Sixpoint Diesel

So, today was fun. Well, it started off by being really frustrating since the networks are down at work and I pretty much depend on the networks to do stuff. Then, I had my first day of Fire Academy tonight. It started by being screamed at, which I’m shockingly okay with and pretty much expected. Then, we got told what we could and could not do. Saturday, I just have to go from 0800-1000, since I have CPR, which is nice. So, I think it’s definitely time for a brew.

ABV: 6.30%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: This beer has 60-62 IBUs.

Random: I had a guy at work today say that he would take $200 to do the Fear Factor stunt that isn’t allowed to air on television. If you don’t know what it is, go here…but don’t say that I didn’t warn you.

This brew poured with a thick light brown head on a deep brown, almost black body. The head dissipated at a moderate speed and left some limited lacing on the glass. About an eighth of an inch of head remained on top throughout. The carbonation was slightly visible and looked to be on the moderate side. On the nose, the first thing that came through was some coffee and roasted hops. But, a bit of floral and herbal hops came through after a few sniffs. On the taste, the first thing that I got was the roasted malts, but the herbal notes came through right after with a bit of pine. The body is towards the thinner side for a stout with milder carbonation than expected. The finish lasted for awhile with the hops and a bit of roasted malts. Honestly, not what I expected. It was an alright brew, but nothing I’d search out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (2011)

I spent today brewing like a crazy person. I’m due to go to the fire academy next Tuesday, so I brewed two batches today. One of them was a spiced Imperial stout, which I’m hoping comes out well. This was one of the brews that I had during the brewing process.

ABV: 10%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, our award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style, once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.”

Random: I have high hopes for this brew, given what other people have said about it.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger tan head that took forever to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was inky black and impossible to see through, so no comments on carbonation. The nose was a lot of roasted malts and lots of bittersweet chocolate. The nose was amazing. The taste started with roasted malts and went into bitter chocolate without any coffee notes. With that being said, the bitterness of the brew as a whole wasn’t crazy intense. The mouthfeel on the brew was incredibly silk with low carbonation. The booze was so well hidden on this brew that it was scary. The finish lasted awhile with the chocolate notes. This stout was incredibly well-balanced and one that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Long Trail Hibernator

Yesterday, my sister and I went to Newtown, PA to walk around for the day and go into the shops and have some food. It’s my last Saturday until June that I’m around because I start the Fire Academy next week. So, we ended up in this place called the Black Horse Tavern to grab a beer and some snacks. They actually had a decent beer selection, but it was to the point that this was the only beer that I hadn’t tried. So, onto the brew.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Scottish Ale

Trivia: This is Long Trail’s winter seasonal which is available from November to March.

Random: The Black Horse Tavern had the best fish and chips that I ever had (although it was a special). The batter was crunchy and not greasy and the fish was insanely fresh. So yummy!

This brew poured with a thick, tan head that took awhile to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. the body was a deep mahogany color without any visible carbonation. The nose was pretty mild with a bit of spice to it and some mild sweetness. You could even make an argument for some roasted nuts in there as well. The taste started with a lot of malt and spice, specifically cinnamon and nutmeg. I would definitely think that this beer was more of a winter warmer than a Scottish ale. The body was toward the heavier side with low carbonation. After a few sips, I think I also got some maple flavors to it. There  was obviously low booze to this brew, without any alcohol warming present. The finish lingered with the spice that was apparent in both the nose and the flavor. Not a bad beer, but it’s not something I would rush to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Kane Head High

Last night, my girlfriend and I went to an Irish pub in Rumson. Besides having amazing fish and chips and a really good onion soup (made with Guinness), they had a decent beer selection. They actually had two New Jersey beers on tap, one from Carton which is down the road in Atlantic Highlands and one from Kane out of Ocean Township. Since I’ve already had a brew from Carton (Carton Boat), I figured that I’d try one from Kane.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to an article I found about the brewery (there’s not a lot of info on their website), “Head High IPA, which is a surfer term to describe wave height, is actually a West Coast style IPA.  Is there an East Coast style?  I don’t think so.  In any event, it was my favorite.  A healthy dose of Citra hops gives Head High that grapefruit smack that you also get from Sierra Nevada Torpedo.”

Random: I’ve never actually driven into Rumson before my girlfriend and the houses there are ridiculous. It’s like one country club next to another.

