-somewhere in the desert
The Week draws close now; the Week of willing sequestration wherein I will eschew all social things. Responsibility will be a shadow seeking life at high noon. I shall be a veritable hermit reveling in silence and nothingness. Now, family is inviolable so my immediate relations will still have access to me. I have not yet decided how this will affect my relations with John Barleycorn at the local malty grotto. But I know I shall be in the company of beer whether by visitation of the local, rushing the growler, or my own fine home brew. Mayhaps I’ll take the time to re-examine beers I have rejected in the past. The dreaded industrial beers. Since I’ve been told these past two years that I am a “beer snob” and “self-important” and “judgmental” I feel it may be time to Star Trek my beer universe. Does “infinite diversity in infinite combinations” hold true in the vast frontier of beer?
It seems, to be sure, that home made neck oil will rule the day. At home I have two batches bottled and waiting. One is called Shistory and it is a black(ish) saison. The black pepper is unmistakable upon warming. The other beer is called Old Ben and it is a clone of Guinness Stout, without the well known nitrogen. It is slightly creamy and a little toasty and very tasty. In addition to drinking said home brewed beers I’ve got ingredients shipped for to make an additional two batches. One of those batches will be a modification of the stout mentioned above, Old Ben. Instead of using stout malt for the base I will use Rahr 2-row. I am intrigued to discover what the difference may be, however subtle. The other beer will be a Belgian blonde produced with pilsner malt and flaked barley and a Belgian yeast.
The guest for this beer review session is an oatmeal stout that features bitter chocolate and two types of coffee. The brewer is Founders Brewing and they have named this great stout experiment Breakfast Stout.
- ABV 8.3%
- IBU 60
- Available October thru December
- Lots of coffe aroma and flavor
- A moderately thick, oily body
- A stout that is more than a stout yet still a stout
Freshly brewed coffe is the prominent aroma redolent of a quiet, early morning that does not lead to labor whoring (i.e., work, employment, the job). After it sits and airs, the smell of chocolate arises. No hops evident.
It has a mild, tan and persistent head, a parchment tinged creamy tundra on an appropriately black body. That body is warm and full, filled out by the oatmeal.
Coffee is prominent in the taste, too. There is a harsh and bitter outline to this beer. It’s interesting. The familiar roasted profile of stout hits the palate initially then the bitter chocolate and the black coffee conflate powerfully and turn this into something other than stout. while still being stout. It’s not unpleasant in any way; it is ambiguous. No hops evident.
This is a good beer. I feel it’s a good example of an oatmeal and a cream stout, with a creative addition of chocolate and coffee. Enjoyable, I definitely want another. So, it’s good I have a second bottle. I think it shall face off against Founders Porter.
Generally I post my favorite sentence of the day on my other blog, Beautiful Sentences. But I felt this one deserved to be put here instead. After all, it’s my favorite of the day because it mentions beer; stout to be precise. A particular reason I enjoyed this sentence from an NPR article is that the beer is mentioned before the wine.
Our time has come.
My dear wife has provided the stout I desired. Sans communication she was able to snag the one I wanted, too. A straight up, no nonsense, adorable stout from Sierra Nevada.
Up on a hill, parking is a little confusing but not terribly.
It is family friendly.
Big Blue Van served with blueberries in the glass. Don’t know that they add flavor but they add to the presentation. Makes a fun game trying to snag a blueberry.
Jesse’s Lager is heavy and clean with a hops void. I think I love this beer.
We had for lunch: chicken caprese wrap, margherita pizza, and pirate johns BLT. Sweet a Devil Stout was a surprising compliment to the BLT. Gotta be the smokiness. I know I love it. One of the best stouts ever. Ever.
Patio looks cool
Brewhouse is stainless and utterly gorgeous. Utterly.
No readily available beer menu, like a board it something. Gotta rely on servers. They’re not bad.
Food is fantastic!
Their Octoberfest is … Well, there is a bitter aftertaste that I’m not happy with. Good color, great head, but that hops at the end … Dunno. Not happy with it.
Conclusion: nice place. Would I come here again? Yes.
Is it better than Mudshark, the other Lake Havasu brewery?
Sweet Devil is one of the best stouts ever. Big Blue Van is more intriguing and refreshing than it has any right to be. But Full Moon is the Einstein of wit beers and Mudshark’s atmosphere is far more liberated.