Dead Guy Ale… Maibock (4.5)

Why…

I had a bit of time on a Friday afternoon and one of my favorite bars was open for day drinking, Lot 6. (Click here to see my review)  Lot 6 is a great place with great people.  I would suggest you get by and see them ASAP if you are in the area.  One reason I went was because the owner posted that she had some new beers on the menu.  I tried one of those, Abita’s Purple Haze. (click here to see review)  After that I went back to an old standby, Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale.

From the Brewery…

Dead Guy
Rogue, Dead Guy Ale

The following is how Rogue describes the beer they have crafted:

“Tasting Notes: An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.

FOOD PAIRING: Spicy, Pork”

For a beer in Oklahoma an ABV of 6.5% is pretty high.  The IBUs of 40 also adds  good flavor to the mix.  The beer has won many awards over the past 20 years.

My Thoughts…

This is one of my fall back beers when available.  I really like the Ale and could drink many in a night.  I don’t know if it was just my nose this night, but I did not find it to have a strong nose prior to tasting.  There was some subtle hop nose coming from the beer.

Tasting provides the flavor of a robust malt flavor with a great hop finish.  As you breath out after taking a drink the long-lasting hop flavor/smell finally hits home and finishes the taste in a fantastic way.  Not quite the bitter finish of an IPA, more of a well hopped ale.  To me the hoppy finish lasted longer than the time on the tongue and this adds to the enjoyment of the beer.

It has a great mouth feel of a rich tasting beer with good carbonation.  The balance of malt taste with the hop finish makes this one of the better beers I have had in a long time.  As the beer warms up in the mouth more flavor comes out.

Finish

I rate this beer 4.5 out of 5.  It is one of my favorite beers and I will drinking it again and again when available, or once I am done tasting something new.


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In a Purple Haze… Fruit Beer

Why…

I had a bit of time on a Friday afternoon and one of my favorite bars was open for day drinking, Lot 6. (Click here to see my review)  Lot 6 is a great place with great people.  I would suggest you get by and see them ASAP if you are in the area.  One reason I went was because the owner posted that she had some new beers on the menu.

Selection…

So after arriving and reviewing the new stuff I chose to sample the Purple Haze.  I have partaken some of Abita’s offerings in the past and found them fair, so was hoping the same for the Purple Haze.  Abita describes the beer as follows:

Description
Abita’s Purple Haze Description

Purple Haze® is a lager brewed with real raspberries added after filtration. It is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. The berries add a fruity aroma, tartly sweet taste and a subtle purple color and haze…you may see fruit pulp in the beer.

This beer is best served with salads or light fruit desserts, such as soufflés or chiffon cakes. Many people enjoy it with chocolate desserts. Purple Haze® pairs well with certain cheeses, such as ripened Brie or any dessert made with mascarpone. It’s also great paired with entrees prepared with fruit, especially citrus. Consider enjoying Purple Haze® alone at the end of your meal as dessert.

Stats:  ABV 4.2%, IBU 13

My Thoughts…

Purple Haze Beer
Abita’s Purple Haze

First thoughts were it did have a unique color and haze.  As for nose I did not find any of the “fruity aroma” described. The nose was lacking to me.  It may have just been the overpowering smell of a lager that got to me.  I find that most lagers have a sour smell to them and is why I typically don’t drink them.

Taste was an overpowered lager flavor again.  To me the entire beer was pretty much nothing more than a strong lager taste that masked anything else.  I was not able to filter out that flavor.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike lagers they are just not my favorite.  I drink lagers but typically not often.  I didn’t find the beer unpleasant, just one I would not order again.  At an IBU of 13 there was very little hop bitter to even attempt to taste.

As far as the mouth feel, the carbonation stayed around and the finish taste was sweet.  The tang of the lager stayed on for sometime after a drink.  It did drink smooth and I could see it as a height of summer beer.

Finish

I would rate it as 3 out of 5.  I am trying to not let my lager bias influence the overall rating.  I give it a three (3) because I found it lacking in the fruit flavor and nose as advertised.

I would probably drink it again but it would depend on other beers available.  It would be on a hot day and probably after working in the yard and getting a sunburn.


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Lot 6 – Premier Art Bar

A favorite beer/bar-tender and favorite bar owner (Vanessa) posted on Facebook the other day about some new beers she had available.  She opened early that day, I was available to go see her, and sample a new beer, so off I went to Lot 6 – Tulsa’s Premier Art Bar.  (I know local bar review, but if you are ever in Tulsa and looking for a place to visit where you will be welcomed like a regular, this is it.)

Bar Particulars

Lot 6
Out Front at Lot 6, 6th & Quaker

Lot 6 is one of my favorite downtown Tulsa Area bars, located in the Pearl District on the East side of downtown (6th & Quaker). It is a full liquor and bottled beer bar(no Draft).

