Originally posted June 13th, 2016.
Well, I have not seen too many dark beers as a spring seasonal but Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough, NC have and this is Jack Thorne English-Style Porter 5.2% ABV. I represented from the brewer has told me that Mystery Brewing brews different beers for each season but they are the same or similar style and that they do not have any year-round offerings. Jake Thorne pours a thin black color with a slightly off white head of one fine size. The aroma is very porter like but on the lighter side with nice malted notes (malts which are from RB Malt). There is a faint coffee aroma as well. The taste is lighter for a porter, which is nice for this time of year, but nothing like a summer beer. Jack Thorne has some sweetness to it but just a little bit. But this is a drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is light for this type of beer style. Jack finishes light smooth with a subtle sweetness. After taste is malted with some sweet light roasted flavors. This is a good dark beer for springtime, so I would say this is a B+ beer. It is neither to alcoholic nor heavy, it’s good and drinkable. Yes, I highly recommend trying Mystery Brewing Jack Throne London Style-Porter, especially if you like Guinness. But it wouldn’t beer my number one choice for an 80 to 100-degree day, but it’s not a bad one either. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Have not had to may dark beer on here so I thought I would review one, Burial Beer Co. Metallic Vessels Black Lager with Coffee, 5% ABV from Asheville, North Carolina brewed with boldly-roasted Onyx Coffee Roasters Coffee in which I purchased from Pop the Top Bottle Shop. Metallic Vessels pours a dark black color with brown edges and a two-finger beige head that slowly fades, and there is sediment in the glass. This black lager has a nice big aroma of sweet roasted coffee and malted notes with a little biscuit scent peeping in. Taste of Metallic Vessels is nice with fresh roasted semi-sweet coffee with nice hints of malted biscuit notes with a nice sweet roasted coffee finish and a malty coffee aftertaste with a full mouthfeel, but not as full-bodied as you would think. Burial Beer Co. Metallic Vessels Black Lager with Coffee is not heavy dark beer but more towards the lighter side of the dark beer spectrum and Burial Beer Co. Metallic Vessels Black Lager with Coffee is an A. It’s just big coffee flavor, which is supposed to be but that does mute any other flavors a little, but overall a good beer and one I recommend trying! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Here are this week’s news and events happing in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!
- Thursday-Friday, August 15th-16th. Flat Brim Hazy IPA Can Release. Triple C Brewing Company. Thursday 4 pm – Friday at 10 pm. We are celebrating Triple C Brewing’s 7th Anniversary Party a couple days early with the return of our favorite Hazy IPA!
Flat Brim IPA is brewed with ridiculous amounts of Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops and only 5.2% ABV.
- Thursday, August 15th Resident Culture Lagerfest Sneak Preview Event! Carolina Beer Temple Charlotte. 12 pm-11 pm. RESIDENT CULTURE IS BACK! We never get tired of saying that. Ahead of their epic upcoming Lager Fest beer festival, don’t miss this chance to save yourself a drive to Plaza Midwood and try a selection of hot new and old favorite beers from the company named one of 2018’s hottest new breweries by RateBeer. Just check out this tap list!
+Oversoul – 7% ABV – Hazy IPA hopped with Citra and Strata
+Comfortable Chaos – 7% ABV – Southern Hemisphere Hazy IPA hopped with Ella, Wakatu, Rakau, Pacific Jade, and Galaxy
+For the First Time Again – 4.5% ABV – Mini German-Style Pils
+Island Time – 4.5% ABV – Mexican Lager w/ Lime collab w/ Casita Cerveceria
+This Thing – 5.4% ABV – Pilsner Hopped w/ Saphir collab w/ Unseen Creatures
+Thunder Study – 7% ABV – IPA hopped w/ Galaxy and Citra
- Friday, August 16th. Gordgeous Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 2 pm-10 pm. The return of your favorite fall brew is back on August 16, this time as a Gold medal winner. 🎃
Gordgeous is a well-balanced pumpkin Ale using over 50 lbs. of pumpkin and 42 lbs. of brown sugar for every batch! Our spice blend is not the typical for pumpkin beers, either. We use whole-seed spices cracked at the brewery on brew day which includes allspice, cardamom, cloves and freshly shaved whole ginger root.
