Ægir Bryggeri Lynchburg Natt Imperial Porter

Ok, stick with me, I know that first word looks a little funny, but this beer is Norwegian! Ægir is Old Norse for “sea” and is the king of the ocean and all its creatures in Norse mythology. Yes I had to look all that up, and double yes I had to copy and paste “Ægir” cuz I don’t know how to do the funny A and E squished together thing. I can’t even pronounce it. Someone teach me?

So Jack Daniels Bourbon barrels went all the way over to Norway, the beer was aged in them, (hence the “Lynchburg”) and then bottled and shipped ALL the way back to California, just so I could put it my face and then tell you all about it. This beer has come a long way! Let’s try it!

The Verdict:

From the moment I opened the beer, I could smell the bourbon. Not in a “AHH it’s burning my nose” way, but I could smell the aromas that normally come with good whiskey. Cherry and a little vanilla from the barrels, and some chocolate from the porter. Kind of like a cherry cordial? But not so sweet. All of that came out in the flavor, a little bit of coffee in there too, but the good kind this time. But the bourbon was right up front. I found myself going through the steps I’d been instructed at multiple whiskey tastings I’ve been to. Sniff. Sip. Small swallows. Exhale through the nose. The more this beer warmed up, the more the 10% alcohol came out.

What Have We Learned?

I really enjoyed this beer. I think it appealed to my sweet tooth, without being sweet. Although that alcohol coming out later became a bit of a bother and really slowed me down. Which made the beer warm up, which slowed me down, etc. I would recommend either keeping what you’re not drinking chilled, or sharing this bottle with a friend. But buy two bottles, cuz you’ll want more.

Wow, a Norwegian beer! A good one too! The label says they have beers that “run the gamut of taste” so I guess they have all kinds of beers. I’m gonna have to hunt down more of these beers by Ægir (spellcheck is not Norwegian). Luckily I have discovered manymany beer stores here in Fremont, all of which have an amazing and varied selection! If you notice I haven’t tried your favorite beer yet, let me know and I’ll see if I can find it! Drop me a line here, or email me at beerdaily@gmail.com. You can even follow me on twitter @beerdailyblog. I think I’m starting to figure Twitter out. Yeah yeah, old dog, new trick, quiet you.

-Dex

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Published in: on July 9, 2013 at 22:25  Leave a Comment  

Widmer Brothers Reserve Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout

Well I apologize for the fact that I’ve been gone for a little while…….IT’S BEEN A YEAR?!?! Jen mei NAI-shing duh FWO-tzoo! It seems life got in the way of life for a little longer than I thought it would. Guess I should catch you up on whats been going on.
Still in Fremont, got new job, got new hobbies, been really busy (also lazy), still looking for new beers to try and talk about.

Great, you’re caught up. NOW ON TO THE- oh crap one more thing. One of the main reasons I was inspired to start blogging again was my friend Suzanne has started a blog about MEAT! Specifically Salumi. Ah, meat and beer, a match made in heaven. So go check her out (http://suzysalumista.com/) if you’re into charcuterie and salami and all delicious things like that! She’s awesome! NOW ON TO THE BEER!!!

Yes, friends, fellows, beer drinkers, it’s ANOTHER Widmer Brothers Reserve! Being the chocoholic that I am, I couldn’t pass this one up! Here we go!

The Verdict:

I could tell straight from the pour into the glass that this is a thick beer. Somehow, I could even tell by the smell, that it is a thick beer. What hits my nose is a smell of rich coffee and GOOD dark chocolate, not that waxy crap you get at Easter. I’m talking about the stuff you take a bite of, close your eyes, and don’t chew. Yeah, that kind of dark chocolate. The first mouthful is…..good. This is another one of those beers that changes depending on how you drink it. As it moves through the mouth, it seems to change from chocolate, to pure coffee (not my favorite) then if I exhale through my nose as I swallow, the chocolate came back a bit! However, if I hold it in my mouth, I can taste…..red wine? Huh. Maybe that was just the 9.3% alcohol coming out. The strong coffee seems to last however. And last and last….

