Recent Noteworthy Beers

Here “noteworthy” does not necessarily mean it was good.  It also means it was notably bad.  Since this is a re-cap of a lot of beers I’ve had, but failed to review, don’t expect full reviews other than some brief notes.

I’ll start out with one of the better beers I had, Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire.  This is the first beer I’ve tried from Jolly Pumpkin, a brewery for which I have heard and mixed reviews.  The bottle calls it a dark farmhouse ale.  It’s basically how it tasted.  My bottle was aged a bit and the beer was fantastic.  It had a nice funky flavor with some sour notes.  I’ll likely try to seek this one out again.

We’ll come back to New England for the next one, Rock Art Double Smoked Porter.  This, as it tasted, is basically a beefed up version of their Midnight Madness Smoked Porter, another excellent beer.  The Double Smoked Porter is part of their Extreme Beer Series and it’s got quite the flavor.  It’s not quite as smoky as the Midnight Madness, but it’s full of flavor.  My bottle was probably almost a year old, and maybe some of the smoke had disappeared in the aging.  Lots of nice roasted flavor, some coffee and chocolate notes, and some dark fruit.  I need to get myself more of this one.

I’ll put the biggest disappointment in the middle.  Harpoon had announced a Chocolate Stout as part of their winter variety 12 pack.  I was very disappointed by this one, though Susan liked it.  It tasted like Hershey’s syrup with alcohol, only it was a very astringent Hershey’s syrup.  I managed to drink the whole bottle and it was, a bit better warmer, but I was not impressed.  That being said, I have heard from others who really liked it.

I’ll leave off on a high note with another good beer from Vermont.  Magic Hat Roxy Rolles is a great Amber Ale and a great winter beer.  It’s got a nice hops/malt balance.  It’s really just a simple beer, but nice and flavorful without being overpowering.  It’s nice to see Magic Hat brewing some better beers again.

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