Join us in the taproom — starting at 2 pm — to get your hands on this all-time favorite brew. 🍺
- Saturday, August 17th. Lager Fest: A Celebration of Lager Beer. Resident Culture Brewing Company. 5 pm-10 pm. Tickets at eventbrite.com. We are incredibly excited to announce that on August 17th, in conjunction with our dear friends at Casita Cerveceria, Resident Culture will be hosting our inaugural Lagerfest: A Celebration of Lager Beer.
We have been working closely over the last few months to bring together some of the most outstanding lager brewers in the country (if not the world). It is no secret how much we love lagers and we are incredibly excited to share our love of lager beer with Charlotte.
Many more exciting details coming soon, including brewery announcements, stay tuned.
Trophy Brewing Co. Foam Party Pilsner, 5.0% ABV & Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Waffle Cut Sea Salt for this Beer & Chips Paring. I have previously review Foam Party Pilsner not too long ago. These Cap Cod Chips from Hyannis, Massachusetts are a deeper yellow color with a tight lattice cut to them and are similar to a waffle fry but not as thick, there is a potato aroma with a nice touch of sea salt and a faint crispy almost burnt aroma as well. The chips have a nice medium crunch with a nice amount of potato flavor that is salty but over salted. Foam Party Pilsner does cut some of the salt flavors and complements the somewhat greasy potato notes and together they finish nicely with a good amount of malty potato and an aftertaste of slight salt and nice greasy potato. This is a good paring of Trophy Brewing Co. Foam Party Pilsner, 5.0% ABV & Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Waffle Cut Sea Salt, pilsner goes very well with salty potato chips. This Beer & Chips Paring is a B+. The salt flavor is there but not so in your face kind of there, it has more potato flavor than anything else but these chips are a nice and welcome addition to the beer! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Trophy Brewing Co. Foam Party Pilsner, 5.0% ABV purchased from Pop The Top Bottle Shop is brewed on a larger recipe off Trophy Brewings 20 barrel system designed for maximum foam and crispness using a technique called ‘spunding’ which Trophy has allowed for some natural carbonation to build up during fermentation creating a higher level on the finish for supreme head retention. Foam Party pours a golden yellow color with a three-four finger foamy white head that sticks around for a while leaving good lacing behind. There is a crisp malty aroma with light sweet notes wafting into the nose with a nice crisp semi-sweet malted flavor washing over your tongue with a brightness to the overall flavor. Foam Party Pilsner finishes bright refreshing with a nice malty sweetness and an aftertaste that is a little bready/biscuity with a light mouthfeel. Trophy Brewing Co. Foam Party Pilsner is a great example of a taste Pilsner, one that is an A. I recommend trying this as I will over and over again. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted March 28th, 2015
Brown Ales are unrated as a style of beer in my opinion. I believe that they don’t get as much credit as they should. I love brown ale a lot. They can be sweet, malty, nutty and drinkable. Here we have Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder Colorado, Ellie’s Brown Ale, 5.5% ABV. This beer is named after Avery Brewing’s beloved chocolate lab. Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, and yeast are used. This is another beer delivered by Brewpublik (www.brewpublik.com). Ellie’s Brown Ale pours a deep russet color with a four-finger pillowy off white head that slowly dissipates into a fine lacing. I found very little light coming through the glass with some carbonation bubbles. The aroma is sweet with some malt and chocolate with a hint of nutty aroma. The taste on Ellie’s Brown Ale is a bit sweet brown sugar at first, and then you get a bit of the chocolate with some nutty flavors and a hint of vanilla. Ellie’s Brown Ale taste is just as brown ale should be. This brown ale has a smooth sweeter finish and nice chocolate and brown sugar after taste that lingers just enough for full enjoyment. The mouthfeel is somewhat light to barely medium. I like brown ales a lot and Ellie’s Brown Ale is no different. I give this an A. It is just what brown ale is supposed to be. It is easy to drink with a great tasting flavor. Ellie’s Brown Ale is something that you could drink a few and really enjoy it. The flavor is not so bold that one is all you could enjoy. It is sessionable brown ale. I recommend that you go and try Avery Brewing Co. Ellie’s, Brown Ale. It is good! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Here are this week’s news and events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!
