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Arbor Brewing Company Espresso Love Breakfast Stout (365 Day 295)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Arbor Espresso Love Breakfast Stout

When I was originally building up the American craft beer in my cellar (once again my basement), I used reckless abandon to add anything down there that just looked like it could cellar. Oh, you are a stout, in the cellar. Oh, you are Belgian, in the cellar. And so it went. Also, at that time, I was making a lot of American craft beer transactions to be “cool” like everyone else: I needed more beer in my basement, dammit. Actually, I just wanted to try every beer under the sun that was brewed in the United States. My thoughts quickly our ran my ability to keep up with my mouth or my wallet. The last few beers are paying for my haste and craziness.

Espresso Love Breakfast Stout by Arbor Brewing Company is one those beers that was put into the cellar just because. Such a horrible way to categorize. Live and learn.

Espresso Love has some solid qualities but there is something that just isn’t right. This could be from the cellaring. After thinking about the “offness” to the beer, it could be some paper or similar qualities that develop when a beer gets some oxidation. Of course this threw off the entire beer and without past knowledge I really can’t copare the aged version to anything but what I expect from the style. Based on that reasoning, the low score. Enjoy!

Aroma: 5 (25%), Taste: 6 (25%), Look: 7 (15%), Drinkability: 4 (35%), Overall: 5.2

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Arbor Brewing Company Phat Abbot Dubbel (365 Day 126)

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Arbor Phat Abbot Dubbel

Warning: American craft beer shortage. Yep, you guessed it: my cellar is getting low. Oh, I have plenty of beer in my cellar, but those are bombers and, to be honest, during the week by myself, I don’t really like to throw one of those back by myself. I drink because I like the aroma, flavor, and experience, not because I want to get lit. Besides, I am past 40 and hang overs at this age are ridiculous. Saying that I am a wuss might not be that far off course.

I had to hit up my stash of 12 ounce reserves in the cellar to come up with Phat Abbot Dubbel by Arbor Brewing Company. Why does this throw up flags? This is the beers that I want to wait to the right moment to partake, not be forced because of my own silliness.

Why not go buy more beer? I do buy beer but it is usually singles or bombers, more bombers, to share on Thursday nights with the group. I am a beer geek but not a beer snob, but I have become a beer buying snob: I only like to buy singles of any type. Once I have tried the beer once or more, then, and if I like it, will I purchase larger quantities. Of course this is starting to backfire on me.

Phat Abbot was a little over year old; actually it has been in my possession for thirteen months. The beer doesn’t really have that Belgianess like I expected. The candy sugar came through but I thought it was a bit on the light side of flavor and aroma, maybe making it more drinkable. Not trying to knock Arbor, but just another “average” beer. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7, Taste: 6, Look: 8, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 7.3

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Arbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge Stout (365 Day 64)

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Arbor Mackinac Island Fudge Stout

American craft beer is at its finest when the brewers are allowed to let their craft and artistry shine. In picking up a bottle of Mackinac Island Fudge Stout by Arbor Brewing Company, I thought I was onto the perfect bottle of beer.

How so, you might ask. Easy. Mackinac Island in Michigan is a small island in Lake Huron that is between the upper and lower portions of Michigan. It can only be visited via boat and, I believe, there are no motorized vehicles on the island. Yes, it is a tourist trap but they make some damn find fudge. Just about any variety you would want but it all is the same: darn tasty.

So a beer brewed in Michigan and named for the tiny little island that has some of the most outstanding fudge in the United States, it is darn easy to see why I was excited: two passions joined in one luscious twelve ounce bottle.

Once I opened the bottle reality set in. No foam to speak of on the pour, so that was a downer. The taste and aroma both had roasted malt, chocolate, and minor hints of coffee but the body was weak and there really wasn’t a sense of Mackinac fudge. It didn’t have to be even good Mackinac (there is no other type), it could have been run of the mill home made fudge. Damnit, I wanted fudge in there somewhere. Alas, this beer was bit of a let down and I know I will not be having it again. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 7, Look: 5, Drinkability: 6, Overall: 6.6

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Crooked Tree Leads Three Reviews

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

dark horse brewing company crooked tree ipa

I am running low on bombers (which isn’t a good thing since I need more for brewing) so I turned to some beers I picked up while on a recent Grand Rapids, Michigan trip, that are 12 ouncers. In case you missed the excursion, I visited Siciliano’s Market who sells beer by the individual bottle. Yes, I walked away with a case of 24 different beers.

