Strong Beers 3
Blind Beer Tasting
(Clockwise LtoR): Lari Cowgill, Joanne Maki, Mark King, Jeff Rapp, and Martha DeHart. Photo by Owen Ogletree.
Commercial Beers -- Blind Tasting Comments...
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Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale 2001
Full Sail Brewing Co., Portland, OR, USA
Aroma: Fruity, candied fruit, toffee, plum, currant, and raisins.
Appearance: Dark amber with ruby highlights and low carbonation.
Flavor: Fruity with nice, rich malt. Full mouthfeel, not very bitter for style, toffee/sweetness is strong, could have more American hops for balance. Flavor is good -- not cloying. This is a delicious, warming, powerful ale.
Pike XXXXX Stout 2001-2002
Foreign Extra Stout
Pike Brewing Co., Seattle, WA, USA
Aroma: Roasted grains prominent. Some fruitiness.
Appearance: Deep, attractive black color, low carbonation.
Flavor: Roasted grain obvious, hop bitterness medium, thick mouthfeel -- a thick, roasty, flavorful beer.
Lurgashall Special Reserve Mead
Traditional Mead - Sweet/Still
Lurgashall Winery, Petworth, W. Sussex, UK
Aroma: Honey-like with floral, citrus, alcohol, fruity notes. Quite complex.
Appearance: Very gold and clear. Still (no carbonation).
Flavor: Lots of mouthfeel and warming alcohol. Honey with brandy/port notes, fruity, sweet, nice body, smooth texture, not astringent. This would be a nice, warming, after dinner drink.
Bitter XX Belgian Golden Ale
Belgian Specialty Ale
Brewery De Ranke, Wevelgem, Belgium
Aroma: Spicy, musty, tart, earthy.
Appearance: Golden with bright white foam.
Flavor: Bitterness is high, high carbonation bites the tongue, asprin/metallic-like, hops predominate, light/medium mouthfeel finishes a bit dry. A very interesting ale similar to Orval Trappist Ale.
Unibroue, Chambly, Quebec, Canada
Aroma: Caramel notes, apple-like, winey.
Appearance: Deep gold in color with good clarity.
Flavor: Spice, clove, thick/soft mouthfeel, light toffee notes? Needs more of a dry finish. Mouthfeel is full. A good, complex ale.
Mahr's Weisse Bock
Bamberger Mahr's-Brau, Gebr. Michel, Bamberg, Germany
Aroma: Light aroma of ripe fruit, malt, and no hops.
Appearance: Light brown in color, cloudy.
Flavor: Salty, mineral-like, raisins, wheat, a hint of clove -- mild flavors for style. A hint of oxidation (sherry) character is present and good for style. No hop flavor or bitterness. A bit weak for style, but very pleasant.
Schwarzbier (Black Beer)
Kulbacher Brauerei, Kulmbach, Germany
Aroma: Malty with hints of roast. Clean with no fruity esters.
Appearance: Dark ruby in color, pretty.
Flavor: A nice chocolate flavor with a hint of bitterness. Clean and smooth -- very drinkable. Not very rich -- a bit dry for style -- needs a bit more residual sweetness.
Sweetwater Festive Ale 2001
Sweetwater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA, USA
Aroma: Fruit, malt, licorice, allspice -- nice, balanced aroma.
Appearance: Beautiful, dark brown..
Flavor: Medium/full body, rich, ginger, nutmeg, pleasant, dark malt is flavorful (not astringent). Could be a bit richer in spice notes. A smooth, flavorful beer with character.
Harviestoun Brewery, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, UK
Aroma: Black currant, fruity aroma with no butterscotch character.
Appearance: Black color -- garnet-like.
Flavor: Needs more coffee-like notes. Mouthfeel is medium. Not very complex. A rich, fruity ale with subtle notes of dark malt.
Russian Imperial Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma, CA, USA
Aroma: Licorice, dark fruit notes. Roastiness is restrained.
Appearance: Large head, huge carbonation, reddish-black in color.
Flavor: Suggestion of cocoa, very full-bodied and rich. Hints of minor plastic, band-aid, clove (slightly infected perhaps?). A flavorful, thick beer with minor problems.
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