April Dirty Thirty Day 5 – Legend Brewing Maibock

Today’s April Dirty Thirty review is on…

Legend Maibock

Legend Maibock… It’s Legendary.

Legend Brewing Maibock

Critical Information:

  • 6.6% ABV
  • Spring Seasonal

My Experience:

– POUR

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Decent sized pure-white head. There are very tiny bubbles that keep working for a few minutes.

– SMELL

Caramel and maltiness mix with some cloves. It has a rich, toasty lager aroma.

– TASTE

It’s sweet and toasty. Very minimal to no hop flavor. It has a bite to it’s aftertaste where it lasts for several moments. The aftertaste has just a slight bitterness to it (and not in a bad way). I’ve only had one or two Maibocks before and honestly can’t remember what they tasted like. I did no research on the style as well so I had no idea what to expect. But I like it. A lot.

– MOUTHFEEL

It’s slightly thicker than I would have expected. It has a heavy, dense weight to it.

– FOOD PAIRING

You don’t need any. But what’s the fun in that? How about a soft cheese, Brie?, and some deviled eggs. Ford’s Fish Shack has great deviled eggs that’s served with candied bacon.

– OVERALL THOUGHTS

Maibock. Yeah, might have to try more of them. I’ll have to do some research on them too. Legend Brown Ale is high on my list of go-to beers and now the Legend Maibock might be on it too. What makes this even better is that it’s from a Virginia brewery from a great city in Richmond. Speaking of Richmond I’m going to have to get a Hardywood beer into the rotation. Everyone keeps talking about them and I have to try more from them.

Score: 9/10

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April Dirty Thirty Day 3 – RJ Rockers Bald Eagle Brown Ale

Day three brings us…

RJ Rockers Bald Eagle Brown

RJ Rockers Bald Eagle Brown

RJ Rockers Bald Eagle Brown Ale

Critical Information:

  • 5.6% ABV
  • Available Year-round

My Experience:

– POUR

Poured from bottle into snifter (I think — can someone confirm from the picture??). Lots of head on this one. Minimal carbonation. Dark brown color that you can almost see through.

– SMELL

I snort the head into my nostrils and get lots of chocolatey-malt goodness. Then cough. It’s worth it. I can also sense some caramel and earthiness.

– TASTE

It has a soft touch to the palate and the chocolate and maltiness really comes through. After you swallow the flavors dance around for a few seconds before easing away.

– MOUTHFEEL

Despite the dark color and stylistic norms of a brown ale, this one is very light and airy. It’s not crisp like a pilsner but definitely one of the lighter brown ales I’ve had. I wouldn’t chug this beer but big gulps shouldn’t be shied away from.

– FOOD PAIRING

Roasted duck with white rice and soy sauce, one of my wife’s favorites, would go great with this. I think duck tastes great with anything though. I could do a burger with this as well. Side note — if you live near Leesburg and haven’t been to Melt yet, stop reading this, get in the car and go. If it’s in the middle of the night bring a six-pack and tailgate outside until they open. Yeah, it’s that good.

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No Sleep ‘Til…Brooklyn

Image of tasting glass of Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Club – East India Pale Ale

Friday night I had a beer dinner with the brewery that started my love for craft beer: Brooklyn Brewery (more on that in another post). We had five beers pairs with five small plates at the Buffalo Wing Factory in Chantilly.

  1. Brooklyn East India Pale Ale – 6.9% AVB, 47 IBUs, 200 calories. I thought it was odd to start with the IPA but it was enjoyable. It had lasting carbonation with moderate head retention. For an IPA it did not taste too hoppy. Some members of my group who aren’t IPA fans were quite surprised that they enjoyed the beer so much. It was paired with spicy crab buffalo boneless wing bite. The heat of the spicy crab sauce was brought out by the hoppiness. Score: 6/10
  2. Brooklyn Brown Ale – 5.6% ABV, 30 IBUs, 190 calories. The maltiness of this beer is it’s most obvious characteristic. It has a strong hint of chocolate. It was paired with a smoked chipotle Gouda cheese. I thought the pairing went well together. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer (it’s my favorite brown ale, period). Score: 10/10
  3. Brooklyn Winter Ale – 6.1% ABV, 25 IBUs, 205 calories. This was the only beer I haven’t had before. It was easy to drink and was paired with a BBQ slider. I wasn’t thrilled with the pairing even though Brooklyn’s website says BBQ is a good match. Duck wasn’t on the menu but I feel like that would have been a better pairing. Score: 5/10
  4. Brooklyn Lager – 5.2% ABV, 33 IBUs, 170 calories. This beer isn’t overpowering at any level but is quite enjoyable. I’d choose it over a Yuengling any day. Most of my group seemed to like it as well. It was paired with a tomato-basil cheddar cheese. Score: 7/10.
  5. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout – 10% ABV, 51 IBUs, 320 calories. For having 10% ABV this beer goes down incredibly well. My sample did not have much head retention and poured a deep black color. It was paired with a brownie. Score: 6/10.

This was one of the better beer clubs I’ve been to. I do have two complaints though. First was the beer rep. He wasn’t the most engaging and didn’t tell much about the individual beers (how they’re brewed, types of hops, etc.). My second is that the food was paired too complimentary to the beers. Regardless, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Overall score: 8/10

Have you been to any beer dinners recently? What’s your favorite Brooklyn Brewery beer?