10th Anniversary Ale - Blue Frog Grog & Grill
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by RedBrewer83:
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
Poured into snifter....
A: Jet black body, yet light around the edges, nice one finger frothy head fades quickly into a thin ring with some bubbles on top. Not as viscous as I thought it would be...
S: Definitely can tell this has been aged in wine barrels, the dark fruit, raisins, figs, dates, really shine through up front, but well integrated with the rich chocolate malt. Nice complexity
T: Wow, completely different than I expected from this beer...the fruit comes through first in a big way and honestly this ends up tasting more like a tripel than a stout. The heavy chocolate roasted flavors never come through as one would expect. Lots of fruit, an almost flanders-like sourness comes through mid-palate and lingers through the finish. Very belgian in flavor profile. Not what I expected, yet refreshingly delicious.
M: Incredibly light for 10.5% abv, smooth and clean on the finish. Wish it were a little heavier to be honest, kind of wanted something heavy at the moment.
D: Way too drinkable for 10.5%, an almost quaffable stout, and very enjoyable overall. Not what I expected, but really nice!
10-03-2010 02:57:52 | More by RedBrewer83
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4.22/5 rDev +17.2%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):
A wisp of a lace dressed on the glass, darkness weighs heavy on this Stout. Oak, vinous (red wine), espresso and charcoal make for a very expressive aroma. Slick smoothness within the thick body. Big pop of vinous oaky red wine flavor slowly yields to a drier, roasty Imperial Stout character of dark-roasted coffee, charcoal and unsweet- ened dark chocolate. Hops are mellow with an herbal tone. Alcohol is hidden and slowly warms from way back in the throat. Wood dries the palate with a dual linger of wine and charred malt. The brewers nailed it here, an amazing sipper. A perfect beer for their 10th!
01-11-2011 18:37:59 | More by BeerAdvocate
4/5 rDev +11.1%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this growler.
The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a white head. The aroma is tart dark fruit and toffee. I am not sure if this beer is supposed to be slightly sour, but it smells pretty tart for a double stout.
The flavor confirms what I expected after smelling the beer - this beer is a tart one. I get roasted malt and toffee, but also some tart cherries and other dark fruit and red wine notes. The beer is tart and slightly sour, but it seems to work well enough that it may have been intended.
Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.
12-22-2010 06:05:28 | More by Mora2000
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
22 ounce poured into a snifter.
Pours reddish black with a thin tan head.
Smells fruity a with a little hint of chocolate. Certainly notice the red wine barrel presence.
Tastes a little tart and fruity with a slight dark maltiness. A little more sour than I remember from the previous bottle I had.
Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with enough tartness to make me take my time. The alcohol is well concealed.
Overall a very pleasant beer that I really do enjoy. Kind of wish was a little thicker and the ABV kicked a little more. Would drink this beer if I was in the mood for an affordable sour, but not if I wanted an Imperial Stout.
01-26-2011 21:36:46 | More by daveytheformer
1.4/5 rDev -61.1%
Chilled bomber into a glass. Purchased for $10 at Whole Foods Los Altos.
Upon peeling off the wax, there appeared to be some rust-colored residue on top of the cap. Ew. Cheap caps.
I didn't care for this beer and so I'm just typing up the barest notes.
A: Pours a clear, ruddy brown with tan head.
S: It's vinous on the nose. Grapes dominate, but there's a darker sugariness that suggests raisins more. Small chocolate nose. It's kind of tart, which made a couple of us think "infection," but there are no sour notes.
T: The base beer really didn't have much strength going on the barrel. It's almost completely obliterated, with only some chocolate adding to the oak, grapes / raisins, and slight vanilla of the barrels. It's a simple, uninteresting flavor for the barrel-aged RIS style.
M: Its light body belies the 10.5%. There's no heat to it, but there isn't a lot of flavor or complexity, either. It falls quickly off the tongue, though it has a lingering tannic aftertaste.
D: There was basically nothing worthwhile about this beer. It didn't hurt me to drink it, but it was a waste of money that could have been spent on the numerous quality beers standing next to it on the shelf. If you have $10 to waste then I suggest you light it on fire instead.
12-18-2010 22:41:23 | More by Arbitrator
4.2/5 rDev +16.7%
A: poured a dark brown in color with burgundy highlights and had a half finger of brown head leaving a good amount of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.
S: I definitely was able to spot out the red wine barrels in the nose alongside some routines but with chocolate malt sweetness, barrel character, tart notes, and slight vinegar.
T: the flavor was also filled with red wine character coming from the barrel with chocolate roastiness, vinegar notes, and some good tart flavors.
M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet. Roasty, mild oak barrel, and tart finish.
D: the brew was way better than I thought it would be coming from the blue frog brewery; good job. Glad I was able to get a bottle of this beer. Drank good and was really tasty.
08-02-2011 00:46:48 | More by Gobzilla
10th Anniversary Ale from Blue Frog Grog & Grill
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