Tag Archives: On-tap

222. Moat Mountain Matildas Red Rage

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 🙁
Alcohol Content: ??%
ABV: ???
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:  ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Moat Mountain
Brewers Description: Does not appear on their website

221. Rogue XS Old Crustacean

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
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 110
Rating:  ★★☆☆☆
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

220. Stone Ruination IPA

The third beer from Ebenezer’s Pub draft list and probably my favorite of the afternoon. Should not be a surprise as I really like the double IPAs. Pour is a nice light orange with single finger white head. Tons of aromas coming from this one; mostly hops – pine, tropical fruit and only a hint of sweet malts. Taste mirrors the smell with the sweet malts up front and then the hops kick in and do no stop. Loads of fruity hop flavors here and a nice dry finish which only makes you want more. Alcohol content is hidden well in the complexity of the beer. This one went down easy after lunch and left me feeling quite good.
Pros: Loads of hop flavor
Alcohol Content: 7.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:  ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Stone Brewing
Brewers Description: So called because of the “ruinous” effect on your palate! This massive hop monster has a wonderfully delicious and intensely bitter flavor on a refreshing malt base. One taste and you can easily see why we call this brew “a liquid poem to the glory of the hop!” Those who seek, crave and rejoice in beers with big, bold, bitter character will find true nirvana in Stone Ruination IPA!

219. Thornbridge Raven Black IPA

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
Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Thornbridge Brewery
Brewers Description: website does not appear to be working today.

218. Oxbow Saison Noel

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
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Oxbow Beer
Brewers Description:
Mash:   Wheat, US Pale, Peat Smoked, Crystal
Hops:    American
Fermentation:    Saison Yeast
Flavor Profile:   Wet Stone, Dark Fruit, Leather, and Tobacco

208. Marshall Wharf Illegal Ale-Ien

Thursday night I went to the first Maine Beer Series event at Frontier in Brunswick. I had never been to Frontier so had no idea what to expect. They have a great space in an old mill building right on the river. Small bar area, lots of seats and tables and then a separate theater area where they held the event, more on that in my next post. I got there a little early and decided to have a drink before the presentation. They had 6-8 Maine based beers on tap including 2 from Oxbow, Maine Beer Company Mean Old Tom, Allagash White and this offering from Marshall Wharf. Since this was the only beer of the bunch I had not tried before I decided on it.

The beer pours a pale yellow with almost no head. Aroma of wheat/grass and taste was very smooth with minimal hop bitterness and only slightly sweet. Very easy to drink and I had no idea it was 8% ABV until I checked the brewers website today. Marshall Wharf has a long list of beer on their site so I will be sure to try more in the coming months.
Pros: Easy to drink
Alcohol Content: 8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Marshall Wharf
Brewers Description: A hybrid kolsch/wheat beer brewed with organic blue agave nectar. Light in color and finish.

193. Gritty McDuff’s Black Fly Stout (draft)

I already reviewed this beer from a bomber and it is one of my favorite stouts. Had the chance to go to Gritty’s and enjoy it on-tap this week and as usual draft beer just tastes better. Pours an almost black and it was not served cold which made it even better. The large glass was gone very quickly and I was happy. This one would be a perfect St Paddy’s day treat with a low ABV so you can drink it all day long.
Pros: Everything a stout should be
Alcohol Content: 4.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 16
Rating: ★★★★½
Brewers Website: Gritty’s
Brewers Description: There’s beer and then there’s stout, and Gritty McDuff ‘s Black Fly Stout is the real deal. Black Fly is a dry, all-malt stout packed with roasted flavor. We use six different grains in the brewing of this dark masterpiece and balance the full palate with Oregon Willamette and Yakima Clusters hops. Like the legendary Irish stouts that inspired it, Black Fly Stout is rich, robust and a touch mysterious. The finest stout west of Galway Bay!

145. Allagash White (draft)

Went to a Portland Red Claws game last night with one of insurance companies and we stopped at the Dogfish Cafe in Portland for dinner before the game. They had a decent selection of beer including Allagash White on-tap so I decided to give this a try as I enjoyed it from the bottle and draft beer always seems better. The beer came with an orange slice which helps to enhance the already fruity aroma of the beer but I quickly removed and set it aside. Minimal head but nice lacing on the glass. Color is the typical of the style a cloudy pale yellow. Taste and feel are very similar to the bottle version but there is just something about draft beer that makes it better than from a bottle. Maybe it is enjoying the beer outside of my home with good food or the social aspect of drinking in a bar or restaurant. If you like this style of beer and Allagash is an option when you go out give it a try – you will not be disappointed.
Pros: Color, great example of a Belgian wheat
Cons: Served with an orange slice
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Allagash Brewing
Brewers Description: Our interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance.

110. Samuel Adams Winter Lager (draft)

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.
Pros: Color
Cons: Watery feel
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: 193
IBU (Bitterness): 22
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
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.

109. Tuckerman’s Pale Ale (Draft)

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
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Tuckerman Brewing Co.
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.