Monday, February 23, 2015

Rogue Sriracha HOT Stout Beer

I haven’t had to many chili beers but they do sound somewhat interesting in my opinion. One in particular that I’ve had my eye on for a little while now made from Huy Fong original hot chili sauce or Sriracha. This is Rogue Sriracha HOT Stout Beer, 5.7% ABV with 55 IBU. The whole bottle looks just like an original Sriracha bottle even the cap is green. This Rogue Sriracha Stout pours a black color with a tan/beige four-finger rocky head that stay for a long time before fading into somewhat thick lacing. I could see no light or carbonation due to the darkness of this beer. The aroma on this Rogue Stout is spicy with chili/Sriracha and the tiniest bit of roasted noted. But the chili spice over shadows them. The taste is at first quickly roasted follow immediately by a chili spice that coats to your tongue and sticks in your throat. As this stout warms the spicy note become more present and the roasted noted fade. The mouth feel is medium but spicy and the finish and the aftertaste are spicy. It coats the back of your mouth and stays with you all the way down. The spice does trail off just a bit in the finish but not as much as you’d probably like it to. Overall Rogue Sriracha HOT Stout Beer is interesting but I would say it is great. This is a C beer. I was hoping for more roasted notes to this and not as much of the Sriracha chili. But it wasn’t bad, but it didn’t get better as you drank it. It stays around average with every sip. It goes well with food. That kind of helps it a bit. By itself it’s okay. Interesting beer with a popular chili spice, which I think is a good idea. It just sounds better than it actually is. So go and try Rogue Sriracha HOY Stout Beer and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly! 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Oskar Blues Brewery Dal's Pale Ale

One beer that I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time now from Oskar Blues Brewery Dale’s Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV and now I’ve finally had it, thanks to Brewpublik ( This Dale’s Pale Ale come from the relatively new east coast brewery located here in Brevard North Carolina. The original brewery is in Longmont Colorado. Oskar Blues beer comes only in cans. Dale’s Pale Ale is one of Oskar Blues biggest sellers. They call it mountain pale ale. I guess it goes well on a mountain. Dale’s pours a deep orange color with four finger light beige colored head that leaves behind thick whiffs of lacing. There are some decent amounts of light coming through the light but not a lot with nice carbonation bubble. The aroma is hoppy and a bit piney with some malt sprinkled in. I also found a little bit of a citrus orange scent among the aroma. The taste on Dale’s is hoppy upfront then the hop mellow a bit and then comes a slight malted flavor with hints of an earthy flavor. I like how the malts cut down the hop profile a bit. The mouth feel is somewhat medium with a nice malted earthy flavor. The after taste is similar to the finish with just less intensity, not that the finish is overpowering. I find this beer to be at least a C. I just found it to be a little hoppy at the start but nothing that makes me really hate this beer. I like the malts used in there, they do a nice job of keeping the beer from being hop all the way to the after taste.  Dale’s Pale Ale is average tasting in my opinion. Nothing really wrong with it and nothing really stands out as great either. I like it enough for C grade is all. Go and try Oskar Blues Brewery’s Dale’s Pale Ale for yourself if haven’t already. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!   

Monday, February 16, 2015

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Dortmunder Gold

I really enjoy finding, searching, and hunting new beer to try. So a few weeks ago my father found a website BrewPublik ( that hand delivers beer that they have chosen for you based on what your go to beer is. They are local in Charlotte, NC and deliver your beer in a handmade wooden crate with their company logo branded on the side with a folder of tasting notes and information on each beer. One of the beers that I received is Great Lakes Dortmounder Gold, 5.8% ABV. Great Lakes Brewing is in Cleveland Ohio. This style is named after the town in Germany where the style originates. Dortmounder Gold is brewed in accordance with the Bavarian Purity Low of 1516. This law simply states that beer must be brewed with barley, hops, yeast, and water. Which this beer is and meets that law. Great Lakes Dortmounder Gold has won a gold metal at the Great American Beer Festival. But I couldn’t find when it won. Dortmounder Gold pours a nice bright orange/copper color with a two finger white head that sticks around long enough to notice its there before fading into very thin lacing. I found decent amounts of light streaming through the glass with nice carbonation bubbles racing up towards the white head. The aroma is similar is to a lager and a pilsner. It’s a slight mix of the two I think. The taste at first is crisp then becomes a tiny bit malty and towards   the end there is a bite of bitter flavor that isn’t so ‘in your face’. I found the bitter flavor to be a bit light. The mouth feel is light to somewhat medium. Dortmounder Gold finishes with a little crisp bitterness but less bitter than before. I thought Dortmounder Gold was going to taste different form the way it actually did. Dortmounder Gold is a B. The small amount of bitterness towards the end was not what I was expecting and really brought down the overall flavor a bit. But Dortmounder Gold isn’t a bad beer; it was somewhat enjoyable, just not as I hoping it would be. Yes I see how it won it’s gold metal and I understand it too. I probably wouldn’t have Dortmounder Gold right away but I might down the road. So go out and try Great Lake Brewing Co. Dortmounder Gold and see what you think. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Shiner Birthday Beer Chocolate Stout

Today is a celebration of beer of sorts. The Shiner brewery down in Shiner Texas is celebrating 106 years in the business of brewing brew. So they decided to brew Birthday Beer Chocolate Stout, 5.0% ABV. This is a limited beer brewed with chocolate malt and real cocoa. Birthday Beers pours a rich black color with a beige/tan two-finger head that dissipates rather slower into thin lacing that doesn’t stay long.  I saw no light coming through and saw the bare minimum of carbonation bubbles. The big aroma is like a chocolate cake. I smelled the chocolate the minute the bottle cap came off.  It is a rather pleasing and inviting aroma to it. The taste is much the same as the aroma and it is not overly sweet of chocolaty. The head has a creamy taste to it. There's lots of sweet chocolate flavors up front and in the middle and the end is like a Hershey’s bar. Birthday Beer has a fuller mouth feel that is rich and sweet. Birthday has nice sweet coco finish. The after taste a sweet coco and chocolate cake taste that is wonderful. This beer is just as it is on the label. I say this is A+ and a really tasty beer. I highly recommend trying Shiner Birthday Beer Chocolate stout. I find it to have no faults at all. This is on great beer! Go out and try Shiner Birthday Beer Chocolate stout before it is gone! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month February 2015 Charlie the Corgi

Foothills IPA of the Month is back again for February 2015. This Foothills Brewing is Charlie, 6.5% ABV and 72 IBU. The bottle doesn’t really give exact information on what ingredients are used in this IPA. What are used according to this bottle are bold experimental hops and a unique malt bill. There aren’t any details as to what kind of hops and malts are used. Charlie pours a deep robust copper color with a three finger off white head that slowly dissipates into thick lacing. I found a somewhat nice amount of light streaming through the glass with the usual carbonation bubbles racing from the bottom to the top. The aroma is like a fruity IPA with hints of earth notes such as pine, grass and hops. The taste is big at first/up front with a hit of some sweetness that fades quickly into nice mellow grapefruit and earthy flavors with a nice amount of malts in the back to really balance this IPA out. The upfront sweetness lingers just a tad until the end. The mouth feel is medium with a nice light earthy citrus finish that leads into a nice sweet earthy grapefruit citrus aftertaste. Well Foothills Brewing did it again as always with another great IPA of the Month! Charlie gets an A. I really liked the first taste you get and the way this IPA finishes.  The malts really balance out this beer and keep it the hop profile from being to in your face. Charlie is just a delicious IPA. I would certainly have this beer again. I highly recommend Foothills IPA of the Month February 2015 Charlie. So go out and drink this one! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!