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Tasting Review: Boulevard Brewing Love Child No. 6

Germany and England provide the beer world with sturdy backbones.  Their traditions of lagers and ales are where the modern age of craft beer began.  Their beers make sense. Their beers have recipes and lineages drinkers and historians can follow. Then there is the third leg of beer tripod, Belgium.

Belgium has been described as the Disneyland of beer.  Belgian beer makers eschewed the simple water, malt, hops, and yeast recipes and started adding things like fruit, wild yeast, and aging beer in leaky wood barrels and foeders.  Without Belgium, we wouldn’t have a whole category of beer that has taken off in the last few years: sours. For all you gose and Berliner weisse fans, cool your jets.  I love those beer styles to, but the Germans have nothing on the Belgians when it comes to sours.

Boulevard Brewing’s Love Child sour series is one of my favorites every year.  Each year Love Child comes out and it is always slightly different.  This year’s release, Love Child No. 6 may be my favorite so far.

Love Child No. 620160208_135920 pours with a light haze with a medium amber color leaving a foamy off-white head.  The aroma lets you know it is a Belgian with the first sniff.  It has a welcoming funky barnyard and dark fruit aroma.

The funkiness continues with the taste.  There is more barnyard and pruny/plum taste.  The relative heaviness of the funky/pruny taste is offset by a dry and pretty carbonated finish that lingers on the tongue.

All in all, this year’s Love Child is a quality beer for lovers of sours and the curious who want to see what the sour world has to offer.

Porter/Stout Tasting Series: Boulevard Brewing Imperial Stout X – Aztec Chocolate

This is the first of daily porter and stout reviews this week.  I know, that is a lot of beer to drink, but I am willing to sacrifice for my art.

I think Mexican food has done one very important thing for American cuisine:  Made it OK to turn up the heat on any food you desire. We put chilies and sriracha on anything and everything right now.  So why not beer.

I have had beer with jalapenos, ghost chilies, and sriracha.  I can say some of them have been good, some of them have been bad, and some of them have been virtually undrinkable for me. The key to using chilies, sriracha, or any adjuncts, including fruit is to use them sparingly to keep the base flavor of the beer.  What you want is the flavor of the beer to complement the flavor of the adjunct you are adding.  Two good examples of this for the sake of this review are Birdsong Jalapeno Pale Ale and Ska Brewing’s Mole Stout.  For these beers it is more about the taste of jalapenos and the mole then the heat that is added.

20150810_133511You can say the same thing about the Boulevard Imperial Stout X – Aztec Chocolate.  This is one of those dark beers people tell me they won’t like because they are dark.  Anyway, it is a very deep dark brown.  It poured clear and had a nice foamy brown head.  The first thing you notice besides the color when you pour it is a chocolaty aroma.  On further inspection you not only get chocolate but a bit of cinnamon and an undercurrent of prune or dark fruit.

Looking at the ingredients I expected to get a lot of heat when I tasted it.  I did get heat, but it was mostly from the alcohol present.  What I did taste initially was chocolate with a bit of plum sweetness and hints of cinnamon.  As I’m drinking, I’m thinking, “Where is the heat?”  You get the heat as it slowly builds on the back of your tongue.  It is subtle at first, but it is very noticeable by the time you finish the bottle.  This stout is pretty thick and sticky on the palate, but it is well balanced and drinkable.  It is however a sipping with friends beer.

One sentence review:  This is a good sipping beer with a subtle but noticeable heat kicker at the end.

There is going to be one big Spotify list on Friday for this whole endeavor.  In the meantime, listen to Jason Isbell’s new album Something More Then Free.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 5/8/15

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