Tonight I had a beer brainstorm with Kevin from bostonsbeerguy.blogspot.com. Kevin is an avid home brewer, starting brewing in college with his roommate. When Kevin isn’t homebrewing, he’s probably studying; he is going to school to become a doctor. Kevin says that he got turned onto craft beer the day he turned 21 when he tried Ayinger Celebrator for the first time. Quite aptly, the beer we reviewed tonight was a bock just like the Celebrator!
Kevin: I’m here and ready whenever.
Lost: I’ve already poured.
Kevin: OK, let me get on that now…….and the beer is in hand.
Lost: Cool beans. Have you had it before?
Kevin: I have, a while back though, can’t remember the last time. I do remember really enjoying it though.
Lost: I don’t think I’ve ever had it.
Lost: Looks delicious, medium reddish?
Kevin: Agreed, nice amber/red color
Kevin: The head didn’t last long on mine, faded fast and is a bit lacy now.
Lost: Ditto, except no lace here.
Lost: Smells kinda sweet
Kevin: Yeah, sweet and malty, I’m getting a little raisin/dried fruit.
Lost: Raisin indeed!!
Lost: Take a sip and tell me what your first impression is?
Kevin: Definitely sweet and malty upfront, fades into the raisin I got in the aroma.
Lost: My first thought was: BOOZE! No hiding that 8.2% ABV.
Kevin: Really? I didn’t get that until the end.
Kevin: That might be because my palate has been destroyed by visiting dogfish head this past weekend and having a lot of their heavy hitters.
Lost: heh, that might play a role. You visited them in Delaware?
Kevin: Yeah, I was in Delaware, visited the pub and brewery, as well as a few other breweries in the area.
Lost: Oh yeah, I remember you telling me that you were going. JEALOUS!
Kevin: It was an awesome trip, and I have quite the haul of beer I can’t get here to last me a while.
Lost: Back to the brew…
Kevin: By the way, did yours come in a bomber or 12oz?
Kevin: Well, I’ve got a bomber so it’s a good thing I don’t have anywhere to be tonight.
Lost: I’m digging the beer.
Kevin: yeah, I’m a huge fan, a little too easy to drink for the ABV at 8.2%. Could get dangerous!
Kevin: And for sure an awesome representation of the doublebock category. One of the better ones I’ve had.
Lost: What’s a characteristic of double bocks that this most exhibits?
Kevin: For sure the smooth full malty backbone of the beer.
Kevin: It’s not as good as say, Ayinger Celebrator, which I think may be the best bock out there.
Kevin: It’s for sure at the top of what I’ve had before.
Lost: I’ll add that it’s got a little bit of that syrupy aspect going on.
Kevin: True, it tends to stick around and last on the tongue.
Lost: Let’s see…what else is there to say?
Kevin: Well, it is a little on the low-carbonated side I’d say, really makes it easier to drink.
Lost: Agreed! Not bubbly.
Lost: Want to summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two?
Kevin: I’d say it’s right up there on the top of my list of what I’d want to drink after trudging through slush all day.
Kevin: It’s big, warming, and sticks with you. All in all a fantastic beer I’d say.
Lost: And I’d summarize: Smooth, Malty, Raisins, Boozy, Delicious!
Kevin: haha, short and to the point, but you hit the nail on the head.
Lost: I gotta tell you though, the burping of lavender tea I was drinking earlier is NOT mixing well.
Kevin: hahaha, I can imagine.
Lost: Add to that the OTHER gas dinner gave me…some interesting things going on in my livingroom.
Lost: You’ll have to pardon the TMI…it’s kinda my MO
Kevin: No worries, I’ve read your blog before
Lost: Hey…thanks for doing the beer brainstorm with me. Tons of fun!
Kevin: For sure!