When Josh and I got to Town Hall on Thursday we were disappointed to see two of the three infusion beers crossed out on the menu. Fortunately, they still had the Lingonberry. It reminded me a bit of Surly 2, but definitely less potent. Where Surly 2 made me scrunch my face like the Sour Patch Kids, this really smooth. More my style. I guess this was the milk porter at work? Anyway, it was enjoyable, but not enough that I wanted two of them. So we moved on to Life Double Red Ale.
I loved this one instantly. Nice and creamy and sweet, which are features I enjoy in a beer, but I generally prefer the dark variety, like oatmeal stouts and milkshake stouts. This one captures those flavors well, but is so much lighter! Nice smooth finish. I was literally gulping it.
So I feel like I’ve been harshing on my boys from Lake Superior a little bit, if only to myself. Their barleywine just didn’t measure up, and their red has disappointed way too many times.
But wow, their Oatmeal Stout is fantastic. The chocolate malts seem to hit me first, followed by a little sourness perhaps, and a nice malty finish. Smooth. I burnt through a bunch of stouts this winter, mainly imperial ones, but I wish this woulda been in my rotation. Nice job, LS!
In a Flat Earth pint glass (too lazy to search the cabinet for a proper pilsner glass), it’s a clear golden color, lovely white head, starts proud and slips down in size. Flowery aroma, and the hops are happening, clean and level headed.Drinking it…smooth, even, mild, and watery. Tidy bitter smack from the Hallertau hops right up, and then they slide back and merge with the water and disappear down the throat without a thought. Hops return with each sip and enjoy a nice visit on the palate each time. Light bodied, easy drinking, and right on for style. Almost perfect. And I’m no huge fan of lagers or pilsners, but this suits just fine. Haiku #7: Czech town of Plzn / birthplace of clear, golden beer / look what you started!
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.
“Not a fan of Rush/ a bit too trippy for me / this porter rocks, though.”Haiku #5, collect ’em all.Pouring this into a Flat Earth snifter, maybe not the perfect vessel, but my FE pint glass is dirty. Dark, fairly black, nicely toasted tan head. Roasty, bittersweet nose, some espresso notes, cocoa, vanilla & cream. Rye really comes through.Solid. Good entry on the palate, even, smoothish, well-balanced, dry finish. Roasty, some coffee feel, some chocolate, hardly any sweetness, ultimately dry. Medium bodied, long, dry finish. Like they say on the label, it really is a porter like no other, and I’ve got to give it up for that. Very satisfactory. I’m partial to porters, and I think they’ve got a winner, here. 6.5% alcohol, a bit high for a porter, but when it’s as cold as it is tonight, I’ll take all the heat I can get!This pleases me the more I drink it. Great to have another well-done locally-brewed porter, and an acceptable alternative to Surly Bender!
I first discovered Winter Ale during a Summit brewery tour and I loved it instantly. It’s perfectly smooth and mild. Feels like coffee, tastes like delicious. (I’m behind a couple weeks but I haven’t had a chance up until now.)
Dark, malty, roasty. Hints of chocolate, coffee. Smooth and creamy and full of flavor. This hangs heavy on the tongue which could be good or bad depending on your perspective. Right now I’m really enjoying it. This beer especially shines as a cask-conditioned beer. I enjoyed some in December at the Groveland Tap… I believe it was dry-hopped with fuggles hops. Very smooth, very complex and extremely tasty.
my favorite schell beer. almost like an after dinner drink. it’s something between a good madeira and a fine scotch. smooth, sweet, rich; this beer may even be good at room temp if you’re in to that kind of thing. i’ve been thinking of what kind of chow would pair nicely with this, and i’ve decided on vanilla custard; a creme brule. i wish it was a little hoppier though. mmmm…