says Bender, but don’t break ‘er

December 19th, 2008

I absolutely love everything about Bender.  The look, flavor, aroma-all of it.  Deceptively smooth and expectedly delicious.  It is a bastard child of a brown ale and a porter, with a little more hops than either bring to the table alone.  I’d constantly keep this in the fridge if the price was a little bit easier on the pocket.  Go on a bender with Bender and your wallet will certainly feel it too.  But as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for.  A premium price for a premium beer.  Don’t let imminent economic meltdown make you drink crap beer, though.  I think it was the Bible that stated, “Man cannot live on crappy beer alone.” Preach. 

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says Great. Northern. Porter.

December 1st, 2008

That about sums it up.  A solid porter that is a lot lighter in body than it looks. Good flavor and aroma.  I like it. 

Re: Summit Winter samplers

I, too, was a bit confused at the selections included in the sampler.  Lord knows I would’ve liked to see the Oatmeal Stout and/or the Porter in the mix.  Something to think about, Summit.

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says how is this not in the Winter sampler?

November 12th, 2008

I was over in the Midway yesterday, my old stomping grounds, so I went to Big Top to pick up the Summit Porter. I ended up getting a 12 pack only because it was a better value than the 6 pack ($10.99/12 vs. $7.99/6) and the Winter sampler pack only had Winter Ale, Extra Pale Ale, Extra Special Bitter, and India Pale Ale. Maybe it’s just me but I totally think the Porter should be in there instead of the EPA. Continue reading how is this not in the Winter sampler?

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says The Dark Night Made My Day

October 27th, 2008

It was great to get together with some friends and other Brew52er’s on Saturday to taste some of the great beers at Barley John’s. The brewmaster, Colin, was kind enough to drink a beer with us and talk about the brewing process for some of the beers we tasted.

The Dark Night is a thick, syrupy porter that really warms you up on a cool, windy day. I like the bourbon taste that comes through and aging in the bourbon barrels really smoothes out the beer. There are plenty of other good beers on tap as well; I also really enjoyed the IPA.

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says solid, but not amazed

July 22nd, 2008

Bock? Porter? Both? Yes. They aren’t lying, that pretty much describes it. More malty than hoppy, but a good balance of the two. Very drinkable.

Maybe I’m the only one, but Cold Spring Brewery just seems….different without a solid identity. Maybe I’m just missing their marketing efforts. Beer and energy drinks out of the same place, though? No shame in making a dollar when you can, I guess. Watch out for the packaging of their hard lemonade.

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says Differently Malty

July 15th, 2008

This beer is a bit different than most, their website states that it is 1/2 porter and 1/2 bock combined into one nice brown ale. Pours an interesting dark brown color with hints of rose when brought to light. The head on this beer is very minimal, under an inch and light in color. Aroma is interesting, traditional bock malt scents are predominate but it smells a tad bit like a porter. The flavor is even more strange than the scent, quite malty, almost sweet but more caramelized. The mix of these two beer styles gives a very different flavor, pretty decent, but a bit boring. Mouthfeel is medium. I’m glad I got only one of these beers in a mixed six pack, but I think after drinking a few in cooler weather this beer would potentially have a bit more to offer. If your a fan of malt or different brown ales this may suit your tastes. Always nice to try a Minnesota brand that I was previously unfamiliar with.

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says porter like no other

March 8th, 2008

This beer is great at a higher temp. Maybe 45 degrees or so. Doesn’t really strike me as a porter though(as the label reads, “a porter like no other.”)…more like a nut brown ale. It’s a little flat and I would say over priced for what your getting.

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says Flat Earth Cygnus X-1

February 25th, 2008

Got to love a beer created as a tribute to the brewers favorite band – Rush. I had it on tap at the new Acadia Cafe. I’ve really been into porters the past few months, but this didn’t hit me right away. I’m really going to have to do more research for this beer before coming up with an honest review of it.

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says This one’s a sipper.

February 24th, 2008

It’s smooth, it’s a little creamy, it’s a little sweet. If it were just a tad less hoppy and a tad sweeter, it’d be perfect for me. I like that I can taste hops, but they’re not overwhelming. The tall bottle is the perfect quantity for me for an evening. Looks beautiful in a pint glass.

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says my grandmother suffered from dementia late in life

February 24th, 2008

“My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life…” -Ayn Rand

begat

“Live for yourself. There’s no one else more worth living for. Begging hands and bleeding hearts will only cry out for more.”
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“I set a course just east of Lyra and northwest of Pegasus. Flew into the light of Deneb, sailed across the Milky Way.” -Neil Peart

begat

“This robust English style porter… has a creamy mocha chocolate flavor with a hint of spice.” -Flat Earth Brewing Company

Is this beer a delicious distillation of countless nineteen-year-olds’ favorite fantasy/philosophy? Or is it merely another bastard grandchild of a cold, bizarre Russian woman?

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says A Good Beer for a Cold Night

February 20th, 2008

My wife is laughing at me because I took the thermometer out to check the temp of the beer after I poured it.  I like my Stouts and Porters warmer. So instead of putting the bottles in the fridge, I put in down the basement. Usually, I leave them down there for a awhile to cool, but in this case I didn’t so I wanted to know the temp—60 degrees a little warm, but not too bad. Anyway, I found this to be interesting Porter.  It has a great chocolate aroma and taste.  I agree with the bottle–a nice beer to drink next to the fire on a cold winter’s night!!

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says Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary

February 19th, 2008

If I were a storyteller:

I would tell about the time I tried Cygnus X-1 and in a flash of light was whisked away to the farthest reaches of space in a giant bass guitar-shaped spaceship with a picture of menacing white owl on it.  Then I would tell everyone I knew about what I saw:  galaxies and worlds beyond our own, populated by beings who communicate in a language we can only understand if we drink strong, but not lingering porters that are surprisingly refreshing and come in 22 ounce bottles (and sometimes brandy snifters) and, of course, if we fly by night. 

But that’s if I could really tell a story.  I don’t think I’m very good, so forget it.  It’s not important.

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says Punchless Porter

February 18th, 2008

I found Cygnus X-1 didn’t live up to my expectations. It was a good beer,  I could drink more then one in a sitting, but it wasn’t as flavorful as I was expecting. I could taste the creamy chocolate but maybe I’m not experienced enough to appreciate such subtle flavors. I guess I like my porters with a little more punch.

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says Beer and baby, both enjoyable

February 18th, 2008

I shared a bottle of Cygnus X-1 with my friend Kase as I got to meet his new baby Miles tonight. Both the beer and the baby were quite enjoyable. I would also describe both as light, Miles because he’s a 7 lb baby, and the beer because despite the creamy flavor it felt crisp and light in my mouth. The similarities end there for I did not taste the baby, much to Kase’s relief. I will definitely be having more of this beer, and I hope to be invited back to see Miles again.

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