Fonta Flora Brewery Brackish Oyster Stout

Fonta Flora Brewery Brackish Oyster Stout, 6.4% ABV, is from Neboo, North Carolina. I purchased this oyster stout from my local Total Wine. Brackish is a seasonal beer that pours a deep dark black. It has a two-finger beige/brown head with good retention. The aroma is dark, slightly dry with salty characteristicsand some roasted malts. The flavor is not a bold as I was expecting, but it was flavorful. I found this to be slightly dry quality, some roasted salty malts. The mouthfeel is full, and the finish is semi-dry with hints of salt with nice roasted malts. Brackish has a dark aftertaste. It is a little bitter malty and with faint salt flavors. Fonta Flora Brewery Brackish Oyster Stout was good. I give it an A-. I found that this beer is easy to drink then some stoutsIt wasn’t a heavy beer or anything like that. It was not oyster stout tasting enough. I enjoy it none less yes, I do recommend this. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Throwback Thursday: 21st Amendment Brewing Marooned on Hog Island

Stouts come in many sub-styles with their flavor and taste, like imperial stouts, Belgian stouts, English, American, dry, oyster, and fruit stouts. They are all dark beer and have some similar qualities. 21st Amendment Brewing in San Francisco brews Marooned on Hog Island, 7.9% ABV and brewed with Hog Island Oyster shells. Oyster Stouts are a drier type of stout but aren’t the dry type of beer. Marooned on Hog Island pours a black/deep brown color with a three-finger beige head that leaves behind nice decent lacing. The aroma roasted with cocoa, bits of chocolate, and the faintest/tiniest saline note. Taste is similar to the aroma with a semi sweetness that comes in and then goes in an instant. There not many saline flavors to it. But it does shine through at the end as this beer warms. I also found the roasted note to be a bit fainter than you on the aroma. The mouthfeel of this beer is full. Marooned on Hog Island does finish with a saline-like note that fades and then the after taste of roasted cocoa/chocolate that does not stay. Marooned on Hog Island is a good beer, but I would like to have more from the added oyster shells. I give this Stout a B-. Not too bad, but not really what I was hoping it to be. It is off by just a little. 21st Amendment is a great brewery. They make a great summer beer, Hell or High Watermelon, and they’re no longer in production Beer Bitter American was fabulous, so I know they can brew great beer Marooned on Hog Island was close, but not close enough. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Mother Earth Brewing Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Stout

Originally post December, 29th 2013.

Over the years brewers have been putting different things into beer to make a new taste sensation and/or flavor profile. But one ingredient has been used for quite some time now. Oatmeal is one item that is widely used in porters and stouts for a nice touch of sweetness and texture. He is a local North Carolina example of an oatmeal porter, Mother Earth’s Old Neighborhood, 5.5% ABV. This is almost a sessionable oatmeal porter ABV 5.5% ABV. Old Neighborhood pours a deep black color with dark ruby red edges, with a nice big three finger beige head what sticks around quite nicely and forms good looking lacing. I saw no light coming through and I found there to be very little carbonation bubbles. The aroma is like a nice sweet bowl of oatmeal on a cold day with hints of roasted malts. The taste is at first slightly roasted then comes a hint of the sweetness from the oatmeal. I did find a tiny bitterness from the roasted right before the sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a slight creaminess and has a semi-sweet finish with a hint of a roasted character. The after taste is slightly sweeter still with a nice roasted quality. Overall Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter is a solid B+ beer. It is easier to drink than others in this style and has a great balance of flavors, and isn’t overdone on one particular thing. I would like to have this one again. So go out and try Mother Earth’s Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Allagash Brewing Company North Sky Stout

