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AleSmith Brewing Company Wee Heavy (365 Day 171)

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

AleSmith Wee Heavy

A good start to any weekend begins with a quality American craft beer or three. In the case of last evening, Rich and I found ourselves partaking in a total of six. The laughter at the movie “Dumb & Dumber” seemed to elevate the last 30 minutes or so of the movie. Good times.

The group of beers were all solid but I wasn’t sure Rich would make it over or not based on his schedule, my mind was made up that Wee Heavy by AleSmith Brewing Company was going to be my beer of the evening.

I have had Wee Heavy before some 18 months ago, knew I liked, and had to try it again. The second go around gave me a lot more insight to the beer and appreciation for the beer. It is a top notch beer that definitely scratch my wee heavy itch. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 8, Look: 8, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 8.0

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AleSmith Speedway Stout (365 Day 60)

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

AleSmith Speedway Stout

An American craft beer sitting in the cellar is always on the back of your mind as a beer geek. You wonder if the fluctuations in temperature are causing harm. You wonder how long to leave the beer in the cellar before drinking it. You wonder if the cap is on tight, especially if there is no wax, in case old man oxidation comes for a visit. You wonder, when you decide to drink, if the beer will live up to expectations. You wonder if the occasion that you decide to drink the cellared beer is worthy enough of said beer.

The list could go on, but you get the picture. Speedway Stout by AleSmith Brewing Company was one of the first good beers I ever placed in my cellar. Who knows, if when I first started collecting beers, if I was cellaring them correctly. I wondered if this might not be that good.

Once I opened the bottle and poured the liquid into my pint glass with its nice brown head, I knew this was going to be something good. The aroma and taste are very similar and outstanding. Chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee are all blended seamlessly into a very drinkable large stout. I would say the body is a bit thin, but that is based on expecting a huge, thick beast. Sometimes the viscous nature of big stouts can be too much, this was pleasant. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 10, Look: 10, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 9.1

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AleSmith Anvil ESB Ale Reviewed

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

alesmith brewing company anvil esb ale

In my quest to have enough bombers to bottle my latest two batches of beer, I tasted and reviewed Anvil ESB Ale by AleSmith Brewing Company. Anvil is an extra strong bitter and is my fourth beer from the California based brewery.

Anvil pours with more foam than just about any other beer I have had. Huge. free run 5.0 +3 femmes I believe my first pour, which was vigorous, was about an ounce and filled the glass. The nose is hit with lots of nice toasted malt and some nice, pleasant dark fruits. A touch of floral, maybe from hops, is present too. The toasted malt is the center of the taste with dark and light fruits both intermingling along with a sense of wine and a musty flavor that seems to have its place. A medium body and light carbonation accent the beer well. A great balance of these complexities making this often avoided, by me, style really stand out. I now need to dig further into this style. I could see this beer going higher than my rating but I don’t know about lower by more than a point. 8/10

I hope to have several tastings tonight as the weather shouldn’t keep me from getting home in a timely fashion. Enjoy!

High Tide Fresh Hop IPA Tops Saturday’s Tastings

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Saturday night was a spur of the moment get together with Rich and Miles (neighbor who enjoys American craft beer) as we found time to partake in seven American craft beers. After a month of sitting in my basement, I finally found the right moment to share four bombers that my cousin had sent me from California.

Saturdays lineup of beer:

High Tide Fresh Hop IPA was the first beer of the night that I actually cracked open before my guests arrived. Miles isn’t much for hopped beer, so I didn’t want to disappoint by forcing him to have some. A great combination of hops, both in aroma and taste, that made me think a little of the type of IPA I hope to brew. The best beer, in my opinion, of the night.

Deathly Pale Ale is an American pale ale that, for some reason, didn’t quite agree with me. It seemed that the beer was rough around the edges and never really pulled itself together to make me enjoy it. I could drink it again but not a beer that I would purchase myself again.

Cereal Killer was a 2008 bottle, so it had some time to age in the bottle. Lots of molasses with dark fruits and a splash of cocoa. The alcohol is up there but it isn’t noticeable. A good beer that I could easily recommend.

Calico Amber Ale is another amber ale that made it into the lineup. Seemed to have some dried fruit that is unique to the style for me. It was a nice twist and would recommend.

Wee Heavy is a Scottish Heavy Ale that did a great job of breaking up the night. Another beer with dark fruit and a high alcohol content. A good job is done in terms of hiding the alcohol and letting the flavors come out. Another beer that I would recommend.

I could have easily given Iniquity Imperial Black Ale a higher score but I need to have it before I have tasted five or six beforehand. air jordan 14 I really liked the addition of dark malt to give a little roasted flavor to the beer.

I don’t like to be critical but Red Tide Amber Ale was one of the few amber ales that I have tasted that I didn’t enjoy. There was some type of musty/earthy tones to the aroma that turned me off before I even tasted. For some reason I couldn’t get past them. Not a horrible beer, just one that didn’t make my recommend list.

You know it is a good night when most of the beers you have are ones that you feel good about recommending as the choices from this past Saturday. Now I have to start thinking about which bombers to try and stack up against this bunch to have a better grouping next time. Enjoy!