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Beer Review: Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale

In American Strong Ale, Reviews on February 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

The Arrogance continues.  A blend of Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard, for Stone’s 13th anniversary. Notice the spelling.  Here’s my review:

Pours a copper color with an off white head.

Caramel malt, piney hop and some tropical fruit (mango skin, peach, apple skin) in the nose along with some light bready notes.

Sweet toffee hits the taste buds first with some bready malt then the hops exact a coup de tongue with grass, pine, grapefruit, apple skin and mango with a touch of nuttiness and wood in the finish.

This is really an awesome beer.  I loved it more than the beers that made it.  Together, they blended to make something in your face yet subtle and complex.

This beer would be great with dry rubbed ribs, or pulled pork.

Style: American Strong Ale

ABV: 8.5%



Beer Review: Lost Abbey Deliverance

In American Strong Ale, Reviews on November 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm

This beer took some work to get.  Not on my part of course, but from my buddy Caleb.  A big thanks to him for driving out to the brewery, getting the beer and shipping it to me.  It’s good to have friends in beer places.  Here’s my review:

Comes out of the corked and caged bottle a dark brown with a thick dark mocha colored head with tight lacing.

Aromas of cocoa, vanilla, molasses, fruity fig and plum notes, fusel alcohol (from the barrel aging), port, brown sugar, some licorice and a dark malty molasses and coffee beans.

It is velvety smooth at first tasting of dry cocoa powder then vanilla, caramel, with notes of wood and Port then some fruit on the center.  Orange and fig then into the big boozy finish.

Deliverance is smooth yet sticky with a high carbonation for an ale this strong.

The richness of this beer makes it great for dessert.  Probably best by itself but some chocolate truffles would go well along with any other rich chocolate dish.  Strawberries will harmonize with the fruitiness of the beer as well.

Style: American Strong Ale

ABV: 12.5%


Beer Review: He’Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah 13

In American Strong Ale, Reviews on November 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm

This “collaboration” is not of breweries but of an astounding amount of malt and hops.  13 each to be exact, which fermented to a perfect…13%ABV.  In a young Jewish beer’s life, 13 is a special time.  A time of celebration, and He’Brew brewed this beer just for the occasion.  Here’s my review:

Pours dark brown with a tight khaki head.

In the nose chocolate and raisin are most profound along with some earthy hop notes, but this is mostly malt in aroma.

The taste is similar.  A minimally dark molasses of a brew with hints of fruitiness in the center and which then rolls into a bittersweet coffee and dark chocolate finish with a hop bite.

This beer has serious flavor.  Mostly malt but some hops are there lingering in the dark shadows.  It is robust, roasty and delivers a bite, with a boozy punch.

It’s heavy, syrupy, thick, chewy and slick on the palate, don’t let this be your first venture beyond Bud Light.

Style: American Strong Ale

ABV: … c’mon…