Allagash Brewing Company North Sky Stout, 7.5% AVB, and is brewed in Portland, Maine, as a Belgian-Style Stout. This stout brewed with Allagash 2-Row Malted Barley Blend, Local Pale Malt, Local Oats, Torrified Wheat, Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Midnight Wheat grains, Northern Brewer, Cascade hops, and Belgian Abbey-Style yeast. North Sky pours a rich black color with a three-finger beige head with a big ole bubble in it and is very foamy. The Aroma of North Sky is roasted, sweet with light fruity notes (semi-darkish fruits), and some malty scented notes. North Sky has a nice roast flavor that slowly hits the tastebuds with some nice malted sweet notes and light fruit notes with a medium to barely full mouthfeel is not as thick as some others and makes it easy to drink. North Sky has a roasted malt finish and an aftertaste of roasted notes with a faint hit of that fruit and some sweet notes. Allagash Brewing Company North Sky Stout was a bit of a surprise. I was not expecting it to be as non-heavy from a stout (light as in mouthfeel). It has good Belgian stout qualities to it and has good flavor overall, giving Allagash Brewing Company North Sky Stout an A., and something I think you should give a try! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Southern Range Brewing Company Let’s Dance Let’s Stout French Toast.

Southern Range Brewing Co. Let’s Dance Let’s Stout French Toast, 7.0% ABV brewed in Monroe, North Carolina purchased from The Butcher’s Market. Let’s Dance Let’s Stout French Toast pours a deep thick black color with a creamy three finger beige khaki head, with a roasted cinnamon sweet coffee aroma wafting off into you nose. Taste is similar to the aroma with nice maple syrup, some cinnamon, with roasted coffee notes in the middle of the mouth with a full thick mouthfeel that has a roasted bitter finish with a bit of faint sweetness that then give a nice roasted maple coffee aftertaste. This beer has a similar flavor profile to French Toast but the bitter notes on its finish give Southern Range Brewing Co. Let’s Dance Let’s Stout French Toast a C+, everything else is good but I didn’t like that bitterness on the end. I don’t mind a bitterness but this bitterness was not pleasant and did really belong with the rest of this beer flavors. But it was not so bad that it would keep me from having Southern Range Brewing Co. Let’s Dance Let’s Stout French Toast again. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Dssolver Brewing Eat The Rich Bourbon Barrel coffee Stout

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Dssolver Brewing Eat The Rich Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout, 5.5% ABV is a collaboration between Dssolver Brewing and Hoof Hearted Coffee and is a bourbon barrel fermented after being brewed with Cacao nibs, vanilla, sea salt, hazelnut, & bourbon barrel-aged Hoof Hearted Coffee Beans. Eat The Rich pours a thick black color with a two-finger foamy/rocky brown creamy slow head with roasted and toasted coffee sweet vanilla cacao aromas that entice you to take a lush sip allowing toasted roast notes of a nice vanilla/chocolate coffee sweetness with a big of bourbon notes hitting your taste buds with a little nutty notes makes its way into the flavor mix that comes to a nice bourbon coffee finish and continues into the aftertaste with some light vanilla sweet notes with a fully sticky mouthfeel. Dssolver Brewing Eat The Rich Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout does have a lot going on but it all comes together for a wonderful dark stout beer, getting an A. You can really taste all the individual flavor of this beer and that is not an easy task, I mean sometimes on flavor could overwhelm another flavor, but Dssolver Brewing Eat The Rich Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout really lets all the tasty flavors shine though and that makes it a beer that is worth trying! Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!      

Throwback Thursday: Duck-Rabbit Brewing Milk Stout

Originally posted February 18th, 2013

Well, it still is wintertime outside, well it sure looked like it here over the weekend with big snow hitting the Charlotte area, and I thought that would call for a nice dark stout. So I pick a few, one being The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout, 5.70% ABV. This is a sweet full-bodied stout, brewed in Farmville North Carolina. This milk stout uses lactose or milk sugar to give this its nice sweetness. They also a nice amount of highly roasted gains. Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout pours a thick black color with a quarter finger tan head that quickly dissipates and does leave tiny amounts of lacing. There was no light coming through the glass and I found no traces of carbonation bubbles. The aroma is big sweet and roasted with a hint of bakers chocolate. The aroma reminded me a little of coffee with cream. The taste is first sweet followed be a chocolate roasted coffee flavor with a hint of baker’s cocoa. The mouthfeel is more on the full side, the flavor really coats your mouth to leave a full finish with an aftertaste of sweet roasted chocolate coffee. But I thought that this Duck-rabbit was easy to drink. I am giving this an A. Good flavors all around on this, and they all work well with one another to create one heck of a good beer. Nothing about this beer is overly done or bad. I do recommend this beer and will certainly have this again. Please go out and get yourself a bottle to try and see what you think of The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!  