What Have We Learned?

Presto Changeo! It’s David Copperbeer! This beer was a shapeshifter alright, and a pretty intense one. I thought it was ok at first, then I started to like it the more I drank, then……I slowed down. That coffee just proved too much for me in the end. I got a second bottle, but I’ll prolly end up splitting it with my roommate. I wished there had been a bit more chocolate flavor in this beer. There was definitely some there, but I almost felt like I had to hunt for it in every sip. The bad news is, this is the first WBR I can say I prolly won’t buy again. If you like coffee, you’ll prolly have a different experience, but this beer took me a while to finish.

The good news is, I’ve got some new and different beers in the queue to be tasted and reviewed! They aren’t all WBR, I promise! The old tasting notebook has been dusted off and is ready to rock! Joseph and I are a team once more! Yeah! ::Freeze-Frame-High-Five!::

-Dex

Published in: on July 8, 2013 at 23:00  Comments (2)  

Widmer Brother Reserve Kill Devil Brown Ale

Good news! I moved to Fremont and am living in an apartment with a new car and am generally feeling like a responsible adult. (we shall see how long that lasts.) Bad news! My notebooks didn’t make the move and are somewhere in the pile of crap I left at my parents house. SO, in a Bill O’Reilly-esque moment, I thought, “DO IT LIVE!” So here we go, no notebook, just typing as I taste.

This is a limited edition Widmer I picked up at my new favorite store that is on the way home from where I work. Willow Market in Menlo Park. They claim to have 1,000 craft beers in stock. It’s like a beer lovers mecca, and the one staff member I’ve met so far (HI KIETH!) was super friendly, even though I was there at almost midnight. But you didn’t come here to hear me yap about my life! On to the BEER!

The Verdict:

The smell has a great maltiness (shut up spellcheck) and its super sweet. You can definitely smell the molasses and sugar is was brewed with. The mouthfeel is quite thick, like….well molasses. The flavor is strong all the way through, starting with sweet brown sugar and then morphing into molasses, then black licorice, then malt and then a hint of hops, before hitting you with the 9.5% alcohol. Wow this a pretty intense beer. I liken it more to the first WBR I tried, the Prickly Pear Braggot, in the fact that it’s sweet (kinda like me) intense (also me) and high alcohol content (me on a Saturday night), but still very drinkable.

What have we learned?

Still loving these WBR beers! I guess the Barrel Aged Brrrbon was so popular they made is a seasonal. Good choice Widmer. God that beer was good. I didn’t enjoy this one as much, but it It’s still quite tasty, though it DOES border on too sweet. Not a “session” beer, you can’t knock back four or so of these quickly. Or four slowly.  Just stick with one a night. Especially because as always, these beers are pretty pricey. This one is worth picking up one or two tho, eye em aitch oh. If they make it another permanent fixture though, Id prolly pair it with a dessert. Like a banana bread pudding. Holy crap. That sounds amazing. Yeah, I’m doing that.

-Dex

Published in: on July 2, 2012 at 01:14  Leave a Comment  

Pike Brewing India Pale Ale

Well this is the last beer in the first box of craft beers. Not the best record, so far, but every beer is a new beer. Man I’m so deep. Anyway, this one is an IPA, not a California IPA, but still a West Coast IPA. What does that mean for this beer? Absolutely nothing! Every beer is a new beer!

The Verdict:

Well this beer certainly smells better than the others. Quite hoppy, and….hoppy. There is a bit of grain and malt there too. Despite all the hops, it doesn’t smell like a palate killer, which is good! I almost smell a little citrus as well. The mouthfeel is a little thick, more substantial than the last Pike beer. The flavor was hoppy (I’ve said that so much it doesn’t sound like a word anymore….hoppy…hoppy) but thats not ALL I got. Also hiding in the beer was some malt, and just a HINT of that good old spray and wash flavor. I kinda had to try to taste it however, so it didnt bug me too much. Definitely not a palate killer. I guess the nose knows. (See what I did there?)

