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Beer Review: MadTree Gnarly Brown

This review of MadTree’s Gnarly Brown brings my reviews of their current can lineup to an end, having previously discussed PsycHOPathy and Happy Amber. All 3 of these brews should be available across the entire greater Cincinnati area at better beer sellers and a variety of other places. I scored this Gnarly Brown at the Village Wine Cellar in Lebanon where they also had PsycHOPathy.

Description on the side of the can:

Specialty malts bring intimidations of brown sugar and vanilla which meld into the Gnarly’s character. Roasted coffee malt flavors and residual sweetness dance in harmony, obscuring the line between brown ale and porter.

Brewery: MadTree
Beer: Gnarly Brown
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 7%
Calories: ~200

Dark brown color that turns a beautiful dark amber-brown if you hold a LED light right up to it. Head is a decent size of dark tan bubbles.

Very malty aroma with roasted coffee and a mixture of chocolate and hints of caramel and nuts, kinda reminds of a snickers bar (which I love). Also picking up a bit of earthy hops to balance out the smell.

Complex flavor with brown sugar, nuts, coffee bitterness. Strongly reminds me of stouts and porters but with lighter flavors. Kinda like a stout-light or something.

Very carbonated mouth feel that coats everything with bubbles. Medium light body and slightly slick lingering feelings.

This is my least favorite MadTree so far, it’s not a “bad” beer by any means just not really my cup of tea. It’s interesting, complex, and enjoyable but not amazingly so in any means. While this the aroma, flavor, and body convey no sense of the alcohol I am beginning to feel a bit of it after finishing the can. I try to prioritize content over covers that said I do dig the can, the ring of text around the top is nice “Gnarly by nature, Gnarly by choice, Can you dig it?”

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Beer Review: Mt. Carmel Third Shift Imperial Coffee Stout

I’ve been interested in trying this beer for sometime, especially since deciding that this winter was gonna focus on stouts and porters. After digging into the Mt. Carmel Porch Pack again then seeing this was on the Growler Station at the Whole Foods in Mason I decided it was time to try this beer. This is part of their “limited” series that is only available on draft and is supposedly temporary though this has been around for a long time.

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Beer Review: Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti

So far my excursion into dark beers has been less than stunning especially this week with cans of Guinness Draught and Murphy’s. I expect this beer to radically change all that, at the very least in terms of getting me drunk since this is more than double the ABV of either of those two.

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New local beer alert: Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

Ok, this isn’t actually a local beer, but with how wacky people are about Lexington’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale around here (I am not one of those people wacky about it), I thought I’d put this up for you to keep an eye out for. At the Craft Beer Symposia at Teller’s this year, a representative from Lexington noted that they would be releasing a bourbon barrel-aged coffee stout, but he didn’t give any details in terms of the timeline. I’d assume, since the label has been approved, that it’s not too long from being released. Anyways, just something to watch the shelves for.

From Lexington Brewing Co.’s website:

Barrels that once contained world-famous Kentucky Bourbon lend a sweet hint of caramel and vanilla to dark-roasted malts and finish with the essence of a lightly roasted coffee. The barrel-aged flavors native to Kentucky compliment this complex stout brewed and aged with Haitian coffee to create the bourbon country’s own Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Coming soon to Kentucky and Ohio markets.

Know more about this beer? Email me at QueenCityDrinks@gmail.com

(H/T to Beer Pulse)

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Beer Review: Fuller’s London Porter

After announcing that Now is the winter of my dark-content a friend of mine gave me this beer saying it is one of the original Porters and is a great starting point as it’s very typical for the style. Before we get to the review I’ll fill folks in on what a Porter is with a bit of history, but that comes after the break!

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Heine’s Big Bro by Against the Grain Brewing (Louisville, KY)

You get the logo instead of a beer picture because this stout looked liked every other stout ever photographed.

Louisville is reaching a little out of our jurisdiction here at QCD, but I was lucky enough to get ahold of Against the Grain Brewing’s Heine’s Big Bro from a friend, so I figured why not. The weirdly-named Heine’s Big Bro (which I’m tired of typing already and will from now on abbreviate with HBB) is an imperial oatmeal stout with Heine Bros. coffee added.

Some background from Louisville Beer:

Louisville roasted Heine Bros. espresso was hot extracted pre-fermentation, and Mary Catherine’s blend was cold extracted and added post-fermentation to give this beer an aggressive bitterness as well as a delicate yet pronounced coffee flavor and aroma. We started this imperial oatmeal stout with a massive amount of high quality Maris Otter malt and added an array of specialty malts including oats, roasted barley, and very dark caramel munich. Hefty additions of British hops early in the boil make for a powerful bitterness to balance the high malt sweetness. If your soul stays black, even in the sun, this beer is for you.

Yeah, relatively dramatic, I know. Against the Grain is making a name for themselves in the somewhat beer-poor Louisville region for their adventurous takes that depart from the typical styles and the ridiculous names each of them are granted. AtG has a hell of a great location right downtown in Louisville, attached to a sports venue of some kind (didn’t get a chance to go by the last time I was there; just drove past).

All of this means nothing without good beer, though, so what’s the word?

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Beer Review: Founders Breakfast Stout

Founders has become pretty well known for it’s stouts, especially the breakfast stouts. The Kentucky breakfast stout and Canadian breakfast stout are some of the most well reviewed stouts out there, usually referred to by their initials KBS and CBS. They’re highly sought after and frequently traded. Luckily, when they are available you can usually get some here in the Greater Cincinnati area. Also the Moerlein Lager house will have KBS on tap September 10th!!! Anyway, I’m wasn’t lucky enough to score the Kentucky or Canadian varieties but here comes the review for the plain old Breakfast Stout.

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Beer Review: Flying Dog Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

A very good, if somewhat underwhelming imperial coffee porter. The coffee flavor is much more subtle than a beer like Founders Breakfast Stout, where the coffee is right up front and somewhat bitter. It’s a tad on the sweet side of balanced, with any roast notes pretty muted. I understand the idea of sweet stouts, but a sweet porter is new to me. Overall, a decent take on a style which isn’t my favorite in the world.

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by | February 23, 2012 · 8:05 pm