Brew Review #66

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Sierra Nevada Cherry Chocolate Stout

Bottled. No Date. ABV 8.5%

Appearance: Black, Finger width head of root beer float head.

Aroma: Coffee

Palate: Cola, Cocoa Nibs, Cherry

Finish: Sweet, Dark Chocolate Bar, Hint of Coffee, Tart Cherry

Experience: Really looked forward to trying this beer. My boss surprised me with this beer. He picked it up in Chico. This was a really good beer that took me about an hour to finish because I savored every ship. This reminded me when I’m pairing red wine with chocolate and letting that chocolate sit and melt on my tongue (that was the flavor on the palate). Grade 5/5!

Brew Review #31

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Modern Times Black House Coffee Roasty Stout 

Canned on 4/4/17 (Reviewed 7/27/17). ABV 5.8% IBUs 40

Color: Black, Cola, Three Finger Head

Smell: Coffee, Chocolate, Coco Nibs

Taste: Chocolate, Light Body, Espresso Beans, Coffee Ice Cream

Aftermath: Sweet, Cola, Coffee Bean, Espresso Bean

Experience: This is what I want a stout to taste like! Someone made a comment about me having a stout in summer. What is wrong with that? Stouts are not heavy. People see the all black beer and think it is heavy. It is not. IPAs can be heavier. This beer had such amazing flavors and got even better as a drank more and the temperature of the beer went up. Grade 5/5!!

Brew Review #23

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Knee Deep Brewing Co. Stoutella Chocolate Hazelnut Stout 

Bottled on 1/17/17. ABV 6% IBUs 40%

Color: Black, Finger Width Head, Soda Head

Smell: Hazelnut, Nutella

Taste: Soda, Light Body, Chocolate Wafers

Aftermath: Cholocate, Stick Lips

Experience: I have been craving a stout and I am glad I picked this one out. This reminded me of a chocolate wafer that I use to have at my grandmothers when I was a kid. I really enjoyed this beer and it is crazy the flavors that come out of a stout or even a porter. Grade 4.6/5.

Educating the Crew

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I have a great job that allows me to share my passion for beer with the customers and the crew. Once a week I hold a beer tasting for my crew to educate them (and myself) about different beers that we carry. We have a smaller selection of beer and wish we had more but we do get new ones here and there and we get opportunity buys which are exciting.

When I do the beer tasting for the crew we talk about the type of beer, origin, history of the brewery, awards the beers have won, etc. We try to make it as interactive as possible. We all have different perceptions of how we think the beer taste and smell and that’s what makes it fun.

Lately, we have been doing beer pairings with food to learn more about what beer pairs best with what food (I mean beer goes with everything). The most recent tasting we did I pulled three Belgium Style Ales off the shelf and researched what we could pair and it said fruit pies. Perfect! Pair it with our Peach Blackberry Pie.

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Beers Tasted:

Trader Joe’s (Unibroue)  Providential Belgian-Style Golden Ale

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Belgian Triple

Chimay Bleue (Grande Reserve)

I went into the tasting with the mindset that I do not like Belgian-Style Ales because there are too heavy and malty. After the tasting, my mindset changed. The first beer, Trader Joe’s Providential Belgian-Style Golden Ale, I did not like as much because it reminded me of the style of beers I don’t like. Second, we tried the La Fin Du Monde and this changed my mood. Floral on the nose and light body that was extremely refreshing. The final beer, the Chimay Bleue had a banana on the nose, the head looked like a rootbeer float and tasted like burnt coffee beans. It was an enjoyable beer. I was happy I got to try these three to change my mindset.

I will try to post more about the different beer tastings we do at work in the future. Enjoy!

Brew Review #4

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Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout 

Bottle with no date. ABV 5%

Color: Dark Brown, Cola, No Head

Smell: Cholocate, Cocoa Nibs, Chocolate Syrup (as it sat for awhile)

Taste: Light Cholocate (in front), More Coffee Upfront, Light Body, Carbonation

Aftermath: Sweet, Cherry Soda

Experience: Enjoyed this easy drinking stout. I would think of this more as a dessert beer that would be good with fruit, ice cream or paired with some more chocolate. Grade 3.6/5.