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Back in action

Well the internet took much longer than expect to get up and running (thanks for nothing Suddenlink). I’m back, new state, new digs, new wife, and just recently a new dog. Basically I have a ton of new stuff around and I need to learn the roads, bummer. Below you can see my cross country travel map of excellence. Moving 2/3rds of the way across the country took 3 days and untold gallons of gas. Anyway, the wedding was just great, I had a blast and everyone that I have talked to had a blast as well. I think most of the fun can be attributed to a four hour open bar, but that is just a theory at this point.

07-19-01

I forgot to mention before I left about what we were toasting with at the wedding, Rogue Shakespeare Stout. Smalls, my wife, is really into good beer as well and Rogue is a favorite of ours. Her grandmother asked us to reconsider toasting with beer, but we just had to do it. I’ll get a review of that beer up here sometime soon when I have a chance to catch my breath.

For our honeymoon we went to Portland, OR, microbrew captial of the US. We had a great time having new beers with lunch and dinner everyday. A quick list of places we went.

  • Rock Bottom Brewery (the orginal brewpub chain)
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • McMenamins Brewery
  • Full Sail Brewery
  • Rogue Ales

We had a few other mircos but didn’t get a chance to visit the breweries were they were made. Over the next week I will be posting about these breweries and their beers. If you are into food, we also ate at each of these places. That’s about it, wedding gifts are still being accepted for those of you who are a bit slow to the drawl.

09-06-25-02

Rouge Brutal Bitter Beer Review

09-06-25-02I’m a big fan of Rogue Ales. So much of a fan in fact that my future wife and I are toasting with a Shakespear Stout this Saturday at our wedding. I love the Dead Guy Ale and have tried to get as many of their beers under my belt as I can. One of the “normal” onese that has always eluded me was the Brutal Bitter. But alas, finally, I got a chance to try it. Here’s what the brewery has to say,

Tasting Notes:
An Imperial bitter with exotic traditional floor malts, citrusy, hoppy flavor, stupendous hop aroma.
6 Ingredients:

Malts:
100% Floor-malted Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Cara Wheat.
Hops:
Crystal.
Yeast & Water:
Rogue’s Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.
Specs:
15º PLATO
59 IBU
76.1 AA
14.2º Lovibond

09-06-25-03Upon popping the top you are hit with hops, big shocker. It pours a nice hazy brown and had a nice lasting head with great lacing. The nose with hops, hops, hops, with a little malt mixed in there. Tasting is a kick in the mouth. I know I;ve been doing a lot of IPAs for the past little bit, but this thing was the strongest hops I’ve expreinced yet. After a few sips you actaully get some flavor as you adjust to the hops.

It had a decent malt backbone, but the hops were just overpowering. If you read this blog you should know by now that I am all about a balanced beer. This beer isn’t meant to be, but that is what threw it off for me. This is probably the first Rogue beer that I will not be buying again. If you like hops, you will like this beer. It was just a bit too unbalanced for me to enjoy fully. (more…)

Rogue Mocha Porter Beer Review

I’m a big fan of Rouge’s beers. This one newly appeared in the 6-pack store the other day and I just had to get it and try it out. As usual, I’ll let the brewery describe the beer first:

Tasting Notes:
Ruddy brown in color, a bittersweet balance of malt and hops with a light cream finish.

13 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington & Klages;
135-165, 95-115, and 70-80 Crystal; Beeston Chocolate, Black, Munich
and Carastan.
Hops: Centennial & Perle Hops.
Yeast & Water: Rogue’s Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

Specs:
13º PLATO
54 IBU
73 AA
77º Lovibond”

Rouge’s Mocha Porter pours a dark black with a full light brown head. It had great head retention that lasted all the way though the beer. The smell was full of chocolate malt, coffee bitterness, and a bit of hops. Overall I loved the look and smell of this beer.

Upon first taste there is a lot of malty flavor going on. The chocolate malt is the first thing you notice, followed by some coffee, then a very slight hop flavor. It was a thin beer (as expected with a porter) and was very drinkable.

One thing I did notice was a slight chalky mouth feel after I was done. Everything tasted fine, it just left that feeling in my mouth. It was interesting, but to a great or terrible thing. As I said eariler I love Rouge brews, while this one isn’t my favorite, it is very good and worth a try.