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Dark Horse Brewing Company Fore Smoked Stout (365 Day 302)

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout

I originally reviewed Fore Smoked Stout by Dark Horse Brewing Company before I switched the grading system from the single 10 point system to the four category system that is currently in place. The four category system allows more flexibility in grading.

No matter what I do or how I change the grading system on the site, I don’t like smokey beers. Peat, ash, generic smoke, etc isn’t what I like to taste in my beer. In spite of Fore being in the cellar for a good year, there was still some smokey qualities, not as much as there is fresh, but enough to know. Knowing there is less smoke in the taste made me enjoy this beer more than I did close to two years ago. Solid but that is going out on a limb for my taste buds.

I do have a few more smokey American craft beers in the cellar that will be shared with friends because I don’t want to hog for myself. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 7 (25%), Look: 7 (15%), Drinkability: 7 (35%), Overall: 7.0

Useless Fact: The Japanese have a special method for growing superb melons. They plant a seed, allow it to sprout and form buds, then pick all the buds but one. This one bud is allowed to mature into a full fruit. In this way a single fruit receives all the nutrients originally meant for the whole plant. The result is a remarkably succulent melon.

Dark Horse Brewing Co. Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock (365 Day 206)

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Friday night came quick this week which means it is time for a round of American craft beer; maybe more.

Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock by Dark Horse Brewing Co. turned out to be beer number 206. This is a retread as I have had it before. It brings back memories of my Granny when she would make coffee after dinner for the adults when I was about five. That strong black coffee and the sound of the percolator, such good times.

If you plan on having a Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock make sure that you can tolerate straight old fashioned coffee. It hits not only in the aroma but the taste as well. I had a hard time picking up much outside of the coffee and that was before I had more than a couple of sips. I really like the beer. Any food or drink that bring back thoughts of yesteryear, knocks it up a notch. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 7 (25%), Look: 8 (15%), Drinkability: 6 (35%), Overall: 7.1

Useless Fact: Potato chips were invented by a black chef in Louisiana in 1865.

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!

Almost Uneventful Beer Store Wednesday

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Another Wednesday has come and gone and so has another visit to the beer store. Based on what I was told last week this beer store visit should mostly be uneventful as they were just retreading the shelves for the holidays. I drove over there next expecting much but my usual banter about beer with Matt, the stores beer buyer. roshe run femmes Unfortunately and not Matt’s fault, I didn’t get much else this time around.

Two new beers were on the shelf:

I wouldn’t mind either one of these beers but my wife is still on the low fly zone when it comes to dumping money into my beer reviewing habit and I did spend a few bucks this weekend while up in Wisconsin. Matt once again reminded me that EisPhyre by Capital Brewery was well worth the investment. In spite of the shakes, I controlled myself and walked queitly away. Enjoy!

Three New Beer Reviews Including Bitter Womain In The Rye

Friday, November 6th, 2009

It has been a few days since I had the chance to sit back and enjoy a few American craft beers. That said, Thursday was an outstanding night. I am currently trying to clean out the beer fridge of my 12 ounce beers. This weekend should fix that problem. Next up will be 20-some bombers that are just calling my name. Besides those, I will be bottling my own beer in a week or so and I will have more beer than I know what to do with.

Last nights’ list of participants:

Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout had all the makings of an outstanding imperial stout: great pour and aroma, air jordan 1 femmes but come up short on taste. Everything that got me excited about the beer just wasn’t big in the taste. Still a good beer so don’t rule it out as one to try, just don’t expect it to knock your socks off from top to bottom.

Fore Smoked Stout was batter number two in the order. Before I go further, I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of smoked beers. That said, I like this beer and they did a good job of adding enough smoke to let its presence be known without taking over the beer. There was a tart dark fruit after taste that I didn’t really care for.

Bitter Woman In The Rye was third and, since it was the last, the cleanup hitter. It didn’t disappoint. There was a nice balance between sweet, caramel malt, and citrus hops. The rye was evident but not at a level that imposed itself on the beer. Like the other flavors and aromas, nicely blended into a refreshing and crisp brew. The best of the night.

Reverse the order in which I drank them and you will have the order in which I would rate them. Enjoy!