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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sweetwater Brewing Co. - Georgia Brown

Bio
Over the past 6 months or so, I've noticed Atlanta-based Sweetwater's brews slowly popping up in more places throughout the Triangle area.  Sweet Georgia is, predictably, their brown ale.

5.1 ABV

Appearance
Sweet Georgia is a bit lighter than most brown ales. It has a bright, copper color. The appearance is somewhat hazy, but you can easily tell that it's quite carbonated, with some rather large bubbles rising into a foamy, cream-colored head.

Aroma
Light, sweet, malty. The aroma is mostly caramel, with a slightly sour character as it warms.

Taste & Feel
Sweet, smooth, medium body. Apple and caramel are prominent in the malty flavor. It has a light carbonated tingle and a very mild hop bite. The surprise comes near the finish, where instead of the sweetness you expect from a brown, some some grapefruit hoppiness comes through.

Verdict
I found this to be a pretty enjoyable beer. A solid B+. The hoppy finish was certainly a surprise and added a welcomed level of complexity to an otherwise simple, straightforward brown ale.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Black Boss Porter

Bio
Another suggestion from Ken at East Wake Wines, who is quickly becoming my beer concierge. Black Boss Porter is brewed by Poland's Browar Witnica.

9.4% ABV

Appearance
Very dark cola brown color. It's not quite opaque, and actually somewhat 'clear' despite the very dark color.... almost jewel-like.  It also has a thin, tan head with tight bubbles and almost no lacing.  There appears to be significant carbonation.

Aroma
Very aromatic. Rich and malty. The aroma is sweet and sticky. Dried fruits are prominent and I'm picking up dates more than anything. There's also a hint of licorice in the nose.

Taste & Feel
Different than most porters in that the aggressive carbonation hits right away.
The medium body has a sweet, plummy flavor filled with subtle chocolate notes. The finish is interesting... dry, with a lingering tingle.

(Wouldn't lingering tingle be a great name for a band? No? )

Verdict
A pretty good beer. Not as smooth as most porters, but definitely worth a try.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Support Your Local Brewery: National Call for Action

ACTION ALERT:

Support local craft brewers by asking your Congressman to sign on to H.R.4278, a bill that would reduce excise taxes for small breweries.

For more details: Support Your Local Brewery

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Duck-Rabbit - Amber Ale

Even though I thoroughly enjoy their brews whenever I can, I haven't reviewed many of Duck-Rabbit's beers for my blog. Since East Wake Wines has made the effort to build up their stock of local, North Carolina beers, I felt the need to pick out a few to add to H&H.

Bio
This amber ale is a traditional, malty ale, part of Duck-Rabbit's year-round offering.

Appearance
Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale has a clear appearance and bright, copper color. The pillowy tan head dissipated rather quickly

Aroma
It has a sweet, malty aroma.  Caramel dominates, but some some fruity apple and raisin notes peek through.

Taste & Feel
This beer has a rich, malty flavor, with a lightly roasted quality. It has a medium body, and crisp energetic, carbonation. The finish was dry, sweet and fruity, and gave way to a nice roasted aftertatse.

Verdict
Another fine ale from Duck-Rabbit. This one is flavorful, without being overpowering.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Weyerbacher - Heresy

Finally back from a brief hiatus. A couple weeks of travel followed by a brief cold put a bit of a damper on beer reviews. But, I've been stocking the fridge and have a good lineup ready to be enjoyed. First up is Heresy.
  

Bio
Heresy is limited-release, oak-aged imperial stout from Easton, PA's Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Good thing I read my newsletters from Ken at East Wake Wines & Craft Brew. Otherwise, I might have missed it!

8.0% ABV

Appearance
Heresy pours a thick, opaque brown-black color. It has a dense, foamy mocha head, which leaves heavy lacing.

Aroma
The aroma is strong. Roasted malts are prominent. It has an oaky, bourbon character with some coffee and smooth cocoa notes. Hints of sweet, dark fruit also come through, especially as it warms.

Taste & Feel 

Pretty much a typical stout... full body; smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is dark and roasty, with plenty of cocoa and vanilla present. There's also plenty of tart fruitiness. 

It has a nice, earthy finish.

Verdict
Good. A bit sweet and fruity for a stout, but I found the earthy, oak character to be a nice addition.