Lot 6 is a Non-Smoking, Vape Friendly Art bar. What is an Art Bar?  For Lot 6 it means it is an art gallery to local artists.  Each month Vanessa finds a local artist and presents their portfolio for sale in a gallery show setting.  This is a unique venue that supports many local artists through the year.  A new art show is presented each First Friday of the month to coincide with an Art Crawl that occurs across the downtown area.  Lot 6 has won a number of Local People’s Choice Awards for its art venue and other activities.

Don’t think that Lot 6 is some type of artsy pretentious venue where you would not be welcome to ride up in your leathers to have a beer.  It typically has a laid back attitude of a dive bar or a local neighborhood bar when visiting.  Through the week many events do occur at the venue that can change the atmosphere from dive bar to music venue to Gallery to Karaoke Heaven in a single night.  Having experienced this is what makes it one of my favorite places to sit and drink with friends (regulars).

Vanessa has recently added a permanent covered seating area out front.  Very nice for patrons that like to step out for a few minutes and not feel like they have left the bar.  In addition to Karaoke, Live Music, and Jukebox there is always a special activities going on during the week.  This week was a Bloody Mary contest.  Another thing I enjoy is that she has acquired a shuffleboard that is open for play.  You just don’t find those available in other bars these days.

Beers

Beer Menu
Lot 6 Beer Menu, Frequently Updated

Lot 6 is not a large bar and does not have a huge area available for storing/chilling a big variety of craft brews.  That does not mean that it doesn’t make excellent advantage of the space that is available.  Since it opened there has always been an updated beer menu(current select, see pic) available for the patrons when they enter.  The bar stocks more than the default options that many would think would be there for a location of it’s size. Stocking some unique beers provides the discriminating beer drinker options at very reasonable prices.  Some of my favorite include the Left Hand Milk Stout and Warsteiner Dunkle.

On this day I had one of the new beers available, and for me an old standard:

Click the links above for their reviews.

Summary

I know you may be reading this from another part of the country. Not thinking about coming to Tulsa for a while, or if ever, but should you ever find yourself in our little city you now know a gem of a place to visit and feel welcome in. The selection of beer is decent and updated frequently to keep you coming back over and over.  The art changes monthly so there is always something new to see and there are always new activities available to draw you back.

So stop in and have one, sit back, relax and drink ABigBeer.


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Yeti & Iron Monk battle…

So I went out with some buds to have a few beers a while back.  Went to the best Beer Bar in OK, McNellie’s South City.  See my post/review of McNellie’s posted earlier.  Also see my review of the Belhaven Black Scottish Stout I had that night.  When I got there it Stout Night was in play.

Dark and Roasty Drafts
Dark Beers on Draft at McNellies, 3/2016

I sent a picture of the On Draft Dark and Roasty beers to my buddy Bill who lives in the Burgh.  Asked him his thoughts on what to drink.  His first reply was the Yeti then Narwal, and Lagunitas.  So I went with the Yeti Imperial Stout and was not disappointed.  I figured I would circle back around to either the Narwal or one of the Lagunitas but that was not to happen… I wish I had remembered his suggestions.

Yeti Imperial Stout, CO, ABV 9.5%

The Yeti is how I like my stouts.  Dark, rich, with a hint of burnt malt and ends with a touch of sweet.  It also has a great nose and good strong bitter finish from the hops.  It had a good amount of carbonation that helped to relay the nose and give a bite to the flavor.

Yeti Stout
Yeti Imperial Stout, 9.5%

At ABV of 9.5% it will knock you on your tail if you were to drink a pint or more (yeah I have been to places where this happens).  Luckily on this night it was not served in a pint, but a smaller glass befitting its strength. It has IBUs of 75 so there is a good amount of bitter.

The Yeti has won a number of beer awards over the years and has stood the test of time.  I really enjoyed the Yeti and will drink it again. This is a beer that will go well with a nicely seasoned/seared/grilled chunk of beef.

I probably should have waited to have the high ABV  & bitter beer for the last beer of the night or I should have listened to my buddy Bill and had one of his other suggestions.  Instead I wanted to try a more local brew.  Looking at the list I had already had the Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb, ABV 13%.  Try drinking a couple pints of those in a night… remember I said something about that earlier.  So I went with the Iron Monk Milk Stout figuring to find something smoother and creamier to finish the night.

I would give the Yeti Imperial Stout a 4.5+ out of a 5.  I believe I need to drink a lot more of it to make certain of that ranking.

