To finish off American Craft Beer Week 2010, I cracked open my Millstream 25th Anniversary Dopplebock. This was a limited edition release, and was available at the brewery, or John’s Grocery in Iowa City.
Right off the bat, I noticed it was very smooth. Because of how smooth it was, it seemed like they had lagered (stored) it for a while. I had it on the cool side, so there may not have been as much carbonation bite as usual, and the carbonation seemed low.
True to style, it was very malty sweet with very little bitterness and had nice balance. It seemed lighter in body than many of the other dopplebocks I’ve had, making it very drinkable. It was a very nice beer, and a great first high gravity beer from Millstream.
Did you get a chance to try the Millstream 25th Anniversary Dopplebock? What was your experience?
Saturday of American Craft Beer Week I tried the Gonzo Imperial Porter form Flying Dog Brewing.
It smelled a lot like chocolate and had a roasted scent to it. It was a very full and thick beer with a lot of body. It tasted a bit like bitter chocolate, almost like a dark chocolate. It left a nice warming sensation due to the alcohol content (~7.8% ABV), as well as a nice chocolate aftertaste. When I tried this beer, it was a bit warmer, at 60 degrees F, and I enjoyed it from a goblet.
Also while at Stout‘s NYC in Manhattan, I had the chance to sample Keegan Ales Mother’s Milk Oatmeal Stout.
Not only is the name a mouthful, but so was the beer. It was nice and smooth with a bunch of body, and had a perfect roasty character to it. Because it used lactose (milk sugar), it was slightly sweet but the oats gave it a hint of bite to balance it out.
It was a nice stout, and look forward to the next time I visit the New York City area to try some more offerings from Keegan Ales.
On Thursday, I continued American Craft Beer Week with Brooklyn Brewery‘s Brown Ale.
It was a nice, roasty brown ale. It didn’t have much chocolate flavor, and the roasted flavor dominated. It was very smooth, and went down well. Just a note – I had the ale at Stout‘s in Manhattan, and I had finished some of the pint before they turned up the lights enough to take a good photo.
On my way to New York yesterday, I had a chance to sample Millstream Brewing’s latest seasonal offering, German Pilsner.
It was light and crisp. Taking care to taste it on the front of my tongue first, the malt flavor comes through and leaves a nice lingering bitterness once it hits the back of your tongue. It was a very good pilsner, like pilsners should be.
Have you tried the German Pilsner from Millstream? What did you think?