catching up on my drinking…

well, right now i’m drinking Theraflu. but that’s not what i mean.

time to bring my beer postings up to date!

(aside: looking at the pictures for this post, i think i need to do a post on beer glassware.)

anyway, first up is a Christmas gift, Chaucer’s Mead.

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i know, i know. technically, it’s not beer, since beer is made from starch-derived sugar. but i like it anyway, and it’s my blog, so there.

i have issues with it being classified as wine as well, since it’s not produced from fruit. but i’m not in charge of much, so i’ll just have to deal with it, right?

back to the topic at hand, though.

this is a really nice beverage. with only 11% ABV, it’s relatively “light.” i had it heated and spiced, which was a nice way to clear my sinuses on the chilly day i enjoyed it. floral flavours dominate (big surprise), but it’s not overbearing.

sold as a dessert wine/beverage, but i think it could also go well with game fowl or lightly prepared pork and lamb dishes.

mead wasn’t the only “adult beverage” i was gifted with this recent holiday season.

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i also received a bottle of Rogue‘s Santa’s Private Reserve.

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a fairly hoppy “Northwestern-style” red ale, it’s a joy for fans of American hops. with a healthy helping of Centennial hops, for example, it’s got a definite citrus (almost grapefruit?) cast to it. yet being a red ale, it’s far more pleasant to me than an IPA – the extra body and slightly lesser amount of hops makes for a nice package.

recommended, as usual for Rogue brews, but you’ll have to wait another 11 months or so to try it again…

keeping with the slight “holiday redux” theme, let me discuss:

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my Christmas Brew from this year. this went over very well, with lots of cinnamon flavours and nose (as a slight change this year, no cloves). i really enjoyed this one (though i think i drank more of the stout i had on tap) – it was very festive, somewhat light in body without being too light. sort of an amber ale, i guess. but yummy. pity it’s gone.

next year, i guess.

well, stepping away from the holiday season past, there’s:

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Wychwood Brewery‘s excellent Hobgoblin Ale. i really like this beer. not a new discovery, though i hadn’t had any in a while. lots of chocolate toffee flavours (as promised by Wychwood on the packaging), with the nicely traditional Fuggles and Styrians hops shining through. if you like dark English ales, this one’s for you.

traveling back across the pond, we reach:

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Highland Brewing Co.‘s Oatmeal Porter. almost a stout porter, it lacks just that little extra bit of body to tip over.

this is not a complaint or criticism! this beer works very well as an American-style “heavy.” it’s nicely drinkable, without the filling sensation one can get from stouts – but it still has plenty of caramel and burnt malt. the hops are slightly more evident than in a stout as well. really very good.

and, the closer:

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Sea Dog‘s Blue Paw Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale. yep, blueberry. not so noticeable on the tongue, but when you open or pour this beer it’s like getting smacked in the nose with blueberries.

very light, and o.k. if you like blueberries. just don’t expect to taste them overmuch.

but it’s just o.k. i’ve had a lot better fruit beers, and a lot better wheat beers. yet if you like blueberries, go ahead and give it a try.

happy drinking, folks!

quote of the day:

“Of beer, an enthusiast has said that it could never be bad, but that some brands might be better than others.” – A.A. Milne

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2 Responses to “catching up on my drinking…”

  1. Rogue Ales Says:

    Looks like an interesting little brewfest you’ve got going on there. If you liked the Santa’s Private reserve you’ll really enjoy Rogue Imperial Red with hits shelves on 2/7/08. Let us know what you think!

  2. jhota Says:

    i’ve been looking forward to it, actually. considering the only beer from y’all that i’ve not liked was the Juniper Pale Ale…

    that, and i drink a lot of Dead Guy and Mocha Porter…

    so yeah, i’m a fan.

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