In the balmy New Orleans afternoon….

good friends waxed poetic and drank beer. Always a great idea…

Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi: Love, love the name. And my interest is piqued when I see it comes in a can. Lots of  pine and resin on the nose with a dose of orange and grapefruit peel. A nice, refreshing IPA that I would definitely drink this again.  Would be great for a fishing trip/beach day.

Big Sky IPA: I am a HUGE fan of the Moose Drool, so I was looking forward to trying this one.  After walking through a sticky pine forest with Modus, Big Sky was much more malty and nutty, with definite notes of rye.

Odell’s St. Lupullin: This is pretty.  A bouquet of white and yellow flowers greet the nose.  A delicate palate, this beer drinks like a white Sancerre wine.  Elegant and almost feminine.  Nice.

Odell’s IPA: Woody, piney notes with citrus elements.  A one-dimensional but good IPA.

Ayinger Weizen Bock: The nose makes me think of standing in a covered street market on a tropical island. Fragrant fruits of papaya and mango with vanilla bean and clove-studded fruit.  Yeast aromas intensify considerably as you reach the last 1/3 of the bottle.  Stir it up to dislodge the sediment from the bottom, and it’s like drinking the starter for bread.  A wee bit too potent on the last sip…

Virgil, me, & Ross

Virgil’s 2009 Man in Black Stout: Wow. This guy is intense.  Imagine stopping into a corner cafe in Florence after a look at the Duomo.  That aromatic blast of perfect espresso greets your tired frame, and you wedge between Italian men in Armani suits to savor every second. Yep, that’s what I thought of when I first smelled this beer. Add to that charred wood, campfire, and dark chocolate.  Much stronger and with more sensory force than the ’08.

Virgil’s 2008 Man in Black Stout: With the year of aging, the aromas have mellowed and rounded beautifully like a wine.  But make no mistake, the flavors are still quite intense. The chocolate, roastiness, and coffee notes are still there on the nose, but on the palate, port-like flavors emerge.  This beer has more finesse, like a BMW to a muscle car.  Both are downright awesome, just depends on your preference.

Enjoying the Kolsch with Mark

Virgil’s “Imperial” Kolsch: Turns out the ABV on this one was higher than expected.  So this one MIGHT make you fall off your lawnmower, because it goes down like water.  Refreshing and vibrant, this beer is perfect for hot, humid, summer days of New Orleans.  Serious damage could be done to a keg of this..

CHEERS!

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