Saturday, December 20, 2014

Anchor Steam

I can't believe Christmas is here and there are only 5 beers left in my Advent Beer Calendar! Maltiness is a word my spell checker doesn't approve of, but in my book it's the best descriptive word for Anchor Steam.

Friday, December 19, 2014

3 Scrooges

A couple of times a year, around Christmas, I can appreciate a beer with extra "stuff" in it. This Winter Ale with honey, orange peel and spices was a very enjoyable drink while making Christmas treats.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lil' Wheezy

Lil' Wheezy has the splendid hop flavors of grass, herbs and fresh flowers coupled with sweet dark malt lager.

Sandy purchased this and several other of the beers in my Advent Beer Calendar from the Lager Mill Beer Store and Brewing Museum in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gunnamatta IPA

Here is a drink from New Zealand with a marvelous combination of hops and tea in balance. I’d love to have more of it again soon.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Golden Monkey

Golden Monkey rhymes with funky and it has that funky spice for which the Belgians are proud. I suppose no Advent Beer Calendar would be complete without some Belgian funk in it. So Cheers! to getting it over with on day #11.

Widow Maker Black Ale

The description on the label says it well, "Don't let its looks deceive you. Clean and smooth, easy on the hops and easy on the palate, the light bodied ale has a surprising depth of malt flavors with pleasant hints of a smoky molasses." Too many beer drinkers pass by dark colored beers thinking they will be heavy and thick. There is a popular misconception that light color means light feeling. Don't be afraid of the dark! In general, dark colored beers will offer flavors that come from grains that have been roasted longer. They need not necessarily be heavier or denser. This Widow Maker was much lighter in body than many golden colored beers.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout

This is a very nice, intense stout. It has an amazingly luscious, thick, dark brown head over the top of a rich and yummy roasted grain flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hop Burn

While our little friend and house guest Naomi works diligently on her homework, I sip on an ale from Belgium. This Double Imperial Pale Ale is so full of hops, it's like drinking a liquefied green salad.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Neapolitan Milk Stout

Eek! Why would someone do this -- make a beer to taste like Neapolitan Ice Cream? Beer is beer. Ice Cream is Ice Cream. But so that no one from Saugatuck may ever say to me, "Don't knock it 'til you've tried it," I gave this bottle of Neapolitan Milk Stout the try it deserved.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Poet

Under the creamy head on this oatmeal stout, there lies a treasure that's dark and complex, much like the poet author of the Raven.

Lines on Ale (1848)

Edgar Allan Poe

“Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain —
Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away;
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.”

― Edgar Allan Poe