Christmas has come early this year!!! Okay, or maybe 2 months late… But my favorite Michigan Brew is now available in NYC without having to smuggle it over state lines from Pennsylvania (not that I know anyone who did that, nor do I condone such behavior!) The past 48 hours, which I took off of work in order to properly celebrate, have been a barrage of tap takeovers and tastings at venues all over the city, including Barcade in Brooklyn. How much Bell’s can one girl handle? The answer this week, is a lot. 9 distinctly different varieties, to be specific. Let the tasting begin!:
Smitten Golden Rye Ale: Finally, a light beer I can get behind! Smells a bit hoppy but doesn’t taste it at all! Light drinking I enjoy. Citrus-y but balanced
Consecrator Doppelbock (2014): Warm, toasty, bittersweet, caramely and complex
Amber Ale: Light and fruity for an amber, nice brown sugar notes with a light spice.
Third Coast Old Ale: Sweet, smooth, butterscotch and toffee
Special Double Cream Stout: Roasty! Light flavors: a hint of coffee and chocolate. Somewhat tart, an English style?
Expedition Stout: Heavy, smooth, oak-y, roasty and toasty with quite a bit of chocolate.
Java Stout: Bitter in an amazing contrast to the expedition. Heavy and almost bitter in the coffee notes. Tasty none the less.
Cherry Stout: Tart and smooth, lots of cherry here, weirdly sweet at the end.
Black Note Stout: Bourbon, chocolate and coffee – not overwhelmingly bourbon-y like many barrel aged beers can be. Everything is in perfect balance here.