Wednesday, November 30, 2005 AD

15th Beer: La Rossa from Birra Moretti

BEER: La Rossa (The Red)
ABV: 7.2% bottle

BREWER: Birra Moretti
Date: 30NOV2005

Appearance (from light to dark): 4 (1 - 5)

Head - Initial appearance
  • Size – small
  • Creamy
Head - Color
  • Light brown
Head - Lacing
  • Virtually none
Head - Longevity
  • Fully diminishing
Body - Clarity
  • Clear - sparkling / normal / flat
  • Cloudy - hazy / murky / muddy
Body - Particles
  • Density - average
Body - Hue
  • Dark
  • Orange
  • Red

Aroma (from weakest to strongest): 7 (1 - 10)

Malty
  • Heavy
  • Bread - dark
  • Cookie
  • Grain
  • Toasted / Roasted
  • Molasses / Caramel
  • Coffee - mild
Hoppy
  • Light
Yeasty
  • Light
Miscellaneous
  • Maple syrup
  • Alcohol

Palate (again from worst to best): 3 (1 - 5)

Body
  • Medium to full
Texture
  • Creamy
  • Syrupy
Carbonation
  • Soft
Finish - Feel
  • Alcoholic - light / moderate

Flavor (again from worst to best): 8 (1 - 10)

Initial flavor
  • Sweet - heavy
Finish - Flavor
  • Sweet - heavy
Finish - Duration
  • Long

Overall rating (out of 30, dumbass): 22

Comments: The malty overwhelmed the hoppy. I like sweet beers but this was too malty for me. It has a very deep red color - beautiful. I probably would have liked this beer better if I was feeling better.

Monday, November 28, 2005 AD

Beer As Cancer Fighter?

Yes, it may be true. Hops may be a potential cancer fighter. Read the article here. HT: Slashdot.

Sunday, November 27, 2005 AD

13th Beer: The Alaskan Smoked Porter

BEER: Alaskan Smoked Porter - year round
ABV: 6.5%, bottle

BREWER: Alaska Brewing Co.
Date: 27NOV2005

Appearance (from light to dark): 5 (1 - 5)

Head - Initial appearance
  • Size – average
  • Fizzy
Head - Color
  • Off-white
  • Light brown
Head - Lacing
  • Excellent
Head - Longevity
  • Mostly lasting
Body - Clarity
  • Cloudy - murky
Body - Particles
  • Density - thick
Body - Hue
  • Dark
  • Brown
  • Black

Aroma (from weakest to strongest): 8 (1 - 10)

Malty
  • Moderate
  • Burnt
  • Molasses / Caramel
  • Chocolate - dark
  • Coffee - strong
Hoppy
  • Light
Yeasty
  • Not really
Miscellaneous
  • Port - tawny
  • Smoke / Tar / Charcoal
  • Coriander / Ginger
  • Allspice / Nutmeg / Clove / Cinnamon
  • Alcohol

Palate (again from worst to best): 4 (1 - 5)

Body
  • Full
Texture
  • Syrupy
Carbonation
  • Lively
Finish - Feel
  • Astringent - moderate
  • Alcoholic - light

Flavor (again from worst to best): 7 (1 - 10)

Initial flavor
  • Sweet - light
  • Bitter - moderate
Finish - Flavor
  • Sweet - light
  • Bitter - moderate
Finish - Duration
  • Long

Overall rating (out of 30, dumbass): 24

Comments: This smoked porter really reminded me of coffee as I smelled and drank it. It tasted good and strong - just like my coffee again. I'll see if Dan wants to rate this beer or not. Thanks to Dan the Geologist for sharing and the Intolerant for bringing.

Saturday, November 26, 2005 AD

How to enjoy beer...


After the lovely Thanksgiving season, I have a few short observations on how to NOT to drink beer. I don't know much, REALLY... but I do know this:

- Having ten cans of cheap beer in one day is NOT enjoying beer;
- Drinking cans of beer that you can purchase in most grocery stores, because it is cheaper to consume massive quanities in this way, is NOT enjoying beer;
- Having children comment that mommy or daddy is "wasted" is most definitely NOT enjoying beer;
- Having several cans of beer a day, every day, because you "need" it to function is NOT enjoying beer.

Such people give beer a bad name! I am not the owner of this blog, but it is my opinion that anyone who practices the above is NOT a true beer drinker and should not read this blog. I am thankful to the good men who participate in this blog and truly enjoy beer.

