Well, it's certainly drinking time in my corner of the globe, and luckily I have a couple of beers worth bragging about.
First up is a Gouden Carolus, Tripel Abbey style (Belgian) . It's basically a light malted lager on steroids and packs a punch at 9%
My finishing beer is one I've never had before, the Trappistes Rochefort #6 - another Belgian. This one is a true trappist beer, and if you can ever get your hands on some, it is a must try. It is perfectly balanced with a sweet finish. The taste truly mask the stout 7.5%.
Whatta ya having this fine Friday night?
So, I'm glad we're back in OT season, because MGoBlog is probably the only community I can think of that I'd trust for beer advice.
The big family Christmas dinner is tomorrow, and we're haded to Mancy's Italian in Toledo, OH. We haven't been there in a few years since a bad experience (everything was wrong, and the manager basically said "sucks to be you") a few years ago, but Grandma wanted to do it there again, so back we go. Anyhow, since I haven't been there in a while, I thought I'd take a look at the menu ahead of time.
They're now offering Stone's Black IPA - Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. Between the wife and I, dinner itself will be close to $100, so I hate to blow money on a beer I don't enjoy, but this one looked interesting. I normally do not care for very dark beers unless they're quite smooth like Guiness, Leinie's Creamy Dark or something similar. A Heavily malted Stout or Porter isn't my cup of tea (mug of beer?). I go in more for hoppy IPA's, Red Ales, etc. This is described as an IPA, though, and some of the reviews say the hops are quite pronounced. I can't imagine you'd want a beer too hoppy with a heavy malt note.
Has anyone had this, and can they dscribe it from the point of view of someone who's not big on heavy malts? Should I try something new, or save my drink budget for an after dinner single malt? (Oban would hit the spot, methinks).