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Hugh Malone Ale 2011 by Allagash Brewing Company

331 beer bottles, cans or growlers on the floor...

As I sit here in my tuxedo with a top hat looking all dapper tasting another beer…tuxedo you say?  Yes, I figured since this is the end of my journey to try a unique beer a day for 365 days, why not get all dressed up for the occasion?  My wife should be appearing in her ball gown soon enough and with my three cats (yes three…and no…I’m NOT that crazy cat person) sitting besides me waiting for me to finish typing so they can rip into some ocean whitefish or tuna & egg (yum!!!), this should be one momentous occasion.  As we get ready for the pour, the fireworks start, the strippers dance seductively, and the soothing tones of Steel Panther rip through the air as they launch into ” Eatin’ Ain’t Cheatin’ “, a nice love song.

Into one of my favorite pint glasses, East End Brewing Company (love the slogan on here…buy a good friend a good beer…), goes beer #365.  That beer comes from the great state of Maine and is called Hugh Malone Ale 2011. Brewed by Allagash Brewing Company in the nice city of Portland, this Belgian IPA has an ABV of 7.8%.  I gaze into the glass admiring the golden color and the huge off-white head…you really have to like head done right…and this is done right.  Oh yeah…it left some really nice lacing behind in the glass.  I took a whiff…yum…citrus.  Orange, pineapple, grapefruit (ruby red variety), and even a bit of lemon all tickled my nostrils.  Add in a floral scent and that very familiar Belgian yeasty thing and there you have the nose…in a nutshell.  I have to be honest, my mouth was watering and I couldn’t wait to taste it.  It started with an orange rind like flavor and bitterness.  I also got pineapple juice mixed with a nice bread like flavor.  There was just a touch of pine here.  It finished bitter and a bit dry.  It had a nice medium body with quite the ample amount of tight stinging carbonation.

This was quite good and as the last beer on my this long journey, it was a pleasure to drink.  This is getting the KingBob stamp of approval for sure.

Rating: A

And as the lights dim and the beer empties out of the glass, I realize that my royal quest to drink a unique beer a day for 365 days has finally come to an end.  It has been quite the experience over the last year.   A year filled with highs and lows and of pain and sorrow and couple that with getting in touch with my inner feminine feelings…those deep, deep down inside…wait a minute…what the hell am I talking about???  All this was really about was drinking beer…good beer (and some crap beer too) from all around the world and beyond and to that end I was successful.

And now for stats…I love stats…don’t you?

Stat #1 – When I started this a year ago I weighed 157 pounds.  This morning I weighed 158.2.  A paltry gain of 1.2 pounds…not too shabby…so much for developing a beer belly.  I have to be honest, I did ride my bike quite often along with walking and staying active kept the pounds at bay.

Stat #2 – The average score from the ratings was 2.86…just slightly under a B. Here is how I assigned a score – A+ = 5, A = 4, B+ = 3.5, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, and the big fat F = 0.

Stat #3 – I had beers from 22 countries and 28 different US States and from 160 different breweries.  The most beers from any one brewery was from Dogfish Head with a a total of 19 beers.  The most from any one State was 54 from Pennsylvania and the most from any one country excluding the USA (303) was 15 from Belgium.

Stat #4 – There were  95 beers I rated B, 75 beers were rated C,   64 beers were rated B+,  48 beers were rated A,  38 beers were rated D,  26 beers I rate A+10 beers were rated F, and 10 didn’t receive a rating due to illness.

Stat #5 – I had 331 bottles or growlers sitting in my basement…the others were either draft beers or bottles I didn’t keep for one reason or another.

Stat #6 – I spent $1571.66  on the beers for an average price of $4.43 per beer.  11 beers were gifted to me .

Stat #7 – I consumed 78 different styles of beer with IPA’s making up the most style consumed at a nice round number of 57.

Stat #8 – The blog received over 130,000 hits.

Stat #9 – And the last stat, although it isn’t a good one.  I got sick 1 time from consuming too much beer and that was after I finished off a growler of Red & Black by Dogfish Head.  That was a rough morning after.

And now it is time for thanks…

Thanks to everyone who visited and commented and put up with my, at times, nutty banter (I hope I didn’t offend anyone…that was never intended…unless you are fans of the Red Sox!!!  I kid of course!!!), thanks to my unofficial proofreader and former co-worker Ralph, thanks to my co-worker Ronaldo for the inspiration from his 365 photo project, thanks to all the other beer bloggers I drew inspiration from (Drew at http://365beers.wordpress.com/ , Scot at http://blog.twobeerdudes.com/ , Gramity at http://www.beerisseur.ca/ , Cavie at http://cavalierbeer.wordpress.com/, G-LO at  http://boozedancing.wordpress.com/ ), and thanks most of all to my wife for putting up with me during the past year of beer drinking…she truly is a saint!  And if I missed ya…thanks to the missed as well!!!

Cheers to you all!!!

