Wednesday, May 12, 2010

This Is What I Drink : 34

Brew X 4

So it's been a slow month in terms of updates my far. Totally my B. That's not to say I haven't been drinking stuff. I certainly have. There should be a few more things coming as soon as I get to it. Today there's four more beers that I've enjoyed recently. Three of them stouts, of course.

Weyerbacher Heresy Imperial Stout (Aged in Oak Barrels)

This is probably the perfect beer bait for me. Not only is it an imperial stout, but it's also aged in oak barrels which gives it a distinct whiskey-ish flavor. Since bourbon also happens to be my favorite spirit, everything adds up here to be an all-time favorite for me. I thought it was great. It was super easy to drink at 8% ABV and had some really nice coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors. All of this lead to a really nice bourbon after-taste which is exactly how I imagined it should be. Definitely one of my new favorites (also from nearby Easton, PA which is always good), though it's fairly pricey at $15.99 for just four bottles. Probably better to only have it once in a while anyway.

Green Flash Stout

Another imperial stout, surprise surprise. This one was again super drinkable despite the 8.8% ABV with all of the great bitter chocolate and coffee flavors you'd expect from a good stout. This one poured and felt a bit thicker than the Heresy, but it certainly held its own. I've had a couple of other beers from Green Flash (Vista, CA) and I'm slowly becoming a fan after having this one.

Allagash White

Ahh, finally something a bit lighter. Really much lighter and completely different than the first two beers reviewed, the weather had just gotten nice enough to break out a wheat beer. You can see the cloudiness of the beer above in picture three due to the fact that the beer is unfiltered. I've gotta say that this was one of the better I've had of this style. Very citrusy, crisp, and spicy all at once, this hits you with intense flavors without having to be high alcohol (only about 5.2%). This is definitely the perfect beer for the summer, but I was a bit bummed about the price which I believe was about $9 for just four bottles. I suppose it takes some craftsmanship, but I would've liked to get six beers out of it. Oh well, it's still good.

Southern Tier Jah-va Stout

Back to the dark side with another freaking imperial stout. Even I'm getting kind of bored of talking about them, but it's tough to change taste, eh? Anyway, I didn't understand the name of this beer when I first picked it up, but then I read the side of the label. It goes on to explain that they got the coffee beans used in the brew from Jamaica. So there you have that. In terms of Java stouts, this one clearly outshines the Troeg's one that I reviewed a little while ago. At 10% and with a huge jolt of coffee flavor, it's pretty impressive. It's pretty easy to drink especially if you like coffee, because you'll get a lot of that flavor. I'd probably get this one again, and the Southern Tier bomber/Blackwater series has continued to earn my dollars for good reason. Most of them have been great.

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