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G Schneider Sohn Aventinus

G Schneider & Sohn Aventinus

Wintertime is a time for festivities, friends and great flavorful beers. However, wintertime is also a time of horrid darkness, bleak frigid landscapes and (shudder shudder) extended family. Luckily enough, winter ales rise to meet the challenges of the unmitigated Alaskan winter by bumping up the alcohol percentages to near double normal amounts.

So please, drink with great caution and without further ado, here’s an assortment of good, bad and great beers recently featured at local beer tasting.

– G Schneider & Sohn Aventinus –
An Excellent winter-themed ale reminiscent of the smells of Christmas and the elation of snow-days in grade-school.  In other words, I am a new fan of this beer.
Color: Cloudy brown
Smell: Cloves and spice
Taste
Initial: Cloves, pear and smoke
Mid: Continued flavor with increased clove taste
Lasting: Pleasant with almost a root beer aftertaste

–  Samuel Smith Winter Welcome –
A Decent light summer ale, not a great winter
Color: A clear deep, deep yellow
Smell: Light pear
Taste
Initial: Fruit mid-tongue snap
Mid: Full pear body
Lasting: Lighter pear, slight mango

– Bosteels Triple Karmeliet –
A Good champagne beer akin to the High Life with wonderful citric flavor
Color: Semi-clear bright yellow
Smell: Light, light fruit
Taste
Initial: Crisp and light
Mid: Japanese orange flavor
Lasting: Light tingling

– Lindemans Framboise –
A Good desert drink, lightweight drinkers will love this “beer”
Color: Deep rose red
Smell: Raspberry
Taste
Initial: Sweet raspberry
Mid: Raspberry
Lasting: Surprise, surprise—raspberry

– Rogue Chocolate-
A Good solid chocolate beer that’s great fun and better as it warms up.
Color: Dark, deep brown
Smell: Chocolate cocoa
Taste
Initial: Chocolate and berry
Mid: Dark cocoa
Lasting: Slight bitter coffee

– Alaskan Barley Wine –
A Bad beast of a drink with too much all at once
Color: Cloudy orange
Smell: Light raspberry
Taste
Initial: A mixture of apple and grape
Mid: Burst of spices
Lasting: A little harsh currant-like

– Chimay Grande Reserve –
A Decent stout-like flavored beer, a little bland
Color: Deep brown with hint of red
Smell: Light fruit
Taste
Initial: High carbonation with spice
Mid: Light plum perhaps
Lasting: Kind of bland to minimal flavor

– Duvel Belgian Strong Ale-
A Decent and surprising complicated ale to revisit
Color: Almost clear yellow
Smell: Light to no smell
Taste
Initial: Banana beer
Mid: Banana with short pop of vanilla
Lasting: Spicy if not peppery

– Celebrator Sierra Nevada –
A Bad IPA type of beer with no winter soul
Color: Cloudy orange
Smell: Slight hops
Taste
Initial: Hops snap
Mid: Standard IPA taste
Lasting: Strange bitterness

Disclaimer: Cruthers normally pays for all of his drinks out of his own desolate wallet, however in this case The Pub was kind enough to donate Cruthers a ticket to partake in a winter beer tasting.  And partook he did.

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Rogue Chocolate Stout Bottle

Rogue Chocolate Stout

Rogue Ales is a craft brewery based out of Newport, Oregon that provides a wide variety of beers dedicated to flavor and distinction over mass appeal. Rogue beers are not for everyone, often being too strong in taste for those of us brought up with the weak-flavored debauchery of macro-brews. This is a sipping beer, one to be enjoyed from beginning to end. Bottles are a hearty 650ml and range from $5-$10 bucks at the local liqueur stores, sometimes even carried by larger grocery stores. Easily recognizable by their faux-communist style labels and large brown bottles, the chocolate stout features a woman raising a pint glass and holding a chunk of chocolate. As if to say, “Yup, there’s chocolate in this here beer.”

On with the tasting, which is broken up conveniently into different tasting periods, a comprehensive review and recommendations.

Initial Taste: Pleasant chocolate berry taste with high carbonation.

Mid Taste: The chocolate kicks in with a dark coco stout kick to the back of the tongue.

Lasting Taste: A strong coffee flavor and slight bitterness that is wholly still acceptable

On a scale of Terrible / Bad / Decent / Good / Excellent

I vote, GOOD

Recommendations: Try it out and hit up The Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, my favorite chocolate stout and widely available, even at the Pub!

Please visit http://www.rogue.com/beers/chocolate-stout.php for more info

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