Posted by dugpark on February 19, 2009
Mr. Dave has been on a dark beer kick laterly and definitely gravitating toward the English varieties. Case in point is Nightmare Yorkshire Porter from Hambleton Ales out of the UK. This little brew comes from a pretty established little brewery that has a couple of local awards under their belt… and I can go with that. For the style, this is a winner… not my favorite style, mind you, but pretty tasty. The nose is absolutely the best part of this beer. I could probably smell it all day long and actually think they could make some money if they had a candle with its scent. It is sweet and sugary with notes of roasted caramel. If I close my eyes I can almost smell it again. The nose leads to a solid but not amazing body that keeps with a lighter version of the aroma. Hints of smoke and caramel again with a definite English ale feel to it. Short and crisp finish leaves you wanting to head straight back to that nose again. Overall a good number out of the UK.
JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again
I have seen this one in the grocery market a few times and finally found a piece small enough and cheap enough to buy… :) Cahill’s Irish Porter Cheddaris a funky looking cheese that comes from a couple that is known for it. Mr. Dave and I paired it with the Nightmare and ended up with an ok feeling about it. There really was no porter taste… the cheese is slightly sharp with an overall dark feel to it… hard to explain how something tastes “dark” but just go with it… dry in the mouth with a slight nuttiness, this cheese is not worth the money IMHO. I wouldn’t turn it down if you fed it to me, though… :)
DugPo Rating System©: Middle of the Road (cheese)
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Posted by dugpark on March 8, 2008
Rough day today. Started out by sleeping in past work-out time which ultimately caused me to be driving during prime time driving time and right in the sites of a police man who gave me a ticket for speeding. I can’t lie… I was speeding. Very unfortunate as I have no tickets or accidents in WA state (except for this one, touch wood). So, going to try to have it deferred and will see what happens. Info on deferral is here if you are interested: King County Traffic Infraction Q&A.
So, started the day crappy and was really ready for a good beer tonight (especially since there wasn’t any in our all-afternoon meeting) grr…
Beer of choice, then: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine. Chosen because I needed the high alcohol content (9.6%) and because it is 1 of 3 that I have left in the fridge. :)
About the beer… well… it was ok. The first thing I noticed was a very busy pour with a small head. Plenty of carbonation, but you can just see that it has more alcohol in it. Second thing was the strong, pungent smell that had me thinking IPA. Which it ended up tasting like, as well. Very much like a super-strong, very hoppy IPA that has been pumped up (like Hans and Franz!). Overall a bit strong for my taste, although, I might be of a different mind if I were to be having it with cheese or chocolate as the website suggests instead of french dip and corn…
JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road
Note to self… this is review #94.
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