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Brew Review: Rogue Chocolate Stout

This weeks brew reviews features a fresh stout from Rogue, a brewery located in Newport, Oregon. Rogue Ales brewery was started back in 1988. They operate brewpubs in Oregon, Washington, and California and brew mostly craft beer. I had tried several Rogue beers in the past so I thought I’d give this one a chance, which ended up being a excellent decision.

Rogue Chocolate Stout:

ABV: 6.00%

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Pitch black almost like a coca cola with a excellent brownish head that has decent lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, roast, slight hop bitterness, slight vanilla goodness

Taste: Creamy, almost milkshake like. A modest dose of chocolate up front. Not as much as you might think from the aroma. Mid palate has a pronounced smoke, pepper and woody/tobacco profile. Some bitter hoppiness in the finish.

Drinkability: Makes the mouth smile. Easy to drink and very enjoyable

Overall thoughts: A solid Amercan stout, one of the better chocolate stouts I have tried. There is a very pleasant flavor with just enough complexity. A very enticing aroma to bring you in. This is a chocolate explosion in a glass. You will truly enjoy this brew.

Freshness Rating: 8/10

Rogue Chocolate Stout

More brew next week. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends

Brew Review: Laverstoke Park Farm Organic Real Lager

Today I’m going to review a brew from Laverstoke Park Farm, a brewery located in Laverstoke, England. I picked up this brew at my local brew shop and thought I’d give it a chance, which was a mistake. After tasting this beer I now know there’s two things you should never mix, organic and beer. If you could imagine what it would be like to wipe your tongue over a skunk tail look no further than this beer.

Laverstoke Park Farm Organic Real Lager:

ABV: 4.50%

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Pours a translucent yellow-ish straw color with lively fizziness and a slowly dissipating fluffy off-white head

Smell: Lightly grassy and metallic

Taste: Sour-ish on the palate, but not in a very pleasant way. Has a sulfuric twangy character that comes on particularly strong in the finish

Drinkability: Easy to drink one sip and know you will never drink this beer again

Overall thoughts: It leaves behind an odd bitter aftertaste that isn’t very appealing.  The flavor is full of earthy and grassy notes, with a ton of nasty. I am not sure how a bottled skunk would taste, but this beer has to be close.

Freshness Rating: 1/10

More brew next week. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends

Brew Review: Good People Brown Ale

This weeks brew review features a savory brew from Good People, a local brewery located in the Magic City.  Good people is a small brewery that was established in 2007 and offer a lovely selection of good brews.  If you’re looking for a nice and tasty southern treat, look no further than Brown Ale from Good People.

Good People Brown Ale:

ABV: 5.80%

Serving Type: Can

Appearance: Deep mahogany body with no transparency. Thin tan head that leaves no lacing.

Smell: Nutty, chocolate, caramel, bread with a hint of hop bite.

Taste: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of maple and caramel. Then some bready flavors of nuts and a hearty malt character follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, easy to have more then one

Overall thoughts: Very impressed by this brown ale. Personally I think brown ales are typically underrated, and this one is a great subtle representation of the style. Recommended if you want an Alabama brown ale.

Freshness Rating: 8/10

More brew next week. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends

Alabama’s new brew debut

As many of you Alabamians know the Alabama house passed Senate Bill 294 (Craft beer bill), allowing the sale of beer containers up to 25.4 ounces. This was effective as of last Wednesday, August 1st.

After work I decided to swing by the local brew shop and pick up a couple new refreshments. I went with the Andygator and the 25th Anniversary Doubledog brewed by Abita. You can check out my brew review below:

Andygator:

ABV: 8.00%

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: clear, light golden. Virtually no head.

Smell: Sweet aromas of lighter fruit and a bit of citrus meet the nostrils.

Taste:  Not nearly as sweet as it smells but still fresh. You get a bit of bitterness from the hops and a little bit of a sweet finish. Warming the mouth and body in a very nice way.

Overall thoughts:

I think I saw this one first on the show “True Blood”. Intitial pour releases a very nice arouma, lets you know it’s there. Average head and gets down to business. Overall very nice beer. Better when poured around and drank while with a group.

25th Anniversary Doubledog:

ABV: 7.00%

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark brown with a robust inch of foam.

Smell: Aroma is very similar to that of a nice brown ale.

Taste: More like a light stout at first. Nice dose of chocolate and mild crystal malts. Very smooth flavor throughout. Aftertaste is savoringly fresh yet mild.

Overall thoughts: This guy is pretty refreshing. It could taste a little thicker but it’s a good all year around beer. You could say it’s a vanilla-lover’s delight.

More brew coming soon. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends.

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