When I left my office, I had nothing to say. Then I went to Total Wine on the way home, and that all changed. I've been bugging a few guys there and even online about getting some Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence for a while now. Then Santa (aka Total Wine Twitter guy who doesn't even work in my store except for beer classes) sent me a message earlier this week that 12 bottles would be delivered to my store on Wednesday (yesterday), and one of those bottles would be set aside in my name. What an awesome gesture! And 12 bottles? They may as well not send any. Have you seen Total Wine? They could lose 12 bottles in a corner somewhere of this monster place! 12 = 0! OK, maybe not.
Not only did I get my expected beer (and actually grabbed two since I'm selfish like that), but WOW! I also got: Hibernation Ale, Double Bastard, Squall IPA, Jolly Pumpkin/Nøgne-Ø/Stone Special Holiday Ale (or whatever order that crazy name goes in) and a Cigar City beer which even though they are in Tampa hadn't reached the East Coast yet (until now, obviously, duh). I did chat with a guy from TW that was taking beer inventory and said he prefers Heinys and I did have the courtesy to tell the manager to put my reserved beer back on the shelf since I took mine from there (not sure he knew what the hell I was talking about). Anyway, great trip! I was so happy that when it rained like a MoFo on the way home, I still had a smile on my face. (Funny thing, when I was searching for an image today, try Total Wine Beer in Google Images and you will really see how much I love my BFF).
Tonight I'm drinking Eel River Porter brewed by Eel River Brewing Company in Scotia, California. This beer is Certified Organic and in fact the label says that the brewery is America's 1st Certified Organic Brewery. You all know how important that is to me!
There is a sweet caramel and brown sugar aroma with some dark fruits there too. Smells luscious, if that is possible! A sweet beginning in the mouth as well--chocolate and toffee and brown sugar and honey and malty. Great flavors, maybe a bit too sweet. However, some hops and citrus do come in and provide some bittering relief and even some tartness. Some light fruits and burnt flavors also step forward as the sweetness subsides. A little syrupy yet not super thick and just the right amount of carbonation. Although this beer was on the sweet side, it was enjoyable and I would certainly drink it again. You should check it out too!
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