Bourbon Barrel Old Ale
I brewed Midwest Supplies Bourbon Barrel Old Ale and Karl’s Ninety 90 Shilling last year and they finally are fun to drink. I knew the Old Ale was going to take three months to mature but Karl’s Ninety 90 took a long time to carbonate. The Old Ale has some wonderful oak flavors but the bourbon flavor is too small. Although I like it, the Old Ale was too much work. There are just too many outstanding stouts available commercially.
Karl’s Ninety 90 Shilling is a brown ale that I find competitive with the commercial varieties. I like it enough that I may brew it again.
One of the small pleasures of life is to drink a nice craft beer while shopping the foodie aisles at Jungle Jim’s. The Untapped app does a great job creating a nice tweet of the experience.
My choice for celebrating National Beer Day was the Rally Drum Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Company. This was a good looking brew with a little bit of hops that was almost identical to the Irish Red Ale that I brewed in March. Cheers!
Although the year is not over my favorite beer of 2016 is Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels. It was smooth and so alcoholic. It was the perfect tonic for a long work week. My only complaint was that it was expensive for a draft, $14 for a pint.
The name of this beer, Yodo Con Leche, translates as iodine with milk but the brewers say the Spanish slang translation is a coffee that is strong and dark. I was expecting this imperial porter to be somewhat bitter with a strong coffee flavor so I was surprised that the bitterness and coffee flavor were more muted than expected. Since I am not a big fan of IPA beers, I am not complaining. The combination worked for me and I enjoyed sipping this beer.
Ah yes, it is Friday and time for me to get slapped across the face with a double IPA. It is actually quite good if you slow down to enjoy the hops.
An ale with a hint of blueberries.
Enjoying a Hop Hash beer from Sweetwater brewing on Labor Day weekend.
I drank the Barrel Aged Knuckle Head beer last Friday at Jungle Jims. It is a strong ale that has been aged in used Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. I liked how the bourbon flavor added complexity to the ale. I wanted to get back in line for a second but since the beer is around 10% ABV that could cause a problem driving home.
I was over at Jungle Jims again last Friday for Pint Night and my beer choice was a Christian Morlein Altered Pale Ale. This beer reminded me of another beer that I drunk in the past but the name was stuck on the tip of tongue. As I wandered around the tasting area looking for good buys, I picked up 4 16 oz. cans of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for $5. That’s a good buy! When I got home and took my first sip of Pale Ale, I instantly knew that this was the beer Christian Morlein was paying homage to with their Altered Ale.