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Mother's Milk by Keegan Ales

And as the beers roll on we find KingBob and his glorious band of adventurers (I’m feeling in a Skyrim mood…look it up) rolling into the state of New York for the next beer, #355, Mother’s Milk by Keegan Ales.  Brewed and bottled in Saratoga Springs, New York, this Milk or Sweet Stout has an ABV of 6%.  According to the label, Keegan Ales is The Hudson Valley’s Brewery.  This is also my first beer from Keegan Ales and that in itself is very cool!

To the pour…and this was another beer that was black in color with a small light brown head.  The nose was a fairly mild malty roasted concoction made up of cocoa, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of a smoky camp fire-esque aroma.  I took a sip and was greeted by a ever so slight sweetness.  I tasted milk chocolate followed by the slightly bitter and a bit course in texture cocoa mixed with a bit of smoke.  It finished with a dark roasted coffee flavor that lasted into the aftertaste.  It had a slightly heavier than medium body with some light tingling carbonation.  It was quite easy to drink.

This was a solid brew that I only wish was a tiny bit smoother and creamier.  Now it is off to plan out my last 10 beers of this 365.  I really am thinking of going all American big brewers like Bud, Miller and Coors for those last 10…I kid.  It will be a cold day in KingBob’s realm before I sink that low.  And now KingBob and his merry band of adventures must pack up and move on to our next destination…where that is I have no idea.  I still haven’t visited my go to beer store to know the answer to that.

And then there were 10…

Rating: B

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Black Chocolate Stout by Brooklyn Brewery

From the great State of Maine, we head south to the Empire State, New York.  Beer #340, only 25 more to go, is Black Chocolate Stout by Brooklyn Brewery which happens to be brewed in Utica, New York.  Their version of a Russian Imperial Stout has a healthy ABV of 10%.

It was very dark in color…black as night.  The head was small and brown.  It had quite the roasted malt nose.  Chocolate and booze were there in the smell along with what I though was black cherries.  The taste is pretty much dominated by those lovely dark roasted malts with a slightly bitter dark chocolate flavor being the big star here.  There is a bit of a coffee thing here also, slightly sweetened.  And sure enough…the cherries I noticed in the nose are here about mid-drink.  It was heavy and full bodied with low amount of carbonation.  The alcohol was nicely hidden…even as it warmed up.  It was quite the creamy beer.

This was quite good.  I enjoyed this enough that I went for a 2nd.  Good thing it came in a 4 pack.  Any more than two though and I could see myself quite drunk. Dancing…singing…not a pretty picture…

Rating: B+

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Saranac Vanilla Stout by Matt Brewing Company

Crazy weather…snow is on the way and where I am, we could have 4 to 6 inches of the white stuff.  I can’t remember a time when we have had any snow before Halloween.  Here is to hoping the weather people are actually wrong about this, like they usually are.  Yesterday I had a package on my doorstep, it was the 2nd installment of my birthday gift, the Beer Of The Month Club.  Yesterdays beer was part of that so I will continue with the gift.

Beer #334 is Saranac Vanilla Stout by Matt Brewing Company from Utica, New York.  Interesting to note is Matt Brewing Company is the 2nd oldest family owned brewery in the US, brewing beers since 1853.  Tonight’s beer, an American Stout, has an ABV of 4.8%.

Appearance – Black as night with just a ring of a light brown head.

Nose – Smelled like cream soda with a hint of coffee.

Taste – Some roasted malt flavors of chocolate and coffee being just a tad bit sweet.  The vanilla added to this reminded me of cream soda…in a way…mostly towards the back end of this and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – The body was south of medium and north of light.  There was more of a carbonation sting that I was expecting.  Low alcohol content make these go down awfully easy.

Overall – This wasn’t all that bad…just nothing here made me say “wow”.  I wish it was a little more heavier in the body and a bit smoother.  I have two more of these from the Beer Of The Month Club (I get 4 different beers and 3 of each) that just may be good for tonight’s Battlefield 3 playing session…not that I support drinking while gaming…but it does seem to make me play better.

Rating: C

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Saranac Bohemian Pilsener by Matt Brewing Company

I need to make this fairly quick as I really need a Battlefield 3 fix.  Fantastic game…if you game…go and get it and look for me online, kingbobyjr.  Be warned…you will get smoked…just not by me.  I will leave that to the 14 year olds who have nothing better to do than play games all day long.

Beer #333 is Saranac Bohemian Pilsener by Matt Brewing Company.  This Czech Pilsener, a new style of beer for me, with an ABV of 4.8% is brewed in Utica, New York.

Appearance – A really nice clear gold with frothy, creamy thin white head.  There was close to one million bubbles putting on a glorious show as they were trying to escape the Pilsner (Pilsener…looks like it can be spelled both ways) glass.  Excellent lacing.

Nose – Very mild nose with some grains, hay and grass.

