Stouts & Porters – Beer Reviews

Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter – Day 33


It never ceases to amaze me how there are kids in this world who are spoiled beyond belief.  A 6 year old’s birthday party is a great place to view this spectacle.  My niece was opening her gifts today in front of the family as always.  When she received a present filled with clothing, each item was efficiently jettisoned to the floor without even being unfolded or looked at to determine what type of attire it actually was.  She did all this with a smile.  Gifts with toys were given a bit more attention.  But that wasn’t what leads me to use the…

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Brouwerij de Molen Kopi Loewak – Day 32


When I passed this beer on the shelf at one of our favorite beer stores/bars yesterday, I recognized the name and thought that someone had recommended this beer.  I couldn’t remember why I recognized the name or who had suggested it, but I picked up the bottle and had them chill it anyway.  I asked Steve if he had heard of the beer and/or who recommended it to us, but he looked at me like I was nuts.  An hour or so later, another friend showed up and reminded me that Kopi Luwak was the name of the coffee that Jack Nicholson drank…

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Epic Fermentation Without Representation – Day 28


As I was driving home today, the weather was gorgeous.  The sun was out, the sky was that deep blue that only comes in autumn.  The wind was blowing and the temperature was a perfect mid-70′s.  I was craving a pumpkin beer.

And while I thought this beer should be saved until Constitution Day, September 17, it was the sole pumpkin choice in the refrigerator.  So after I mowed the lawn, which took forever since it was way too long and way too wet and kept clogging up the mower.  And after I went for a run, we cracked open…

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Maui Brewing Coconut Porter – Day 27


Today was the kids’ first day of school.  I ran around meeting new kids, giving expectation speeches, and dealing with an unplanned indoor recess due to rain.  Plus everything else that arises on a first day of school; discipline, peanut allergies, lunch duties, etc.  I don’t think I sat for more than 10 minutes in a row between 8:00 and 4:00.  My feet hurt.

Drinking a beer was easy today.  I wanted one really badly at 10:00 AM and have needed one every waking moment since.  However, I also need sleep.  As soon as I am done writing this, I…

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Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout – Day 14

blackout stout

One of my very good friends reminded me that today is the 1-year anniversary of our friendship.  Normally, I wouldn’t remember details like that, but on this particular date one year ago today, we met while drinking a special beer that is released on the same date every year.

I have made some of my best friends in the whole world in the last year and a half.  And the common thread to all of these friendships is that we met while drinking beer.  I’ve been trying to figure out how this came to pass…how are these friends so much…

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Green Flash Silva Stout


If you spy this limited release beer named after the brewmaster within a 100 mile radius of your home, I highly recommend taking a day trip to experience it.  This beer is normally only released in the brewery and isn’t even listed on the brewery’s website.  I have a long list of adjectives that I can use to describe this beer.  Sweet, Strong, Dark, Smooth, and Chocolatey are just a few of the most prominent tastes found in the Silva Stout.  This beer is potent, so make sure to have a driver or rent a room if you’re planning…

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Left Hand Milk Stout

Left Hand Milk Stout

Milk Stout is an amazing dark beer that anyone can drink.  Picture a cafe latte while you’re drinking this and you won’t be disappointed.  I like to let my beers sit for 5 minutes or so before truly experiencing their real flavor.  The first sip can sometimes be misleading if a beer is super cold. Milk Stout is one of those beers that gets better as it comes to room temperature.  The silky smoothness as you swallow will have you envisioning the ending to a great glass of milk.  I highly recommend this beer to any and all drinkers, even…

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