By William Brand
Sunday, April 27th, 2008 at 3:27 pm in Uncategorized.
Passover ends at 8:28 p.m. PDT tonight (Sunday, April 27, 2008) and I intend to celebrate with a bottle of Petrus Aged Pale. A friend’s coming with a bottle of Black Lightning Porter from Lightning Brewing, Poway, CA. and I have a sample bottle from Avery (Boulder, CO.) of Samael’s Oak Aged Ale, 15 percent ABV.
The Lightning Web site desxribed Black Lightning Porter this way:
Black Lightning Porter: (ABV 8.5%) A Baltic Porter (Fall Seasonal)
We have created our Black Lightning Porter to have intensely rich malt aromas with strong notes of chocolate and coffee. This has been by the judicious blending of 9 different malts, the bulk of which are from classic UK maltsters. Even though many breweries will add coffee and cocoa extracts to produce these effects, we feel this cannot replace the subtleties experienced by using only malted and then roasted barleys.
Here’s what Avery says about Samael’s:
Samaels Ale is a super-caramelly, oak aged English-style strong ale. Perhaps the least hoppy (sacrilege here at Avery!!) beer weve brewed, to accentuate the malt. The oak is very apparent in this rich and high gravity ale, adding additional depth and complexity with a woody and cask-like nose and a pronounced vanilla flavor on the palate. Notes for 2007 – With the addition of an additional roasted malt, Samael’s now delivers subtle bitterness to add balance to the natural sweetness.
Oh yeah, there’ll be a few bottles of homebrew as well. Hallelujah.