The Reverend

Name: The Reverend
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV (%): 10.00
Brewery: Avery Brewing Company

This one arose from a trip to BevMo.  Which arose from a craving for a new microbrew.  I’ve tried and reviewed three Avery beers before (the Beast Grand Cru, Samael’s Ale, and Mephistopheles’ Stout), but it’s been a good 5 or 6 months, and quadrupels were calling my name!  This was poured from a 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a freezer-chilled pint glass.

Beautiful golden ale.  Almost amber in color.  Fairly creamy head.  Looks like a belgian ale.

The nose on this thing will dilate your pupils.  It’s like candy!  I feel guilty having this before dinner!  Malt, caramel, I smell some butterscotch somewhere in there, too.  If you’ve ever had an Avery beer, they all smell like someone melted down a bunch of brown sugar and/or caramels and stirred them into the brew.

Smells like candy, tastes like candy.  Super rich, but a bit of crisp bitterness that I’m not used to in an Avery beer.  It’s a better balance of hops and malt than you would get from the Beast, Samael’s Ale, or Mephistopheles’ Stout.

This thing is pretty easy to drink for a 10% beer.  But I fancy quadrupel ales, so that could just be me.  Like I said before, it’s very rich.  It’s very nice on the tongue, but I would venture to guess this will upset an empty or weak stomach, due to the sugar content.

I like it.  Despite the quick buzz, the flavor is solid, and it has an amazing mouthfeel for such a high ABV.  In fact, were it not for the ABV, I might give this a 9 in drinkability.  I recommend sharing this with a friend, because this beer may very well get you drunk.

Look: 8
Smell: 8
Taste: 7
Feel: 8
Drink: 8
Overall: 7.6

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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale

Name: Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
ABV (%): 8.00
Brewery: Moylan’s Brewery

One of my employees got me this bottle.  I poured it from a 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a freezer-chilled pint glass.  It pours smooth, with the perfect amount of head.

Excellent color for a scotch ale.  Brownish with a red tint.  Like a strong ale, but darker and a bit murky.

Sniffing this thing is like walking through a brewery.  I don’t just smell Scotch Ale.  Or if I do, it’s an incredibly complex one.  Smells of rich malt, caramel and candy, as all scotch ales do.  I also smell something a little unrefined.  Maybe tobacco?  Almost like a cigar.

I definitely taste tobacco.  I would love this guy with a cigar.  I expected a rich malt from the nose, but I didn’t taste that at all.  The malt is shockingly subtle.  The tobacco is at the wheel in this beer.  Tobacco is driving a little recklessly, though.  The more I drink, the more I think tobacco should slow down.  The hops are right where they need to be.  Smoky and mellow.  This does not taste like an 8% beer.  Don’t be fooled!

The hops are sharp on the tongue as they should be, but not harsh.  The tobacco is heavy enough on the tongue that I recommend sipping this beer.  It goes down beautifully when sipped.  Take a gulp and you’ll see what I mean.

I definitely enjoyed this beer.  I just don’t know that I would have another.  I just can’t stress enough how powerful the tobacco is.  It gives a great flavor, but it doesn’t give a lot of drinkability.  At the end, I feel the way I do when I have a good cigar.  That was delicious, but I won’t be having another for quite some time.

Look: 8
Smell: 9
Taste: 8
Feel: 7
Drink: 4
Overall: 7.7

New Beginnings

I have redesigned my blog.  As of today, I will be using this for beer reviews.

I didn’t really enjoy beer until I was about 23 years old.  Even assuming it’s an acquired taste, I never really saw the appeal.  One day, I had a beer that changed my mind.  It was Newcastle Brown Ale.  That day, I realized that maybe it wasn’t that I didn’t like beer, but rather that I had been drinking the wrong beer.  Since then, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed trying a large range of different styles of beer.  Recently, I’ve also began experimenting with beer and food pairings.  It is my hope that I will be able share what I’ve learned and experienced to help others that may have previously disliked beer to change their minds the way I did.

I started reviewing beers in October 2010, using a weighted average scale, based loosely on the scale from BeerAdvocate.  Since then, I have made a solid effort to rate and catalog every beer I’ve tried, and to organize them into a database.  Eventually, I hope to streamline this database and upload it to the internet, in order to share my experiences.

The ultimate goal of this blog is to encourage people to try new things.  You may see a beer and food pairing that sounds interesting.  Or you may see a beer you like categorized with another unfamiliar beer.  Either way, I have learned new things about what I enjoy about beer just from the experienced of rating and cataloging what I’ve tried.

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