Taste – A bit of a cracker flavor…not Saltines but more like a Ritz minus the buttery thing.  A bit of a lemon rind flavor and bitterness.  A bit spicy with black pepper.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied, crisp, high carbonation…this would probably be quite refreshing on a hot summer day which have gone the way of the DoDo bird…until next summer that is.

Overall – I have to be honest…I wasn’t expecting much being I’m not a huge fan of Pilsners in general.  This was a very drinkable beer though being a King and all, I would still give this to the Jester…and so I shall.

Rating: C

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Mokah by Southern Tier Brewing Company

I’m a biking fool lately…thoroughly addicted I am to the trail, my bike (Salsa El Maricahi), the sounds of nature, and the solitude.  Oh yeah…the speed one can get going down inclines is quite thrilling also.  I happened on a hawk or possibly an owl in my riding today that had an unfortunate victim (rabbit?) in its talons as it flew skyward.  Another 16 miles at my favorite place to ride, Six Mile Run Reservoir, made me a happy camper.

Beer #316 is Mokah by Southern Tier Brewing Company.  I have been looking forward to this American Double Stout or Imperial Stout brewed in Lakewood, New York for quite some time.  The ABV clocks in at a heavy 11.2%.

Mokah poured black with a very thin brown head.  The nose was fantastic…chocolate and coffee and cocoa.  It smelled like hot chocolate or more like a mocha coffee drink…yum!  It tasted exactly like it smelled with the coffee and the chocolate mixing together very nicely.  There was a bit of vanilla mingling in with some nice roasted malty flavors.  It reminded me of how I like my mocha coffee drinks, not overly sweet with a nice bitter cocoa/chocolate flavor.  It had an excellent aftertaste of cocoa powder…damn good.  It had a heavier body but not really thick.  It was quite smooth and creamy with lower amount of carbonation.  I thought the alcohol was hidden fairly well for such a high ABV brew.

I loved this…it was quite delicious!  Coffee and chocolate lovers should seek this out.  This is by far my favorite Southern Tier brew I have had so far!

Rating: A+

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Autobahn IPA by Sixpoint

After my 20 miles of smiles mountain bike ride at White Clay Creek & Middle Run in Newark, Delaware…I was quite thirsty.  I figured I would reward myself with a half-growler (32 oz) of fresh beer form Joe Canals in Lawrenceville, NJ.

I pulled out a pint glass, placed on the rear of my car with my trusty steed in view…and poured.  Autobahn poured a nice cloudy orange amber with a one finger width white head.  The nose was quite piney with an odd perfume like scent.  It kind of smelled like soap.  Puzzled with the nose, I took a sip.  Pine was the big thing here in the flavor.  There was also some citrus…white grapefruit to be exact.  Thankfully the perfume scent didn’t show up in the taste.  It had a decent amount of breadiness…toast flavor.  Everything flavor wise really tailed off at the end which was also a bit odd.  It had a decent amount of bitterness.  The mouthfeel was that of a medium bodied brew with lower amounts of carbonation.  It was kind of smooth.

Overall this was just an average American IPA.  The half growler provided me with 3 glasses of beer…not too shabby for $9.99.  On the other hand, White Clay & Middle Run were fantastic…unless you like technical rocky trails.  There was a ton of speed and flow here which is right up my alley when it comes to mountain biking.  If you dig fast and flowy trails…and you mountain bike…give it a look.

Rating: C

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Brooklyn Oktoberfest by Brooklyn Brewery

Yeah baby!!!  Playoff baseball tonight with my Yankees going up against the best pitcher in the MLB, Jutin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.  I have been lucky to be able to get to see the Yankees in so many playoff series since 1996 and I have enjoyed everyone one of them…win or lose.  It is a bit sad though to know that this is probably the last time I will get a chance to see Jorge Posada suit up as a Yankee.  I’m glad Posada will be getting some playing time this series with all the righties Detroit will be throwing against the Yanks.  Go get ’em Jorge!!!

Time to drink some beer!  Beer #305, another in my Oktoberfest fest, is Brooklyn Oktoberfest by Brooklyn Brewery.  Brewed in Utica, New York, this Marzen or Oktoberfest had an ABV of 5.5%.

I poured this in my River Horse glass and than I slapped myself, I have some nice Yankee glasses given to be by a friend a few years ago.  The color of this brew was a nice clear amber.  The head was off-white and small.  The nose was light, I’m getting the impression that an Oktoberfest or Marzen has that characteristic.  It was slightly stronger in the smell than yesterdays beer with the same caramel malts, toasted bread, and grass.  It had a similar taste profile also with a slightly sweet caramel flavor and toasted bread but where this was different was the the grassy flavor from the hops was more prominent.  It had a honey nutty like taste (the best way I could describe it) near the end that lasted into the aftertaste.  The body was medium and the carbonation was on the moderate side with just a slight stinging quality.  This was quite drinkable…I finished it a bit too fast.

I enjoyed this Oktoberfest much more than Sly Fox’s version.  I’m not quite sure I dig the style…I may have to have a few more to make that  determination.  Ah well…time to get ready for some baseball…lets go Yanks!!!!

Rating: B

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