Categories
Uncategorized

January 13 Episode Available Now!

The latest episode is available now. This week, I’ll have a Duvel that was way too over-carbonated! I’ll talk about some great beers from Saugatuck, Hop Butcher, Haymarket, and Tangled Roots.

I’ll share my opinions on my least favorite F-Word, Founders and there are plenty of Jagoffs this week!

Categories
Reviews

Claire’s Thirsty Ale Haymarket Beer Co.

Tonight I’m having the terrific Claire’s Thirsty Ale from the Haymarket Beer Company in Bridgman, Michigan and Chicago. This is an Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels and with raspberries. This is absolutely fantastic! I didn’t get a lot of the barrel aged and raspberry in the aroma, but the taste is one of a kind. I get a ton of the raspberry in this which I love. I definitely get more of the fruit here than I do the bourbon but overall I love this. Sometimes the barrel aging overpowers whatever else is going on with the beer, but Claire’s Thirsty strikes a great balance between the two. I picked this up this afternoon from Haymarket and it was canned 7 days ago, so this will probably get better over time. I felt the carbonation could have been a little more, but that’s minor compared to how great this beer is. This would be the perfect dessert beer, I’m just glad I have 3 more of these to test my theory out. If you see Claire’s Thirsty Ale, grab it! I gave it a 9.4 on a 1-10 scale.

Categories
Reviews

4 Hands Brewing Absence Of Light

Today I took my Lactaid pill and am having Absence Of Light from 4 Hands in St Louis, Missouri. This is a Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout. I’m lactose intolerant so I usually try to avoid this type of beer, not because I want to……

I picked this up a few months ago in a mix pack supporting The Chicago Brewseum. This is a terrific beer that frankly I’m pissed I didn’t try before. The aroma is terrific and I really get the peanut butter notes, maybe a tick of chocolate but the peanut butter is the dominant smell for me. The taste is just as good, and I get a good balance with the chocolate and peanut butter here. Nice smooth aftertaste as well, Absence Of Light is a winner, grab this as a nice change of pace from the norm!

I know for me, sometimes I get in a beer rut where I’ll limit myself to the styles I know and enjoy, I’m glad I branched out and had this one. I feel it’s worth your while.

Categories
Reviews

Wings Have Fallen Servaes Brewing

Tonight I’m having the Session NEIPA Wings Have Fallen from Servaes Brewing Company in Shawnee, Kansas. Control Tammie went to visit family and thanks to @eleventhreeKC she provided a list of places there for her to try. One place that caught her eye was Servaes Brewing Company and she brought me back a few to try for myself.

Wings Have Fallen is a 5% Session NEIPA and I’m digging this a lot! They dry hop this with Sabro, Citra, and Cashmere hops and it has a very nice aroma and flavor to it. This is a well balanced beer in that one component doesn’t overpower the other. For me, the carbonation could have been a bit higher, but that’s just me. I would have this one again, but from reading their website, Servaes does not have a “Flagship” beer and they always rotate and are creating new things. I’m looking forward to trying the other one I have Faster You Fly and next time in in Kansas City, Servaes will no question be a spot I will visit!

Categories
Reviews

More Brewing Company Partially Cloudy

For the 1st beer of 2021, I’m having Partially Cloudy from More Brewing. This is a dry hopped lager and is fantastic! They use the same hops on this as they do in Burst Of Sunshine which was in my Top beers of 2020 so I was excited about trying this one. This has a perfect light golden color to it. The aroma is decent at first and to me fades away. The taste is outstanding here, you get the combination of the Amarillo, Citra, and the Motueka hops with the clean lager backbone. Great carbonation here and this has a nice clean finish. Partially Cloudy is listed at 5.1% ABV and is easy drinking, this is no doubt one you should try. It should please the hop heads and Lager fans as well. 2021 already is looking up after having this as the first beer of the year!

Categories
Reviews

Liquid Spiritual Delight 2nd Shift Brewing

Today I’m having a great Imperial Stout Liquid Spiritual Delight from 2nd Shift Brewing in Saint Louis, Missouri. After consuming a lot of barrel aged stouts lately, it’s nice to just have a good old fashioned Imperial Stout! LSD has a wonderful color, the aroma hits you with the dark malts and the taste is fantastic! I get the malt up front and a little bitterness in the back and the 11.5% ABV says hello to you at the end. The IBU’s are not listed, but it’s very balanced for my tastebuds. Not one component jumps in front of the other here, everything about this stout fits just right for me. The carbonation is spot on here, and according to the can this is chewy, that’s a perfect description of this! The more I have of this, the more I like it, the second half of this is better than the first! This was canned on 11/5/2020 and I purchased it at (you guessed correctly) Beermiscuous. Liquid Spiritual Delight is a terrific Imperial Stout and by all means if you’re a fan of the style, you won’t be disappointed! I gave it an 8.8.

Categories
Reviews

Riverlands Brewing Co Amber’s Soul

Amber’s Soul is a Black IPA from Riverlands Brewing Company in St. Charles, IL and this is a winner! I’m a big fan of a Black IPA and a Rye Ale, so I was looking forward to this one. This has a good aroma but the taste is terrific! I get the dark malts with the rye kick and almost a very subtle smoky taste, then the hops hit you. Amber’s Soul uses Citra, Amarillo, and CTZ all of which I’m a fan of. This has a good mouthfeel to it, it’s very balanced between the malt and hops with only a slight bitter aftertaste. This is an 8.2% ABV and the IBU’s aren’t listed, but it’s hoppy so regular IPA people don’t shy away from this. I rated this a 9.2, and grabbed it today from Beermiscuous. It was canned on 10/29/20 so it’s 2 months old. If you’re a Black IPA fan, and if not, don’t sleep on this style, grab this! Riverlands website shows this on tap and in Crowlers. Amber’s Soul was created by an employee named Amber, so Amber, thanks for your soul! This is a great beer and I highly recommend it!

Categories
Reviews

Just Use Your Wings Phase Three Brewing

Tonight I’m having Just Use Your Wings from Phase Three Brewing in Lake Zurich, Illinois. This is listed as a Winter Double IPA and is rock solid! The picture is lighter than it actually looks, it is a wonderful clear dark amber color. The aroma is good as well showcasing the three “C” hops: Chinook, Centennial, and Cascade. The taste is terrific! Nice dark malt flavor balances well with the hops. To my tastebuds, it is not overly hoppy like you might expect in a double, but the more I sip this the more I like it and wish I grabbed more of it! It’s listed at a 7.5% ABV. This was canned 11 days before I’m consuming this so it’s fresh, I picked this up from Beermiscuous and hopefully it’s still available as I would definitely have this again! I rated this a 8.6 and as long as you don’t live near me, you should grab it while you can!