Tag Archives: Black Ale

521. Infidel Brewing Bottom O the Cauldron

Infidel Brewing Bottom O the CauldronPicked this beer up at the home brew shop in Warren which is owned and operated by the same people that run Infidel Brewing. The woman there recommended the black (this beer) and the red ale which will be my next review. First I must say the presentation of this beer turned me off before even opening it. The label appears to have been printed on a home inkjet printer, not even close to professional looking.

Upon opening the beer it gushed all over my counter before I could make it to the sink. I took it outside realizing that it was not going to be the best beer ever and poured almost the entire 22 ounce bottle into this 12 ounce glass to get the picture. The appearance of the beer after it is poured is the one and only good thing, a nice black color with two finger tan head.

Aroma was terrible – burnt plastic is the only thing that comes to mind and the taste was worse if that is possible. I tried letting it warm hoping that it would improve and it did not. Out of the 22 ounce bottle I had maybe 2 ounces of the beer which was more than enough. From the reviews I read on Untappd and what I heard from others on Facebook I am not the only one that was disappointed in this beer. I truly hope that I got a bad bottle and this is not how the brewer intended this beer to be. Bottom O the Cauldron is about what this beer tasted like, quite possibly the worst beer I have reviewed in 2+ years of blogging. 
Appearance in glass
Cons:  Everything!
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Infidel Brewing (FB Page)
Brewers Description: 

324. Hill Farmstead James

A few weeks ago I went to Vermont for Hill Farmstead’s Harvest Festival (recap here) and brought home at least one bottle of everything they had available on Friday and Saturday. Many of the beers that were served at the VIP session were not available in growlers / bottles but I was able to score 6 different 750s  as well as a few saisons in labeled bottles.

This was the first of the beers that I tried since it shares my name and I like the Black Ales. The beer pours black with a nice thick tan head. Aroma is a bit more subtle than other beers from Hill Farmstead but still has plenty of citrus and pine hops with a hint of roasted malts. This beer starts with the malts; roasted and a bit of cocoa but the hops quickly kick in and finish with a nice bitterness. Overall a little more bitter than I expected but not in a bad way.

If you have not been to Hill Farmstead yet plan a trip, you will not be disappointed. 
Appearance, balanced taste
Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Description: James was our Uncle (Edward James Hill Jr.). Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his four siblings.  In his honor, this Black Ale is dutifully crafted from American and German malted barley, American hops, our ale yeast, and water from James’ well.  It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and dry hopped.  Roasty and smooth, with accents of chocolate and a balanced hoppy finish, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with James.

Ingredients: Pale and Caramel Malt; Roasted Barley; Centennial and Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

16º P

143. Rising Tide Atlantis

This is the third of 5 offerings from Rising Tide that I have reviewed and I have the final 2; Ursa Minor and Polaris which I will review in the coming weeks. I have enjoyed all 3 of the beers from Rising Tide and look forward to final two. This one pours almost black with a great 2-3 finger head that lingers and then sticks to the glass like no other. I like a beer that leaves plenty of lacing and this one may leave more than any of the previous 142 beers. Aroma has a mild smokey tinge and maybe a bit of citrus. Taste is close to a porter but the feel and ABV is much more ale-like (is that a word). I enjoyed the smoke flavor in the beer and it is different than any other beer I have reviewed to date.
Pros: Color, head, great lacing, smoke flavor
Alcohol Content: 5.3 ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Rising Tide
Brewers Description: Whether you are celebrating lost cities under the sea or shooting for low Earth orbit, take Atlantis along for the ride. We use a special blend of dark malts and add Galaxy, Cascade, and Calypso hops to create this smooth and hoppy black ale with just a whisper of cherry-wood smoke. We think Poseidon would approve.

atlantis [at–lan-tes] (n)—a fabled island in the Atlantic that according to legend sank beneath the sea west of Gibraltar