Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jacobite (Ale flavored with Coriander)

First aroma I get is a nice rich and caramel smell of the malt, very little hoppiness. The hop aroma I do pick up is a bit of earthiness and spice. The spice could be coming from the coriander. This beer feels like a scotch ale to me. Pours with a nice standing head with an ivory color to it and medium sized bubbles. Head stays around the rim in a bit of a lace as you drink it.

The malt comes to the fore front again in the flavor, is a rich dark fruit type of flavor. The lingering taste is almost of a herbal quality, maybe from the hops, or from the coriander. The is a little warmth from the alcohol in the middle but it is not overpowering, even for a beer that is rated at 8%. Bitterness is well balanced, so that the beer is not sweet nor is it to bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to light heavy, with a medium amount of carbonation. Feels a little slick at the end but that could have been the from the alcohol in the middle.

Very tasty beer, like I said I think this feels like a scotch ale, but not as cloying in sweetness. I should sit down and do a better study of coriander flavors and aromas to properly judge the levels of it in this beer. I like it you guys should give it a try if you can find it.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Innis & Gunn
Triple Matured Oak Aged Beer

Interesting deep red and copper color, with a slightly tanned head.

The nose is oaky with a hint of sweetness, which is all about that I can nab from the aroma.

Body is nice with a a moderate amount of carbonation on the tongue. The flavors I am getting are like a raisin taste, with a slight amount of alcohol along with the sweetness. There isn't much bitterness through the beer, but there is a little bit of bitterness at the very end. I am noticing a slight amount of oiliness feel in the beer, but it is alright.

This is another great beer from I&G very tasty, but not as complex as some of their other oak aged beers. I was hoping for some of the vanilla flavors that I have gotten from some of their other beers but alas it was not there, but I will live.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mom Hefeweizen

Nice golden color, with a nice white lacey head on it. I am getting banana smells, along with malt, and some cloves.

Wow very tasty, the coriander sure comes through in that fruit loop type of taste, body is nice and light. You get a nice hint of bitterness right away, but is well balanced and not over powering. There is a little bit of bitterness at the end, with a little bit of citrus taste.

I really am into this beer, I like hefe's but sometimes they are kind of overpowering. Where as with this one it is nice and light and refreshing with all the little flavors that I enjoy in these beers. Definitely try this one it is a keeper.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Harday's Ale 2008 vintage

This is the 2008 vintage serial number 48050. Kind of a murky red color, with no sort of head on it all.

Has a very fruity nose, with a slight hint of alcohol. Nice thick mouthfeel, with very low carbonation. Wow what lot of flavors going on, where to start. Starts off with a almost grapey like flavor but then slides into a nice licorice taste, like the little black pieces of licorice that you can get in Britain. There is a slight feeling of bitterness from the hops at the end, but very well balanced for such a big beer.

This is a very tasty vintage of this beer, can wait to find another vintage. I have been following this beer through several vintages and they have all been good and all with subtle differences. Anytiem you can find this beer you should pick it up and give it a taste.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Andean Stout

Well this is a black beer, as in very little light passes through it. Has a nice tan head on it that lasts quite long.

Not really a fruity aroma, all I get is a little coffee and alcohol off of the nose.

Coffee taste right of the first bite, with a earthy type of feel off of it. The body is nice, with a smooth mouthfeel and more carbonation than I would have thought. Bitterness is hidden, but has a slight backing of alcohol in it.

All in all a nice beer, not my favorite example of a stout but tasty never the less.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale

Well here we go, I read about this beer in the Rogue newspaper and was excited when I saw it at my local liquor store.

The head is a nice tan color and the beer is a reddish brown, but not very clear.

The aroma is fruity with a nice amount of hoppiness. I also get a slight hint of alcohol off of it .

Low carbonation, and a smooth body. The head is very long lasting on it.

Wow first hit is very hoppy, with a hint of apricot and pine. Sounds weird but that is the first thing I noticed. Once you get through the hops, there is a nice hint of malt.

This beer is a tribute to Sig Hansen and the boat Northwestern, from the show Deadliest Catch. As such portions of proceeds for this beer are going to the Fisherman's Fund.