Ninkasi Brewing Company Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout

Ninkasi Brewing Company Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout, 7.0% ABV and 50 IBUs came a part of a Jet Gift Baskets, http://www.jetgiftbaskets.com. I will post a review of the basket or bouquet in its entirety soon. Vanilla Oatis is in Eugene Oregon with a blend of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Ninkasi uses whole vanilla beans which are added in the final stage of brewing much like dry-hopping a beer. Vanilla Oatis pours thick black with a three-finger tan head that never seems to dissipate leaving behind nice lacing, that gives off burnt sweet roasted notes with touches of chocolate and coffee with a bit of dryness. You get a nice sweet roasted vanilla flavor followed by ant oat flavor with a dry nuttiness that finishes with a semi-sweet roasted flavor and a sweet semi-dry oatmeal aftertaste with a thick full mouthfeel that coats the entirety of your mouth. This wasn’t as big a beer as I thought and was quite delicious getting an A-. Ninkasi Brewing Company Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout really is a solid example of an oatmeal stout, one I recommend you try. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Eviltwin Brewing 90 Days Dry Aged Stout

Eviltwin Brewing 90 Days Dry Aged Stout, 9% ABV uses dry-aged malt that has been aged for ninety days. Eviltwin calls this a milk stout. 90 Days Dry-Aged Stout pours a dark, black color with a thick three finger tan head that does not move and leaves tremendous lacing throughout the glass. You get a subtle sweet aroma with nice roast chocolate notes and dry malt notes. Upfront a nice little roasted chocolate sweet flavor hits your tongue that becomes dry as it washes over the back of your tongue and finishes with a dryness that has a very faint sweet note with a dry roasted sweet aftertaste that does linger a bit until the next sip. Eviltwin Brewing 90 Days Dry Aged Stout has an interesting twist on a stout by the addition of dry-aged malts which gives this dark beer an A-. The dry finish has a little sweet note that doesn’t need to be there at that point, but it does go well with the flavor as a whole. I enjoyed 90 Days Dry Aged Stout and if you like dark beer than I recommend 90 Days Dry Aged Stout. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Stone Brewing Xocoverza A Winter-Spiced Mocha Stout

Originally posted January 9th, 2017

Wintertime is upon us and so is the time for dark beers, such as Porters, Stouts, Dunkles, and other various dark type beers. They warm you with thick rich high alcoholic flavored sips. Stone Brewing in Escondido California brews Xocoverza, 8.1% ABV, which is a milk stout brewed with cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Xocoverza started out in 2014 as a homebrewed beer that won Stone’s annual homebrew competition. Xocoverza was only to be produced one but due to popular demand, they keep on producing it. Xocoverza is Stone’s idea of a Mexican hot chocolate. Xocoverza pours a quite black color with a thick two finger beige head that sticks around for a while and does leave some decent lacing. The aroma is ashy with a peppered spice and cinnamon note along with a very faint sweet vanilla note. Taste is ashy and slightly roasted at first then a bit of spicy and slight cinnamon comes on your taste buds with some very faint sweet notes. I know this is milk stout but I am not getting much of the common sweetness you get from a milk stout. There is a nice roasted spicy note toward the back. Mouthfeel is full with a nice spicy pepper coffee finish with much the same on the after taste but with a hint of sweetness and cinnamon. The fact that the spicy coffee masks the sweetness from the vanilla and coca rates Xocoverza an A-. The coffee characteristics are good on this beer, and that makes Xocoverza not have a lower grade. This is a complex beer and isn’t for everyone, so I am kind of recommend this beer, but only with caution. I enjoyed it and I like dark spicy coffee beers. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!