Every Friday at 8:10am we feature a new beer and taste it. Me buddy Chad give our opinions however novice and/or snobby they may be. Why? Because it's fun, and haven't you've always wanted to try out that weird looking beer on the top shelf? So have we. We'll do it for you. Everyone wins! You can also play along at home, or simply buy after we try. Make sure you pick your beer up at Spec's. That's where we shop!
Our rating scale is SUPER simple. Anyone can understand it. It's a scale of 1 to 10.
1 = Ass Juice
10 = Unicorns and Rainbows
Depending on the flavor, packaging, hoppiness, maltiness, and pure snobbery, we place the beers somewhere on this sliding scale. Purchase the beers ahead of time, and play along!
Vydra is to hops as to what Chad is to Belgiums. Is that how they used to write those?
Anywhoo. Chad LOVES a good Belgium. And he brought us in a SERIOUS one. Duvel's 15th Anniversary Ale. This thing has its own CASE. Whoa.
Don't write me off so fast on this one. I enjoyed the natural carbonation on it, and the 9.6%abv made me feel like I was sipping on a nice brandy with the boys. I felt I needed a cigar and I could pull off the look! But, a warning to the casual sipper out there: this beer is COMPLEX. It's filled with many a flavor. The first I tasted was anise, possibly cinnamon? There's a spicy/sweet component to it, that makes it tad slow to the go for me. But of course, Chad was all over this. I would call this a 'Man's Belgian Beer.' I can just PICTURE a bunch of dudes comparing chest-hairs while sipping this big boy down.
Us hop-heads, gals, and pilsner drinkers would all be like, 'wha?'
But, I encourage you to at least TRY IT. It's a palate expander, for sure. There's a lot of beers we taste that we think, "oh yum." This one made me go, "oh neat. I taste licorice, cinammon, pine....let me try again.'
It's a challenging beer. We don't have many of those on the show. Check it out.
And now, the scores:
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They brought me their stout, 'Mother's Little Fracker,' (LOVE the name) and as you guys know, me being a hop-head, I was worried what I was going to think. But I also thought it was high-time I started to develop my palate. I mean, come ON! I do one beer show a week!
Well, I must say, I'm really proud of myself. I drank this stout with an open mind, and the results were quite startling.
If you like coffee with cream, you are much like me. My problem with stouts is my issue with chocolate. I don't like sweets or chocolate, or anything heavy. That's what gets in my way. I think this is a great BEGINNING stout beer. It's creamy, roasty, and well-balanced. We discussed that it would pair awesome with cheese or a creme brule. I COMPLETELY agree. It's not too heavy, and it definitely invites more sips. Other stouts I've come across make me pucker a bit. This is a beer that I want to keep sniffing and sipping to see what different tastes I can get out of it. Complex, but still, an easy stout for new-stout drinkers.
And now, the scores:
So, Miller/Coors is trying their hand at craft beer. Good for them! For those of you who think one of the big 3 trying to get into the craft beer market is a bit of an oxymoron, I get it, but hey(!) this is what's popular now. And to be honest, they're not going too far outside their comfort zone with this beer. So, in my opinion, it's a good start.
The one difference of opinion Chad and I had about this beer was the 'lager issue.' Chad's not a lager guy. He's also not an amber guy. I actually like both, so going in, I was feeling pretty good about this one.
Chad pretty much thought this beer was just "ok" or "meh." But I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say if you prefer a pilsner, or drinking a Miller, a Heineken or the like, this will be a simple twist that you can add to your repertoire of beers. It adds a subtle hint of natural woody flavor and a simple sweet aroma that can help shake up your normal routine. I recommend this for anyone who's just looking to get out of a beer rut. This will do it!
And now, the scores: