Founders KBS (2017)

Founders KBS (2017)

This bourbon barrel aged stout is brewed out of Grand Rapids MI at the fantastic Founders Brewery. This is a limited release, and sports a hefty 11.9% ABV. Founders actually ages this beer for a year in oak bourbon barrels to get the amazing final product for us to enjoy! I would like to take a quick second and thank one of my best beer friends in this world Bill Engle for bringing me down a bottle from Wisconsin! Cheers buddy!

This beer pours out a nice thick dark black color with a light brown head. It laces nicely on the glass to show off its quality. The aroma of this beer has some wonderful chocolate and coffee tones to it, with a nice hint of the oak bourbon barrels that it was aged in. The taste of this beer starts off with the chocolate and coffee coming through before the slightly bitter bourbon barrel finish. I found this beer to have a fantastic thick mouthfeel, an amazing balance, and is very easy to drink despite the high ABV.

Overall this is an excellent beer, and I strongly recommend picking it up, if you can find a bottle. I want to thank Bill Engle again for helping the Beer Taster out and bringing me this one down!

Cheers!

 

Posted on October 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 95-100, Stouts

Latitude 42 I.P.E.H!

Latitude 42 I.P.E.H!

This I.P.E.H! is brewed at the Latitude 42 Brewery located in Portage MI and has a 7% ABV.

The beer pours out a nice dark orange color with a thick white head, that laces the glass. The aroma of the I.P.E.H! has a nice tropical tone to it as well. When tasting this beer I feel that it has a great balance, and there is a sweet malty-ness up front before a slightly bitter hop finish. I felt that this I.P.E.H! has a great mouthfeel to it and is also easy to drink despite the 7% ABV that it sports.

Check this one out. I enjoyed it, and hope you do too!

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 7:25 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 80-89

Schlafly Carraway IPA

Schlafly Carraway IPA

This IPA is brewed by the Schlafly Brewery located here in St. Louis MO, and it sports a 7.2% ABV, and 65 IBU’s. This is a small batch IPA that is a part of the Hop Allocation Series which is brewed once a year.

This IPA pours out a dark orange color with a thick white head, shows off with its lacing on the glass. The aroma has a nice fruity aroma to it, but also some spiciness , as well as some toasty malt tones.  The taste of this beer is taken over by the spiciness found in the aroma, and it has a moderately bitter and somewhat dry finish. It does have a decent balance to it as well.

Overall this is a good IPA if you like them on the spicy side. I also feel like Schlafly excels in the IPA style as well, and I always look forward to any new releases!

Cheers!

Posted on September 27, 2017 at 10:06 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 80-89

Latitude 42 Nectar Of The Goddess

Latitude 42 Nectar Of The Goddess

This Wheat Ale is brewed out of the Latitude 42 Brewery located in Portage MI and has a 4.8% ABV. This beer is brewed with blood orange, passion fruit, and honey.

The Nectar of the Goddess pours out a gorgeous amber, orange color, with a thick white head that laces the glass. The aroma of this beer is very tropical and reminds me of vacation, well at least what I think a vacation would smell like if I got to take one. It is quite wonderful! I found the tropical fruit to also come through in the taste initially, before a very nice tart finish. I do believe that the honey tones the tartness down a bit however.

Overall this is a very good beer, and I would believe that this would be a perfect compliment to a beach front and some ocean. Maybe I could take a vacation to one of these spots and confirm this!

Cheers!

 

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 9:51 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Ale's, Rating 90-94, Wheat Beers/Hefeweizen's

Latitude 42 Cosmic Charlie’s Pale Ale

Latitude 42 Cosmic Charlie's Pale Ale

This Pale Ale is brewed by the Latitude 42 Brewery which is located in Portage MI and it has a 4.8% ABV.

Cosmic Charlie pours out a nice light orange color with a nice thick white head that laces on the glass. The aroma of this beer is sweet, as I found some caramel malt, and a hint of some citrus fruit. The taste of this beer is sweet and malty up front, with a hint of a bitterness in the finish that is also rather dry.

This beer is completely solid from start to finish, and I feel that it had a good balance as well, but it didn’t have any kind of wow factor to it. I would say its a solid Pale Ale however.

Cheers!

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 7:21 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Ale's, Rating 70-79

Leinenkugel Watermelon Shandy

Leinenkugel Watermelon Shandy

This beer pours out a nice hazy golden color with a thick white head that laces on the glass. The aroma has a nice watermelon tone to it, that is subtle but to the point. The taste of this beer is also subtle in the watermelon field however it is rather refreshing and has a great balance to it. The finish is very refreshing and smooth. I believe it is perfect for a hot summer day.

Overall I really was imperessed this shandy, and would recommend it. Pick it up if you are looking for a nice easy drinker for a warm weekend day.

Cheers!

Posted on September 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 80-89, Shandys

Stone Hop Revolver Mandarina Bavaria IPA

Stone Hop Revolver Mandarina Bavaria IPA

This IPA is brewed out of Escondido CA at the Stone Brewery and has a 7.7% ABV. This beer is also a part of their rotating Hop Revolver Series, and it features the Mandarina Bavaria hop.

This beer pours out a nice light orange color with a thick head. The aroma of this IPA has a tropical fruit tone to it, and it is pleasant. The taste of this beer is also fruity up front with a nice light bitterness to it in the finish. I found Mandarina Bavaria to have a very nice balance, and I felt like this hop is a great compliment to any IPA. Next time I make a beer I will be searching this one out.

Again Stone doesn’t disappoint. Pick this beer up if you are lucky enough to have Stone distribute to you.

Cheers!

Posted on September 24, 2017 at 5:25 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 80-89

Stone Hop Revolver Ella IPA

Stone Hop Revolver Ella IPA

This IPA is brewed at the Stone Brewery located in Escondido CA, and has a 7.7% ABV. Ella is a part of the rotating Revolver Series by Stone that features a single hop, which in this case is the Ella hop.

Ella pours out a nice light orange color, with a thick head that laces on the glass nicely. The aroma is rather pleasant and floral. The taste of this beer has a nice floral hop character up front and a great balance leading to the mildly bitter, and a touch spicy finish.

Overall this is a very tasty IPA, and I think it is pretty impressive that they were able to get so much flavor out of a single hop. Check this one out!

Cheers!

Posted on September 24, 2017 at 4:06 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 80-89

Follow The Beer Taster on Untappd!

Follow The Beer Taster on Untappd!

Fellow Beer Lovers, and Tasters! Follow me on one of my favorite apps Untappd! You can find me on the app under the handle Rdalton33! Looking forward to rate beers with you!

Cheers!

 

Posted on September 23, 2017 at 2:17 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Uncategorized

Goose Island Coy Wolf

Goose Island Coy Wolf

Coy Wolf is a Dark IPA brewed by the Goose Island Brewery located in Chicago IL. It howls with a 5.8% ABV and carries a 42 IBU rating.

This beer pours out a dark amber color with an off white head that laces well on the glass. Sweet caramel malt, and piney hops show up in the aroma, and the piney aroma ends up taking over. The taste of the beer is sweet, and malty up front with a slightly bitter hop finish on the end, again with the hops taking over the finish.

This beer does have a nice balance to it, but it isn’t something I would search out in the store. It is a decent compliment to the Goose Island sampler pack that I picked up recently at my local Costco however.

Cheers!

Posted on September 23, 2017 at 2:01 am by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Uncategorized