Saturday, March 27, 2010
For the March seasonal beer, Appalachian Brewing Company released the Celtic Knot Irish Red Ale. The beer has a bubbly cream colored head with a reddish amber color. The aroma consists of ginger and malts. The taste is filled with nutmeg, ginger, and sweet malts. There is a light hop balance on finish. The alcohol content is 4.8% ABV. I though that the Celtic Knot was a good overall beer. The spices really balance out the hops and the sweetness, making a very enjoyable and flavorful beer.
Friday, March 26, 2010
I picked up a bottle of Unibroue Quelque Chose on my last drive through New Jersey. The beer has a dark brown color with a vibrant red color interlaced. There is almost no head but a few light bubbles. The aroma is spicy with cinnamon and sweet with cherry. The taste is sour at first with cherry and hints of oak. The beer puckers the mouth, but then sweetens with honey. The alcohol content is 8.0% ABV. This is a powerful beer with plenty of flavor. It reminded me a bit of a sweet liquor, such as Jagermeister. I think it was a little too sweet for my liking, and the reminders of Jagermeister were not the experience I was looking for.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I picked up a bottle of Long Trail Brewmaster's Series Coffee Stout on my last pass-thru New Jersey. The beer pours syrupy and thick with a deep black color and a foamy tan head. The smell is full of coffee with a sweet milk lining. The taste is sweet with lots of coffee and has a light milk and chocolate lacing. The beer then finishes slightly dry. The alcohol content is 8.0% ABV. Long Trail obtained the coffee from Vermont Coffee Company for this beer. I thought that this beer is an amazing coffee stout with a ton of flavor and it really packs a coffee punch with a great flavor. This is an ideal coffee stout if you love the taste of coffee.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
On my last pass through New Jersey, I picked up a bottle of The Bruery Autumn Maple. The beer has a dark brown color with a lofty and bubbly tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty with maple accents. The taste is shock-on-the-tongue sweet at first with maple syrup taste and a bit of molasses and nutmeg. The beer finishes with a raisin and fig bitter taste. It leaves the mouth a little dry due to the nutmeg. The alcohol content is 10% ABV. It took a few sips to get used to the sweetness, but overall it was a really good beer and very enjoyable. I definitely wouldn't recommend drinking more than one of these in one sitting due to the sweetness, but it was an enjoyable beer.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I picked up a bottle of Anderson Valley Brother David's Double on my last visit to New Jersey. The beer has a brown color with a lofty and bubbly tan head. The aroma is filled with raisins, sweet malts, and a light alcohol bite. The taste is very sweet and creamy on the front end with fig and raisins. The beer finishes with a light alcohol bite and hop bitterness. The alcohol content is 9.0% ABV. I thought that Brother David's Double was a very excellent double. The alcohol is mostly well hidden, but is there enough to remind you that you are drinking a Belgian double.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I picked up a six-pack of Flying Dog Snake Dog India Pale Ale at Wegman's. The beer has a medium gold color with a foamy and bubbly white head with a lace that sticks to the glass. The aroma consists of citrus and fresh hops. The taste is is crisp and fresh. It hits on a lemon accent first and finishes with a dry and piney hop bite. The alcohol bite is 7.1% ABV. This is an excellent example of an India Pale Ale without anything being overdone. The beer is not overly sweet with the citrus or overly bitter with the hops.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
While in New York City, I grabbed a glass of Nogne-o God Jul prior to the Muse concert at Madison Square Garden. The beer pours a dark amber with a foamy tan head. The aroma is lightly hoppy and malty. The taste is sweet and malty, consisting mostly of caramel and chocolate, and has a light nutty undertone. The beer has a dry finish with light hops. The alcohol content is 8.5% ABV. I thought that the God Jul was very good and I would highly recommend this beer. Everything I have ever had from Nogne-o has been solid, and I anticipate trying more of their beers.