Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Bruery 5 Golden Rings - Gus #32

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  Today's review is another one from The Bruery out of California.  This is a brew from their winter seasonal series that each one makes a play on the classic "12 Days of Christmas" song.  Each year they release a new brew with the corresponding verse.  They are big brews meant to be cellared until the last one comes out or drank fresh.  Since I don't have the others I decided to drink mine fresh and give you my tasting notes on it.  This is the review of The Bruery's 5 Golden Rings.  It is a Blonde Ale, a BIG blonde ale, brewed with spices and pineapple.  Let's see how it is.

How it rates with others:

YouTube reviews:
Ryan - StumpyJoeJr's Review

Chris - Beer Geek Nation

ratebeer review:

About the Beer:
Style:  Blonde Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  11.5%
Release:  Winter 2012/2013

"5 Golden Rings is the 5th verse in our '12 Days of Christmas' winter seasonal ale series.  The only golden ale in the bunch, we spiced up the natural pause in the classic song with cinnamon, allspice and ginger along with the delicious sweet and tangy flavor of pineapple.  The resulting ale is a true holiday treat that can be enjoyed fresh or cellared until 2019, when the 12 Drummers Drumming will be released."

I poured this brew into my stemmed Jester King glass.

Appearance:  This brew poured extremely clear for a bottle conditioned brew.  It was a clear golden with hints of yellow and a nice two to three fingers of a nice white head.  Decent lacing around the glass and I was really surprised how long the head stayed around being such a high alcohol content brew.  Definite alcohol legs on the glass.  A nice looking big golden ale.

Aroma:  At first sniff you do get a little alcohol up front.  It is a big brew so that can be expected.  Some fruity aromas are mixed in, little bit of pineapple, some banana maybe.  Then you get some of the spices.  I pick up the allspice more than anything with subtle hints of the cinnamon.  Maybe just a bit of ginger but nothing too huge.  Pineapple comes out more as you dig deeper with some other fruits.  It smells really spicy and fruity.  A blonde ale with a nice holiday kick!

Taste:  Big pineapple flavors.  It really reminds me of a pineapple wine that a friend of mine made.  Alcohol is present as well but in a sweet way.  Some hints of the allspice again.  Not too much of the ginger again but some of the cinnamon.  It's really warming in the throat and chest as it's a big brew.  Some banana maybe from the yeasts again.  It's a flavor packed brew for sure.

Verdict:  This brew really reminds me of sort of a pineapple upside down cake.  I think it would pair well with that as well.  It's a really big brew and it does pack a ton of flavors.  The pineapple is really nice and it does seem like it would age well.  I'm not sure how much of the spice and pineapple would last as it aged but I bet the flavors would change interestingly.  For a rating I'm going to give it a B-.  Not one of my favorites from The Bruery but definitely not a bad beer.

Again, I hope everyone had a Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas.  Thanks for reading and giving all the support you guys have.  Let me know what you think of this one if you have had it.  It's definitely an interesting brew.



Monday, December 24, 2012

Troegs Mad Elf Ale - Gus #31

First of all, I want to wish everyone and their loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  This time of year brings out some really great brews.  I decided to review a couple of Christmas brews this week.  I had one last week as well to get warmed up for the season.  Today's brew is one that has really good reviews and is a favorite of many.  This will be a quick little review as I haven't had a whole lot of time between being in the woods and spending time with family.  Let's take a look at Troeg's Mad Elf Ale.

How it rates with others:

YouTube review:
Joseph via Proper Hops

ratebeer review:

beeradvocate review:

Information from the website:

ABV:  11%
Hop Bitterness (IBU's):  15
Color (SRM):  Ruby Red
Availability:  Seasonal, 12oz. & 3L bottles, 1/2 and 1/6 kegs (contact yoru local retailer to pre-order)
Malts:  Pilsner, Munich, Chocolate
Hops:  Saaz, Hallertau
Yeast:  Spicy Yeast
Adjuncts:  Pennsylvania Honey and West Coast Cherries

Seasonal Release (Mid October-December)

"The Mad Elf is a cheerful creation to warm your heart and enlighten your tongue.  The combination of cherries, honey and chocolate malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices.  Fermented and aged with a unique yeast, this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the pleasant character of this intriguing yet delicious Ale.  The Mad Elf is a jolly and delicious beer for the holidays."

