Friday, December 31, 2010

Wake Up Like Me

Left Hand Brewing has sent their new barrel-aged Imperial Stout down our way,and I think they named the beer in honor of the way I feel every morning. Wake Up Dead is the name of this 10.2%, 22 oz. Stout that retails for $8.99 at both Kelly Liquors and Jubilation. I tried this beer last night, and I have to say I didn't get a whole lot out of it. A little thin in the mouthfeel, not roasty at all, a lot of dark cherry taste. I wonder what kind of barrels this beer was aged in- after all, the bottle doesn't specify "Bourbon", "Cabernet", or "Pickle" barrel-aged. It may be more to your liking, so don't write this one off. I personally would go with their Fade to Black instead, this year's version a smoked Baltic Porter.

Also on shelves this week are Deschutes Hop Henge DIPA and The Abyss. I have written plenty about these beers in the past two years, so do a search if you want to read my past writeups. Not much has changed, and I'm feeling lazy on this New Year's Eve. I will tell you that The Abyss is always a must-buy. I will also tell you to please enjoy your New Year's Eve safely and with good beer. I'm not sure what I will be drinking tonight, though I know we will be toasting with the Sam Adams Infinum at midnight at some party. I don't know the people hosting the party or most of the people attending, so I may be huddled in a corner, chugging my stash of beer. If you see me, please say hi. And give me a ride home- I don't feel like paying for a cab.

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