Thursday, August 04, 2011

American beer reviews

Ok, this report will show you some reviews of American beers... but not the mainstream stuff like Miller, Bud, Coors and all the other crap... no, those are beers from microbreweries... nearly impossible to find here in Europe, but some friends in the US gave me the chance to try them. Maybe I should sendem back some of the Sonnenbraeu 1891... which is also a dark and strong beer... Im sure theyll like it... I just have to wait if the regular production is available... I just got a few bottles to try from their promotion...

BTW... I got a funny joke from another American friend....

There's a big conference of beer producers. At the end of the day, all of the presidents of all beer companies decide to have a drink in a bar.

The president of 'Budweiser' orders a Bud, the president of 'Miller' orders a Miller Lite, Adolph Coors orders a Coors, and the list goes on. Then the waitress asks Arthur Guinness what he wants to drink, and much to everybody's amazement, Mr. Guinness orders a Coke!

"Why don't you order a Guinness?" his colleagues ask.

"Naah. If you guys won't drink beer, than neither will I."

Ale Asylum - Bedlam!

Ale Asylum operates the only bottling facility in Madison. The beer is unfiltered and all natural, no additives, preservatives, fruit, horse hooves, fish guts, or extracts are used. The ingredient list: water, malt, hops, and yeast. Sounds like German beer...

Very fruity in the nose... tropical fruits... the taste has some bitter notes... like gooseberry... mango, grapefruit.... intensive aroma of hop and citrus... Never ever would you guess that this beer has an ABV of 7.5 %... very pleasant, thirst-quenching and refreshing...

Arcadia Ales - Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter

Arcadia Brewing Company was established in 1996 as a microbrewery specializing in handcrafted British-style ales. All of our beers are produced in small batches, and our 25 Barrel Peter Austin Brewery and methods originated in England, which allows this style of beer to reflect over 250 years of world class brewing heritage.

Some Bourbon in the nose, but the first sip is some kinda surprisin: it's more like a Belgian sour beer.... not in a negative way, but I expected much more Bourbon sweetness. Notes of roasted malt, now there's some Bourbon... but not too intensive... very good combination... a little bit like a port wine... goes well with the '96 Cazadores I'm smokin right now. Oh wow... 12 % of alcohol... worth to mention cuz you don't taste it....

Bell's - Expedition Stout

Bell's Brewery, Inc began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, they've grown into a regional craft brewery that employs over 100 people over an 18 state area. They currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at their pub in Kalamazoo.

Bitter taste in the beginning but getting sweeter after a while... very malty... covering the whole palate... the alcohol of 10.5 % is embedded well in this beer, roasted malt and coffee are the main aromas... a nice balance, not too sweet, not too bitter... at the end there are some nices hints of hop... a good stout. It last long in the mouth.... fat, oily, creamy...

Central Waters Brewing Company - Illumination

In 1996, two friends, Mike McElwain and Jerome Ebel, bought an old brick building on Highway 10 in Junction City, Wisconsin. The building, built around 1920, was originally a Model-A Ford dealership. Subsequently, the building housed a barbershop, followed by a liquidator of second-hand goods, before being vacated in 1988. Mike and Jerome purchased the building in 1996, and spent the next two years thoroughly cleaning and restoring it. When the facility was ready for its first beer production, the friends put together the funds to purchase some used dairy equipment. This equipment was retrofitted to ultimately become the brewery's first brew house. Months later, Central Waters Brewery came to be.

Very hoppy.... wow... this smell is incredible. Fruityness of peaches, tropical fruits like mango and citrus... but not very sweet... decent bitterness which gives you a fantastic aroma on the palate... the 9% of alcohol are very well embedded... no chance that you would guess this strength. I like that one pretty much!

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Founders - Breakfast Stout

The Founders Family, a group of passionate beer enthusiasts, has grown around this simple philosophy: “We don’t brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.”

Very malty smell, dark in the glass... the first sip is dominated by strong coffee flavors, alcohol's very present... 8.3 %... feels like more. Some bitter notes of cacao... some hop and yeast, dried fruits like raisins and plums... it's really fat in the mouth... as the name says... I'm sure it can replace a meal.... bitter-sweet aftertaste... well balanced...

Founders - KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

Lots of bourbon in the nose, but behind the oaky vanilla of the bourbon there's some notes of coffee and dark chocolate. The bourbon's present in the taste.. some bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee in combination with some vanilla from the barrel. It's all well balanced... surprisingly I taste the alcohol in the Stouts more intensive than in the Blonds... this one has 11.2 %... not too bad... Very thick and creamy in the mouth with a very low carbonation.

Ska Brewing Company - Dementia, aged and confused

This brewery was founded in 1995 in Colorado, another young microbrewery... with some fancy labels on their bottles...

Decent Bourbon aroma from the start, intensive notes of orange and other citrus in the nose. A lot of orange and grapefruit at the first sip. The hop profile keeps this beer lightly bitter and keeps excellent citrus fruitiness at the forefront. A hint of black pepper spicyness meets the sweetness. Creamy and very smooth with perfect carbonation. Awesome beer!

After tastin all those seven beers I can say the following: maybe some people don't agree with the methods those beers are brewed but those beers are SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT to all this mainstream beers. Individual beers... maybe not everybody's likin but fo sho good beers. If I talk about good American beer in future, than I'm talkin about the microbreweries... thx guys to give me the possibility to try those... and you know: Payback's a bitch.