Posts Tagged ‘Beers’

Beer Review: Harpoon Pilot Coconut Porter

Beer: Pilot Coconut Porter
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.2 of 10)
Comments:  This special Pilot beer, allegedly only available at the Harpoon Brewery, was on tap at the Granary Tavern in Boston.  It seemed like it would be a unique beer, and it certainly was.  As expected for a porter, it was a deep dark brown, although surprisingly my pint had no head and actually the beer seemed very flat (perhaps a bad pour?).  I could only smell a faint hint of coconut, but it was definitely in the flavor along with a bitter dark chocolate taste and a velvety mouthfeel.  The porter seemed to be strong in alcohol and more like a strange cocktail than a beer in many ways.  An interesting beer experience, but not one that will go down as a favorite.

Beer Review: Pretty Things Lovely St. Winefride

Beer: Lovely St. Winefride
Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: **** (8.0 of 10)
Comments: Lovely St. Winifrede is dark & foamy.  The aroma is sweet with a whiff of alcohol.  The taste is spicy, then hoppy, with a clean finish.  The head dissipated quickly with no lacing.   This is a good “meat & potatoes” beer

 

 

Beer Review: Slumbrew My Better Half

Beer: My Better Half
Brewer: Somerville Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.9 of 10)
Comments: A golden amber with very little carbonation, this caramel-scented beer has the unique flavor combination of sweet orange cream with a chocolate aftertaste.  The head is thin and the lacing is erratic, but this brew is yummy.

 

Beer Review: Cold Smolder Smoked Lager

Beer: Cold Smolder
Brewer: The Tap Brewing Company
Source: 22  oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.7 of 10)
Comments: A straw-colored beer with a thin head.  The “smoked” scent if faint, but it offers a toasted and pleasantly bitter flavor.  Lots of lace lines the glass post-quaffing.  A nice take on the smoked beer.

 

Beer Review: Allagash Dubbel Ale

Beer: Dubbel Ale
Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.3 of 10)
Comments: This beer pours a cloudy amber with a big-bubbled head.  There’s a whiff a caramel, and the beer is tingly then sweet.  A well-crafted, strong all-around ale.

Beer Review: CBC Big Man IPA

Beer: Big Man IPA
Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.2 of 10)
Comments: Not a big IPA fan, so take that into account.  This beer poured out with no head and an ice tea brown color.  There’s a sort of sweet, caramel malt aroma with hints of floral hops.  The hops packed a bitter wallop up front followed by a clean finish.  This seems like a real meat & potatoes kind of beer.

 

Beer Review: The Tap Snowbound English Old Ale

Beer: Snowbound English Old Ale
Brewer: The Tap Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.5 of 10)
Comments: This beer is designed for sipping in front of a fire in a pub on a cold winter’s eve, and it fills this role well.  It’s a dark brown beer, with a thin head, and lots of bubbles.  The aroma is malty with a red wine scent.  The taste is very malty with hints of burnt chocolate and raisins.  The beer leaves light lacing on the glass.

 

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