Archive for May, 2011

Verdi Imperial Stout by Birrificio Del Ducato

Interesting take on a Stout today with the addition of chili peppers…from Italy no less.  How was it?  Read on and find out.

Beer #184 is Verdi Imperial Stout by Birrificio Del Ducato.

Stats – Foreign/Export Stout with an ABV of 8.2% brewed in Italy (another first…my first Italian beer) with chili peppers added in the brewing process
Appearance – Black with a one finger width brownish head
Nose – Dark roasted chocolate malts, a bit smoky
Taste – Chocolate, cocoa, it had chili pepper heat near the back of the sip, reminded me of a dark chocolate candy bar with chili peppers added to it
Mouthfeel – Medium body, low carbonation, fairly smooth

I liked this quite a bit but I love dark chocolate and I love hot & spicy foods.  The heat from the chilis really starts to build up along with the higher ABV.  I think the chilis work well here, not overpowering at all.  A different twist on a Stout.   Quite unlike a beer I had many moons ago, Cave Creek Chili Beer, which was basically a chili pepper in a bottle of beer similar to Corona.  The beer was disgusting and so hot as to be undrinkable.

Rating: B+

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Zywiec Porter by Zywiec Breweries PLC

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

No, this is just not a day in the U.S.A. dedicated to having a cookout and gathering with friends & family (even know that is exactly what I was doing today) but a day to remember the U.S. soldiers who have died while in military service.  If you are from the U.S.A., please take the time sometime today to think about those who died in the service of this great country. Without their ultimate sacrifice, the freedoms we enjoy today may not be possible.  Give a donation to the vets who sell all of those poppies (I have three in my car alone) in your town.  Maybe give a veteran or active service man or woman a hug or a just a big “Thank You”.

This is also a day in the U.S.A. that marks the unofficial beginning of summer…yeah baby!!!!!  And with that usually comes gathering and cookouts and beer drinking.  So lets get a drinking…

Beer #183 is Zywiec Porter by Zywiec Breweries PLC.

Stats – Baltic Porter with an ABV of 9.5% brewed in Poland (yeah baby…my first Polish beer!)
Appearance – Dark brown bordering on black with a two finger width tan head that left some awesome lacing
Nose – What nose?  I couldn’t smell much of anything.  Well…maybe a very faint chocolate aroma
Taste – Sickeningly sweet, chocolate, toffee, bitter kind of like roasted coffee ending
Mouthfeel – Medium-heavy body, decent carbonation, bordering on being syrupy
Overall – Not all that good and not a beer for a hot sticky summer (probably best for those long winter nights).  The ABV was hidden nicely for 9.5%

For me, this was one and done.  Now…off to the cooler to find something a bit better to drink.  Happy Memorial Day everyone!  Take care of yourselves and be safe!  Drink responsibly, have fun, and most of all…remember those who died in the service of this great country I know as the U.S.A.

Rating: D

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Xbeeriment #44 Smoked Stout by Xbeeriment I/S

Well…I finally made it to the official halfway point…give or take a half of a beer. Yeah baby! (I can hear the thunderous applause from NJ as I type type this)

Lets recap:

182 beers drank.

My weight this morning was 159 lbs…only one pound over my starting weight.

I have had beers from 18 different countries not including the USA.

I have had a beer from 26 different US States.  California leading the way with 21 beers.

The average rating (A+=5, A=4, B+=3.5, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) over those 182 beers is 2.94…slightly less than a B.

I have spent $812.64 with an average price of $4.51 a beer.  The high was $13.49 (twice) and the low was $1.27.

I have had 12,108 views of this blog. A huge thanks goes out to all who view this blog and put up with my writing style.

Most of all I have had a great time trying all of those beers I probably would have never tried.  Cheers to me and on with the 2nd half of this 365.

I think I’m going to switch things up with a new format in how I write this blog. There will be some general banter followed by six categories (Stats, Appearance, Nose, Taste, Mouthfeel, Overall) in which I describe the beer making  it easier for me to blog this every night.  I love change and hope you all do to!  Thanks again for viewing this and now on to the beer.

Beer #182 is Xbeeriment #44 Smoked Stout by Xbeeriment I/S.

Stats – American Stout with an ABV of 10.49% brewed in Denmark
Appearance – Very dark brown with a huge thick tan head
Nose – Pretty weak with roasted malts, chocolate
Taste – Dark chocolate, hint of coffee, heavy on the burnt flavors, alcohol ending, not all that smoky (I was expecting more smokiness from the name of this beer)
Mouthfeel – Medium body, low carbonation, fairly smooth, not as creamy as expected, a bit of bitterness
Overall – OK…nothing spectacular…very expensive ($10.49)

I was disappointed with this as my halfway point beer.  For the price, I was expecting much more and to be honest, to be blown away.  I wasn’t.  To me , this was an average American Stout.  Not really worth the asking price.  Oh well…off to the 2nd half.  Cheers!

