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Thursday Night American Craft Beer Tastings

Friday, March 9th, 2012
pretty things beer and ale project babayaga

Pretty Things Babayaga

Our Thursday night get together was light one participant, Chuck, but the rest of us picked up his slack. We plowed our way through five beers with a focus on stouts. It wasn’t planned that way, it is just the way that it came together.

The list (in the order the beers participated):

A mighty fine lineup of beers. Hopslam is starting to use the luster of the hops while the malt backbone is coming forward. Babayaga is interesting to say the least. Complex aromas and flavors that aren’t typically together in one beer. Ursa Minor is damn easy to drink and my first try at a weizen stout. B.O.R.I.S. was probably a bit young (date: 2011-12-29), making it a touch hot. I think aging would make this beer round out nicer. Founders was served way to cold. Letting it warm a bit brought the level of the drink up a bit but it wasn’t that beer that I remembered in the past.

Hopefully next week we can have the full group on hand. Enjoy!

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Founders Brewing Company Imperial Stout (365 Day 108)

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Founders Imperial Stout

For those of you that know anything about American craft beer, you have heard of Founders Brewing Company and their crazy list of outstanding beers that they brew. Based on what they bottle, I think I am pretty close to hitting them all with 13 different flavors tasted: this includes two version of their annual release:Nemesis.

I had a brief stop at their brewpub about a year or so ago but didn’t have time to imbibe. I know, I am still kicking myself in the butt for that one. I also wanted to make the KBS release this past weekend, but went on a family trip, which is much more important than beer. After hearing the debacle that was the 2011 KBS release, I am glad that I put my family first. It is also this type of disaster that is slowly eroding my enthusiasm for short releases. I even passed up the chance last night to pick up two bottles of KBS from a local store. Is this blasphemy. 😉

Founders Imperial Stout is one of those stouts that I can’t wait for each year. I really look forward to it as the beer is spot on, solid. In spite of the high ABV it doesn’t affect the beer and the nice roasted, chocolate notes just keep me coming back for more. Not a perfect imperial stout, but damn good and in the team photo. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 9.0

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Founders Imperial Stout Reviewed

Friday, December 18th, 2009

founders brewing company founders imperial stout

It seems like during the week that two is my limit on the number of reviews I will do in an evening. Of course there are those special occasions that will lead me to partake in a few more, but I find it hard to review more than two beers while doing so alone. powerlins ii femmes The chit chat about the beers helps to bring out other possibilities and make the entire experience more fun. Hurray for TNBC next Tuesday 🙂

I had two stouts last night, one of the Russian imperial variety and the other an American imperial.

Founders Imperial Stout by Founders Brewing Company was the Russian imperial stout and the first beer of the evening. I have had it sitting in the cellar for only a month but it kept wooing me. I gave in to temptation. Poured black and thick with a couple of fingers of brown, sticky, frothy foam with some of the best retention I have seen in a beer. As expected the beer was complex with coffee, chocolate, citrus hops, roasted, and bitterness on the nose and in the mouth. The high alcohol really wasn’t detectable. Some creaminess added to the depth of this beer. Founders just producing the hits. 9/10

Satin Soltice Imperial Stout by Central Waters Brewing Company was the American imperial stout. A clear pour with a big, tan, sticky foam led to some good retention and lacing without even taking a sip. roshe run The aroma was good, just a little light and contained lactose, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits. The taste is similar but has a bit of a bitter aftertaste that I didn’t care for. It was too much. One small fault in an otherwise really good stout. 8/10

It was a good night for stouts and I really enjoyed reveiwing both. Now to start thinking of lineup for this evening. Enjoy!

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