Summer Beer Tasting: 21 different styles in 26 Beers

My friend Stu returned from California with a nice haul of “West Coast” beers not available in S. Florida.   His philosophy is that good beer is meant to be shared, so he invited a small handful of friends to his backyard for a great beer tasting on Saturday.  

The Beer "Waiting Room"

Above is what I called the Beer “Waiting Room”.  This is a photo before more beer was added as guests arrived. 

I have listed the beers in the Order we drank them.  Our method of picking our next beer was very random.  We would just go to the beer “Waiting Room” stick in our hand and pull out a beer, most of the time not knowing what we were going to pull out.  It actually worked out quite well this way, as you will see the styles did vary and kept palate fatigue at bay.  We were able to taste 21 different beers style from the 26 beers we had.

Stu and the cheese spread as he finished pouring our 1st brew.

   
 
Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale

Beer #1:   Maduro Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale

 Brewery: Cigar City Brewing.  Tampa, Florida

Style: Brown Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Breckenridge IPA Small Batch 471

Beer #2:  Breckenridge IPA Small Batch 471

Brewery: Breckenridge Brewery & Pub.  Breckenridge, Colorado

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 9.2% 

Fort Collins Maibock Zum Leben!

Beer #3:  Maibock Zum Leben!

Brewery: Fort Collins Brewery.  Fort Collins, Colorado

Style: Maibock

ABV: 6.3%  

Flying Fish Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA

Beer #4:  Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA

Brewery: Flying Fish Brewing Company.  Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.2%

Cascade Apricot Ale (2009)

Beer #5:  Cascade Apricot Ale (2009)

Brewery: Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge and Brewpub.  Portland, Oregon

Style: Lambic

ABV: 9.0% 

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Beer #6:  Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Brewery: Dark Horse Brewing Company.  Marshall, Michigan

Style: Doppelbock

ABV: 7.5% 

Hoppin’ Frog D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer Double Imperial Stout

Beer #7:  D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer Double Imperial Stout

Brewery: Hoppin’ Frog Brewery. Akron, Ohio

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.5% 

Marin Brewing Point Reyes Porter

Beer #8:  Point Reyes Porter

Brewery: Marin Brewing Company.  Larkspur, California

Style: American Porter

ABV: 6.0% 

Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Beer #9:  Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery. Bend, Oregon

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.75%  

Three Floyds Robert the Bruce

Beer #10:  Robert the Bruce

Brewery: Three Floyds Brewing Co. Munster, Indiana

Style: Scottish Ale

ABV: 6.5 % 

Boulevard Dark Truth Stout (Smokestack Series)

Beer #11:  Dark Truth Stout (Smokestack Series)

Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company.  Kansas City, Missouri

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.7% 

Stone Sawyer’s Triple

Beer #12:  Sawyer’s Triple

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.  Escondido, California

Style: Tripel

ABV: 7.6%  

Birrificio Italiano Scires

Beer #13:  Scires

Brewery: Birrificio Italiano.   Lurago Marinone, Italy

Style: Fruit (Cherries)

ABV: 7.5% 

Port Brewing Wipeout IPA

Beer #14:  Wipeout IPA

Brewery: Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port.  San Marcos, California 

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 7.0% 

Old World Dark Knight Porter

Beer #15:  Dark Knight Porter

Brewery: Old World Brewery Inc.  Phoenix, Arizona

Style:  English Porter

ABV: 6.5%  

Black Lightning Porter

Beer #16:  Black Lightning Porter

Brewery: Lightning Brewery.  Poway, California

Style: Baltic Porter

ABV: 8.5%   

The Beer "Waiting Room" at halftime

After 16 beers it looks like we have more beer waiting than when we started!!!!  

Stu chilling out

 Looks like Stu is enjoying the tasting so far. 

 

Ballast Point Big Eye IPA

 Beer #17:  Big Eye IPA

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company.  San Diego, California

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 7.0 % 

Homebrew: Habanero pepper something or another

Beer #18:  Homebrew (Habanero pepper something or another)

Brewery: Jason’s

Style: Hot pepper

ABV: ??%  

Southampton Saison Deluxe (looks like the bottle got a little banged up)

Beer #19:  Saison Deluxe

Brewery: Southampton Publick House.  Southampton, New York

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

ABV: 7.4%  

Boulevard Collaboration No. 1 Imperial Pilsner (Smokestack Series)

Beer #20: Collaboration No. 1 Imperial Pilsner (Smokestack Series) 

Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company.  Kansas City, Missouri

Style: Imperial Pilsner

ABV: 8.0%  

Rogue John John Ale #21 (Dead Guy Ale Aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels) #22 (Pale Ale Brewed with Juniper Berries and aged in Spruce Gin Barrels)

Beer #21: John John Ale (Dead Guy Ale Aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels)

Brewery: Rogue Brewery / Brewer’s on the Bay.  Newport, Oregon

Style: Mailbock

ABV: 6.4%

Beer #22: John John Ale (Pale Ale Brewed with Juniper Berries and aged in Spruce Gin Barrels)

Brewery: Rogue Brewery / Brewer’s on the Bay.  Newport, Oregon

Style: Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%   

The Lost Abbey Judgment Day

Beer #23:  Judgment Day

Brewery: The Lost Abbey.  San Marcos, California

Style: Quadrupel

ABV: 10.5% 

 

Cigar City Gruit Humidor Series batch 02

Beer #24:  Gruit 2010 Humidor Series batch 02

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing.  Tampa, Florida

Style: Gruit

ABV: 5.5%  

Southern Tier Crème Brûleé Stout

Beer #25: Crème Brûleé Stout

Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company.  Lakewood, New York

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.2%  

Rogue ÜberFest Pilsner

Beer #26:  ÜberFest Pilsner

Brewery: Rogue Brewery / Brewer’s on the Bay.  Newport, Oregon

Style: German Pilsner

ABV: 5.2%Hope you enjoyed these great tasting pics

 

My favorite brews of the day (in no particular order):

Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA

Cascade Apricot Ale (2009)

Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Dark Truth Stout (Smokestack Series)

 Point Reyes Porter

My least favorite brews of the day (in no particular order):

Crème Brûleé Stout (Only because I do not like butterscotch) Everyone else loved it.

