I love flights. There’s no better way to get a sampling of things affordably, and without having to commit to a full portion of something you may or may not like. And the best kinds of flights in my mind frequently involve alcohol, as you may have guessed. (Dessert is a close second, but we aren’t going to go there. Today..)
So that brings me to our visit to the Daily Growler today….Well, let me back up. Since I’ve only talked about whiskey up til now, let me ramble on for a minute about my history with beer.
I was a self proclaimed “bud light girl” in earlier days, up until I met Blake (we met at work, isn’t that a cute love story? Aww). I don’t remember how the conversation got started, but I had no idea I was dealing with a Certified Beer Judge until he admonished me for not branching out with my beer trying. It was probably the same night (because I wanted to make a good impression on him, you see) that I went to the best beer store I knew of and picked up a taster pack of Unibroue beers.
I was never the same again. Maudite is still one of my favorite beers.
Flavor wise I went a little backwards from what the typical craft beer progression seems to be. Most folks start with lagers and lighter beers, ease their way into darker things, and then land on IPA’s, after which it’s HOP CITY ALL THE WAY BABY, YEAH, WRECK MY PALATE WOOOOOO! I actually started off loving IPA’s and stouts, then slowly got into other varieties. Nowadays I can barely stand hoppy beer at all.
Now, I think, it’s safe to talk about today’s mini tasting. Blake works in the beer industry these days and always seems to know when special and interesting things go on tap nearby. Today was some kind of special Ohio beer tap takeover thingymabobber at Daily Growler and he wanted to go.
And isn’t it lovely? From left to right the beers are as follows (brewery – beer name):
Weasel Boy – Dark Chocolate Mint Stout
Rhinegeist – Ink Imperial stout
Hoof Hearted – Permafrost Chipotle coffee stout
Fifty West – Coast to Coast IPA
Fifty West – Ghost of Imogene Russian imperial stout
Too John’s root beer (yeah, soda. Need something to counter all those dark beers, right?)
And the little loner who didn’t make it to the board: Revolution – Bean Gene Woodford barrel aged imperial coffee porter.
Hands down, the Revolution Bean Gene was the best of the bunch. Heavy on the coffee, just enough barrel flavor to be good without tasting like a plank, and so very tasty.
The Weasel Boy was the big disappointment of the bunch. No chocolate flavor, no mint flavor, completely meh even if you took it as just a plain stout.
For the Fifty West beers, the IPA was exceptional, and the stout was..a stout. Nothing amazing or exciting, but I thought it was a decent stout. I can’t figure out why I liked the IPA so much since I’m not a hoppy beer fan, but what can I say? It was good.
Permafrost isn’t anything new..it’s an old standby that I love and I am compelled to get it whenever I see it on tap. It has the yums. And just because it has Chipotle pepper in it doesn’t mean it’s a pepper bomb, like so many pepper beers are.
The Rhinegeist was delicious too, lovely and thick and creamy, and sweeter than I expected. Aside from that I also really like the way they name their beers. Lots of single word names. Uncle, Dad, Truth. Etc. And ink is a fantastic name for a thick dark stout.
I think I covered everything…of course by now you’re all probably asleep, after all those words and rambling and whatnot. If you are still with me, thanks for reading and we shall meet again next post!
Until then, cheers!