1149-1151. Lord Hobo

I defended my thesis on Monday March 15th. Both Win and David flew into Boston for a surprise celebration on the following Friday. Win, David, Jadyn and I went to Lord Hobo for dinner and drinks, and were joined by Bennett and Hana.

1149. Hesjeøl

Beer Stats:
Brewery: HaandBryggeriet
Alcohol: 6.50%
Serving: Tap
Style: Smoked Beer, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 3.5| Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 4.5 | Mouthfeel: 4.0 | Drinkability: 3.5

Overall: 4.05

This beer pours a hazy, amber color, and is topped by a beige ring of a head. The aroma is fruity and malty with notes of banana, caramel, and toffee. There are also notes of grassy hops and smoke.

This beer opens up with sweet, malty notes of molasses and toffee over grassy undertones. Some spiciness appears in the center along with a dry smokiness that builds towards the finish. This beer is full-bodied, moderately carbonated, and had a grassy dryness in the finish.

I liked this beer quite a bit. Normally smoked beers are heavy handed with the smokiness, but the smoke in this one wasn't overpowering at all.

1150. Spezial Rauchbier Lager

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brauerei Spezial
Alcohol: 4.60%
Serving: Tap
Style: Rauchbier, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 4.5 | Mouthfeel: 4.0 | Drinkability: 4.0

Overall: 3.8

This Rauchbier pours a clear, amber-tinged, copper color. It's topped by a thick, off-white head that fades to a film, leaving a good amount of lace. The aroma is clean and crisp. There are notes of caramel and light fruit, as well as a hint of smoke.

The beer is clean and mild upfront. A mild, bready sweetness mellows into a grassy textured finish with a mild smokiness. This beer is light-bodied, crisp, and has moderate carbonation.

This was another nice smoked beer. The smoke was very subtle and really served to enhance the beer's flavors without overpowering them.

1151. Route Des Épices

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
Alcohol: 5.00%
Serving: Tap
Style: Rye Beer, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 3.5 | Smell: 3.5 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 4.0 | Drinkability: 3.5

Overall: 3.75

This beer pours a hazed, red color, and is topped by a beige head that fades to a ring. The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate and caramel. There's a mild spiciness: pepper and an almost cinnamon character, and some herbal hops.

A chocolate, malty sweetness is first evident, which mellows and thins to a grassy and herbal hop finish with a strong peppery bite. This beer is full-bodied, and strongly carbonated with a hot finish.

This was a very tasty beer, but it's a bit spicy.

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