Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Taps 25 and leinenkugel's Big Eddy series

I didn't know leinenkugel's had a "big eddy" series. I mostly think of leiny's as my Wisconsin college days brewery of choice. They offered us beer pansies Berry Weiss and Honey Weiss, not selections I'm prone to make these days. 
So when I saw that a local craft beer bar was having a night promoting the Big Eddy series (to include free snifters) I was intrigued. Mostly excited about free glassware. Their imperial IPA was good. Pretty amber and clear; the smells of pine, citrus, and malts was pleasant and somewhat muted. A little sweeter than expected; apricot, pine, caramel. Enjoyable but I love big IPAs that are really bitter. This one was fine and certainly more enjoyable than Berry Weiss. B
...and the imperial stout. Black as night with beautiful brown fluffy head. Whilst ordering this the overly friendly leiny's rep talked it up. He was very nice and accepted my critique of the IPA. His favorite leiny's beer is the "dark and creamy" and he seemed genuinely excited about the Big Eddy series.
Anyways, this imperial stout is great. Heavy on the coffee, vanilla, bit of bitter hops. I'm feeling the alcohol but not tasting it; very drinkable. Way smooth and creamy.  I'd get this one again. A

...and free snifters?  A+ all the way. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Oh Yeah, Blogs. Dragon Milk Stout.

My poor, sad, neglected blog. Grin and Beer It? More like Frown and Blear it. Anyways, never fret, I've had some beer. Hmm, some recent ones were:

(Apprently Lagunita's are troublemakers)

Reem brought me some lovely WI beer including:
Like today:

Once upon a time I had Dragon's Milk Stout from New Holland (Holland, MI) on tap somewhere and I couldn't stand it and never tried it again. Until recently when I bought a bottle of it, deciding to give it another shot. UM, DELICIOUS. What happened the first time? I'm glad I tried it again.

It looks like coca-cola but a little darker. Not much to smell at first, but as it warmed the bourbon, vanilla, and toasted notes came out. Very strong flavors. I gave my dad a taste, and he described it accurately by exclaiming, "WOAH!! Jesus." The bourbon and vanilla notes for sure stand out, along with dark fruits and boozy booze.

It's creamy and thick, and drinkable considering the 10% alcohol by volume and strong flavors. It's probably one to sip and to share.

Dragon's Milk Stout, I'm glad I didn't give up on you. A-