Double Brew Notes

While it’s true that I’m 12 days into my October beer fast (what a rough month to decide to do this considering how much I love my Marzens, especially in front of my Sunday football games)… I wanted to share two brief sets of beer notes that I never put up as full reviews. The two beers in question are drastically different and their only similarity is that I drank them both in mid-to-late September.

First, I begin with my notes on the critically acclaimed World Wide Stout by Dogfish Head. I present these to you as they are written on my scrap paper:

-very strong aroma of alcohol
-ridiculous aroma of malt
-jet black appearance
-thin head
-heavy mouthfeel
-metallic taste
-tons of malt
-strong aftertaste

I was not only unimpressed, but I honestly disliked this beer quite a bit. While I am not rating these beers today, this one wouldn’t be rated very high. Like my 120 Minute IPA experience, this had me feeling a bit sick. Unlike my 120 Minute IPA experience, I refused to force myself to finish all (or most) of the beer. After taking a few notes, I poured the bottle down the drain, disappointed yet enlightened. I do not like Dogfish Head all that much, apparently. I do love some of their stuff, like Palo Santo Marron and Indian Brown Ale, but many of their beers are just too intense for me.

Second, I’d like to share a few words about Brooklyn Lager, a beer that I had surprisingly not had until September. Again, here are my unedited scrap paper notes:

-golden/light amber color
-appears very carbonated
-pour produced excessive head
-aroma of hops with a touch of malt, nothing overpowering
-very smooth palate
-maintains a thick head
-malt-forward flavor
-extremely drinkable

Overall, I thought this was a good tailgate type beer, an American lager that is light yet flavorful. Would I choose it over my typically choices for a football game (Yuengling Lager, Spaten Octoberfest, Troegs Hopback Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale, etc.)? Unlikely in most cases, but if I saw it at a bar or trekked up to New Jersey to watch the Eagles beat up on the Giants in East Rutherford, I’d gladly grab a pint or 3.

So, there ya have it. Two beers, drastically different in style and also in drinker experience. The key is always to drink what you like (even if it means pouring out an expensive bottle of beer). Prost!

~ by thepaintedman on October 12, 2010.

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