Real brief post this month, as most of September’s beer consisted of repeats and/or I completely forgot to take notes, but I promise you that October’s post will be one for the record books.
Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout – 13% – bottle – A strong whiskey aroma with a malty backbone. The mouthfeel is smooth and the sweetness is high, with a pecan flavor roaming around that, while I’m not a huge fan of in general, fits very well with this beer. Seeing as this was a collaboration between Wil Wheaton, Drew Curtis and Stone’s Greg Koch, it came with a whole lot of hype, and it definitely lived up to its name. I hope they continue the w00tstout series for many years.
Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale – 6.1% – bottle – After reading a recent article about how fresh hop beers may be the last true seasonals, I tasted this beer with a new level of respect. Pine and citrus in the aroma, mild carbonation with medium body. The wet hop flavors are really nice, I can definitely taste the freshness. I’m glad they didn’t go for an IPA-like bitterness with the fresh hops, the sweeter pale ale style suits it very well.
Victory Golden Monkey Tripel – 9.5% – bottle – A pretty sweet tripel, but a solid one nonetheless. Truth be told there’s nothing particularly special about this one, and I wouldn’t pick it out of a crowd. From what I’ve had of Victory’s beers so far, I have not been terribly impressed.
Highland Black Mocha Stout – 5.6% – bottle – The aroma is thick with dark malts and dark fruits. The hop content balances the malts well, although there’s a good bit of smoke in the finish. While that doesn’t float my boat, overall it’s pretty tasty. I didn’t pick up much coffee, which docks points when it’s called a mocha stout, but I’d definitely drink it again.
Green Man IPA – 6% – bottle – This is one of those grapefruity IPAs. Earthy and full of generic citrus on the nose, but when you dive in it hits you with the tartness of grapefruit. It’s not terribly hoppy, and at this moment that’s a nice break from the typical American IPA nuclear hop monstrosities.
And the winner is…
Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout! With so few options to choose from this month, I can’t say I had any that were great standouts, so in part I chose the w00tstout because of its makers’ incredible ability to make a delicious beer at 13% ABV. That number in itself deserves a slow clap, but to have the pecan and malt flavors blend so well on top of that? Bravo, gentlemen!