Saturday, July 23, 2016

Leinenkugel's Original

Leinenkugel's Brewing Company is from  Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  They began brewing in 1867. Leinenkugel's has been owned by Miller for some time now. This is their 4.7% ABV original Chippewa Pride lager.

The beer pours a clear yellow golden in color. There is an inch of white head, not long lasting. The aroma is golden grain, toasted, lightly sweet, a touch grassy, a touch of straw, with a bit of lager funk. The taste follows the aromas. The finish is very lightly bitter. This is a light, clean tasting American lager, with good, albeit light, flavors. The beer drinks easy, well carbonated, but not overly so. This is a classic, solid, American adjunct lager.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

North Coast Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve 2014 Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged

This 13.75% ABV beer takes the Old Stock Ale from the North Coast Brewing Company of Fort Bragg, California, and ages it in rye whiskey barrels.  This is the 2014 vintage.

The beer pours ruby and garnet, dark brown. There is a short head of tan foam. The aroma is spicy rye whiskey, brown sugar, molasses, with a bit of dark fruits in the background. The taste follows the aromas, malty, some dark roast, sweet brown sugar and molasses, rye whiskey, with just enough oak to prevent a too sweet finish. The beer drinks smooth with fine and tingling carbonation. It is interesting how much more roasted and dark this beer is compared to the wheat whiskey aged and the regular Old Stock Ale.