Old Dominion Abbey Ale

Old Dominion Abbey Ale

This Belgian Dubbel is brewed by Old Dominion Brewery located out east in Dover DE.  This is a spring time seasonal, and carries a 7.2% ABV.

I found ole Abbey to pour out a nice amber color, creating a decent amount of head that laced nicely on the glass. The aroma of the beer had a whole lot going on as I found it to contain some spices, clove, banana, Belgian yeast, and some caramel, and toffee. When tasting this beer you get some nice caramel, and toffee sweetness up front, before a nice subtle sweet bitterness in the finish. I found that the banana, and clove showed up at the end as well as some of that Belgian yeast that was found in the aroma.

Overall I found this was yet another fantastic beer from the Old Dominion brewery and I would suggest you give it a shot. They never disappoint, and are always brewing something nice! Thank you again Lauren for sending me out a bottle to try for the site.

Cheers!

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Belgian Styled Beers, Rating 90-94

Grand Teton Splash Down

Grand Teton Splash Down

This Belgian Golden Ale is brewed out of Victor ID, at the Grand Teton Brewery. It is a part of their Cellar Reserve series, and it has a nice 7.5% ABV.

This beer poured out a nice dark orange color, producing a decent amount of head that laced on the glass. The aroma of this beer contained some spice, banana, and some bubblegum as well as some earthy hops. The taste of this beer starts off with some banana, and bubblegum that is rather light and flavorful. The finish to this beer has a slight bitterness to it that shows off the hops, as well as a bit of alcohol while still carrying a nice balance throughout.

Overall this is a nice beer from Grand Teton, and I am going to seek it out at my local liquor store. Give this one a shot, I think it is a nice compliment to sip on and enjoy on a warm day.

Cheers!

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 6:45 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Belgian Styled Beers, Rating 80-89

Old Dominion Cherry Blossom Lager

Old Dominion Cherry Blossom Lager

This Lager is brewed by the Old Dominion Brewery which is out of Dover DE and founded in 1989. This is a Spring Seasonal and it has a nice 5.2% ABV.

Cherry Blossom pours out a nice cloudy red color that produced a decent amount of head that laced the glass. There was also quite a bit of sediment floating in the glass while drinking. The aroma of this beer is all cherries with a hint of some pale malts and it was pleasing. The taste of this beer starts off with a pale malt backbone, and then the cherries really take over your taste buds with a mildly tart finish. Now even though the cherries take over the beer I found the body of Cherry Blossom to be very light. There is also a great balance, and I found it very easy to drink.

Overall I think this is a great beer especially for the upcoming spring season. Heck I think this would be a great beer for the summertime given its light body, and full flavor. I would recommend you pick this one up if it is distributed near you. Unfortunately being in Missouri I don’t have this luxury. I would also like to thank Lauren again with Old Dominion for sending me a sample.

Cheers!

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Fruit and Vegetable Beers, Lagers/Pilsners, Rating 80-89

Dominion Candi Belgian Tripel

Dominion Candi Belgian Tripel

This Belgian Tripel is brewed by the Old Dominion Brewery located in Dover DE. Candi is a part of their Pinup Series of beers, and it has a nice big 9.5% ABV.

I found this beer to pour out a nice dark orange color that created a nice amount of head that laced on the glass, and had a nice amount of retention throughout. The aroma of this beer contained some Belgian yeast, some bubble gum, and some spices, and clove. The taste of this beer starts off with the spice, and clove before the bubblegum, and Belgian yeast arrive. The beer balances rather nicely in my opinion, and it hides the ABV very well, and shows off a little tartness in the finish.

Overall this is yet another great beer from the Dominion Brewery and I would recommend you pick it up. I still think they should start distributing to Missouri so I can start getting their fantastic brews on a regular basis.

Cheers!

 

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Belgian Styled Beers, Rating 90-94

Old Dominion Candi Belgian Tripel Takes Home The Gold!!

Old Dominion Candi Belgian Tripel Takes Home The Gold!!

Beer lovers check this out! One of my favorite breweries Old Dominion had one of their best beers take the gold at the World Beer Cup recently. If you haven’t tried this beer you need too because it is fantastic! Check out my review of it here, and check out the Old Dominion brewery’s web page here.

Cheers!!!

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 8:17 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Belgian Styled Beers

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 · 2 Comments
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