The jet lag has subsided, so it’s time to finish my rundown of my trip through North America. Here’s the beers that I ticked off the list in Boston.
Russian River Consecration (#126)
Doesn’t have the same sourness of the Supplication. There’s still a red wine kick, but it’s softer and ends smoother, just like a good Cab Sauv. The currants also pop in and out, adding some sweetness at the begining and helping to round out the flavours, and there’s some creamy cashew late in the aftertaste. Once again, it’s very complex…definitely not a beer you want to rush through.
Stone Smoked Porter (#127)
The passage on the label of this beer has a different tone to the ones I’ve seen on the other Stone brews I’ve tried. It actually accepts that you may be drinking this beer because you like dark brews, and not because you picked up the bottle by accident.
The smoke flavour is surprisingly restrained, getting lost in the dark bitterness. Maybe it’s because I’m drinking it from my trusty jam jar, but I’m struggling with the flavours. I can get a little sweet caramel, some chocolate, and some dark fruits, but mostly I get the roasty undertones.
AleSmith Speedway Stout (#128)
A beer out of a champagne bottle and weighing in at 12% ABV, once again blurring the line between wine and beer.
The alcohol kicks in with a sweet warming glow from the start, followed by some chocolate and a roasty bitterness. But the alcohol is the champ here, and it’s perfect for warming me up after a day exploring the cold Boston Common. Quite frankly, this isn’t a beer designed for analysis; more accurately, after the first two beers, I’m not in an appropriate ‘state of mind’ to write anything too insightful about it. At this point I’m just holding on and enjoying the ride.