Monday, March 27, 2017

Whitestone Peach Tart Saison

It was a lovely day in central Texas yesterday, sunny and warm with a windy breeze that made for perfect patio drinking weather.  I was fortunate enough to make it out to Cedar Park's Whitestone Brewery with the wife and kids for a crawfish boil, courtesy of Jimmy Vega, and some delicious brews to pair with all the mud bugs and sausage.  I found the brewery's seasonal Peach Tart Saison, a sweet and sour 7% ABV libation, to be a wonderful post boil beverage.  Pouring a cloudy gold with a slight bubbly head, the beer smells of peaches with hints of spice and a little yeast and bread.  The flavor start sweet, the peaches up front, but the sours up with some swirls of citrus and some champagne-like kicks.  I certainly need to get back there soon.  Hooray for beer in the suburbs!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Deschutes Sagefight Imperial IPA

It's officially spring, which means it's IPA season.  From the always excellent and dependable Deschutes comes the Sagefight Imperial IPA, an 8% ABV tasty and intriguing brew.  The beer pours a cloudy gold and smells of hops, spice, citrus, and juniper berries.  The flavor is a complex mix of citrus and hops swirled with juniper berries and sage, all combining in a delightful punch to the mouth.  This beer is perfect for a cool and sunny day, but can totally sneak up on you if you're not careful.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Rye'd The Lightning

Austin's Pinthouse Pizza is probably one of my most favorite places to hang out around town.  It's kid friendly, the grub is good, and i absolutely love their beer.  The mainstays are all great, but the real money is in the seasonal releases.  A strong and heavy dry Irish stout, the Rye'd The Lightning pours dark black and think with a minimal beige head and aromas of malts, cocoa, and coffee.  Predominant flavors of roasted malt with notes of chocolate and coffee prevail, though there are some slight hints of vanilla and booze in the mix of this 9% ABV brew.  I would have more, but i'm afraid it's now all gone.  Here's hoping it gets brewed again soon.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Boulder Nitro Shake Chocolate Porter

I've been back from Denver for a couple of weeks now, and thinking how i need to get back there someday...maybe next time without the kids...to make my way to more breweries and drink way, way more beer.  Anyway, while catching some lunch at the Ale House in downtown Denver, i tried the delicious Shake Chocolate Porter on nitro from Boulder Beer.  The 5.9% ABV brew poured a dark, blackish brown with a foamy white head (as nitros are wont to do) and smelled of malts, chocolate, and coffee.  The flavor was a velvety mix of chocolate and coffee with some hints of caramel and a great blend of sweet and bitter.  I must have this again someday.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Avery Tangerine Quad

Turns out there are a lot of breweries in Colorado.  I was only there for 4 days...with kids...so i was only able to make it to a couple, but Avery Brewing in Boulder most certainly got a visit.  While there in their taproom/brew pub (the food was excellent by the way), i was able to try a handful of different beers, culminating in the Tangerine Quad, a 10.1% ABV Belgian style quadrupel with added tangerine peel and aged in bourbon barrels.  I think it goes without saying that it was magnificent.  Pouring a dark amber, the beer smells of dark fruits, tangerine, and hints of vanilla and alcohol.  The flavor is complex, notes of fruit, vanilla, caramel, bread, and oak swirling together with the tangerine peel in this full-bodied brew, nothing ever overpowering.  All in all, a damn fine beer.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bristol Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

"Make the Empire Great Again!"  Like i wasn't going to buy the beer with storm troopers on the label.

Last week i spent a few days in Denver and was able to sample a hand full of different Colorado brews, as one is wont to do when in Colorado.  The first during the trip (literally just a couple hours after landing) was the 10% ABV Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Bristol Brewing out of Colorado Springs.  The beer pours dark with a fleeting head and smells of malts, oats, hints of chocolate, and booze.  The beer's flavor was predominantly a mix of malt and alcohol but with a little extra tang to make things interesting.  Not a bad way to start the trip...and again, dig on those storm troopers.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Buffalo Bayou Black Raz

Every now and then, a beer can totally serve as a desert, something thick and sweet to end a meal or evening with.  The Black Raz, a delicious chocolate raspberry stout from Houston's Buffalo Bayou Brewing, has you covered.  The beer pours dark black with a nice tan head and smells of roasted malt, raspberry, and hints of vanilla, toffee, and other fruit.  The flavor is a lovely mix of malt, chocolate, raspberry, and cherry that's sweet, but with a roasty back end, and all in an 8% ABV package.  Nothing overpowers.  All in all, a wonderful stout.

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