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Great Lakes Brewing Company Lake Erie Monster (365 Day 245)

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster

Lake Erie Monster by Great Lakes Brewing Company, and American Imperial IPA, comes out each summer for the appreciation of all the IPAs lovers out there. Seasonal releases always have a good following as people like to feel like they are having a glass of something unusual.

Lake Erie Monster packs a bunch of hops into the twelve ounce bottle. Floral, fruity, and spice hop features are present on the nose and mouth. A toasted and toffee malt presence add enough stature to balance the hops, subduing the bitterness.

Probably my only gripe is a big alcohol presence that at times was annoying. Otherwise a beer that I look forward to each summer. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 7 (35%), Overall: 8.1

Useless Fact: The precise geographical center of the North American Continent is in a town called Rugby, North Dakota.

Great Lakes Christmas Ale (365 Day 24)

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Great Lakes Brewing Company Christmas Ale

The day before Christmas and all through the house I was dreaming which American craft beer I would have for Christmas Eve. There was a little snow on the ground and the kids where playing on the snow hill at the end of the court; I need something with a Holiday theme.

Christmas Ale by Great Lakes Brewing Company was about the only seasonal beer I had in the cellar. Not a huge fan.

Since I was full of snow, I asked the wife to pour me the Christmas Ale. Within a few seconds she appeared at the door with the beer in the bottle. I gave her a quick glance and without hesitation she took the beer back, poured it into a pint glass, and brought it back out. Now I was ready.

I had Christmas Ale last year and only had a bottle this season as my neighbor, Miles, brought one over to share earlier.

I don’t know if it was the sweat, the cold, and the anticipation of Christmas, but this beer tasted much better than I remembered. The spices were more subdued and held back with more of a malt balance. Unfortunately I was not able to finish my beer as my daughter kicked the glass that I placed on the snow hill while digging a ginormous hole through the hill. Oh well, at least I could play on the hill. Enjoy!

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

Useless Face: The first person to ever survive the fall over Niagara Falls was in 1901 when Annie Edson Taylor, a 43 year-old widowed school teacher from Bay City, Michigan, survived the fall in a 260 pound oak barrel.

Great Lakes Blackout Stout (365 Day 6)

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

It is never easy when you receive a phone call at work with bad news. The news I received was that my parents house had been broken into, stuff was stolen, they left a huge mess, but neither of my parents were hurt. My Dad specifically asked if we, my wife and I, would mind coming out. That type of event leaves you feeling vulnerable and scared. I made arrangements to leave work and go help. Probably one of the smarter things I have done because my parents were really grateful for the help, but, I really think it was the company.

When we got home, a little late, I knew that I had to keep up my end of the 365 beers in 365 days bargain. I knew exactly what would be satisfying after a rough afternoon/evening: Blackout Stout by Great Lakes Brewing Company.

I have had the beer before and Shawn, one of the guys in tnbc, recently, for the second year in a row, attended the BA release of Blackout Stout in Ohio. Why do I bring this all up? Shawn was kind enough to get me a bottle, so I am sure that will be part of the next 359 beers. 🙂

Blackout Stout is all what you expect in a Russian Imperial Stout: big, bold, and beautiful. The aroma gets you going with chocolate and roasted malt with it continuing on the taste buds, lingering in the back of throat. If I had one complaint, it would that it had a bit too much carbonation for me. I like my big stouts to be almost flat, if not so. I want the profile of the beer to come through without any bias. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 9, Look: 10, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 9.2

Long Time Coming: Wednesday Beer Store

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


It seems like an eternity since my last official Wednesday beer store visit. I had been on vacation during the Holidays and last week I was busy after returning to work. I feel like I should be headed to the principals office for skipping school.

I have no idea how busy the beer store was during my time away, but Matt (beer store beer buyer) said before my abscence that they would mostly be restocking the shelves for the Holiday season. So I don’t think there was much that I did miss, if any.

The welcome site of the beer store as I pulled up air jordan 4 femmes had me more excited to see Matt and talk a little shop rather than wondering what new liquid goodness had found its’ way to the shelves. Matt quickly let me know that they had hit a jackpot of beer yesterday. Some were retreads while others were new seasonal and one-time releases.