Tasty beer, quite hoppy for my tastes but still a good beer.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Framboise Lambic

Beautiful dark red color, with a nice lacey head. The aroma is tons of raspberry, with a hint of sourness. Smells like you are out in the raspberry patch. Hmm apparently the wife likes it lol.

Again a medium body with a medium carbonation, nice mouthfeel to it. The first thing to hit you is the sweetness, with a twinge of sourness thrown in there. At the end once the raspberry and sourness has left, you get a nice taste of the malt, which I really enjoy cause it validates the beer

This is a nice beer, but for me it is a little too sweet. It does still have the lambic sourness which is nice to see. The wife really likes this one, in fact she is asking me where I got it. LOL I guess I found something I can get for here next time I hit the beer store.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Tree Brewing
Raspberry Porter

Very dark brown, with a hint of red in there. Did have a nice brown head to start with but it left quickly.

The aroma is chocolaty with a hint of raspberry, there also is a hint of sweetness. I also smell almost like a hazelnut coffee smell. Mouthfeel, is crisp with a medium/full body.

Taste is very yummy, raspberry is right at the front but the dark malt comes through very nicely. Very well balanced with no residual sweetness, or over powering bitterness.

I like this beer it is very nice to drink, not heavy at all, and very tasty. Maybe not suited for someone who isn't into darker beer, or beers with flavor (lol). But then again people who are reading this blog are more interested in tasting good beer, so I say give this one a try if you can find it. Too bad it is a limited edition.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Younger's Special Bitter pt 2

Alrighty lets try this again, I went back down to Vines on Riverbend and explained to them about what happened with the last beer. The nice folks down there gave me a fresh bottle for free, good to see customer service is alive and well. Also I was contacted by Rogue and they showed quite a bit of concern for this problem and thanked me for letting them know.

On to the tasting, nice white lacy head with a nice apricot color, still seems a little cloudy to me. I get a nice malty nose in the aroma, with a hint of fruitiness.

Nice amount of body in the mouthfeel, very crisp on the tongue. First taste that hits is not what I thought, I was hoping for malt but I got more of an alcohol and hoppiness taste. Second sip gave me the maltiness that i was looking for with a nice finish of bitterness at the end.

All and all very enjoyable beer, I am glad that I got a second chance at the beer, I say giver a try you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Innis & Gunn

Golden color, with a hint of orange in the color. Aroma is a nice oak smell, with a hint of yeast. Plus there is a nice fruitiness to the aroma.

The body is medium, first sip gives me a a taste of oak and follows with a candy taste, vanilla like. The hops are very well balanced, they don't take over, as well the malt doesn't take over. It is all about the flavors picked up by the beer while in barrel.

Very tasty beer, quite nice to drink. Not over powering at all, very much different from their regular beer. I find it easier to drink then their standard beer.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Younger's Special Bitter

Nice orange copper color, problem is there is a slight haze. Aroma is fruity, but there is a hint of diacetyl. Head is lacey and tan colored.

Crisp on the tongue, with a decent mouthfeel, not heavy and not light. Slight hint of cotton candy in the flavor, then the hops take over, the bitterness seems to envelope the tongue.

Not sure but I think that the bottle I have gotten might be off or contaminated. Reasons I believe this is when I first opened the bottle I had a gyser, then it is cloudy. Also there is the diacetyl present in the aroma and in the taste. I am sure this is a good beer and the one I got is just off. Oh well.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Howe Sound Brewing
Rail Ale Nut Brown

Dark chestnut in color, with a tight tan head on it. Fruity yet nutty aroma, with a subtle hint of alcohol.

Medium body, with a low mount of carbonation on the tongue. Coats the tongue nicely, as it goes down.

My first sip was a little smoky with a subtle hint of hops at the front. Very smooth with no alcohol bite to it. The bottle claims a licorice hints, and yes I can agree. Took me a little bit to find them but yah I can taste it now.

Very tasty beer, only problem is the bottle I bought is 1L and I have no one else to drink it with me. Oh well it is easy to drink a big bottle of beer when it tastes this good, so I think I`ll survive.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mocha Porter

Nice tan head, black through and through. Definitely has a mocha nose, nice hint of chocolate.

