Wormtown Pro-Am Porter

It’s been a bit of a crazy week. I’ve been spending a decent amount of time at the gym and just hanging out with friends and I haven’t found time to taste a lot of beers. I’ve been drinking some macros (yes, I know…this is what I get for hanging out with someone who loves Bud Light Lime) and watching a lot of baseball. I went to turn on the ESPN game tonight, which was supposed to be the Phillies and they were blacked out. So, I’m stuck watching the New York Mess until Deadliest Warrior comes on. So…beer time.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A collaboration with local home brewer Keith Antul. Inspired by the Great American Beer Festival’s Pro-Am competition we chose Keith’s American Homebrewers Association competition medaling robust porter recipe and scaled it up and brewed a batch with him at Wormtown. This limited one off batch is extremely dark brown with hints of red when held up to the light. Large roasted chocolate aroma. Medium body complimented by strong malt flavor that mixes roasty malt and chocolate. Dry finish with lingering cocoa and roast accented hop bitterness. Very British in style and ingredients.”

Random: It’s been forever since I’ve had a porter. Almost two months, actually.

This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was almost black with lots of active, visible carbonation on it. The nose was filled with notes of coffee and chocolate. Damn, this smells really good. On the taste, I was definitely impressed. The body was perfect for a porter…it wasn’t too thick or too thin. The taste had notes of coffee and chocolate and roasted malts that were apparent in the nose. I also got a hint of vanilla and bitterness to it. The finish lingered with some bitter chocolate. Carbonation on the brew was active and went really well with the thickness of the brew. I was definitely impressed with this brew and this was one of the better porters that I’ve had (although, I can’t remember a bad porter that I’ve had). I would definitely have this again. If you can find a bomber of this, grab it. You won’t be disappointed.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Abita Select Triple Haze

It’s been a few days since a review. I had a pretty decent week at work and I spent a relaxing weekend at home. I cooked yesterday and made some flank steak with homemade chimichurri sauce, a tomatillo salsa and grilled zucchini. Today, after not wanting to get out of bed because of the rain, I went to Surf Taco. I seriously love the food at Surf Taco. Anyways, I saw they had Triple Haze on tap and I had to try it, especially given my love of Abita brews.

ABV: 8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery, “Our Triple Haze is a take off of one of our most popular year round offerings, Purple Haze. It is a strong golden lager made with malted barley and wheat. Despite being strong (8% ABV) it is still light in color. It is hopped with German Perle hops to give the beer a delicate hop flavor. After filtering the beer, a generous amount of fresh raspberry puree is added. Because we use real fruit you may see raspberry pulp in the beer. This gives the beer a tartly sweet taste and aroma, as well as a bright purple color and haze.”

Random: I think the best thing at Surf Taco is the garlic shrimp tacos…they are so yummy.

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left a tinge of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange with mild visible carbonation. On the nose, I got hints of raspberry with some wheat to it. On the taste, I definitely got a decent amount of raspberry, which is to be expected. What I didn’t expect was the bite that went along with it. It was almost like regular Purple Haze with more heat to it from the 8% ABV. The finished lingered with a boozy burn. Honestly, it’s not great. I prefer the regular version. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Schlafly Export India Pale Ale

It’s been a few days since I’ve done a beer tasting. I’ve been trying to drop weight for my birthday and I’m down another 6 pounds. So, I figured that since I’m taking a day off from the gym tonight, I’d do a quick review. This is a beer that I actually bought a six-pack of and I remember enjoying the other five.

ABV: 8%

Style: English IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Export IPA (India Pale Ale) is a strong, heavily-hopped, British-style ale.  This beer features a big malt backbone of 2-row and caramel malted barley.  Export IPA has a high level of bitterness from English hop varietals: Pilgrim and East Kent Goldings, which lend a spicy lemon flavor.  The English yeast strain adds a fruity component to the beer. Export IPA’s were first brewed in England for British troops in India during the late 1700’s.  To withstand the long voyage, regular pale ales were fortified with more malted barley, for a higher alcohol content, and extra hops, a natural preservative.  Many believe this strong ale was then watered down for regular troops, while officers and the elite would enjoy the full strength brew.  Today, most UK and American brewers recreate this style with alcohol content around 7%-8% ABV.”

Random: I kinda love watching Jersey Shore with my sister. Just saying.

This beer poured with a barely there white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a very cloudy orange color with a crazy amount of sediment visible in the body. There was also very mild carbonation visible on the beer. The nose had mild notes of pine and a slight hint of sweetness. On the taste, this was definitely an English IPA. The bitterness was very mild compared with an American IPA. I got a little bit of grapefruit followed by some sweetness and then a bit of nuttiness to it. The alcohol in this beer was insanely well hidden and I didn’t get any sort of burn on it. The finish was pretty quick. I’m not the biggest fan of English IPAs, but I thought this was alright, not great. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA

After a brew at Jose Pistola’s, we were off to Misconduct Tavern. This was a bar that I had heard about, but never made my way over to. It was really nice. There were lots of flat screens over the bar and the tables were well spread out. The only problem was that there wasn’t any baseball on, so I was stuck watching soccer. I could not care less about soccer. But, they did have a brew that I’ve read a lot about, but since they don’t distribute to New Jersey, never got to try.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: This beer uses 6 different types of hops.

Random: After this, I ended up at Village Whiskey and tried Middleton’s for the first time. It was amazing.

