Spot the difference. Esther’s Stout and barrel-aged Esther’s stout, from Elevation 66.
They look the same but it’s amazing how different they taste. The regular stout has a soft milk-chocolate sweetness with a rich mouthfeel. The barrel-aged replaces that with a thin almost astringent sourness up front, with hints of the chocolate at the end.
I’m a fan of sours in general, but here I prefer the regular stout.
7/10 and 5/10.
Kermit, an Organic DIPA from Bison
Nicely stated classic west coast hops, sticky body but not overpowering. Clean finish.
A very well chilled Lauguntias IPA
Black Diamond Amber, on draft at Elevation 66.
A good beer. Pretty hoppy, nice carmel and biscuit malt. A bit drier than I’d like.
Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co. straight out of Cleveland, Ohio
Better than I expected for a small regional brewery. a pretty good no-frills IPA. None of the catty or overly resin hops you often see. Deceivingly sweet and mellow for a 7.5% beer.
Russian Married Guy III, from the home brewery. Very cloudy (this is the first pint pulled from the keg mind), but otherwise pretty solid. The yeast had a wild ride temperature wise - we had a cold snap that my little ferm chamber heater couldn’t handle - but the flavor doesn’t seem too badly affected.
Guest blog by the wife:
Sierra Nevada Knightro, 4.6% ABV, 24IBU, boring in a fantastic way. Very Guinness-like in taste and texture. Smooth and easy to drink. 8/10
Torpedo Room, round two with a guest appearance from The Wife
Bigfoot, 9.6% ABV, 90 IBU, herbal and floral yet surprisingly good. More interesting than anything. May not be able to drink a whole pint, but great in 4oz tasters. Dry hopped (according to pete) and a little bitter. 6/10
Samples @ Sierra Nevada’s “Torpedo Room”.
The saison is pretty standard, nothing to write home about but nothing bad either.
Ruthless rye is good, but I can’t get past that signature Chico yeast. Nice hops in the middle.
Devastation isn’t bad. Lots of astringic burnt coffee. A bit too much bitterness at the end. Would drink again.
Eye of the Hairball from Lagunitas
Quite flat, and very much tending towards sweet rather than bitter, which is surprising for a Lagunitas beer. So sweet that Mrs Pete said it was reminiscent of frosting. I can see it.