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Change has come to The Beer Snob

March 29, 2010

Good evening, fellow beer lovers.  When I started this blog in January 2007, it was meant to serve as a way to keep records of beers I’ve tried as well as beers I’ve  loved and beers I’ve hated.  3 years later, I’ve finally managed to acquire the domain name thebeersnob.com and have exported my blog to my own site.

If you visit it now, there is only the blog.  Soon, though, I hope to work out the details on what the new site will entail beyond the blog.  I’ve had a lot of various ideas for it, but I need to get them on paper and put together something that makes sense and that will be informative and fun to visit.

So please change your blogroll links, or bookmarks or any links you might have anywhere to point to http://www.thebeersnob.com. I’ll be keeping this blog up here for at least the next few months, but will be updating over at the new site instead.

Thank you, and cheers!

The Beer Snob

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Beer Review: Goose Island’s Matilda

March 27, 2010

Goose Island Matila Belgian style ale

The bottle and the cool wood packaging in which it was sent

Goose Island is not a brewery I am very familiar with.  I reviewed their Bourbon County Stout last year, and it was a great, nuanced beer with neverending depth of flavor.  Recently, they sent me a press release about Matilda being available in the West, and they followed it up with a bottle of Matilda herself, to be reviewed on this blog.

About the brewery
When the first Goose Island Brewpub opened its doors in 1988, domestic, mass-produced beer was deeply ingrained in Midwestern culture. The craft beer industry was still in its infancy, with only a handful of brewpubs in existence in the Midwest. In his travels across Europe, beer-lover John Hall had enjoyed a distinctive local brew in each region he visited. Hall was convinced that Midwesterners could produce beers as good or better than those he’d tasted in his travels. Living on the shore of the largest system of fresh water on the planet Earth, in a city with rapidly evolving tastes – John decided that his hometown, Chicago, would be the ideal place to do just that. (Source: GooseIsland.com)

The beer, according to the press release:

Since 2005, Matilda has garnered accolades from food and beer critics around the world, medaling in both the prestigious World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival. With an alcohol by volume of 7% and a shelf life of 5 years, the finished product is true to Belgium’s tradition of brewing with spicy yeasts. Harkening rich aromas such as coriander and allspice, Matilda is brewed with a rare yeast strain that also lends a slightly fruity flavor.

The Pour
This poured semi-thickly into the glass. An orangey amber color, this beer was quite hazy from the yeast that remains in the bottle.  The tiny head it poured to dissipated very quickly.  I was writing notes on the color of the beer itself when I looked back and the head was already gone. (I pour the first half of a beer with the glass at 45 degrees, then pour the rest at 90 degrees to try to generate a decent head without overflowing the glass.)

The Nose
This beer has a great yeasty and fruity nose.  It almost has some of the characteristics of a hefeweizen in the nose as well.  The fruitiness behind the yeasty, bready notes may be mango or some other less common fruit. 

The Taste
Upfront crispness, sweetness and bready flavors give way to a fantastic spicy (peppery, if you ask me) flavor on the back of the palate and lingering through the finish.  The finish also lets loose some slightly bitter hoppiness mingling with nice yeast.  I would say this is a slightly full-bodied beer, with a slightly cloying mouthfeel, though the first drink seems crisp and clean. 

Overall
Matilda is a lady, and what an interesting, sophisticated lady she is.  She’s sweet when you first meet her, but her spiciness and personality really shine the more you get to know her.  They say women are like fine wine…they just get better with age.  Matilda is a cellaring beer, suitable for cellaring for five years, but even now, freshly bottled, she is showing signs of her future elegance.

Recommended
Yes, the spicy notes are terrific and this really feels like a peppery white wine, though it only contains about half the alcohol.

Price: This was a sample sent by the brewery/PR folks.

ABV: 7% ABV according to the press release

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Beer Review: Schlafly Saison Ale

March 23, 2010

What to say about Schlafly…they are a brewery I am still unsure of at this point.  I really enjoyed their pumpkin ale, but I think I am generally just undecided about them right now.

About the brewery (from the Schlafly Web site)
In 1991, Anheuser-Busch had brewing plants in 12 cities and produced enough beer to fill 28 billion bottles. That same year, a burned-out building on the corner of 21st and Locust Street was resurrected as the city’s first new brewery in over five decades and Schlafly Beer was born. Unlike its much larger neighbor, The Saint Louis Brewery is dedicated to the notion that a local brewer can once again thrive in America’s brewing capital. And, although the brewery has grown steadily since its inception, it remains dedicated to the local market, brewing a wide range of traditional beers that pay tribute to the area’s great history. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Beer Review: Founders Old Curmudgeon Ale

March 20, 2010

Founders Old Curmudgeon AleI love doing a beer review when I have no frame of reference for the beer.  I got this beer as part of a silent auction package I won last year, and it’s been sitting in my closet ever since.  I had heard of Founders Brewing Company before, as well as their Old Curmudgeon Ale, but hadn’t tried any of their products.  I hadn’t read about this beer either, so I was completely without expectation or preconceived notion when I first cracked this open. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Beer Review: Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

February 20, 2010

I first had this Pumpkin Ale over Christmas, brought to me courtesy of Bob Jarrett over at The Wine Tree in Evansville, Indiana.  He’s introduced me to several really good beers and is a member of my extended (through marriage) family.  He makes me look like a beer novice with his knowledge of beer.

I have had good and bad experiences with Pumpkin Ale, so I approach each one with trepidation. Will this one be overspiced or will it be a beautiful example of this variety? One never knows.. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Beer Review: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Stout

January 30, 2010

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Stout

It’s awfully cold here in Middle Tennessee, and the roads are pretty near impassable in places, thanks to the ice and snow we received in the last 36 hours. It’s a great time for a stout! Unfortunately, I don’t think I have any stouts on hand to enjoy, so instead I thought I would post a review of one I’ve tried recently: Oskar Blues’ Ten Fidy Stout.

About the Brewer

Great canned beer? The term has been an oxymoron for craft beer lovers used to getting their full-flavored beers from bottles only. But in November of 2002, Oskar Blues Brewery (in tiny Lyons, Colorado, pop.1400) changed that by launching its “Canned Beer Apocalypse.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Beer Review: Guinness Draught

January 22, 2010

Guinness - blechI’ve been reviewing beers with this blog since January 2007 (3 years now….wow!) and oddly enough, I have never reviewed Guinness Draught.  That changes tonight.  Now, I first tried Guinness years ago, when I began experimenting with different beers.  I tried it, and….how can I put this delicately….I hated it!

Well, I hadn’t touched a Guinness since, until Mrs. Beer Snob decided to make beef and Guinness pie, and I had some leftover cans of Guinness Draught.  Naturally I thought it would be great to do a review of it. Read the rest of this entry ?

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