Category Archives: Strong Ale

Give Me ” The Hairy Eyeball”

 

After reading a review from the infamous “G-Lo” over on http://boozedancing.wordpress.com/  I had to order this “Hairy Eyeball” beer on tap at my local beer bar, The Capital Ale House, this past weekend.

Boasting such characteristics as being rich and malty and having a roasty finish, I have to say – it was very enjoyable!  This Lagunitas brew is a big beer (classified an American Strong Ale) with 9% ABV and may not be the best beer to drink on the beach this summer, but if you’re chillin’ inside in the AC, and want a taste of those Winter type beers – pick this up.  I’m going to stock up in the Fall!

Cheers!


Kasteel – Too Sweet, Even For Me!

 

Kasteel makes an awesome Belgian Tripel that I thoroughly enjoy, so a Belgian Strong Ale by them must be stellar as well, right???  Well, not necessarily!

While I enjoyed the maltiness, raisin, spices and warming alcohol feel of an 11% beer – it was surprisingly way to sweet and syrupy for me.  This bottle was split between four friends and it was so overwhelmingly rich with candy sugar, I couldn’t finish my glass.  I was pretty dissapointed, since I was so looking forward to this beer.  But hey, I still love their Tripel – so I’ll just pick that up next time!

Cheers!


Old Tom – Claims “World’s Best Ale”?

I took this with my cell phone’s camera, so don’t hold it against me.   I’m going to have to start carrying my camera out with me when I go have beer at friends’ houses!

This is another beer that our friend Pat brought back from Europe.  This “Old Tom” Strong Ale is brewed by Robinsons Brewery in Stockport, England.   It’s 8.5% and sports a great label!

This beer was so malty… but without any sweetness.  It was the strangest thing!  My husband said it tasted a lot like Black Strap Molasses, which aren’t sweet like regular molasses.  Whatever was in this, it wasn’t my thing.  I enjoy rich, full, malty beers – but part of the reason I love malty beers is because the malt brings with it some sweetness and even a raisin taste, at times.

I did love this small little warning on the back showing a pregnant lady with an “X” through it.  Nice of them to add a PSA.  I thought that was just as cute as the Tom Cat on the front.

Evidently, for a small bottle, it’s pretty pricey, but with a label stating “World’s Best Ale”, you’ve gotta give it a try – right?