Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
This past Friday marked the final review in the 2014 Oktoberfest series of reviews. There were certainly a lot of great Wisconsin festbiers, a couple of which nailed the style dead on, and a couple that just barely missed it, one that fell way short, and one that turned the style on its ear, reimagining it as an ale. Each brought with it a unique experience with the fingerprint of the brewery that released it readily visible in both flavor and aroma. For those of you who might not have read the posts in this fall’s Oktoberfest series they were; Gemüetlichkeit Oktoberfest from Tyranena Brewing Company, Black Husky Brewing’s Jodlerkönig Ale, O’so Brewing’s O-toberfest, Central Waters Oktoberfest, Üfer Bier from Big Bay Brewing Company, Point Oktoberfest from Stevens Point Brewery, Capital Brewery Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest Lager from Lakefront Brewery, and Bull Falls Oktoberfest.
So, now I will move on to the part of this that I really am not looking forward to, a ranking of the nine. Whenever I attempt to rank my favorite beers, or favorite beers of a style I feel as though I am trying to pick my favorite child. Sure, some favorites are easy... Favorite football team? Packers! Favorite state? Wisconsin, obviously… But favorite beer, that takes the discussion to a whole new level. Regardless, here it goes…
Monday, November 3, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
That's all for tonight, with three beers left in this fall's Oktoberfest series, check back soon for another review!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Modern Times Brewing Company | Monster Park / Coffee Imperial Stout aged in Rye Barrels . (13%)
This is a huge beer ladies and gentlemen . This is Modern Times special release of their Monster Park , which is an imperial stout , then aged in 3 different variations of barrels ; The first is in rye whiskey barrels , the second is rye whiskey barrels with there own coffee added , and the third is aged in Tennessee whiskey barrels . This one is the Rye with coffee added . Another fact to know is that Modern Times is one of few known breweries to actually use there own blend of coffee into their beers . Let's get a pour on the Monster Park / Coffee Imperial Stout.
Pour : It is black as pitch . I thought I was going to get some head on this massive beer , but I was mistaken . The head that was there was a light brown hue , but dissipating rather quickly , and being 13% I understand that . I can see the alcohol legs on this beer clearly , streamlining along the glass . Almost reminds me of Black Note stout from Bells.
Aroma : Wow , lots of coffee on this imperial stout . I didn't want to age this one to long and decided to drink it fresh so I can get the coffee at it's peak , but lots of dark roast coffee , oaky- vanilla , dark fruits , powdered chocolate , a strong presence of the rye coming through . This reminds me of Bells Black Note Stout and a little bit of Bourbon County Brand Stout . Very unique blends of coffee that they are using .
Taste : Huge amount of coffee bitterness followed by chocolate , powdered chocolate you get from Nesquick, vanilla , rye , and a lot of sweetness . What I'm really surprised about this beer is that the mouthfeel is very thin for a coffee imperial stout , it's super thin. I get a lot of flavors though , but I was expecting a thicker body on this beer , so it coats my palate better and I get flavors in the back of my throat . I'm not saying it's a bad thing , but very surprised that it was this thin. It is very similar to Black Note Stout , and has a KBS body . It's really good , but just a tad to thin for me .
Verdict : 93/100 . I think if it had a better body , and a touch more of carbonation , it would be right next to the top coffee beers I have had . It's still a trade worthy beer for sure . It's got a lot of coffee still , and a unique blend of chocolate and malts as well . Cheers !