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Old 11-07-2006, 07:23 PM   #226
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Re: Alesmith Yulesmith

I'd give the DFH India Brown a go. It's both brown and hoppy. I really enjoyed it.
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Old 11-08-2006, 01:40 AM   #227
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Re: Alesmith Yulesmith

Hey, so I'm going to try my hand at this beer review thing.

I grew up in Vermont, where there are a few really excellent microbreweries. Magic Hat is probably the most well known, but my favorite has always been Otter Creek, which makes an excellent "Copper Ale" (my first "legal" beer) and a very refreshing, if somewhat simple, summer ale called "'Otter Summer." Their "Vermont Lager" is pretty good, too.

Living as I do in Bethesda, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, D.C.), I rarely get an opportunity to have Otter Creek. When I walked into my local "gourmet" deli and saw a six-pack of their Stovepipe Porter sitting in the case, I jumped at the opportunity, despite the price tag ($10.29).

This beer is a bit darker in color than most porters, more black than brown. It's not dissimilar to the color of Diet Coke (without ice and therefore not diluted by water). It had very little head.

It has a strong flavor and aroma of coffee that I found pleasant even though I am not a coffee drinker. There is a bit of nuttiness on the finish.

The taste reminds me of several stouts that I have drank -- perhaps a touch hoppier -- but it comes without the "full" feeling I often get from drinking Guinness and its ilk.

I don't know enough about brewing beer to say for sure, but I've always felt that the water they use is superior, because I find their beers to be very refreshing. This is no exception, despite being a heavier beer.

I dig this one. I don't have a rating system, but it's among the group of beers I've been most impressed with (which include, for reference, brews like Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and Young's Double Chocolate Stout).

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Old 11-08-2006, 02:55 AM   #228
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Re: Alesmith Yulesmith

How do you guys like Chimay?

I've tried the Blue, will try the Red, and the White. I plan on doing an analysis for each.
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:50 AM   #229
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Re: Alesmith Yulesmith

I've got a 4.5 review of Chimay blue in this thread. I haven't tried red or white.
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Old 11-11-2006, 03:06 AM   #230
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Just want to say thanks to Max for encouraging me to try the Stone Smoked Porter. My only experience with Porter is Deschutes, which everyone really likes, but I only like it OK, wouldn't be my first choice. I'm really enjoying this Stone Smoked Porter right now. Delicious. The honey dijon kettle chips are interfering a little bit, but not too bad.

I'm going to look for some other smoked porters and put some reviews up when I get a chance. BevMo had some Alaskan Smoked Porter on display.
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Old 11-11-2006, 05:02 AM   #231
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Re: Alesmith Yulesmith

Most of the reviews I have seen seem to be for beers on the east coast. How many West coasters are reviewing beers here? I only ask because I have better access to them.
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Old 11-11-2006, 07:11 AM   #232
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Just tried this one for the first time the other day. Hands down the best beer I have ever had.
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Old 11-11-2006, 03:26 PM   #233
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Re: Alesmith Yulesmith

TSC,

West Coaster here. Most the beers I review are available at BevMo. Not sure if that's just a california thing. Don't you live in Portland? C'mon hook us up man!
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:31 AM   #234
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Re: Alesmith Yulesmith

This next review is thanks to 4_2_it. He told me that Magic Hat's Jinx was a beer worth looking into, and I found it. My favorite local bar just happened to have it in stock. According to the bartender, it was the last keg in the city limits, so I consider myself fortunate.

Magic Hat's Jinx ale is a dark brown ale that's finished with a peated whiskey malt. The beer pours nicely brown with a moderate head. There's some lingering carbonation as I drank the beer, but the head doesn't last too long, and there isn't much lacing. Anyway, this beer smells deliciously malty. Taking a sip, that's exactly what I get. Mmmmmm, malt. It's just slightly sweet without being at all too much, I'd say just a hair less than Brooklyn Brown. The hops are light, and the malt is heavy. As is the alcohol. I'm able to taste the alcohol in this. When I was first was drinking it, I estimated it to be a 6-7% beer, and when I check their web site now, I see that I'm pretty good at this game: 6.9% ABV. I can taste the whiskey flavor in there, too. It's not so much peaty as, like, Lagavulin or something. It's maybe more like an Irish in there or something, but the flavor is a nice addition to the rich malt. I'm going to award this beer and a half . This is finally a beer that has dethroned Brooklyn Brown as my favorite brown ale. Now, depending on the price, it may or may not be a regular purchase (Brooklyn Brown is quite affordable), but it'll certainly be a nice treat. Unfortunately, it's only available during the fall months, so I'll have to stock up .

