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Stone Smoked Porter by Stone Brewing Company

I’m not into this tonight (blogging…not beer), just a word of warning.

Beer #303 is Smoked Stone Porter by Stone Brewing Company from Escondido, California.  This American Porter has an ABV of 5.9%.

It was black and had a very nice tan head.  Nose was kind of light with chocolate, coffee, & roasted caramel malts.  Taste was better than the nose, slightly sweet and a bit of a bitter dark chocolate flavor.  It had a decent roasted coffee flavor and was a bit smoky near the back end.  It had a medium body with just a bit too much carbonation.

This was a decent American Porter but not even close, IMHO, to Robust Porter by Smuttynose or Red Brick Porter by Red Brick.

Rating: C

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Pumpkin Ale by Smuttynose Brewing Company

How about another Pumpkin Ale for beer #286?  Well…want one or not, that is what I have on tap for today.  Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company is brewed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Their version of a Pumpkin Ale has an ABV of 6%.

Well, it started off good…it had a nice amber color with a touch of orange.  The white head was OK and it left some excellent lacing.  The nose smelled like vegetables.  I didn’t detect any pumpkin in the nose, although since I did get a very generic vegetable smell, maybe that was the pumpkin?  But I thought pumpkin was a fruit?  Ahh…what do I know, either way it didn’t smell like pumpkin at all.  There was a faint, and I mean faint aroma of nutmeg here also.  The taste opened with the nutmeg like spices and then was dominated by caramel malts.  There was a quite pine like flavor and bitterness near the end of the sip that lasted well into the aftertaste.  It had a medium body and was low in carbonation.

As a Pumpkin Ale, it was not all that great.  If  I’m going to drink a Pumpkin Ale, I want it to taste pumpkin.  My wife took a sip and she had no idea it was a Pumpkin Ale until I told her so…even then I don’t think she believed me.  That being said, it wasn’t a horrible beer.  I liked the spices and the bitterness and flavor of the hops but it will get no higher than a Jester Juice rating from me.

Rating: C

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Robust Porter by Smuttynose Brewing Company

TGIF…’nuff said!

Beer #138 is Robust Porter by Smuttynose Brewing Company.  From the Live Free or Die State of New Hampshire comes this American Porter.  The ABV of this brew is a nice 5.7%.

Look at that nice really deep dark brown color topped by a thin tan head.  Roasted aromas abound in the nose.  Coffee and chocolate…yum!  I knew I was going to like this just from the nose alone.  What you smell here is what you get in the taste.  It starts off with deep dark roasted coffee goodness, followed by something slightly sweet (caramel?), and ends with a nice bitter (must be the hops) chocolate ending.  Mouthfeel was nice and creamy bordering on being thick…but in a good way.  It had a decent amount of carbonation.  Highly drinkable…more so as it warms up to room temperature.  I wanted more of this but I only had the one…darn.  Maybe a quick trip to the liquor store after will be in order.

This was an excellent porter.  Very satisfying and delicious with a nice balance of flavors.  I have to say it is the best American Porter I have had so far.  It has been a long time since I handed out one of these…but what the heck…

Rating: A+

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Old Brown Dog Ale by Smuttynose Brewing Company

What  a weird day today.  The morning started off on the mild side with the temps hovering right around 40 degrees.  I was thinking, maybe spring is truly on its way.  But that all changed as I left work to a bitter biting cold, it must have been less than 30 degrees. Sun, warmth, greenery…thats all I’m wishing for now.

Beer #72 is Old Brown Dog Ale by Smuttynose Brewing Company.  Smuttynose, located in New Hampshire, brews this beer in the style of an English Brown Ale.  The ABV checked in at 6.5%.  Pictured on the label is Olive, the mascot of Smuttynose.  Sadly, Olive is no longer with Smuttynose as she passed away in 2007.

Into my old stand by Starr Hill pint glass I poured this brown liquid.  It had a reddish cast to it when held up to the light.  There was a head of about a finger width in size.  I took a whiff hoping it wouldn’t smell like a wet dog and I am happy to say it didn’t.  The nose mostly consisted of roasted malts and a nice nutty aroma.  It was a very pleasant beer to smell.  The nutty flavor, up front in the taste, was more pronounced than the roasted malts.  I also got something slightly sweet and fruity towards the middle of the sip.  It finished up a bit on the bitter side.  That bitterness lasted quite a long time after the sip was swallowed.  It had a medium body with moderate carbonation.  It was quite easy to drink even for me as English Brown Ales usually aren’t my thing but I think they may be growing on me.

The Old Brown Dog was a solid beer that I liked and could see myself drinking again.  Here’s to you Olive…

Rating: B

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Star Island Single by Smuttynose Brewing Company

Beer #37 is Star Island Single by Smuttynose Brewing Company.  A Belgian Pale Ale with an ABV of 5.8%, this Belgian comes to me from New Hampshire.

This beer looks absolutely delicious but with my cold still hanging on, I will not be able to truly enjoy this one.

Heres to hoping tomorrow will be a better day.  Off to bed now.

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