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April 4, 2010 / Chris

Buckets and Beer

Well, a pleasant Saturday was had, Butler held on to win over MSU and Duke handled West Virginia.  During the games, I sampled a few beverages with the guys while we grilled out to practice for opening day at Miller Park on Monday.

The stouts were up first, Troegs Java Head Stout, which smelled a little hoppy, didn’t taste that coffee-ish, more touch of smokiness in the taste.  Now that I am getting more stouts under the belt, I think this was right up there with the other good ones. 8/10 should cover it.

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout (aka KBS on the label) man does the smell hold a key to a strong stout.  You can tell this is an Imperial Stout from the smell alone.  Then you look at the label and there it is 11.2% ABV.  Hmm, that would be good in the morning.  It was nice to know the high ABV didn’t dominate the taste though, this one had more coffee taste than the Java Head I thought, 8/10 for being strong but easy to drink.

Then we found a little surprise in the fridge, someone left a Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Extra! Ale in the fridge, ok, we’ll try it.  The smell had hops (which I love) and they were present in the taste too, for a double IPA, this 8% ABV was pretty smooth, I’d have this one again, especially if free, 7/10 rating.

Last on the docket, before I chill with some New Glarus Moon Man Pale Ale; I had a different New Glarus, their Wisconsin Belgian Red.  A nice fruit beer, puts Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss to big shame.  Very sweet cherry beer that tastes and smells.  The color is a deep red with a reddish head on top.  This is a great beer, but I fear it too sweet for me to have more than once in a while, and most likely when it’s really warm outside to be most refreshing, 8/10.


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