Rating: C

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Moosbacher Schwarze Weisse by Private Landbrauerei Scheuerer

Pretty nice start to the Memorial Day weekend here…summer like temps made me a happy camper.  Time to relax now and enjoy a beer.  That beer, #181, is Moosbacher Schwarze Weisse from Germany brewed by Private Landbrauerei Scheuerer.  Brewed in the style of a Dunkelweizen, this beer has an ABV of 4.7%.

The color was a dark caramel brown.  Sitting atop that brew was a huge frothy white head.  The nose was light…it mostly consisted of a roasted, kind of sweet caramel malts and some wheat.  The taste was a bit odd to me bordering on being fruity and kind of sweet.  The wheat was there along with a bit of a bread like taste all of that finishing almost burnt or smoky.  The body was medium with a ton of carbonation.  It went down really easy.

For me, this was an average beer that I probably won’t remember after this 365 is over.

Rating: C

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Grey Lady Ale by Cisco Brewers Inc.

Beer #180 is Grey Lady Ale by Cisco Brewers Inc.  This is a Witbier with an ABV of 4.5% and hails from the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.  It is named after the island of Nantucket itself which is often referred to as “Grey Lady” due to the fog that often covers the island.

Into my Cape Cod Beer glass this went with a kind of pale hazy golden yellow.  The head was quite small and white.  I took a whiff and got a faint spicy lemony aroma.  The taste was a bit of wheat and the lemon like citrus found in the nose.  There was also a bit of bready malts and quite a bit of a spice of some kind I really couldn’t identify.  It was kind of thin body wise with low carbonation.

This really wasn’t my thing….not horrible just not for me.  It was a bit too lemony and spicy for my taste.

Rating: C

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Hop Stoopid Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Summertime and the living is greasy…sure felt like summer today…and I love it! Sweat, sweat and more sweat.  So much better than 8 inches of snow or 15 degrees above zero.  The heat makes me thirsty…so lets drink!

My drink of choice today is  beer #179, Hop Stoopid Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company from Petaluma, California.  An American Double IPA or Imperial IPA, this brew has an ABV of 8%.

The color of honey was the best way to describe this and look at that head…huge and white and frothy.  It left some of the best lacing in the glass of any beer I have had to date.  Excellent nose…hops, hops, hops, and a bit of sweet malts with aromas of grapefruit, flowery scents, caramel, and a bit of lemon. Talk about a hop explosion taste wise.  The taste was all about hops, grapefruit, pine…you get the picture.  Even know I smelled the malts, they really get masked in the taste.  This was one bitter brew with a lovely bitter aftertaste that lasted quite a long time.  It had a body somewhere between medium and heavy with lots of carbonation.  Beware…it is easy to drink (at least for hop heads) but the alcohol, hidden well, rears its ugly head.  I think I drank this too quick as I was quite parched and was feeling slightly tipsy from it.  I know…call me a lightweight.

Yum! This was really, really good.  Me likes quite a bit.  A Kingly brew indeed! This one goes out to a fellow co-worker who once visited Petluma with another co-worker (both men) on a business trip and visited a winery…together.

Rating: A

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2011 Bigfoot Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Off to Chico, California for tonights beer.  Bigfoot Ale, the 2011 edition, by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is beer #178.  This is an American Barleywine with an ABV of 9.6%.  Off to the pour…

There is nothing like a tulip glass to accentuate the head of a beer that has a good one and this was a good one indeed.  That head was off-white and thick sitting on top on the dark reddish amber liquid.  The aroma was thick with the smell of caramel malts and  thick with hops…pine and grapefruit.  Odd for me in that I was liking the nose quite a bit since I’m not a huge Barleywine fan.  I have to say…this smelled really, really good.  I took a sip and those sweet caramel malts jumped out at me right off the bat.  They follow through right until mid mouthful when the hops took over with quite a bit of  bitterness and a big pine like taste.  This was a heavier bodied brew a bit sticky and syrupy…talk about coating the mouth, this does that for sure.  The carbonation was nice…not too little or too much…just right.  I took my time with this, savoring it.  One thing that struck me funny was that the high ABV was hidden really well.

Without a doubt this is my favorite Barleywine.  For me is was super drinkable.  It didn’t have that stomach sickening sweetness I usually get with this style.  The malts and hops mix was just about perfect for my taste.  Fantastic beer indeed.  I may have to get a few of these and store them in the cellar as I hear that is all the rage.

Rating: A+

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