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Manly Men Beer Club presents El Hefe by Atlantic Brewing Company

My journey takes me to the great state of Maine, Bar Harbor to be exact, to find tonight’s  brew.  Beer #339 is Manly Men Beer Club presents El Hefe by Atlantic Brewing Company (actually brewed by Salisbury Cove Associates, Inc…a part of Atlantic???) which happens to be a Wheatwine, another new style for me.  Similar in style to a Barleywine, a Wheatwine has a heavier presence of wheat malt.  The ABV is pretty heavy too coming in at 9%.  My wife is going to love me tonight after I finish the bomber, or 22 ounces of this beer.

El Hefe poured a clear amber…it kind of looked like honey.  Where was the head for it was nowhere to be found.  It smelled like a very subdued Barleywine…nothing but a malty kind of sweet smell here.  Caramel, raisins, crust from freshly baked bread…those were the primary aromas.  The slightly sweet caramel of the malts started off the taste.  The nice flavor of bread then takes over for the rest of the drink.  I got a bitter chocolate flavor in the aftertaste…not sure where that came from.  The alcohol was noticeable…more so as this warmed up as it did because for me it was a sipper.  It was a bit syrupy and sticky but not really heavy in the body.  The carbonation was quite low.  It was a really smooth drinking beer.

I don’t know…for a beer that was supposed to be heavy in wheat, I didn’t get that in the taste or the nose.  The dark fruitiness of the raisins also disappeared in the taste.   It wasn’t as heavy or sickeningly sweet as some Barleywines I have had…and that for me is a plus.  I’m a bit torn here…I kind of liked it but wasn’t bowled over by it.  Ehh…let my court Jesters have this…

Rating: C

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MacFoochie's Scottish Ale by Atlantic Brewing Company

I spent the better part of the day dreaming of a tubeless wheel setup and how to convert my bike into a 1×10 drivetrain.  I hate to say it, but I got bit by the mountain biking bug hard this time.  I just want to ride but mother nature is again not playing along, more rain for the next few day makes me unhappy.  I will just have to cruise the Passion forums over at http://forums.mtbr.com/ for my fix the next few days.  Time for a beer.

Beer #297 is MacFoochie’s Scottish Ale by Atlantic Brewing Company from Bar Harbor, Maine.  This is a new style for me, a Scottish Ale.  The ABV is 7.8%.

This poured a very dark brown with a nice tan head.  The nose was faint, sweet caramel malts, bread, nuts, and a roasted goodness.  It tasted liked it smelled with the caramel malts mixed with a roasted, almost burnt flavor.  Add a bit of sweetness and dark fruit goodness of raisins and you have a fairly decent tasting brew.  The Body was much lighter than I expected, it was more towards the light side than the medium side.  The carbonation was very low and that made this nice and smooth and creamy.

This was OK…nothing special…I guess you could say a fairly average beer.  Not that that is a bad thing, it just didn’t “wow” me.  My mind is preoccupied anyways by fast flowy singletrack anyways.  Wonder if I can get a quickie in?  Ride that is.  That still doesn’t sound right.

Rating: C

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