My quest to find an amber/red ale that stands out continued at Moat Mountain in North Conway however I did not find what I was looking for. I really need to ask a brewer what makes red ales so similar. In almost any other style of beer there are huge variants in the taste however I am not sure I could tell one Amber/Red ale from another if you set them side by side. There must be something about the style that causes this. Generally I like this style of beer but I keep hoping to find “the one” and I have not. If you have recommendations please share.
This one pours a nice red color (big surprise there) with single finger white head that left decent lacing on the glass. Not a lot of aroma but some caramel notes. Taste follows with some caramel flavors and a bit of pine hoppiness in the end. Nothing too exciting with this one but not a bad beer overall. My favorite option from Moat was probably the Tripel.
Cons: Same as all the other reds 🙁
Brewers Website: Moat Mountain
Brewers Description: Does not appear on their website
This was the fourth and final pint from Ebenezer’s Pub and by far my least favorite. I am not sure if this was just too much of a contrast from Stone Ruination (a double IPA) to a barleywine style or what made this one so difficult to drink but I ended up sharing with my brother in law and I am still not sure we finished our glasses before heading out to our next stop.
Deep red / light brown color with minimal head, almost no carbonation. Aroma is all malt as is the taste and it feels like you could chew this beer it is so thick and creamy. Big alcohol taste and as I stated before it was hard to finish. It may have been the combination of beers I had prior to this one but I am not sure I will ever try it again to check out that theory.
Cons: Huge malt flavor and extremely thick mouth feel.
Alcohol Content: 11.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 110
Brewers Website: Rogue
Brewers Description: An unfiltered and unfined Barleywine. Intense, robust, malty and dark. The cognac of beers. 7 Ingredients: Hugh Baird Carastan and Great Western 2-Row Malts; Chinook, Cenntenial, and Perle Hops, Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.
Specs: 25º PLATO – 110 IBU – 83 AA – 57º Lovibond
World Class Package: Draft, 750ml
This is another one enjoyed at Ebenezer’s Pub
in Lovell, ME. Not sure it is actually from Thornbridge as I do not recall it listing the brewery on the menu. If someone from Ebenezer’s happens across this post please let me know and I will update accordingly.
Appearance is nearly black with slight tan head. Aroma has more malt than hops and is fairly subtle overall. Taste goes in the opposite direction with lots of hops with some hints of dark malts; chocolate, coffee that lingers a bit. Overall a quality black IPA but as I mentioned in my prior review of the Pitch Black IPA from Widmer I still prefer a nice double IPA to the new black IPAs coming on the market.
Pros: Great dark color
Brewers Description: website does not appear to be working today.
Monday I made my first visit to Ebenezer’s Pub
in Lovell, ME. I went with my wife, her sister and her husband and we were basically the only ones there which was surprising. They had 35 different beers on tap including the Oxbow Saison Noel which was great as I had not had a chance to try this one.
Appearance is a very dark almost black with some hints of red, minimal lacing on the glass and the aroma was full of dark fruit. Taste was complex with plenty of dark fruit flavors and a slight bitter finish. Definitely worth trying if you can find it somewhere or if they bring it back next year. Really enjoy the stuff from the guys in Newcastle.
Pros: Complex flavor
Cons: Hard to find
Mash: Wheat, US Pale, Peat Smoked, Crystal
Fermentation: Saison Yeast
Flavor Profile: Wet Stone, Dark Fruit, Leather, and Tobacco
Another beer that I originally reviewed from a bottle (review #79
) but again I enjoyed it more on draft. Still a bit watery compared to the old Winter Lager from 3 or 4 years ago but still enjoyable and went well with my meal. Color is a deep orange with a nice small head, leaving quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Slight spicy aroma and minimal hop finish. Very smooth and enjoyable on a cold winter day.
Brewers Description: Bold and rich, with a touch of holiday spice.
The first thing one notices about a Samuel Adams® Winter Lager is the deep ruby color. Then comes the magical aroma which promises something special on the tongue. The cinnamon, ginger, and hint of citrus from the orange peel blend with the roasty sweetness of the malts to deliver a warming, spicy flavor. On the palate Samuel Adams Winter Lager is rich and full bodied, robust and warming, a wonderful way to enjoy the cold evenings that come with the season.
I originally reviewed this one from a bottle (click here
) and while visiting North Conway, NH this weekend was able to try it on draft. While I do not go out very often I truly enjoy draft beer as it is simply better than anything that comes from a bottle. As my original reviewed stated this is a solid pale ale with minimal aroma, smooth taste and a bit of a fruity taste. Minimal aftertaste and almost no bitterness make this a good choice for even a casual beer drinker.
Pros: Taste, color
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Description: Our flagship Pale Ale, released in 1998, is brewed with specialty malts, some grown in Maine, and four types of hops. After fermentation, it is cold conditioned and dry-hopped in lagering tanks for maximum taste and quality. It is naturally carbonated in the bottle or keg using a German process called “krausening”, where a small amount of fresh fermenting wort is added. This produces a delicate carbonation and superior flavor. From the Mash Tun to store shelves is a 30 day process. The Tuckerman Pale Ale is available by the ½ barrel keg, 6-pack, 24 bottle case and in mixed 12-packs with the Headwall Alt.