Smuttlabs Smuttwater 1.0 (Smuttynose Brewing Company and Stillwater Artisinal)

Style: American Mixed Fermentation Farmhouse Ale/ Farmhouse IPA (Brettanomyces & Saccharomyces) 7.3% ABV Brewery’s Note: “Smuttlabs Smuttwater: A 7.3%, 45ish IBU golden, Belgian-influenced collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal Beer. It’s hoppy (Citra, Motueka, Simcoe, Amarillo). It’s fermented with two yeasts (saison and Brett Drei). It’s golden-colored and features collaborative art on the label.” The beer pours a pale, chalky yellow with a huge head of eggshell white … Continue reading Smuttlabs Smuttwater 1.0 (Smuttynose Brewing Company and Stillwater Artisinal)

2015 Baltic Porter (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: Baltic Porter 9.0% ABV Bottle Conditioned in January 2015 From: Hampton, NH Brewery’s Note: “Indigenous to northern Europe, Baltic Porters historically stem from the shipping of British porters to the Russian hinterland. Unlike their British cousins, Baltic Porters are often brewed with lager yeast, which is the tradition we follow. Big & bold, with flavors of coffee, dark fruit & raisins, this black beer … Continue reading 2015 Baltic Porter (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Smuttlabs Gose (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: Gose 4.75% ABV Bottled on: 11/25/14 From: Hampton, NH Brewery’s Note: Tart wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt The beer pours a crystal clear, piss yellow color that is vibrant in the glass. When you mix in a little bit of the yeast shot, the beer (surprisingly…) loses some of its clarity. It forms a small head of eggshell white bubbles, but like most … Continue reading Smuttlabs Gose (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Smuttlabs: The Stallion (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: Imperial Stout 11.0% ABV Bottled On: 2/3/15 From: Hampton, NH They don’t leave notes. The beer pours like thick, sludgy coffee. Light makes it through the thin stream as it flows into the glass, but it definitely struggles in doing so. The beer sits in the glass as a deep, brooding black, like that heartless stallion that can’t be tamed… The beer forms a … Continue reading Smuttlabs: The Stallion (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

New England Brewery Series – Deciduous Brewing Company/WHYM and Granite State Growler Tour’s 2nd Annual Craft Beer Week Hangover Cure Tour

Admittedly, I didn’t attend as much of Portsmouth Beer Week as I would have liked to this year, but between the (long overdue…) opening of Smuttynose’s Hayseed restaurant, and the Hangover Cure Tour, I think I got my fair share of the action. This post will focus on the Tour, but maybe I’ll blog about Hayseed too… maybe. This is the second year of the Hangover Cure Tour … Continue reading New England Brewery Series – Deciduous Brewing Company/WHYM and Granite State Growler Tour’s 2nd Annual Craft Beer Week Hangover Cure Tour

Vendel Imperial Stout (Kelsen Brewing Company)

Style: Imperial Coffee Stout 9.4% ABV 50 IBU’s OG: 1.093 45 SRM From: Derry, NH Brewery’s Note: “Dark and luscious, Vendel Imperial Stout is a big roasty beer with a wonderful aroma of coffee and dark chocolate emanating from its light brown head.  Brewed with flaked oats for a creamy, satisfying mouthfeel, you’ll experience flavors of dark-roasted coffee and rich, bittersweet chocolate. Vendel’s recipe includes Sumatra coffee … Continue reading Vendel Imperial Stout (Kelsen Brewing Company)

Smuttlabs Smoked Peach Short Weiss (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: Smoked Peach American Weisse 6.9% ABV From: Portsmouth, NH Bottled: 12/18/14 Brewery’s Note: “Berliner-style wheat ale with peaches and smoked malt” The beer pours a pale, chalky yellow, with perhaps just a hint of red to its color. It forms little to no head, and is nearly opaque in body with a cloudy murk. Honestly, it’s not the prettiest. On the nose, the beer … Continue reading Smuttlabs Smoked Peach Short Weiss (Smuttynose Brewing Company)