Monthly Archives: September 2013

Guinness – Red Harvest Stout

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Guinness doesn’t have a website up for this beer.  Here is what the can says:

Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival held every year on All Hallows’ Eve, celebrates the end of the fall harvest and the coming of winter.  On this night, the believers beckon restless spirits from the darkness with bonfires and sweet offerings from the bountiful harvest.  Guinness Red Harvest Stout captures the spirit of that night with its alluring blend of lightly roasted barley and subtly sweet Irish malt.

Look

Alec:  It looks nice and red, unlike some other red beers.  It’s a more clear, more red Guinness.  Same head and everything.

Smell

Vince:  It smells like normal Guinness.

Alec:  Yeah plain Guinness.

Taste

Alec:  Man, that’s good!

Vince:  Yeah, I could definitely see this for a holiday meal or something.  That is smooth, that’s smoother than some Pepsi products.

Alec:  Smoother than water!

Vince:  It wouldn’t be hard to down this entire glass in like, a second.

Alec:  This is almost too smooth; it’s not a sit and sip kinda beer.

Vince:  This is the complete opposite spectrum of beers that I normally like, but it’s just so smooth you can’t help but like it.  I’m imagining drinking this with Thanksgiving dinner, and it wouldn’t overpower anything, which would be great.  I’m impressed.  This is really good, I’m kind of upset that it’s almost gone.

Alec:  I know, we both just blasted right through it.  It has the nitro can too so even though we’ve been drinking this for five minutes now my head still looks like I just poured it.

Drinkability

Vince:  It sits good in the stomach too, I don’t feel like I just had an entire glass of Guinness.

Alec:  So we’re going to drink another one of these while we watch Star Wars?

Vince nods.

Alec:  I could drink an entire pack of these I think.

Vince:  I could drink this like water.

Final Thoughts

Vince:  Definitely recommend this. I hope they keep it around for a little while so I can have lots of it.

Alec:  This has to be my new favorite Guinness.  I’d rather drink this than the regular stuff.

Vince:  I’d agree, I’m so impressed.  You don’t get any nasty byproducts.

Alec:  I agree, there’s nothing that stands out too much, but if you want a good easy-to-drink beer, it’s great.

Vince:  Yeah, this is a no-brainer for any meal that you have.  A no-brainer for just sitting around; this is pretty much your jack-of-all-trades beer.  I could have this during a Bar-B-Q and not feel like I’m drinking a Guinness.

Alec:  Guinness, keep it around.

Vince:  Exactly.

Anchor Brewing – BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red

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From the website:

BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red™ is a quaffable, well-balanced red ale with character. Its malty complexity and coppery color come from a combination of two caramel malts, pale malt, and a hint of maple syrup. To complement these flavors, we used three additions of Nelson Sauvin hops in the brewkettle and a unique blend of Nelson Sauvin, Citra, and Cascade for dry hopping. The result is a distinctive fall seasonal with extraordinary depth and intriguing aroma.

Special Note

We wanted to do a special set of reviews to celebrate our fantasy football draft.  We failed.  Our tasting quickly fell apart the moment the draft started as we all scrambled to adapt our strategies.  We had two beers we tasted before the draft ended, and then Josh had to run home.  His review was done at home and sent to us, and will be added in.  This was the only review we could manage to do properly, so enjoy.

Look

Josh: No doubt this thing has maple syrup in it. This thing is absolutely beautiful. Dark, rich amber. Probably something Vince can do with flux.

Smell

Alec: It smells…fruity.

Evan: It smells pretty good.  Definitely fruity.

Josh: Smells as good as it looks. Definitely note the caramel and maple notes.

Taste

Vince: I like it.

Alec: It tastes different.

Vince: It’s really citrusy.

Alec: I don’t taste any maple on it.  Should I pour some maple syrup into it?

Evan: I don’t think that’s a good idea.  It’s pretty good, sticks around for a little while.

Alec: It’s really strong, that tangy, citrusy flavor.

Josh: Like nothing that I’ve had before. Can’t really put my tongue on it. A lot of complexity with the different ingredients.

Alec: I’m not a fan of this beer.

Vince: I like it.

Evan: What don’t you like about it?

Alec: There’s other hoppy beers that I prefer.  In those, the good part sticks around; in this one, the nastiness you get from a hoppy beer is what sticks around.

Evan: It does stick around longer than I would like, but I do like it.

Drinkability

Alec: I like it, I wouldn’t ever want a second one.

Evan: I would, I’d order another one.

Vince: Yeah this is very drinkable.

Alec: You guys like this?

Vince: I do, I’m a fan.  This reminds me of Hopsecutioner actually.

Evan: This would be a great game day beer.

Alec: I see where you’re coming from, but I dunno.

Sharon: What is this mug?

Vince: I got a plastic mug.

Alec: He’s in time-out.

Sharon: This tastes like doo-doo!  It’s cause I like sissy beers.

Evan: More sip-able than drinkable, but it’s good.

Final Thoughts

Alec: I wouldn’t turn this down, but I wouldn’t order it.

Vince: I would order this.

Alec: But would you order a second one after the first?

Vince: Yeah.

Vince: It’s got a bite.

Alec: Yeah but it’s not a bite that I like.

Evan: It’s never going to be my favorite, but it’s good.

Vince: This is like drinking an orange.

Evan: It doesn’t stand out in any way.

Evan: In about four months, sitting outside, this would be a much better beer.

Alec: <barfing noises>

Josh: I would definitely have more of this beer. It’s a fresh new taste for me and definitely one of the best Octoberfest/Autumn beers I’ve ever had. Pleasantly surprised by this one.