Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday 9-Pack! Part Deux

I like to pay homage to Hot Shots! Part Deux whenever I get the chance. Much like the American classic, this sequel is coming out a little too late after the original for people to remember what was going on, but frankly it doesn’t matter. Unlike the film, I can’t fry bacon on my stomach; I’m not super hot nineties vixen Valeria Golino so you’d probably find it a lot less interesting if I could (but I’d sure fit a hell of a lot more bacon.)

I’d need eight more beers to call this batch a dirty dozen, so we’ll have to settle for a crazy quintuplet (which kind of rhymes, in a grammatically incorrect way.) Without any further ado, here are the reviews, part deux.

Hot Shots! Part Deux featured two Sheens (Charlie and Martin.) I have two Troegs. That’s uncanny!

Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter

This beer has a citrus smell indicative of Cascade Hops, but my nose may be wrong. It’s a little sweet and medium hoppy, which is exactly what I like in a porter. Refreshing and smooth, I would describe this as “Roasty” and delicious. You can’t go wrong with this porter.

Hot Shots! Part Deux is full of nineties references which aren’t funny anymore. This review of Rogue Mocha Porter is full of nineties references which aren’t funny anymore. That’s amazing!

Rogue Mocha Porter

Rogue Mocha Porter tastes kind of like burnt toast. It’s hoppy and smokey but not at all sweet. It smells a lot like an IPA but it compares most closely in flavor to Stone Smoked Porter (although much more bitter.) I can’t say I’d go out of my way to buy this again; more bodacious brews can be found in much more radical places. Cowabunga dude!

Hot Shots! Part Deux came out two years after the original. Drew Carey introduced Buzz beer, a fictional coffee-hybrid beer two years after that; Java Head is a coffee-hybrid beer. That’s an astounding coincidence!

Troegs Java Head

This beer has a totally bad-ass label with a giant skull on it. If you need a really threatening bottle to start a bar fight with, this is it. While having an unusually high ABV, this stout is very good but also very sweet. The only negative was that it came off a little soapy. The flavor comes in two distinct waves; it starts off light and sweet, and then slams you with very bitter coffee. It’s pretty unusual actually; I’d recommend it if you’re looking for something weird (and you like coffee.)

Charlie Sheen is now an Old Man, and this beer from Southern Tier is called “Old Man Winter Ale.” If this 9-Pack wasn’t inspired by Hot Shots! Part Deux, I don’t know what is!

Southern Tier – Old Man Winter Ale

The defining characteristic of this beer was its fresh hoppy smell. It seemed like a sweeter version of Victory Hop Devil, but not as strong. What struck me about this beer was how similar it tasted to wort before any fermentation has occurred. I usually taste the sample after taking the OG reading and this beer has the same freshly cooked hop flavor and malty sweetness. I’ve always liked that flavor, it’s more like tea (it basically is grain tea.) Give this a shot if you’re in the mood for something light and crisp.

I hope you enjoyed this second part of our long-winded meandering trilogy. There's still a couple beers left to review, and they should be the best of the bunch. Stay tuned!

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