Crisp on the tongue, chewy body. Has a grapefruit type of bitterness that is nice and smooth. Also has that coffee type of bitterness. Their is a little bit of fruitiness at the front, which is interesting in that I didn't expect.

This is a nice porter, very easy to drink. A little heavier on the body then I thought would be there, but still very good. I am a porter fan and this one works for me. Probably not for everyone but very good otherwise.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Munchener Gold

Golden clear color, with medium carbonation. Nice white lacey head that has a good amount of retention.

Not much of an aroma, a little hint of fruitiness.

Crisp on the tongue with a slightly watery body. A little bitterness at the start from the hops that then rolls into a nice bit of malt flavor.

Tasty beer that is easy to drink with another bit of bitterness at the end. I need to get more beers in me so I can better describe what I am tasting. LOL.

Thanks for reading, sorry about the lapse in time between beers, I was out of town.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pinkus Organic
Munster Alt

Golden beer with a touch of red, not a very long lasting head but it was nice and white with medium size bubbles. Carbonation seems low when pured, with a little bit of residue floating in beer.

Aroma is fruity. Mouthfeel is about a medium to light body. Bitterness is low but just enough to feel a bit of it during the finish. Nice hint of maltiness, but not the sweet kind more like the bread or cracker type of taste.

Not too bad of beer, not really sure if I would class it as an alt beer. Might have to look up the style breakdown for that beer again.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Century Celebration Bavarian Lager


Nice yeasty nose with distinct malt. Nice golden color with low carbonation. Nice long lasting white head on it.

Medium body, with a nice balanced finish. Mellow maltiness, with a hint of bitterness on the finish. not sweet and not bitter just right.

Very tasty beer that I enjoy, light enough that you could easily have a few sitting on the porch enjoying the sun.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lindemans Pomme

Nice clear golden color, with medium carbonation.

Aroma is all apple, like a apple jolly rancher.

Apple through and through, without the sourness that you would expect in a lambic style beer. Again the taste is like an apple jolly rancher.

This beer is good but not what I would expect from a lambic beer. It is missing that sharp acidic tartness. It is refreshing and very enjoyable.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor


Nice golden color, clear with medium carbonation.

A little fruitiness on the nose, but also a little alcohol smell.

There is a little fruitiness and a light body.

Not much to say about this beer, not overally impressed. I don't think I would recommend it to anyone soon.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Rogue Brutal Bitter

Nice orange and yellow color, with a little haze. Wheat I am guessing.

Aroma is fruity, with a hint of vanilla.

Nice amount of carbonation, with a medium body to it. Not a whole lot of malt taste, citrusy, almost like a grapefruit taste, but i also taste a little bit of apricot. Slight alcohol bite at the beginning, then smooths out to a nice amount of bitterness.

According to the label, "An imperial style bitter using aromatic traditional floor malts, a hoppy citrus flavor with a stupendous hop aroma."

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Rogue, Chipolte Ale
5% Alch

Smoky nose, an apple, vanilla nose (again I am working on my nose).

Taste has a bold smokiness upfront, medium to high carbonation, smoked almond like taste. The heat at the end is pleasant and appreciated.

It is for the nice heat at the end that I truly enjoy this beer. Very quaffable and very enjoyable beer over all.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I&G Canada Day Release

Innis & Gunn
Canadian Cask Scottish Oak Aged Beer


Its aroma has a rum raisin like smell, mixed with vanilla. Very nice rich red color, medium carbonation.

Clean taste, slightly fruity. Low hop bitterness, with little malt finish. Slight alcohol bite in the finish.

Overall I was more impressed with the Special edition that they released last fall, it had far more subtle flavors and aromas.

Monday, August 3, 2009

First beer

Pawwel Kwak
Belgian beer 8% Alch

Nice reddish color, clear with a mild amount of carbonation. Malty nose with little hop aroma. Sweety taste, with a hint of vanilla, a little alcohol taste, but a nice malty after taste. Overall very clean.

I find this beer enjoyable, but not exactly you would pour for your friends if they aren't already used to Belgian beers. The nose has me a little confused but I am just starting on my tasting skills so in the future I will try to be more descriptive.

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Hi there, thanks for checking out my blog. I will be tasting and describing beers as I try them. Going for the world tour here.

More to come!!