So with the mix of the holidays and being sick, I did a horrid job at updating this blog and have been nagged enough to finally sit down and do it. I had a few great beers over the holiday week which were pretty hard to keep down considering I had both strep throat and the stomach flu. So seriously, just be proud of me for drinking the beers even if I did fail at blogging…although, I have to admit the bubbles in the beer helped my throat.
Beer #75 was Black Jack Porter from Free State Brewery in Lawrence, KS. The color of the beer was a deep, deep brown, but not quite black. There was a very small, lightly tanned head that disappeared over the surface of the body of the beer pretty quickly. The beer had a medium amount of carbonation in it, but it was also very smooth-bodied. The beer was rich in roasted chocolate and coffee flavors. Overall, not a bad porter.
Beer #76 was Stingo (An English-style ale). This delicious bottle of beer was a collaboration between Boulevard Brewery in Kansas City, Missouri and Pretty Things Brewery in Sommerville, Massachusettes. This is hands down one of the best beers I’ve had. The color is a deep brown with a nice smooth head. The aroma and taste of the beer is rich with coffee, chocolates, brown sugar, and malts. The beer finishes at the very end with a very slight, but noticeable, tart, hence the name Stingo. I looked up some more information about this type of beer, and I guess it’s a 17th century style English beer that is rarely made now. If you get your hands on one of these, enjoy it slowly as you may never get another one like it again!
ABV: 8.5%; IBU: 35
Beer #77 was an Irish Style Lager from Rogue brewery in Oregon. This beer had a nice hazy orange golden color to it with a medium thickness, but frothy, head. This is a light-bodied beer that offers a smooth taste of wheat. There is also a tart, apple/orange-like citrus sweetness that infiltrates the body of the beer and lingers on the palate. This is a very clean, crisp light beer and one I would enjoy again.
ABV: 5%; IBU: 28
Beer #78 was Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery in Colorado. This beers pours an extremely dark, dark brown…it is on the verge of being black. There is a medium smooth head added on top of the body. The first thing you really smell and taste from this beer is a decadent amount of rich dark chocolate malts and roasted coffee beans. However, toward the end, you get an interesting light flavor palate of vanilla swirling in. I honestly taste more porter than vanilla in this brew, and I wish they had put more of a vanilla taste in it. However, it’s not a bad brew, and one I would probably have again as a dessert brew.
ABV: 4.7%; IBU 16
And finally, Beer #79 was The Sixth Glass, another Smokestack brew from Boulevard Brewery in Kansas City, Missouri. This beer pours a deep amber and the head is huge when you first pour it. Make sure you pour this one slowly with a good tilt in your glass. The head will dissipate quickly though and leave very small traces of lacing behind. The aroma and taste of this beer is just delectable. It has a malty sweetness, and you get strong hints of toffee, brown sugar and and yeast, and you also can taste a good amount of the alcohol content in here. This baby is an excellent brew, but be careful of the high alcohol content. One glass of this will make you feel pretty warm and fuzzy inside. And it went deliciously with a pork-chop that I just had to show you.
ABV: 10.5%; IBU: 22
Alrighty…think I’m caught up for now. I haven’t had today’s beer yet, but I have a feeling it’s going to be full of hops. Stay tuned!