Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A few recent reviews

Here are some recent beer reviews, copied from

Sierra Nevada Brown Saison
Picked this one up at Stub and Herb's in Minneapolis. Limited on Tap only in MN.
A- / 4.2
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5
A: Thinnish Head, but active, large bubbles. Dark brown center fading to a golden edge.

S: Very light, not much hops for a Sierra Nevada Beer. Some Malt, the smell reminds me of a bag of DME

T: An underlying fruity malt, some sour but by no means a Belgian "funk" like you get in most saisons. Mild hops, but not something I would define the beer with.

M: Crisp and clean, this beer has a good weight to it. No alcohol burn and some good fizz. It is mildly biting

D: Superb, I would not have guessed this was as high in alcohol as it is and almost called it a session beer. I'd love to see more of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
Founders is new to MN, this is exciting news, and this is my favorite Founders
A- / 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

A: Brownish red with a thin off white head that does not last very long. Some active carbonation, but not much. Perhaps it's too cold? Lacing is pretty alright, not great, and the beer itself shows a slight haze.

S: Dark fruit, malt and even a little smoke. Maybe a little little bit of hops, but not anything to be excited about. The smell is heavy, but not overpowering. You really have to stick your nose in there, but once you do, it really hits you.

T: Some alcohol for sure here, many of the same tastes as in the nose. Maltier though. Still no notice of hops.

M: Good, could have more carbonation but good. Leaves a slight dryness though

D: Really good. Makes a great nightcap or a party session beer. Strong enough to hold up to food, but great on its own as well.

Serving type: bottle

Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter-Tyrannea Brewing

B / 3.7

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3.5
A: Dark Dark brown, but not quite black, with a tannish foam not unlike an impy stout that was less than one finger. Good lacing and active carbonation. Medium size bubbles

S: Some cherry and roasted/smokey malt, no hops

T: More roasted malt, with a slight cherry aftertaste. Actually reminded me a lot of Moosedrool. Again, no hops.

M: A little fizz, but not really or what would be expected from the active carb. A little thinnish

D: Alright, but the smokey malt turned me off.

Serving type: bottle

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