Tasting Notes

Cinco de Mayo!

Tasting Notes from Cinco de Mayo

Corona Premier

Corona’s response to Michelob Ultra with a low carb beer. Pilsner based brew with a light color and light flavor. Corn aroma but tastes of watered down Corona. If you like watered down Corona, this is the beer for you!

Sol Beer

Bright nose, much like a Vienna lager with a slight citrus note. Very much a lager with a touch of breadiness to it and no corn flavor. This beer is a very good lager that goes well with most any food.

Victoria Lager

A touch of citrus on the nose, but overall a very weak nose with a light straw color. This is a style-bending brew with a touch of pilsner sweetness balanced with lager caramel flavor is a wonderful example of this style.

Dos Equis Lager Especial

Slightly citrus nose, like the Sol and Victoria brews before. This Bohemian inspired lager is stylistically very similar to earlier beers, and it may be your favorite, but not ours.

Modelo Negra

Lovely brown color with a nose of a standard Dunkel beer. It has a nice caramel complexity to it with a touch of coffee and chocolate and a great finish. This is a good version of the style.

Final Thoughts on Mexican Beer and our Recommendation for Celebration!

For a nice Cinco de Mayo we would recommend you party with Victoria if you are looking for a lighter brew. This style is very much like Bohemian style lagers and is a good style if you like a touch of citrus and some heavy malt bill.

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The Duck Rabbit Brewery

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Tasting Notes

Amber Ale

Wonderfully caramel nose really brings you in. This very flavorful ale has fruit tones and caramel mixed together to create a delightfully bright amber ale that we really enjoyed!

Milk Stout

The flagship for Duck Rabbit, this dark and heavy stout is a very well-balanced milk stout that does the style proud. A touch of coffee and sweetness on the nose belies the thick mouthfeel and sweetness of this stout.

Duck-Rabbator Dopplebock

A loaf of bread inspired dobblebock, has aromas of spent grain from the brewing process. This beer seems to be more dark fruit than bread, with a very deep flavor that reminded us of the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, but even better. At its 8.5% ABV, it will sneak up on you!

Baltic Porter

The nose of this beer definitely has booze and barrel. The alcohol heat does not linger around the pallet too much with more fruit tones than expected. This is surprisingly well balanced and warms not only the tongue, but the body and soul.

Rabid Duck Imperial Stout

This beer has a huge hop presence right off the bat. If we didn’t know better we would have thought we had a black IPA with hints of roasted malt, citrus, and floral tones. Flavorwise we got a lot of lemon peel and it does not taste as heavy as it is. If you like hops and stouts, this is a good beer to have, but the more standard stout flavors seem to be lacking. A truly unique take on an Imperial Stout.

Final Thoughts on The Duck Rabbit

Duck Rabbit really understand dark beers, but it was their Amber Ale that really took the show for us. This was one of our very amber ales of all time. Travis enjoyed the Baltic Porter and Amber Ale the most. All of the beers were very good and unique. We will definitely be revisiting them later this year and would highly recommend you do the same!

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Trophy Brewing

Tasting Notes from Trophy

Trophy Wife

Delightful easy drinking session IPA helped turn Kim onto IPAs. Not piney at all, with lovely tropical fruit notes that make this beer a wonderful summer ale for all beer drinkers.

Cloud Surfer

A “modern” twist on an IPA with a citrus and pineapple nose and similar flavor profile. A heavy dose of dry hopping give this beer a lovely smooth finish without the standard IPA bitterness.

Check Your Head

This Beastie Boys inspired beer has a lovely tropical fruit nose with notes of pineapple and mango coming to the forefront. Again, the nose and tongue agree on the flavors, but this beer has a very sweet finish.

Head Cleaner

Please be kind and rewind this VHS inspired Double IPA! Very similar to the Check Your Head, but with a slight astringent aroma on the nose. However the flavor itself balances smoothly and it tastes almost identical to the Check Your Head.

Final thoughts and Beer of the Night

All four beers we tried were tropical IPAs, and each were well made. These even made Kim want to try more IPAs! We do know they have a wide variety and would recommend everyone swing by for a pint. We really enjoyed our tasting and would highly recommend visiting any of their locations for some excellent beer, pizza, and food! Kim and Andrew’s favorites were the Trophy Wife and Check Your Head while Laura preferred the Cloud Surfer and Head Cleaner.

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Weeping Radish

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Tasting Notes from Weeping Radish

Pinked Lemonade OBX

Nice lovely lemonade aroma and flavor. This beer is a really good Kolsch-style shandy and great all-day beer for those hot beach days.

Bitter Bee

A very thick foamy beer with aroma of honey and piney goodness. The flavor also has a lovely west-coast pale ale floral and orange flavors with hints of honey. This beer has a much greater bitterness on the pallet than expected from the IBUs.

Black Radish

Roasty chocolate and coffee on the nose were excellent primers for this Schwarzbier. Unfortunately the flavors do not match the heavenly aroma. A faint background of coffee, but mostly dark fruits and bell peppers dominate on the tongue. We were rather disappointed with this beer as we mostly tasted grape.

Christmas Bier

Very clean nose with mostly malt and lager tones. Like the Schwarzbier, this Dobblebock also tasted of purple grapes much to our chagrin. We got some basic lager and breadiness on the frontend and a touch of caramel on the backend, but the grape flavors overpowered nearly everything, and not in a good way.

Final Thoughts on Weeping Radish

We were amazingly disappointed in both lagers, however we think there may have been an infection or something off in the process, as both had the same grape flavoring. Both ales were excellent and we can say for certain we would drink another of Uli’s kolsch or pale ales again. We would definitely be willing to try more lagers from Weeping Radish, however we were not fans of the cans we had. But we really want to get hold of house made Wurst!

