Friday, July 31, 2015

New Beer Friday 7/31/15

We've got a ton of new beers this week from all over the place including Italy, Denmark and a far off place called Vernal, Utah. 

Vernal Brewing - She's a Peach: The nose reeks of peaches. This high peach flavor continues all the way with this thing--there is very little else to it. If you like peach, this beer is for you. If you don't, you won't make it through the pint. The mouthfeel is quick and smooth. A fine summer beer. 4.0% ABV @ Vernal Brewing, and Vernal accounts
 
Sierra Nevada - Oktoberfest: Pours a deep orange-amber with a nose that is malty, grainy, and has a hint of noble hops. The taste is huge on caramel, bread, honey, brown sugar, raisin, and Grape Nuts. Grassy and herbal noble hop comes out strong in the finish. Mouthfeel leans towards thick and is sticky. 6.0% ABV @ DABC

Cristoffel Nobel:  Me no try yet. It's described as having a cloudy yellowish amber appearance. the nose is fragrant with fruit and noble hops. The taste is harp & dry bitterness. Alcoholic presence is felt. Oily,resiny & woody finish.Medium body but a little fat in mouth. Drinkability is ok. 8.7% ABV. @ Bayou
 

Brewfist Spaceman IPA: Me no try yet. It's described as having a slightly cloudy medium yellow with deeper orange colour in the middle. The nose has grapefruit, peach and mango up front with some sweet honey and caramel aromas present as well. The taste is bitter up front with some tropical fruit and grapefruit notes present. A somewhat dank flavor is present, some sweet caramel present as well. 7.0% ABV @ Bayou

Brewfist X Ray Porter: Me no try yet. It's described as having a very dark appearance with a fluffy mocha head that sustains nicely. The nose is of powder chocolate and a hint of grass. The taste is of chocolate and slightly fruity esters but leans more towards the chocolate and earthy hops initially with the dark fruits coming through in the finish. 8.5% ABV @ Bayou
 

To Øl - By Utter Means:  Me no try yet. Pours an opaque dark brown, two fingers of light brown foam. The nose has milk chocolate, musty/roasty grain. The taste starts earthy with molasses, fudge, some light toasted bread. Substantial hop balance is earthy and otherwise nondescript bittering hops. Body is a little lighter than expected. 7.0% ABV @ Bayou
 

To Øl - Black Malts and Body Salts: Me no try yet. Pours out pitch black, with an inch and a half of creamy, tan head. The nose has hints of coffee and roasted malts with a bit of citrus and tropical fruit. The taste has coffee, creamy chocolate, orange and pine are right up front in this one, slight floral taste near the end. Very well rounded flavor. Thicker body, a bit heavy on the carbonation. 9.9% ABV @ Bayou
 

To Øl - Nordic by Nature: Me no try yet. The nose is all IPA, strong lemon, grapefruit, and orange zest rolled in with some good hops. The lacing is quite awesome too! The flavor is clean, tart at first and then the bitterness kicks in, I think is this very well done. Citrus flavors dominate the overall character of this beer, you get a combination of Orange, lemon and grapefruit the entire time you’re drinking this beer. The hops show up in its aftertaste and they do not disappoint. 6.5% ABV @ Bayou
 

To Øl - Dangerously Close to Stupid IIPA: Me no try yet. The nose gives you a fair warning of what to expect from this beer, tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, orange, grapefruit. The taste is the same. Very juicy and fruity with a pretty sharp bitterness.The exotic fruits is definitely present just like on the nose, sweetness from mango/pineapple and orange/grape on the citrus parts. Alcohol is well masked and the bitterness rounds off well. 9.3% ABV @ Bayou
 

Amager - Batch One: Me no try yet. Pours a cloudy red-orange amber. Moderate one finger light tan head and nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and a hint of light fruit. Caramel and sweet malt, slight light fruit, some vanilla and dark fruit. Abrupt bitter finish without aromatic hops. Moderate, creamy body. A decent moderately complex barley wine, but does not stand out in the crowd. 9.2% ABV
 

Amager Ryeking: Me no try yet. The color is black while the dark brown enormous head is compact and takes a really long time to settle. The nose has  roasted malts with a dose of rye, coffee and dried fruits.The taste starts with roasted rye, dried fruits and chocolate. Espresso rounds out the end with a finish that has burned bitter notes. 7.7% ABV @ Bayou

Xbeeriment #44 Smoked Stout: Me no try yet. Aroma of smoky toasted malt, mild chocolate and brown sugar. Flavor is dark toasted malt, charred coffee, milk chocolate, finishing with smoky dark malt with a hint of wood ash, more post-fire than smoky. Nice medium, lightly creamy body. A somewhat dry stout, leaning towards a foreign / export stout profile. The smoke is rather subdued, leaving a faint memory of the fire rather than smoke in one's eye and is mostly present in the finish.. Pleasant and full flavored, but I'd like just a little stronger malt support for the smoke in the finish.
 

Nøgne Ø /Terapin Imperial Rye Porter: Me no try yet. Pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan 2 finger head. Nose has coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, booze, and tropical hops.
The taste starts with dark, sweet fruits up front. Big chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, coffee, and a little licorice follows. Creamy chocolate is the boss of this beer, but its other parts compliment it wonderfully. Beautifully balanced and complex. Hoppy tropical fruit flavor pops in and out as it warms. 9.0% ABV @ Bayou
 

Haandbryggeriet - Norwegian Wood: Me no try yet. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hops, smoke, hint of coffee, hint of chocolate, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Smoked Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong smoke, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight hop, and slight chocolate. 6.5% ABV @ Bayou
 

Haandbryggeriet - Norse Porter: Me no try yet. Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with some strong dry coffee notes is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by dry roasted malt with huge coffee notes which are well balanced and avoid entering into astringency territory. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable beer with strong roasted/coffee notes.6.0% ABV @ Bayou

Cheers!

6 comments:

Greg said...

Octoberfest? Seriously?

Mikey said...

Yup. Epic's Fest Devious is for sale as well. Oktoberfest at Snowbird starts in about 2 weeks, where does the time go!

Sean Landis said...

I was at the Bayou last night and didn't see these beers. Do they have a 'what's new' menu?

Mikey said...

I believe they're for sale today.

Mark Alston said...

Sean,

Our beer list changes so fast that the way to stay on top of it all is via our app. It's on google play and the itunes store. There are also links to the app on just about every page of our printed menu. https://bnc.lt/bayou

Mark Alston
The Bayou

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