The End

Friday, November 25, 2005 AD

Alaska Winter Ale - The Tenth Beer Record




BEER: seasonal
ABV: 6.4%, bottle

BREWER: Alaskan Brewing Company
Date: 25NOV2005

Appearance (from light to dark): 3 (1 - 5)

Head - Initial appearance
  • Size – small
Head - Color
  • Light brown
Head - Lacing
  • Virtually none
Head - Longevity
  • Fully diminishing
Body - Clarity
  • Clear - normal
Body - Particles
  • Size – tiny
  • Bottle conditioned
Body - Hue
  • Medium
  • Amber
  • Brown

Aroma (from weakest to strongest): 8 (1 - 10)

Malty
  • Light
  • Grain
Hoppy
  • Moderate
  • Spruce
Yeasty
  • Light
Miscellaneous
  • Alcohol

Palate (again from worst to best): 4 (1 - 5)

Body
  • Full
Texture
  • Oily
Carbonation
  • Soft
Finish - Feel
  • Alcoholic - light

Flavor (again from worst to best): 8 (1 - 10)

Initial flavor
  • Sweet - moderate
  • Bitter - light
Finish - Flavor
  • Sweet - light to moderate
  • Bitter - light to moderate
Finish - Duration
  • Long

Overall rating (out of 30, dumbass): 23

Comments: This beer is very good. You can definitely taste and smell the spruce tips. Hat tip to Dan the Geologist's girlfriend, the Intolerant Elle for the beer.

Thursday, November 24, 2005 AD

Thanksgiving 2005: The Eigth Beer: Spaten Optimator

This double-bock was recommended by Kung Fu Master Paul T. McCain.

See, I think I've tried this beer before - very good BTW. That's one of the reason's I'm going to try to attempt to track my beer.

I have one way to determine my beer consumption - I keep a bag of all the beer caps that I've drank since 1999.

Though I am not THE Beer Tracker, I am a beer tracker!

BEER: year round
ABV: 7.2 bottle

BREWER: Spaten
Date: Thanksgiving 2005

Appearance (from light to dark): 3(1 - 5)

Head - Initial appearance
  • Size – small
Head - Color
  • Light brown
Head - Lacing
  • Virtually none
Head - Longevity
  • Fully diminishing
Body - Clarity
  • Clear - sparkling / normal / flat
  • Cloudy - hazy / murky / muddy
Body - Particles
  • Size – tiny
Body - Hue
  • Medium to dark
  • Red
  • Brown
  • Black

Aroma (from weakest to strongest): 8 (1 - 10)

Malty
  • Heavy
  • Bread - dark
  • Cookie
  • Grain / Hay / Straw / Cereal
  • Toasted / Roasted / Burnt / Nutty
  • Molasses / Caramel
  • Chocolate - dark
  • Coffee - mild
Hoppy
  • Light
Yeasty
  • moderate
  • Dough-ie
Miscellaneous
  • Brown sugar
  • Allspice / Nutmeg / Clove / Cinnamon
  • Alcohol

Palate (again from worst to best): 4 (1 - 5)

Body
  • Medium to full
  • Full
Texture
  • Creamy
  • Syrupy
Carbonation
  • Lively
Finish - Feel
  • Astringent - light
  • Alcoholic - moderate

Flavor (again from worst to best): 9 (1 - 10)

Initial flavor
  • Sweet - moderate
Finish - Flavor
  • Sweet - light
Finish - Duration
  • Long

Overall rating (out of 30, dumbass): 24

Comments: Good stuff, thanks for the recommendation Pr. McCain! The smell and taste were delightful.

I've added two new sites to our beer blog...

...that I've recently discovered: Beer Advocate and My Life is Beer.

I think you will enjoy them - as you recover from your Thanksgiving Feast.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 AD

Thanksgiving Eve 2005: The Seventh Beer: Sam Adams Cherry Wheat



Sam Adams Cherry Wheat

From the neck label: Celebrating a centuries-old American tadition of brewing with natural ingredients. Samuel Adam Cherry Wheat combines Michigan cherries with a generous portion of wheat malt to produce a bright, lively ale with a crips finish. Cheers! ~ Jim Koch

I'll try to do an eval next time - sorry. It's a good beer with a delicate taste of cherry and wheat.

