Sunday, May 12, 2013

Beer: Left Hand, Schlafly, People's, and Boatswain

So we here at Goatsden World HQ are way behind on beer reviews. Apologies to those still waiting. It's a gradual process, but it's coming together. 

Here are some more assorted craft beer reviews, submitted for your approval. Ratings are from 1 (awful) to 5 (awesome). Anything over a 3.0 is considered a perfectly drinkable brew, so cheers, and enjoy a craft beer (not a corporate lager) today!

Colorado's Left Hand Brewing has been a favorite of mine for years. Their original milk stout is among the standards for the style. This is a new version of that brew, and it's just as successful.

Pours black, with ruby highlights. Pretty well opaque. Head is slight but smooth with fine, tan bubbles. Next to no lace here. Nose is chocolate, roasty, and lactic. A little char there, too, but overall nice! Taste is delicious! It's a creamy, smooth mix of bittersweet cocoa, milk, and some roasty char. 

An easy-to-enjoy treat, and here's to hoping this brew isn't limited.

St. Louis' largest craft brewery has always garnered praise and respect. This Belgian-styled ale doesn't disappoint, either.

Pours a pale gold, with moderate carbonation and attractive tree-line lace. Nose is sweet and spiced. Definite tones of Belgian candy sugar. Taste is strong on the spice up front, with a touch of citrus and darker fruit near the finish. There's also a slight warmth at the end, as well.

Overall, a superb Belgian-style ale, and this one is packed with rich flavor. Superb and faithful to the style.

People's Brewing is a recent addition to Indiana's growing craft beer lineup, and their past beers have been received reasonably well here at Goatsden. This is one of the best we've tried yet.

Pours black with ruby highlights, and nice, tan foam. Thick walls of lace. Attractive. Aroma is fruity and herbal. Hops seem muted here. Not sure what to make of it. Taste is sharply hopped, with plenty of roasty chocolate-toned malts underneath. Citric hop finish. 

Comes around with a well-balanced taste and easy finish. Solid.

Brewed by Wisconsin's Minhas Craft Brewery (responsible for some really awful beers), and sold exclusively through Trader Joe's markets, this one isn't bad at all.

Pours a black with tawny brown highlights. Rich head of foamy suds. Thick tree-line lace. Nose is cocoa. Simply put, cocoa. Not bad at all. Taste is definitely overwhelmingly chocolate. I get a silky milk chocolate character more as this brew warms up. 

Not a complex nor multi-dimensional ale, but decent enough.

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