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Stone Brewing

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Tasting Notes from Stone Brewing

Tropic Thunder Lager

The pineapple and coconut hit you first on the nose, making you think this will be an ale. The beer itself has a lovely breadyness that balances the fruit well, and is a very refreshing beer.

IPA

A piney and slightly dank nose, this beer smells like one would expect a West-Coast Style IPA to smell. Flavorwise, everything you expect from the style, bitter and piney, with a touch of dankness. A great example of the style.

Delicious IPA

The lemon-drop hop does not disappoint as this beer gives a lovely fresh lemon and hop spice aroma right off the top. Starting off like lemon candy, this beer finishes with lemon pith, giving that burst of lemon bitterness to help it stay so delicious. We really enjoyed this standard from Stone.

Scorpion Bowl IPA

This cocktail-inspired IPA has a lovely tropical fruit nose and it is very fruity on the nose. Juicier than we expected, with a lot of tropical fruit flavors especially pineapple. The pineapple really hangs around on the backend of the taste.

Arrogant Bastard Ale

This beer is not supposed to be enjoyed (per the label) as it is overly hopped to the extreme! Amber in color, but a slight astringent aroma, belies this beer. The pallet is not as heavy as the beer label implies, with notes of caramel and citrus that help to offset the bitterness. This is a beer everyone should try for the historical style.

Xocoveza

The cinnamon and nutmeg blend well with the pepper spice to create a delightful nose. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, and chili are all there and easy to pick up and are perfectly balanced. A formerly rare beer, the Xocovesa is a delight to have and should be easy to get a hold of regardless of where you live!

Final Thoughts on Stone and Beer of the Night

Our beer of the evening was the Xocovesa, but everything we had was excellent. Our preferred order:

  1. Xocovesa
  2. Delicious
  3. Tropic Thunder
  4. Scorpion Bowl
  5. IPA
  6. Arrogant Bastard

Stone is a very IPA heavy brewery, and is fairly ubiquitous. It is definitely a great brewery with no bad beers to be had. We would highly recommend finding some Stone beer at your local store or bar!

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Irish Beer Week

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Tasting Notes From Irish Beer Week

Harp

Straw colored and highly effervescent, this beer is a standard European lager. A very easy drinking beer with some wheat flavor and little to no bitterness to speak of.

Smithwick’s & Sons Red Ale.

This red ale truly is ruby red in color. This low-alcohol session ale has great legs and slight caramel and roasty aroma. There is a slight bitterness to it, but it is slight. THis beer could easily be an all day sipper for any function.

Wexford Irish Style Cream Ale

This beer poured like cream soda, but eventually fell out to resemble a cream ale in color and opacity. Having a head similar to a nitro-poured beer, the aroma is very odd and we could not place it. Sort of chalky and smooth, this beer should be skipped as there are almost no redeeming qualities here.

Murphy’s Irish Stout

The original Irish Dry Stout, this dark and medium bodied beer is our favorite of the Irish stouts. Coffee and toffee tones are on the nose with just the barest amount of cocoa detected. The coffee and roasty notes continue on the pallet, but the beer itself is fairly thin in the mouth compared to an American oatmeal stout, but this is very creamy.

Guinness Draught

Not as much on the nose as the Murphy’s, creating a more subtle beer. While the flavors are less, this beer is much heavier than the Murphy’s and fills one up much faster. This is a plain beer. A little bitterness, a little coffee, and nothing that stands out.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

Lovely nose with dark fruit and fig notes and touch of coffee roast. Flavorwise, this beer is heavy figs, with a bittersweet middle and dry finish. This is much better than the standard Guinness Draught.

Final Thoughts on Irish Beer

All in all, Irish beer has been greatly stunted by the predatory practices of Guinness, and Irish craft beer is nearly impossible to find in the states. We look forward to future small Irish breweries, but this St Patty’s day, if you need an Irish stout we recommend a Murphy’s or Foreign Extra.

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Tasting from Four Saints Part 1 and 2

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Our full tasting from Four Saints with new and old style cans!

Tasting Notes from Four Saints

Yoga Pants Latte

This beer is spicy in the best since! Pumpkin spices on the nose and the palate truly make this beer a pumpkin spiced latte dark ale. Vanilla, baking spices and coffee are all on the nose. Heavy pumpkin with clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice flavors abound in this easy to drink pumpkin latte. Unlike many pumpkin beers, this one finishes cleanly and is a new favorite.

Stout One

Heavy smoke nose with some vanilla and whiskey tones, similar to a smoked sausage or scotch. This is not a sweet stout, but it still retains flavors of smoke, chocolate, and a touch of whiskey, vanilla, and charred meat. Perfect beer for a grilled steak.

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Things get a little heavier and darker with part 2!

Impending Grace

Faint honey on the nose with some smoke and dark cocoa notes as well gives this pitch black stout some excellent aromas. This stout has a bit bolder flavor profile compared to the Stout One, with smoke still being a part of the palate.

BBA Impending Grace

More subtle than some bourbon barrel aged stouts, the barrel aging seems to have removed the smoked notes on the aroma and replaced them with some bourbon tones. The bourbon really shines through on the tongue, giving strong bourbon flavors without losing the stout tones. The bourbon does thin this beer out though, in a manner we thought odd, but tasty.

Final Thoughts on Four Saints Brewing

We really like Four Saints.We love their beer, their commitment to their community, and their willingness to talk to us. Our only regret is that we do not live closer to the brewery! Their beer is excellent and we cannot recommend this brewery enough if you find yourself in Asheboro, NC visiting the NC Zoo, or just cruising looking for breweries!

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