Serving Suggestions:
Temp: 50-55 Degrees Farenheight   Glassware:  Chalice or Tulip

I poured this brew into my Raise Your Pints snifter glass.  I've since broken this glass and need to get another one.  It was one of my favorites!

Appearance:  The brew poured from the bottle into the glass a ruby red just like they describe.  Maybe a hint of mahogany in there as well.  Very small head that dissipated very quickly.  I wouldn't expect a head very big or lasting very long with the high ABV.  Slight lacing but that went away when all of the head was gone.  It was a smooth looking brew.  Very apparent alcohol legs and it was very clear.  Decent amount of carbonation but I didn't really pour a very aggressive pour.  Nice looking holiday brew.

Aroma:  Instantly your nose is filled with hints of cherry as you approach the glass.  It has sort of a maraschino cherry aroma mixed with some spice hints from the yeast.  Hints of alcohol come out but nothing too overpowering.  Slight aromas of honey and maltiness with a little bit of citrus maybe.  I can tell they use Munich malts from that distinct aroma it gives off.  Ever so slight hints of chocolate from the Chocolate malts.  Very nice aroma.  Some clove mixed in with all of the other as well.  The alcohol hints give it almost a cough syrup aroma if you really dig into it.  Not a bad thing and others that have tried this with me haven't always gotten that.

Taste:  Up front you are really hit with the cherries and honey.  Honey gives the brew a smooth mouthfeel. Middle of the mouth the spices from the yeast come out and you get a little bit more of the clove.  Some dark fruits and malt flavors from the Munich malts are there as well.  Not too much chocolate in the flavor.  Slight bit of alcohol sweetness and there is definitely warmth in the back of the throat and the belly.  It is absolutely a sipper.  This is really nice but all the intense flavors do make it a heavier brew.  I would be limited to just a few of these at a sitting.  Super flavorful and enjoyable.

Verdict:  This brew really brings all of the holiday spices and flavors to the table.  I think Troegs really hit what they were trying to do with this one.  I am a big fan of this.   I hope to have a couple of them before the season ends and have some more next year!  The cherry is a really nice mixture with the malts and the spice yeast that they use.  This one will definitely warm you on a cold night.  I'm gonna give it an A and add that I'd love to have this with some nice fruit cake or holiday spice cookies.  Actually any holiday candy or cake would be great with this!  My parents make an awesome no-bake fruit cake and I would love to try this with that.  I may have to take some cake back home and try it!

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think.  Comment, subscribe and follow!  Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



Friday, December 21, 2012

The Bruery Rueuze - Gus #30

Today's review I wanted to do one sort of special for #30.  I was going to do another Christmas brew but this is a winter release from the well renowned brewery from California named The Bruery.  I have had a few things from them and everyone of them have been pretty tasty.  They seem to put lots of effort into each brew and it shines through when you take your first sip.  This one is a style that I don't have a ton of experience with but it's quickly climbing to the top of my favorite styles of brew list.  The Bruery's Rueuze is their take on the classic Gueuze style of beer.  They take differently aged Lambics and blend them together and then barrel age it.  Lambics are a sour brew that can be paired with some type of fruit during the brewing process.  Drinking these can be sour and refreshing at the same time.  They are really good for bottle shares and tastings as they can be easy drinkers between extremely hoppy or huge roasty porters and stouts.  I was extremely excited to find this bottle in one of the stores on my Orlando trip.  It was the last one the store had and I picked it up as soon as I saw it.  Let's get into the review and see what I think of The Bruery's Rueuze.

