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    Saturday
    Feb132010

    A taste of… Samuel Adams Light

    Boston Beer Company
    30 Germania Street,
    Jamaica Plain, MA‎
    (617) 983-9036(617) 983-9036 

     

    Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Samuel Adams Light was purchased for $2.49(USD) at Garden of Eden Gourmet Market, 180 Montague St., Brooklyn, NY. There was an “Enjoy before month notched…” – this bottle was marked APRIL.

    The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

    I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

    The following are my tasting notes:

    Appearance: This crystal clear, bright amber brew is well carbonated. The head is a thin layer of tiny bubbles that forma loosely knit head that leaves a trace of lace on the side of the glass.

    Aroma: The first impression is of grain. A second visit reveals slight fresh-cut hay aromatic. A final nose-dive continues the fresh-cut hay aromas.

    Flavor: First impression is a refreshing sensation that carries with it a combination of quick grain sweetness chased by an equally fast moving spike of hops (that slightly metallic, slightly astringent sensation). The second sip again begins with that refreshing sensation followed by more of the hop spikes leading the sweeter grain this time. A third sip notices how well behaved these two flavors are. No fighting for prominence or domination.

    Mouth feel: Svelte but not undernourished.

    Finish: If you can remember the name of the first person who danced with you at the first high school dance you ever went to you have the capacity to remember the finish of this brew.

    Comments: They pull a nice trick with the slightly roasted barley malt base that gives this brew a darker color than expected with a “Light/Lite” beer. The brain kicks in and looks for what it expects from a beer this color and is not disappointed.

    Food & Beer: This would be my choice for a professional working lunch when the rest of the group orders mineral water and fruit smoothies. I’m betting that, at 119 calories the alcohol content is most of those calories and the alcohol by volume is easy to compute. If you have the intestinal fortitude to order a beer when your boss orders a mineral water you deserve a raise.

    The Brewery: http://www.bostonbeer.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=69432&p=irol-homeProfile

    What others say:

    BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/1503

    RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/sam-adams-light/12719/

    Monday
    Feb082010

    A taste of… Samuel Adams Black Lager


    Boston Beer Company
    30 Germania Street,
    Jamaica Plain, MA‎
    (617) 983-9036(617) 983-9036 

     

    Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Samuel Adams Black Lager was purchased for $2.49(USD) at Garden of Eden Gourmet Market, 180 Montague St., Brooklyn, NY. There was a “Enjoy before month notched…” – this bottle was marked MAR 2010.

    The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

    I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

    The following are my tasting notes:

    Appearance: The deep, deep dark cherry red garnet color of this brew is in contrast to the rather frothy light tan brown café au lait head of large and medium sized bubbles that leaves a well tatted Belgian lace.

    Aroma: The first impression is of prune plumb. The next visit reveals leather and bitter chocolate. The third visit brings out some tobacco and more prune plumb.

    Mouth feel: Full bodied but not buxom.

    Flavor: The first impression is liquorish and tobacco that blends into a prune flavor. The second visit finds chocolate and a slight dusty finish on the pallet. Third sip finds the various flavors, now familiar to the taste receptors, smoothing out and enjoying each other’s company.

    Finish: There is a fairly quick exit here but the trace of cocoa last longest.

    Comments: The range of the Boston Beer folks is remarkable. This is no stout, not a porter and yet is recognizable.

    Food & Beer: Here is a fine desert drink to enjoy after a grilled dinner of fish, foul, or red meat. I am about to see what taste sensation it will become when tasted with Brisling sardines, slightly smoked and packaged in spring water. Wish me luck eh?

    The Brewery: http://www.bostonbeer.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=69432&p=irol-homeProfile

    What others say:

    BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/21300

    RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/samuel-adams-black-lager/41887/

    Thursday
    Feb042010

    A taste of… Samuel Adams Noble Pils


    Boston Beer Company
    30 Germania Street,
    Jamaica Plain, MA‎
    (617) 983-9036(617) 983-9036 

     

    Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Samuel Adams Noble Pils was purchased for $2.49(USD) at Garden of Eden Gourmet Market, 180 Montague St., Brooklyn, NY. There was a “Enjoy before month notched…” – this bottle was marked MAY.

