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Cellaring Beer…

I’ve sort of taken up collecting and cellaring some of the darker beers.  I’ve been picking up Imperial Stouts and Baltic Porters here and there and storing them in my nice cool, dark basement.  The intention is to let ’em hangout for a couple years before opening any of them…

 

I’ve been logging everything that goes down into storage…including date acquired and the year it was bottled.  

 

Its fun building the collection and I’m really looking forward to drinking these once they’ve matured a bit.

 

Anybody have any ideas on Stouts, Porters, or even any Belgian stuff that might age well?  

 

Thanks Everybody

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Night Train Ale

O’so Brewing Company

Plover, WI

http://www.osobrewing.com

ABV – 7.2%

IBU – 86

O’So Brewing Company prides themselves on what they refer to as “Freestyle Brewing”. Their Night Train Ale is a perfect example of freestyle brewing success.

 Night Train Ale is a pitch black oatmeal porter. There is very little head or foam, just a bit of film that floats ontop of the blackest of beers.

 Night Train’s aroma is mouth-watering. Coffee and chocolate with a hint of black liquorice.

 The flavors are rich and malty, roasted coffee flavors blending nicely with a hint of chocolate. There is a pleasant hop bitterness that clings to your tongue. There are also the slightest of alcohol flavors…though it in no way detracts from the beer. The finish is dry.

 Night Train is a complicated ale…most likely a Robust Porter if we really need to apply labels to things, but really who needs labels. I thoroughly enjoyed Night Train. It might be hard to drink more than two or three in a night and still maintain any sort of coherent thought process, but I’d recommend that you give it a try. I know several of my friends who would love this beer. Pick up a six pack or two of this fine porter

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Black Butte Porter

Deschutes Brewery

Bend, OR

http://www.deschutesbrewery.com

ABV- 5.2%

IBU – Unavailable

My father-in-law likes his beers dark. Often times when he comes into town for a visit he’ll tell me about the beers he’s sampled since we last saw him. Coming from the Pacific Northwest, he has quite a few to choose from. A few months ago, he brought along one of his favorites. Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.

 I recently stumbled upon a couple of bottles of Black Butte Porter that were left behind in our fridge. Remembering how much I enjoyed Black Butte the first time I had it, I figured it would make an ideal subject for one of my reviews.

 Black Butte Porter is black in the glass. It doesn’t have a head so much as a loose beige foam that quickly dissipates, leaving behind a little bit of film that floats atop the porter. It appears to be nicely carbonated.

 The aroma is heavily chocolate malt. It honestly smells fantastic.

 The first sip delivers rich roasted malt and coffee flavors. It has a dry finish and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

 I really enjoyed Black Butte Porter. I must be honest. Part of the enjoyment comes from joking with my kids that the name is actually “Black Butt Porter” (Sorry, I’m a six year old in a thirty-six year old body).

 Black Butte is a nearly perfect porter. I would have another in a heartbeat…in fact, let me check in my fridge…that may be sooner than later.

 I’d certainly recommend Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter to my friends. I’d also offer the advice that Black Butte Porter is best consumed early in the evening. It’s richness and complexity are deserving of your undivided attention…before a night of drinking numbs your taste buds.

 cheers,

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Contorter Porter

Ale Asylum

Madison, WI

www.aleasylum.com

ABV- 4.8%

IBU – Unavailable

I’ve been a fan of Dean Coffey’s brewing since his days at Angelic Brewing Company.   I’ve had a couple other Ale Asylum beers. My favorite is a hoppy as hell amber that bears the name Ambergeddon.

 I had high hopes for Contorter Porter. I opened the bottle and poured the dark brown ale into an imperial pint glass. An inch thick, frothy beige head quickly formed.

 I held the glass to my nose and found the aroma to be sweet with hints of chocolate.

 However, Contorter Porter actually seems rather bland.  The malt flavors were distant and almost non-existent and were followed by a ever so slightly bitter aftertaste.

 It was actually pretty disappointing.  I’ve enjoyed some of Ale Asylum’s other offerings and have been looking forward to cracking open this bottle of Contorter Porter.

 The Ale Asylum website describes Contorter Porter as complex with a rich flavor and silky smooth finish. Maybe it’s just over my head or something. Maybe my tastebuds just aren’t equipped to handle the “complexity” that Contorter Porter brings to the table…who knows.

 I really wanted to like this one. I took each sip with great care… I tried to find something, but all I really found was disappointment.

 While I would happily recommend other Ale Asylum beers…for instance, Ambergeddon is fantastic…I’d recommend that you steer clear of Contorter Porter.

Anyway…

cheers,

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Horny Goat Brewing Company

Steven’s Point, WI

Stacked Milk Stout

ABV – 4.0%

IBU – Unavailable

It’s funny, the Horny Goat website describes Stacked Milk Stout as “full bodied and drinkable”. I’m not sure either of those adjectives actually apply to this ale.

 I poured the dark brown ale into a pint glass and watched as an off-white head formed and rapidly faded.

 The aroma was a bit deceiving. When I held the glass to my nose, I was immediately hit by a rich, roasted malt intermingled with chocolate and the slightest hint of coffee. With an aroma like that, I couldn’t help but think…”this is going to be good”.

 However, Stacked Milk Stout simply did not deliver. It was strangely bitter with a watered down, somewhat vague malt flavor that fades to a strangely sour finish.

 Horny Goat’s description of Stacked states that it is creamy and smooth. Really? Creamy? Are you sure? Do they know what creamy actually means?

 I’m not even sure it is really a stout. Stacked seemed more like a sort of watered down brown porter.

 I’ve been drinking beer a long time. In that time, I’ve drank a lot of crap. Horny Goat’s Stacked Milk Stout is without a doubt among the crappiest beers I’ve ever drank. I will never…I mean it…NEVER have another.

 I’m sure some of you probably will disagree with me…and that’s fine…but I think there are far better beers out there for you to spend your money on.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Wasatch Beers – Polygamy Porter

 

Polygamy Porter

Wasatch Beers

 Salt Lake City, Utah

7.0% ABV

I opened a bottle of Polygamy Porter and poured it slowly into a pint glass. The porter is dark brown, nearly black with a creamy beige head that clings to the glass with every movement. A cascade of carbonation bubbled up from the depths of the ale.

 The aroma was mostly of roasted barley but gave hints of chocolate and held the promise of a nice flavorful porter.

 The first sip brought only disappointment, as did each sip thereafter. There are the slightest coffee tones, but beyond that the flavors seemed vague and watered down. If only Polygamy Porter could have tasted half as good as it smelled…or maybe not smelled so good to begin with.

 If we’re sticking with the stars motif, I’d have to say that Polygamy Porter is two stars.

Cheers.

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com