Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Posted by Scott Spolverino at 9:36 PM
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Posted by Scott Spolverino at 9:59 PM
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Pours the color of a dirty penny; a dark copper that looks brown when not in the light. Has about a finger's worth of head that fizzles out quickly. No lacing as it was in a Mason jar.
Smells like an IPA should. Very, very floral. Heavy grapefruit and orange, with whiffs of pine. Didn't smell pungent or bitter at all.
Taste is a normal IPA. Bitter and floral, but not as crisp and sharp as I was hoping. It was more a muted, softer hop profile than I was hoping. As floral as the nose, but heavier pine with a very nice astringency. Little watery, however, with low carbonation. Not a bad beer. Could be refreshing but I let mine warm up before finishing it and it kinda got to me in the end. If it had been cooler, it would have been quite a bit more crisp. However, it was still drinkable and I'd get it again. It's probably better in a pint glass anyway.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Pours a dark, deep brown the color of Hershey's Syrup. Opaque with a two finger head that dissipates relatively quickly, with no apparent lacing.
Smell is deep roasted but sweet malts, coffee, chocolate. It smells kind of like a mocha with slight cracker and fresh baked, dark bread hints.
Taste is quite palatable. A rich, traditional stout flavor reminiscent of crispy toast, dark chocolate and espresso, with a sweet creaminess. Its not heavy and robust, but a nice smooth, easy to drink stout with slightly higher carbonation than I'm used to. One of my friends referred to it as "like seltzer" but he just started drinking last week. I'll fix that though.
More coming soon (including some stronger stuff). I'm feeling a gin and tonic weekend and I've got a Sam Adams Summer Sampler to work through so I can start homebrewing. First up is an IPA that I desperately need to find hops and a better yeast for because I don't trust this kit. Something tells me it won't be a decent IPA unless its dry hopped with dry malt substitute for corn sugar.
Pours a honey/wheat color with a very thick, pearly white, three finger head. Looks thick and dense due to the fact that its nearly impossible to see through. Heavy lacing all the way down the glass with a head retention that's borderline forever.
Smells of very light soap (probably the glass) and thick, satisfying malt. Has a yeasty, rising dough smell to it too. Little to no hop influence in the aroma.
Taste is incredible. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Alcohol is apparent, but not overpowering, rather is a nice warmness on the finish. Malt heavy with that yeasty/baked bread taste. Maybe a light citrus as well. No hops as far as I can tell
Mouthfeel is as thick and rich as the appearance. Slightly syrupy with medium carbonation.
This beer was quite drinkable. The sweetness was intense, but not overpowering. Despite its 9% ABV, it was easy as hell to drink with only a minor alcoholic warmth on the back end. It isn't something that I could drink day in and day out, one after another. Its a nightcap beer, really. One of these before bed would put me to sleep with some pretty sweet dreams. Probably about fighting zombie hordes. Those are always good ones.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Posted by Scott Spolverino at 8:21 PM