I have, after careful consideration, decided to skip the grading of the beers I try/review. It is unnecessary and only confuses me, you, and the real issue: The enjoyment of good beer!! If it sounds from what I or anyone else writes, as though you’d enjoy a certain brew, find it and drink it, and let’s not worry about grading these fine beers. Punctum Satis.
Mokah, Southern TierBrewing Co. Lakewood, NY, USA. 10%ABV. Blackwater Series. A Stout brewed with Chocolate and Coffee.
“As scientists, our brewers utilize their materials to exacting standards. As artists, they couldn’t resist the temptation to combine two of our highly acclaimed Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. Alone each is perfect, but together as Mokah they are an inimitable expression of two of the world’s most sought after flavors. Enjoy Mokah stout with – or as – your favorite dessert!”
Southern Tier calls this an Imperial Blended Stout. About the ingredients, they go on: “Ale yeast, four varieties of malts, two varieties of hops, natural chocolate, roasted coffee, barley flakes. Malts: 2-row, caramel, chocolate and black malt. Hops: Columbus”
So, they used two types of hops, but this is the only one I find mentioned by name.
Pours an impenetrable brown-black, with a choko-brown head; great retention, nice lacing, rich, thick.. The nose is chocolate mousse! Sweet, round choko with some coffee. First taste, is full of roasted malts of a nice fullness and some coffee in taste and bitterness. then slowly, the sweetness of the chocolate comes through, and the tail end is a lingering big kiss of chocolate and coffee. As it warms, the coffee and chocolate bitterness come through, and the whole is quite beguiling. For me, considering what it isn’t (a Russian Imperial, or an oak-aged anything) a very good beer. The recommendation from the brewery: “Enjoy Mokah Stout with - or as - your favorite dessert” is perfect. I’d say for Cheistmas brunch, or by the fire on a cold winter afternoon. or, as I did, preparing to barbecue in late august.. Not a beer to drink every night, but if you enjoy stouts, you should really try this. Grading: I have, after careful consideration, decided to skip the grading of the beers I enjoy. It is completely unnecessary, and only confuses me, you and above all, the beers we all LOVE!
roxsox10 said: Excellent head photo on the Mississippi Fire Ant. Had mine straight out of the can last week so that's a new & welcome sight.
I shoot ‘em in my kitchen or on my deck. Thanks!
Colorado Freedom Memorial Blond Ale. Dry Dock Brewing. 5.5% ABV.
“Pours a very light gold. Has a distinct fruitiness to the nose, with some light hops. As a friend likes to say: On a hot day after mowing your lawn, tjis would be a perfect beer; it’s tasty and drinkable! It has a lot in common with a good Kolsch, but with a hint of more sweetness, mixed with the typical fruitiness. Light, and thirst-quenching, One could easily drink two or three of these as it doesn’t lose its balance, between sweet, fruity and light noble-hops. A well-made beer for all beer drinkers, Craft- and Macro-beer lovers will all enjoy this tasty blond. Serve this at 39-45 F, just like a Kolsch to get the best of its fine qualities!”
This was what I wrote for a store’s weekly flyer some months ago. All I would add is that it isn’t special in any way really, other than being a very drinkable, simple brew. Not necessarily worth the money, but not a bad beer.
Colorado Freedom Memorial Blonde Ale will be available on tap at Dry Dock, as well as on tap and in 22-ounce bombers around the state while supplies last. The beer is 5.5% ABV with 18 IBUs. It’s slightly sweet with just a touch of bitterness, and a floral aroma from the addition of Challenger hops.
Dry Dock Brewing will donate one dollar from every bomber sold to the Colorado Freedom Memorial Fund.
John Bull Troubled with the Blue Devils, 1799. Hand colored etching by Isaac Cruikshank
New Glarus Brewing Co Serendipity. Fruited Sour Ale 5.1% ABV.
