KCCO Black Lager

KCCO Black Lager

So,I finally got to try Chive’s beer “KCCO Black Lager”! I was walking through my grocery store looking for some charcoal and I almost walked right past it. Needless to say I did a double take and grabbed myself a sixer! I am a huge Chiver, and was hoping to get a chance to try this beer. If you don’t know what the Chive is check it out here. It is a great site full of pictures, comedy, inspiration, and knowledge that will get you through the toughest of days. KCCO stands for “Keep Calm Chive On”. They even go as far as to raise money for less fortunate kids, and adults, and in all the Chive community is a very caring bunch that just likes to have fun. This beer is ultimately brewed in a collaboration between the Red Hook brewery, and the Resignation brewery, and it has a 5.1% ABV.

KCCO Black Lager pours out a nice black color that when held up to the light, has a nice red hue to it. The aroma of this beer had a lot going on as I found some chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee tones that was rather pleasant. The taste of this beer started rather sweet with the caramel and toffee while carrying a nice balance to the slightly bitter finish that contained the coffee, and chocolate found in the aroma. This beer had a very nice light easy drinking mouthfeel but was also full of flavor.

Overall this was an excellent black lager in my opinion. Not going to lie, I was just as scared to review this one as I was excited to try it. Reason being is because black lagers are usually rather boring to me. This one did not disappoint at all and I would strongly urge you to give it a shot, check out Chive.com, and attend a Chive party. I will be going back to the store to get more.

Cheers!

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:14 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Lagers/Pilsners, Rating 90-94

Perennial Artisan Ales 17

Perennial Artisan Ales 17

This wonderful mint chocolate stout is brewed by my buddy Phil Wymore at the Perennial Artisan Ales brewery located in St.Louis Mo. It is a hard beer to get a hold of and it has a hefty 10%ABV.

I found “17″ to pour out a nice black color which created a nice brown head that laced on the glass. The aroma reminded me exactly of an Andes chocolate candy bar as the cacao nibs, and mint leaves that this beer is brewed with really showed off.  This beer also shows off from start to finish as the chocolate, and mint start this beer off, and carry it all the way to its smooth finish that warms the belly with its ABV. This beer seriously tastes like an Andes mint chocolate candy bar and it is amazing.

If you are at all lucky enough to have an opportunity to try this beer, or have a friend that is cool enough to get you this beer and send it your way, please give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed at all. It is simply amazing!

Cheers!

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:59 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 95-100, Stouts

Fordham Gypsy Lager

Fordham Gypsy Lager

This lager pours out a nice golden color, that produced a nice head that laced on the glass. The aroma of this beer shows off a little bit of sweet malts, corn, and what I believe to be some butterscotch. The crisp taste of this beer starts off with the corn, grain, and malts before the slightly bitter finish that shows off with what I believe to be butterscotch. This beer carried a great balance throughout and I was very impressed.

Give this lager a shot, as it quickly jumped up my list as one of my favorite lagers. There is just something special about this one, and I hope I get a chance to try it again.

Cheers!

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Lagers/Pilsners, Rating 80-89

Fordham Copperhead Ale

Fordham Copperhead Ale

This Altbier is brewed by the Fordham brewery located in Dover DE. Copperhead has a 5%ABV, and is now available year-round.

This beer poured out a nice amber color with a good amount of head that laced on the glass, and had a nice retention. The aroma had a nice sweet caramel malt backbone with piney hop undertones, that was rather pleasing. When tasting this beer I found it to start off with the sweet caramel malts found in the aroma before finishing up with a slightly bitter hop finish. There is a very nice balance to this beer as well making it a great spring/summer beer.

Overall I thought this was another excellent beer from the Fordham/Old Dominion brewery and I would recommend you give it a shot.

Cheers!

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Ale's, Rating 80-89

Fordham Route 1 Session IPA

Fordham Route 1 Session IPA

This IPA is brewed by the Fordham Brewery located in Dover DE, and is brewed to be a session IPA at only 4.5% ABV.

I found this IPA to pour out a nice amber, copper color with a nice amount of head that laced on the glass with a good retention throughout. The aroma of the beer was rather piney, with some hints of what I thought to be citrus hops. The taste of the beer was light, yet flavorful which fulfills the “session” portion of the IPA.  Route 1 has some nice piney hop tones from start to its slightly bitter finish, carrying a nice balance. I believe this is a very nice IPA to enjoy on a nice warm spring day, and even a hot upcoming summer day.

I was impressed with Route 1 and would suggest you give it a shot. It is available year round now through the Fordham/Old Dominion Brewery.

Cheers!

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:29 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 80-89

Samuel Adams Utopias 2013

Samuel Adams Utopias 2013

So…. This is the other extremely rare beer I got to try a couple weekends ago. Some of you may remember last year when I got to try the 2012 version of Utopias, and if you don’t you can check it out here. Luckily my brother in law John was able to come through again two years in a row, and I feel extremely lucky to be able to review this for you all. Samuel Adams states that Utopias is aged in bourbon rum barrels, and vintage port, and ruby port barrels.