Gruit 2010 Humidor Series batch 02

Sawyer’s Triple

 

Here are some of the beers we did not get around to tasting:  Which is good news as Stu says he will have another BIG tasting soon to finish these and many more!!!!!!!!!

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary, Imperial Helles Bock

SKA Brewing Modus Hoperandi IPA 

Cascade The Vine, Northwest Style Sour Ale

Allagash Musette   

Terrapin Side Project Volume 11 Boom ShakaLager  

AleSmith X   

AleSmith Anvil   

Lagunitas Lucky 13    

Cigar City 110K + OT Batch #3 (The Other West Coast IPA)

Cigar City Hunahpu’s   

Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager  

Thirez EXTRA Farmhouse Ale   

Hebrew R.I.P.A on RYE   

Schlafly Reserve Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout 2008   

Plus many others, including some home brews (see below for pictures of the beer which missed the cut)

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Beer #98 Birrificio Italiano Cassissona

 

Birrificio Italiano Cassissona

Name: Cassissona

Style: Fruit

Brewery: Birrificio Italiano   website

Country: Italy

Region: Lurago Marinone

ABV: 6.4% Abv

How served: 750ml foiled capped bottle poured into a Troubadour glass.        

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Grilled salmon.   

Tasted on: Monday April 12th, 2010. 

Note:  I originally obtained this beer while I was a member of the Michael Jackson beer club.   I have been out of the club now for at least 2 years, so this bottle has been sitting in my fridge for some time now.  It was bottled on January 18, 2006.   On the label it says “sparkling beer” and it pours like a sparkling wine/champagne.  The taste is very light with a huge amount of carbonation; the black currant (cassis) flavor is very subtle.  I wish I had more in the fridge.   But I don’t.  So I’m going to be heading to Italy in  search of some unique brews and set up a Beercation to Tuscany in 2011!

 On the Label:  Sparkling Beer Brewed with Black Currant (Cassis)

Exuberant, effervescent, sweet Cassissona, the beer with a punch, has a rich, complex fruity aroma – primarily black currant – besides other innovative and intense flavors and scents. It was designed for several very special situations, and is best when served with fruit desserts or – another valid alternative – savory cheeses.

From their website:   Exuberant, effervescent, sweet Cassissona, the beer with a punch, has a rich, complex fruity aroma – primarily black currant – besides other innovative and intense flavors and scents. It was designed for several very special situations, and is best when served with fruit desserts or – another valid alternative – savory cheeses. A certain “winy” flavor makes it perfect for “Cantucci” cookies from Siena, for instance.
Its sweetness and strength impart a certain languidness and mellowness to mind and soul. It is suitable for unflappable folks or appropriate as a specific remedy for people suffering from hyper-efficiency. After Cassissona®, there is the void: an astronomical number of tiny bubbles carry – at the velocity of the expanding gas – fragrant molecules (esters and superior alcohol) and massive doses of ethyl alcohol to the few agitated and awed neurons in the brain. There is no time for questions, nor is it a time for answers, so just sit back, get comfy and enjoy a mouthful of life. I indubitably placed it on the 7th level of the B.I. Scale, and with the same certainty, I called it: “Rien va plus!”
Cassissona Sketch of Life n.1
After a Tantric rite on the riverbank, she speaks of clouds, their movement and essence, while he replies with a heartfelt hymn to the pure water of crystalline mountain streams. Amidst leaping trout and bursts of sunlight, the best conclusion could only be a devastating and all-consuming Cassissona. After Cassissona, oblivion. Later that evening, under the stars, a reawakening in a semi-conscious state, a revival of the rites or a huge headache.
Cassissona Sketch of Life n. 2
In Alsace, in the country home of “Aunt Giselle”. Lace bonnet, terra cotta stove, dark
wood. Ducks, geese, cabbage and garlic. Herbal tea, cookies and .. Cassissona!!! Oooh Auntie!

 Technical chart: 
“SPARKLING CASSIS-FLAVORED DESSERT BEER”
Double amber malt produced by way of decoction, with approximately 6.5% alcohol by volume (17 Plato degrees).
A small amount of Cassis syrup is added at the beginning of the fermentation with S. carlsbergensis. It is prematurely bottled to obtain high gas saturation, and matured for at least six months at a temperature of approximately 6-7 °C.
As in the case of Amber Shock, this is not re-fermentation, but an exclusive procedure adopted by “Birrificio Italiano®” of Lurago Marinone .

 Ingredients: 
Water, with a total hardness of approximately 30 French degrees.
Hops: Hallertauer Magnum (1st and 2nd addition) and Hallertauer Hersbrucker (3rd addition).
Pilsener, Munich and caramel malts from Germany and France
Saccharomyces carlsbergensis brewer’s yeast from the laboratories of the Brewery University of Baviera (Weihenstephan)


Original recipe developed by Birrificio Italiano® of Lurago Marinone.

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