How it rates with others:

YouTube review:
StumpyJoeJr's Review
(StumpyJoeJr, or Ryan, has a lot of great reviews and is a really nice guy.  Take a look at his stuff when you get the chance.)

ratebeer review:

About the Beer:
Style:  Gueuze
Alcohol by Volume:  5.9%
Release:  Winter

"Rueuze is our take on the traditional Belgian-style blend of lambics of different ages.  We carefully select a number of oak barrels from our warehouse that have been aging our sour blonde ale for various lengths of time and blend them to what we think is the ideal flavor.  This is one complex beer.  Notes of hay, barnyard funk, apricots, and even olives play wonderfully with the balanced acidity."

I poured this brew into my stemmed Jester King glass.

Appearance:  The brew poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow color.  Almost straw in color with very little head.  What head is there is bright white and quickly dissipated to a ring around the glass.  That ring was all but gone as the brew warmed up.  No real signs of alcohol legs on this but, I wouldn't really expect it at 5.9% ABV.  Being bottle conditioned there isnt' anything floating around the glass but, it does have a haziness that you would expect.  It's pretty spot on for the style as far as appearance and is very inviting to take a sip.  

Aroma:  This brew was full of all kinds of interesting aromas.  At first you are hit with a lemony aroma that is quickly followed by a damp wet hay type funkiness.  If you have heard someone say a beer has a wet blanket type aroma but not sure what that means, crack one of these open.  That almost perfectly describes it.  It really nails that barnyard aroma.  It has this musky, earthy undertone that screams this is a sour ale.  Then slight hints of a white vinegar seem to come out.  All of this combines to give you that feeling you get in your mouth right before you pop a War-Head candy, sour straws or something similar in your mouth.  Your jaw tightens a little bit and right below your ears you get that sensation of your mouth getting ready to be hit with intense sour flavor.  I really got excited at this point.  

Taste:  First sip I was instantly hit with a lemony tartness.  It puckered my mouth up and really got the juices flowing.  I was almost overwhelmed with the sour taste being so quick to hit your palate.  Then I took another sip.  Funky wet hay, damp wood shavings and it's all washed by with that almost white vinegar taste.  I really wasn't expecting a vinegar bitterness but it is there.  Maybe a slight olive juice as they brewery describes but more a long the lines of white vinegar.  Super tart and bitter in a really good way.  I know what I'm describing may sound terrible to some, but this is spot on for the style.  It really can be an acquired taste.  Not everyone likes this style of brew and it can take getting used to.  But, I'm loving this one.  Each sip enhances the flavors.  Its sour and funky but makes you want to drink more.  I'm glad this one is only 5.9% ABV because I am easily going to be able to take down the wine bottle full of it.  The mouthfeel is medium light and the bottle conditioning has given it just the right amount of carbonation.  It didn't yield a big head when poured but if it were more carbonated I think the flavor and mouthfeel would be off for the whole brew.  

Verdict:  This brew really gave me all I expected from a Gueuze style and a little more.  The added lemon flavors really helped the sourness to have more flavor than just being sour.  It brought all of the barnyard aromas and flavors and mixed them in well with the funky sours.  The vinegar bitterness was also an added bonus.  I really enjoyed this and would like to have more if it weren't for such a big price tag and limited availability.  It's gotten some mixed reviews on other websites and reviewers but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I'm going to give it an A and it's moving into one of the top brews I've had of the style.  Being a short list, it may get passed by something else but I definitely won't turn it down if it's offered to me!  Pairings for this I think I would have to say a nice fresh salad.  Maybe with some grilled shrimp or chicken.  A nice vinaigrette dressing and some good bleu or feta cheese crumbles in there as well.  I think it would really pair nicely.  The brew is definitely not too heavy to pair with a salad.  If at a bottle share that brings cheeses to pair with the brews, this would go great with anything out of the bleu cheese family.  It would accentuate the flavors in the brew nicely.