I recently was listening to some podcast on drinking beer and the craft brewery owner, can’t remember which, said that you should not drink from lightest in color to darkest, but from less alcohol and lightest body to biggest beers. air jordan 7 Makes sense and it usually seems that light color = light beer. Not with craft beers. Now I don’t know if my tasting followed that premise, but I tried and I wanted to save the American IPAs for last since I enjoy them liking finding a $100 bill on the side walk.

First up was Scotty Karate Scotch Ale by Dark Horse Brewing Company. A Scottish heavy ale that seemed to be infused with smoke, maybe peat. The beer was overall well balanced but the smoke was the one sticking point in terms making this beer rate higher for me. A little toning down of the smoke might put this beer over the top. Still a good beer with bready and toffee aromas and flavors coming through. 7/10

The middle beer I went into with some apprehension. Arbor Brewing Company seems to put out beers that don’t agree with me for some reason or another. I want to like them, I just can’t. Unfortunately, Sacred Cow IPA, and American IPA, reaffirmed my apprehensions. It started out ominously with the beer shooting out of the bottle as soon as I took off the cap. Cleaning up messes while trying to enjoy some American craft beer doesn’t make me happy. The aroma of the beer with the hops mix is really enticing and even in the mouth it is a good beer until the pepper hits. I didn’t get the pepper in the aroma, so it caught me off guard. Too much and lingering. An average beer, for me, because of the pepper and not something I will pursue again. 6/10

The last beer of the night, Crooked Tree IPA, was the one I most anticipated (Rich has told me wonderful things about this beer) and I wasn’t let down. A good end to the evening. The aroma is huge on hops: pine and citrus that are softened slightly by a floral hop addition. air jordan 9 A great combination that made it hard to resist tasting and wafting even more. There is a sweetness to the aroma and taste that help to balance the beer. The floral hops come out in the taste with mild bitterness at most. A really smooth drinker that is well worth a try from anyone that is a hop head. 9/10

Home brew club meeting tonight. I am bringing my Pot Licker Chocolate Milk Stout to share. I am hoping to get some feedback to make it better as most of my friends have liked it and I haven’t received any negativity. I know there is no way my second beer is flawless. 🙂 Enjoy!

Three Beer Reviews With Cranbic Leading The Way

Monday, December 21st, 2009

new glarus brewing company unplugged cranbic ale

Yesterday was bottling day and nothing brings on a thirst more than handling beer. nike zoom hyperrev What better way to quench that thirst by picking up some American craft beer and reviewing. Three participants joined the thirst quenching party: Unplugged Cranbic Ale by New Glarus Brewing Company, Blue Paddle by New Belgium Brewing Company, and Olde Number 22 by Arbor Brewing Company.

Unplugged Cranbic marks the 20th beer I have tasted of New Glarus since I have been loggin reviews on the site. The beer has a slightly pink hue to an otherwise amber colored beer. Tart, cranberry and sweet are balanced on the nose with a mild spice and acidicy. Taste starts sweet and grows with a culmination towards the end with the tart – seemingly trying to balance but doesn’t quite get there. This little glitch keeps it from going to the next level but it is another really good beer from New Glarus. 8/10

Blue Paddle is a German Pilsner that is better than average and you should give it a try. I am not saying it will knock your socks off but it is crisp, clean, refershing, and easy drinking. I just thought the senses that it brought out were just a little bit on the light side. I would really like this beer in the summer time as a post lawn mowing thirst quencher. 7/10

The last beer, which I really wanted to be good since we drive by it on the way to my wife’s sisters house, was Olde Number 22. Olde Number 22 is an Altbier that was a little light on both taste and aroma. I realize that the styles call for a delicate balance, so I figured that the beer was to style. I did get a metalic taste in the after taste that killed the beer pretty much for me. It did seem to go away after a while (did I get used to it?) and I was wondering if it was something from the dishwasher in my glass, but this was the third beer in the glass. I would like to give this one another try. 6/10

I drank the beers in the order in which I also liked them: Unplugged Cranbic Ale, Blue Paddle, and Olde Number 22. Tonight is a five beer taster of Sam Adams beers with Rich. Enjoy!

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