Iron Monk Milk Stout, OK, ABV 6%

Iron Monk Milk Stout
Iron Monk Milk Stout, OK

So my third and last beer of the eventing was the Iron Monk Milk Stout.  I went with the Milk Stout thinking about a smoother/creamier beer that would have more of a dessert finish for the night.  At 6% ABV it is a good beer, relative to the finish you off at night, if you had not been drinking a heavier beer before.  I am glad I didn’t drink one of the other high alcohol brews as I am not sure I would have been safe to get home, but still wish I had switched the two up in order.  The milk stout has IBUs of 26.  I did not find it bitter, but for some I am sure it would be.

It was a sweet and creamy beer that to me did not have much of a nose.  As I said earlier I did not find it bitter at all.  There was a touch of burnt or chocolate malt, mild hops.  The bit of nose detected was pleasant.

We got to talking around the table and it gave the beer time to warm up a little.  This helped to bring out the flavor and nose more and made it a much more enjoyable drink in the end.  A good finish to the end of the night.

Overall I would give it a 3.5 out of a 5.  It is definitely worth the drink and I will probably drink it again since it is local.  I hope to get out to Stillwater and visit the Iron Monk Brewery, est. 2014.

Conclusions

I liked both beers.  The Yeti was a better beer overall for my tastes, but I have been on a bit of an IPA kick over the past couple of years.  The Iron Monk Stout did deliver on what I wanted out of it.  I want to get out see the Iron Monk Brewery and try their IPA soon.  So now it is off to the next bar/beer to Sit Back, Relax and have ABigBeer.


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Stout Night – Belhaven Black Scottish Stout

Recently went out to have a drink with a few friends at McNellie’s South City here in Tulsa.  It is rated the best beer bar in Oklahoma.  A quick plug; lots of beer options, Beer Geek Specials that will bring you back, and a full restaurant if you are looking for food.  To see my full review of the beer bar click here.

While there I sampled 3 of the many Dark and Roasty (Stout) beers on hand:

Belhaven Black Scottish Stout

Beer Geek Special, March 2016, McNellie's
Beer Geek Special, March 2016, McNellie’s
Belhaven Black Stout
Belhaven Black Scottish Stout, SCT, ABV 4.2%

The Belhaven Black Scottish Stout was on special the day I visited McNellie’s and helped to set me on course for a night of stout beers.  I like stout beer so this wasn’t an issue that plagued me in the decision-making.  It was served from a can as shown in the picture and served a bit cold for my taste in beers. But all beers in America seem to be served too cold. As for the Belhaven Black Scottish Stout here are the particulars:

  • Style: English Stout, Not a very heavy beer.  I found it to actually be kind of watery for a stout.  When held to the light I could see light coming through it (coppery color).
  • Nitrogen Based rather than CO2 based.  I liked that aspect of it, smaller bubbles that helped to push flavor and a minor creamy feel.
  • Not much of a nose to it.  You could smell the malt and it gave off a sweet caramel smell to me.
  • Taste:  Sweet with a hint of chocolate flavors, I did not catch the coffee flavors others have reported.  If opportunity arises I may taste again.  I found it to be a little thin for my desires of a stout taste.  Not as much dark/burnt roasted malts as I would like to have.  It did have a smooth mouth feel and I figure that was from the nitrogen.  If it was a hot day and I wanted a beer with a little more taste than a pale ale it would probably be a decent choice, if no IPA’s were available.

Note: Do not confuse the Belhaven Black Scottish Stout with the Belhaven Scottish Stout, ABV 7%.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Other beers drank that night:

Reviews are posted for these beers, click abover.  Thanks for reading.  I am headed home to have ABigBeer and relax for the end of the day.



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Best Beer Bar in Oklahoma? – McNellie’s South

I received a call from a friend coming into Tulsa from the City (OKC for none Okies) and he wanted to go out and have a drink.  Perfect opportunity to go visit Oklahoma’s Best Beer Bar… OK, you may think I am just saying that because it is my favorite.  Wrong! My buddy Bill from the Burgh sent me the following article and I am going by their ranking (CraftBeer.com}.

In the 2016 Great American Beer Bar’s competition, CraftBeer.com expanded its search to name the best beer bar in every state and Washington, D.C.

Source: Great American Beer Bars 2016 | CraftBeer.com

I hope to hear from many of you around the country on your local beer bars, as for my impression of McNellie’s South, read on.

To provide everyone with an impression on how they have dedicated themselves to the beer culture I snagged one of the handy beer menus on every table.  Yeah, I know you might think I shouldn’t have done that, but they print them off each month with specials, etc.  I figured I might as well snag one and use it for here since they are paper and throw away as they get spilled on or age out at the end of the month.  There were also many of them on every table available for patrons.  Here is a scan of the menu:

Menu
McNellie’s South Menu Page 1
Menu
McNellie’s South Menu Page 2
Menu Page 3
McNellie’s South Menu Page 3
Menu Page 4
McNellie’s South Menu Page 4

 

 

 

 

 

So now it is also on-line and an advertising for them.  I don’t think they will mind I took one.  I also plan on using it to assist me in my endevor to drink many more unique beers to review.

