Category: year of the beer ’09

word of advice: stick to the blow!
word of advice: stick to the blow!

store: colombia
type: american adjunct lager
abv: 3.90%
suggested by: juan

drank this on the heels of the aforementioned club colombia — had a slightly differing taste. and by that i mean it didn’t really taste like anything.

juan mentioned that colombians don’t really have a taste for dark beers so this is the best they’ve got… there’s the phrase about not saying anything if you don’t have anything nice to say right? so i’ll let this dood on beer advocate say it:

“This is one of the blandest, most lifeless lagers I’ve tasted. That said, it doesn’t taste bad. It just tastes like club soda with a splash of beer.”

ehhh… i’ll have to agree…

HOWEVER, that’s not saying that the effort to get the beer to me is overlooked… lawlz… i appreciate it, juan — congratulations, you have your flag in the beer list AND you’re pregnant!

beeradvocate: C-
me: C

¡levántate!
¡levántate!

store: probably some corner “siete-once” in the country of colombia (ha!)
type: american adjunct lager
abv: 4.00%
suggested by: juan

thanks to juan for this beer… straight from mexico… err colombia — same thing i guess, right?

all to get his country’s flag into my modest list! he had to fool the TSA by turning this (and another can) into a suppository… yea… i totally drank outta the can!

so let’s see — at first sip, i KNEW it was similar to a bud light/coors light type… and i was effin’ right (american adjunct lager)! i dunno if that’s a testament to my taste buds, or the fact that i drank so much of that during the july 4th weekend (ughhhh).

tho, i will give it credit — it was a lot SMOOTHER than BL/CL imho… those other beers have a weird harshness to it that makes it lack drinkability.

i can totally see myself drinking too much of these and fuckin’ myself up… good stuff!

i grade it a B (yes, partly because of the length of personal travel from point of origin to my belly)

beeradvocate: C
me: B

no... it's not david the gnome (anyone?)
no... it's not david the gnome (anyone?)

store: bevmo
type: belgian strong pale ale
abv: 8.00%

i gotta admit — i was gonna get the blue label chimay, but then saw a gnome on a bottle of beer and HAD TO get it… this was the other beer brought to the usa/spain match (maybe i shoulda themed my beer with the game… doh!)

go belgium — another great one! it’s a cloudy witbier-like flavor

the mouthfeel was like a sparkling cider — very bubbly, making it a good one to drink on a warm day

thanks to andy, i found out the meat/cheese that we had: pepper salame (they weren’t fuckin’ around with the pepper), ivernia (ireland), and iberico (the spaniard) — both cheeses were on the dry side, but not crumbly (not saying that’s a bad thing) — but they both finished creamy, if that makes any sense (i do beers, not cheese… get off me)

beeradvocate: A-
me: A

brown nut... ha!
sam smith's brown nut... ha!

store: bevmo
type: english brown ale
abv: 5.00%

so i’m parlaying my success with samuel smith’s brewery with this… it’s a really good brown ale — not the run of the mill brown ale, mind you.

brought this to enjoy at andy’s and adam’s for the usa v spain futbol game (who woulda guessed the outcome of that game?)

it pours and looks like every brown ale you’ve seen — dark brown with little head (like me… what?)

the taste was very sweet — i noted caramel and toffee in the flavor… wasn’t expecting that, but was pleasantly surprised.  matched with some good cheese whose names i can’t remember off the top of my head… hint hint

beeradvocate: A-
me: A

with a pub mix cameo
with a pub mix cameo

store: bevmo
type: oatmeal stout
abv: 5.00%

rolled into bevmo and saw my buddy, vg, there… he knows of the whole 50-beer thing and has been pretty good with suggestions (he hasn’t failed me yet).

so he suggested this one — i’ve never tasted an oatmeal stout before… it’s really good

it poured a really dark body with a 2-3 finger frothy head (heh heh)… had hints of chocolate with the taste… and my favorite category, it had a creamy mouthfeel

bought a single big bottle — i think it’s 22 oz maybe? and finished it quickly. definitely a session beer for its smoothness and taste

i wouldn’t really pair it with pub mix in the future, but it’s always a good snack

beeradvocate: A-
me: A

10w-30
10w-30 motor oil

store: bj’s
type: russian imperial stout
abv: 8.00%

it’s a tradition to drink this b*tch on birthdays so i had two pints of it… i was running ragged the next day (“doesn’t that mean that you’re drunk?” “no. it means i was drunk yesterday” — name that movie!)

it’s kinda funny tho — i used to loathe this beer, but now it’s not so bad. i guess my tastebuds grew up apparently (or i’ve destroyed my sense of taste, whichever one you feel applies)

this is a creamy ass stout (as stouts are wont to be) — it had a thin head (experts would say a one-finger head, but you guys are too childish for that term), but look at it in the pic… it’s a nice malty color

beeradvocate: B+
me: B-

islands frosty mugs ftw!
islands frosty mugs ftw!

store: islands
type: hefeweizen
abv: 5.10%

gettin’ close to magical 5-0… should i try to go for 100 by the end of the year? that’s probably a bad idea…

so i wanted to try something different at islands… a lot of people, like rob, like drinking hef’s… not me — strange cuz i like witbier‘s too (i just hate germans i guess)

anyway, this had the same type of flavor as other hefs… that fruitish, vanilla, clove, etc. this particular one tasted like crazy banana though — blech

the beer wouldn’t go away fast enough — even after drinking, later in the afternoon, i was burping up bananas (insert joke here)… not a fan of this one

beeradvocate: B-
me: C

that's the good stuff
my phone has a flash apparently!

store: adams ave. grill
type: american amber/red ale
abv: 5.20%

i haven’t had this beer in SO long… it was different than i had remembered…

drank this at chaunce’s wedding and i was pleasantly surprised.

it wasn’t harsh with a bad aftertaste. instead, this had a nice wheaty/malty taste — very refreshing, soft… very dependable

i might need to pick a sixer of this again… 

beeradvocate: B
me: A

ya think i shoulda used a flash? not flesh...
ya think i shoulda used a flash? not flesh...

store: stone brewery
type: english brown ale
abv: 6.20%

i’m sure you’ve all had another famous english brown ale — i’m going out on a limb to claim that this one is better

i probably enjoyed this a lot because i drink my coffee with hazelnut creamer — so it’s a flavor i’m kinda used to…

good stuff — great beer to start the night off

beeradvocate: A-
me: A