I am NOT a big buyer of commercial micro brews.
I bought this small selection because (A) I wanted to know what everyone else was talking about (B) I wanted to try some of those that I never see mentioned here (C) My wife just bought $200 worth of make up, so i had the justification.
If I may, I would just like to witter on about my opinion of these beers as I try them. Feel free to add your comments, just don't expect me to listen.
Perhaps I should explain first that I am IN NO WAY A CONNYTHINGY OF BEER!! I drink bitter, and I only really brew to drink biter. I like bitter. I can drink bitter till I die.....So my tastes are totally biased. I can do nothing about that, so it is up to you to deal wih it. Don't try to tell me that I should try putting strawberries in my beer, because I don't want to have to kill you. (Yes, I know, there is a raspberry lambic in there)
For better or worse, I bought these.
the port, oh yeah, I love port, but it ain't beer, move along.
Dead guy Rogue
DFH 60 min IPA
Old Rasputin RIS
DFH Indian Brown Ale
Wychwood Scarecrow (Not in pic)
I tried the Scarecrow on Saturday. t was OK, but not to my tastes. I didn't enjoy the hop aroma (target... a bit tart), and it seemed a little over carbed to me. Somehow, it just didn't gel into a well balanced drinking experience.
Later that day I shared the Arrogant Bastard with my SIL. This was an excellent beer! It was strong and well balanced. It was a lot more malty than I come to expect from American craft brews. It was solid throughout in it's strenghth of character.My only complaint would be the price. I can buy good scotch ale for half the price that would give me equal pleasure to this brew....Also, I didn't appreciate how the wording on the bottle tried to tell me what o think! I am MUCH more arrogant than Arrogant Bastard!!
I'll get to the others over the next week. I'm especially looking forward to the RIS