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Matt - March 30, 2006

Left Hand Goosinator 2005

Left HandLeft Hand usually makes a good beer so I had high hopes for the Goosinator. It is my understanding that the ingredients of this particular brew change every year so this review cannot be universally applied to all Goosinators. The 2005 is an amber colored ale that, when poured, appears crisp and thirst-quinching. It smells hoppy and slightly fruity but tastes malty with hints of coffee and carmel. The problem with this beer is that the flavor dissipates before it reaches the back of the throat and thus leaves the drinker feeling disappointed and a little cheated. I wouldn’t say this beer is terrible but, for the price, it isn’t worth the money spent. That being said I’ll give the 2006 a chance before I totally write this beer off, hopefully it will be better…

[Ed. Note – I can’t find a picture of the Goosinator, damnit!]

Ben - February 24, 2006

Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock

Aventinus Wheat DoppelbockThis is the darkest wheat beer I’ve yet found, and rings in at about 8% abv. The reasoning behind this is that this is actually a doppelbock, which means that it is lagered and heavily fermented, which should give a heightening of many of the flavor aspects of the beer. The aroma is rich and pungent, smelling of dark chocolate. The flavor is excellent, with traditional wheat characteristics and a hint of dark chocolate and coffee. Overall, this tastes much like the Franziskaner dunkelweiss (which I love), but the Aventinus is a bit richer. This is practically a desert in a bottle, but offers the alcohol kick to really please the senses – highly recommended.

Ben - February 20, 2006

Spaten Optimator

Spaten OptimatorThe Optimator is my first ever doppel-bock. First, a little history. Bock beers, oddly enough, are a variety of lager – meaning they they bottom-ferment at a considerably lower temperature than the more common top-fermenting ales. Secondly, bock is a German type of beer, and was originally brewed by monks to maintain sustenance during fasts – the dark ‘beefy’ nature of a bock, coupled with its high alcohol content, was both filling and pleasing to the senses. Finally, it is custom that any bock beer’s name end with the suffix of “-ator” – so anytime you see a beer with this suffix (like celebrator, alligator, etc) it is most likely a bock.

Okay, enough history – on to the beer. The Optimator pours very dark and viscous with a malty rocky head. The aroma borrows from a good Stout with hints of coffee and malt. The taste is rich and decadent – similar to a good stout, there are hints of chocolate and coffee. The differentiating factor here is the warming malt flavor, giving the beer extra body and an additional sweetness. Altogether this is an excellent beer, and fairly intoxicating at 7.2% abv.