What I Drank This Week

4 02 2011

Hey guys. Hope everyone has had a good week so far. I happen to have today off from work – comp. day for working this weekend. I wanted to share a couple of beers I tried this week.

Wednesday, Lauren, a couple of friends and I went out to the movies (Black Swan was surprisingly good and not chick-flicky) then went to a local sports bar for some drinks and game-watching. I experienced a beer that has now entered my Top Ten favorites.

I will get to that in a second, but I started with a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, which is already in my Top Ten. What a great beer. Nice and dark with a solid head upon pour. First sip is SMOOTH. Nice musky/nutty flavor with a slight bitter finish. Great drink to have at the end of the night. I planned to have a second, but something else on the menu caught my eye…

Allagash Tripel. I have had many Allagash brews in my time, and am always pleased. I have found a new love for Tripels. Apparently, triples get their name due to the triple amount of malt. This means that the alcohol content is increased, usually equating to about 9% ABV or more. Allagash happens to be right at 9%. The beer was available via draft, so by the time it got to me the head had reduced, so I can’t fairly explain the head, but the color was unique. It was dark gold in appearance, lighter from what I’ve experienced from a tripel, with a sweet aroma. My first thought of the taste was sweetness, as well, but the finish was spicy. I don’t know how else to describe it. I liked the fruitiness of it because it wasn’t too overwhelming. Easy to drink, surprisingly, considering the alcohol content. The price was not cheap, but if you’re only having one or two, even for the cash-strapped, it is worth it. Go out and try this, it is terrific.

I’m going to post again tomorrow about my picks for the Super Bowl (and I don’t mean the teams playing in the game). Have a good weekend!

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