Happy Thanksgiving to me! Tonight Melissa and I are making our Thanksgiving dinner, including Tofurkey, roasted garlic/onions/carrots, stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas, and cranberry sauce (the tube of over-sweetened canned jelly, none of that chunky real crap). As we wait for dinner to cook, we’re taking in a movie – 22 Jump Street. Sadly, as a kid I never watched 21 Jump Street, so I know there is a lot lost on me. It’s still a hilarious movie.
The beer of choice tonight is Long Trail Sick Day IPA. This is an American IPA with a 6.8% ABV. On the pour, I find it to be quite dark colored, a deep mahogany with one finger of head which dissipated quickly. As far as flavors, it’s a relatively mild IPA. In a blind test, I might go as far as classifying it as an English IPA. Malt dominates up front, and melts into a subtle flowery finish.
If you’re a hop head looking for a beer that smacks you in the face, Long Trail Sick Day IPA is not a good choice. If you’re looking for something on the more mild side (perhaps a hopped-up pale ale), then this might be worth a try.
Good Sunday everyone. I hope your weekend was swell. On Friday, we hit up Cambridge for dinner at Veggie Galaxy, followed by a drink at Green Street. On Saturday, we attended pot-luck vegan Thanksgiving dinner. I made this AMAZEBALLS shepherd’s pie. Saturday evening we attended a fund raiser trivia night with friends, where we dominated the competition. Today, Sunday, was completely devoted to watching football.
I’m bummed that the weekend is over, but with a short week ahead, who cares?!? I fully expect the short work week to fly by. Tomorrow night, Melissa and I have our own Thanksgiving dinner, which is going to be epic. Tonight, I couldn’t figure out what to make for dinner, so I’m stalling with a beer. Reaching into the back of the fridge, I found a bottle of this Beer Works Black-O-Lantern, which means I lied to you a few posts back when I told you that I was done with pumpkin beers for the year.
Beer Works Black-O-Lantern is an 8.55 ABV imperial stout. For 8.5%, it drinks quite quickly, with a medium to light body. It’s more malty than spicy. There is no overload of nutmeg/clove or other spices that pumpkin beers are sometimes jacked up with. Heavy roasted malt sticks through from the beginning to end, with only the slightest pumpkin/spice flavor finding it’s’ way onto the palette somewhere in the middle.
As far as pumpkin beers goes, this is mild flavored. It comes across first as an imperial stout, and only secondarily as a pumpkin beer. I like that it’s not overpoweringly flavorful, although I could use just a touch more pumpkin flavor myself. All in all, it’s an average beer for me. Not bad, but also didn’t wow me.