Rogue HazelNut Brown Nectar. On tap at Yardhouse Chino. This beer pours out a clear brown with a thick tan head. The aroma stand s out as nutty. It’s the initial smell and its the strongest aspect of the drink. You can also smell notes of toffee, malts and chocolate. The hazelnut flavor dominates the beer and is carried well by the creamy body. There’s a sweetness to the beer also brought upon by the malts but never overpowers the brew.
Samuel Adams Double Bock. Malt malt malt. This beer pours out a dark to brown hue with an off white head. Retention wasn’t impressive and the lacing wasn’t either. Now to the aroma. Off the bat you get a whiff of the malts that give off a sweetness to the smell. The flavor is also primarily malty and bready with notes of molasses. The initial sweetness is followed by a beautiful bite that rounds out the drink very well.
BJ’s Tatonka Stout. In my opinion this is the best of the BJ’s Brewhouse beers. It pours out a dark brown, basically black in color with a beige head that had mild retention but decent lacing. The aroma was of dark chocolate with slight coffee notes. You can also smell some slight roasted malts in there too. The flavor was primarily a roasted malt with chocolate which was carried by a good body and mild carbonation. Not really a typical stout, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Dogfish Head Chicory Stout. It hit me as very reminiscent of Guinness but with more of a mocha essence. It pours out a black color with a tan head that has good lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is very similar to the aroma. Primarily roasted malts and cocoa with a coffee undertone. It’s very full in flavor despite being rather lite in body. The sweetness from the malt and cocoa is balanced out with the slight bitterness of the hops. Great brew.
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Double Bastard Ale. If you are worthy enough for Arrogant Bastard, you’re going to love this one. It pours our a dark red color with a small white head. It doesn’t have very good retention but it does leave some lacing, but not too much. The aroma is primarily of hops and strong floral hits. The flavor is similar to the aroma. Hops hops and more ops with floral notes. The strong hoppiness of the brew is well balanced with the slight caramel malts hidden beneath everything else. If you’re a Stone guy like myself, you will definitely enjoy this beer through and through.
BJ’s Piranha Pale Ale. Pours a dark amber hue with a decent off white head with mediocre retention and low lacing. It had a nice floral aroma with slight hoppy notes. The flavor was very similar to the aroma as it was primarily floral with a slight sweetness and a bite near the finish. It was reminiscent of a weaker IPA with added sweet undertones. This is one of the better beers offered at BJ’s from their brewhouse.
Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout. Pours out a great off white head that both had great retention and lacing. Great head here. It has a dark rich brown color, almost black and gives off a roasted coffee and roasted malt aroma. You can taste the malts and oats in the beer as well as some hints of roasted coffee and has a sweetness under the bite. Smooth and creamy body with just the right amount of carbonation to carry the flavor through. This is good stuff.
Rochefort Trappistes 10. Wow. Pours out a dark brown hue. The off white lacing had decent lacing but a little bit lower on the retention. The aromas was slightly roasted but more along the lines of dark fruits like plums. The flavor is where this on shines. It’s extremely complex. Definite malt flavor as well has a vanilla and caramel sweetness. Above those were the flavors of the dark fruits and floral undertones. You can taste the hops but it’s very balanced and works well with all the other notes. Great smooth body as well as creamy. Being an 11% abv beer you don’t get a hard alcohol hit. It’s well hidden under the rest of the beer. Amazing.
Deschutes The Abyss. It pours out a deep black hue permeated with the aroma of chocolate malts, molasses, oaks, and brown sugar and some vanilla. The flavor is a revision of the aromas but more complex. The bitterness is the first flavor that gets you as well as the oaks and the malts. The sweetness from the molasses comes through afterwards and in the finish. The 11% abv isn’t very upfront. It lies dormant within the brew to provide a slightly warming as it goes down. Very nice beer. Bitter and sweetness in perfect unison.
BJ’s Nutty Brewnette. This beer pours or a deep brown/mahogany color. It had a very minimal head. The flavor was of roasted malts with a slight bitterness. Maybe a slight nuttiness as well, but it was hard to really place. Deceptive name for an uninspired brew.
North Coast PranQster Belgian. On tap at BJ’s Industry. Pours out an amber hue with a white head that had little retention or lacing. It had a malty aroma with notes of yeast, hops, and floral aspects. The flavor starts out with a bitterness and slight hops and as you drink it it slowly grows a sweetness and tartness of fruits. It had a medium body with slight carbonation. Dry and refreshing. Definitely a good one to try out.