- Wednesday, August 7th. pilot Batch Release: Citrus Red Ale. Pilot Brewing. 2 pm-9 pm. Did you know every time we release a Pilot Batch, we have it on $3 special for release day! That’s right! Don’t miss out on the special release of our Charlotte BeerBabes-inspired Citrus Red Ale. This classic red ale lends true juiciness from the use of orange zest in the brew and dry-hopped with Citra Hops.
- Thursday, August 8th. Better in Color Kviev Citrus Ale Release. Birdsong Brewing Co. 3 pm-10 pm. Isn’t everything better in color? Of course, we’d make this beer just in time for the Charlotte Pride Parade because our beer is #BrewedForEveryone! Always has been, always will be! Join us for the release of this special brew (Draft Only) at 3p on Thursday, August 8th and then come out and cheer us on in the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade 2019 on August 18th! Pride gear encouraged!
Inspired by heart-shaped glasses and sunny days by the pool, Better in Color is a bright citrus ale with zesty aromas of Meyer lemon, Mandarin orange, and grapefruit. Using Kveik
(pronounced ‘kVike’ like a bike) yeast, this beer is soft on the palate and light in the body making it a perfect summertime slammer.
- Friday, August 9th. Lobster & Beer Lunch! Sycamore Brewing. 12 pm-3 pm. Enjoy a Lobster & Beer Lunch every Friday in August at Sycamore Brewing with our friends from Cousins Maine Lobster!
- Friday, August 9th. Bacon & Beer Flight Night. Unknown Brewing Company. 3 pm-11 pm. Don’t miss out on our Bacon + Beer Flight Night on Friday, August 9th!
We hand-selected four different mouthwatering kinds of bacon that pair perfectly with a flight of four refreshing beers. We will be starting when doors open at 3pm, so hurry while supplies last.
- Friday, August 9th. Dreamsicle IPA Release. NoDa Brewing Compan. 2 pm-10 pm. National Creamsicle Day is right around the corner, which means it’s that time of year again. 🙌
We’re bringing this tasty beer back to you on draft and in cans! This crisp West Coast style IPA marries the intensity of Amarillo, Centennial and Citra hops with the subtle sweetness of vanilla beans and orange peel. This pint is a 7% ABV nostalgic dream you’ll never want to wake up from! While you’re here, be sure to grab some grub from TIN Kitchen, too.
Join us in the taproom — starting at 2 pm — to get your hands on this highly anticipated brew. 🍺
- Saturday, August 10th. LoSo Block Party. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 2 pm-11 pm. Mark your calendars for August 10th!
Day-long neighborhood block party hosted by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery,
Doc Porter’s Distillery,
Great Wagon Road Distilling Co. & The Broken Spoke,
Lower Left Brewing Co
Queen Park Social,
Red Clay Ciderworks,
Sugar Creek Brewing Co.,
The Brewers at 4001 Yancey,
Thirsty Nomad Brewing Co.
The LoSo (Lower Southend) neighborhood is excited to host its 4th Annual LoSo Block Party! Complete with live music, local vendors, food, and plenty of drink, this party is sure to rock the block.
This year’s party is on Saturday, August 10th 2:00PM-11:00PM.
- Saturday, August 10th. Rèserve Noir Series Bottle Release. The Chamber by Wooden Robot. 12 pm-11:30 pm. Join us for the exclusive bottle release of the first 5 bottles of the Rèserve Noir Series this Saturday, August 10th at The Chamber
Doors will open at noon at The Chamber ONLY and bottle sales will commence at the main bar. There is a very limited quantity of bottles available so please plan accordingly.
