Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Steel Toe Milk Stout

Today I'm checking out Steel Toe Milk Stout brewed by Ska Brewing in Durango, Colorado. The cow on the can is wearing four lace-up knee boots, presumably steel-toed. Awards are listed on the side including two GABF medals in the past five years. Around the rim: MOO CODSWALLOP RECYCLE STOMP BESSIE HANDIWORK RECYCLE KICK MUSTACHE RECYCLE.5.5% alcohol. Enjoy By JUN 23 16.

Big chocolate aroma with some roast and a light raisiny touch. Sweet chocolate flavors as well. Good roast adds nice interest and is not harsh in the slightest. Creamy, milky. Sweet prunes and raisins show again along with hints of coffee. Sugary, definitely leans sweet, but enough balance is there. Pretty good.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Choklat Oranj

OK. I've had Southern Tier's Choklat Imperial Stout. And it's awesome. Today I'm going to try Choklat Oranj, the same beer brewed with orange peels. This one came in a 4-pack for like $18 and my single bottle was a bomber-level price of $6. That's a little out of control, but OK, this time. I'm pretty sure those bombers still are $9, so this is basically a reverse #bomberboycott!

There's an ingredients and stats section. 10.0% alcohol. DOB which I assume is date of bottling 3/17/16 though I'm not positive about that because half of the stamp didn't hit the label.

Chocolate, cocoa, coffee aroma, more luxurious with a little warmth. Rich chocolate and light coffee and roasted malt flavors start. After a few sips, the orange flavor subtly builds. There is a distinct and sharp citric bitterness in the background, a nice interesting addition to the regular beer. Alcohol shows a little at the finish, though just fine. Definitely tasty, though way too expensive to compete with many equal or "awesomer" competitors.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tom Yum Thai Gose

Tom Yum Thai Gose by Tomoka Brewing in Port Orange, Florida? Hell Yeah! This can comes with a sort of apologetic story explaining how hot peppers, coriander, salt and lemongrass can work in a gose, leading with "oddly refreshing!" And to top it off, the Tom Yum ingredients are pictured on the label. 4.2% alcohol. 7 IBUs.

Interesting peppery, lemony, salty, herbal aroma grabs your attention. A LOT GOING ON! You can definitely taste the base gose, nicely tart, lemony, lightly sour. But there are definitely so many other flavors begging for your attention.

Peppery spicy at the start followed by tart lemons and limes. Then salty with some lemongrass and herbs. All distinct, yet, oddly, working together.

A low-grade burn hits your lips after a few sips. I really liked this in the most weird way and bet it would be great to cook with. A+ for creativity and I bet it took a lot of experimentation to come up with this final recipe. Check it out!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tourist Trappe Belgian-Style Tripel

A few months ago I checked out MIA Beer Company. They now are canning a few of their beers, including Tourist Trappe Belgian-Style Tripel, which I'm trying again today! Red and orange maze design can. 10% alcohol. Canned FEB/06/16.

Muted sweet candy and orange aroma. Orange, sweet, cotton candy flavors. A little spicy. A lot alcy, especially at the finish. Good body but like the aroma, fairly soft flavor profile. Beer matches name. Subtle and crafty, like a good tourist scheme (not like a Brewers Association definition and more like a Beastie Boys song.) Not my favorite, a little weak on flavor. Grab a sample in your next flight at the brewery!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mosaic Promise

I decided to check out Founders Mosaic Promise today. This is a single hop (Mosaic) and single malt (Golden Promise) beer brewed to benefit Grand Rapids' annual art ArtPrize competition. Not sure who the hot Goddess carrying the hops and grain is on the label, but I like her! 5.5% alcohol. 50 IBUs. Bottled On 02/29/16

Beautiful tropical pineapple aroma. Fruity tropical sweet flavors come first followed by some nice orange tanginess. A nice little bitter citrus and piney bit answers with some balance. There is also a distinct grainy flavor that stands out too!

Light lemon and grapefruit astringency build after a while. Wanted more fruity sweetness. Good but not awesome! Single hops and single malts are overrated in general, and not just beer! GO with the HATE!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Anchor Saison Spring Ale

After getting a taste with Anchor's Brewmaster a few weeks back, I decided to check out Anchor Saison Spring Ale today. The story on the neck label offers some history as well as sets your expectations for this "traditional Belgian-style saison with a California twist." The California twist is the lemongrass, lemon peel and ginger the beer was brewed with. 7.2% alcohol.

Wheaty, grainy aroma with soft fruit, spicy ginger and a touch of lemon. Wheaty twang with a definite Belgian yeasty component. Lots of bold spices with ginger standing WAY out. Peppery with some lemon nuances as well. Alcohol shows at the finish, bringing out the ginger even more.

Not bad all around, but while I love ginger in general, there are limits. In this case, I wished there were no ginger by the time the bottle was gone. I bet this would make kick-ass cooking material! As for the beer, was OK, but GIVE ME LIBERTY (Ale) instead!