Rogue Dead ‘N’ Dead

Happy Thanksgiving! Val is still asleep, so I’m updating the blog while catching up on SVU. I have to work tomorrow, which isn’t fun, but I guess this is part of adulting. I’ve also been watching the news and it looks like this wind isn’t going to help the parade. One of my friends usually goes to the parade every year, but between the wind and the cold, she’s staying home. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels, Dead N’ Dead is the evolution of Dead Guy Ale. The barrels enhance the robust malt and hop profiles of original Dead Guy Ale. The ale soaks in hints of oak and whiskey while maturing over several months at the Rogue ocean aging room.”

Random: I’ve had Dead Guy whiskey once or twice and enjoyed it.

The beer poured with three fingers of cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and copper-colored. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had notes of bourbon, leather and vanilla. The taste was much of the same. It had some nutty malt and quickly went into the same notes of bourbon and vanilla. The body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with vanilla. I enjoyed this beer a lot. It was an interesting take on Dead Guy and I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Baxter The Lonely Goatherd

Val picked this beer out because she loved the can art. I had never heard of this beer before seeing it at Half Time and figured I’d give it a shot.


ABV: 7%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to mybeerbuzz, “This LIMITED EDITION is both unique and special to us as it was brewed with the help of (most) of our hard working distributors. We appreciate all that they do and greatly enjoyed the time they spent at our brewery. The Lonely Goatherd is a traditional German Maibock Lager with a hoppy American twist! You can expect a blend of German malts and yeast which create a clean, smooth, easily drinkable brew, while American hops balance with bitterness and a bold citrus and pine aroma.”

Random: This was first brewed in April of 2015.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left generous lacing on the pint glass. It also left a crown on top of the slightly hazy, orange body with no carbonation visible. The nose was very mild with grass and not much else. The taste had more depth. I got caramel and toffee malt, toasted grains and wheat. After a few sips, some lightly grassy hops came through as well. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with toasted malts. This was $2.99 for the tall boy ($.19 per ounce). This was a decent beer, but I just didn’t get the pop of American hops that was promised. I still had no problem finishing the can.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Abita Strawgator

Oh Abita, the soft spot I have for you. I am really excited to see them doing some barrel aged beers and put some new ones out as well. This was one that Val really wanted to try, so we split the bomber one night at home. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Abita Strawgator is the fusion of Strawberry Harvest Lager sweetness with the bite of Andygator. This golden lager is made with malted barley and wheat. It is hopped with German Perle hops for a delicate hop flavor. After filtration, generous amounts of fresh Louisiana strawberry juice are added, giving the beer a pleasant sweet taste and aroma, as well as a rich golden color and slight cloudiness. Strawgator is a great dessert beer. It pairs well with fruit, dessert of sorbets. It is also excellent with chocolate dishes and cheeses such as St. Andre, Mascarpone and Brie.”

Random: We never ended up getting strawberries from our plant.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The body was a slightly cloudy, yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had some grassy hops notes and a touch of strawberry. The taste was outstanding. It had fresh strawberry juice and cereal grain. The booze was well-hidden. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with strawberry juice and cereal grain. My only complaint was that the strawberry note wasn’t strong enough but this beer was still outstanding, especially at $5.99 for the bomber ($.27 per ounce). This is a beer worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Blue Mountain Long Winter’s Nap

This was a beer that the other half picked out when we went to Cranbury Buy Rite after it reopened. This was another one that was purchased because it had a cute bottle. Let’s see if that translates to a good beer.


ABV: 10%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “One of the biggest beers we’ve ever brewed at Blue Mountain coming in at 10% alcohol by volume, and it’s also one of the lightest-colored! Brewed solely with Pilsner and Vienna malts, we used the same amount of barley it would take to make 2,000 gallons and packed it into just 1,000 gallons worth of the smoothest, fullest-bodied, strongest winter brew you’ve ever had. This lager defies most standard beer categorization (Germans would put it in the Doppelbock category) but we’re calling it a blonde Tripelbock. The name says it all…it won’t take many of these and a long winter’s nap will be all you’re capable of doing.”

Random: I could go for a nap right now. I’m exhausted.

