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Deschutes Black Butte XXI

Posted by dugpark on January 23, 2010

Deschutes Black Butte XXI is a new take on the old Black Butte Porter.  Thick and viscous, this brew has both chocolate nibs and coffee beans (dry hop) in it, giving it a solid hit of each.  Chocolate in the nose, coffee in the body. Rich and velvety finish.  Nice and smooth for an 11% monster.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Posted by dugpark on September 12, 2009

Yet another brew from our good friends at Stone, Stone Imperial Russian Stout.  This will be review number 10 for the brewery… I figure that is quite a few.   Average for them is Will Buy Again with only one Middle of the Road and this isn’t going to buck that trend… :)  Nose is chocolate for sure and as they say on the bottle, you can smell the  roastiness, as well.   The body is hard and dark… bitter chocolate, like the dark chocolate you can buy special in the store… not 80% cocoa, but probably 65% or so.  Finish is nice and clean and short… this doesn’t come across like a 10.8% ABV at all.  Nice work yet again.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Brewery Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence

Posted by dugpark on March 2, 2009

I am pretty sure I am supposed to really, really like Brewery Omeggang… but I just can’t get myself to go over the top… I mean they don’t really make a bad beer… but amongst all of the flavorful and unique brews out there I just can’ get them past will buy again or middle of the road.  Again, not that bad… really… but I think there is some self imposed peer pressure out there and I have a complex about it.  Ok. Done. On to the blog.

Another beer brought to you by Mr. Dave… Chocolate Indulgence… thanks sir for providing. :)  Of course, you see the label… you think chocolate… but I tell you that it isn’t there.  Not sure how much they use but they need to at least double it up because the chocolate is as absent as contraception on prom night.   There is a bit of a Belgian nose to it… but absolutely no chocolate in either the body or the the nose… really.  I do catch tell tales signs of malt and coffee in there, which aren’t bad mixed with the Belgian yeast and overall presentation but if you were hoping for chocolate, you should wait and go with the Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock.  That is where the money is, my friends.

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road

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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Posted by dugpark on December 23, 2008

Part of their Extreme Beers collection, Samuel Adams has something special here with their Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock.  Dark and foreboding, this chocolate beer completely lives up to its name and delivers a truly outstanding experience. Smooth and silky, the chocolate isn’t only present, but it is up on the podium leading my mouth in a beautiful rendition of the hokey pokey, turning itself around and leaving me utterly thrilled.  It doesn’t have the best nose on the block, but where it lacks that, it makes up for it in every other category. The body and finish aren’t too sweet, but they don’t have any bitterness to take away from the overall experience, either. Big thanks to Dave for picking this up at Malt & Vine the other day and sharing some with me… :)

A good read on their website:

Samuel Adams® partnered Felchlin, a renowned Swiss chocolatier, to develop a unique innovation, Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock. We started with a complex selection of carefully roasted malts combined with hand-selected Noble hops from Bavaria, the world’s oldest growing area. After using a centuries old brewing process, called Krausening, we slowly aged the beer on a bed of rare dark cocoa nibs from Felchlin®, a renowned Swiss chocolatier. Known for their quality these wild cocoa nibs, harvested from the rainforest of Northern Bolivia, impart complex aromas and flavors of chocolate, honey and vanilla in the beer. The resulting beer, Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock, has a big, malty character that is combined with the subtle sweetness of chocolate, giving this brew a complex full-body taste with a velvety finish.

Tettnang-Tettnanger and Spalt hops were hand-selected from the world’s oldest growing area and combined with a complex selection of malts including two-row Pale, Munich and Caramel to create a rich and satisfying brew. This dark beer has a big, malty character that is combined with the subtle sweetness of chocolate. Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock was aged on a bed of cocoa nibs to create its unique layers of flavor. As the beer matured, the fruity, tart, earthy and chocolate aromas were released into the liquid to give the brew a complex, full -bodied taste with a velvety finish. A hint of vanilla was added to meld the symphony of flavors together.

JBB6 Rating: For the Win

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Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

Posted by dugpark on October 14, 2008

I have been on a kick lately with the stout or porter and coffee mix.  So, when I noticed Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout at Fred Meyer, I absolutely had to buy it.  I am generally a big fan of Lagunitas and had high hopes here. 