Let me know if you have had this brew or any other of the style.  I'm interested to see what others thing of a Gueuze.  I really enjoy them and also like a good many of the Lambics as well.  This being a blended, barrel-aged version makes it even more nice.  I'm starting to really get into the sour ales and really appreciate all they can bring to the aroma and flavor.  See you in the next brew review!



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Rogue Santa's Private Reserve - Gus #29

Today's brew is a Christmas seasonal from Rogue Ales out of Oregon.  Monday I reviewed their winter seasonal brew Yellow Snow IPA.  Today, since it's getting closer to Christmas, I figured I'd do a review on their Santa's Private Reserve.  This is a hoppy red ale and I really enjoy this style.  Will this brew bring anything special to the table?  We shall see.  Most of the brews I have had from Rogue have been above average and some really good.  I definitely enjoyed Yellow Snow!  (How weird is it to say that??)

How it rates with others:

YouTube review:
Peter - TheMasterOfHoppets beer review on YouTube

ratebeer review:

Information from the brewery's website:

About the Beer:
Style:  Red Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  6.0%
IBUs:  65
Serving:  Draft, 12oz Bottle, 22oz Bottle, Six Pack

Tasting Notes:
A double-hopped Red, reddish in color, with a roasty, malty flavor and a hoppy spruce finish.

9 Ingredients:
Carastan 30-37 &13-17, Crystal 70-80 & Great Western 2-Row Malts; Amarillo & Perle Hops; Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast.

Our Snowflakes Glisten in the dark!

Rogue's annual holiday offering, Santa's Private Reserve, is a variation of the classic Saint Rogue Red, but with double the hops--including Chinook, and Centennial, and a mystery hop called Rudolph by head brew John "more hops" Maier!

I poured this brew into a tulip glass.

Appearance:  The brew poured a deep red almost amber color.  A huge off white head of almost four fingers.  Really sticky lacing and no signs of alcohol legs.  The brew is pretty clear.  I can see through it but it's not perfectly clear.  Carbonation streaming up from the sides of the glass.  Nothing really spectacular on the appearance.  It's pretty much your standard red/amber ale.  That's what I expected though.

Aroma:  Right at the beginning you pick up citrus and little bit of fruitiness.  Then the pine and earthy hints come in.  It's not like the aroma of fresh pine or green pine cones, but more of the aroma from dead pine needles or something like that.  Little hints of the spruce they describe.  Some earthy spiciness that gives way to the sweet malt backbone.  Some caramel and maybe a caramel popcorn aroma at times.  Smells like a nice hoppy red ale with a pretty good malt backing.

Taste:  The brew is hop forward with hints of citrus right up front.  It has hints of orange and lemon zest mixed in with grapefruit.  Big pine notes in this one just like the aroma.  Green pine and hints of that spruce that they describe on the website.  Not really that resiny but still very piney.  Mouthfeel is medium to medium light.  No hint of the alcohol at all, which you wouldn't really expect.  The pour was really carbonated but it isn't too much in the mouth.  It's definitely a tasty brew.  Nothing out of the ordinary but good.

Verdict:  Overall a very nice red or amber ale.  It was pretty hopped up but that is something you expect from Rogue on their hoppy beers.  I really enjoyed this one and it was very easy to drink.  One of those you could have a couple of really easy.  However, nothing in this brew really screamed holiday brew to me.  It doesn't have any holiday spice or anything that would make me think of the holidays when I drank it.  It is slightly piney which places off that spruce factor that they call it.  But, it's just not really a Christmas brew for me.  I'm going to give it a B-.  Definitely above average for a beer but it would score higher if it were just a regular release and not deemed as a Christmas beer.  I'm a fan of a ton of other things Rogue does.  I will definitely be looking forward more to the Yellow Snow than this one.  

Let me know what you think if you have had this brew.  Comment, follow and subscribe.  We have been getting a ton of viewers and I really appreciate it!  Need some more folks to comment and let us know what they think of the reviews and how we are doing.  I hope to get into video reviews soon.  I'll keep the text reviews going when I do get video reviews up so I want to get people interacting.  Thanks again!



