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Til Via Fra (To Via From) – Mikkeller (2011)

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Mikkeller Til Via Fra (To Via From) is a holiday seasonal, complete with a gift tag label for the beer enthusiast in your life. The brew comes in a festive 750ml bottle, so if you are lucky someone may share this “second beer of Christmas” with you. To Via From pours dark brown, almost black, with red hues when it is held up to the light. A dark tan head stays around for awhile, eventually leaving sticky lacing in it’s wake before settling into a thick, foam cap. This is definitely an attractive beer and the aroma takes its cues from this brews bold look. Once in the glass, a sweet, chocolate scent is noticeable with a hint of dark fruit and a touch of cream. There are woody notes, some subtle spice as well as wafts of alcohol which prevent the nose from being too sweet. Upon taking a sip, you immediately are hit with smokey, roasted flavors that are nicely balanced by dark fruit, spice and cocoa. These flavors seem to glide around the palate as the mouthfeel is smooth and slick with mild carbonation. The beer finishes on a dry, semi-sweet note leaving an aftertaste of chocolate, alcohol, faint fruit and a hint of nutty almond. This Baltic Porter is fairly thick in body and takes on more syrup and full notes as it warms and opens up. Savor this one with a friend or loved ones (hopefully both). keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 4th, 2013 at 2:10 am

Old Rasputin – North Coast Brewing Company (2010)

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For the first brew of Christmas, a true love it turned out to be, North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout sans a pear tree (first and last play on that tune, promise). So, technically speaking, we obtained this bottle in June of 2010 and have been aging it in the BLC cellar ever since. We felt that after two and a half years it was time to give this a try and what better time to break out a special stout than around the holidays? Having tried current versions of this beer both on tap and in a bottle dozens of times, 2010 Old(er) Rasputin held quite an allure. Much like its modern day counterpart, it pours thick and black with a moderate sized tan head. The aroma is creamy, almost reminscent of a milk stout, and there are hints of chocolate and vanilla throughout. A slight bready, malty note mixes with dark fruit to round out the scent. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth and age did in fact change the flavor profile of this beer. The sip begins with a balance of roasted coffee and fruity, sweet flavors that give way to a mild, slightly bitter finish with hints of chocolate and vanilla peppered in. The 9% alcohol by volume comes in as a slight warming presence, but it is quite subtle and mellow for a higher alcohol beer. When savored and allowed to come to room temperature more coffee, roast, and even some wood-like notes emerge. So aging this bottle of Old Rasputin definitely had an effect and we here at BLC enjoyed it throughly. We are eager to see how it continues to evolve and develop in the remaining bottle we have (if we can keep from opening it). If you can put a few bottles away and let us know what you think! keep reading...

Written by A+K

January 4th, 2013 at 12:43 am

Imperial Porter – Southampton Publick House (2011)

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Southampton Imperial Porter Aged 1 one year

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Since we were on the topic of Southampton Publick house in both good (fall fun) and bad (canceling the 2013 Russian imperial stout release), it seemed like a good time to pop open one of their beers. In the depths of the Beer Loves Company cold storage units (which are guarded by a Black Unicorn) we happened to have an aged bottle of Southampton Imperial Porter. Imperial (Baltic) porters are perfect for this lull between fall and winter, so into our glasses it went.

This 2011 brew is a deep, opaque black with ruby hues that appear when the light hits it. There is a small tan head that quickly settles down, leaving what looks like an oil slick on top of the liquid and a tiny bit of lacing. Dark fruits (figs, raisins, dates), sweet malt and alcohol all come through in the scent, which is a bit on the strong side although it balances nicely. The sip is a bit more complex. It begins with a touch of a bitterness but before you can adjust to that, sweet dark fruits come rushing in. These flavors are then quickly whisked away with a dry finish and the bitterness from earlier returns in the aftertaste. A faint coffee taste is left in your mouth which is odd since there is not a coffee/cocoa presence throughout. It does seem like aging this for a year allowed the flavors to develop and intensify while bringing an overall lighter presence to the brew. We will buy a fresh bottle this year to compare. All in the name of science, of course. keep reading...

Written by A+K

November 29th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Big Beer Series Farmhouse Ale – Smuttynose Brewing Company (2011)

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We had the pleasure of enjoying this beer on the beach. While not the white, odorless room that is ideal for beer tasting, it was certainly perfect for beer drinking.

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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale pours with a generous head and initally has a distinct lactic peach smell. After it sits for a moment, this deepens to a spiced scent with sour, citrus notes. There is a good amount of carbonation and it presents itself a bit more like a lambic than a traditional saison. Upon taking a sip, the slightly thick, almost waxy mouthfeel is initially noticable and paves the way for the tart, fruity taste that follows. These strong, sour flavors are mouthwatering. This homage to a saison finishes on a woodsy note with a clean break, immediately ridding the mouth of all excess moisture. keep reading...

Written by A+K

August 15th, 2012 at 6:31 pm