Lighter than expected, this stout was nearly translucent.  It was also more bitter than expected, but not in a terrible way.  There were only gentle hints of coffee, though you could definitely tell it was in there.  I poured a glass of Kona Brewing Company – Pipeline Porter and tasted them side by side and you could definitely get more coffee out of the Kona.  The roasted malts were very strong, even so much so that I had to have a little chocolate to go along with it to mellow it out a bit.  That was a really wise choice, though, as they both complimented each other.

At the end of the day, Lagunitas has done an ok job here.  It doesn’t hold a candle to the Pipeline porter in color, texture, or taste, but it isn’t a bad showing.

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road

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Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Posted by dugpark on October 4, 2008

Check out the site they have for this beer: Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.  I love the picture of the bottle, the glass, and the pour.  Really great photography and just an outstanding web page to show off the beer. 

As far as the beer itself, though, I think the website out does it a bit.  This beer was tasted by “The Belly” and Katrina and neither of them liked it at all.  Some even had to be poured out, which is a shame.  I made my way through mine and it grew on me as it warmed up, but at the end of it, this one had a few things wrong that would keep me from buying it again.  Primarily the aftertaste… As I have found with several other oatmeal stouts, this one had a bit of a chemical taste to it… similar to what I had with the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout.  Other than that, the color and head were great.  Very, very dark as the site notes and shows.  The other interesting aspect was the nose, which was strong and smelled of roasted malt and chocolate. 

In the end, this one didn’t come through for me.

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Posted by simonpo on September 7, 2008

Ah, probably my favourite Californians – Anderson Valley Brewing Company know how to knock out a good bottle of beer or two, and I’ve more than enjoyed every single thing of theirs that I’ve tried. As lady luck would have it, this bottle of Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is no exception.

Black as night in the glass with a hint of ebony around the edges, a dark bitter chocolate aroma and a foamy brown head to top things off, things start well for Barney Flats as he pays his first visit to my house. First impression is of something smooth, silky smooth and rich with a creamy texture and a healthy helping of oats and warm rich malt, finishing on a tender hoppy note that piques the interest.

Packed full of flavour and general all-around goodness, AVBC do everything right with this stout. A kick-ass beer that deserves your attention.

JBB6 Rating: For the Win

 

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Bear Republic Big Bear Stout

Posted by dugpark on September 7, 2008

This… this is a fine stout: Bear Republic Big Bear Stout.  On a night where we tasted 5 or 6 new porters and stouts, this one stood out.  Fed it to the neighbors, even, and they liked it just as much.  All of the goodness that a big stout should have… roasted malt, chocolate, caramel… it was all there, including an 8.1% ABV. 

Poured dark and heady (although the picture shows it after it died down), this one had a fine complexity that has to come from the ingredients and brewing process as described on the site.  Check it out for a detailed description.

Thanks to Bear Republic for a fine, fine brew.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Michelob Porter

Posted by dugpark on September 3, 2008

Dark for sure, this one looked interesting so I thought I would take it for a test drive tonight… at $5.99 a six pack, it was a pretty good deal, as well. 

Michelob has been interesting to me… they obviously want to appear like a craft brewery or a micro, since they are really putting out quite a few “specialty” beers.  But I just don’t think they can get away from the big American brewery style that taints the rest of what they do.  That was not exception for Michelob Porter.

Not a bad beer, again, by any means, but it really just isn’t something that tickles my fancy.  It has a dark color, a dark body, and dark finish, but it lacks complexity and character.  You can taste the malt and the chocolate.  The coffee escapes me and while the label says raspberry and pine, I don’t get that either.

Overall not one to put in the fridge again.

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road

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Quilter’s Irish Death

Posted by dugpark on April 29, 2008

Tonight was the night to open one of the stronger beers.  It has been a long week (only Tuesday, I know) and I need some of the hard stuff… at least something with some kick.  So, I reached for Quilter’s Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg, WA.  A somewhat local brewery that hasn’t been open for long, but can make a good tasting beer, that is for sure.

I learned a few things about this beer tonight.  First, it is a dark, malty stout beer with a smooth finish.  Second, that it goes rather well with Rice Krispie Treats.  Really…

Good pour, nice and dark but slightly transparent.  Good head for a stout.  Good smell… can smell the roastedness of the beer.  And the flavor, at 47.4 °F was just about right.  The malt is definitely there, which gives this one a good depth of flavor.  I note some slight chocolate undertones, as well.  Their descripion on the website says there are a bunch of ingredients, so that could be one of the reasons I had a hard time really pinning anything down.

Overall, a good beer.  In a land of good stouts, though, I don’t think they stand out that much, so I give them middle of the road. 

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road

 

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