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Review: Amarcord Amber Ale

Amarcord Amber Ale

I was at Cost Plus a few days ago, and I don’t usually buy beer there, as it’s usually overpriced, but I saw a selection of beers from an Italian Craft Brewery that I’d never seen before, let alone head of: Amarcord.  I couldn’t resist trying one. I chose their Amber Ale. It was a pleasant surprise.

The beer poured a very nice clear, light amber, with a surprisingly think, dense, creamy head. It had a nice malty smell. Slightly sweet smelling, with just a hint of fruit and hops.

The flavor was malty yet crisp. Just a little hoppy. Quite good. Very balanced. Medium carbonation.

At this point I noticed the alcohol content. 9%? Wow! I honestly was not expecting that at all after having had a few sips already. I would have guessed 6-7% maybe. There was virtually no alcohol “heat” or flavor. Very impressive indeed for a 9% beer.

I’m not a big fan of high alcohol beers – I enjoy easier drinking session beers. But this is probably the best high alcohol beer I’ve ever had. I had no clue I was drinking something so strong — which of course could be dangerous.

I’d definitely recommend giving this beer a try it you can find it. It’s quite good. Try a Cost Plus near you…

Review: Port Brewing’s Hot Rocks Lager

Hot Rocks Lager

Brewed using the (almost) ancient method of heating the wort by dropping “hot rocks” (black granite) straight into the kettle. Pours a deep brown, almost opaque with a decent, though quickly dissipating head. Smells slightly of alcohol, no hop aroma. Mouthfeel and flavor are more ale-like than lager-like. Big, smooth round flavor of malt and toasted grains, with a bitter finish. A little yeasty … and the reason revealed with I poured the last bit into my glass and a slurry of yeast poured out.I have the feeling I’m drinking an English Porter. My only complaint was the alcohol taste was a little too present – surprising for a beer with just 6.5%. Overall, quite good. I do recommend!