Sunday, March 7, 2010

TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery - Cask Event... & a ride to Victory Brewing

Great day at TJ's yesterday, 3/6 for their All Cask - All Day Event.  Surprisingly (not really), I ran into another local beer geek, who runs The Brew Lounge site. 
The damage done?:

Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout
4.3 
look: 4
smell: 4.5
taste: 4.5
feel: 4
drink: 4

Appears a near black with dark brown edges when held to the light. The tan foam leaves scattered bits of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, vanilla, Espresso, caramel, and toffee
Taste is of the aromas with more of a coffee flavor that is perfect for a digestif.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, syrupy, and chewy.

BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran
4

look: 4
smell: 4.5
taste: 4
feel: 4
drink: 3

Appears a dense, opaque crude oil with a dark chestnut toned outer rim. Tiny speckles of lace quickly droop back down into the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, soy sauce, grapes, blueberries, vanilla, flowers, and molasses.
Taste is of the aromas with a juicy, slick oily flavor that screams concord grapes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, juicy, and warming.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar - (from a past review but it still holds true.  I believe on cask it has more of a skunk weed and "certain" pipe resin aroma)
4.7
look: 4.5
smell: 4.5
taste: 5
feel: 4.5
drink: 4.5
Appears a bit of a cloudy copper color with a fluffy white 2 inch head that lasts for a few minutes. Plenty of medium carbonation pumping from the bottom up to the sides of the glass. Lots & lots of lacing for the entire enjoyment.
Smell is truley outstanding! Lots of full hop resin and piney grapefruit coming through backed with a ballsy sweet maltness that doesn't quit.
Taste is excellent! Starts on the front and middle of the tounge with the sweet maltiness but the killer finish is what makes this brew exceptional. It doesn't numb your tastebuds on the back with an overkill of hops. It's well balanced and gives a slight linger which comes back through the sides of your mouth to the tip of your tongue, making you lick your lips in utter delight.
This brew is extremely drinkable as well. After drinking a few other outstanding IPA's on the same night, this one stole the show. I want more and more!


Coronado Brewing Red Devil
3.75

look: 4
smell: 4
taste: 3.5
feel: 4
drink: 3.5

Appears a semi transparent redvwith a small off white head that quickly fizzles out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.

Smell is of dough, sweet malt, ripe fruit, flowers, and toffee covered peanuts.
Taste is of the aromas with a real, fresh dough, malty flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, juicy, and mildly bitter.
 
Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special 12 Reserve
4.1

look: 4
smell: 4.5
taste: 4
feel: 4
drink: 4

Appears midnight black with a dark mahogany hue around the edges and a small off white head that quickly fades intonation little collar.
Smell is of smoked beef jerky, cocoa, coffee crumb cake, brown sugar, and notes of caramel, & vanilla.
Taste is of the aromas with flavors of port wine, cocoa, and vanilla beans fighting to a bloody, raw donnybrook.
Mouthfeel is chewy, bitey, slick in the finish, and warming.

Stone Ruination (This review is from my past notes but I still feel the same way about this beer.  I love many beers from this brewery but this one is still way too bitter without any balance in any form I've ever had it.  Some people like it that way!)
3.35

look: 4
smell: 4
taste: 3
feel: 3
drink: 2.5

Appears a nice transparent orange with a 1 finger foamy white head.
Smell is of a citrusy, resinous hop with a bit of a biscuit, or oyster cracker smell backing it up. Oh boy...I can smell the alcohol on this one too.
Taste is overkill of bitter hops. Lots of floral, citrus hops and wood undertones with the bitterness killing every last tastebud. Don't know if it's me or what but this is like drinking malt licquor. So far, not so good.
Mouthfeel is ok but again, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of balance to all the bitterness that's going on. The alcohol is listed at 7.7%. Seems much more apparent and higher.
Drinkability was very dissapointing.  It was like trying to drink a cognac that wasn't smooth, or balanced. Maybe I'll give one another try but I'll be cautious. I've loved several other IIPA's, including ones with IBU's over 90. Maybe next time.
 
Heavy Seas - Hang Ten (Review is from my past notes out of a bottle.  This version on cask was a tad odd...heavy notes of cinnamon and ginger outweighed the other aromas and flavors)
3.85
look: 3.5
smell: 4
taste: 4
feel: 4
drink: 3.5

Appears a dark amber with a crimson hue, light beige head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass. Little amounts of CO2 slowly rise.
Smell is of clove, caramel, banana, biscuit, fresh dough, & milk chocolate.
Taste is of doughy, yeasty, cloves, caramel, milk chocolate, and heavy wheat.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy, brown sugar resonating with doughy yeast leading to a sweet, yeasty, semi-dry finish.



Onward to Victory!...
Victory Brewing Strangeways Golden Ale
3.5


look: 3.5
smell: 3.5
taste: 3.5
feel: 3
drink: 4
Appears a transparent pale gold with a small head of white fluff. Small bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of freshly cracked grain, cereal notes, and spicy, wood-like hops.
Taste is of the aromas with more of a bitter yeast, and hop flavor on top of honey drizzled saltines. Very light with a bite.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with crisp carbonation up front leading to a watery, thin finish.
Victory Brewing - Abbey 5
3.6
look: 4
smell: 3.5
taste: 3.5
feel: 3.5
drink: 3.5

Appears a transparent amber with some ruby highlights around the edges. The foamy, off-white head slowly fades into a mild cap. Lots of scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of earth notes, along with a touch of caramel, and spicy, herbal hops.
Taste is of the aromas with gentle, delicate flavors of caramel, fresh bread, mild fruit, and spicing. A bit one dimensional but I think they were trying to keep this simple.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and faintly spicy.

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