Run down of beers (not all listed, just the highlights):

A really good beer store visit to start the year off on the right foot. I only wish I had more money but that always seems to be the case. Enjoy!

Wednesday American Craft Beer Day

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

I know I say this almost every time about Wednesday, but checking out the new American craft beers each week at the beer store is more intoxicating than the beer itself. This week there was an outstanding amount of new American craft beer that the excitement is rightly placed.

free run 5.0 femmes I was under strict instructions from the boss (aka wife) not to purchase beer since I bought 18 bombers on Saturday through my cousin in California). I scrambled and looked in my wallet, by some act unbeknownest to me, I actually had cash.

The lineup:

A couple of the beers are being held off to the side for me by Matt, the beer buyer at the store. He is a great help each week in finding the new items, even the ones not on the shelf. 😉

Several months ago when I was on a Wednesday visit a man ask if I had any suggestions for beer and that he liked hoppy beers. Modus Hoperandi by Ska was what I pointed him to. He was actually back at the store yesterday and asked for my help in getting some beers again. I hope he will be satisfied with the selection and it sort of nice for someone to seek out my opinion on beer. Enjoy!

Goose Island Harvest Ale and Great Lakes Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Another evening of American craft beer reviews of Oktoberfest beers completed with Harvest Ale by Goose Island Beer Co. and Great Lakes Oktoberfest by Great Lakes Brewing Company. Both beers were good with Harvest Ale being outstanding.

Harvest Ale by Goose Island is a great mix of hop aroma into the ESB.

Harvest Ale by Goose Island is a great mix of hop aroma into the ESB.

The first beer of the night was Harvest Ale by Goose Island Beer Co.. I knew the beer was an ESB and, I have to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from that style being a “harvest” beer. From the time I took off the cap until the sip entered my mouth, I could smell the pleasant aroma of floral and pine hops. Awesome. The beer has a pleasant malt backbone of caramel and bread. The taste doesn’t have the robust hop aroma but it is present while the malt backbone shines. A nice transition from nose to mouth – as you drink you get the hop aroma but as you taste you get the malt. I enjoyed this beer from the start to the finish. Another fall beer that will make my annual list.

I followed with a bottle of Great Lakes Oktoberfest by Great Lakes Brewing Company. The amount of foam and retention on this beer was outstanding for an Oktoberfest. air max thea femmes The aroma of malt, dried fruit, and grassy hop seems to be a little more complex than most beers of the style I have had. Similar, your taste buds are coated with the same sensations including some sweetness. I rated this one a seven but in hind site should have went with an eight. It is a really good interpretation of the style.

It was Friday night so I couldn’t stop there, as I was forced to watch 17 again and have popcorn, I enjoyed my last can of Gordon by Oskar Blues Bar & Grill. It is time for another beer run to Wisconsin so I can pick up another four pack of this aqueous excellence. I think I am addicted to Curmudgeon by Founders Brewing Company as I had another. No, I still didn’t rate this beer. I will do so tonight after I have a couple more Oktoberfest brews. Enjoy!

Beer Store Visit Good Score

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Commodore Perry an IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Company

Commodore Perry an IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Company

If you have been paying any attention, you would know by now that I make weekly visits, on Wednesday, to the beer store across the street from my place of employment. No, I don’t sauce on the job. The beer store gets their big weekly shipment in on Wednesday morning. I have got to know the head beer buyer for the store, he has a great deal of knowledge about beer, has tasted a ton of beers, an offers his experience when selecting.

So what did I buy this week? Well, let’s start off with the beers I purchased for an evening in which a work friend of my wife’s is coming over. free run 4.0 v2 femmes He supposedly enjoys IPAs. I don’t know if he enjoys “real” beer, but that’s what he will be getting when he comes over. I could I pass up a chance to buy some good IPAs without one word of gripe from my wife?! IPA list:

  • Un-Earthly from Southern Tier Brewing Company
  • Commodore Perry from Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Company
  • With that out of the way, I figured I could pick up a beer or three for myself and disguise it within the confines of IPAs for her friend. Anything for a few good extra American craft beers! 🙂

    • Collaboration not Litigation by Avery Brewing and Russian River
    • Lips of Faith – La Folie from New Belgium Brewing

    It will be a few weeks before I drink the IPAs but I plan on enjoying the other two beverages in the short term. Enjoy!