Ciao! Here we are with Birra Moretti L’autentica, 4.6% ABV, this is brewed in Udine, Italy and has been brewed since 1859. This is a lager style beer. L’autentica pours a bright golden clear color with a one and a half bright white head that is fizzy and quick to fade with really no retention. The aroma is slight sweet with a corn and biscuit note. Smells like a lager is supposed to smell. The taste on L’autentica is again slightly sweet with a nice clean crispness with a very faint sweet corn like flavor. The mouth feel is light with a nice smooth clean finish that leads into a nice semi-sweet clean refreshing after taste that linger just for a moment then fades away before the next sip. This is a highly rated Italian beer in the world of beer, and it lives up to that, it’s definitely an A. it goes down easy, smooth and is crisp and refreshing without any misses. I think that a lot of the foreign mass produced lagers are better than most of they’re American macro counterparts some are much better, where as some are just slightly better. This is more than slightly better than the America macro lagers, and no lager isn’t a bad word with me as some of you craft beer people think its. If you can brew a world-class lager then you are a great brewer. You can brew a bad stout and still have it taste okay, because you can hide all the imperfections behind the bold flavors of a stout. Birra Moretti L’autentica is a good beer and shows that Italians aren’t just good wine makers. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Schwarzbier, what is Schwarzbeir? Well Schwarzbeir is black or dark ale brewed in Germany, and it literally means black beer in German. It is a light style of dark ale and is usually enjoyed in the winter and is an alternative to the usual stouts and/or porters. This Bombshell Beer Company Spell Caster Black Ale, 5.0% ABV isn’t brewed in German but rather Holly Springs North Carolina, and owned by Women, hence the name Bombshell, clever. Spell Caster Black Ale pours black with a tan/light beige two finger head that fades down to one finger then retains itself, leaving behind some little lacing trough out. The aroma is lighter with roasted notes, an ashy scent with a slight chocolate coffee faintness. The taste on Spell Caster Black Ale is light with dark roasted notes, then an some ashy notes that have a slight chocolate coffee flavor around it that is faint at best. The mouth feel is light almost medium with a smoother finish of ashy after taste that sticks to the top of your mouth. This wasn’t as good as I was hoping, but I didn’t have much hope going into it. So I give Bombshell Beer Company Spell Caster Black Ale a C-. Everything is too light with this Schwarzbier. I like the Schwarzbier for the fact that it’s light dark ale, but this Spell Caster Black Ale was too light and the ashy notes were a bit too much. I felt like I’ve had this beer before, and Spell Caster Black Ale is easily forgettable and yet easy drinking, and it’s not so bad that I would tell you to steer clear of it, no it just a little bit below average and I would turn it down if that was all that I had or some else had to offer me. But I would not seek it out to have or have again right away. This is the second beer I’ve had from the Bombshell Beer Company and another that wasn’t so great. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Saturday, February 18, 2017
I should say good morning to you with the beer I have here, Founders Breakfast Stout, 8.3% ABV. Founders Breakfast Stout, from Grand Rapid Michigan is a stout brewed with double chocolate (bitter and imported) two types of coffee and an abundance of flaked oats. Breakfast Stout pours a black color with a cinnamon beige four finger head and with awesome retention, it really sticks around. It leaves behind lots of good beige lacing. The aroma is like a strong dark coffee, with big bitterness and some dark chocolate bitterness as well. You don’t get anything sweet off the aroma, but there is a faint roasted note. Breakfast Stout’s taste is somewhat similar to its own aroma, there is a big coffee bitterness upfront like you’d get from a dark, strong coffee with touches of a roasted note, then you get a bit of the bitter chocolate with faint oat flavor that is barely there. The mouth feel is full with a bitter coffee flavor. The after taste is somewhat pleasant with roasted bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Overall this beer isn’t bad, but it does have the slightest of overly bitter coffee flavors. So Founders Breakfast Stout gets an A-. I don’t mind strong bitter coffee but there is such a thing as to bitter and this barely crosses that. No I don’t think Breakfast Stout is a bad beer. I enjoyed it enough and I do think that you cannot have several Breakfast Stouts; it would get to be too much. I think a pint or two is plenty. I would have this again, and if you love coffee then you should defiantly try Founders Breakfast Stout. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Monday, February 13, 2017
I like cherries and I don’t mind food made with cherries, but I am a little indifferent about cherries in beers. That doesn’t mean I don’t like them I just do love them. Cherries on their own tend to have a strong flavor and then you add that to a beer and the cherries take over. Well I have yet another cherry beer. This is Smuttynose Brewing Company Cherry Short Weisse, 5.2% ABV. This is Berliner-style wheat ale brewed with cherries. Smuttynose brewing is located in Hampton, New Hampshire. Cherry Short Weisse pours a slight deep and yet bright red color with a redish white one finger fizzy head that fades rather quickly with nothing left behind. The aroma on Cherry Short Weisse is well cherry sweetness with very faint wheat like note. Together these two make an aroma that keeps you smelling it. Taste is slightly tart up front with nice cherry flavors then get just a bit more tart in the middle then you get cherry and a bit of wheat or Weisse on the end. The mouth feel is light and refreshing with a nice semi-sweet/tart finish and a nice light tart cherry after taste. This beer isn’t overly tart at any point or overly sweet. Some cherry beers tend to have a little cough medicine taste to them. But Cherry Short Weisse does not. Over all it is better them some cherry fruit beers I’ve had, so with that being said I give this a B+. Cherry Short Weisse is a not overly done in any way which is great but the tartness that you would normally get in a Berliner Weisse isn’t there, the cherry flavor kind of covers it. But it the cherry was done in a way where it made not have much Weisse flavor okay, and I enjoy that and Smuttynose Brewing Company Cherry Short Weisse. Go try this and see what you think! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Sunday, February 12, 2017
I have grown a liking to beers brewed with coconut or coconut beers. But I’ve not had a lot of coconut beers, nor have I had a lot of Oskars Blues Brewery beers. But I got this beer from Brewpublik (www.brewpublik.com), Oskar Blues Brewery Death By Coconut Irish Porter, 6.5% ABV. Oskar Blues Brewery is in Longmont Colorado, and here in Brevard North Carolina. This Can is labeled Colorado. Death By Coconut Irish Porter uses Cholaca.com dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt. Death By Coconut Irish Porter pours a black color with tan/beige edges with two to three finger beige head with nice retention, but does fade into a spotty head and some okay looking lacing. The aroma is sweet with vanilla, chocolate, coconut and slight sweet malts. Taste is sweet up front with a nice hit of coconut and vanilla, and then you get nice flavors of chocolate with the coconut that comes as the vanilla fades. This is like mounds bar. But this beer is sweet through out but nothing overly sweet; it has the right amount of sweetness. The mouth feel is full and rich, and has a sweet finish with a nice amount of chocolate and the coconut flavor. Death By Coconut Irish Porter has a nice sweet chocolate-coated coconut after taste that last long enough for you to really enjoy. This beer really surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to be this good. But Oskar Blues Brewery Death By Coconut Irish Porter is an A+. It has just the right balance of flavors to it without being overly sweet. The chocolate and coconut really work well together, creating a wonderful beer. But I think that I would only drink about three of Death By Coconut Irish Porters, after that it might start to be become a bit much. But that is nothing to hold it back. It’s a good one! Cheers Please enjoy responsibly!