What have we learned?

Just because it’s an IPA, doesn’t mean it’s a hop-bomb. This one was actually quite balanced, actually. If it was easier to find in my area, I might make it part of my beer rotation. Also, I really like the mindset of “Every beer is a new beer.” I believe it will be the new slogan of this blog! I this it suits it well. What do you think?

-Dex

Published in: on May 26, 2012 at 18:35  Comments (1)  

Durango Brewing Company Amber Ale.

Excellent news! Joseph has been found! He was hiding in my laptop bag. Silly notebook. Anyway here’s the infamous “Lost Beer Review.” So mysterious…….Yeah I know it was only lost for one day, but play along, I’m having fun.

So this is the second (and last) Durango beer in the box, lets hope it’s better than the first one…..

The Verdict:

Well after drinking this beer, writing my thoughts down in my book, and thinking about it again, I have to give this beer a HUGE, EMPHATIC…….meh. The smell is slightly malty, and…yeah. The flavor is also malty and a little hoppy. The hops are the only thing that lasts on my tongue. Hm. Yeah. Not a whole lot there. Kinda weak.

What have we learned?

My buddy (HI LEONARD!) did make a fair point, that this was a good “session” beer. This is a beer you could drink a thousand of while you’re hanging with your friends and you don’t have to think about it. Too bad my blog is ALL about thinking about beer. Even OVER thinking it. So bland beer doesn’t give me much to think about. Man, I hope all the beers in this craft beer thing aren’t like this. It’s gonna be an interesting six months…..

-Dex

Published in: on March 23, 2012 at 04:24  Leave a Comment  

Disastrous news!

I seem to have lost my beer notebook! It may have stayed in Tahoe, even though I came back. Can’t really blame him, it’s nice there. Yes, I just decided my notebook is a HE. His name is Joseph. So I will have a review missing until I find Joseph. I could start writing in a new notebook I guess, but I feel like I would be betraying the inanimate object I just anthropomorphized and named. I guess I will soldier on until Joseph returns to the fight. Anyway, that’s my excuse for not posting for a while. Plus I’m feeling kind of ignored, no one comments on my blog (cept spam) and no one emails me (beerdaily@gmail.com), whats your excuse, huh? Show me some love!

-Dex

Published in: on March 21, 2012 at 00:27  Leave a Comment  

Pike Brewing Company Naughty Nellie Golden Artisian Ale

This is the second beer from the Craft Beer A Month club. I got two beers each from Durango and two from Pike, so I figured I should switch it up a little. This one is ARTISIAN. Oooooohh. Fancy. Or something. Here we go!

The Verdict:

I can smell a bit of  hops, some malt, and some yeast. Smells like beer. Curious. (SARCASM) At least it smells balanced. It tastes rather balanced as well. The flavor is a bit hoppier than the smell, but only a bit. What’s that? Why, it’s our old pal, the spray and wash flavor! Unfortunately that’s the only flavor that lasts on the tongue. If it weren’t for that, this would have been a nice drinkable beer. Also not super flavorful, but more so than the last one.

What Have We Learned?

I’m pretty sure that spray and wash flavor comes from a certain type of hops. Or maybe HOW they hopped the beer. There’s a brewery that makes four (edit: FIVE?!?!) IPAs with only one kind of hops each in them. Maybe it’s time for another experiment!

-Dex

Published in: on March 4, 2012 at 14:44  Leave a Comment  

Durango Brewing Company Wheat Beer

At least this beer’s name is shorter than the last one, jeez.

SO, my sister (HI LAURA!) signed me up for a Craft Beer of The Month club, where I get four craft beers every month delivered to my door. Pretty darn cool. I get four new beers a month and I don’t even have to make a Bevmo trip! (Bevmo Bevmo) So if I’m drinking em, I’m blogging em! Here we go!

