Commercial Beers -- Blind Tasting Comments...
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Rogue Ales - Newport, OR, USA
Russian Imperial Stout (11% abv)
Aroma: Coffee grounds, espresso
Appearance: Very black and viscous.
Flavor: Roasty with a great
espresso-like finish. Not very acidic. Hop content is
substantial and the finish is bitter-sweet. Malt, roasted barley,
and hops all work together extremely well to make this a rich, luscious
dark ale. This is an impressive beer with a warming, dark
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown, PA, USA
American-style Barleywine (11% abv)
Aroma: Lots of resiny, spicy
Appearance: Clear with light
carbonation and a bright amber color.
Flavor: American hop flavor and
bitterness are floral and pleasant. This is a malty beer with a
terrific hop/malt balance. Smooth yet assertive - hops resonate
on the tongue. A splendid Barleywine that is very delicious.
King and Barnes Brewery - Horsham, W. Sussex, UK
English Barleywine (9.5% abv)
Aroma: Plums, raisins, perfume and
Appearance: Mahogany with a slight
haze and very low carbonation.
Flavor: Viscous with a mild,
pleasant sourness and heavy mouthfeel. There are undertones of
herbs, plum, and maple syrup. The mouthfeel coats the tongue and
flavors of caramel appear in the finish. This beer has a good
balance between bitterness and sweetness.
World Wide Stout
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Lewes, DE, USA
Imperial Stout (18% abv)
Aroma: Winey and cordial-like with notes
of whiskey and rum.
Appearance: Jet black with a very light
Flavor: This is more like a liqueur than
an Imperial Stout. This beer is very high in alcohol warmth and
alcohol flavor, and has notes of strong plum, syrup, maple, and
port. It has a big mouthfeel and is outrageous and
impressive. Very high end of this style and goes overboard on
many parameters of an Imperial Stout. This is a sipping beer with
roast/coffee character in the background. Quite an experience.
Benchmark Old Ale
Portland Brewing Company - Portland, OR, USA
Old Ale (9.9% abv)
Aroma: Mild alcohol, hops, light malt and
Appearance: Dark copper in color -- clear
with a mild white foam.
Flavor: Beautiful floral hop flavor with
good malt for balance. Not a very bitter ale and lacks any
sherry-like, oxidative character. May be better with some
age. Extremely pleasant and drinkable.
Castle Brewery Eggenberg - Vorchdorf, Austria
Red Ale with whiskey malt (7.3% abv)
Aroma: Honey and fruit with a touch of
alcohol and sourness in the aroma.
Appearance: Golden with a clear, white
head of foam.
Flavor: Malt and honey with a very
restrained hop bitterness. This exhibits a fine malt flavor, but
is not sweet. There is a bit of butterscotch, smoke, and dark
toast in the flavor.
Brasserie De Silly - Silly, Belgium
Strong Scotch Ale (8% abv)
Aroma: Raisins, candy, fruit,
caramel, and toffee.
Appearance: Dark amber with light
Flavor: Butterscotch notes.
Sweet, fruity, candy-like with hints of cherry. Malt character is
a bit too sweet for this style. There is no hint of roast or
smoke. Too fruity and not "Scottish" enough. However, this
is a very delicious ale.
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company - Portland, OR, USA
Historical Dortmunder Altbier with smoked malts (10% abv)
Aroma: Earthy, horsey, Brettanomyces
notes. Aroma also is sour and fruity with hints of smoke.
Appearance: Dark brown and hazy with a tan
Flavor: Sour, salty, citrusy, earthy, and
cellar-like with a bitter finish. This is a very complex and
unusual beer with a unique, rustic character. Slight infection
could be present. Not for everyone's taste.
Brewing Company - San Marcos, San Diego, CA, USA
Aroma: American hops, butter, pine,
and wood resin.
Appearance: Very slight haze with a
deep golden color.
Flavor: Hop/malt balance is
commendable, but the hop choice is a bit harsh and medicinal.
Malt character includes delicious toasty and buttery notes..
Raspberry Imperial Stout
Weyerbacher Brewing Company - Easton, PA, USA
Imperial Stout with Fruit (8% abv)
Aroma: Fruit, wood-like hops, roast,
flowers, tannins, and raspberries. The aroma is complex, yet mild.
Appearance: Thick foam with hints of red
and amber color. The beer is very black.
Flavor: There is a great raspberry flavor
and finish blended with chocolate and an alcohol presence. There
is a dry, medium/full mouthfeel and body. This beer could perhaps
use a bit more malt sweetness to backup the fruit. A very
pleasant, pleasing beer that is light in roasted grain character (so
the raspberries come through more).