    The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

    I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

    The following are my tasting notes:

    Appearance: A light golden brew with tiny bubbles of carbonation. The head is a fairly dense and not too rocky head of almost white, more slight tan than white, foam that leaves a noticeable Belgian lace.

    Aroma: The first impression is not a rush of aromas. This is a rather shy brew. A second visit reveals very slight aromas of such number that they are hard to find and identify, rather elusive is a non-frustrating way. The third nose-dive found little trace of grain and a continued coy flirtation by the floral hop aromas.

    Mouth feel: Slim and yet sensuous.

    Flavor: The first taste finds the malt as a lightly roasted grain flavor. The hops are still shyly hanging back but more familiar. Second visit senses the slight tang of hop oils that gradually increase but never quite crescendo. The third sip finds the deeper bittering accents of the hops settling in alongside the now richer, almost plush, malt grain flavors.

    Finish: The finish is fairly long but not obnoxious.

    Comments: If you are looking for an American-Style hopping here you will be left wanting. This is a very subtle brew that is not so much a sylph, rather a “femme a quarante ans”…

    Food & Beer: Take one pleasant spring afternoon, find a meadow of soft green grass, unpack a picnic of sliced cold meats, savory chutneys, semi soft cheeses, a loaf of bread and enjoy with or without company.

    The Brewery: http://www.bostonbeer.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=69432&p=irol-homeProfile

    What others say:

    BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/54904

    RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/samuel-adams-noble-pils/107598/

    Wednesday
    Jan202010

    A taste of… Boston Lager


    Boston Beer Company
    30 Germania Street,
    Jamaica Plain, MA‎
    (617) 983-9036‎

    Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Boston Lager was purchased for $2.50(USD) at Peas & Pickles Grocery in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. There was an “Enjoy before” of May 2010 on the label.

    The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.
    I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?
    The following are my tasting notes:

    Appearance: The crystal clear amber brew has a sparkling carbonation. The small bubbles form a linen-white head of rocky foam that leaves a nicely tatted Belgian Lace.

    Aroma: The first impression is of malted barley, followed by a second impression that brings a bright fresh floral scent into play. The third impression remains clean and fresh. Between lip and sip the fresh bright grain and floral sensations continue.

    Mouth feel: There is a creamy body to this brew.

    Flavor: First is a metallic spike of vegetal tang. This is an ideal first meeting with the nuances of the flavors of hops. This is because the first impression is followed by the toasted grain flavor that has a bit of a tang to it as well… almost sugar caramel. The third sip brings both the first impression and second impression together and the range of flavors become more obvious. Fourth or fifth sips extend the flavor profiles and the nuances of the grain and hops are allowed to develop.

    Finish: After all this flavor fun the finish is quick with a dry mineral pallet cleanser leaving anticipation of the next sip.

    Comments: One of the best “beginner” beers for someone developing a range beyond mass produced fizzy lager style beers. This flagship brew is not brewed at the Jamaica Plain brewery as demand exceeded capacity many years ago.

    Food & Beer: I could see this as an ideal beverage to serve with a Sunday dinner of roasted chicken, roasted potatoes and either cooked or fresh bitter greens. I can see this as a chance for a family to learn about how beer is a food to be shared and consumed with good food and conversation lasting more than five minutes. I see it as a way for parents to introduce young adults to the temperate use of beverage alcohol and the appreciation of the culinary and social aspects of family dining. Well… I can dream can’t I?

    The Brewery: http://www.bostonbeer.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=69432&p=irol-homeProfile

    What others say:

    BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/104

    RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/samuel-adams-boston-lager/158/