Monday, December 17, 2012

Rogue Ales Yellow Snow IPA - Gus #28

Today's review is a brew that has an awesome name, Rogue's Yellow Snow IPA.  One of my favorite breweries in the craft beer world.  It seems to be a fairly popular brew and it's seasonal so that makes it more desirable to some.  It comes from a renowned Rogue Ales brewery out of Newport, Oregon.  Their brews were some of my first craft brews.  They use their own proprietary yeast (called Pacman Yeast) and grow a lot of their own hops at their own farm located near the brewery.  They really do put out some great brews.  The one in the review today is one that I have wanted to try for a while.  It is their winter seasonal brew and has never been distributed here until this year.  I snagged a couple bottles of it when I saw it at the store.  It garners a lot of respect and has good reviews from the two big review websites.  I haven't reviewed many brews from Rogue but I'm going to make it a point to hit some of their regular offerings here soon.

How it rates with others:

YouTube review:
Peter - The Master of Hoppets

ratebeer review:

Information from the brewery's website:

About the Beer:
Style:  India Pale Ale (IPA)
Alcohol by Volume:  6.2%
IBUs:  70
Serving:  Draft, 22oz Bomber, 64oz, 5L can, now in 6-packs

Tasting Notes:
Pale golden in color wiht a hoppy fruity aroma.  Big hop flavor up front complemented by a medium body and hoppyness mid-pallet.  Finishes with a characteristic lingering bitterness.

7 Ingredients:
Cara Foam, Melanoiden & Great Western 2-Row Malts; Amarillo & Perle Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

Yellow Snow IPA was originally introduced for the 2000 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.  Yellow Snow is Rogue's tribute to winter sports everywhere - downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country, ice hockey, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and even curling.  It will be available November 1st in select states where mountains and snow can be found.

I poured this brew into my stemmed Jester King glass.

Appearance:  The brew poured from the 22oz bomber a dark golden yellow.  Slightly hazy but I was able to see a bit through it.  A little bit of orange in the appearance as well.  Tow fingers of right white head.  Not just bright white but not exactly off white either.  Ever so slight alcohol legs but nothing just really big.  Very thick lacing that stuck on every edge of the glass the brew touched.  Good carbonation but nothing crazily streaming up the glass.  Just a steady slow stream in a few places.  Really nice looking brew.  Pretty much standard in the appearance for an IPA.

Aroma:  The front of the nose on this brew is surprisingly sweet and malty.  You do pick up hints of citrus and pine in there too, but the sweetness is really big.  It mixes very well.  Sweet grapefruit, lemonade type aroma as well.  Big on the pine notes when you pull a little more from it.  It smells balanced with a little more malt than other IPAs.  Sweetness really reminds me of caramel and kind of a candied fruit aroma.

Taste:  The taste was more upfront with the hop presence.  It really shined with the ruby red grapefruit, sweet orange juice, more hints of a tart lemonade.  Then the malt backbone washes over.  You get the sweet caramel and hints of tart candy as well.  Fruit punch and hints of pineapple in there too.  Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is very nice.  Right where it should be.  Aftertaste is dry but has a nice sweetness.  It makes you want to drink more!

Verdict:  Overall I really enjoyed this brew.  I've heard stories of how good it was and how it should be a year round offering.  It's a good B brew and that's what it will get from me.  That being said it's definitely above average.  But, I do have some other favorite IPAs.  I'd really like to have this with some nice spicy nachos.  I think the brew would work well with some nice jalapenos in the nachos.  I wish I had some when I reviewed the brew!  I'm going to grab a couple more of these to enjoy while it is around.  It's definitely a tasty brew.

If you've grabbed this seasonal brew, let me know what you think.  It was definitely on the top of my list to try.  I'm really glad I did! Comment, follow, subscribe! Tell your friends!



