With a name like Old Engine Oil, you knew the beer had to be dark, and this one was as black as night. What surprised me was how good it tasted.
When I poured the beer, a small fine head the color of coffee foam formed. You know, the fine light brown foam that develops and quickly disappears when an espresso is first poured? That colour! It was unlike any head I've seen before. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that my first taste was coffee. As I drank it down, I started to taste chocolate. It reminded me of eating very bittersweet chocolate.
I loved this Porter from the first swallow. I immediately thought this could be a five burper, and as I continued through the glass, it didn't change my mind. I'm not the world's biggest porter fan, but this was one fine beer.
When I held the full glass up to a window, I couldn't see any daylight through it. Despite this black colour, it wasn't heavy at all. Carolyn even went back for a couple of more swallows (and she is normally scared to try really dark beers).
Made by Harviestoun Brewery in Hillfoots, Scotland, I figured this beer has been made for hundreds of years. I was shocked to learn that the brewery has only been in existence since 1983 and Old Motor Oil since 2000. These guys are newbies when it comes to U.K. brew masters, but they sure know what they're doing.
It was very easy to give Old Motor Oil 5 burps. I can't wait to try this breweries other products!
When I developed the headline for this fantastic German beer, it occurred to me, that I could have used several different ways to present Tap 4. Yes, it's organic, but it's also a wheat beer and a strong beer. It's full name is Tap 4 Mein Grünes, but that's hard to write. At the end of the day, it's just an awesome beer.
One of the things I liked the most about this wheat beer was the excellent carbonation. I could feel a fizzy tingling on my tongue with every mouthful. It kind of reminded me of Pop Rocks but not nearly as intense. It was a pretty unique experience. Unlike any of the beers I've had to date.
Tap 4 is an unfiltered beer that has a beautiful apricot color and a slight fruity flavour. It has a nice foamy head that settles into a consistent foamy layer that stayed to the bottom of the glass. At 6.2% alcohol, I was shocked to learn that it's a strong beer. Most strong beers have a sickly sweet taste, but this one was just yummy.
Carolyn encouraged me to drink this beer on a Sunday morning with an empty stomach. It was delicious and it made my head spin. I guess that's what happens at 8:30 AM.
Brewed by Germany's oldest wheat beer brewery Schneider & Sohn, Tap 4 was brewed from 1966 - 1944 for Oktoberfest only. In 1999, it was brought back and bottled for the broader market, and I'm sure glad they did!
I give this Wiesen Edel-Weisse 5 burps. I really loved this beer. In fact, as soon as I finished it I wanted another. When you see it, get it.
When I started this beer blog, my post college roommate sent me a message that he thought German beer was the best. I certainly didn't disagree with him. I have always loved German beers, and Ayinger Brauweisse has kept my love strong.
Ayinger Brauweisse is an authentic Hefe Weizen which means it's an unfiltered wheat beer. When pouring a the beer, I immediately noticed that it was nice an cloudy the way a wheat beer should be. It also formed a nice frothy head that stayed for the beer's duration.
As soon as I sampled the beer, I immediately sensed smoke. It had a great smoky taste which I have only experienced a couple of times. After I got used to the smoke, I could taste fruits (maybe lemon). This beer totally kicks the shit out of the US wheat beer Blue Moon.
Bruerei Aying has been making beer since 1878 and follows the Reinheitsgebot Purity Laws of 1516. It regularly wins medals at the European Beer Star awards. In fact Ayinger Brauweisse won the silver medal for 2015.
Brauweisse is the best wheat beer that I've had to date. Minutes after I finished it, I kept repeating that it was a really good beer. Would I recommend it? Hell yeah!! I give this bad boy 5 Big Burps.
If you like wheat beer, you have to try this one.
I gotta admit, I purchased this can of Hockley Dark because it looked like a tasty English beer. The can was brown like Guinness and the cream logo also looks very English. So, I was shocked when I looked at the can to get information for the blog that I learned this tasty beer was from a brewery in Ontario Canada.
Hockley Valley Brewing Company won gold medals at the Ontario Brewer Awards in 2007 and 2008. After enjoying this traditional English ale, I'm not surprised. As soon as I swallowed some, I immediately tasted caramel and molasses. As my taste buds got used to these flavours, I noticed a bit of a coffee finish. Often, I only need one or two dark beers, but I could easily drink 5 or 6 of these bad boys.
The company describes Hockley Dark as an ingenius hybrid of a Northern Brown Ale and a Midlands Mild, with a body tweaked to give it a lighter, more North American appeal. That's exactly what I was thinking (yeah right).
So, if you ever come across Hockley Dark, I highly recommend it.
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