The Bruery is back with their Tart of Darkness, a spontaneously fermented Stout aged in spent Black Tuesday oak barrels. At only 5.60% ABV, a rather low ABV for these guys to bottle, Tart of Darkness delivers many initial robust, malty stout/porter qualities with the fruity tartness you’ve come to love from sour American Wild Ales.
I’ve had the 750ml caged and corked bottle of Sly Fox Black Raspberry Reserve sitting around for a few months now. Last night, with friends and family around, it felt like a great time to finally open this one up. And mind you, I’m no stranger to the Black Raspberry Reserve. I’ve enjoyed this both on draft at the Sly Fox pub in Royersford, PA and also in the bottle.
Rogue has been a name that I have associated with a great microbrews, based on their reputation. They proudly distribute this as one of their signature brews across the country. Based out of Oregon, the Dead Guy Ale is a Maibock-style beer that was originally brewed for “All Saints Day,” November 1st. The brewery claims that the label is not a tribute to the Grateful Dead but merely a coincidence.
Magic Hat #9, billed as a “not quite pale ale” by the brewery, is one of the more prevalent craft beers on the east coast. I have seen it available many bars on tap and it can easily be found in grocery stores and beer distributors. Because of this availability and its easy on the palate taste, it is a great gateway craft beer and at 5.1 ABV, it won’t get you too hammered either.