Abandoned Building Nightshare Stout

Abandoned Building Nightshare Stout

I’m on vacation! I have the next couple of days off and we’re headed to Vermont with our friends Heather and Greg. We rented a house outside of Burlington and we’re going to spend the weekend eating and drinking our way through the city. On tap for tomorrow, is a trip to Otter Creek and Woodchuck, on our way up there. I’m thoroughly excited, and you should be too; the house we rented has a hot tub, which surely will result in more inappropriate photos of me appearing on the blog!

Tonight, I’m drinking a bottle of Abandoned Building Nightshare Stout. This is an American stout, which is aged in bourbon barrels. I do love me some bourbon, and I do love me some bourbon barrel aged beer. Sadly, this beer is utterly off the mark. To start, it’s a bit thin in body. Next, the amount of bourbon flavor that comes through is weak. I get some dull vanilla notes, with an oak finish. There are far better beers out there representing this style. Perhaps if you’re looking for a lighter stout with muted oak flavors, this one would be a good choice?

-Lost

Mispillion River Reach Around IPA

Mispillion River Reach Around IPA

This past Friday I took part in judging the IPA category for the Great International Beer Festival in Providence, RI. I judged 15 beers in the first round, and another 11 or so in the finals. The winners for this category were:

  1. Battle Axe IPA, Kelsen Brewing, Derry, NH
  2. Juggernaut IPA, Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA
  3. Greyhound IPA, Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA

Congrats to Northhampton Brewing. Gotta get me some of their stuff!!! A full list of all winners from all categories can be found here.

Tonight I’m recovering from watching the latest episode of The Walking Dead with a can of Mispillion River Reach Around IPA. This is the first beer I’ve had from this Delaware-based brewery. My buddy Greg brought this back for me, following a business trip he made to the area a couple months back.

The beer is reasonably drinkable; it’s light in body, even with a 6% ABV. For an American IPA, it’s mildly hoppy. I do get a bit of a funky aftertaste, which is difficult to describe, but I’m not a fan of. The label boasts “huge hop flavor”, which led me to check the can for a canned-on date. May 12, 2015….five months ago. It took 6 years of blogging, but I’ve learned that 5 months is a LONG time for an IPA to sit around. File this review under: shit, I should have checked the label before I started typing 20 minutes ago.

-Lost