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Don’t know what really happened with this… nonetheless, here I am drinking a beer and getting excited for Autumn’s favorite brews. Marzen, Ambers, Stouts – I can’t wait! Today I managed to swipe a few 22 ounce bottles of Fat Tire from the dwindling supply of one of the local stores.

The beer of choice for today is an oatmeal stout brewed with coffee – the Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast.

Tasty Tasty

I have to say this is quite delicious. An almost jet black pour with a full two or three finger head. Aromas of smoke and caramel sweetness are confirmed with the first taste. The smoked malt is very upfront and followed by chocolate and coffee flavors. The citrus-like centennial and cascade hops are surprisingly not out of place here. The oatmeal adds a smooth texture which does a fine job of balancing what seems like a higher-than-normal level of carbonation (for a stout anyway). The finish is smooth then slightly dry and lingering with tastes of black coffee, dark chocolate and some smoke.

I am reminded of a recent trip to Brewers Alley where I sampled a similar and perhaps more tame oatmeal stout. The Alley’s oatmeal stout was a little lighter on the hops and much sweeter with a fantastic coffee flavor at the finish. Still a damn good stout.

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast – If you can find it, get it. Its worth the price at least once.

Beer Stuff:

  • Malt: Chocolate, Smoked, Caramunich, Brown, Pale Chocolate
  • Hops: Cascade, Centennial
  • Adjuncts: Flaked Oats, Roasted Barley, Gourmet Coffee
  • IBU: 40-60 (est.)
  • SRM: 40+ (est.)
  • ABV: 7.5%
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Stone – Sublimely Self-Righteous

Posted: October 8, 2010 by Overclocked in Order It Again!
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I figured it’s time for another blog/beer review

When I think of an Ale, stout is not normally what comes to mind. Yes, I know a stout is technically a type of ale but I think of an ale as amber to medium brown. Tonight I sampled the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale by Stone Brewing Co. Far from medium brown and worlds away from amber, this dark ale surprised me.

Stone describes this as their 11th anniversary ale which was such a hit that they brought it back for “Limited Year-Round Availability”. Not a bad decision. The bottle looks nice – I’m a fan of the “painted on” labels (not sure of the correct terminology here but you know what I mean). They could have done without the novel on the back of the bottle but, it’s just a bottle. What I care about is inside.

The beer is dark, rich and produces a frothy head, which settles slowly and clings to the glass. Simcoe and Amarillo hops are immediately noticeable on the nose – floral and smooth. Both types of hops can produce a slight citrus scent but i’m thinking most of it is masked by the malty aromas that also comes forth from the brew. The first taste is mostly hops and smooth malt, the malt coming in towards the end of the taste and lingering slightly with the aftertaste. I can get hints of rich sweet caramel and chocolate aromas on the next few tastes. Delicious.

At this point i’m genuinely surprised. I was first expecting your standard “ale”, then upon pouring, realized that this was probably going to be closer to a stout, THEN upon tasting, I get a little of both worlds. IPA and Stout combined? Apparently this beer is rated at 90 IBUs. Very impressive considering it does not taste like a mouthful of grass and flowers. Stone did a great job on the grain bill. They balanced 90 IBUs (which is approaching double and triple IPA territory) with a good malt and body presence. Dry hopping is used in this recipe and that can lead to an excess of floral flavors and bitterness building up on the palate simply because this beer is so ‘big’. A small price to pay in my opinion.

Yes, I would definitely get this again. Definitely a sip and savor type of brew.

Beer Stuff:

  • Malt: 2-row; 6-row?; chocolate malt; black patent; crystal (all estimated)
  • Hops: Chinook (bittering); Simcoe, Amarillo (aroma and dry hopping)
  • IBU: 90
  • SRM: Who knows? It’s black!
  • ABV: 8.7%

If Dogs Could Fly..

Posted: October 5, 2010 by Overclocked in Order It Again!

