All posts by Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

Beer Works Black-O-Lantern

Beer Works Black-O-Lantern

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.

-Lost

3 Beards Scally Wag

3 Beards Scally Wag

This week I’ve largely been a bachelor. The wife has been babysitting our nephews for the last few days. What have I done with my new found free time? Well, Tuesday night, I came home from work, ate two HUGE sandwiches, two beers, and fell asleep on the couch at 7:15pm. #bachelorlife

Tonight I managed to get out and have a couple of beers with coworkers, before running an errand or two. Now I’m back home with big plans: drink this beer, eat a snack, and fall asleep way early.

3 Beards Scally Wag

The beer in hand is 3 Beards Scally Wag. 3 Beards is a brewery out of Williamsburg, MA. I don’t know if I’ve had anything from them before. First off, the head on this beer is out of control. As soon as I popped the bottle cap, the bottle gushed. Not a good sign. Each time I tried to pour, I got a massive volcanic head. In the hundreds of beers I have reviewed, I don’t recall ever seeing anything link this. Bizarre, really. And frankly, probably a sign that something is wrong with the brew.

Flavor-wise, I’m getting a lot of roasted malt and coffee flavor, however there is something funky in the background…perhaps slightly metallic. It doesn’t taste bad, per se, but doesn’t taste particularly good either. I’m wondering if the batch is somehow infected. I RARELY pick up on a beer that’s gone bad, so when I think something off, it’s usually a good indication.

-Lost