Posts Tagged ‘Beer’

Beer Reviews: Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask

Beer: Irish Whiskey Cask
Brewer: Innis & Gunn
Source: 22 oz. draft
Rating: **** (8.1 of 10)
Comments:  A knock your socks off beer that is pitch black with a creamy head.  The nose is an overly sweet caramel, while the flavor has hinds of whiskey and oak.  The lacing is erratic and the head dissipates completely.  This is an elegant stout with an alcoholic punch.

Beer Reviews: Idle Hands Pandora

Beer: Pandora
Brewer: Idle Hands Craft Ales
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.7 of 10)
Comments: A classy beer which looks hazy with a bubbly thick head.  The nose is fruity and yeasty, while the flavor is malty with a hoppy kick that tickles your tongue.  The thick head persists but leaves no lacing.

 

Beer Reviews: Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout

Beer: Oak Aged Mocha Stout
Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Company
Source: 22 0z. bottle
Rating: **** (8.7 of 10)
Comments: Is there such a thing as a dessert beer?  This is it.  The stout is a chocolate-brown with the sweet scents of vanilla and cocoa.  The bittersweet chocolate comes through in the flavor with a roasted coffee finish.  The dissipates quickly with no lacing.  Yum!

Beer Reviews: Cambridge Brewing Company Sgt. Pepper

Beer: Sgt. Pepper
BrewerCambridge Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz, bottle
Rating: **** (8.1 of 10)
Comments:  Spicy and unique, this beer pours out golden with effervescence and a thin head.  The scent is spicy & yeasty and the flavor is a peppercorn spice balanced with a caramel malt.  I found it went well with a vegetable soup and quesadillas.

 

Beer Review: Portsmouth Brewery Schwarzbier with Samoas

Beer: Schwarzbier (with Samoas)
BrewerPortsmouth Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: ***(7.5 of 10)
Comments: So I’ve been abstaining from beer for Lent, and thus I’ve been posting reviews of beers that I took notes about last year but never got around to writing up.  I had to make an exception last week when I traveled to Portsmouth, NH on business, to pay a visit to the Portsmouth Brewery.  They had two cask-conditioned beers available that amusingly had been brewed with Girl Scout cookies.  I had a taste test of the Thin Mint beer, which was too sweet, but got a full pint of the schwarzbier with Samoas.  The beer is black with a thick head, and the Samoa-influence is subtle but you can definitely smell and taste chocolate and cocoanut.  This was a fun twist on a German standard.

Beer Review: CBC Spring Training IPA

Beer:  Spring Training IPA
Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating:  ** (6.9 of 10)
Comments: A hazy, golden-colored beer is defined by lots of carbonation and a thick, big-bubbled head.  There’s a grassy bitter aroma and a taste of strong floral hops.  Even after quaffing for a while, the head is still going strong leaving behind some lacing.  Play ball!

Beer Reviews: Mayflower Smoked Black Lager

Beer: Smoked Black Lager
Brewer: Mayflower Brewing Company
Source: Draught
Rating: ** (6.8 of 10)
Comments:  This limited beer pours with a mahogany hue and a thick head with large bubbles.  The aroma offers hints of caramel and woodsmoke.  The flavor is a blend of sweet and bitter with a clean finish.  The head vanishes quickly.  I found it paired well with the curried vegetables I had for dinner.

Left Hand Polestar Pilsner

Beer: Polestar Pilsner
Brewer: Left Hand Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.5 of 10)
Comments: Served in a frost mug, drinking this beer made me feel like I’d gone back a few generations when no-nonsense men drank simple pilseners in dank bars, like in a Spenser novel.  The beer was straw-colored with little carbonation and surprisingly thin head.  The aroma is mild with some grassyness and citrus notes.  The flavor is also grassy with a biscuit taste and creamy malt undertones.  It leaves behind lots of whispy lacing.  Not bad.

 

Beer Review: Notch Černé Pivo

BeerČerné Pivo
Brewer: Notch Brewing
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.4 of 10)
Comments: This is a dark beer, like a stout or porter, but really a dark lager of a Czech style.  The aroma and taste are sweet like molasses with a peaty, earthy undertone.  An interesting change of pace.

Beer Review: Long Trail Seaport Honey Ginger IPA

Beer: Seaport Honey Ginger IPA
Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Co.
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.6 of 10)
Comments: Like a jar of honey, this beer is golden and sparkling with a finger-width head.  It gives off a scent that is, yup, ginger and honey.  True to its name, the flavor is also ginger with a hint of honey sweetness.  The beer leaves nice stratigraphic levels of lace on the side of glass.  This beer is yummy, assuming that you like ginger.

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