with a touch of chocolate and a punch of vanilla

Taste: Vanilla sweetness, followed by some caramel, and milk chocolate. Reminds me of Black Tuesday, but not nearly as much of a sweet, boozy mess.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low/moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I need to trade for this beer. And then promptly drink it without sharing with anyone

Beer Advocate Grade: A+ (97)

My Grade: A+

Note: Might be one of the best non barrel aged stouts I’ve ever encountered.

Firestone Walker Dinner at Wildwood

Went to this right before going to China, so it’s a little old, but it was such a good event. I’m just going to post the photos and shots of the menu for your enjoyment.

10 Barrel Tap Takeover

This happened a while ago, right after the fruit beer fest actually. I should try to be more punctual in the future/review things in order. Oh well, it’s beer. Anyways, we went over to Apex for the 10 Barrel Tap Takeover to see what the deal was. I walked away from that even swept off of my feet due to one of the beers they had on tap.

You want to focus on the glass on the right. The other ones don’t matter. In fact, nothing else matters. The beer is question is 10 Barrel’s Maple Bourbon CDA, and it is fucking incredible. Coming off of a maple beer tasting I had a lot of good maple beers in recent memory. This beer was better than everything else I had at that tasting except for the Lawson’s Maple Tripple. It was unbelievable. You could smell the maple syrup and bourbon from across a table, it was that strong. It smelled like breakfast, and now I want to dip some waffles in it. God damn. So good.

Deschutes 24th Anniversary

I went to Deschutes brew pub in downtown Portland to celebrate their 24th anniversary. The beer was pretty good, but nothing out of the ordinary to be honest. I was hoping that they were going to pour some of their reserve beers like the Dissident or Abyss.


Oh well.

Sour Raz: Slightly tart with some raspberry flavor. Good and suitable for the nice weather that day, but it’s not what I would really call a “sour” beer

A free sample of “streaking the quad”: this beer was one of the precursor experimental beers leading up to the Stoic. I liked this one, it was slightly tart and didn’t have the cloying sweetness of the Stoic. I will say though, the Stoic is aging well at this point imo.

Spent grain that I saw on my way to the bathroom. I wonder how many gallons of beer these two wheelbarrows made…

Somehow I got dragged over to Bridgeport and had this beer. It was terrible.

Oh Brett, how tasty you are

By Brett, I mean brettanomyces of course, the strain of yeast that causes infections in normal beer and wine. However, it can be used to great effect. This beer is one such example.

Description: Who’s afraid of the “Big Bad BRETT”? We’ll tell you who: winemakers! Because of our close proximity to several hundred wineries, we often get winemakers visiting our brewery. (After all, it takes a lot of great beer to make great wine!) Because we use 100% Brettanomyces (rather than the traditional Saccharomyces) yeast to ferment Sanctification, most winemakers will only smell the glass, and only a very few will venture to taste the beer. They think the Brettanomyces will attach to their clothing and end up in their winery. A simple solution was offered: keep a smudge pot burning at the door of our brewery so they can burn their clothes when exiting, but even that was not enough. After giving it more thought, we concluded that winemakers think Brettanomyces might scar their taste buds and possibly even permeate their skin.

Beer: Sanctification

Brewery: Russian River

Style: Wild Ale

ABV: 6.75%

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Appearance: Hazy, golden/straw color with a little bit of frothy white head. Very fine carbonation here

Aroma: Cold – Barnyard funk, with tart apples, grapes, and some orange.

Taste: Hmm, this one is interesting. Not initially as tart as I would expect. I get lemon, brett, and apple, but finish with the taste of grapes and general tartness at the end. I guess this is what a 100% brett beer taste like.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation, it fits the personality of the beer. Pretty smooth and refreshing as well. I kind of wish I waited to open this on a hot day instead of a cool night. Meh, I’m over it.

Drinkability: Really, really drinkable. Glad I have another one waiting in the wings somewhere.

Beer Advocate Grade: A (95)

My Grade: A-/A

Session beers

Session beers aren’t meant to be poured into a glass and enjoyed. They’re meant to be pounded. 🙂

Hoppin’ in the Dark

One of my favorite CDAs is back!!! Hop in the Dark is sooo good, but I’m pretty sure I’ve reviewed it already. I recall giving it an A-. I really do hope that they have the Imperial version of this beer at the pub. Imperial Hop in the Dark is my favorite CDA so far.

I may have drank another one of these after finishing the first bomber.

Sorry about being AWOL for a while. I was on a business trip in Shanghai, and the Chinese government isn’t so keen on blogs. Therefore, blockage.