Saturday, January 8, 2011

Potosi Brewing Company - Good Old Potosi Beer; Pure Malt Cave Ale; Snake Hollow IPA; Gandy Dancer Porter; Wee Stein Wit

The Potosi Brewing Company is in Potosi, Wisconsin.  All of their profits go to charity, according to the bottle, although said charities would appear to be the Potosi Brewery Foundation and National Brewery Museum.  The brewery is also home to the National Brewery Museum.  The Potosi Brewery originally brewed from 1852 until 1972 when it was shuttered.  The brewery was slowly revived starting in 1995.

Good Old Potosi Beer - This 5.0% ABV beer pours pure golden in color with a half inch of white foamy head.  The aroma is crisp, slightly sweet, slightly tart, with a bit of grain and some aromatic hoppiness.  The taste is slightly sweet, but also with some crisp tartness, like an apple.  The overall effect is an aromatic and floral lager.

Pure Malt Cave Ale - This beer pours an orangish-amber-copper in color and is somewhat cloudy.  The aroma is fresh, lightly aromatic, slightly floral and fruity.  This is an interesting beer, fairly unique.  I guess it is most like an English bitter.  It is fairly light, fruity and floral on a subtle malt base.  I am a bit surprised it is 6.5% ABV, your typical English beer akin to this would have low 4 or high 3 percent.  This would be a great session beer.  It is very pleasing, tasty yet light.

Snake Hollow India Pale Ale - This 7.0% ABV beer pours copper in color with a thin, but lingering, head that leaves medium lacing on the glass.  The aroma is hop forward with both citrus and pine.  The taste is pine with a touch of citrus peel mounted on a fairly intensely flavored malt background.  The malt tastes of rye.  The beer drinks easy for its intense taste and alcohol content and finishes bitter and dry.  If you like your IPA on a very solid malt back, then this one is for you.  If you like your IPA totally hoppy-fruit forward, then the malt here might be too intense for you.

Gandy Dancer Porter - This 6.0% ABV beer pours black in color.  The aroma is fairly light, with some roasted malt, cocoa and vanilla.  The taste is also fairly mild for a porter and follows the aroma, with a bitter finish.

Wee Stein Wit - This 5.5% ABV beer is a Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with spices.  The beer pours a pale golden yellow, slightly hazy with almost no head.  The aroma is wheat malt, yeast, spices, mostly clove and orange peel.  The taste is very yeasty.  Good if you like yeast forward beers.

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