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July 14, 2013

William Bass’ English Stout Beer Review 7.14.2013

Bass Stout

Bass Stout

TBR Reports on Bass’ English Style Stout
File Date: 7.14.2013

File Name: The San Diego Black & Tan Connection
The Beer: Bass Stout
Type: English Stout
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: William Bass & Co’s. (Inbev)
Web Site: www.bass.com
State/Country of Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Brewer Info: The Bass Brewery was founded in 1777 by William Bass in Burton upon Trent, England. The main brand was Bass Pale Ale, once the best selling beer in the UK. Bass became one of the top breweries in the UK, its pale ale was exported throughout the British Empire, the company’s distinctive red triangle becoming the UK’s first registered trademark.

Brewer Brand Hype: The legendary status of Bass is symbolized by its iconic red triangle, recognized as the first registered trademark in the United Kingdom. Bass is the most famous English ale in the world, and has been brewed in Burton, England since 1777. It is a full-flavored ale that is still brewed to an original recipe, using only the finest ingredients and the experience of generations. It is brewed with two strains of yeast to produce a complex, nutty, malty taste with subtle hop undertones, and which has widespread appeal to repertoire drinkers and beer lovers around the world. The brand has had an incredible pedigree for centuries. It has been painted by Manet, fought over by Napoleon, and served on the Titanic. Throughout history, it has inspired greatness. It challenges consumers today to reach for more, to reach for greatness with Bass.
Label: English Style Stout. Brewed by William Bass & Co’s., Baldwinsville, NY. Since 1889 the distinctive
caramel malt of Bass Pale Ale has been at the heart of the pub staple known as the Black & Tan. And now
there’s a perfect stout to top it: introducing Bass Stout. A beer with the robust flavor of roasted barley and black and chocolate malts, and the earthy aroma of England’s legendary Fuggle hops, together they make the worlds most authentic Black & Tan. A precise combination that’s as beautiful to watch as it is to flavor.

The Brewski Review: Bass Stout is one of the main ingredients in a wonderful beverage capull one together but just couldn’t do it this afternoon. Not that this short story has any bearing on this beer, but I do remember my first Black & Tan when I was working in San Diego. Some of the work compadres and myself loosened our ties and went out to a bar after work (which, I couldn’t name now if someone was waving a Woodrow Wilson in my face) where our boss introduced us to this wonderful liquid concoction. I would have to admit that I was surprisingly blown away. Needless to say, it was my new go-to beer when I was out and about. Now-a-days, I don’t drink them very often but when the opportunity presents itself I’m sure to take advantage. I think this Bass, as well as the Pale Ale, has been sitting in my fridge since St. Patrick’s day when I had every intention on pouring one up. It didn’t work out at that time but I’ll get around to it one of these days. And, I’m sure I’ll enjoy every last drop of it. This Bass Stout in itself was pretty darn good. It has a nice roasted malt taste, without being too heavy, and poured with a quickly dissipating head that lingered just long enough to leave a little lace on the sides of the glass. I would definitely drink this again even if it’sot sitting on top of the Pale Ale in the same glass.

Drinkability: Would and will drink again.
Appearance: Black w/ mud colored head.
The Buds: Nice malty taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4 caps out of 5.

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The Great Bass Beer Pyramids of England.

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June 13, 2010

Harpoon’s Celtic Ale Beer Review 6.13.10

Harpoon's Celtic Ale

Harpoon's Celtic Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Harpoon Brewery’s Celtic Ale and BP’s Quandry.
File Date: 6.13.2010

File Name: Gulf Oil Spill is a Double Edge Harpoon.
The Beer: Celtic Ale 
Type: Irish Red Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4%
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Web Site: www.harpoonbrewery.com
Country of Origin: MA, USA
Brewer Info:  Harpoon Founders Dan Kenary &  Rich Doyle started the Harpoon Brewery in 1986 because—like today—we loved beer and wanted more good choices.  While traveling in Europe after college, we drank many wonderfully diverse, fresh, local beers.  We also saw firsthand how important local breweries were to their communities.  After our travels, we asked each other, “why not bring great beer and that sense of community to New England?”  That was the genesis of the Harpoon Brewery. Twenty years later we still revel in making great beer and sharing that joy with our friends and neighbors.  The success that we have had running Harpoon is due entirely to the wonderful employees who brew, package, warehouse, sell, deliver, and market our beer and you, the people who drink Harpoon.  We hope that our sense of gratitude is reflected in both the quality of the beer and the spirit of fun and enjoyment surrounding our beer and breweries.
 
tbr-harpoon-logo1Brewer Brand Hype: Harpoon Celtic Ale is an Irish red ale.  In its first year of production, it was available only on tap in the Greater Boston area.  This was Harpoon’s salute to and the celebration of St Patrick.  The following year it became Harpoon’s official spring seasonal beer. Harpoon Celtic Ale features a deep amber color.  The flavor is malty and complex.  Celtic Ale has a moderate hop finish that, along with the generous amounts of malt, makes for a medium bodied, smooth, rich beer.  Try serving Celtic Ale with a hearty stew… the beer’s robust character will complement the bold flavors. The overall character is a complex maltiness with a deep amber color.
Label: This Irish-style red ale honors the proud Celtic brewing tradition: the perfect companion for all St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Slainte!

The Brewski Review: I thought this beer was rather good.  Slightly hoppy with a nice malty flavor. There was a slight aftertaste but it was rather subtle so it wasn’t a turn-off to me.  Kind of like what’s happening in the gulf right now.  Yes.  The oil spill is terrible and it will have an effect on the ecosystem and people’s livelihoods for years to come. But drilling is not without it’s risks.  The greenies certainly don’t want drilling on land or right off shore, so there aren’t many other places to get this type of energy. It’s the price we pay for pursuing petroleum products to sustain our way of life. The president and all the greenies are kidding themselves if they think solar or wind will replace oil and coal.  The cost difference is enormous. If people are not concerned about job losses now to emerging growth countries (what cave are these people living in?) there will be plenty more to come.  Think about it, the companies who try to manufacture their goods with more expensive green energy will price their goods right out of the marketplace.  Countries like Mexico, China, India, etc, who would still be using coal and petrol products will have a huge competitive advantage in the market (aside from the inexpensive labor they already have).  Green energy is expensive and not very portable.  It’s pretty tough to take wind energy with you other than having to rely upon a battery for storage.  Gas?  Fill up the can baby.  Let’s go.   People shouldn’t be boycotting BP.  They should be seeking out BP on every corner to fill up their SUV so they can keep drilling, discovering new reserves, providing fuel and products the world over, and, of course, to help clean up the mess. So there you have it.  My two cents worth on the oil spill.

Drinkability: Would drink it again.
Appearance: Nice Head. Light amber in color.
The Buds: Hearty taste.  Good cool weather beer.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 caps out of 5.

Scoop it out of the ocean and use it around the house.

Scoop it out of the ocean and use it around the house.

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