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Just a little Trip

27 Feb

photo 1Today I am drinking the Taylor Shellfish Farms Oyster Stout,a collaboration between New Belgium Brewing and Elysian Brewing.  A member of their Trip series of small batch beers.

The oyster stout is a fairly rare style but I have managed to try a few and really enjoy the beer.  As soon as I saw this beer at Belmont station I picked one up.  For me in an oyster stout the brine is the key.  I would say number one flaw I have found in some of the beer I have tried is, while labeled an oyster stout, it was in distinguishable from any other stout.  I am looking for a nice ‘sea’ brine, a bit different than a Gose, that mixes effortlessly with the dark malt and a softened the mouthfeel and finish.  Even before tasting, I a a bit concerned, at 7.7% ABV this beer is much bigger than any other oyster stout I have tried.  I hope the extra malt doesn’t lend a bit of sweetness that interferes with the flavors I am looking for.

This beer looks wonderful poured into a glass.  The beer is very dark but not total black and topped with a head of soft, tiny bubbles.  It is almost as if it was poured from a nitro tap, very nice for a bottled beer.

I will admit I am getting over a fairly nasty cold.  Trying to give anyone a reasonable description of the  aroma would be an exercise in futility, so I am just going to jump in as taste this beer.

This is a good oyster stout.  It has a nice brine, although I could ask for a bit more, and rich dark malts start to its nice smooth finish.  What keeps this from being a great beer is the size, confirming my original hesitation.  I believe an oyster stout is much better served by a smaller, say <5% ABV, drier beer.

If you have never had an oyster stout this is not be beer to start your adventure with the rarer beer styles, but for the few enthusiasts out there pick up a bottle and give it a try.  I would love to here your opinions.  Hell, while your at it, let me know your favor oyster stout


it’s been a while

5 Aug

beers at bridgetown

no shit it’s been a while. as i scroll through the last dozen or so posts, my name does not appear in the author column. not one fucking time. i’m sure this comes as no surprise to “our fans” who i am sure have dearly missed my ever so poignant beer reviews and sarcastic style. thank you! i’ve missed you too!  Continue reading

Lompoc’s 2012 Holiday Beers

25 Nov

Well, I hope this finds you relaxing after a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrated with friends and family, an understanding that black friday is for choosing between a stout or a porter, and the football…well lets not talk about the football.  If you are now in the holiday spirit, but an early Thanksgiving is leaving a gap in your merrymaking plans, then I have just the thing for you – a little holiday cheer.

Miranda, Brian, and I spent a few hours back on Monday, November 12th, at Lompoc’s Sidebar tasting their winter brews with a few other bloggers. Why were we so privileged?  Simple answer: to get you all excited to go to the Sidebar on Tuesday, November 27th for their holiday beer release extravaganza.  This is the unofficial kick off to one of the best beer drinking weeks on the calendar: the Holiday Ale Festival. Soon you will be able to get the official descriptions from the Lompoc website, but below I give my thoughts (and a few from Miranda and Brian) on each beer.  All pallets are different, and agreeing or disagreeing is not the point, this is to pique your interest and help you out the door to raise a pint on Tuesday, Holiday Ale Fest Eve.  There are few beers I will definitely be going back for seconds for next Tuesday. Continue reading

Reader’s Choice #2a: Elysian’s Night Owl

23 Oct

It’s been so long since my last Reader’s Choice post that everyone has probably long forgot about this series. The thing is, our readers were not in consensus on which pumpkin ale I should review. First there was a clear winner, but not that many votes; so I did another call for votes, and then there was a tie. A tie that as soon as it was broken would mend itself back into a tie again before I could make it to the bottle shop. As all this was happening, a close second came from behind to give me a three-way tie. A tie that I hoped would break while we were in Denver, but alas, all those readers that vote, have voted. So, apparently the consensus from the group is that you don’t quite see eye-to-eye in your choice of beers, and that as fall embraces us and Halloween fast approaches, you are interested in many of the pumpkin beer offerings from the craft beer industry. Fair enough. Continue reading

Reader’s Choice #1: Chatoe Rogue OREgasmic

10 Sep

Chatoe Rogue OREgasmic is the winner of our very first reader’s choice review. I have to admit, I was secretly hoping this one would win. Partly for the name. I mean, come on. Not only does it prove to be exciting, but the ORE means it is heavily rooted in Oregon. That said, like any other potentially mind-blowing experience, I know it can end one of two ways, so I am trying not to set my expectations too high.

Regardless of how it tastes, I do have to admit I’m excited about the fact that this beer is brewed using 100% OREGON Ingredients: Micro Barley Farm Dare™ and Risk™ Malts; First Growth Micro Hopyard Revolution and Independent Hops, Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water. The First Growth Oregon hops and malt are both grown on Rogue’s own micro hopyard and barley farm.

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