The past 3 nights I had a bomber. I shared most of them with Susan (though tonight was all me, which could lead to some typos).
Two nights ago, I had Infusco from Rock Art, one of the bombers I brought back from Vermont. It’s a Belgian-style dark ale (or strong dark ale, I’m not looking it up right now). It was quite different. It was good, just different. It had a flavor to it that I couldn’t place and have never had in a Belgian dark or strong dark before. It was a malty beer with a nice mouthfeel and brown in color. I liked it. Susan liked it. It was 2 nights ago and I just finished a whole bomber of YuleSmith, making it hard to recall. If you see it, try it. It’s worth at least a try.
Last night, we split the bottle of Old Rusty’s Red Rye Ale, the latest in Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series. I wasn’t impressed. It had a slight spiciness from the rye, but nothing overwhelming. It lacked a hops character and even the malt was kind of weak. It was a fairly weak beer all around. I had tried this on tap on our honeymoon at Mr. Pickwick’s. The bartender was nice enough to give me a sample. It was much better on tap than in the bottle. It’s still worth a try, mainly because it’s local and something a bit different than the norm.
Tonight, I had (as I said before), YuleSmith from AleSmith. This is their winter version that came out around Christmas. I picked it up at Julio’s last Friday. The beer is absolutely wonderful. It’s a Double IPA, and a really good one at that. It pours a nice deep amber color with a nice head (my head was huge on this one and I poured slow, even after pouring my second glass almost an hour later, it was a good sized head). The aroma was of nothing but pure unadulterated hops. It was bliss. The beer was perfectly balanced with a lot of hops character. It had a nice oily mouthfeel, but was very drinkable. I’m pretty buzzed, but I wouldn’t have known I would be this way while I was drinking it (had I not looked at the bottle to see the alcohol content). AleSmith is one of those breweries I need to try more often. I have 2 of their beers in my cellar right now. I should open them. Perhaps I can talk Susan into splitting a barleywine with me soon (I have Old Numbskull waiting to be cracked).