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Old 11-25-2006, 11:23 PM   #235
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review: stone double bastard 2006

those of you familiar with Stone arrogant bastard ale may want to look into their double bastard, which is currently for sale. if you don't know about it, stone has kind of sold arrogant bastard as a beer that only true beer lovers can love. the bottle says "you're not worthy" and the text on the back of the bottle basically puts down those around us who can not fully enjoy such a complex beer.

anyway, this is the "double" version and is 10% abv. if you think of the arrogant bastard as a IPA or a "strong" ale, think of this as a dIPA or a "stronger" ale. i'm not entirely sure what they really consider it - i haven't done the research either. it is 10% abv.

here is a picture of the bottle:



now based on my knowledge of the first bottle, i poured this deep mahogany/red beer ever-so-gently into my chilled mug. the head is very powerful, and even though i filled the mug with only a very thin head, it built up into more than what you see here:



upon first sip, those of you familiar with arrogant bastard will be surprised at how malty, sweet and thick this beer feels. don't be fooled... the maltiness creeps into pure aggressive hops and ends with a delicious jaw-tingling bitterness. this beer is very drinkable for its alcohol content (you will feel the alcohol warming, but you wont really taste the alcohol much at all).

all in all, this is yet another delicious beer from stone. i give this one .5.

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Old 11-27-2006, 11:14 PM   #236
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Weihenstephaner

I bought a sixer of Weihenstephaner hefe weissbier for $10 over at New Beer in NYC a few days ago. Originally they were for a friend of mine who loves wheat beers, but he left a few at my house, so I thought I'd take advantage. It poured a cloudy gold, as you might expect, with vigorous, frothy head. The first smell I caught was banana, one of my favorite smells. As it warmed up I smelled cloves and spices. Very promising. The taste backed up those aromas well. It was very smooth going down and easily the best wheat beer I've ever tasted. Well worth the price.
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Old 11-27-2006, 11:30 PM   #237
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Hah! We might disagree on Unibroue, but it looks like we have perfect agreement on this one .
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:19 AM   #238
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Re: Weihenstephaner

Ok, this is my first beer review and I don't really know what I'm doing, but I'll give it a shot. My review is on Three Floyds Alpha King Ale.


I poured it into a pint glass, It has a hazy copper color to it. There is a small fluffy head that would lace to the top of the glass.

The aroma smells of lots of hops with a hint of citrus.

The taste is all about the hops, but it balances the malt taste well. It is very easy to drink, nice and crisp, with a slighty bitter aftertaste. Although it is listed as a pale ale, it seems very close to an IPA. When I was drinking it, it tasted similar to the dogfish head 60 min IPA. Anyway this is a very good beer with a lot a flavor. It gets the cardsharkk seal of approval (which doesn't mean much cuz I'm a newb), but I'll give it 4.3 s
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:37 AM   #239
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Man, I wish I had access to Three Floyd's, not to mention Bells, Alesmith, and a bunch of the west coast places like Russian River and Pizza Port. Color me jealous.
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:40 AM   #240
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Well I just finished six of them, wish i had more...
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:50 AM   #241
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Way to add to my envy sharkk

I've actually had another beer since my last big rating post, but I didn't really feel like I could give it an accurate rating. The beer was Hair of the Dog Fred. It poured a dark golden color and smelled somewhat like berries and dark fruits. However, when I tasted it, I felt overwhelmed by hops. I couldn't detect any of the subtleties in it, which was disappointing. I'm glad though that I have another bottle waiting for whenever I think would be a good time to give it another try. Maybe my taste buds were off that day.

This weekend I think I'm going to try Hair of the Dog Adam. Hopefully I'll have a better experience.
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:05 AM   #242
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Well its not like we have it that good in the midwest. We have FFF, Great Lakes, New Glarus, Goose Island, but not much from either the East or West coast.
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Old 11-28-2006, 04:07 AM   #243
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It was very smooth going down and easily the best wheat beer I've ever tasted.
If you've heard me talk about wheat beers, you'll know the Weihenstephaner is my absolute favorite that's available in the US, and I despise most every American wheat beer. However, I was in St. Louis over Thanksgiving, visiting my folks who live on Lafayette Square. Also on Lafayette Square is a little brew pub called Square One (I think). Their beers were pretty good - the Hop Harvest IPA was nice and aggressive - but what impressed me most was their weizen. Very German in characteristic, with none of this American pussy-footing around. If you're in downtown StL, definitely stop by this brewpub. Food was good, as well.
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:34 PM   #244
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I bought a sixer of Weihenstephaner hefe weissbier for $10 over at New Beer in NYC a few days ago. Originally they were for a friend of mine who loves wheat beers, but he left a few at my house, so I thought I'd take advantage. It poured a cloudy gold, as you might expect, with vigorous, frothy head. The first smell I caught was banana, one of my favorite smells. As it warmed up I smelled cloves and spices. Very promising. The taste backed up those aromas well. It was very smooth going down and easily the best wheat beer I've ever tasted. Well worth the price.
Their Dunkel is one of my 10 top favorite beers. Too bad I can't get it over here in Ireland.
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:50 PM   #245
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You like the dunkel even better than the hefe? Huh. I'll have to pick up a bottle then.
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:57 PM   #246
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Double Review