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Rèserve Noir – Barrel-Aged Dark Sour Ale 6.2% – $16 / 4 bottles per person
Rèserve Noir with Cherries – Barrel-Aged Dark Sour Ale with Cherries 6.2% – $18 / 4 bottles per person
Rèserve Noir with Fig – Barrel-Aged Dark Sour Ale with Fig 6.2% – $18 / 4 bottles per person
Rèserve Noir with Plum – Barrel-Aged Dark Sour Ale with Fig 6.2% – $18 / 4 bottles per person
Double Barrel Rèserve Noir – Dark Sour Ale aged in Red Wine and Whiskey Barrels 6.5% – $20 / 2 bottles per person
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Hope to see you all on Saturday 08.10.19!
- Sunday, August 11th. Pumking Release Party. Brewers at 4001 Yancey. 1 pm-10 pm. Long live the KING! Pumking is back and he is bringing Warlock with him! 🎃
Come enjoy live music by Nectar, Pumking flights, and Pumking sampling.
Burial Beer Co. Beyond The Fields We Know Pale Ale, 5.8% (purchased from Pop The Top) is a collaboration between Burial Beer Co. and the band Dead Meadow and is double dry-hopped with Citra, Comet, and a big dose of Columbus Cryo hops. Beyond The Fields We Know Pale Ale pours a bright cloudy yellow color with sediment floaters and a two-finger quickly fade-in white head, with big bitter grapefruit and hoppy aromas that is a nice and juicy on the nose. The taste is quite bold with a juicy bitter grapefruit orange with the growth of bitterness on the back of the tongue/mouth with a bitter citrus finish and a dank bitter aftertaste with a fuller mouthfeel. This is a wild pale ale that is nearly an IPA and Burial Beer Co. Beyond The Fields We Know Pale Ale is a B- beer. It has a good wallop of hoppy bitter citrus flavor that is good but I not for more than two pints. If you like hoppy bitter citrus IPA like Pale Ales than Burial Beer Co. Beyond The Fields We Know Pale Ale is one you should try. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Burial Beer Co. Beyond The Fields, We Know Pale Ale, 5.8% (purchased from Pop The Top) is a collaboration between Burial Beer Co. and the band Dead Meadow and is double dry-hopped with Citra, Comet, and a big dose of Columbus Cryo hops. Beyond The Fields, We Know Pale Ale pours a bright cloudy yellow color with sediment floaters and a two-finger quickly fade-in white head, with big bitter grapefruit and hoppy aromas that is a nice and juicy on the nose. The taste is quite bold with a juicy bitter grapefruit orange with the growth of bitterness on the back of the tongue/mouth with a bitter citrus finish and a dank bitter aftertaste with a fuller mouthfeel. This is a wild pale ale that is nearly an IPA and Burial Beer Co. Beyond The Fields, We Know Pale Ale is a B- beer. It has a good wallop of hoppy bitter citrus flavor that is good but I not for more than two pints. If you like hoppy bitter citrus IPA like Pale Ales than Burial Beer Co. Beyond The Fields, We Know Pale Ale is one you should try. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
I purchased Hopfly Brewing Co. One More Bite (OMB) Fruited Sour, 6.3% ABV from Pop The Top because of the label mostly and a little because of the contents. One More Bite is brewed in Rocky Mount, North Carolina with Strawberry, Vanilla, and Lactose. Judging this beer by its label I think they are going for a strawberry shortcake here. One More Bite pours light orange color with a faint red tint to it and with a two-finger fizzy head that fades into a light right with minimal lacing throughout. The aroma is nice with a strawberry sweetness, adding sweet aromas from the vanilla, OMB has more of a Fruity Pebbles aroma to it. There is a nice sweet strawberry flavor to it upfront with a little light tartness, the vanilla and the lactose cut the tart fruity flavors. The fruity sweet finish is good with a nice Fruity Pebbles cereal aftertaste is awesome all with a lighter mouthfeel. Hopfly Brewing Co. One More Bite (OMB) Fruited Sour is one good fruited sour beer, well deserving of an A+. It’s not really a strawberry shortcake, more of a fruity sugary cereal which is great and something very interesting to try. I recommend trying Hopfly Brewing Co. One More Bite (OMB) Fruited Sour Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!