April Dirty Thirty Day 6 – Atwater Brewery Vanilla Java Porter

Atwater Brewery Vanilla Java Porter - Taken by MItch Witte

Atwater Brewery Vanilla Java Porter – Taken by Mitch Witte

Today has been a little crazy. Went out to four wineries for a friend’s birthday and am just getting to today’s review which is…

Atwater Brewery Vanilla Java Porter

Critical Information:

  • 6.0% ABV
  • Year-round

My Experience:

– POUR

Poured from bottle into mug. Off-white head that lasted for a few moments. Very minimal carbonation. It is a deep brown-black color that’s completely opaque.

– SMELL

It has a very chocolatey with some maltiness aroma. I also get the vanilla coming through a lot too.

– TASTE

Wow, it’s just like the name of the beer – vanilla and java are the dominate flavors. I don’t really get much else. No hops, minimal maltiness, lots of, you know it, vanilla and coffee flavors.

– MOUTHFEEL

It has a thick, dense texture that barely lasts more than a minute.

– FOOD PAIRING

I’m thinking s’mores  from Cosi. This is definitely a dessert beer.

– OVERALL THOUGHTS

It reminds me of Butternuts Moo Thunder Stout. It has a good taste to it but it’s not very beer-y.

Score: 5/10

Sorry for keeping it so brief tonight. Lots of conflicts happening at the moment — been to multiple wineries, sitting on a friend’s computer, being bugged to hurry up, etc. Thanks for being a part of the April Dirty Thirty project. Keep the tweets and comments coming, you’re doing outstanding! Remember to use #AprilDirty30. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this beer, what you had tonight, what you’ve tried recently, anything.

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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 4 – Yards Brewing IPA

Today’s April Dirty Thirty review is on…

Yards Brewing IPA

Yards Brewing IPA

Yards Brewing IPA

Critical Information:

  • 7% ABV
  • Available Year-round

My Experience:

– POUR

Poured from bottle into tulip glass (again, can someone confirm that’s what it is from the picture? I’m terrible with my glass types). Good ¾”-1” white head. There were lots of bubbles lasting for several minutes served at 55 or so degrees.

– SMELL

It has a hoppy, floral aroma. I even get some citrus and apples mixed in. First hoppy beer I’ve had in a while so my nostrils are curious.

– TASTE

Light at first sip and then it attacks the palate with a crisp apple-hop flavor. It has a spiciness that lingers for some time before eventually dissipating.

– MOUTHFEEL

It has a light, dense texture and leaves your month with a tingling coating like after drinking dry white wine.

– FOOD PAIRING

911 Buffalo Bites from the Buffalo Wing Factory. The spiciness of the food will be complimented by the hoppiness of the beer.

– OVERALL THOUGHTS

Good beer. This IPA wasn’t overpowering as some IPAs can be.  I enjoyed the crisp, rich flavors. I’m a tough grader but the score below doesn’t mean I wouldn’t get it again.

Score: 5/10

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