Posts Tagged ‘american porter’

Three Floyds Brewing Company Alpha Klaus

Saturday, December 10th, 2011
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Three Floyds Alpha Klaus

I recently picked up a fresh bottle of Alpha Klaus by Three Floyds Brewing Company as the 2011 season is upon us. I was surprised to find that this American craft beer didn’t make it into the 365 beers over the past year. Rich always buys several bottles so something else must have caught my fancy on a particular night.

Alpha Klaus is an American Porter that has a bit of surprise of hops like most Three Floyd beers. The first time I had Alpha Klaus it was the first time I had a porter that was so over hopped that I thought I was having a cascadian dark ale.

Chocolate and roast mingle with citrus hops in the taste while pine hops jump at your nose with the first pour. Quite the interesting brew that is greatly appreciated each season. The hops can mask the underlying porter at times, which I find as a minor distraction. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.7

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Crow Peak Brewing Company Pile O’ Dirt Porter (365 Day 361)

Monday, November 28th, 2011
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Crow Peak Pile O' Dirt Porter

The last day of the long Thanksgiving weekend. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend: seeing family and friends, while spending quality time with the wife and kids, and giving me a good chance to recharge my batteries for work. Of course along the way I had some quality American craft beer.

American craft beer number 361 is Pile O’ Dirt Porter by Crow Peak Brewing Company. Not a name that really draws you in making you want to drink but, once you get past the name, this American Porter, is a nice offering. The porter is solidly built with only a few blemishes. Definitely one to have again.

Pile represents my first American craft beer from the state of South Dakota. I also noticed that the brewery is right on the cusp of the bad lands; a potential destination for the summer vacation, giving me a watering hole to quench my thirst. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 7.9

Useless Fact: The Spanish painter Velázquez was official court painter to King Philip IV when he was twenty-six.

Midnight Sun Brewing Company Artic Rhino Coffee Porter (365 Day 348)

Monday, November 14th, 2011
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Midnight Sun Artic Rhino Coffee Porter

During this year long trek of 365 American craft beers I have had beers from about a handful of states that I hadn’t before I started. With American craft beer number 348 I can no mark Alaska off my list. I believe I have had some beers from Alaska in the past but not one that I officially put up on the site and reviewed. I also believe that I have at least one other beer in the cellar that originates from Alaska so I can increase my review count for the state by 100%.

Artic Rhino Coffee Porter by Midnight Sun Brewing Company is an American Porter with, you guessed it, coffee. The coffee plays a fairly hefty roll in the profile of the beer which I think detracts from the subtleties of the underlying porter.

The beer was a bit above average and I believe I wouldn’t change my mind without the coffee. I am looking forward to trying the other beer(s) from Midnight Sun in the cellar. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 7 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 7 (35%), Overall: 7.6

Useless Fact: President James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other—simultaneously! Leonardo da Vinci could draw with one hand and write with the other, also simultaneously.

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