Time for another tasting… At this point I was out of Mr. Beer and finally got past the Ruination, so I decided to grab a few more. This time, ‘Tis the Season, I picked up some Octoberfest style and other seasonal beers.
Left Pic – From left to right: New Beldium’s Sommersault – I had tried their Belgo not too long before, on National IPA Day and liked it, so I thought I’d try their other styles; Sam Adams – because of popularity; Spaten (true German), Rumble – because I am obsessed with ‘smoked’ flavors and this was aged on oak chips (too piney tasting); Shock Top – I like their original and thought I’d try the October style; Widmer – I like Hef, so why not.
Right Pic – From left to right: Deschutes Mirror Pond – I had tried their Black Butte and really like it – I think I’m steering towards a Porter/Stout preference; Levitation – everyone said this would be something I like…don’t hate me yet, but it was ‘ok’; Sweetgrass and 1554 – not bad.
Finally, next on my list was Black & Tan – I’ve always heard about it, but never new what it was or tried it. I was at World Market one day and saw this turtle thing, so I bought and it had all the varieties of mixtures as samples.
Essentially the turtle (or you can use a spoon), allows you to poor the Stout over the Pale ale and keep it separated. Let’s see how this works.