Monthly Archives: October 2013

Full Pint Night of the Living Stout

Full Pint Night of the Living StoutI had to have a beer like this for Halloween! If the label wasn’t scary enough, here is a stout with 110 IBUs!

Black as the pit from pole to pole, the aroma is dominated by deeply roasted malt and charred wood. Velvety and smooth texture. Then WHAM! those hops hit. This would be shocking if you expected a stout but didn’t know the IBU content! Toasted malt, smoke, and charred wood stand up to the intensely bitter hops.

Outstanding!

Grade: A

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Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest

Thirsty Dog BarktoberfestThe autumn seasonals continue with Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest (side note, why do so many craft breweries use dog references?)

The interesting thing about the look is that it’s a cloudy orange. Many other marzens are perfectly clear. Roasted malt and a hint of orange in the aroma. Very tasty! Full body, a lot of butterscotch followed by a touch of citrus sweetness. Hops provide a dry and slightly bitter finish.

Really yummy. Immediately one of my favorite Oktoberfests!

Grade: A

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Robinson’s Iron Maiden Trooper

Robinsons Iron Maiden TrooperIn real life, I’m a classic rock DJ. You may have noticed my affinity for giving my homebrews Led Zeppelin song titles. So when I finally saw Iron Maiden Trooper on the shelf, there was no way I could pass it up.

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson did, in fact, have input on this ESB. Clear and light orange color. Classic English hard water is immediately noticeable. A hint of sweet bread, then earthy hops bitterness. Nice mouthfeel and it goes down very easily. At only 4.7% ABV, you could easily knock down a couple of these during a show! Fantastic label with Eddie, as well. Perhaps I’m caught up in the novelty a little, but I’m a fan!

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The Brew Kettle Oktofest

The Brew Kettle Oktofest

The Brew Kettle Oktofest

Yes, that name is correct. Oktofest, not Oktoberfest. But that is the style. Crisp and clear, perhaps a shade darker orange than most marzens. Aroma is malty and grassy. Quite nice body to this. One drawback some marzens can have is a watery body, but this doesn’t have that problem at all. Chewy and full of flavor. Tasty blend of malts with just enough hops to make you notice at the end. 6% ABV. Very nice marzen!

Grade: B

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Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth

Fat Heads Spooky Tooth

Fat Heads Spooky Tooth

High expectations for Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth. A style I really enjoy and a brewery I am eagerly trying more from.

Pours darker than a lot of pumpkin beers. More brown than orange. Amazing aroma. Loads of warm spices and some pumpkin, too. The complexity is evident from the first sip. Using 8 malts and 7 spices and other flavorings, the balance is phenomenal. All the familiar pumpkin pie spices plus, guess what, pumpkin (which is lacking in many other pumpkin beers). Completely hidden 9% ABV.

Top tier pumpkin beer. No doubt about it!

Grade: A

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