The Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout gets its reputation for a reason. It is a full tilt face melting drinking experience that starts at your lips and rides down your throat grabbing every pore of your internal orifice on its way. The beer poured an opaque black with a subtle tan head. The bourbon aroma hit me when I opened the bottle and continued to waft from the glass as I leaned in for my first anticipatory sip. I also detected vanilla and hints of anise coming from the glass. The taste took over my mouth with a huge hit of bourbon that melded into large doses of vanilla and cocoa. There was a slight burnt bitterness at the tail end that lingered along with the bourbon. The BCBS was a big bourbon bomb that was surprisingly smooth and drinkable considering the ABV. With more and more Bourbon Barrel-Aged beers on the market it is still at the top of the list and one that should be emulated. In the end: You don’t drink a BCBS, it drinks you.
March 4, 2015
March 2, 2015
Misc. pint glass nights around Austin for March. Buy the beer, keep the glass.
Gingerman – Mondays, at 6 PM
Mar 02 D’Achouffe McChouffe
Mar 09 Rahr Iron Thistle
Mar 16 No Pint Night
Mar 23 Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet
Mar 30 New Belgium Artisan Series Globe Glass
Zax Pints and Plates – Wednesdays, at 6 PM
Mar 04 Alaskan Double Black IPA
Mar 11 Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA
Mar 18 Staropramen
Mar 25 Left Hand Brewing
Flying Saucer - Wednesdays, at 7 PM
Mar 04 Ranger Creek Hefeweizen Glass
Mar 11 Flying Saucer St. Paddy’s Day Glass
Mar 18 Deschutes Brewing Teku Mug
Mar 25 Breckenridge Brewing Sandstone Stein
Draught House – Wednesdays
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February 25, 2015
Sweep the Leg is a Peanut Butter Stout from Infamous Brewing here in Austin Texas. I love peanut butter and the idea of a peanut butter stout sounds magical. The name and label is an awesome homage to the Karate Kid and the evil Cobra Kai Dojo which makes this perfection from the start. The beer poured a deep dark black with a subtle tan head the receded quickly and left no lacing. I didn’t get the overwhelming peanut butter nose that I was expecting. It was more of a hint of peanut butter on a traditional roasted chocolate and malty aroma. Not a bad thing as it smelled like a good chocolaty stout, I was just expecting more peanuts. The taste is where the peanut butter kicks in. It comes on the front of the tongue and travels through your mouth to leave a lingering nutty taste on your palate once you have washed it down your throat. The Sweep the Leg has a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel that I expected with the peanut butter. The base stout is a strong chocolate and roasted malt stout that complements the peanut butter well. While I was expecting a full on peanut butter assault I got a nicely made and subtle peanut butter stout that was a pleasant surprise and one I need to drink again. Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy. Sweep the Leg, Johnny!
February 19, 2015
For our February meeting we paid a visit to our local favorite brewpub the Austin Beer Garden Brewery, or The ABGB. The AGBG fits into its South Austin location perfectly with its laid back vibe and slightly off-kilter attitude.
They have a taplist that includes 5 “Always” beers and a list of “Sometimes” beers that included 5 additional selection on our visit. Their beers are always great and I have yet to have a bad time which helps when the weather is perfect.
We all had a few rounds with different beers represented. I had the excellent Train Jumper which was a birght and citrusy pale ale hopped with Mosaic and Meridian. Really tasty stuff.
This was followed by the Funhouse an American Farmhouse Ale that was tasty as well and a little different from their usual lineup.
There were a round of Capt. Ivan Drago’s the huge Russian Imperial Stout that will knock your socks off. A really well done Imperial Stout that is surprisingly easy to drink and all around outstanding. Get it while you can.
Next Month, March – SXSW themed beers, Music, Interactive, etc.
February 11, 2015
First off, this can is sexy. It took me a while to get this ravishing can in my beer fridge, but now my fridge is totally hip. A Baltic Porter from the great Hops and Grain brewery in Austin and once again they hit it out of the park. The beer poured a pitch black with a decent tan head that left generous lacing. The aroma was full on sweet malt with a slight roast and little to no hop presence. Sweet chocolate and coffee hits you right out of the gate that transitions into a roasted malt that leaves a lingering malty bitterness on your palate. I got hints of smoke deep in the roast, but this brew truly highlights the malts. The Porter Culture was another highly drinkable brew and a full flavored and deep bodied Baltic porter. Very clean and refined and everything you want out of a Texas porter. I will be keeping a few of these in my fridge from now on, even if its just to raise the level of sexy. With Zoe, the Greenhouse IPA series and now Porter Culture, Hops and Grain are on a roll.