Sampling from May 20, 2018

Again, I have been remiss in tending to my Blog. I have several day’s worth of beer notes to write up, but forgot to bring the notes to my fellow blogger’s house. So, I am going to postpone writing up the last couple of weeks of brews.

As of the writing of this, I am a little beer-whipped. Another friend of mine came in from out of town and stayed at the house. We drank beer almost solid from Friday Afternoon through Sunday Morning. There wasn’t anything particularly noteworthy, but still higher end than the typical domestic. It was an awful lot of beer.

So, on Sunday, I was without my notes and my friend and fellow blogger, DeHawk, whipped out a six-pack of miscellaneous beers for us to write about. I haven’t gotten a good look at the beers in the six-pack, but I am sure that it will be surprising. This review will be a near real-time review of the beers that we are drinking.

Now for the beers:


CC Oatmeal Raisin Cookie - GlassOatmeal Raisin Cookie

Brewer: Cigar City (Tampa, FL)
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: 25
Served: Bottle
Glass and Serving Size: 5oz Sampler
Rating: It’s Aight

The Oatmeal Raisin Cookie pours dark with a creamy light mocha colored head. Things get interesting when you go to smell it. The aroma is like a fresh baked oatmeal raisin cookie, with hints of cinnamon and raisins. The flavor is definitely malty like a brown ale, but finishes clearly with the oatmeal cookie, raisins, and cinnamon. The cinnamon lingers long after you swallow.

While, the beer is a little gimmicky, it clearly hits the mark for the expected flavor. It’s absolutely what it’s advertised to be. For me, the one drawback is that while the beer is definitely a treat, I doubt that I could drink more than one of these in an evening because of the strong flavor. Though, I am definitely not opposed to drinking this beer again.


KY Vanilla Barrel - GlassKentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale

Brewer: Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co (Lexington, KY)
Style: Cream Ale
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: ?
Served: Bottle
Glass and Serving Size: 5oz Sampler
Rating: It’s Aight

The Vanilla Barrel pours a light golden with little to no head. When held up to the nose, the beer is strongly vanilla, as a matter of fact that was all I could really smell. The taste is overwhelmingly vanilla with a hint of ale at the end. The vanilla lingers for quite a while in the finish, almost like the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie beer.

With a singular focus on the Vanilla flavor, it’s not quite as gimmicky as the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. Somebody made the comment that it tastes very much like a cream soda, which in hindsight I would have to agree with. Again, for as long as the vanilla flavor lingers, I doubt that I can drink more than one in an evening. Again, this one is one that I would drink again, though in limited quantity.


SH - Midnight Oil - GlassMidnight Oil

Brewer: Swamp Head (Gainesville, FL)
Style: Oatmeal Coffee Stout
ABV: 5.0%
IBU: None
Served: Can
Glass and Serving Size: 5oz Custom Glass
Rating: It’s Aight

The Midnight Oil pours almost black with a very light mocha colored head. The aroma is roasted malt with hints of coffee. The flavor was dark roasted malt up front with a hint of coffee, the dark roast lingers with a stronger hit of coffee in the finish. Actually, almost a minute after finishing my sample, I can still taste the dark roast and coffee.

Overall, I would say that it’s a solid beer, but nothing too special. I tend to like a stronger coffee flavor from my Porters/Stouts. If this was available, I would drink it again. This is probably one of the better beers that I have sampled from Swamp Head.



In Summary

In all for a surprise sampling session, each of the beers were fairly solid. The Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and the Vanilla Barrel had surprisingly strong flavor and were enjoyable. The problem with strongly flavored beers is that the flavor starts to interfere with the enjoyment after the second beer. I would definitely recommend these beers to finish the night. As for the Midnight Oil, that is a solid drinking beer and would be sustainable through the night.


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