Monday, September 27, 2010

La Fin Du Monde - Beer Review


La Fin Du Monde means "the end of the World" in Canadian. As Chef says so eloquently in our this episode, "if this is any inclination of what the end of the world is like, then bring it on!". Don't forget to check us out on CBC! ;)

Partial Transcript: "On Tap -- La Fin Du Monde

Hi. I'm James Knott. Today we are talking about La Fin Du Monde from the Unibroue Brewery in Chambly, Quebec, Canada. The name means "The End of the World". The company claims that this beer has won more awards and honors than any other beer in Canada.

It is 9% ABV and 19 IBUs. The brewery suggests drinking it out of tulip glass at 53-57 degrees Fahrenheit.

This beer is an Abbey Tripel. The word abbey refers to the fact that monks in monasteries originally brewed this style Belgium. Tripel signals that this is one of the stronger beers in the brewers quiver. Tripels are generally, lighter in color, with a yeasty, malty flavor. The alcohol content is usually between 8 and 11 percent.

Q&A

La Fin du Monde scores a (???) on the BBA Scale. Let us know what your favorite Belgian Tripel is in the comment section. Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."

Monday, September 20, 2010

Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout - Beer Review


Learn how to make an Oatmeal Stout Milkshake - Yummy!

Going skiing in Colorado? Don't forget to try Breckinridge Oatmeal Stout. It's a great way to keep warm in this winter.

Partial Transcript: "On Tap -- Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout

Hi. I'm James Knott and today we are talking about Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout from the Breckenridge Brewery in Denver Colorado. The brewery was started as a brewpub in Breckenridge in 1990 by a ski bum named Richard Squire.

Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout is a year-round offering with 4.95% ABV and 31 IBUs. The brewery claims it "oozes dark-roasted coffee aromas and flavors of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate". They also claim that the oatmeal leads to a "creamy body and semi-dry finish".

The bottom of the six pack has a recipe for making an Oatmeal Stout Milkshake using half a bottle of beer and 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream.

In general, about 10 to 15 percent, but no more than 30 percent, of the grainbill in an Oatmeal Stout is made up of oats. There is usually not a prominent oat flavor, the taste is still dominated by the roasted malt. However, the oats add a smooth, creamy, silky texture to the mouthfeel.

Q&A

Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout spends (???) hours on the slopes of Colorado. What's your favorite Oatmeal Stout? Have you tried Samuel Smith's version of this style? Leave your answers in the comment section.

Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - Beer Review

Beer geeks get out your snifters. The Better Beer Authority tastes Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from the North Coast Brewing Company.

Partial Transcript:
"On Tap -- Old Rasputin

Hi, I'm James Knott and today we are talking about Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from the North Coast Brewing Company. North Coast started as a local brewpub in Fort Bragg, California in 1988. They now have beers in 47 states, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Old Rasputin is an Imperial Stout with 9 percent ABV and 75 IBUs. The company describes it as a "rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish."

Historically, Stouts and Porters are closely related. A Stout Porter was once considered to be a high ABV dark porter and eventually the name was shortened to just stout.

Stouts are made with roasted malt. Several types of Stout include Irish Dry Stouts like Guinness, Imperial Stouts like Old Rasputin, Milk Stouts which contain lactose sugar, Oatmeal stouts where oats add to the smooth, creamy mouthfeel, and Coffee Stouts which use dark roasted malt and sometimes ground coffee to add a coffee flavor to the beer.

Q&A

Old Rasputin gets a (???) on the BBA Scale. This is a great beer for cellaring. Let us know if you've aged this beer or any other Imperial Stouts in the comment section. We'd like to know how they changed over time. Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."

Thursday, September 2, 2010

King Cobra Malt Liquor - Beer Review w/ savethepolarbears79


We were recently "called out" by savethepolarbears79 and thought it would be fun to respond with a King Cobra review. We talk about King Cobra, malt liquor and respond to a few of savethepolarbears79 outrageous statements.

You can see his original video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_0eUw...

Partial Transcript: "BETTER BEER AUTHORITY I'M CALLING YOU OUT"

SHOW VIDEO OF US OPENING OUR 40S AND TAKING OUR FIRST SIPS TOGETHER.

On Tap -- King Cobra (VO OF STPB79 CHUGGING 40)

Hi, I'm James Knott and this is a special episode of the Better Beer Authority. We recently received a review request from savethepolarbears79. Roll the tape...

"I'M CALLING YOU OUT. IT'S TIME TO NUT UP OR SHUT UP AND GROW A PAIR OF NUTS. MOTHER********. KING COBRA PREMIUM MALT LIQUOR. TAKE YOUR FOUR LITTLE SISSY, P****, SCARED COWARD A**** DOWN TO THE LIQUOR STORE. GET YOU A BOTTLE OF PREMIUM MALT LIQUOR AND MAKE THE F****' VIDEO."

First, let's get a little info about the beer. King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor has been brewed by Anheuser Busch InBev since 1984. It is 6 percent ABV and is brewed with six-row barley malts and corn. Beeradvocate recommends pairing it with Indian or Latin American Cuisine.

Adam, describe the subtle nuances of the King Cobra Flavor.

ANSWER

Savethepolarbears79 has a special technique for enjoying his 40. Let's take a look...

CLIP OF SAVETHEPOLARBEARS79 CHUGGING A 40

Joby, why is it so important to drink Malt Liquor straight from the bottle?

ANSWER

Mark, describe the delicate aromas for us?

ANSWER

We have another clip. Let's watch...

"BETTER BEER AUTHORITY. BETTER BEER... BEER IS FOR B******. PREMIUM MALT LIQUOR IS FOR REAL MEN."

Scott, is beer really for b*******?

ANSWER

For those who don't know, Malt Liquor is beer. However in some states beer can be no more than, for example, 5% ABV, so beer over this limit is sometimes called Malt Liquor. American Malt Liquor has developed as a style where adjuncts like corn, rice and sugar are used to decrease cost and increase alcohol content. It is usually sold in larger sizes and nicknamed a 40 because of the common 40 oz bottle that it is sold in.

Adam, what images does drinking a 40 conjure up in your mind?

ANSWER

savethepolarbears79 had a few choice words about some of our panelists. Let's watch...

"BUNCH OF F***** B******. THE HOST -- WHAT A F*****' JOKE? ADAM CHEF HARMS - YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'RE 12. JOBY JOHNSTON -- ARE YOU HANDICAPPED? AND OF COURSE MARK SMITH. OH WATCH OUT. HE'S A TOUGH GUY. YOU'RE A F***** JOKE."

Scott, Are you disappointed that he didn't make fun of you? What do you think he would've said?

ANSWER

Joby, savethepolarbears79 would probably want us to chug these 40s. If we don't chug them does that make us a bunch of sissies?

ANSWER

Mark -- when I think about the stereotypical 40, I think of Olde English. What brands do you think of when you think Malt Liquor?

ANSWER

Real quick... Give us your ratings.

ANSWER

That gives King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor a (???). We're going to sit here and work on these 40s. Please drink responsibly. Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."