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 - Gus #27

Today I had to interrupt my regularly scheduled program (or review) with something that I found at my door step when I got home last night.  Tom had sent me a package of brews he had picked up for me and included a couple early Christmas gifts!  This was one of the brews he included.  I was floored when I saw it.  I didn't think I'd ever get to try this one.  It's limited in the distribution and that distribution changes each time the brew is released.  Really big thank you to Tom for this one!  The brewery really steps it up a notch with these Enjoy By IPAs they are putting out.  If most of you don't know, Stone is one of the few breweries that actually handle their own distribution.  This helps out immensely when we are talking about freshness of a brew.   They have more of an ability to get it out to the consumer as fast as possible.  They take advantage of this with the Enjoy By IPA.   They put these things out within days of the bottling and recommend you drink them by a date on the bottle.  We all know fresh IPAs are better.  So let's see how the Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 Double IPA stacks up.

How it rates with others:

YouTube review:
What Cheers!

ratebeer review:

Information from the brewery's website:

About the Beer:
Style:  Double IPA
Alcohol by Volume:  9.4%
IBUs:  88
Serving:  22oz Bomber
Bottled On:  11.16.12
Enjoy By Date:  12.21.12

"You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA.  While freshness is a key component of many beers - especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs - we've taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA.  You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last.  We've not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you're getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn't randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the level, to be overlooked by all but he most attentive of retailers and consumers.  Instead, we've sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA."

I poured this brew into my Red Brick tulip glass.

Appearance:  The brew pours a very golden yellow.  Super clear with no haze at all.  Two fingers of an off white head with multiple sizes of bubbles.  Steady head lacing all the way around the glass.  Decent head retention but after a few minutes it gave way to a ring around the glass and it kept the lacing all the way through the drink.  Good carbonation with bubbles on the glass and coming up from the bottom.  There are alcohol legs around the edge of the glass.  That would be expected with this large of a brew.  It really looks super refreshing and amazing.  My mouth started watering watching it go into the glass.

Aroma:   This brew was absolutely HUGE on the nose! I mean right at the front you get really big citrus notes. You get the grapefruit, some orange peel, a hint of some peach and maybe some mango in there. Then piney, resiny notes just fill your nostrils too. Really similar to some big East Coast IPAs in that it almost smells like a fresh, wet, green pine cone. Some lemon grass or even maybe some fresh cut grass danky aromas in there too. Then you get the sweet malts right in the middle. Some almost candy sweetness. Then a tough of honey on the finish. This brew is epic on the nose! Huge west coast hop profile with no hint of alcohol.

Taste:  At first sip you are again hit with the really big citrus notes. Fresh squeezed orange juice and grapefruit juice. Hints of some lemon zest and even maybe a bit of lime. The citrus coats your palate right as the pine starts to creep in. With the pine come big earthy notes. That danky, juiciness is right in there too. So similar to Pliny if not a smidge better on the taste. Malt backbone balances everything so well. Finishes sweet and dry and makes you want to keep drinking. No alcohol feel or taste in there. They cover it up amazingly.

Verdict:  This thing is simply amazing. By far the best IPA I've had from Stone. I didn't get a chance to have Ruination 10th Anniversary but if that was as good or better that one was epic. This thing is so super solid. Just fills every gap that is there for an IPA. Being super fresh helps this and that's the only way it should be drunk. I'm gonna put this in the same class as Heady Topper and Pliny. Gonna be an easy A+. I think this is my favorite brew from Stone and I'm an amazingly huge IRS fan. I'd love to pair this with some really spicy barbecue. Maybe even some barbecue nachos. I'd sit on the porch and chow down with a big brew like this. Stone hit a home run for sure!

If you get this and have tried it let me know. If you get this and haven't yet, GET IT!! You won't regret it. Comment, follow, subscribe! Tell your friends!



Monday, December 3, 2012

Clown Shoes/Brash Brewing Company Pimp - Gus #26

Today's review is quite an interesting one.  Not just just in name but also in the style.

From the Urban Dictionary:
(That's a reliable source right??)

As an adjective:  If somethin' is pimpin', that's pretty darn cool.  It's probably something "normal" that's tricked out ghettolicious and gawdy.  Basically, you look very ghettofab and blingbling.

