Turns out Uno’s has $4 craft beer during the football games on Sunday, Monday and Thursdays. Suddenly I like football! Their beer selection was pretty impressive this past Sunday so I decided to go for a taster round (4 tastes) instead of the $4 special.
Neshimany Creek Dunks Ferry (Dunkelweizen 5.2%) A good Fall beer but had the slight taste of beer brewed by someone with not a lot of experience. It didn’t have that true dunkelweizen aroma and was a bit heavy on the malt for this style. I think with a few tweaks and a bit more experience brewing it could grow into a wonderful rendition of a dunkelweizen.
Fegley Devious Imperial Pumpkin (PA, 9.0%) Lots of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves & vanilla) but didn’t really taste the pumpkin. Certainly a full bodied beer but would have prefer a tad of pumpkin flavor.
Avery Karma (CO, 5.2%) –Very light body, not much of anything going on here couldn’t distinguish a particular flavor/taste of anything. Smooth and drinkable just know once you swallow you forget about it. This was my follow-up beer to the Pumpkin and in fairness the spices from the previous beer may have overpowered this beer. Although, I seem to recall trying this before and wasn’t impressed.
Epic Smoke & Oaked Belgium Strong Dark (UT, 10.5%) OH FUN! Ridiculously smooth and clean with a note of whiskey and a light hint of smoke. Pairs well with food and deserves to be sipped. By far my favorite beer of the round.
Normally I would stop after one taster round but there so many beers on the list to try I had to go for another. Plus, one of my all-time favorite beers was on tap so I needed the 2nd taster round to include it.
Triple Karmeliet (Belgium 8.5%) ONE OF MY FAVORITE BEERS! Seeing this beer on tap made me break out into the happy beer dance, much to my companions dismay. This is a crisp, clean beer with nice compliments of fruitiness with pepper undertones. I prefer it not be served cold just slightly chilled. The true character is able to come out in the right temperature. Even though it’s a triple it doesn’t feel like you are drinking a 8.5% beer, it sneaks up on you.
Rogue Chocolate Stout (OR, 6.0%) It’s been a while since I’ve had this beer so decided to add it to the round. The aromas are wonderful, you can smell the cream and chocolate as well as taste it but it’s not too chocolaty you can have this with your dinner besides the dessert course. It’s more of a medium body stout. I once mixed this beer with a Lindemans Frambois and it was divine. Think chocolate covered fruit.
With taster rounds I like to force myself outside my comfort zone with at least one selection and this time that selection was…
Stone Cali Belgique IPA (CA 6.9%) – WOW this is a true California IPA. Personally, I feel the California IPAs taste different from most other IPAs. The hops are in your face but something about them makes it drinkable for the none hops person. They also have a greenish tinge to them with a slight grassy taste. There were hints of lemon and pine as well. To me this was a classic California IPA.
My final beer, that I ordered, was the Founders Nitro Oatmeal but instead was presented with the Founders IPA . How exactly does one confuse an IPA with a Stout?! I was brought my lovely stout and got to keep the IPA as a bonus. This is also the reason I forgot to take a picture of the 2nd taster round, I was in a panic that my nitro stout was missing.
Founders Centennial IPA (MI, 6.9%)- Hops overload. Really I’m good with going outside my comfort zone with one IPA but two is one too many. At least it was free and yes, I left most of it behind. The beer is unfiltered so it pours cloudy and really all I could taste was hops and it left my mouth puckered and parched. I felt I had cotton mouth.
Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout (MI 4.5%) – Finally my little piece of heaven in a glass. I love how a nitro pours and then settles. It makes me smile as did this beer. Nice rich dark color with a creamy fluffy head. This beer is super smooth and velvety with wonderful aromas/tastes of bittersweet chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt and rich coffee. It was a wonderful way to end a fun afternoon “watching football”.