Sunday, February 22, 2015

Goose Island The Muddy Imperial Stout

This 9.0% ABV stout brewed with licorice is from Goose Island Beer Company of Chicago, Illinois (now owned by AB-InBev).

The beer pours black, with just the slightest bit of translucent brown at the top edge when held to the light. The aroma is quite mild for a stout, some char and light anise. The taste follows the aromas, char, light anise, and just a touch of some other dark roasted malt flavors, more implied than obvious. The beer drinks smooth and round with a tingle of carbonation. The finish is as dry as sweet with a light to moderate bitterness. This is an enjoyable enough stout, but it is much lighter and more subtle in flavor than I expected from the bottle description of “amplified sweetness with licorice notes.”

Blue Moon Mountain Abbey Ale

The Blue Moon Brewing Company is a Molson-Coors brand, based out of Golden, Colorado. This 5.6% ABV beer uses Belgian sugar and wheat.

The beer pours dark copper and brown in color, trending towards ruby. There is a half-inch of khaki head. The aroma is tart, fruity, oranges, cherries, and grapes, almost vinous, along with some caramel. The taste is the reverse of the aroma, with the caramel coming out first and most, with a lighter cherry fruit in the background, and a very light and soft vinous note. The beer drinks soft, a bit smooth, but with a strong, fine carbonation as well. Drinkable, but of course, Blue Moon beers are like the ultra-beginner level of Belgian influenced beers, barely giving one an introduction.