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Day #176 – Spaten Optimator

June 26, 2011

Last night was crazy, but days like that happen. Sometimes
My blog posts don’t fit easily into my schedule but so far I’ve kept up with it! I’ll be sure that today’s beer and post are much better!

Spaten Optimator


Spaten Optimator is brewed by Spaten-Franziskaner based out of Munich, Germany. It is classified as a Doppelbock at 7.6% ABV. Spaten was bought out by InBev which technically rules it out of being a craft beer but this stuff is definitely worth a blog post on.

This beer pours a clear brownish-red color with a fizzy off-white head. It is very attractive when held to the light.

Aroma is dark malts first with a big fruity nose. Dark fruits; grapes and plums with a grainy end.

The flavor is dark malts and grains and a nice sweet finish. The fruity flavors are very smooth, with a bit of a tingle over the palate. This beer is even better on Draught. Very nicely done.




Day #55 – Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale

February 25, 2011

Ok I promise I won’t buy any more Sam Adams beers until at least March.

Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale

This is a fairly new creation from Boston Beer Company, and was distributed in their most recent mix pack.  It is a pale ale that is brewed with significant amounts of rye for the base grain.  The addition of this much rye changes the beer from a pale ale style to Specialty Grain.  The alcohol level is at 5.5%.

This beer pours an attractive clear rustic orange with reddish highlights, and sports a frothy white head.

The aroma is grainy, with large notes going towards the rye, as well as a bit of spicy hops and caramel sweetness.

The flavor is bready and rye, with a substantial hop spice filling in right after this.  It finishes a bit dry but the rye notes continue on with some bitter spice.

Hooray for me finally making it through all my Samuel Adams beers!  I can’t wait for the next mix pack!!!



365 Days of Beer?

December 15, 2010

365 days of beer; a different beer a day.  That is my goal in starting this blog.  I am hoping to provide a bit of curiosity for readers into trying a new beer.  This will also be a visual documentation to supplement each post.

Many of these beers I will have had before, but I will approach every post with an open mind and scrutiny.  Most will also be what is available to me locally, and I will try to study craft beer only.  Let’s see how it goes!