Maine Beer Notes
4 tasters (5 oz) .. Great Lost Bear, Portland, ME ….
First one is one I reviewed highly earlier on bottle …. Smuttynose IPA (NH) … 92 … very yummy, clean, nice hoppiness .. .. quite lovely beer ….
Would recommend on tap or bottle….
Second is another I have had before .. Sheepscot Pemaquid Ale (ME) … pretty good stuff … 88… good stuff … pretty rich …
Third … Anchor Steam X-Mas Ale (CA) … very distinctive taste … its growing on me ..… generally a big fan of Anchor Steam … I think I prefer on memory now Anchor Steam (90) and the Porter (92) .. … Not sure how to rate it … I think it’s in the 85-86 range … I will go with 85.5 ….
Fourth …. Harpoon 100 Barrel Stout .. Pretty Good stuff .. 87 … yummy .. drinkable … Nice rich taste .. good stuff.
I like it …
The best of the Group is the Smuttynose :)P
2nd Group of 5 … The first was Cape Ann’s Fisherman’s Brew (MA) … Clean, good very nice taste .. nice beer .. 86
Allagash White Beer (91) … very distinctive, yummy beer .. like it better on tap than on bottle (85) . Had some in the bottle on Saturday and it was nice but not spectacular …
Very nice, very distinctive beer .. it is a white so has an almost sour taste.
Allagash Double Brown Ale … Yummy, very, very good rich .. gave at 89 at the Bear but will give it an extra point for a 90 .. Allagash is a great brewery and I will try any of their beers …
Stella Artois. .not bad .. 81 … to me a very, very overrated beer .. some call it the Bud of Belgium … a little sour .. its OK …. I am not in the cult of Stella .. prefer most other Belgians or American Trappist-style ale
Atlantic Bar Harbor Blueberry … To me this was the best of the night. I really like this beer, there are blueberries in the beer and it gives it a sweet quality, very, very yummy. A nice ale with blueberries in the flavor. Very Good/Excellent .. 93
I also had a round of 3 Cask Conditioned Beers .. One really surprised me….
The Shipyard Old Thumper Ex. Spec. Ale (cask-conditioned) … Pretty good … yummy … maybe 2 points better then non Cask .. 86 .. Its nice .. not spectacular…
Sheepscot Boothbay Bitter (Cask) … rich, nice body and flavor … Quite good, tasty stuff .. 88
The real surpise was the Geary’s Hampshire Special Ale .. I am not a huge fan of this in bottle (80) … But the cask tastes much, richer and smoother .. .its a totally different beer and a very, very good one … 90 … Its a full 10 points better on Cask then in bottle… I was really surprised how much I liked this …
Most likely to order the Allagash Double Brown, Atlantic Bar Harbor Brewery Blueberry (highest rated of the night) and the Geary’s Hampshire on Cask, all are very good beer… I was also a little surprised how much I liked the Allagash White on Tap….
Always love going to the Bear, hopefully the internet will work next time.