Imperial Stout (Samuel Smith Brewery)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout 7% ABV Ingredients: Water, malted barley, roasted malt, cane sugar, yeast, hops. Brewery’s Note: “This distinctive type of beer was originally brewed to withstand the abuses of shipping in foul weather to Imperial Russia. It was a favourite of Russian nobility whose taste for the finest food and drink was world famous./ A rich flavourful brew; deep chocolate in colour with a … Continue reading Imperial Stout (Samuel Smith Brewery)

Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale (Oxbow Brewing Company)

Style: Barrel Aged Wild Saison 6.5% ABV Batch #9 From: New Castle, ME Brewery’s Note: “Our flagship farmhouse ale fermented in stainless steel and aged in oak barrels.” When the cap popped, the bottle gushed, like an overly enthusiastic teenager… I was sad to see the nectar lost on the floor. The beer pours a pale, chalky yellow, sort of like a lemon burst. It’s … Continue reading Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale (Oxbow Brewing Company)

Harborside Gose (Night Shift Brewing Company)

Style: Gose brewed with Oysters 5.1% ABV From: Everett, MA Brewery’s Note: “Teaming up with Duxbury’s renowned Island Creek Oysters, we brewed Harborside, a tart, salty oyster gose. During the beer’s brew, we add hundreds of fresh oysters to the boiling wort, opening the shells and exposing all their briny goodness. With notes of lemony citrus, coriander spice, and sweet, savory oysters, this maritime ale … Continue reading Harborside Gose (Night Shift Brewing Company)

XV [√225 Saison] (BFM {Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes})

Style: Wild Saison 5.0% ABV From: Saignelégier, Switzerland Brewery’s Note: “Brewed for the 15th anniversary of the brewery – hence the square root of 225 – a bit like a sort of gag for our domestic market not ready at all to accept sour beers, I decided to try. Couroussé by those nasty attitudes of American brewers make 22 different saisons in the same brewery, a … Continue reading XV [√225 Saison] (BFM {Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes})

Black Ales, Cascadian Darks, Black IPA’s, and India Black Ales: The Confusion in a New Style

Official Brewers Association Definition of an American-Style Black Ale: American-style Black Ales are very dark to black and perceived to have medium high to high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma  with medium-high alcohol content, balanced with a medium body. Fruity, floral and herbal character from hops of all origins may  contribute character. The style is further characterized by a balanced and moderate degree of caramel … Continue reading Black Ales, Cascadian Darks, Black IPA’s, and India Black Ales: The Confusion in a New Style

Red Poppy Ale (The Lost Abbey)

Style: Flanders Red Ale 5.5% ABV Classy bottles make lovely shelf decorations, and this bottle is very classy.  I love the Celtic cross and the simplistic red poppy graphic.  The text for the beer name and brewery name is superb and a perfect meshing of classy and simplistic.  The text that describes the beer is a little boring, though, and does take away from the … Continue reading Red Poppy Ale (The Lost Abbey)

Grand Cru (Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.)

Style: Flanders Red Ale 6% ABV Brewer’s Note: 33% Young Ale, 67% Ale matured for 2 years Aged in Oak Barrels This is a big classy bottle, which I respect and enjoy, but overall the design is a little boring.  The close-up of the oak barrels as the picture graphic for the bottle is a little weird, though I do like the crooked oval that … Continue reading Grand Cru (Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.)

Amber Road (Baxter Brewing Company)

Style: American Amber /Red Ale 5.5% ABV 35 IBU’s   I like the red, almost coca-cola-like color of this can, and the map of Russia on it is interesting and stylistically appeasing.  The fonts are all great, though the flowing script that describes the beer clashes slightly with the “Amber Road” font.  The can is a little cluttered with text, but overall fairly balanced, and … Continue reading Amber Road (Baxter Brewing Company)

Lunch (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American IPA 7.0% ABV Color – Orange O.G. – 1.061 Malt – American 2-Row, CaraPils, Caramel 40L, Munich 10L, Red Wheat Hops – Warrior, Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe   This beer’s label is another example of minimalism from the Maine Beer Company.  The whale’s back is a little interpretive as the graphic on this bottle, and I honestly didn’t recognize it was that until I … Continue reading Lunch (Maine Beer Company)

Hex (Magic Hat Brewing Company)

Style: American Amber/ Red Ale 5.4% ABV 25 IBU’s Yeast: German Ale Hops: Apollo, Hallertaur Malts: Pale, Vienna, Crystal, Cherry Wood Smoked Malt, Malted Rye Gravity: 14.00 Plato SRM: 18.0 Cap Quote: “A mind is a terrible thing to baste”   I’m not sure what to say of this bottle’s label.  I love the text for “Hex” with the cloud/smoke hints, it really gives the beer an awesome spooky feel.  … Continue reading Hex (Magic Hat Brewing Company)