Pours a gorgeous dark, dark brown. Looks thick pouring it as the near absence of head gives it a molasses-like appearance. This is a beautiful beer.
Immediately after pouring it the vanilla was apparent. Not Bath and Bodyworks vanilla, but a deep, oaky vanilla that’s more reminiscent of pipe tobacco. Chocolate was another strong scent, rounded out by brown sugar, malts, and surprisingly, some hops.
Giddyup! Now calling this a simple Brown Ale is a bit of a stretch, so get “Newcastle” out of your mind.
This stuff tastes just like it looks. Nice thick mouthfeel with vanilla and molasses right up front and the bitter hops (it’s still a brown ale, ya know) nicely balancing everything out. Despite all that, this is not a sweet beer and the alcohol is well hidden except for a nice hit at the finish.
The brew is aged in Palo Santo wood casks that impart the natural escense of vanilla into the beer. Nothing fake about this stuff. This is a fantastic beer.
Brewed at the venerable Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware, they’re known for some other great brews that I’m anxious to try.
For four 12oz bottles, I believe I paid $15 and I’d gladly do it again. At 12% ABV (yep), if you plug those numbers into the URP Price per ABV Ratio Thingamajig, it turns out to be a pretty good deal!
This is one of the few beers that I think could please almost anyone, but without trying to please everyone. Dark beer fan? Vanilla and dark wood? Hops? Not to beer-y, but being the very escense of great beer? It’s all there. I’d highly recommend getting your hands on this stuff and enjoying the night. Just don’t drive…they’re wicked strong.
I’m going to take the advice and buy another 4 pack and stash it in the back of a closet until next year when it’ll be even better. Here’s a map to help you find some of it.
Looking for a 22 mile jaunt through Yosemite? Leor has mapped out (and run) what appears to be the perfect route.
Ten important tips on running a solid Beer Mile (from the WR holder.)
Remember Where’s Waldo? Some of these shots of trail runners are just as difficult (and far more awe-inspiring.)
NUC (No Ultra Content): “You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living.” Zach Sobeich passed away after an incredible fight with cancer.
Related to…injury prevention and the big bang theory.
Check out this video of how the Salomon athletes collaborate with the S-Lab folks. Awesome footage!
Here’s Rob Krar’s Grand Canyon R2R2R record report.
Running and beer go together like…two ultrarunning twin sisters.
While I agree with most of this post, I could run the exact same trail five days a week and I don’t think it’d ever get routine.
Packing my drop bags for Bryce Canyon. Since it’s out and back, I’ll have one at 25/75, and one at the turnaround. First official hundo (other was a fatass that was only 88M), so this is new territory for me. No pacer/crew, and I’ve got to get this right. Any advice to ease my mind and help me pack?
Sorry the News is late. Tapering wasn’t working and I snuck out for an early morning run and got started late.
Here’s a 12 year old who just ran a trail hundred. Thoughts?
At 2:15am PST, Chad Kellogg began his speed ascent to Everest base camp. Track him live here.
I started with a BOB single and have been using a Chariot double for the past year. Welcome to the world of running strollers.
The Angry Jogger has some non-angry tips on speedwork.
Good stuff: The myth of running your own race.
Here are some great pics from Born to Run Ultra this past weekend. The Range of Motion’s coach Andy Sulak took top honors in the 100k and James Bonnett bagged the 100M. Here’s a video of Andy interviewing RD Luis Escobar. Full results this way.
Moving on after a race goes wrong.
Scott Dunlap’s report from the Silver State 50 with some great pics of beautiful, wide open trails!
Want to know more about trail running with a burro? How about Pike’s Peak? Being an ultra dad? Better check out our new podcast with George Zack!
Bad things that good athletes do.
URP hero Ed Whitlock is racing June 2!
Just got our final instructions for Bryce Canyon 100 next Friday. Can’t wait! Aside from figuring out drop bags an attempting to taper (see above), I’m also studying up on how to poop in an eco-commode.
I can not wait for the Cliff Young movie to come out.
Interesting: Can statins cut the benefits of exercise?
How to run faster…now.
I’ll see your 29 mile run and raise you a burro. Wait! What? Welcome to the world of George Zack, an accomplished Burro Racer. Running with a burro might sound funny, okay, it totally is, but for over 60 years the folks in Colorado have taken this sport seriously amid a cornucopia of “ass” jokes. Which smells worse after the ultra, the donkey or the runner? Find out, now.
Crystal clear orange-gold brew with a nice fluffy off-white head. Drank it out of a frosty pint glass.
This stuff smells just like really, really good pot. Not that I’d know, but it has quite a pungent aroma with the unmistakeable (or so I thought) smell of cannabis. I also picked up upfront hops, strong pine, and obvious citrus.
Whoa, big ol hop bomb. Definite upfront hops with the bitterness of the pot smell carrying through to the taste buds a wee bit. For those beer fans who like their beer hoppy hoppy hoppy, this is for you. I prefer a more balanced, complex beer, but this will certainly satisfy half the country that’s in the throes of the hop scene. In terms of freshness (I drank it 6 weeks past “due”), it tasted perfectly fresh to me.
This Imperial/Double IPA is about $7 for a 22oz. The ABV comes in at just under 10%.
Too hoppy for me, but plenty of people love this stuff. If I were Stone (hello, Stone?), I’d market it as Stone’s Stoney Beer or something similar. The pot smell was that strong.
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