Thursday, August 17, 2017

Boris The Spider Russian Imperial Stout

 A few bottles of Boris The Spider Russian Imperial Stout came home to Miami from Long Island with one of my friends who likes to share! Boris is guarding a few glasses of his stout on the label. 10% alcohol. Bottled On 01/13/2017

Cocoa and coffee aroma, very nice. Rich and creamy to start, full of cocoa powder, coffee then followed by prunes and a hint of cherries. Just a touch of char and roast and smoke round this out, along with a little heat in the chest.

Initially sweet, but a bitter answer does come. The pruney flavors though do build and detract from the other flavors. Not bad but that one element for me was unwelcome. Check it out.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sierra Nevada 2017 Oktoberfest Festbier

Today I'm checking out the 2017 version of  Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest. Every year they brew a new beer in collaboration with a different German brewer, this year Brauhaus Miltenberger. A story on the back label gives you a little insight and sets your expectations. 6.1% alcohol.

Grainy sweet aroma, plenty of dark bread and a hint of nuttiness. Flavors are similar, full of grain and honey and dark bread. While there is a background sweetness, there is a bitter hoppy answer. Some spiciness, toast, light herbalness, again can't stop thinking there is some nutty character. Not bad.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 Edition Hoptimum Triple IPA

I saw a few bottles of Sierra Nevada's 2017 Hoptimum Triple IPA at my local liquor store a few days ago. They were in a  6-pack holder that was stuck to the shelf, kind of ratty. Now I go to this store every week (at least) and didn't see these, so either they sold out fast or I'm missing a display somewhere in the store.

2017 Edition Hoptimum is a reformulation of a super-hoppy version distributed in previous years. PKGD 06/07/17. 9.6% alcohol. "Distinguished Yet Devilishy Hoppy"

Hoppy aroma, plenty of pine and citrus, especially orange. WOW! Great flavors! A caramel and orange marmalade sweetness opens things up, nice touch of fruitiness. But then... a bitter hoppy burst full of pine resin, citrus orange and some dankness takes over.

While this leans way bitter, there was not really an aggressive bitterness, more of developed and refined all the way around. No alcohol bite despite its strength, fine with me. Really a nice beer all around, but definitely for hop LOVERS. Awesome!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gulfstream Cream Ale

You probably remember my visit to LauderAle Brewery last summer. Let me double down and restate that if you fly in or out of FLL and don't make a stop (if they are open), you're an idiot!

LauderAle's Gulfstream Cream Ale is recently canned and distributed locally. I grabbed a can a few weeks ago and promptly put it in my freezer. Next morning, you know my sorrow. So I got another can a few days ago and today am going to check it out.

The can art is very nice, with the beer name actually creating a gulfstream effect around the state of Florida. A story on the side sets your expectations while a third panel gives some beer stats. 5.1% alcohol. 10 IBU.

OMG, where'd the head go? No biggie but the head on this beer lasted less than 5 seconds. Nice cracker lemony aroma. Cracker and lemon flavors show first as well. A little spicy throughout. Grainy sweetness lingers into the finish. Nice flavors. I liked it! Check out the brewery too!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Modern Times Ice

Today I'm checking out Modern Times Ice, the brewery's very first pilsner. The beer comes in a pounder can, a big plus; but the design and name are terrible, immediately drawing to the crappy "macro ice" beer memories of my past. Seriously, put this can in a gas station cooler-only thing is the 4.8% alcohol will drive away the interested winos. Canned On 06/20/17

Sweet grain, not too much of an aroma. Nice grainy sweetness to start. Prickly carbonation, spiciness, lemon and grassy bitterness add a strong answer to the initial flavors. Simple, clean, refreshing. I liked it!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Lupu-Luau IPA

Dogfish Head Lupu-Luau IPA is up today. The story which led to the development of this beer is funny. But basically this is a coconut forward IPA brewed with experimental hops. 7.3% alcohol. 45 IBU.

Tangerines, tangy and juicy, and plenty of coconut fill your nose. Similar flavors, starting very juicy and tangerine fruity. And there is no mistaking the tons of coconut that was used.

Nicely bitter, super tangy, hints of vanilla dodge in and out of the coconut flavors, which by the half bottle mark have asserted themselves extensively. That coconut flavor just keeps growing to the point of "please, no more" by the end of the bottle. I liked the flavors but the coconut was overdone. Another interesting beer. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Doom Imperial IPA

Doom is impending! Today I'm checking out Founders Brewing's Doom Imperial IPA. This beer has been released before and has been available in the brewery's tap room as well, but this is my first shot at trying it.

Doom is an imperial IPA aged in bourbon barrels. There is a shadowy scary image in the background of the label art, just dark enough that you don't really know what's happening. A little story on the back label sets your expectations for this 12.4% alcohol beer. Bottled on 05.04.17

Lots of character from the bourbon barrels hit your nose: caramel, toffee, spice. Nice IPA bitterness shows first, citrus and pine. Strong toffee and vanilla and brown sugar follow. Even straight up bourbon.

Super creamy texture. Dry and woody at the finish. The alcohol is well disguised, but you will get a little heat in your chest and some spiciness with it.

Tons of lingering flavors. Very interesting. Barleywine-esque. Would definitely drink again.