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 · Leave a 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

Busch Signature Copper Lager

Busch Signature Copper Lager

This new lager is brewed by the Anheuser Busch Brewery located in St.Louis MO. It has a 5.7% ABV and will be available year round.

This beer pours out a nice dark copper color producing a thick white head that did lace slightly on the glass. The aroma of this beer was rather malty as it had some caramel, and toasted malt tones to it. When tasting the beer it started off with the toasted malt, and caramel that was found in the aroma. It had a decent balance to it, and had a nice crisp finish. The taste wasn’t overwhelming but it was refreshing to drink.

Overall this is a decent lager, and I would try it again given the opportunity. Give it a shot if you get a chance, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Cheers!

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Lagers/Pilsners, Rating 70-79

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 December 29, 2013 at 6:13 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Belgian Styled Beers, Rating 90-94

Yuengling Light

Yuengling Light

This light American Lager is brewed out of Pottsville PA, at the world’s oldest brewery, Yuengling. It is available year around and has a very light 3.2% ABV, and only 99 calories which leads me to believe this beer is in direct competition with Bud Select.

This beer pours out a nice golden color, with a decent amount of head and a little lace as well. There isn’t a whole lot going on with the aroma but I found it to be somewhat sweet with maybe some hints of caramel, and some grainy malts. The taste of this beer is also very light, and sweet carrying an overall nice balance but there isn’t a whole lot going on here either.

Overall this is a decent beer but it furthers my theory of if you are that worried about calories when drinking beer, you probably shouldn’t be drinking beer. I will however take a regular Yuengling any day of the week and wish that Yuengling would start to distribute to my home state of Missouri.

Cheers!

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 6:02 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Lagers/Pilsners, Rating 70-79

Lagunitas Brown Shugga

Lagunitas Brown Shugga

Brown Shugga is an American Strong Ale, and it is brewed by Lagunitas brewery located in Petaluma CA. This is a winter seasonal and it carries a hefty 9.9% ABV.

This beer pours out a nice caramel color with a big head that laces wonderfully on the glass, and has a great retention throughout. The aroma of this beer is very sweet as I found some caramel malts, some brown “shugga” and some floral hop tones. The taste of this beer is also rather sweet up front as the caramel malt, and “shugga” arrive first to the taste buds. This beer finishes up somewhat hoppy, and it has a nice warming alcohol finish to it, thanks to the 9.9% ABV.

Overall this beer has a great balance to it, and in my opinion is a very good winter warmer. I would suggest you get this one before it is too late, and you have to wait till next year.

Cheers!

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 7:08 am by Robert · Permalink · One Comment
In: Beer Reviews, Rating 80-89, Winter Seasonal's

Dominion Millennium Ale

Dominion Millennium Ale

This Barleywine is brewed with honey out of Dover DE by the Old Dominion Brewery. It shows off with a hefty 10.5% ABV, and was originally brewed to celebrate the brewery’s 1000th batch.

I found this Barleywine to pour out a nice dark honey color that produced a very nice amount of head that laced wonderfully on the glass. The aroma of this beer was rather sweet as it showed off its caramel malts, and honey notes, but it also had a toasty undertone too it. The taste of this beer was fantastic to say the least. It has a sweet caramel malt front while balancing beautifully with the honey, and high alcohol found in the slightly bitter finish.

Old Dominion states that this beer can be cellared but I think it is perfect to enjoy right now. I would actually love to be able to do a vertical taste test of this beer a year from now, and possibly two years from now to see how it ages. Old Dominion, how do you feel about this? In the meantime if you are lucky enough to have Old Dominion Brewery distribute near you, pick this up! If you enjoy Barleywines, you will love Millennium!!

Cheers!

 

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Ale's, Rating 95-100