The beer pours opaquely black, just a hint of brown at the top if held to the light. There is about a half inch of dark beige head. The aroma is rich and chocolatey, with some dark fruits and dark roasted malts. The taste is dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and cocoa, a bit of char, a bit of very dark fruits, a touch of molasses, sweet, yet tangy, yet dry, yet spicy. The finish is moderately bitter and more dry than sweet, although there is also a lingering sweetness. The beer drinks very smooth and rich. As it really warms, a touch of anise comes in. This is a really nice stout, I can’t wait to try the barrel aged version soon.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Clown Shoes Beer comes from the Mercury Brewing Company of Ipswich, Massachusetts. This is a 12.5% ABV Russian Imperial Stout. According to the bottle it uses a monstrous amount of dark malt and aggressive hops and is designed to improve with age. Good thing this has been in my basement waiting for its turn for about a year. They couldn't decide whether to call it Black Unicorn or Soul Dragon, so they settled on the mish-mash Blaecorn Unidragon.
Modelo Especial has been brewed since 1925 by the Cerveceria Modelo in Mexico City, Mexico. This is their canned version of a Mexican tomato beer, or chelada, mixing beer, tomato juice, lime, and salt. It comes only in a 24 oz. can and is 3.5% ABV.
The beer pours a reddish brown, kind of like the color of a vampire’s glass of blood in a cheap, bad vampire movie. There is essentially no head, what little there is fizzles quickly away. The aroma is tangy, tangy tomato and tangy lime, you can even smell the mineral tang of the salt. The taste follows the aromas exactly, pretty darn tangy, but in fairly nice proportion. It drinks carbonated and refreshing. This is probably about as good of a version of this type of drink as you will get canned, but nothing compares to making your own by mixing your own tomato juice, salt and fresh lime. This would be great with a wide variety of foods.