This brew poured with no head on a cloudy amber body. The lack of head was probably due to the delay between it being poured and actually getting to the table. There wasn’t any lacing left on the glass either. I could see some carbonation on the brew, but not much. The nose was pretty much all grapefruit without anything else behind it. It smelled wonderful to a hophead like me. The taste started with grapefruit and then went towards a little bit of sweet malt, but the hops definitely dominated. The body was towards the thinner side with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with the grapefruit that was apparent in both the nose and the taste. This was a really nice, crisp IPA teeming with fresh grapefruit. I would definitely have this one again. Great session IPA.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Victory Otto Ale

I’m finally home. It was a hell of a day at work. I feel like I spend more time in meetings now than I ever have in my life. It’s not bad…just very different for me. After work, I headed to the firehouse for more training since I’m headed to academy next Tuesday. So, until June, every Tuesday and Saturday will be spent in fire gear. So, now that I’m home, I figured this was a pretty appropriate brew for the night.

ABV: 8.1%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “On October 15, beer enthusiasts will have a new reason to celebrate. Victory Otto Ale, a new Belgian-style, bottle conditioned dubbel ale from Victory Brewing Company, will be available in 750 ml corked bottles. Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory co-founders, developed the recipe for the new smoked malt dubbel based on their experience with the style during a trip they took to Bamberg, Germany in 1987. In order to create a deliciously palatable smoked beer, Bill and Ron decided to combine the sometimes-overpowering qualities of the smoky rauch style with Belgian caramel malt, which yields a perfectly harmonized final flavor. ‘The complimentary flavors of smoked malt and Belgian yeast seemed like an obvious combination,’ said Bill. ‘As far as we know, no one has bothered to put them together until now.’ Victory Otto Ale is made up of smoked, Munich and Belgian caramel malt, German hops and Trappist yeast. Alcohol by volume is 8.1%.”

Random: I’m getting incredibly low on tasting beer. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this low. That means a beer run this weekend!

This brew poured with a decently thick, cream colored head that dissipated quickly and only left traces of lacing on the glass. The body was a mahogany brown with lots of visible active carbonation on it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a smoked beer look like this. On the nose, there was definite smoke and bacon, but not as intense as I thought there would be. After a few sniffs, some Belgian yeast also came out, but it definitely was not the dominant scent. On first sip, holy smoke and bacon Batman! Any bit of Belgian yeast that I got in the nose was dominated by the smoke and bacon in the taste, although as it warmed, I did get some limited Belgian yeast. The body was towards the thinner side with lots of prickly carbonation. The finish, despite the bold flavors was relatively quick with smoke. Even though I got more of the Belgian characteristics of the beer as it warmed, they were totally dominated by the pork and smoke that I got in it. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Chipotle Porter

Another fun day at work. I think that I have work induced ADD. If I’m in a conference call or a meeting for more than an hour and a half, I seriously start to zone out. I don’t know when I got this issue, but I just can’t sit for that long. Needless to say, today was one of those days that I got into the conference room at 1200 and didn’t get back to my desk until after 1600. Anyways, I’m happy to be home. I had the regular version of this brew last February (Mikkeller Chipotle Porter) and really enjoyed it. Given that I love anything barrel aged, I have high hopes.

ABV: 6.6%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: This bad boy is aged in Speyside whisky barrels…sounds like it’s up my alley.

Random: The new Ingrid Michaelson album came out today. I can’t wait to listen to it.

This brew poured with a two finger tan head that dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on my pint glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. On the nose, the first thing that I got was overwhelming whisky barrels with a little bit of chipotle. Even the roasted malts were a bit hidden. The taste was a little more balanced. It started with the whisky at the beginning and then went into the chipotle, which had a hint of warming, but was pretty subtle given the other flavors. The body was pretty silky and more towards the thick side for a porter with low carbonation. Given the flavors on this bad boy, one would think it had a higher ABV, and I actually think that the brew would have benefitted from that. The finish lingered with the whisky flavors for awhile. I was really disappointed with this brew. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper 2011

I totally had a case of the Mondays today. I hit lots of traffic on the way to work, which sucked. But, work was going pretty quickly until we hear a loud boom and then the power went out. Apparently one of the transformers outside of my job decided to catch on fire. So, after dealing with that, I headed to the gym, where I lifted like an absolute beast. I don’t know what got into me. So, now it’s brew time. This is one of the brews I picked up during my Christmas beer run.

ABV: 10.9%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to, “Santa’s Little Helper is a recurring character in the American animated television series The Simpsons. He is the pet greyhound of the Simpson family. The dog was introduced in the first episode of the show, the 1989 Christmas special ‘Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,’ in which his owner abandons him for finishing last in a greyhound race. Homer Simpson and his son Bart, who are at the race track in hope of earning some money for Christmas presents, see this and decide to adopt the dog.”

Random: I was watching Hoarders today and they had someone on it from New Brunswick.

