Posts Tagged ‘Beer’

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.

Beer Review: Moo Thunder Stout

Beer: Moo Thunder Stout
Brewer: Butternuts Beer & Ale
Source: 12 oz. can
Rating: ** (6.5 of 10)
Comments:  It was a dark & foamy beer, with an earthy aroma and a pleasantly malty flavor.  The head dissipates quickly.  Not a bad stout for a relatively low price and poured out of a can!

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