Photo 15 Apr 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.

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.

Photo 9 Mar Kermit, an Organic DIPA from Bison

Nicely stated classic west coast hops, sticky body but not overpowering. Clean finish.

8/10

Kermit, an Organic DIPA from Bison

Nicely stated classic west coast hops, sticky body but not overpowering. Clean finish.

8/10

Photo 27 Feb A very well chilled Lauguntias IPA

A very well chilled Lauguntias IPA

Photo 25 Jan 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.

8/10

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.

8/10

Photo 7 Jan 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.

8/10

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.

8/10

Photo 29 Dec 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.

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.

Photo 27 Dec 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

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

Photo 27 Dec 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

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

Photo 27 Dec 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.

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.

Photo 26 Dec 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.

7/10

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.

7/10


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