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head on a cloudy orange body. There was no visible carbonation on the brew due to the color. The nose was a lot of fresh grapefruit, which smelled amazing to a hop head like me. On the first sip, wow, this is a great IPA. There were lots of grapefruit and pine notes with some peach and apricot. It followed up with a hint of caramel malt. The carbonation on the brew was pretty mild and the body had the perfect thickness. The alcohol (which is pretty high for a regular IPA) wasn’t apparent anywhere. The finish lasted for awhile with pine notes. The only bad thing about this beer? The fact that I can’t get it in New Jersey. This would easily be a go to beer for me. This is a solid IPA that is definitely worth trying.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Port Brewing Older Viscosity

So, after two beers at Monk’s, we headed to Jose Pistola’s. I had been there once already (during Philly Beer Week) and had a pretty good time. So, since it was very close to Monk’s and on our path on the pub crawl, we stopped in for a beer. There wasn’t nearly as large a selection at this bar as there was at Monk’s, but there were definitely some solid offerings. What was even better was I found a beer that I couldn’t get in New Jersey. So, despite the fact that it was 12% ABV, I had to order it.

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An enormously rich but satisfying beer, Older Viscosity is 100% straight no chaser barrel-aged Old Viscosity — the beer we blend in the production of Old Viscosity. The color is black like asphalt and the aroma is an uncompromising malty nose with dark caramel and chocolate overtones. The barrel aging provides hints of vanilla and American oak. The flavor begins with a coating of rich malts and dark chocolate and finishes in a dry bitter-sweetness balanced by the firm bitterness of roasted dark malts.”

Random: Yummy…barrel aged…

This beer poured with a one-finger, tan head on a dark brown body that you could not see through. Due to the color there was no visible carbonation. On the nose, holy bourbon Batman! Damn, this smelled AMAZING! The nose was a lot of bourbon, followed by hints of chocolate and vanilla with a bit of burnt wood. The taste was much of the same with a lot of intense bourbon. Hints of chocolate came through the silky body that presented with very little carbonation. There was a bit of alcohol burn of the taste that lasted through to the finish. Wow, this was a strong beer. This was a really solid stout that I enjoyed, but there is no way that I could have more than one. This was definitely a boozy stout, but worth a shot!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale

This was the second beer that I had at Monk’s. I mean, how could I go there and not have the house brew? Although, I will say, it was hard not to pick something else, just because of the huge selection that they had. I’ve also never had a Flanders Oud Bruin for some reason, so why not start with this one?

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Oud Bruin, also known as Flanders Brown, is a style of beer originating from the Flemish region of Belgium. The name literally translates as ‘old brown,’ referring to the long aging process which can take up to a year. It undergoes a secondary fermentation, which takes several weeks to a month, and is followed by bottle aging for several more months. The extended aging allows residual yeast and bacteria to develop a sour flavor characteristic for this style. While some examples of an Oud Bruin may be aged in oak, typical beers in this style are not, and this is what helps Flanders Brown ales distinguish themselves from the more sour Flanders Red ales.”

Random: My only complaint about Monk’s was how dark it was. I was nearly blinded when I walked back out in the sunlight.

This brew poured with a one finger, off-white head that left some lacing on the glass.The body was a cloudy, dark-reddish, almost brown color. There was no visible carbonation on the brew due to color. On the nose, I got a decent amount of tart cherries, which were really pleasant. On the taste, first of all, wow. There was lots of complexity to this brew. The taste started with tart cherries and then came with a lot of malty sweetness. The body is thinner than expected and low carbonation. There was no detectable alcohol in the beer. The finish was quick with a hint of sourness, but the beer wasn’t overwhelmingly sour. I was really impressed by this beer. It was complex and incredibly drinkable. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Allagash Victoria Ale

So, this was the first of the beers I had during my trip into Philly. This was a draft selection that I had at Monk’s Cafe. I had never been there before, but wow, what an experience. I can completely see why everyone raves about this place. This was a beer that has actually been on my list for two years to try. Since it was on draft, I figured it was a great place to start.

ABV: 9%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery, “Victoria Ale was inspired by a visit to Victoria Mansion, in Portland, Maine and the visual references to Bacchus, the god of wine. The brewer’s decided to fuse the worlds of beer and wine. Over two hundred pounds of Chardonnay (Vidal Blanc in 2010) grapes were brought in, crushed on site and added directly to the mash. Victoria Ale’s aroma is fruity spice, and the taste presents subtle notes of green banana, black pepper, and fresh-crushed mint. With a focus on the subtle, wine-like character of the grapes, the 9.0% ABV brew boasts a pale copper color, Belgian yeast influence, and a medium body with a long candied fruit finish with hints of honeydew melon, and, of course, white wine grapes.”

Random: I’m really getting into the beers with the wine grapes in them. They’re always so yummy.

This brew poured with a barely there white head on a clear, yellow body. Mild carbonation was visible in the body. The nose had a hint of tartness, and this is where the chardonnay grapes became apparent. On the taste, it definitely had a lot of Belgian yeast to it, which was quite tasty. The grapes were also very apparent in the taste, but not cloying or overly sweet. The sweetness was just enough to be pleasant. The mild carbonation really complemented the lighter than expected body. I also got hints of pear and apricot as I sipped more on the brew. The finish was quick and sweet. What also surprised me was how high the booze was on this bad boy. It was completely and totally hidden. I would definitely have this beer again!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0