Color: Dark red mahogany. Nose: FRUIT! and more fruit. After repeated sniffs, they take on just a hint of a sour edge, but you can already smell sweetness in there.. There’s a little of the smell of one of those sour bonbons, but wholly natural; it smells of real fruit. As you take a sip, it feels as though tart fruit coats your mouth, with other flavors hidden in the middle, sort of.. The acidity makes me think of rhubarb.. This beer manages to walk the tightrope between sour and sweet extremely well; sometimes it tastes sweet, although it always gives you a tart note. And then sometimes, maybe depending on what you’ve had before, the sour completely controls the flavor. Fruit is it; there is some traditional “beer” flavor on the tongue as it warms. A faint hint of biscuit malts, but it fades into the fruity tartness and is gone. The blurb on the bottle doesn’t lie: it “is a wondrous celebration that sparkles your senses and dances across your palate” Chock-full of fruit, it manages what many sour-style beers don’t: It is sweet and sour, not just puckeringly tart, and the flavor of the Wisconsin fruit is wonderful. Apples, cherries and cranberries are all in there, and can all be found in the melee of juice and beer. This beer hits the sourness right on the nose for me; I really don’t like the sours which make me pucker so hard I could sharpen a pencil up my sphincter after drinking them. I know, I know, there are beers better suited to my palate, leave those ones to the already confirmed disciples in the church of tart fruit. And I will, kinda.. I shall readily admit that even this beer isn’t really my cuppa tea after a whole big bottle; just too much. Maybe it would be better for me on tap, or in a smaller bottle. But the taste is great… I would have wanted to taste the oak a little more clearly, I suppose.. Oh well… there you have it. A great beer, by any definition, which i should’ve shared with someone. Grade: High 2.
Anderson Valley Brewing Co: The Kimmie, The Yink, and The Holy Gose; the latest release in the brewery’s session beer series. 4.2% ABV.
Pours a clear, light pilsner/blonde gold, initially very frothy, but it subsides quickly and leaves no lacing. The nose is light, slightly tart, with some malt in the background, but driven by salty tartness. The first sip is surprising if you’re new to this style; a light lactic tartness spreads on your tongue, followed by a lightly salt acidity. It is very refreshing! As it rolls off the tongue, some biscuit malts follow, but ever so light! This is a real hot-weather thirst-quencher, and as such it is very good and refreshing. Otherwise, I wouldn’t really bother.. Grade: Medium 3.
Ale to the Chief.
The White House just released their secret beer recipe.
Everybody should save this for future brewing
Amazing! Secret is out
Mississippi Fire-ant from Southern Prohibition Brewing, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. 8.0%ABV. 80 IBU’s. OG: 18 Plato.
Southern Prohibition Brewing in Hattiesburg, Mississippi only opened thir gates in April of 2013, so they haven’t had a lot of time to dial their production in. They call this an Imperial Red Ale, and for good reason. The color is a dark, murky brownish red, with a big, frothy candy-white head which lingers and leaves plentiful lacing. The nose is sweet, caramely malts, and light hops. The taste is quite frankly, lovely. Now, if you’re a hop-head, into IPA’s with light bodies and lots of piney hops, a la Avery’s Dugana, you’ll be disappointed; that is simply not what this beer is all about. Big waves of caramel and roast malts roll over your tongue, with just enough hops not to let it capsize into liquid toasted sugar. The hops are present, and in many other beers with this IBU they’d be at the forefront, but here they perform an unsubtle, muscular balancing-act. I couldn’t see myself drinking more than one of these 16oz’ers at a sitting; it would get too sickly sweet. But well chilled, left to warm in your glass, and quaffed in big greedy mouthfuls, it’s quite delicious. Actually, after sayibg all that, it is great when it warms to.. it takes on an almost chocolate-caramel flavor. By no means complex, refined or even special, this is nevertheless a very good beer, and I wish the brewery all the best on their future journey. I will have one again as soon as I can! Grade: Medium 4.