Lazy Magnolia Brewing Jefferson Stout

Lazy Magnolia Jefferson StoutI have no idea what to expect here from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Jefferson Stout. The title doesn’t reveal much, but when you read on and learn it’s brewed with sweet potatoes and lactose, it’s certainly intriguing.

Aroma is like a milk stout with a big dose of vanilla. Texture is silky smooth. The sweetness from the lactose comes through, along with vanilla. Finish is long, dry, and on the woody side. I’m not tasting any sweet potatoes. While I don’t particularly care for them, I was interested to taste them in a beer. More chocolate noticeable as it warms.

Excellent milk stout. Not sure what to think about the sweet potatoes.

 

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Big Al Brewing Super Villain

Big Al Super VillainMy first beer from this Seattle brewery, Super Villain. They call it a Cascadian Dark Ale, I still prefer to call the style Black IPA (regardless of the contradiction).

Black body, big beige head and a ton of hops in the aroma. This is a good example of why I like the style so much; there is more to it than just overwhelming hops. Smokey malt, a bit of char, cedar, then the hops come in. More pine than citrus and lingering. It feels big, but the 8.9% ABV is still surprising. Cool label, too.

Grade: A

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New Belgium 1554 Enlighted Black Ale

New Belgium 1554First off, I’m a little confused by New Belgium 1554. The label clearly says it’s an ale, but the only thing they have on the website is a lager. Interesting story on how it was created:

Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Black Lager uses a lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.

After just a little more research, there is a lager on the roster, too, so I’m wondering why the ale is no longer on the website. Anyway, it pours quite dark, not much head. Tight carbonation gives a little bite. Charred malt, marshmallows, black pepper, just a hint of yeast funk. Finish is dry and woody.

Quite nice: B

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Coors Light Party Train Crashes

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Beer Flavor Jelly Belly

Worth a shot if Jelly Belly wants to send me a sample!

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Mother’s Holy Mole

Mothers Holy MoleBeer number two from Mother’s Brewing, Holy Mole. Even though it’s not on their site at the moment, it’s described as, ” inspired by the mole sauces of Mexico. Our amber ale has been aged on cocoa nibs, ancho, chipotle, pasilla peppers and cinnamon bark.”

Too dark to be an amber, but not dark enough to be a stout. I’m hoping the chiles on the label show up!

While not spicy, the flavor is similar to chipotles. Smokey and fruity. Loads of chocolate, too. Cinnamon is listed as an ingredient, but I’m not picking that up. After about half the glass, there are some hints of heat at the end.

I like it, though I would like more heat!

Grade: B

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Marshall Brewing McNellie’s Pub Ale

Marshall McNellies Pub AleI initially bought this beer solely for the name, McNellie’s is close enough to McNeal! This is the first I’ve had (or heard of) from Marshall Brewing in Tulsa, OK.

Described as a “pub ale”, it probably falls under the bitter category. Even brewed with authentic English yeast.

Color is a cloudy light orange. Aroma is a bit like sweet biscuits. It is bitter, but not quite to IPA levels. Hints of hard water, toasted malt, maybe a little orange, too. This is the kind of beer you want to come home to every night. And at only 5% ABV, you can. Quite nice.

Grade: B

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DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus!

Duclaw Sweet Baby JesusAnother Christmas gift beer here, DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus! It’s a chocolate peanut butter porter. Even feet away from my nose, it smells like a Reese’s Cup! I believe it was originally a winter seasonal, but due to its popularity, it was promoted to year-round.

The flavor truly is just like a peanut butter cup, only made with dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. No sweetness here at all. Hops do kick in at the end and provide a bitter finish, but the majority of the flavor is chocolate and peanut butter. Sneaky alcohol at 6.5%

You may not think that a chocolate peanut butter beer would work, but wow it does!

Grade: A

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout

Schlafly Oatmeal StoutSOn a night that winter has returned to Ohio, an oatmeal stout sounds quite inviting. If I’m not mistaken (it’s happened before), this is my first beer from Schlafly.

A bit more aggressive and not quite as smooth as most other oatmeal stouts. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, just unexpected. More chocolate flavors than expected, too. Some roasted oatmeal before the hops kick in.

Different from most oatmeal stouts with are kind of smooth and mellow, this one has some attitude.

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Mother’s Lil’ Helper

Mothers Lil HelperThis is my first beer from Mother’s, and I’m already a big fan, even before opening it. Not only does it share the name of a great Stones song, the label offers food pairings, and the description of “Midwest Coast IPA” is a fun little jab.

Pours clear and light orange. Aroma lets you know it’s definitely an IPA. Balance is the key here. Starts a little sweet. The hops are noticeable, but not overpowering (for an IPA). A mix of citra, cascade, centennial, chinook, summit, & simcoe hops. Finish is long, dry, and bitter.

Very well rounded IPA. Listed at 7% ABV and 70 IBU, so I’m wondering if my bottle is a little old. Regardless, it’s quite nice.

Grade: B

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