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Rogue’s Irish Style Lager

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My wife and two year old daughter, Little O, have a traceable amount of Irish in their DNA and I’m a full blooded Mexican who’s never participated in drinking green beer and the most St. Patrick’s day celebrating I’ve done is to wear my green Notre Dame shirt. Since we have Irish DNA in the family, I thought I’d do a little celebrating this year, but I won’t go drinking green beer, instead, I’ll post something related to St. Patrick’s Day as it’s become synonymous with drinking beer and gave me an excuse to try a bottle of Irish Style lager by a famous brewery out of Oregon you probably all know, Rogue Ales. The inspiration for the beer came about when Rogue brewers wanted to make a beer that can float Guinness. I like finding out about the minutiae when reading about a beer. You?

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The lager had a very simple flavor and aroma. The beer had a bit of a metallic aroma that was not present in the taste and the rest was all hops. Citrus peel flavor (lemon) mixed with some piney-ness from the hops and I got a bit of the apple, Granny Smith, which was described in the bottle. I had about 5 ounces at room temperature and nothing of what I described previously changed.

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My current rating system is of whole Beer Caps and from time to time, I’ve thought about adding Half Caps for beers like this one. I’d rate the beer at 2.5, but since I don’t have that system implemented yet and to be fair to my trade, I’ll give it Three Beer Caps. This is as I mentioned, a very simplistic beer and that’s how I’ll keep my closing argument. I hope you enjoy and have a safe St. Patrick’s Day!

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Posted by on March 17, 2013 in Empty Bottles

 

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Tart of Darkness

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Not a lot of reviews on sours have been posted on the blog and it surprises me as I’m fond of them, but I rarely set them aside for me to save for a review. I can count the number of sours I’ve posted on the blog, maybe four, this would be my fifth or so, definitely not a milestone, but lets treat it as such, it’s variety people! I can’t recall drinking a Sour Beer that’s been worthy of a Five Beer Caps rating and I’ve set a goal to search for one in 2013. How’s that for a New Years Resolution?

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Today we’ll delve into Tart of Darkness, a sour beer from The Bruery in Placentia CA, it is a Sour Stout aged in Oak Barrels. This is a beer that was very aromatic despite the serving recommendation of 50°F. When you pour the beer and reach to sniff, you’ll notice that it has a very strong tart smell. The aroma of sour cherries is also noticeable and although the bottle reads it, I couldn’t pick up any of the “roasty” ingredients.

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I love anything sour like warheads and sour patch kids and when I took a sip of the beer, I was reminded of that kind of sour. I could taste some citrus peel and sour cherries, the combination of these two flavors up front I enjoyed. I’m not an expert when it comes to serving temperatures, but when it comes to beers from my personal experience, a beer on the warmer side has a lot more character and that’s what happened with the flavors of this beer. The roasted character flourished just enough, it wasn’t strong, and you got some of that smoky oak and malt. A full bodied sip as expected for a stout with a nice coating of the tongue from the carbonation. I was puckering the entire time I drank this from the sour dry finish and waiting for kisses, but my wife was nowhere to be found, as is normal during my beer research.

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This is a sour that went in a different direction, but a good direction. It’s a very drinkable beer, despite being on the extreme end of the sour spectrum, I enjoyed drinking it. A lot of people out there love this beer, I’m not there yet, but its worth giving Four Beer Caps out of Five. Pick one up and share with some friends.

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Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Empty Bottles

 

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