Bolero Snort I Bless The Reins

I took a nice long break from the blog. I got a new job, which I love and I started getting into reading. I may add a portion to the posts highlighting which books I’m reading, but we’ll see. Let’s get back into it.

ABV: 7.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to, “‘Africa’ is a song recorded by the American rock band Toto in 1981, for their fourth studio album Toto IV, and released as the album’s third single on September 30, 1982, through Columbia Records. The song was written by band members David Paich and Jeff Porcaro. The soft rock song lyrically incorporates themes of love and location. Critics praised its composition and Toto’s performances. The song reached number one on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 chart and is the band’s only Billboard number one. The song remained at the top for a single week (February 5, 1983). “Africa” also peaked in the top ten in the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Switzerland.”

Random: I’m almost done watching “The Irishman.” It’s really good.

The beer poured with a three finger, off white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow. I couldn’t see how much carbonation there was. The nose started with a lot of citrus, specifically tangerine and grapefruit. Mango was present as well. The taste mirrored the nose. It was a definite citrus bomb with the mango more pronounced. It also had some freshly cut grass. There was a noticeable alcohol note to this, but the body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with citrus. I thought this was a decent beer and I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Bolero Snort Mooleta

Tonight’s beer is another Jersey selection. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to, “The origin of the apricot is disputed and unsettled. It was known in Armenia during ancient times, and has been cultivated there for so long that it is often thought to have originated there. Its scientific name Prunus armeniaca (Armenian plum) derives from that assumption. For example, the Belgian arborist baron de Poerderlé, writing in the 1770s, asserted, ‘Cet arbre tire son nom de l’Arménie, province d’Asie, d’où il est originaire et d’où il fut porté en Europe …’ (‘this tree takes its name from Armenia, province of Asia, where it is native, and whence it was brought to Europe …’). An archaeological excavation at Garni in Armenia found apricot seeds in a Chalcolithic-era site. Despite the great number of varieties of apricots that are grown in Armenia today (about 50), according to the Soviet botanist Nikolai Vavilov, its center of origin would be the Chinese region, where the domestication of the apricot would have taken place. Other sources say that the apricot was first cultivated in India in about 3000 BC. Its introduction to Greece is attributed to Alexander the Great. Subsequent sources were often confused about the origin of the species. John Claudius Loudon (1838) believed it had a wide native range including Armenia, the Caucasus, the Himalayas, China, and Japan.”

Random: Fresh apricots are one of my favorite things, although they’re hard to find.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange color with a touch of pink. Due to the haziness, I could not see any carbonation. The nose was filled with tangerine, apricot and cantaloupe. There was a touch of alcohol apparent as well. The taste started with the expected tangerine and apricot. It had a candy note and a white sugar sweetness as well, that was not my favorite. The melon note was not very apparent. There was a touch of grain as well. The body was on the thicker side with a touch of alcohol, but there was enough carbonation to wash it away really quickly. The finish was fruity and quick. I enjoyed this beer and would have it again, due to my love of apricot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Bolero Snort El Moochador

I’ve never been a fan of wrestling, but the art on the label for this beer was super cute. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 11%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The newest big boy in our stout line up 💪 El Moochador 🇲🇽 Stepping into the ring at 11%, this imperial Stout was conditioned on cinnamon 🍫 cocoa ☕️ coffee 🍦 vanilla and a blend of 🌶 Ancho, Guajillo, Mulato and Pasilla peppers. Are you ready to rumbull?!? Limited 12oz cans + draft in NJ. Extremely limited PA/MA.”

Random: Why are all of the emojis necessary?!?

This beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black, that no light could get through. There was no carbonation visible as a result. The nose was filled with milk chocolate, hot peppers and cinnamon and coffee. There was also a sweet vanilla note as well. The taste was much of the same. I picked up a lot of sweetness with chocolate and cocoa powder. Cinnamon and nutmeg came through next, along with a slight heat from the peppers. I really wish there was a bit more heat. The alcohol was really noticeable to me and I wish it was toned down a bit. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with chocolate and alcohol. I enjoyed this beer, but I wish the rough edges were smoothed out a bit. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Bolero Snort Magically Bullicious

This beer is one that I picked up even though conceptually, I found it to be a bit gimmicky. I was curious to see what a beer’s take would be on Lucky Charms cereal. Let’s see what I thought.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to, “Lucky Charms was created in 1964 by product developer John Holahan. General Mills management challenged a team of product developers to use the available manufacturing capacity from either of General Mills’ two principal cereal products—Wheaties or Cheerios—and do something unique. Holahan came up with the idea after a visit to the grocery store in which he decided to mix Cheerios with bits of Brach’s Circus Peanuts. An advertising company employed by General Mills and Company suggested marketing the new cereal around the idea of charm bracelets. Thus, the charms of Lucky Charms were born. Lucky Charms is the first cereal to include marshmallows in the recipe. The mascot of Lucky Charms, created in 1963, is Lucky the Leprechaun, also known as Sir Charms, and originally called L.C. Leprechaun. The cartoon character’s voice was supplied by the late voice actor Arthur Anderson until 1992. Lucky has also been voiced by Eric Bauza, Tex Brashear, Jason Graae, Doug Preis, and Daniel Ross. In 1975, Lucky the Leprechaun was briefly replaced by Waldo the Wizard in New England, while Lucky remained the mascot in the rest of the United States. The oat cereal was not originally sugar coated. After initial sales failed to meet expectations, the oats were sugar coated, and the cereal’s success grew. Piggy banks and plastic watches were introduced as cereal box send-away prizes as a marketing tactic to increase sales. The recipe for the cereal remained unchanged until the introduction of a new flavor: Chocolate Lucky Charms, in 2005. Later in 2012, General Mills introduced “Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats.”