Monday, November 21, 2005 AD

Featured Beer: Warsteiner Dunkel

BEER: Warsteiner Dunkel
ABV: Bottle

BREWER:
Date: 21NOV2005

Appearance (from light to dark): 5 (1 - 5)

Head - Initial appearance
  • Size – small
Head - Color
  • Off-white
Head - Lacing
  • Fair
Head - Longevity
  • Mostly lasting
Body - Clarity
  • Clear
Body - Particles
  • Size – tiny
Body - Hue
  • Dark
  • Brown

Aroma (from weakest to strongest): 5 (1 - 10)

Malty
  • Light
  • Bread - dark
  • Toasted
  • Coffee - strong
Hoppy
  • Moderate
Yeasty
  • Light
Miscellaneous
  • Smoke
  • Maple syrup
  • Alcohol

Palate (again from worst to best): 4 (1 - 5)

Body
  • Medium
Texture
  • Oily
Carbonation
  • Medium
Finish - Feel
  • Astringent - light
  • Alcoholic - moderate

Flavor (again from worst to best): 8 (1 - 10)

Initial flavor
  • Sweet - light
  • Bitter - moderate
Finish - Flavor
  • Bitter - moderate
Finish - Duration
  • Long

Overall rating (out of 30, dumbass): 22

Comments: My beer for tonight. This is one of my favorite beers. Website is here.

Sunday, November 20, 2005 AD

Lutheran Carnival XI...

The most recent collection of confessional blog posts is gathered here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 AD

Below Is...

...my second post to my 13th blog - I'm looking to conquer the universe.

It's called "Swedish Beer" and it will be my futile attempts to track and rate my beer consumption. It is meant to compliment Purpose Driven Drinking as well.

It's enjoyable now but will probably start getting tedious. I don't know if I'll be able to do it while dining-out either unless I bring the checklist

Suggestions? Comments?

Klaster Brewery- Dark Beer - Traditional Czech Beer

Appearance (from light to dark): 4 (1 - 5)
Head - Initial appearance
o Size – (small)
o Virtually none

Head - Color
o Off-white

Head - Lacing
o Fair

Head - Longevity
o Fully diminishing

Body - Clarity
o Clear - flat

Body - Particles
o Size – tiny
o Density - thin
o Bottle conditioned - no

Body - Hue
o dark
o Brown

Aroma (from weakest to strongest): 6 (1 - 10)
Malty
o Light
o Caramel

Hoppy - not at all


Yeasty

o Light

Miscellaneous

o Maple syrup
o Alcohol 4% by volume

Palate (from worst to best): 4 (1 - 5)
Body
o Medium

Texture
o Watery

Carbonation
o Soft to flat

Finish - Feel
o Alcoholic - light

Flavor (again from worst to best): 7 (1 - 10)
Initial flavor
o Sweet - light / moderate

Finish - Flavor
o Sweet - light

Finish - Duration
o Short

Overall rating (out of 30, dumbass): 21

Note: This is my first time rating a beer using a checklist. Gotta start sometime.

Website: Yes. Try this!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 AD

Sam Adams intrigues...

I have started to sample Sam Adams line of beers. As American beer goes, I am quite impressed. Their seasonal line is quite diverse. Go to Sam Adams and mouse over the beers. I have tried all of them and can say with much certainty, that I enjoyed all of them. The Double Bock, which is set to his shelves again in January, is my new favorite beer. Quite malty, but smooth. Try it. The Black Lager is reminiscent of a bock, but not as strong. Almost as good. Their Holiday Sampler includes six different brews: Old Fezziwig Ale (B-), Black lager(A-), Cranberry Lanbic(B), Winter Lager(C), White Ale(c+), and Holiday Porter(B+). Below is the description of my favorite of the month, Double Bock:



"One can not help but appreciate Samuel Adams® Double Bock's huge malt character. We use an enormous amount of malt, half a pound per bottle, to brew this intensely rich lager. Its deep brown-ruby color is all made in the kettle - no black malt is used, resulting in a rich sweetness that is free of the rough taste of burnt malt. All that remains is the velvet smooth flavor and mouthfeel of the two row malt. Samuel Adams® Double Bock's intense malt character is balanced with a subtle piney, citrus hop note from the German Noble hops."

Sunday, November 06, 2005 AD

Lutheran Blog Carnival


The most recent collection of confessional blog posts is gathered on the Carnival's main blog site.

Friday, November 04, 2005 AD

Norwegian Pub Songs


Summit Brewing Company, my favorite local brewery, offers a presentation of authentic pub songs from their Summit Good Will Tour. They have recorded some wonderful pieces! The first three were recorded at a pub called Christiania in Norway. You MUST listen to the Lutefisk song! It is obvious that a lot more heavy drinking goes on in Ireland than Norway, judging by Swing Low, Sweet Chariot recorded at the Pine Lodge in Ireland.