This brew poured with a thick two-finger tan head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a deep brown with a small bit of carbonation visible through the dark body. The nose presented with some chocolate, caramel malt, spices and candied sugar. On the first sip, I get a lot of chocolate up front. Then, I get some caramel malts with a bit of spice. After a few more sips, I got a little bit of figs. Despite the high ABV, there really wasn’t a lot of warming on the brew. The finish was pretty quick with a hint of spice. The beer is a little towards the syrupy side with moderate carbonation. Although it’s a decent beer, I expected a bit more of it. Worth a shot, but not the best Christmas beer that I’ve ever had.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Boulder Mojo Risin’ Double IPA

I spent the day shopping with my sister at Sam’s Club. To a normal person, this does not sound exciting. But, we only go twice a year and spend about four freakin hours in the store. Then, when we get home, it takes about another hour or so to unload everything. It’s really a fun way to spend a day. Luckily, after all of this, I got to watch some of the football game before going to a fire call. Now, I’m back at home and watching my sister scream at the tv while the Giants are going to overtime…

ABV: 10.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: This is an extreme version of Mojo IPA, which I’ve never had…

Random: I don’t know why the Giants look so pathetic. I thought that they would run away with this game. Apparently not.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left extensive lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy amber color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of grapefruit, followed up by a bit of sweet and bready malt. On the first sip, I got a lot of sweet and bready malt with some grapefruit hops. Um, this is a double IPA. I shouldn’t get malt as the first or the most prevalent flavor. The body was more towards the thicker side with low carbonation. The finish lasted forever on this brew. Although the ABV on this monster is really well hidden, I can honestly say that I really didn’t enjoy much about this brew. I would not have this beer again. I would avoid this one. A borderline drainpour.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Samuel Adams The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock

I just finished watching Invictus with my sister. It was actually a pretty good movie. I don’t think they could have picked anyone else to play Mandela other than Morgan Freeman. So, since I’m relaxing for the night and I don’t have anywhere to go, I figure I’ll do another review. I mean, I’ll probably need it since my sister decided to bust out the old family photos. I really never needed to see my father in a speedo…onto the beer…

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dark, rich and enticing with a spicy kick. The Vixen is smooth and rich with an enticing touch of sweetness that ends with a spicy heat. For this unique brew we used carefully roasted malts and dark cocoa nibs for a full bodied and slightly sweet flavor. To this roasty and chocolaty base we added an element of warmth and spice with cinnamon and chilies. Dark and alluring, this brew will keep you captivated.”

Random: This would be the second chili brew that I’ve had tonight.

First of all, the head on this beer was just insane. It was a thick, three finger tan head. It dissipated a lot quicker than I thought it would and really didn’t leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a deep brown that I couldn’t see through. As a result, I couldn’t see what type of carbonation was on the brew. The nose had a bit of chili and cinnamon and some roastiness. The taste started with a bit of chocolate, then some caramel sweetness, a touch of cinnamon and then the chili comes through. But, the chili wasn’t all that prevalent and there really wasn’t a lot of heat to it. The body was smooth with lower carbonation. The finish was pretty quick with some chocolate. Honestly, I thought that there would be more to this beer. There definitely wasn’t enough chili presence for me. I understand what Sam Adams was trying to do with this beer, but it just missed the mark for me. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Terrapin Reunion Beer 2011

What a day. I didn’t get home last night (well, I guess technically this morning) until almost 0400 (and again, I blame the girlfriend). It was snowing when I left to drive home and by the time I got home, the street was covered. I spent the morning shoveling and salting the driveway and walkway and then the next 4 hours putting away Christmas decorations. So, now that I’m finally relaxing, time to break out a brew.

ABV: 7.6%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to, “A Beer for Hope is kicking off its 2011 fundraising campaign on April 30 with our fourth annual REUNION – A Day for Hope. April 30 is Reunion Co-Creator Virginia MacLean’s birthday. It was Virginia’s wish that we continue supporting The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research and we know of no better way to commemorate her birthday. Can you make a donation to help get our 2011 campaign started? Even $5 or $10 can make a difference, as every dollar will go to IMBCR to support research. This year’s beer is a complex dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers. It was inspired by a dessert that Virginia, Alan & Pete would often share at their favorite deli.”

Random: This brew is a collaboration between Terrapin and Shmaltz.

This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with some visible carbonation on the brew. On the nose, I got roasted malts first and a hint of chili. The cocoa nibs really didn’t make an appearance on the nose, nor did the vanilla. The taste was a bit different than the nose. The roasted malts are more subdued on the taste, but the chocolate definitely came through as the first flavor. Then, a bit of vanilla came through and quickly transitioned to the chili, which warmed all the way to the finish, which lasted for about 30 seconds, although the warming lasted longer than that. The body of the brew was medium thickness and the carbonation really complimented the flavors. I’m a huge fan of any pairing of chili and chocolate, and this brew is no exception. A very easy drinker with some kick to it. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0