Random: I used to love this cereal as a child.

The beer poured with a two finger head that dissipated quickly. It left slight lacing on the glass. The body was a golden-yellow color, which wasn’t surprising as this was billed as a golden stout. It had a slight haze to it and there was some visible carbonation as well. The nose had lactose, vanilla and a touch of marshmallow with some grape as well. The taste was much of the same. There was a lactose note with some sugar sweetness and then went into the marshmallow note with vanilla. I didn’t pick up the grape note that I got in the nose, but instead, picked up a milled grain note. The body was on the lighter side with generous carbonation. The finish was quick with grain and lactose. Although I thought this beer was a bit gimmicky, I did enjoy it and it was well executed. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Bolero Snort Moodoo Doll

I bought this one on a recommendation at the beer store. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to, “The link between this magical practice and Voodoo was established through the presentation of the latter in Western popular culture during the first half of the 20th century. In this, the myth of this magical practice being closely linked to Voodoo and Vodou was promoted as part of the wider negative depictions of blacks and Afro-Caribbean religious practices in the United States. In John Houston Craige’s 1933 book Black Bagdad: The Arabian Nights Adventures of a Marine Captain in Haiti, he described a Haitian prisoner sticking pins into an effigy to induce illness. Its use also appeared in film representations of Haitian Vodou such as Victor Halperin’s 1932 White Zombie and Jacques Tourneur’s 1943 I Walked with a Zombie. In the 1975 film, Lisztomania, a voodoo doll is used, resembling Franz Liszt. In the 1984 film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, a voodoo doll is used, resembling Indiana Jones. By the early 21st century, the image of the voodoo doll had become particularly pervasive. It had become a novelty item available for purchase, with examples being provided in vending machines in British shopping centres, and an article on ‘How to Make a Voodoo Doll’ being included on WikiHow. A voodoo doll had also been included in the 2009 animated Disney movie, The Princess and the Frog.”

Random: I’ve never seen “The Princess and the Frog.”

This beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color. Since it was so dark, I couldn’t see the carbonation. The nose was exactly like cake. It had a lot of chocolate, cocoa powder and cinnamon on the nose. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of chocolate with some booze. Cinnamon came through with some lemon zest. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with chocolate. I liked this beer, I just wish the alcohol wasn’t as hot. I’d be interested to give it a shot after a year of aging.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Bolero Snort The Bull Abides

As a 20-something, I loved the movie “The Big Lebowski.” This beer is obviously a play on the whole White Russian thing from the movie. I’ve never had a White Russian, so I really don’t know what to expect. Although I haven’t had a lot of Bolero Snort beers, I wanted to give it a shot. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 11%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Can #2 and for the first time in aluminum 🎳 THE BULL ABIDES 🥃 11% Imperial White Russian Stout 💥 Loaded up with oats and a varietal of roasted and chocolate malts this thick and luscious stout was conditioned on a bowling bags worth of cocoa nibs 🍫 Madagascar vanilla 🍦 coffee ☕️ and milk sugar 🥛 Just like mixing the perfect cocktail. Far out ✌️”

Random: I really do not like the emojis on the website. I guess that makes me old.

The beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was almost black with light carbonation visible, despite the color of the beer. The nose was filled with instant coffee and milk chocolate and hazelnuts. The taste had a bit more depth. I picked up cocoa powder, vanilla, lactose, hazelnuts and the same instant coffee. The alcohol was noticeable and the body was thick and chewy. It had a lengthy finish with cocoa powder and vanilla. I’ve never had a White Russian, but the flavors on this were quite good. I really enjoyed this and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Bolero Snort Moophoric Trip

Tonight’s beer is another one from Bolero Snort. I’ve recently stopped buying their beers because I wanted to try other breweries from Jersey and I’ve been disappointed by the ones I’ve had recently.

ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to, “Cattle were originally identified as three separate species: Bos taurus, the European or ‘taurine’ cattle (including similar types from Africa and Asia); Bos indicus, the zebu; and the extinct Bos primigenius, the aurochs. The aurochs is ancestral to both zebu and taurine cattle.These have been reclassified as one species, Bos taurus, with three subspecies: Bos taurus primigenius, Bos taurus indicus, and Bos taurus taurus. Complicating the matter is the ability of cattle to interbreed with other closely related species. Hybrid individuals and even breeds exist, not only between taurine cattle and zebu (such as the sanga cattle, Bos taurus africanus), but also between one or both of these and some other members of the genus Bos – yaks (the dzo or yattle), banteng, and gaur. Hybrids such as the beefalo breed can even occur between taurine cattle and either species of bison, leading some authors to consider them part of the genus Bos, as well. The hybrid origin of some types may not be obvious – for example, genetic testing of the Dwarf Lulu breed, the only taurine-type cattle in Nepal, found them to be a mix of taurine cattle, zebu, and yak. However, cattle cannot be successfully hybridized with more distantly related bovines such as water buffalo or African buffalo. The aurochs originally ranged throughout Europe, North Africa, and much of Asia. In historical times, its range became restricted to Europe, and the last known individual died in Mazovia, Poland, in about 1627. Breeders have attempted to recreate cattle of similar appearance to aurochs by crossing traditional types of domesticated cattle, creating the Heck cattle breed.”

Random: When my sister was in college, she went cow tipping once. I always felt badly for the cow.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pink head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep pink, almost red in color that was clear with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was all dragonfruit and nothing else. The taste had the same notes of dragonfruit and vanilla as well. There was an herbal note as well, but this was more towards fruit than IPA. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with dragonfruit. A can of this was $4, which came to $.25 per ounce. I wasn’t a huge fan of this and wish it had more bitterness. I won’t be having this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0