The Verdict:

Well it certainly smells like wheat. That’s good. Too bad it doesn’t taste much like wheat. That’s bad. It doesn’t taste like much, actually, it’s a little weak. At least what flavor it has sticks around for a while on my tongue. I’ve found most wheat beers are a little too sweet, but this one wasn’t. Not terribly sweet, but not terribly complex either……..Yeah, not much to it.

What Have We Learned?

Just cuz it’s craft beer doesn’t mean its good. Too bad our first craft beer isn’t a new favorite. I guess this falls under the category of “drinkable” but I don’t know. I like my beer to have a little more….substance. It doesn’t have to be new and different to impress me, but it does have to taste good. Or at least taste. Oh well, good thing I got four different beers in the pack!

-Dex

Published in: on February 20, 2012 at 01:59  Leave a Comment  

Rahr & Sons Brewing Ass Kisser Porter Pounder Smoked Porter (Whew!)

AAAAAAAAANNNNNND We’re back! …….again.

Sorry to be gone for so long, sometimes life gets in the way of life. It’s time to continue the quest to drink ALL the beers!

This one caught my eye because it had a purple donkey on it. I was in the mood for a porter so I put it in the cart, brought it home, and promptly forgot I had it. Derp. Now, however, I have drank (drunk? drinken? dranken?) it and can decisively say…..

The Verdict:

Not bad. The bouquet (yeah, I’m starting this new session with a fancy new vocabulary, wanna fight about it?) is dark roastiness with a strong chocolate undertone. The flavor is initially bitter with some strong coffee but that fades and makes room for the chocolate and…..root beer? Yeah, that’s definitely a sarsaparilla kinda thing going on……..Cool. Later in the glass, some of the bitterness fades, or maybe that was just the oddly specific 8.03% alcohol finally kicking in. But the sarsaparilla flavor remains.

What Have We Learned?

Root beer? In real beer? That’s just crazy enough to work……I’ve learned I need to start making alcoholic root beer……awesome. Also this porter wasn’t as intense and “in your face” as most I’ve encountered, but there was still alot going on, flavor-wise. All in all, a very enjoyable beer.

Alright, now that life is starting to calm down, kinda, sorta, maybe I can make this a regular thing again. Still, probably not going to be every day, but by golly, I’ll try.

I take that back. The “by golly”. Seriously, who says that?

-Dex

Published in: on February 18, 2012 at 01:19  Leave a Comment  
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Lindemans Peche Lambic

Aaaaaand we’re back! Sorry about the hiatus, I know you missed me terribly……Right? Quit making cricket sounds, I get it.

So it’s time to try the third of the Lambics! This one is….peche. which according to my research (and memory of high school French) can mean peach, fishing or…….sin. Depends on accent and context I guess. Going to go out on a limb and assume its the first one. Seriously, if there is fish in this bottle I’m going to be pissed.

The Verdict:

Well, no fish. off to a good start. Instead, I’m greeted with a delicious peach smell and color. Is peach a color? I know it’s a princess…….but I digress. Even with all that peachy smell I can still smell the yeast, telling me that this is still an alcoholic beverage, not just juice. The flavor is great, a ton of peach, with a subtle apple hint. I can taste the alcohol a bit, but it doesn’t bother me. Heck, it’s one of the reasons I’m drinking the thing! It’s pretty sweet, but some acid came out toward the end for some good balance.

What Have We Learned?

Man I’m really liking the lambics! They have fantastic flavor of the flavor they’re supposed to, and they have have a complementing flavor or two as well. I’m gonna have to hunt down the flavors I haven’t had yet. Also, I’m going to have to get into the world of ciders……sweet.

So I may be back, but I can’t guarantee I’ll be posting every day again. I’ll try, but I’m nearing the end of my culinary school term. Which means things are getting hectic. I graduate on September 23rd though (hopefully)! Wish me luck!

-Dex

Published in: on September 1, 2011 at 19:37  Leave a Comment