Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Blue Fin Stout

It's about time for a fishing story. I promise, it's mostly true-ish. When I lived in New York, I used to go out on the party boats out of Sheepshead Bay with a friend of mine and we'd fish for fluke and sea bass and stipers, usually very successfully. We had really great times. One year, the same guy rented a boat for a full 8 hours for his own birthday and there were around 80-100 people on the boat, mostly fishing. Kegs tapped at 8am, two terrible bathrooms, lots of rookie boaters and pukers, but it was all good. Of course we had the pool for the biggest fish brought in, just a couple dollars each. Off to work. No sooner did I drop in my line than I had some monster on the other end. I swear I never had a fight like that, not even the time I dropped a bucket off the back of the no-catch-fish party boat for some action here in Ft. Lauderdale. It took me about 20 minutes to reel that sucker in, with one of the mates helping control the drag in the line and manning the net. Dude, I hooked a Bluefish in the back, and had dragged this guy 100 yards through the water sideways, with him having all his fighting power available to him. And guess what, no other fish even came close the entire day to the size of it. A lot were tastier that night, but I won the pot. Roland Martin has nothing on me, at least in my mind. Fishing here in Florida has totally sucked, though. Can't quite figure it out.

Tonight I picked out Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine. I'm sure I've had a few of their brews when I lived in NY but none recently. I hope the fish on their label had better luck than my back-hooked one.

This beer has a really nice coffee, chocolate and malty aroma. The flavors are a little different. For sure you get a big dose of coffee, which is excellent, but the beer is extremely watery and thin, and very, very dry. There is almost no carbonation in there either. You do get some burnt and slightly bitter flavors in the aftertaste but that's about it for this beer. Flat dry coffee beer, minus the caffeine. Not terrible, but definitely not a favorite or even one I'd check out again soon.

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