When I went to pop the cork, it was insanely difficult to get out. After about 10 minutes of fussing with it, I finally popped it and noticed that this beer was best by July of 2014. There wasn’t any indication of when it was brewed, but I hoped that the high ABV kept this beer in good drinking condition. It poured with a three finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear yellow-orange color with light carbonation visible and lots of sediment floating around. The nose was really sweet with honey and biscuit. The taste had notes of biscuit as well with light fruit (specifically apple and pear). The booze was way too apparent on this beer and however many years it was sitting on the shelf did not mellow it. Light, spicy hops came through too. I almost think that they changed this beer a bit in recent years because most people have enjoyed it and said that the booze was hidden. The body was medium thickness with light carbonation. It had a long sticky finish with honey and booze. This bottle was $12, which broke down to $.55 per ounce. No matter what the price was, I just couldn’t get into this beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Yonder Bock

It’s the last day of the holiday weekend. I can’t say that I’m excited to go back to work. I could use another day or two to prepare. The other half and I went to Connecticut this weekend to visit her mother and stepfather. We had a really good time and got home about an hour ago. The cat was thrilled to see us. He acted like he had never seen food before. Anyways, this was another beer that I had last week from the Beer Camp twelve pack. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 7.7%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: This was brewed in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing.

Random: The other half let me watch my “Autopsy” DVD. It was incredibly interesting because it was researching major suicides/murders from history.

This brew poured with a three finger, relatively thin, tan-colored head that dissipated slowly. Despite this, it left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with high carbonation visible. The nose had generous notes of guava and pineapple and mango along with sweet caramel malt after that. The taste was really interesting. The tropical fruits came through first, with mango and pineapple being the standouts. There was also some light citrus and grassy hop that quickly transitions into caramel sweetness and cracker malt. The beer had a medium thick body with heavy carbonation. It had a dry finish that lasted for awhile with sweet caramel malt. This beer was impressive. I wasn’t sure how the tropical fruit would mesh with the malt and it would either be amazing or fall flat. This was really, really good and I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Josephs Brau Heller Bock

The other half stopped at Trader Joe’s last week because we needed a few things and didn’t manage to put in a Fresh Direct order. She picked up a mixed six-pack of some summer themed beers and this was in there as well. I haven’t had the best luck with Trader Joe’s beers. The price is low and they’re alright, but nothing to write home about. Hopefully, this beer will change my mind.


ABV: 7%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: This brew is made by Gordon Biersch in California.

Random: I’m really starting to like the glass that I used for this beer. I got it on vacation with Val at The Brewer’s Art. It’s a good size and it’s pretty too. I’m going to start looking for other glasses like this. They’re pretty good when I don’t want to use a shaker pint.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left a touch of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose had some biscuit and caramel malt, not much else. The taste was a bit sweeter. I got some caramel up front with biscuit and cookie dough notes. There was also some light nuttiness, almond perhaps? There was also a bit of an alcohol aftertaste that didn’t help the flavor profile. The body was on the thicker side of the style with lower than expected carbonation. The finish was rather fast with biscuit. This beer wasn’t all that great and not one that I’d have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Troegs Cultivator

Sometimes, I just buy a beer because I really, really like the label. This happens to be one of those beers. I’ve also enjoyed other beers from this brewery, which definitely helped, but this label is adorable. Let’s see if the liquid inside was just as good.


ABV: 6.9%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Emerging from springtime’s fertile ground, Cultivator celebrates the start of hop-growing season as sprawling fields of hop rhizomes climb and tether to hop bines. This spring bock delivers hints of toasted grains, fresh baked bread and delicate floral hops. Cultivator pairs nicely with a variety of cheeses including Asiago, Colby, Gruyère and Swiss. Its malt sweetness and clean, dry finish also complements spicy dishes such as Thai or Korean barbecue, shellfish and a variety of fried foods.”