Would they also deliver me some beers? Man’s best friend, gliding on furry dog-wings with six-packs lashed to their backs? I think it would be a wonderful world…

Flying Dog “Doggie Style” Classic Pale Ale. If I could sum this brew up I think, “deliciously full flavored and hoppy” would do. A “beginner’s IPA” could also suffice.

I recently discovered this tasty pale ale after diving into the world of home brewing. While researching different styles of beer to brew at home, I came to the realization that for the homebrewer, ales can be easier to brew than lagers. More on that later.

I figured, if i’m going to be brewing mostly ales, I might as well start trying a few. I had always enjoyed lagers and their crisp clean taste, not realizing that there were plenty of ales with a similar “clean” feel. I had seen Flying Dog before but never really paid attention to anything other than the zombie-like cartoon dog on the front. I figured I’d try my luck and picked up a sixer of the doggie style pale ale. I knew nothing about this beer (or much about pale ales for that matter) other than the nice little “scale” on the pack which is supposed to represent how malty or hoppy the beer is. This one falls about three quarters of the way up from malty, closer to the hoppy side. Now for the details.

A good pour into a room temperature glass will produce an “ok” head – not astounding but not disappointing. The head will dissipate within a few minutes alluding perhaps to a pleasant mouthfeel without being “chewy”. They did get the ‘pale’ right on this one; A nice pale amber and almost reddish-copper in color. I’m guessing 10, maybe 12 SRM.

A noticeable floral aroma is present with a good sniff which will include a slight maltyness as the beer warms. The first taste is a burst of floral flavor with good bitterness. The bitterness isn’t a smack in the face but it is pronounced thanks to the dry-hopping with Cascade hops. The malt flavors follow but still allow the hops to show through. A very slight sweetness from the Crystal malt lingers but not for too long. I think the mouthfeel from this brew is perfect – just enough body while still clean at the end. As you drink up, the bitterness and floral notes remain on your tongue, kept in check by the relatively dark Crystal malt.

I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Flavorful and pleasant hops balanced by sweet caramel malt with just enough body. Definitely on my list to brew myself.

Beer Stuff:
Malts: Pale 2-row; 120L Crystal
Hops: Northern Brewer (bittering); Cascade (aroma) (dry-hopped)
IBU: 35
ABV: 5.5%

A Pale Moon Rising

Posted: September 28, 2010 by Sko DZ in Blue Moon Brewery, Order It Again!

So I figure I got to start writing about these beers I’ve been drinking.   Spending time thinking about the best way to write about them is doing me no good.  So I’m just going to write.  And if it’s witty… that’s a bonus.

So last night as I watched the Bears butt heads with the Packers in what was a grueling grudge match ( But no fear friends the monsters of the midway arose victorious 20-17, Bear Down! ) I was able to try Blue Moon Brewery’s  Pale Moon fall seasonal. This link will do you no good as this one beer seems not to be listed…. It was part of their fall season variety pack, so don’t be surprised if more from Blue Moon doesn’t show up shortly.   

So the Pale Moon is described as a Belgium Style Pale Ale,  long title, which is both a strike for and against the beer.   Belgium beers always get me excited because it’s an excuse to throw just about anything into the beer.  On the other side of this coin is the Pale ale . . . and I am always weary of ale of a pale nature.  This is due in part to the overly floral notes.  Pale Moon however did a wonderful job of keeping the daisies in check.  The beer comes off dry at first taste followed by those floral notes I was talking about, but not to worry, as I did for just a moment, the taste smooths out revealing the spice and coriander.   Look I finally got around to describing the beer…  which was very tasty.  Now this is not a beer I would drink while eating wings; if the ladies where coming over and finger food of the cheese and fruit type was on the menu this could be the beer for the occasion.  Or matched with a hearty fall dinner with harvest foods present, it is a fall seasonal beer after all.

This one goes in the order again category.    Sko DZ