Key West Southernmost Wheat

Florida Beer Company’s Key West Southernmost Wheat pours into the glass with a haze that is very uniform unlike most wheat beers.

The aroma present with lime citrus right away from the key lime in the beer. The lime overwhelms the other aromas for the most part, but the typical phenolic characteristics are present.

The taste is surprisingly flat for what would be expected. The key lime and spices are to main taste in this beer.

This would be a very enjoyable beer during the hot summer months.

Yellowhammer Brewing’s Frankenhammer

Yellowhammer’s Frankenhammer will be an annual brew for Halloween. The Nook, in Huntsville, has the whole supply of this first batch (very small batch). The Nook and the brewery are already planning for next year’s batch when The Nook will pull out some of this year’s kegs to be served a long side next year’s batch.

The beer pours up with a minimal head that fades quickly without lacing.

The aroma is wonderfully filled with deep roasted malt tones that hints of alcohol somewhere hidden below the surface.

The taste starts at the tip of the tongue with a crispness that vanishes quickly. Malt flavors take over your mouth as the alcohol tries to push through the malt flavors, but it is held back. As the finish approaches, the maltiness gives way to bourbon like flavors enriched by alcohol burn in the finish.

Overall, Yellowhammer Brewery has hit on there hand with this beer. Hopefully, next year, they will brew a larger batch. The style is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and has a 10.5% ABV. Fellow reviewer, Jay Kissell, reviewed this beer for the Huntsville Times’ Go Magazine.

15th Annual Knoxville Brewers’ Jam

15th Annual Knoxville Brewers’ Jam was very successful this year. The weather was wonderful with clear skies and temperatures in the mid-60’s. The festival featured over sixty beers to sample at the World’s Fair Park.

Some breweries of note are the Marble Brewery, Terminal Brewhouse, and Woodruff Brewing.

The Jam featured music from Kelsey’s Woods, Barstool Romeos, Black Cadillacs, and Cutthroat Shamrock.

This year the organizers, Community Shares, had an area setup for children including a moon bounce and craft table.

Community Shares helps area groups in need.

Founders Cashew Mountain Brown

Founders Cashew Mountain Brown pouring up with minimal to no head at all. This is first of Founders beer to distributed in Huntsville. It is a part of their roll out in the state of Alabama.

The whiskey barrel aging presents at the nose very well. The maltiness at the nose compliments the bourbon tones.

The bourbon flavors present right at the beginning of the taste. The high alcohol of 10% ABV goes very well with bourbon.

Hof ten Dormaal Dark

Hof ten Dormaal DarkHof ten Dormaal is a small farmhouse brewery in Tildonk, Belgium which produces a series of saisons.  The Janssens family grows their own grain, grows all their own hops, and cultivates their own yeast strain.  That’s all interesting, but how’s their beer?

First of all, be warned that the Hof ten Dormaal beers tend to be highly carbonated.  As soon as I loosened the wire cage on the 375ml bottle of Hof ten Dormaal Dark (7.5% ABV), the cork popped and fine light brown foam came pouring out.  So be ready with a glass and a towel.  Once poured, the beer is a hazy brown color with abundant light brown head that eventually settles to a thin layer of tiny bubbles.  The smell is better than the appearance — typical saison spiciness — very nice.  The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, but with a very dry finish.  The taste is anchored in flavorful malt and even a hint of cocoa in the finish.

Overall, I would drink this again and look forward to trying the other saisons from Hof ten Dormaal.

Scheldebrouwerij Oesterstout

Oesterstout is a 8.5% ABV Oesterstoutdark stout from Scheldebrouwerij of Meer, Belgium.  The wort from this fully malted ale is filtered over oyster shells from the Dutch Zeeland province.

It pours black-brown, with 1/2 finger of fine, light brown head with some lacing.  The aroma is of warm bread crust, warming alcohol, and a hint of fresh sea spray.

The rich taste is mostly toasted malt, with a hint of coffee and bitter cocoa.  The body is full and creamy, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

I enjoyed this beer a lot — next time, I’ll have to try some with fresh oysters.

Stevens Point Brewery’s Belgian White

Stevens Point Brewery’s Belgian White pours up very nicely. The head fade quickly.

The amora is a sweet floral mixed with little bit of the spices, which are coriander and orange peel. The aroma is very enjoyable.

The appearance is a hazy wheat color. The appearance is enhanced with the steady stream of bubbles rising up.

The taste is dominated by the flavors from the yeast mixed with the spices. There a medium body to it.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. It would go very well with light fish like trout or Chilean Sea Bass. The 5.38% ABV make this a very good choice for a session beer to be drank while smoking your trout. Mmmm.

Maui Brewing Co.’s Flyin’ HI.P.Way

Maui Brewing Co.’s Flyin’ HI.P.Way pours up very nicely. Maui Brewing brews all of their beers in Maui as the name implies. Other than Hawaii, they distribute to California and Colorado.

The appearance is clear with a light to medium copper color.

The full details of the aroma are lost in my stopped up nose. But, the hops aroma does come through. The initial hops aroma was very strong right after the pour.

The taste is filled with a rich hops profile that finishes with a little tanginess on the tongue. The malt flavors are hiding in the background, but they popup a little here and there throughout the taste.

Overall, Flyin’ HI.P.Way is a very enjoyable I.P.A. With an ABV of 6.8%. I could see making this a regular beer, but the limited distribution will prevent that from happening unless some very special ladies send more my way.

Maui Brewing Co’s Bikini Blond Lager

Maui Brewing Co’s Bikini Blond Lager pours up nicely, but the can caused a little bit of dipping back down the can.

The appearance is very nice with a head that fades to mild lacing. The color is a clear golden wheat (SRM of maybe 5 or 6).

The aroma is a mellow maltiness with a little hops floral tones mixed into it.

The tastes has a little nuttiness within the malt flavors. The hops profile is very mild as I expected.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. The ABV of 5.1% makes this beer good for a relaxing afternoon on the deck after cutting the grass or for blowing off cutting the grass.

Left Hand Brewing’s Black Jack Porter

Left Hand Brewing’s Black Jack Porter pours nicely with a rich looking head that fades to mild lacing with a little head around the edges.

The aroma comes off a little dry and chocolaty.

The color is a very deep amber to not quite black color. The light comes through giving it a nice appearance. The SRM is between 32 and 35.

The taste starts out flat on the mouth with a dry maltiness that fades into the back of the mouth to be lost.

Overall, this beer starts out very nicely. The mild finish could make this beer a great session beer for some, but the lack of character doesn’t impress me for what I expect in a porter. The ABV is 6.4%.