My wife and I recently took a 4-day weekend to Belgium to drink beer (yeah, she's cool). Anyway, we stopped at the ’t Brugs Beertje in Brugge. It's a small beer bar with hundreds of great Belgian stuff. Here are 2 beers we had:

1) Cantillion Rose de Gambrinus - This is a raspberry lambic beer that poured with little head. Aromas of raspberry and cherry hit me first. Super sour, it really made me pucker. Not your little sister's fruit beer as there is little sweetness. The sourness of the beer was balanced well with a fresh raspberry taste. This beer takes a little to get used to as it's untraditional in many ways. It's one of those beers that you need to be in a certain mood to enjoy. I was in one of those moods so I give it and 1/2 . However, I would not recommend this beer to those who aren't into lambics, as it is very expensive when purchased in the US.

2) Rochefort 10 - Weighing in at 11.3%, this is a true heavy weight. Poured into the Rochefort glass a deep brown hue with a creamy tan head. I let this sit for about 10 minutes because it was served slightly too cold. Ooooh, the anticipation. Chocolate, raisins, molassess in the nose. It starts off with a complex richness of plums and chocolate. Full bodied, yet the 11.3% alcohol level is surprisingly hidden. As it warmed, I tasted toffee and felt a nice warmth to my belly. This beer is unbelievable. I'm not sure I've tasted anything better (although I do like the St Bernardus Abt 12 as much). I'm usually a tough grader, but this beer is perfect.

Sidenote: The Belgians take great pride in their beer. Every beer I had while in Belgium was poured into the correct glass from the brewery.
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You like the dunkel even better than the hefe? Huh. I'll have to pick up a bottle then.
I like the Dunkel style beers better than a straight-up Hefe, so that skews my opinion towards the Dunkel. If you like Dunkels, you should love it. If you like Hefes and haven't tried a good Dunkel, you will probably really enjoy it.
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Old 11-28-2006, 03:09 PM   #248
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The only dunkel I've had was from Julius Echter. I slightly preferred their hefe, but it was close. I'd be willing to give another one a go.
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Old 11-28-2006, 05:18 PM   #249
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If you find some, Three Floyd's Dreadnaught is excellent. Think Alpha King on steroids. More malt, more hops, more goodness.

As for a review (well, a mini review at least) I had a bottle of Trader Joe's Vintage Ale 2006 this past weekend. Evidently they've had these the past few years but I don't shop there enough. Brewed by Unibroue.

It's a Belgian dark ale at 9%/vol. Nice maltiness with a spice flavor (nutmeg is the only one that comes to mind ATM). I'm not sure how much of the spicyness is from the yeast and how much is from any spices that are added. At $5.00 for 750ml it's an excellent value. I'd give it 3.5 for the beer alone & an extra .5 for the price.

Here's a link to Beer Advocate's page on it.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/10707/33763
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Old 11-28-2006, 11:47 PM   #250
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Re: Weihenstephaner

Snowplow Milk Stout by Widmer Bros.



I wasn't going to do a review, but figure I have nothing better to do, and this beer deserves it.

Tonight we're trying the Snowplow Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers brewery out of Portland Oregon.

I'm a huge fan of Stouts, and Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is by which all stouts are measured. Going into this beer I knew it probably wouldn't compare with the Sam Smith's. Nevertheless I was eager to give it a shot, hoping a West coast brewery other than Anderson Valley can pull off a good stout.

At $6.49 per six it's definitely a good price. Upon first taste I was pleasantly greeted by a nutty, warm, chocolaty taste. You know when you curl up under a blanket next to a crackling fire on a friged winter night? It tastes like that.

Like all stouts, it's a very wholesome, thick beer, with a lot of body. Perfect. As state earlier, the presence of chocolate, caramel, and roasted ingredients is noticeable. The flavors linger, and make this beer a well rounded one, with a long flavor spectrum. If that's hard to understand, basically, the flavor lasts, it doesn't die off after the initial taste of the head.

This isn't a beer you can drink fast, enjoy it, sip it, and let the flavors consume your palate.

If you're looking for a decent, flavor full, somewhat complex stout at a reasonable price, give it a shot. For sake of price this would be my go to stout. If my pockets are a little deeper, I'll spring for the Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, or the Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, but for an American stout under $7.99, not much compares.

I do my ranking out of ten 's and the Snowplow Milk Stout receives:

/10
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