Saturday, November 29, 2008

Rogue: Imperial Stout

Munkey 1 and I shared this after the Oaked Tard Munkey. It was an excellent beer but unfortunatly it did not follow the Tard Munkey very well because it was fairly bitter.

Slight coffee chocholate smell, medium full body, nice dark dense head. Starts out smooth but finishes kind of bitter. Muted alcohol presense. The bitter aftertasete is still there and kinda gritty, not sure whats going on there. I would have liked a heavier mouthfeel for an imperial, more like the double dead guy.

I suspect this beer would be better when drank on its own with a sweetish desert, like burnt cream. I'm reserving final judgement until I can give it a second review.

Oaked Tard Munkey

Oaked Tard Munkey, 13 months old.

Beer pwn fluorescent light, rar! Passes the stout hole test, as if there was any doubt.

Smells like molasses and maple syrup, it smells thick if that's possible. Clings to the glass, side note: this beer stained a thermometer while it was brewing. The first sip is a magical overwhelming sensory journey for your taste buds. First taste is sweet chocolate maple syrup on pancakes. Next an oaky vanillaish that blends into a velvety thick mouthfeel. Little bit of carbonation on the end I think is masking the high alcohol (14%). Smooth finish, I can't believe I'm not tasting the hops, this brew is well over 100 IBU's. This is a dangerously tasty and drinkable beer!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Budweiser: American Ale

I know what you're thinking. Being unemployed has not forced me to drink this as a last resort to my clutch on alcohol. Rather it is an experiment on one of the largest most consistent breweries in the world. The experiment is if Budweiser can live up to the name it has chosen for this particular brew. Particularly it's description found on the label that I will quote,

"Carefully brewed with barley from America's heartland and cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest, this rich, amber-colored ale has robust flavor and a distinctive, hoppy finish."

It is very sweet, I can't tast any of the hops it boasts of. It looks and almost tastes like a watered down amber bock. But worse. If I were you I wouldn't get it. Ever. Better than regular budweiser? Yes. Jeez this beer just isn't great at all. I had to force myself to drink the last of it and wouldn't call this much of an ale.

Monday, November 24, 2008


We need your help for our upcoming "The best of the worst!" review.

So far I'm thinking we need:
Bud light
Coors light
Miller High Life
Bud lime
Miller chill

Anything else we need to include?

Thanks for the help!

EDIT: Rainer, Olympia, Budweiser w/clamato, Milwaukee

Chicago Brewing (Vegas) - sampler

Hooray, a microbrew cigar lounge in Vegas! Feels like Washington, the beer is cheapish, cold and tasty.

Blueberry Vanilla Wheat - Ick. Not a big hef fan, don't really like fruit beers. Too foo-fooy and sweet for my taste.

Weizenheimer Wheat - Blah standard wheat beer, not good not bad. Better than a lot of the crap I have been drinking on this trip.

Ramblin' Reck Amber Ale - Good stuff, would give our amber a run for its money. Its kinda dark for an amber, good malt backbone.

Old Town Brown - Meh, its a brown ale. Like the Hef, not good, not bad.

Hardway I.P.A. - Mild IPA, but finally some hops! I was going through withdrawls.

Black Star - Dry stout, guinessy tasting without the dirt feel or aftertaste. Pretty good.

All Nighter - Good light ale. Drinkable with lots of beeriness. We ended up getting a pitcher of this.

CBC Belgian Dubbel - Wow! an excellent belgian, I'm impressed! Sweetness balanced well with carbonation.

2008 Double Bastard

2008 Double Bastard

This year's seems thicker than I remember, but as always a good beer. Hoppy, malty, thick, with an alcohol hotness on the back. Not much else to review, stock up while you can.

Look for a 2007 vs. 2008 review. And possibly a 2006 vs. 2007 vs. 2008...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pabst Blue Ribbon: Light...?

