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Old 05-05-2008, 03:12 AM   #1
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Just thought I'd start a thread reviewing some of the different beers I've had the opportunity to try. Nothing too scientific. If you've had the beer, feel free to share your experiences as well.

Tonight 05/04/08 I am sampling Dogfish Head's Midas Touch. Serving in a fluted glass. I've heard good and bad about this beer, but I liked it. Malty with some unique flavors (grapes, honey, saffron). Some slightly floral hops. Very sweet beer overall, with a sweet finish. The 9% alcohol starts to warm up the stomach after the glass is empty.

Overall: Worth the $4 to try it once. Dogfish Head deserves props for giving this a go. If I ever wanted it again, I'd probably brew a clone only because 4 bucks a bottle is 4 bucks a bottle. I'd add some more hops.

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Old 05-05-2008, 03:39 AM   #2
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That doesn't sound too bad, I might have to give one a try next time I'm in the beer store. All I ever seem to read about these guys is the 90 and 120 supers. I didn't really realize they had something on the malty side of the scale.

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Old 05-07-2008, 03:03 AM   #3
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Tonight I sampled Dick's Barleywine from Dick's Brewing in Centralia WA. The only other barleywine I have to compare it with is Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. They are two distinct beers. Dick's clocks in at 9.9% ABV and is definately a malt oriented beer. Distinct bready aroma, with some fruitiness, hop aroma is subdued. Beer has a nice off white head, with decent lacing. It's goes down smooth with a sweet aftertaste and a very slight hop bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden.

My only negative would be that it seems to be a bit unbalanced, and needs some more hop bitterness even it out. This would be a great barleywine for someone who isn't a big hophead.

Overall I'm going to give this one a B.

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The next barleywine you sample make it the Lagunita's Gnarlywine. Me and the SWMBO shared a bottle of it, and it had the right balance of hops, malt, and alcohol buzz to it.

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Old 05-07-2008, 09:33 AM   #5
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Midas Touch is definitely one of those one-of-a-kind beers. Sweet and smooth, fruity, and very pleasing to the palate. For me, it's like the satisfaction that having dessert brings. Not to say the beer is that sweet, but more like the happy, contented feeling that eating dessert gives you. I'll likely attempt a clone at some point, minus the cost-prohibitive saffron.

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Old 05-09-2008, 03:31 AM   #6
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Right now I am sampling Avery's Mephistopheles Stout. Based on recommendations from Evan! I had to give this one a shot.

Serving in the specialty Sam Adams Glass.

This beer pours dark black with a 1" plus head that dissipates extremely slowly. At 5 minutes it's still about 1/4 inch thick. Aroma is very roasty with noticeable hops.

First sip: Initial flavors of cherry and maybe some tobacco followed by a heavy hopiness, then a deep roasted flavor finishing with a lingering alcohol warmth down the throat and into the stomach. It's like a super stout primed with a good whiskey. Woah.

Prounounced chocolate flavors, noticeable strong espresso taste as I continue to sip slowly.

This beer is intense and definately at the extreme end of the imperial stout category, a 12oz bottle that could easily be split 3 ways, but I have to drink it myself. That in itself is probably a detriment, because after a few ounces it doesn't have the same intial appeal. This beer would definately be a prime candidate for long term (several years) of aging. It's good as it is, but probably at my threshold for pain without some mellowing. Not something I'd probably buy again, but I wouldn't mind brewing an RIS this strong just to have around.

Overall, this beer is an B style wise. Worth the $10 price? If you like imperial stouts you have to try it once, if you want it more than once I recommend brewing it yourself, unless you can afford it, or you really do want your SWMBO to divorce you for buying $10 imperial stouts on a regular basis. If you are looking for a more affordable imperial stout for a regular drinker than Old Rasputin is the way to go.

I'm halfway done now and will be borderline comatose before I finish it. Already feeling tingling in my extremeties and a continually alcohol warmth in my lower esophogas.

It's a good one guys and gals, give it a shot if you can find it/afford it.

Edit: Just after posting, my teenage daughter came over to say goodnight and knocked it off the table spilling the remaining 1/4. I shouldn't be pi$$ed over spilled beer, but I am. Only because she was giving me grief earlier, and she has this habit of being a PITA and then wanting a hug before going to bed. But raising kids and getting them to respect you is probably the subject of a different thread.

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This evening Dogfish Head's Burton Baton IPA. A mixture of 90 minute IPA and an oaked aged strong ale. I didn't get it cooled in time, so it's served a bit warm. My personal preference is to start cold and then let the beer warm up slowly.

Pours a dark amber color with a thick off white head. Aroma of oak is predominant. Tastes mostly of oak and malt, the hops are not as predominant as I would expect for having the 90 minute IPA as a blended beer. Some citrusy hops as the beer coats the throat, slight alcohol warming in the stomach. (This beer is 10%).

This beer is similar in style to the Dick's Barleywine I had a few nights ago.

As far as being an imperial IPA I am a bit disappointed, as I would expect just a bit more in the hops department. Another beer I probably won't try again, but not a bad drink overall.

Final Grade C+

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I really like reading beer reviews by people whose beer taste I respect. Thanks, and keep it coming!

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I'm glad you like what I'm putting out there. I really don't consider myself a beer expert by any stretch, but am working to get better. I read quite a few reviews after I try a beer and always am suprised by what other people taste in a beer.

Honestly I have been disappointed in the last couple of beers I've tried, and I think that in the past I have tried to hard to like a beer based on what other people have said.
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This evening, Dick's Imperial Stout from Dick's Brewing in Centralia, WA. Pours dark black with a light brown head.

Initial aroma is of chocolate and coffee. This beer tastes strongly of coffee with a slight citrusy hop finish. I ended up going through this one too quick and didn't let it warm. It's not a good imperial stout. At 7.5 percent it falls below the BJCP style guidlelines for the style. I will say it is a decent stout overall, but definately not true to style for it's labeling. It's very similar in flavor to Kona's Pipeline porter.

Based on style, I'll give it a D.
For a stout: I'm giving it a B. I liked the coffee flavor, but thought it dominated a bit too much for something that doesn't appear to actually contain coffee. I would have like a bit more chocolate.

Not a must have beer, but not one I'd refuse either.

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