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Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout by Rock Art Brewery

Tonight is the last night of the MLB regular season and the Yankees (in the playoffs…again) are doing their best to eliminate those pesky Tampa Bay Devil Rays….oh…sorry…can’t say Devil now a days.  I wish there was a way the Yanks could also eliminate the Red Sox.  I just have this feeling the Red Sox are going get things going again.  Maybe we will see a Yanks/Red Sox ALCS?

Anyways…on to beer #304, Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout by Rock Art Brewery brewed in Morrisville, Vermont.  This is brewed in the style of an American Double or Imperial Stout with an ABV of 8%.  Of note here is that this is brewed with pumpkin and spruce tips just like in colonial times for flavor and bittering.  I love the little saying on the label…”This ain’t for no mama’s boy or daddy’s girl”.

It poured black as night with a one finger width tan head.  It had a vegetable like aroma (must be the pumpkin) along with the typical Stout smells of chocolate and coffee.  It started off with a pine like flavor from the hops and then got into some roasted, almost burnt coffee flavors from those lovely malts.  There was an herbal quality to the flavor also.  It had a decent bitter bite near the end of it.  I didn’t get anything in the taste resembling pumpkin.  It was lighter in the body that I was expecting being somewhere between medium and light.  The carbonation was fairly low and the alcohol was hidden very well.

For me, this was pretty average.  I was expecting the pumpkin to make a bigger splash here taste wise and it just didn’t.  It showed in the nose though.  I still love Rock Arts use of Kokopelli though.

Rating: C

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Ridge Runner by Rock Art Brewery

As Hurricane Irene approaches, I sit here drinking a beer instead of getting the things I may need…water, batteries for the flashlight, etc.  What the heck is wrong with my priorities?

Anyways…on to beer #270.  Ridge Runner by Rock Art Brewery is an English Barleywine brewed in Morrisville, Vermont.  The ABV comes in at 7.5% .  Rock Art uses my favorite “icon”, Kokopelli.  I don’t know why I like that little horn playing deity of Native American cultures from the Southwestern United States…I just do.

Now to the beer, it poured a dark slightly reddish brown with no head whatsoever.  The nose was earthy and smelled like raisins with caramel and brown sugar thrown in for good measure.  It was a quite light nose wise for a Barleywine.  Lets taste it shall we?  I know you can’t taste it…unless you have it on hand that is.  The dark fruitiness of the raisins mixes well with the caramel and brown sugar.  There is a nice hop kick in there also providing a nice bitter bite.  It was not nearly as sweet as some Barleywines I have had and I liked that.  It had a slight alcohol kick near the end of it that intensified slightly as it warmed up.  It had a medium body and fairly higher amount of stinging carbonation.

Not to shabby…I would get this again.  And now I’m at a loss for words…

Rating: B

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Whitetail Golden Ale by Rock Art Brewery

Time for an early review.  This will be the only time today I will have access to a PC and an internet connection…I know…hard to believe in this day and age.  So lets get to the beer.

Beer #217 is Whitetail Golden Ale by Rock Art Brewery from Morrisville, Vermont. The ABV on this American Blonde Ale is 5%.  I love the label on this, it depicts Kokopelli, the deity of fertility in some Native Ameican cultures.  It reminds me of my trip many years ago to Sedona, Arizona where I remember seeing the image of Kokopelli quite often.  Awesome place, awesome trip…I love Arizona.

I just love that Warsteiner glass this went in to.  That particular glass seems to accentuate the head, just look at that huge white foamy head sitting atop that golden colored brew.  The nose was very grainy with wheat aromas.  There was also a touch of yeast bread like aromas.  The taste was pretty much grains and wheat with just a touch of lemon at the back end.  It was a crisp, light bodied brew with light carbonation.

I’m not a big fan of American Blonde Ales and this does nothing to win me over. I could see this being enjoyed on a hot summer day though as it is light and would probably be thirst quenching.  For that and Kokopelli, I will give it a slight bump from something to give to the Peasants to a drink suitable for Jesters.

Rating: C

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Vermonster by Rock Art Brewery

Out for dinner to our favorite Thai place usually means a quick run into the liquor store next to it.  The label drew me to this particular beer with Kokopelli depicted on it.  The deity of fertility, Kokopelli, reminds me of the vacation I spent with my wife in Sedona, AZ a number of years back.  Good times.  With a goofy smile on my face, I grabbed the bottle, paid for it, and joined my wife next door at our favorite Thai restaurant.

Beer #76 is Vermonster by Rock Art Brewery.  Rock Art Brewery hails from Vermont and brews the Vermonster in the style of an American Barleywine.  The ABV comes in at a hefty 10% along with an IBU of 100…can you say strong and bitter?

Into the restaurant mug it went with a dark brown color with a tiny head that didn’t last.  The nose was lots of hops (pine scent) and a bunch of caramel malts.  I took a sip and was rewarded with the some nice sweet malted goodness followed by quite a lot of hoppy bitterness.  I also got some dark fruits (maybe cherries?) that I didn’t pick up in the nose.  Mouthfeel was a bit heavy and sticky with some nice carbonation.  It was a sipper for sure as I could feel the alcohol content as I was drinking  it.

I’m still warming up to Barleywines.  While not my favorite style, I think I’m starting to appreciate them more and more.   I like their hoppy bitter bite but the sweet thick maltiness sometimes doesn’t sit with me all that well.  That being said, this beer was OK.  I don’t think it was the perfect beer for our Thai dinner as it was a bit thick but I did notice it cut the heat of the spicy food better than the glass of water did.

Rating: C

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