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Sunday, 19 March 2017 23:03

Guinness Plus

By Dan Clarke

It was St. Patrick’s Day and I had been in an all-day seminar on growing winegrapes under extreme climate conditions.

Friday, 18 March 2016 19:31

March 18, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

Guinness draft Picmonkey

Guinness Stout

 

Guinness Brewery

Dublin, Ireland

Style: Irish Stout

Alcohol: 4.2%

IBUs: Unknown

Serving Style: Bottles, cans and kegs (our sample from “draught”)

Availability: Year-around and worldwide

Saturday, 28 March 2015 23:22

March 27, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Youngs Double Chocolate Stout Picmonkey

Double Chocolate Stout

 

Young’s Brewery

Bedford England

Style: Stout

Alcohol: 5.25%

IBUs: Unknown

Serving Style: Bottles, cans and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Year around in world-wide markets

 

Appearance:   “Dark—somewhere between sable and black, we’d say.”

Aroma:  “Roasted coffee followed by dark chocolate.”

Taste:   “The chocolate and some feeling of sweetness really comes through early, but there’s a counterpoint of slight bitterness toward the mid-to-late palate and on through to the finish.”

Food Affinity:   “Brownies with chunks of walnut (chocolate on chocolate). Or, for something savory maybe turkey mole or other slowly cooked meat in a rich sauce.”

 

DanClarke Good Mug Shot Picmonkey

 

--Reviewer Dan Clarke enjoyed this stout on a brisk spring afternoon

Saturday, 16 November 2013 00:24

November 15, 2013 Beer Pick of the Week

 

TheAbyss Oval Pickmonkey

The Abyss

2013 Reserve

 

Deschutes Brewery

Bend, Oregon

Style: Imperial Stout

Alcohol: 11%

IBUs: 70

Serving Style: 22-ounce wax-dipped bottles and draft.

Availability: On the West Coast and in many other states in which Deschutes is sold

 

Appearance:  “Light carbonation, but nice and dark in color—blacker than night.”

Aroma:  “Slightly metallic. Chocolate undertones.”

Taste:  “Medium-to heavy body. I get the caramel right away, with a bitter, dark chocolate later. A little cherry on the finish. Extremely drinkable.”

Food Affinity:  “A dessert by itself. Good for sipping by the fire.”

Mr Moo Picmonkey

 

 

Reviewer Mr. Moo is a server and bartender

 

Saturday, 02 November 2013 02:07

November 1, 2013 Beer Pick of the Week

Dust Bowl Black Blizzard bottle Picmonkey

 Black Blizzard

 

 Dust Bowl Brewing Co.

Turlock, CA

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol: 9.4%

IBUs: 80

Serving style: 22-ounce bottles and draft

Availability: Fall and winter in Central Valley of California, S.F. Bay Area and Sierra Foothills

 

Appearance: “As dark as the inside of a cave. Totally opaque.”

Aroma: “Sweet malt. Hints of chocolate and coffee.”

Flavor: “Chocolate covered coffee beans in liquid state.”

Food Affinity: “Would be delightful with mocha chip ice cream. Try it as a float.”

Mallets--Michael and Julie Picmonkey

 

Jointly reviewed by Michael and Julie Mallett