What can I say, I'm on a roll. BrewMunkey_A better get HIS roll on if we want to get our 200 beer review by new years. So, PBR - Light. I will be the first to admit that I have drank the piss out of the regular stuff. The light seems to be a little sweeter than the regular if I remember correctly. I don't have a side by side comparison to do at the moment and it has been a long time since I've had the regular. This lager seems to be a slackin on the drink-alot-ability factor too. I've had a few of these by the time I'm writing this and my opinion hasn't changed. Maybe PBR needs the "thinkness" to keep it's appeal. There really isn't much else to say about this lager. Not that I was expecting too much else but a friend brought an 18 pack over so I had to try it. Tune in later for our AMERICAN LAGER REVIEW!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Brew Munkey: IPArter

Oh here we go. Pours thick, tan thick head, black body that just fills the mouth. Consistently my most favorist porter ever. It has a deep almost mohagony, maple flavor but maintains a high drink-alot-ability. The black malts really come out on this one. A very good beer if you like porters. And did I mention the hops? This batch boasts 18oz of hops per barrel and brings some serious flavor. Better get yours before we go pro.

Rogue: Sharktooth Ale

I'm not even gonna take a picture of this one. It was just like the other one. Seems like they were trying to make a lager? This is not why I buy Rogue beer. It is super light, very crisp body, no head. It has a Bavarian Hop spiciness to it, tastes citrisy and spicy. That's about it....

Rogue: Chinookie Ale

Well this is an odd one. It doesn't happen very often that I think a Rogue beer is blah. For starters, it poured very light, white thin head, and was see-through! I actually had someone ALMOST pour their wine in it cause they thought it was BERINGER White Zinfidel! Uncharacteristicly sweet, this has a sharp bite that quickly fades to, "what was that?". It's not that it was terrible, it just wasn't what it could be, or what I expect. If they were trying to be a light beer, they did a good job? Meh, just not my favorite.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Rogue: Younger's Special Bitter Ale

At my first sip I really didn't know what to think. Ale? IPA? Lager? A couple more sips and I was hooked on this ale. It poured a very clear, light golden colored beer. The hop presence is not very pronounced but very well balanced for how light the body is. The reason I put lager on the potential list is because this beer finishes so amazingly clean and has a great light bubbly mouthfeel. Kudo's to Rogue for another good beer.

This is a dang good beer!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Deschutes: Jubelale

Deschutes does some great stuff. Funny story, I spent 1st and 2nd grade in elementary school in Bend Oregon.

So here we go. Light airy head, sudo-thick, deep clear red body. Finishes a little heavy on the palet but not as much as some. Almost a deep amber taste with a hint of smoke. Do I need to be more objective? I don't know what else to say about this beer. It is good, I like it for what it is. I think it is a little above average for amber's but not as drinkable as some. The 6.7% abv lends a welcome bite and complements its heavy palet. Not sure if I would change anything about it, but maybe a little more malt and chocolate would be nice. Like Brew Munkey's Amber.....

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Smithwick's - irish amber ale

Smithwick's irish amber ale.

Had this on tap at the Nine Fine Irishmen restaruant in the New York-New York hotel. This is one of our favorite pubs in Vegas, good food, good drink. No exeption here. Smooth and creamy, nice malty irish ale. Not really much of a smell, smells almost like guiness. Very drinkable, easily the best beer I've had so far on my trip. Now I'm looking forward to my after dinner cigar - Padron 1926. Might have to get a pint to go... Thats another awesome thing about vegas, something about wandering around anywhere and being able to smoke and drink, I'm bathing in sin and I like it! (can you tell I'm not broke yet?!)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Paco's Homemade Ale

Paco's homemade ale. Sahara hotel.

So, last time I was in Vegas the beer selection was poor. Fortunately things have changed some. We just got to the hotel, tired, annoyed and hungry we found the place with the shortest wait. On the menu was the standard mexican restaraunt beers and this one. So I had to try it.

Its not bad, tastes a lot like Redhook Copper Hook. Good balance of body, malt and hops. Nothing special but a lot better than the Corona or Bud light I was expecting to have to settle for. Went very well with deep fried buritos. Gotta love Vegas.

Rogue: Warrior Ale

This is not an ale! This is a porter through and through. Dark tan head, black body, thick chocolate and brown malt tones, light finish, and what could be sweetness has been transformed to a great burnt porter chaulkiness. What this beer lacks in exuberant flavor and pazazz it has made up in a decent drinkable porter er, I mean ale?