This year for Christmas, Dan and I recieved each six beer singles from our VP, Dr. Nelson. These are not just any beers - they are premium craft brews from all over the world. We recieved a similar gift last year, and I now regret not documenting which ones I recieved. So this year, I decided to document the here we go:

  1. Viking Brewing Hot Chocolate - this beer was very intersting to say the least. From the label on the bottle, we see that it is brewed with cocoa powder and cayenne pepper. Wierd, huh? We cracked these two bottles Wednesday afternoon as the workday was dying down and shared samples with a few unsuspecting victims from the suite. The beer was alright - the chocolate came through a bit, though not as much as I had hoped, and you couldn't taste the cayenne as much as you could feel it. The tongue had a little tingly feeling after I was done with my glass. Overall, I'd give it a 4 out of 10.
  2. Schneider Aventinus - this beast is a wheat doppelbock, which I had never heard of before. It comes in a beautiful bottle. Upon opening it, I immeadiately smelled the telltale odor of wheat :-) Mmm Mmm good. I'm only about halfway through this bottle as I type this, and I'm very pleased with the beer. It's a heavy beer, which is abnormal for wheats, but then again, it's a dopplebock, so I should have expected it to be a bit heavier than usual. I'll withhold final judgement until I've drained the bottle, but for now, it's a 7 out of 10. Oh yeah, did i mention that this guy is around 8% ABV? Yup...this ain't for the faint of heart.
  3. Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale - I tried this one last night (1/19/05). It was alright - a fairly standard ale. Since it was bottled in a clear bottle, I think it got a bit skunky. That was unfortunate.
  4. Inveralmond Lia Fail - this stuff is da' bomb, so to speak. What an incredible beer! Perfect blend of malt and hops...
  5. Lion Stout - Tried this one last night (1/09/05), and really enjoyed it. It was surely a strong stout - %8.0ABV. Luckily, I had it alongside a hearty dinner :-). The best way to describe this one, I guess, is that it was like a really strong Guiness. The flavors were very similar - a rich, almost coffee-like taste, with a strong malt backbone.
  6. Urthel Samaranth - what, do you think I'm some sort of drunk? Haven't tried it yet.

So, as you can see, I've only tried two of the beers. I'll update as I try them out.