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Monday, June 30, 2014

Lagunitas Censored (Kronik)

84 BA score on Beer Advocate. 88 overall and 97 style score on RateBeer.

6.7% ABV and 35 IBU.

Originally called the Kronik, this beer was censored by the federal label-approving agency, the BATF — they claimed the word had some sort of Marijuana reference. We slapped a “Censored” sticker on it as a joke and they accepted it. Whatever.

Never have been a huge fan of malty beers. For some reason malty beers have never been interesting. I tend to find the hoppier beers a lot more interesting. All the flavors that come out of hops. For malty beers, the only flavors tend to be malt. What's interesting in that?

With the original name of the beer being Kronik, there is only one thing I could think of.

Someone needs to partake of the wacky tabacky to enjoy sloppy joes. How else can someone eat that crap?

Have enjoyed the Lagunitas beer I've tried in the past. This one is one I hadn't tried, but I didn't have high hopes.

With high hopes I always think of:

With the magnets and miracles line I think of this:

I think the juggalos are the main buyers of PBR.

Poured into a 12 ounce glass. Decent head with unimpressive lacing. Aroma is pretty malty. Pick up some caramel in it. Very faintly floral. Hops are faint but are there. Taste is pretty much malt. Some caramel is present. With the IBU being 35, hops are there but not the main focus of the beer. Since I'm not a huge fan of the malty beers, I rated this a 3 outta 5. It's nice for a change of pace but nothing spectacular. Would rather go for IPA or pale ales.

Top 10 stoner albums in no particular order:

The Allman Brothers Band - Live At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition). Always choose the deluxe edition.

Black Sabbath - Paranoid (Deluxe Edition)

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane

Electric Wizard - Dopethrone

Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love

King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

Saturday, June 28, 2014

New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon

What's better than bourbon barrel aged beer? Beer Barrel bourbon. Regular readers of this blog would know that bourbon is the king of alcoholic spirits.

You say you are a fan of gin. You know what gin is made with?

Juniper berries. Anything that has to use berries to give it a taste makes somebody a certain something.

No, it doesn't make somebody a cat. Makes somebody something that is used commonly in front of cat.

New Holland does a very nice oak barrel aged beer by the name of Dragon's Milk. It's probably my #1 stout. Never understood why a lot of people don't like the darker beers. Stouts tend be low in bitterness, have a lot of chocolate/coffee notes and can be fairly sweet for a beer. Plus they are a malt lovers dream beer. If someone is used to Miller Lite, Bass or PBR, the thought of a beer with taste can turn them off.

Beer Barrel Bourbon is first aged in new American oak barrels for several years, before a three month beer-y slumber. The beer-barrel aging lends biscuity notes and a smooth malt character to the robust whiskey tones of toffee and caramel.

It's an 80 proof bourbon. But one caveat is that New Holland doesn't make their own bourbon. Currently the bourbon is made by Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana, New Holland ages the bourbon though. It's not as high of a proof as Booker's is, which in the 120 to 130 proof range. We all know what bourbon will give a person.

It puts hair on your balls. That's right, bourbon is a manly drink.

Do I need to remind people what is used in gin?

I bought this bottle at ABC liquor, down the street from where I live a little while ago. If memory serves, it was around $33 for the bottle.

When I went in to get some bourbon, I wasn't even looking for this one. I was actually looking for a different brand, but when I saw this one I had to get it. Wanted to see New Holland's take on bourbon. Aroma has the usual alcohol and oak smells to it. This one has a bit of sweetness to it. There seems to be a touch of caramel in the aroma as well. Taste follows the aroma. There is a very slight burn to it. Not much, but it is there. It does have some oak and caramel to it. Overall not a bad bourbon. Just wish it had a bit more of a bite to it. Don't know if the beer seemed to have mellowed out the bourbon a little bit. Still worth trying. Jim Beam's line of Knob Creek bourbons are better.

For those who don't like bourbons:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Brew Kettle White Rajah

95 BA score on Beer Advocate. 99 overall and style scores on RateBeer.

The Brew Kettle is based out of Strongsville, Ohio. Yes, anything by the Brew Kettle automatically is better than Jackie O's. Just a fact.

Being a west coast style IPA, it is a hoppier style. Some say west coast IPA beers are a one trick pony. But what a great trick. White Rajah has Citra hops in it. Citra adds some great citrus notes to the beer. Same can't be said for Miller Lite or PBR.

A West Coast style IPA full of citrus-like and tropical fruit like hop flavor and aroma with an assertive yet smooth bitter finish....malt, take a back seat please.

6.8% ABV and 70 IBU. With the IBU being 70, the taste starts to get interesting. While a lower IBU beer can be great for something different, hops should always be ever present in a good beer. I do tend to go for pilsners during the summer. Pilsners use noble hops which impart a nice smell but not a whole lot of taste.

Poured into a 12 ounce glass. Nice head. Plenty of citrus in the aroma. Seems to be orange and grapefruit. Beer can have citrus notes to it. Just because PBR tastes metallic, that doesn't mean all beer should taste like that. Why? Because people shouldn't molest a beer can with their tongue. Anyway this is one of the better IPA beers produced today. Rated this a 4.5 out of 5 on Untappd.

Untappd stats:
791 checkins, 540 unique beers, 148 badges.

Applicable to PBR.

KCCO Black Lager

76 BA score on Beer Advocate. 55 Overall and 68 style score on RateBeer.

Bought this recently at Giant Eagle. Wanted to see how bad it was. Hated to buy it since it comes from a borderline douchebag site.

Fans of this site I imagine have no clue there are much better sites on the internet that don't leave that not so fresh feeling after going there.

The kind of people that think the chive is a great site.

It was $9.99 for the 6 pack. Black lagers tend to be beers for people that can't handle a full on stout. It's like someone decided to cross a guinness with a bad lager.

5.1% ABV and 22 IBU.

The graphics are some of the least interesting I've seen. Plus this one is contracted brewed through Redhook Brewery. 2 Strikes already.

Poured into a 12 ounce glass. Some head that quickly went away. It's not exactly what I would call a black lager. Shouldn't a black lager be black? Or at least very dark brown? This one is actually a slightly dark amber. Not what anyone would consider black. Aroma is non existent. Beer should have at least some sort of smell. Taste isn't much better. It is basically glorified water. Just a touch of toasted malt is there. Some very light caramel. KCCO Black Lager is a pure abomination of a beer.

I could see Guy Fieri endorsing this beer. It's also a beer for fans of him. Basically a fan of nothing good.