And with that, my journey comes to an end.  I truly had a great time doing this but I am also very happy it is over.  I hope I was able to at least give you some inspiration to get out there and try some good craft beer.

After all, life is too short to drink crap beer and as Ben Franklin once said (or maybe he didn’t), “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy!”

PS –  I will post from time to time when I have a beer that really rocks my world.  I also think I might start a blog (or just add to this one) trying to have a beer from every state in the US, after all, I only hit 28 and there are 22 other states with beer to drink!

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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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Allagash Black by Allagash Brewing Company

This is a tough day for me.  With what happened 10 years ago on 9/11, this is also the day I lost my father.

So with a heavy heart I will have beer #287, Allagash Black by Allagash Brewing Company.  Brewed in the great state of Maine which is the same state my dad was born.  This is brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with an ABV of 7.5%.

Into my tulip glass went this black brew with a tan head.  The nose was coffee, dark roasted malts, and a very faint cocoa aroma.  It tasted just like it smelled with the those nice coffee and cocoa (showed up more in the taste than the nose) flavors being the star here.  There is also a smoky and burnt flavor that goes well with the coffee and cocoa flavors.  With all of that going on, there was also a slight sweetness of dark fruit like plums or raisins that I was also able to pick up on.  It all ends with a mouth pleasing bitterness.  The body isn’t as heavy as it appears…think of it as a medium bodied brew.  There is quite a bit of carbonation going here, very prickly on the tongue.  The alcohol is hidden very well also.  One thing to remember about this is to let it warm up a bit.  The flavors open even more so as it gets warmer.

This was an excellent beer.  Yummy in every respect.  Try it, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Here’s to you dad…I know you will be watching the Cowboys later on tonight hopefully beat up on the Jets.

Rating: A

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Shipyard Export by Shipyard Brewing Company

I took a break from putting things back down in the basement after bringing just about everything up last weekend to protect it from the rising waters we had.

Beer #279, which is the last beer in my beer of the month birthday gift, is Shipyard Export by Shipyard Brewing Company from Portland, Maine.  The ABV of this American Blonde Ale is 5%.

Into my Conway Scenic Railroad glass went this clear golden amber brew with a nice frothy white head.  The bubbles rising to the top were quite the sight to see…it was almost mesmerizing to look at.  It looks like I actually captured those bubbles in the photo…cool.  The nose was a bit on the sweet side with a nice malty, almost biscuit like aroma.  I took a sip and got a sweetness up front that reminded me of honey.  There was a grain like flavor there also.  Towards the back end I got some hops in the form of a mild pine like flavor.  It was kind of crisp, a bit on the low side carbonation wise, and had a medium body

I was this digging this and I thought it was the best of the four beers in the beer of the month set.  Now I have to get back to work…it is amazing how much stuff one collects and stores in a typical basement over 14+ years.

Rating: B+

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IPA by Shipyard Brewing Company

Yeah boy…I got a generator today.  Now I will laugh at those pesky hurricanes and tropical storms for as long as I have gas…I have electricity.  It will be totally cool to be getting my LOTRO fix on when everyone else is without power.

Beer #278 is IPA by Shipyard Brewing Company from the great state of Maine, brewed in the city Portland.  This English IPA has an ABV of 5.8%.  It mentions on the bottle it is brewed with fuggles hops.  The fuggle hop orgianted in England in 1875.  These are also grown on the west coast in the states of Washington and Oregon.

It poured a really nice color, a clear amber with a very nice sized white head that stuck around and produced some nice lacing on the glass.  It had a very earthy nose with what I though was an aroma of vegetables…odd.  There was a slight bread smell form the malts also.  It tasted a bit sweet from the malts…very bread like in the flavor and finished on the bitter side with a very slight citrus taste.  It had a medium body, was well carbonated, and pretty easy to drink.

This was a decent brew but it didn’t knock my socks off.  Now it it time to fire up that generator…

Rating: C

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Geary's Summer Ale by D.L. Geary Brewing Company

As I roll on towards the halfway point of this journey…I ponder all of the beer I have had the great fortune to taste.  And as I ponder, I crack open beer #176, Geary’s Summer Ale by D.L. Geary Brewing Company from Portland, Maine.  This Kolsch has an ABV of 6%.  I love the label on this…it is composed of many words associated with summer like vacation time, relax, poolside, and so on.  I just wish it felt a bit more like summer here than fall.

Geary’s poured a kind of clear amber with a creamy white head.  The nose was straight up sweet caramel malts with some grassy or earth tones to it.  Kind of like fresh cut grass  (which I just got done doing).  The caramel comes through up front in the taste and ends with a bitterness and flavor of orange peel. Pretty simple but tasty.  It was quite crisp with a medium body and some decent carbonation.  I wanted to take my time with this but it was gone way too quick being it was really easy to drink and I was very thirsty after mowing the lawn.

I liked this one quite a bit.  I could see myself having this after doing yard work as it was quite refreshing and thirst quenching.  Good showing from the Pine Tree State!

Rating:  B+

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