First a quick note about the outside. I have been to the location a number of times (more for past businesses).  I really wish they would bulldoze and redo the traffic flow in the parking lot.  I have always hated it.  That doesn’t really have anything to do with the bar/restaurant and drinking, just my opinion.  As I was walking into the place the following sign was sitting outside the front door.

McNellie's
McNellie’s South City, Tulsa, OK’s Best Beer Bar
Beer Geek Special, March 2016, McNellie's
Beer Geek Special, March 2016, McNellie’s

Bingo, decision made on first beer and  I knew I was in for a stout kind of night.  I will be putting up a different post for my night’s beers.  This is one of the weekly specials as you can see on the above menu.  I entered and headed straight for the Bar.  It is centrally located and takes up a large amount of space in the overall building’s common area, as it should in my opinion.

Looking around the entire location it has a number of areas available for the various clientele that comes to enjoy the bar & restaurant. Note, as it is a full restaurant it is not age limited in the dining area, so realize that children may be present.  Overall the inside portrays a pub type of feel to it.  It does this with a lot of hardwoods on the walls and wooden furniture.  The decor on the walls also pushes the pub atmosphere. There is even a set of Beer Club Mugs hanging about the walls of the entire place.  This gives the impression of a neighborhood bar with regulars.  Granted regulars do probably attend, but this is also a high traffic restaurant.  So if you are looking for small intimate location with a bunch of beer drinking regulars, it really did not give me that impression.

There were two other places of interest inside; the fireplace room & the snug.  The fireplace room can accommodate small groups of around 20 for a more private setting.  The snug on the other hand is an enclosed table/booth for about 8 people.  It has a small window that opens to the bar where orders can be placed and received.  It provides the most private place in the bar.

McNellie’s South is the second McNellie’s location in Tulsa, located in a more affluent South Tulsa area of town and not the city’s bar district.  The original McNellie’s is downtown is in the bar/entertainment district.  Personally I like drinking/going out in the downtown area better. There are a couple of bars in the downtown entertainment district that have some good beers, but the vast majority of selection and catering to beer lovers shown in McNellie’s South City makes this a great place for beer drinkers.

McNellie’s South City, Tulsa OK

7031 S. Zurich Ave, Tulsa, OK 74136

http://www.mcnelliessouthcity.com/site/sections/30

https://www.facebook.com/mcnelliessouthcity/?fref=ts

The cost of beer is reasonable, especially for the variety available.  I do like it here and will be patronizing it for the great variety of beers.



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Welcome to the Beer Blog…

Here is the obligatory first post in this Beer category. What is the focus of this blog category and is it something you will want to continue reading? Well I hope it is a bit obvious, but these are the questions to answer in this first post. As with any subject, when you have a passion for it, the topics can be very diverse and far-reaching. We are not looking to limit this category to just one thing on the BEER topic. We are looking to hold the posts in this category to one topic; BEER.

What we plan from the start:

Reviews of Beers: Yep, this is expected to be the mainstay for the posts in this subject area. We will give our opinions of the beers we have sampled. If you find that you have the same taste in beer as the author then you may find a number of new beers that will fit your taste as more reviews are added. To that end we do not expect that all of our authors will have the same taste in beers. (Note to Breweries: We can be bribed to review your beer… Just send us beer and we will drink it.)

Beer Knowledge:   We are planning on passing along the knowledge we have garnered over time from the love of our consumption pleasures.  These posts will probably include some history and maybe some unknown facts extracted from the dark recesses of our minds.  So don’t expect much on general knowledge, because we were probably drinking when we learned it.

Brewing: A few of us brew. So adding our tips and techniques or even some discussion of things we have had happen to us is worthy of a read for the brewers out there. There may be some real horror stories posted that will hopefully keep you from making the same mistakes.

Brewery/Beer Bar Visits:  Nothing better than dropping by a brewery and meeting the brewmiester.  A recounting of tastings and atmosphere of the stop will be presented.  It may inspire you to take a roadtrip.  I know I am ready for some windshield time to seek out the wild brew.  Hitting an impressive Beer Bar may also occur.

Is it something readers will want to continue reading?

As the topic of beer enjoyment evolves, new authors get added, life happens, the topics mentioned above will likely change.  Always remember you can send requests as well. We are willing to explore topic requests.

You will have noticed that I have said WE a lot in the discussion above.  The plan is to include multiple authors on this site.  The reason being it is easier to have active and ongoing content when more people are submitting.  It may also give us all varying view points on some of the same specific topics presented.  So sit back relax and have A Big Beer.

Enjoy your stay.


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