Showing posts with label Full Sail. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Full Sail. Show all posts

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Old Boardhead Barley Wine (Full Sail)

Old Boardhead = 8/10
Ratebeer 3.8 99th  percentile
Beer Advocate 87%

This glass emitted a fear inducing odour of alcohol soaked cherries, earth and wood. These scents can either be from a fresh grave or a barley wine; luckily it was the latter. Thin alcoholic malts gave more warmth than expected. The real shock came from copious amounts of caramel, brandy, minerals and earthly, resinous hops. Flavours still resonated long after the glass was empty.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +2
Alcohol Content +1 9%
Value +1
Appearance 0

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Session Premium Lager

Session Premium Lager (Fullsail)
Ratebeer 2.87 39th percentile
Beer Advocate B

Taste +4

I have never been a lager fan, but this one won me over. It was brought back from the States by accident; I asked for the black lager instead. Sometimes mistakes are for the best. This is a really good and cheap beer. The pour had ample carbonation and the nose was rich with straw and grasses. There was also light honey and some vegetal (just enough to be good). Lots of carbonation usually produces a creamy and medium mouthfeel. The taste was fairly clean with a hidden bit of floral and spicy hops. Malts were certainly forward and displayed the standard pale honey, grass and lettuce.

Aftertaste 0

Clean, dry and palate cleansing.

Alcohol Content 0 5.1%

The word session is misleading.

Value +1

This is a good American style pale lager.

Ingame Enhancement +1

I went through a whole case of this stuff and loved every bottle.

Overall 6/10

There is a lot to be enjoyed in a quality pale lager. If it is done right the grassiness and vegetal plays just above the floral and spicy hops. Session Lager is done right.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Session Black Lager

Session Black Lager

Rate Beer
3.34 85th Percentile
Beer Advocate B

Taste +4

This was a most unsuspected surprise; I had heard good things about the 'Session' lagers. It carried more of a nose than one might expect: faint dark, whole wheat toast and a bit of cocoa. Even though the mouthfeel was a little watery and the first sip was a little grassy, the roasted bread and mild chocolate made it all better. There was medium carbonation and a caramel/coke-like acidity.

Aftertaste 0

It ended clean and dry with a quick slap of bitter chocolate.

Alcohol Content 0 5.4%

Not really session strength as the name might suggest.

Value +1

I wish I had bought a flat of this stuff; it was sure cheap enough.

Ingame Enhancement +1

Still in Seattle drinking great beer.

Overall 6/10

I am really liking the addition of dark/roasted malts to normally pale styles. Full Sail took a good lager and made it better with dark toast and light bitter chocolate.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Slipknot IPA

Slipknot IPA (Full Sail Brewing)

Ratebeer 3.49 86th percentile
Beer Advocate B

Taste +3

Yet another IPA in my fridge. Well the nose is right with puffs of sweet cotton candy and citrus. It is upfront bitter hop assertive, rather astringent like ruby red grapefruit. There is still the strong malt backbone, but somehow it seems a bit below average.

Aftertaste +2

The nice resiny coating that would not go away. I felt like a dog that was just given peanut butter. It didn't feel right, almost got a -2.

Alcohol Content +1 7.8%

Value +1
This was slightly stronger than Brockton on the IPA scale.

Ingame Enhancement +1

It looks like critical mass for L4D is building in the shire, just in time for L4D2 to come out.
Overall 8/10

If you like a strong IPA, but not too strong then this is the one.

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