This weekend was a super lazy one here. Both Saturday and Sunday we sat on the couch and watched TV and goofed off on our cell phones and/or laptops. That may sound boring, but to me, after a long week of work, it was magic. My only regret: I should have taken a nap at some point. Today I watched football from 1:00 – 7:30pm and it was glorious. Well, all except the part where I was bounced out of my survivor league, courtesy the Cleveland Browns coughing up an awful loss to the worst team in the NFL right now – the Jacksonville Jaguars. #fail.
This evening I’m enjoying my last few hours of weekend with a bottle of Clown Shoes Pecan Pie Porter. I bought the beer purely for the novelty factor, and I have to say I’m disappointed in lack of novelty flavor. That is, while the beer has a sweet and nutty aspect, I wouldn’t equate it to pecan pie. It’s all good though, because it’s still a decent beer. Although, perhaps too sweet for my taste when it comes to American porters. It’s a bit syrupy, which could have to do with the relatively high ABV of 8%. Seems like it should be categorized as an imperial porter, but what do I know?
All in all, it’s just an OK beer.
Although I try to review mainly New England brews, once in a while something from out west catches my eye. A couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t help but pick up some beer from a new a series of bourbon barrel aged beers from Anderson Valley. The first of this series I tried was the amazingly delicious Pinchy Jeek Barl, a pumpkin beer. Over the past week I tried two others: Anderson Valley Huge Arker and Anderson Valley Boont Barl.
The Boont Barl is an easy drinking amber ale. It has a 6.0% ABV and is quite sessionable. I plowed through the 22-ounce bottle far too quickly, leaving me wanting more. It had light vanilla and oak notes, with a solid backbone of malt and bourbon.
Last night I tried the Huge Arker, and let me tell you…. beer. boner.
This imperial stout is amaze-balls and is probably the best beer I’ve had all year. It socks you with a super malty backbone, and MONSTER vanilla and bourbon flavor. In my opinion, this beer is up there with Goose Island Bourbon County and Jack’s Abby Barrel Aged Vanilla Framinghammer. If you like bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts, you need to run to the store now. Seriously…do it.
And trust me when I say, at 13.5% ABV, drinking a full bottle of the Arker will leave you incapable of anything requiring motor control.