beernesday tasting notes

i am very behind on posting reviews and tasting notes
and i have no real excuse
besides i don't wanna spend all my time on-line
i wanna read six more books and meet the 50 book challenge
oh, and i'd rather be out drinking the beer!

october 5, 2011
rogue john john hazelnut - 5.6% ale with natural hazelnut flavor aged in hazelnut spice rum barrels
blech, rum barrels! i thought i'd had this before (last year) but i don't remember booze in it, just nuttiness.  too boozey for me
whistler valley trail chestnut ale - 6% dark amber colour with a tan-coloured head.  notes of chestnut, caramel and vanilla
too much darned vanilla for my liking - why does everyone gotta put in vanilla?  too sweet, not nutty enough!  a vanilla hazelnut latte - not a chestnut beer dammit!
storm imperial flanders red ale - 11% this full bodied monster of a sour has been aged in an oak barrel for a year
oak, sure... but i'm getting a whole lotta vinegar.  i do love a sour and it did grow on me as i got further into it
howe sound pumpkineater ale - 8% a pumpkin ale brewed with barley, fresh roasted pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, water and yeast
for a pumpkin beer this one's a winner in my books
lagunita's lil' sumpin wild - 8.8% loads of malted wheat for a curious malt foundation and a light color, but our belgian yeast leaves a huge flavor and complexishness
i don't know what came over me, but i ordered a pint of this - i don't really like wheat and i definitely don't like belgian...
whoa - i like it!!  complexish for sure, malty and hoppy and juuuuuust right! sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways

october 12, 2011
(menu #200 at st. augustine's)
phillips ginger beer - 5% some might be surprised at the instant blast of flavour and aroma from this true ginger beer, but that doesn't take away from its sheer quaffability
i like this one, really gingery, which makes me happy!
rogue chatoe good chit pilsner - 5% made with rogue farm barley that is floor-malted in small batches
i really like this pilsner!  and its hoppy enough to stand up to my other sampler choices
greenflash hop head red ale - 6% resinous hop character and bitterness balance the rich caramel malt base
delicious!  i love me a hoppy red ale
lighthouse race rocks amber ale - 5.2% its smooth, complex character and deep chestnut colour remind of toasted biscuit flavours with subtle notes of caramel and chocolate
next to the hop monsters in my sampler the caramel notes really come out in this beer
a good solid beer
driftwood fat tug ipa - 7% a northwest style india pale ale that is characterized by an intense hop profile of grapefruit and melon and restrained malt notes
i love this beer!

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