Repost for my BeerAdvocate peeps of Jester King’s Black Metal Imperial Stout. Mind you, this is my first “real” beer review, I know nothing about doing beer reviews and I’m taking it way too seriously. Subsequent beer reviews have much more jackassery in them.

Dreadnaught IPA – Three Floyds Brewing Co. [Beer Review]

Jay came over before the game on Sunday to do a beer review. Let’s get this out of the way: there are two epic things going on in this video. 1) The beer. 2) THESE MUTTONCHOPS. I pretty much couldn’t stop laughing hysterically (maniacally) every time I looked at myself that day. Waaay too funny.

OK, back to business. I think this is my first time on Jay’s Beer Review since… Mancamping? Does that sound right? Damn. Been a while. Anyways, I got to share this phenomenal beer from 3 Floyds called Dreadnaught, a Double IPA weighing it at 9.5% ABV and 99 IBUs. As you can tell from my reaction at first sip I was pretty floored by this beer. It’s ranked #10 on Beer Advocate for the style, behind beers such Heady Topper and Pliny the Younger/Elder (neither of which I’ve head yet, but they’re very high on the want list). The more I think of it, the more I want to say the malts in this beer make it a more well-balanced beer than Heady Topper, but Heady Topper still eeks out the win.

Being Super Bowl and all I had to try out a couple new recipes that I’ll cover later in the week. On to the text review:

Serving Type – 22oz bottle a friend received in a trade. Poured into a Perfect Pint glass modified with a Giants logo (sticker) for Super Bowl Sunday.

Appearance: Amber with a slightly cloudy appearance. 

Smell: Hop bomb with strong citrus aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tons of hops and a nice malty backend. Very deceiving alcohol content. Malty sweet finish that’s lacking from my current DIPA fave: Heady Topper.

Overall: This doesn’t knock Heady Topper of its crown for me but comes really close if not possibly even a tie. If I had the chance to try this again I would love to taste the two side by side to see which was king.

Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout [Mancamping]

This is my fifth appearance on Jay’s Beer Review. It’s like I’m becoming a regular or something!

Today we try out one of the beers we picked up on our Heady Topper run from Rock Art in Morrisville, VT. Extreme Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout is a little different because A) it’s not an Ale like most Pumpkins we drink in the fall and B) it’s a stout brewed with pumpkin instead of trying to taste like a pumpkin pie, which I’m totally fine with. One of my biggest complaints about “pumpkin” flavored things is that they don’t actually taste like pumpkin and usually don’t try to. They try to taste like pumpkin pie spice, but not this beer. It had a dark appearance with a hint of red in the body, an off-white two finger head and excellent lacing. Some spruce in the nose and taste, and a very slight pumpkin flavor as well. Dry finish with no evidence of the alcohol for being one of their “Extreme” beers. Heady Topper is mentioned in the vid, and I have to bring this up. Don’t try to drink any other IPAs after drinking Heady Topper. Heady Topper has such hop flavor, and such little malt flavor EVERY other IPA you’ll have for the rest of the day will taste like a fucking malt bomb. You’ve been warned.

Anyways, back to the important stuff: MANCAMPING! This video was shot at Wittenberg Sportsmen’s Club in Woodstock, NY. We spent the day shooting clay pigeons with a 20 guage, shooting the archery course, eating steak and homemade sausage, drinking beers and burning shit. You know, what men do. Ice fishing was out of the question due to how thin the ice was but that’s definitely on schedule for next time.

On the way home we stopped at Sunrise Bagel & Deli in Kingston, home of “the best fucking bagel you’ll ever have” according to Jay. The bagels were great. Laughably big, but delicious. Canned jalapenos in the cream cheese was a little disappointing, but other than that pretty good. However, the people who ran the joint are fucking idiots. They just have no idea how to efficiently take orders, have people pay for them and have people pick their orders up they’re done. There were at least 20 people waiting in a circle (no place to form a line by any means) who had already put in their order with the cook, were waiting for their food and could easily have paid ahead of time, but nope all of that would make too much sense.

Having totally forgotten New Year’s Eve was that night, I went home, crashed for four hours and got ready to party the night away.

All in all I’d call mancamping a success but I definitely need to get some practice in on shooting bow before next year.