The Hairy Eyeball Ale

I think Lagunitas‘ The Hairy Eyeball takes a prize for one of the best (strangest?) names for a beer. I know I picked up a six-pack based on the name. Well, that and it’s a whopping 9% alcohol by volume. Lagunitas is developing a reputation, like Dogfish Head and Stone … Continue reading

Samuel Adams Holiday Porter

Ah, more notes from the Samuel Adams seasonal gift pack; this time it’s their Holiday Porter. With a name like that, you expect something spicy and rich and perhaps fruity, but that’s not the case here—they’ve brewed up a solid, drinkable porter without any foofah and fanfare. At 5.9% alcohol … Continue reading

John Barleycorn Barleywine Style Ale

John Barleycorn is a "Certified Organic Barleywine Style Ale" brewed by Mad River Brewing Company. At 9.5% alcohol, it’s not as strong as some of these X-Treme Monsters being put out these days, but it’s still plenty strong for the style. The label is cool; according to their site, it’s … Continue reading

Full Sail LTD Series #1: Bock

To commemorate 21 years of brewing (seems to be going around), Full Sail is releasing a Limited Series of beers this year, their LTD Series. The first bottling is a medium-bodied, malty 6.4% alcohol Bock style of beer. Appearance: Very clear, orange-brown. Very clear. Thin head, it’s light tan. Leaves … Continue reading

Old Fezziwig Ale

Samuel Adams describes their seasonal Old Fezziwig Ale as "spicy and bold, a big Christmas cookie of a beer." It’s a brown ale style of beer sitting at a warm 5.9% alcohol, and comes in their seasonal packs during the holiday season. Appearance: Clear brown with garnet tints. Tan head, … Continue reading

Brown Shugga

One thing I’m figuring out that Lagunitas Brewing does is big beers. Really big beers. I had some of their holiday seasonal Brown Shugga and was surprised to see that it’s a 9.9% alcohol beer. That, along with a name that conjures up visions from a ’70s B-movie is almost … Continue reading

The Session #1: Obsidian Stout

Welcome to the first edition of The Session (or Beer Blogging Friday, or whatever the ultimate name will be—probably "The Session"): a group blogging effort on the first Friday of each month where individual beer bloggers will post on the that month’s tasting theme, and one person compiles all the … Continue reading

ReviewsIndian Brown Ale

I don’t have access to many of Dogfish Head‘s beers here locally, so when I do find them I make sure to get a bottle to try. I’m liking their beers quite a bit. One of the latest is Indian Brown Ale. Ordinarily, brown ales are a session beer, not … Continue reading

Bison Chocolate Stout

Bison Brewing‘s Chocolate Stout is one of the better such stouts I’ve had, recently and maybe ever. I admit, I was a bit leery at first; with the exception of Rogue’s Chocolate Stout, I’ve not really found a chocolate-flavored beer that holds up. Bison definitely does. Appearance: Black-brown, opaque. Leather-tan … Continue reading

ReviewsBroken Top Bock

Ahhh, Broken Top Bock: for years I knew of this seasonal from Deschutes Brewery yet somehow I always missed the boat on drinking it. I guess it was sort of the Loch Ness monster or Sasquatch of the local beer scene: I’d heard all the rumors but had never glimpsed … Continue reading