Random: I could really go for some Thai food right now. I haven’t had good Thai food in awhile.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left spider web lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with moderate carbonation. The nose was pretty clean, yet simple. It had bready malts and floral hops which very pretty delicate. The taste was much of the same. It was very delicate and clean, coupled with bready malt and floral hops. There was also a touch of honey at the end. The beer was on the thinner side and dry with moderate carbonation. There was no booze apparent in the taste. It had a long finish with honey and floral hops. This was a really nuanced beer but really nice and enjoyable. Yet another solid offering from Troegs that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Josephs Brau Prost

As you can probably tell by reading this blog, I like watching things on Netflix. The latest series that I’ve started watching is “Carnivale.” I never watched it when it was on HBO, but I heard good things about it. Since the other half has HBO Go on the television, I started watching it. I’m five episodes in and I can honestly say, I have no idea why people liked the series. It’s alright, but the first few episodes were really, really boring. I keep watching it in the hopes that it gets better, but I don’t have high hopes. Anyways, the other half picked this one up at TJ’s awhile ago. Let’s see if I liked it…


ABV: 7.3%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: “Prost” is an honorary toast in German.

Random: I will say, the costumes on the show are amazing.

This beer poured with a two finger white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a crown that was left on top as well. The body was a clear mahogany color with light carbonation. The nose was super malty with dried dark fruit, specifically figs and raisins. The taste was even more malty with lots of butterscotch, which was overly sweet. There were some figs present in the taste as well. There was some caramel and biscuity malt, but the sweetness really put it over the top, and not in a good way. The body was on the thicker side with heavy carbonation. The finish was long and overly sweet. Like most of the Trader Joe’s brews, this beer was only okay, but the price point was good, so I guess it’s worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Abita Andygator

I haven’t had a beer from Abita since June 2013. This offering from Abita is one that has been on my list to try for a very long time. It got a silver medal this year at the Great American Beer Festival and has always been well-regarded, so I was definitely excited to try this one.


ABV: 8%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Abita Andygator®, a creature of the swamp, is a unique, high-gravity brew made with pale malt, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops. Unlike other high-gravity brews, Andygator® is fermented to a dry finish with a slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma. Reaching an alcohol strength of 8% by volume, it is a Helles Doppelbock. You might find it goes well with fried foods. It pairs well with just about anything made with crawfish. Some like it with a robust sandwich. Andygator® is also a good aperitif and easily pairs with Gorgonzola and creamy blue cheeses. Because of the high alcohol content, be cautious — sip it for the most enjoyment.”

Random: I really need another cup of coffee. The first one isn’t working yet.

This beer poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a clear straw yellow color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose had a lot of malt with significant honey sweetness. The taste wasn’t as sweet. I got some definite honey and a lot of malt, but also a mineral twang to it. The booze was somewhat apparent as well. It was a bit under carbonated with a medium thickness body. It had a short finish with some sweetness to it as well. I’m thinking perhaps that I got an older bottle of this, because it really didn’t floor me. With that being said, I would be open to giving it another try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Lancaster Brewing Company Rumspringa Golden Bock

So, since I was stuck writing up all of my reviews today, I decided to pop a brew open tonight. This was another one of the bocks that have been hanging around my house. It also came in a can, so I was really interested in trying this.

ABV: 6.6%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to, “Rumspringa (Pennsylvania Dutch: [rʊmˈʃprɪŋə]; a noun derived from to the Pennsylvania ‘Dutch’ German verb term rumspringen ‘to run around’) generally refers to a period of adolescence for some members of the Amish, a subsect of the Anabaptist Christian movement, that begins around the age of 16 and ends when a youth chooses baptism within the Amish church or instead leaves the community. The vast majority choose baptism and remain in the church. Not all Amish use this term (it does not occur in John Hostetler’s extended discussion of adolescence among the Amish), but in sects that do, Amish elders generally view it as a time for courtship and finding a spouse.”

Random: I’m so sick of watching Chopped. The ingredients they pick are just bordering on ridiculous now.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear orange color with lots of visible carbonation. The nose was sweet with some nutty malt backing it up. The taste had some notes of golden fruit, honey sweetness and malt. The body was a medium thickness with lots of carbonation. Any booze that was there was really well hidden. The finish was really long and sweet. It wasn’t bad. All in all, a decent beer. It’s not something that I would seek out, but I’d have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0