However, as a verb
1.) to pimp something out is to *make* it look very ghettofab and all that nifty stuff in the above paragraph.
1.) to pimp is to advertise (generally, in an enthusiastic sense) or to call attention in order to bring acclaim to something; to promote."

I'm pretty sure that is the direction that these two breweries were going when they named this brew.  This has to be a much more preferable definition than what Webster's Dictionary has for pimp.  They took a regular idea, a brown ale, and then "pimped" it out by brewing double batches and then blending the two.  This is a collaboration brew from two breweries out of the Mercury Brewing facility in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Both of these breweries release beers under their own brand name but brewed by Mercury Brewing.  This ghettolicious brew for today is Clown Shoes and Brash Brewing Company's collaboration brew named Pimp.

How it rates with others:

ratebeer review:

Information from the website:
About the Beer:
Style:  Double Brown Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  10.0%
IBUs:  Unknown

"Got them fancy clothes. Got that big car, suicide doors, 8 track stereo, color TV's.  Livin' the American dream, now you've got a brew as smooth as a chorus from Al Green.  Brash Brewing Company, the brain child of Petrol Station's Ben Fullelove, collaborated with us to make Pimp.  Ben made a recipe for a double batch of a rich Belgian brown and we made a double batch of a 10% version of Brown Angel.  The two beers were blended to make Pimp, a double, double brown ale."

I poured this brew into a 10oz snifter glass.

Appearance:  The brew pours a super dark mahogany brown.  Almost a brownie batter color.  It's not quite as dark as a stout but it is the darkest brown ale I've come across.  With it being that dark it has a slight haze to it and you aren't able to see much light getting through.  Good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass.  The pour yielded about two and a half fingers of frothy head.  Decent head retention and there are alcohol legs on the side of the glass.  Good solid lacing all the way through the drink.  It's one of the best looking brown ales I've seen.  It really looks like it's going to just have huge flavors from the appearance.  It definitely has a funky pimpin' look to it!

Aroma:  Right off the bat  you really get a big nutty aroma.  A mix of all different things with a hint of hazelnut mixed in there.  Slight bit of something almost like maple syrup.  I think that's probably from the amount of malts they use in the two different double brown ales.  Hints of some chocolate, but like a hot cocoa type chocolate more than a milk or dark chocolate.  Faint hints of honey sweetness but those are overpowered by the maple syrup.  Very slight bit of smokiness and dark fruits like raisins maybe.  The biggest players are the nutty aromas mixed with that syrup type sweetness.  Very nice aroma.

Taste:  Just like the aroma the first thing you get is a the huge nuttiness.  It mixes in with a brown sugar flavor, something like the maple syrup aroma as well.  It has a lot of things going on mid palate.  Some of that sweet cocoa, more of the brown sugar, slight bit of hazelnut, a touch of raisin and just a small hint of bitterness.  Back of the palate some more of the maple syrup type sweetness and hint of honey.  It finishes pretty clean for a brew like this.  All-in-all it's pretty sweet but not overly sweet that it is too much.

Verdict:  I've said it before, brown ales are not my favorite style of beer.  Usually I find them muddled and quite toned down for what they could potentially be.  This one blew my "stereotype" out of the water.  Pimp is packed with a ton of complex flavors and aromas.  Plus the hugely dark appearance just makes it even more of a great brew.  It is on the verge of being too sweet for my tastes but it's not quite there.  I'm going to give this one a B+.  Definitely one of my highest rated brown ales in my opinion.  It's almost as good as Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders but those are two different brews almost entirely.  For pairings, the huge malty sweetness would work really well with a good smoked meat.  I'd really like to try this with some really nice smoked brisket.  Some with a huge, flavor filled, crust on the outside.  Then I could follow up another glass with a dessert like some chocolate chip cookies.  It would work well with either spicy or smoked foods.  Then after that any sweet, rich dessert would pair well too.

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