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Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter

Posted in Porter with tags , on July 13, 2011 by Steve

Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter – Brewed by Sea Dog Brewing in Topsham, Maine – 5.7% alcohol

If I understand this whole brewery right, Sea Dog is part of the Pugsley Brewing family which includes Shipyard and a host of other breweries and restaurants.

As noted with my last review of the Sprecher Black Bavarian, I’m not a fan of dark beers. But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. I’m not sure if it’s a running theme of all dark beers, but again, this tastes like coffee. Not just any coffee though, hazelnut coffee (surprise surprise). It’s another beer claimed to be a good dessert beer, or an alternative to a dessert and I’m sure it is if you liked coffee to begin with. Surprisingly though, this wasn’t has hard to drink. I don’t know if it was the hazelnut that helped or what. I sat next to the girlfriend, after dinner, outside on the swinging benchy thing as the sun set, and it kind of just felt right.

I can see why people like this though, and why those of you that have never tried it, would like it. It’s not terrible, but not my cup of coffee either (ah, see what I did there?). I can see this going with a good steak and they also claim to go well with oysters. This is definitely not a brew to pound down with the bros. This is a beer to bust out if you want to show your boys that you’re high class and got style. I’d probably try it again after a nice steak dinner sometime.

Sea Dog Brewery has two locations in Bangor and Topsham, Maine and they appear to be restaurants as well. Check out their site here for more information.

Final rating – (3 pints)

Sprecher Black Bavarian

Posted in Porter with tags , on July 11, 2011 by Steve

Sprecher Black Bavarian – Brewed by Specher Brewing Company in Glendale, Wisconsin – 6.0% alcohol

So a quick little note. My girlfriend, the best, cutest little thing in the world, signed me up to Beer Clubs of America, and every month I receive a 12 pack containing 3 bottles of 4 different beers. This shipment came with some Sprecher and Sea Dog (2 brews from each, 3 bottles for each brew). I’ve never really tried any dark beers because they scare me. I hate Guinness (maybe I’ll give it another try soon…) so I’ve been afraid to try anything similar to that. But that’s the point of this blog, to try new beers and tell the world, or the 3 people that view this, all about them.

Black Bavarian is described as a porter in beer competiton, and a porter I have learned is simply a dark beer. There’s more to it than that but who cares. It’s also said to be a great alternative to a dessert and that it should be drank (drunk? drinken? dranken?) at 60 degrees. Ummm….sorry, but I’m not sure any beer should ever be drank (drunk? drinken? dranken?) that warm, but that’s just me.

It smells like wheat bread, and after the first sip, it has a slight coffee taste. I hate coffee. The girlfriend says “blech” (she wanted to make sure I included that, but she hates any beer not fruity). I don’t think its terrible, just not really my thing.

Sprecher has some other beers too, one of which came with this shipment, so look for that review coming soon. If you’re ever in Glendale, Wisconsin, be sure to check them out. I usually write all their hours and stuff here but their website has a lot of words and my head hurts right now. Go here to check it out.

Final Rating –  2.5 pints