Commercial Beers -- Blind Tasting Comments...
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|Copper Creek Brewing Company was nice enough to host
our evaluation of these beers.
Copper Creek is Athens' only brewpub and offers
house-made beers and food. It is located in the center of
Athens at 140 E. Washington Street.
Aroma: Brandy, raisins, port,
plums, alcohol, malt.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in
color. Hints of garnet in the light.
Flavor: Coffee-like, chocolate-like,
bit sweet, but not insipid. There is a nice bite from the roasted
grains. Alcohol is apparent in flavor. This is a rich,
full-bodied beer. This would be good with a chocolate
dessert. Cleaner and less fruity than an Imperial Stout.
Hofbrauhaus, Munich, Germany
Aroma: Malt, honey, alcohol, toffee.
Very deep, rich, clean malt aromas.
Appearance: Dark golden and clear.
Flavor: Malty, honey, dried fruit, figs,
toffee, light caramel -- well balanced with malt and subtle hops.
This is a
clean, rich, well-made lager.
Moinette Belgian Ale
Belgian Strong Golden Ale
Brasserie Dupont, Tourpes,
Aroma: Fruit, cloves, spice, malt.
Appearance: Golden with a thick head of
foam. Belgian lacework on glass from foam is attractive.
Flavor: Fruity, soft, malty -- alcohol is
warming. Spice hints are present. Hops are a touch
astringent and lend a dry flavor. The body is medium. This
is a complex, beautiful ale.
Dogfish Head Chicory
Dogfish Head Brewery,
Aroma: Coffee, iced coffee, malt, wood,
Appearance: Jet black.
Flavor: Dry, coffee-like, potato/starchy
hints. Chicory flavor is faint. Finish is a bit
two-dimensional -- dry. Needs a touch more body and chicory
character, but a delicious beer nonetheless.
Bell's Oberon Ale
American Wheat Beer
Kalamazoo Brewing Company,
Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Aroma: Hints of buttered corn? Aroma
is very light.
Appearance: Golden in color with an
Flavor: Grain, medium citrus character,
fruity. Hops are a bit high for style perhaps? Carbonation
is high -- which is OK. One person said this ale was a bit
Aroma: Sweet, light, a bit fruity (not
for style), raisiny.
Appearance: Dark brown -- dark end of
style. Nice ruby highlights.
Flavor: Sweet, fruity, malty, slightly
tart. This bottle could be a little oxidized and old. This
beer deserves a
Helles Bock / Maibock
Sprecher Brewing Company,
Glendale, WI, USA
Aroma: Grain, hops, wort-like, honey.
Appearance: Rich golden, clear, nice
Flavor: Dry for style, toast, hops are
for style, ale-like. Hops are out of balance in regard to malt
(hops overpower the malt). This is a very drinkable and tasty
German Schwarzbier (Black
Kostritzer Brewery, Bad
Aroma: Malt aroma is slight. There
light hints of roast. Low hop aroma. This is a clean aroma
no fruity esters.
Appearance: Deep brown/black in color.
Flavor: Moderate bitterness with hints of
roast. Too dry for style. This is a very clean lager that
could benefit from
a little more malt in body and sweetness.
Lakefront Organic ESB
Strong Bitter/English Pale
Aroma: Light phenols, malt.
Appearance: Light copper in color -- light
end of style.
Flavor: Medium bodied with a grainy, worty
flavor. Carbonation is low (OK for style). Should be a bit
more full and solid
in both malt and hops.
Raftman Whiskey Malt
Belgian Specialty Ale
Unibroue, Chambly, Quebec,
Aroma: Apple and honey. Malty.
Appearance: Dark golden in color and quite
Flavor: Spicy, wheaty, yeasty, with hints
clove. High carbonation with a warming sensation present.
malt and smoke character are almost too light to be noticed.
almost like honey, candi sugar, and light fruit with a medium body.
Sockeye Red IPA
India Pale Ale
Midnight Sun Brewing
Anchorage, AK, USA
Aroma: Caramel, toast, fruit, hops.
Appearance: Creamy head with a nice,
deep copper color.
Flavor: High hop bitterness with a good
balance between sweet malt and bitter hops. Hops are rich,
aggressive, and perhaps
a bit astringent. One person noted a hint of phenol (plastic)
Two Hearted Ale
Kalamazoo Brewing Company,
Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Aroma: A bit syrupy, insipid,
medicinal. Very malty and thick in sweet, perfumy aromas.
Appearance: Light copper/golden in color
Flavor: Malt is the focus. There is
touch of apple character with some lemon/citrus tones from the
This is a fruity, malty ale with some unique characteristics.