Posts Tagged ‘ Craft Brew ’

Chocolate Beer?! Count Me In.

There are lots of chocolate beers out there in the microbrew world. However, virtually all of these beers take the form of a stout or porter of some kind. Boulevard Brewing has decided to try their hand with some chocolate in a non-stout beer. Behold!

Beer: Chocolate Ale

Brewery: Boulevard Brewing

Style: American Strong Ale

ABV: 9.1%

Location: Kansas City, MO

Appearance: Brown with red highlights. Two and half fingers of egg-white colored head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, booze

Taste: Alcoholic chocolate milk. Minus the creaminess. Kind of bitter on the finish though…

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate/high carbonation. Finishes kind of dry

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but it needs to get a little colder outside before I start crushing growlers of stouts.

Beer Advocate Grade: B+

My Grade: B

I guess that chocolate is better suited for the darker stuff after all.


Stout Season is a Coming

Immediately after having that La Parcela from Jolly Pumpkin, I realized that I said I was going to take a break from sours for a while. Since I failed on that front, I decided to make up for it by trying a big barrel-aged stout. Being at Beermongers, I simply walked over to the coolers, grabbed a Mikkeller Black Hole Cognac Edition, and got to work.

Beer: Black Hole Barrel Aged Edition Cognac

Brewery: Mikkeller

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 13%

Location: Denmark

Appearance: Black on black on black on black. Also a half finger of coffee colored head.

Aroma: Lots of cognac, holy crap. I was so caught up with the cognac that I almost forgot to notice the coffee, chocolate, and vanilla notes

Taste: Really god damn delicious, people need to age their beer in cognac barrels more. This is a boozy beer, not unlike Bourbon Brand County Stout, but sweet chocolate, vanilla, and mild coffee bitterness more than make up for it.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, and super heavy.

Drinkability: Not that drinkable, I ended up splitting part of the bottle with some of the people at Beermongers

Beer Advocate Grade: A

My Grade: A

This beer is part of a big series of Black Hole Barrel-Aged beers. The others include  bourbon, whiskey, red wine, white wine, rum, and tequila.

I’ve tried the bourbon which was delicious, and the tequila which was not.

Avoid the tequila.

Break is Over.

Beer: La Parcela

Brewery: Jolly Pumpkin

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 6%

Location: Dexter, MI

Appearance: Deep orange with some brown highlights in it. Half a finger of egg white colored head, but the bubbles are the smallest I’ve ever seen in a beer. I can’t even see the size of the bubbles, it’s incredible

Aroma: Tart, funky, pumpkin pie

Taste: Tart, some funk, and just a tiny whiff of pumpkin and the associated spices.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, and I simply can’t tell how carbonated it is because the size of the bubbles just made the beer feel super silky. This beer is worth trying for the bubbles alone. BUBBLES!

Drinkability: A glass was enough for me

Beer Advocate Grade: B+

My Grade: B

I Can Has Sour?

Russian River, one of my favorite breweries, is well known for it’s belgians, IPAs, and sours. I’ve covered their belgians and IPAs so far, so of course I have to finish the set. Also watching the premiere of How I Met Your Mother, which is a great show that everyone should watch.

Beer: Supplication

Brewery: Russian River

Style: Wild Ale

ABV: 7%

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Appearance: Very, very red, with a quarter finger of head that sits around for a while. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma: It smells like sour, and maybe a little vinegar. The smell is not this beer’s strong point.

Taste: Now this is more like it! Sour cherries, funk, and tons of oak are in this beer. Not really complex like Sang Royal or the Dissident, but the 3 flavors it does have are really prominent.

Mouthfeel: Super tingly and light, much lighter than its taste would suggest

Drinkability: I really wish this beer came in bigger bottles….Curse Russian River and their small bottles for sour beer!

Beer Advocate Grade: A+

My Grade: A

Back on Track!

Okay, after writing out the various reviews that I had missed, it’s time to get back to the the beers I’m currently drinking and enjoying while watching various superhero movies! With Iron Man and Iron Man 2 watched, it was time to move on to the Incredible Hulk. And with angry hulk comes tasty beer.

Beer: Life and Limb

Brewery: Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head

Style: American Strong Ale

ABV: 10.2%

Location: Chico, CA/Milton, DE

Appearance: Black with two and a half fingers of off white head

Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, maple syrup, alcohol

Taste: Maple syrup sweetness, some figs, molasses, little bit of coffee, and some alcohol burn

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, dry, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: 1 bomber is perfect before making the switch to something else

Beer Advocate Grade: B+

My Grade: B

I was actually a little disappointed in this beer, I generally like Sierra Nevada beers and there are many tasty Dogfish Head beers as well. I would have thought that this collaboration would have worked out really well, but I think the breweries are better off working on their own.