The 2013 Utopias pours out a gorgeous caramel color, that leaves racers on the glass while enjoying. The aroma was dominated by caramel, and alcohol but it was still really nice. I found the taste of this beer to contain a strong caramel backbone with hints of fruit, and maple. I found the finish to be somewhat tart, with a touch of maple, and alcohol.

There was a great balance to this beer and while I didn’t think it topped 2012′s version of Utopias this is still a great sipper beer that I would love to be able to try again. I would like to thank my brother in law John again for always keeping his eye out for the elusive bottle of Utopias.

Cheers!

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm by Robert · Permalink · One Comment
In: Rating 95-100

Grand Teton Lazy Marmot

Grand Teton Lazy Marmot

This Maibock Lager is brewed out of Victor ID at the Grand Teton Brewery. It is a part of the Cellar Reserve Series, and has a heft 7.8% ABV. When brewing this beer Grand Teton went above and beyond in my opinion. They went as far as fermenting the lager yeast in a monastery near Munich Germany and allowed it to ferment and condition for more than three months! One other fun fact before the review. In Germany “Bock” also means goat which is why that animal typically will reside on the bottles of the said style. Now on to the review.

I found the Lazy Marmot to pour a nice cloudy amber color that produced a small amount of head that did retain, and lace slightly on the glass. The aroma was rather sweet, and pleasant with a strong caramel backbone while hinting at a bit of spice. The taste of this beer is a lot like the aroma as the caramel malt showed up first while balancing very nicely with the spice, and subtle hint of alcohol in the finish. There was nothing overpowering in this beer and I really enjoyed that. Everything was “just enough” in my opinion and made it very easy to drink, and enjoy.

Overall I found this to be a very good Maibock and I would strongly recommend you pick it up before it is too late. Keep in mind that this is a part of Grand Teton’s Cellar Reserve Series so supplies are limited.

Cheers!

 

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Bock, Rating 80-89

Samuel Adams Triple Bock (1995)

Samuel Adams Triple Bock (1995)

A couple weekends ago I had the opportunity to try a couple of rare Samuel Adams beers so I wanted to share this with you all. I felt very lucky to have been able to sample these beers, and I would like to thank my brother in law John for this. The first beer that I got to sample was this 1995 version of Samuel Adams Triple Bock which was a strong component of the 2012 Utopias. I was 14 years old when this beer was released, and I just cannot fathom holding on to a beer this long without drinking it but I am glad that the previous owner didn’t, and am thankful for my brother in law for snagging it up.

I found that it poured out a nice dark brown color, that had a ruby red hue when held up to the light. The aroma was sweet with some fruit fig, and maple. The taste of this beer started off with a small hint of maple and fig before the tart and almost sour finish. I also found some cherries in the finish as well as some alcohol that warmed the belly. There was a great balance to this beer and it is a great sipper.

Overall I loved this beer and while I was extremely excited about trying it, I was also slightly upset in the fact that I can almost guarantee that I will never get to try it ever again. Think about it, how many bottles of this 19 year old beer can still possibly exist? I would again like to thank my brother in law for sharing this with everyone!

Cheers!

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Bock, Rating 95-100

Boulevard Pop Up Session IPA

Boulevard Pop Up Session IPA

This new session IPA is brewed out of Kansas City MO at the Boulevard brewery. It has a light 4.3% ABV and is going to be available year around.

Pop Up IPA pours out a nice dark golden color, with a nice head that created lace, and retention. The aroma of this beer was light yet hoppy with hints of lemon, and oranges. The taste of this beer was very light as well but still carried  a good flavor to it, as it has a great balance between the sweet front, to the very mild bitter finish.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, and I think Boulevard did an excellent job at making a nice light IPA that can be enjoyed throughout a day. Give it a shot should it be distributed near you.

Cheers!

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 80-89

Samuel Adams New World Tripel

Samuel Adams New World Tripel

New World Tripel is brewed by the Samuel Adams brewery located in Boston MA. It has a 10% ABV, is a part of the barrel room collections as it is aged in barrels.

This beer pours out a nice dark golden color with a thick white head that laced on the glass. The aroma was rather nice as it contained hints of spice, fruit, and Belgian yeast, and  it reminded me a lot of Unibroue’s La Fin Du Monde. When tasting this beer I caught some nice fruit tones up front such as orange peel, and banana. The finish of this beer contained some Belgian yeast, spice, and some alcohol that warmed my belly. This beer had a nice mouthfeel to it, and a great balance.

Overall I would say this is a very good beer and I would recommend you give it a shot. I am going to definitely be picking this one up again in the near future.

Cheers!

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Belgian Styled Beers, Rating 90-94