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Founders Nemesis 2009 (365 Day 30)

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Founders Brewing Company Nemesis

The day before New Years Eve, I thought to myself that it would be nice to pull out a quality beer as I knew I was going to crack open Rare Bourbon County Stout the next day, so I needed something that could lead me in to such a big American craft beer.

Nemesis 2009 by Founders, which had been aging in the cellar for nearly year, seemed to be the perfect fit. I have heard good things about this annual release, with each being a bit different than the previous. Time to take the plunge. Needless to say, I was excited for this tasting and review.

After the physical eying of the beer, it was all down hill for me: the aroma and taste just wasn’t what I expected. Flavors seemed to be off and not well balanced. The drinkability suffered because of this. A bit of a let down.

For the difficulty I had obtaining this beer (called and drove all over the place) and the cost (nearly $6 per bottle and some places raised the price to gouge), this version of Nemesis falls short. After looking at my review and points, I actually believe I over rated this beer. Just give me my KBS and I will be happy. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 8, Look: 8, Drinkability: 7, Overall: 7.9

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Founders KBS Reviewed

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

After 20 phone calls to some local and some not so local beer stores, I got my hands on Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) from Founders. As with some short run, highly touted beers I didn’t know what to expect as I have had a few that just weren’t up to my levels of expectations.

The guy at the beer store I purchased it from said that this beer, this year, was heavenly. That is a tough comparison, especially since he has never been there. Oh well, it is easy to assume it was damn tasty.

After Rich and I spoke on the phone ten times or so trying to Three Floyds Dark Lord Days golden tickets, we decided that we should get together to have a fresh version of KBS. Good call.

KBS poured with a nice thick, brown foam over the top of the opaque and midnight black liquid. Retention was average at best with some disheveled lacing throughout. The aroma is your first indication that the beer is complex and possibly worthy of the high accolades that it has received. Coffee, chocolate (bitter), vanilla, oak, alcohol, and more are all there for the nose to fancy. Seven or more wafts wasn’t enough as I inhaled until the last drop. The taste was just as fantastic. Similar to the nose with a nice bourbon heat on the way down, while being so well balanced. A nice creamy and viscous mouth that made a big appearance while the carbonation is on the slight side. The complexities of the beers can easily keep the senses amused. 10/10

I plan on sharing a few of these with friend while putting one or two aside to taste and compare as the beer ages. Enjoy!

Two Oktoberfests, Two Pumpkins, and One Curmudgeon

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Had to make up for taking last night off with an array of four seasonal beers and a Curmudgeon to keep me honest. 🙂 I am about half way through the beers from Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest festival.

founders brewing company curmudgeon

Curmudgeon by Founders Brewing Company is an Old Ale that has been aged in oak barrels. I had six of these before I could pull myself away from the glass long enough to review it. Molasses, grain, vanilla, and dark fruit are part of the complex aroma and taste of this beer that blend together nicely to make one fine drinking beer. Slight dryness and warmth that compliment this beer perfectly. I hope I can still get some more of this.

Ichabod by New Holland Brewing Company is a pumpkin beer. Ichabod is a quality offering that didn’t live up to the aroma in the taste. I thought the aroma was spot on and had me preparing for a great taste but I was let down when the beer was a little light and watery. If you prefer your pumpkins not as spiced up in the mouth, then this would be a really good beer. air max 90 femmes In spite of what I said, I would have this beer again.

new glarus brewing company staghorn octoberfest

Staghorn Oktoberfest by New Glarus Brewing Company was next. I cant’ hide the fact that I am a fan of Glarus beers as I have been there twice this summer and tasted/reviewed at least 18 different styles. Staghorn delivers with spot on interpretation of the style. Great combination of malts and drinkability make it a winner in my book.

Punkin Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales found its way into my glass next. I felt the aroma was similar to Ichabod but where it left off, Punkin Ale delivers by carrying over the pleasant aroma into the taste. A well rounded and crisp offering.

The last beer of the day was Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest by Tyranena Brewing Company. To this point I have been a fan of Tyranena’s beers but this one just seemed a little lackluster and couldn’t find the style.

Order of preferences: Curmudgeon, Staghorn Oktoberfest, Punkin Ale. Ichabod, Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest. Enjoy!

Wednesday Afternoon With The Beer Store

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

founders brewing company

Oh, what a sigh of relief, another Wednesday and another beer store visit. Why can’t I spend 8 hours a day in the beer store and only 20 minutes per week at work? That would make me so happy. I believe my stress level would drop exponentially. I wonder what play I could devise to make this become a reality? The wheels are turning.

Travis was at lunch when I arrived, which shortened my trip. It isn’t the same when you don’t have your own special guided tour with a really knowledgeable person to take you on said tour. Air Jordan Femme Needless to say, I have to go on memory of what is new and what has been there.

I am sure there are a few things I missed but Curmudgeon from Founders Brewing was sitting right in the middle of the isle and, I believe, it had a spotlight shining down upon it.

I had some one year, oak aged Curmudgeon at Great Lake Brew Fest about a month ago. Outstanding.

I look forward to having one (or more) this weekend as I celebrate my 40th birthday. Enjoy!

Hot Busy Weekend End With Founder’s Devil Dancer

Monday, August 10th, 2009
Founders Brewing Company Devil Dancer - 12% ABV and 112 IBUs

Founders Brewing Company Devil Dancer - 12% ABV and 112 IBUs

I enjoyed and rated Founders Brewing Devil Dancer a few weeks back. Enjoyed the beer thoroughly!

So the weekend wasn’t all that pretty. I spent around 25 hours doing server updates and moves that took a huge bite out of my enjoyment and beer consumption time. The only time I had was Saturday night when I attended the Jimmy Buffett concert. Good time but I never recommend drinking any of the mix drinks there, they are horrible! air max thea femmes To add insult to injury, they are $10 a pop. Luckily I found a $20 bill on the ground that fell out of some drunk and staggering imbeciles pocket. I still cringe that I spent that money on those brutal drinks.

Sunday night rolled around, the server work had take its toll – I was tired and I had had a huge weekend. I needed something to put an exclamation point on the weekend. I needed something that would refresh in a big way. Down went my last Devil Dancer and I fell fast asleep with a smile on my face. Enjoy!