Posted by dugpark on June 10, 2008
Kept the wife up a bit to sit with me while I tasted tonight’s brew. Can’t say either of us enjoyed the experience, though, which is unfortunate.
On the docket was a really cool looking bottle from “Oregon’s Oldest Craft Brewery” BridgePort Stumptown Tart. Being that it is “Oregon’s Oldest Craft Brewery”, and being that the label kicks ass, I thought this would be another one I could rank up there with the Monk’s Flemish Ale… I was so, so mistaken.
BridgePort has had mixed reviews on this blog. The last “Big Brew” from them was pretty good… their BridgePort Old Knucklehead. I wish I could say the same here, really I do.
The problem with the Stumptown Tart is that it is too tart with no counterbalance. I have caught myself doing the Dumb and Dumber piss drinking tick twice since I started the bottle. I actually prefered the beer at about 45 degrees vs. when I let it warm up to 53 degrees or so. Still, the nice color and pour and label just couldn’t overcome the lackluster performance of this too-tart-for-its-own-good beer.
JBB6 Rating: Just Not Right
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Posted by dugpark on April 30, 2008
A weight was lifted today. I made it through something that has been heavy on my mind and so, I wanted to cap it off with something a little more sophisticated than normal. Ok… really… wine isn’t necessarily more sophisticated than beer (IMO), but it just sounds fancier, doesn’t it?
So, BridgePort Old Knucklehead graced my glass tonight. Bridgeport Brewery hasn’t really done that great on this blog. Their brown and their pale ale were just ok… I might have to change my opinion, though, after tasting tonight’s beer.
This Old Knucklehead comes from a long tradition of Old Knuckleheads and I am proud to say that tonights (012) is the newest of the bunch… even newer than what they have on their website (011). This version is slightly higher in alcohol content (10% ABV) and doesn’t have some guy on the front.
As far as taste goes, Old Knucklehead is strong, very strong. You can notice the it has “legs” when you swirl it around the glass. I tasted it at 53.7 °F tonight and it had very strong malt and hops with what I swear is somewhat of a rice wine flavor to it. Next time I should taste it with some sake… Good head, great dark amber color. A beer that you don’t guzzle… this one is meant to drink slow and for maximum enjoyment. Overall a great beer.
JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again
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