There is nothing like a Sixpoint event to get The Beer Friends to come out of the woodwork. Tonight's, with the first of the "Mad Scientist," promises to be a doozy. First Round!
Paul and Brad both had the Enterptise Pig Porter.
Paul - A very dark porter with a deep smoky flavor. This beer feels like a beer I would want to drink on the dark winter nights. However, that may be due to the bitter cold outside and us being parked by the fireplace...
Brad - Good and smoky - almost borders on a rye but with the gravity of a porter.
2nd round is the Mad Scientist #1 Spelt Barleywine
Paul - It's no secret around the Beer Friends that we all have a new appreciation for Barleywines which has cause for a few awkward moments around the table on Monday nights. So it should come as no surprise that I think this beer is delicious. It's got a lot of flavor and is very smooth for something classified as a barleywine. Some subtle fruit flavor closes this out and seems to mask any flavor of booze. That makes this beer dangerously drinkable as I contemplate having a second right now.
Brad- Agrees with Paul, with a greater sampling of Barleywines I've come around as well. The complexities within this beer really enhance this Mad Scientist series.
Paul's 3rd round - Missionary IPA: An IPA I haven't tried? Yes please! It's a really great beer, tastes more like what I would describe as an English bitter, but you can certainly sense the hops but they are subtle. This is a beer style I really enjoy, and this beer fits tight into it.
Brad's 3rd Round - Dr. Klankenstein is a fantastic beer. Not exactly sure what it is... I've heard it involved hot stones in the brewing process. Just proving that Sixpoint could toss dirt in the kettle and it would still be delicious.
Paul's 4th - Belgian Rye: this is my second taste of this beer and I absolutely love it. It is the latest in a long line of Sixpoint beers that fall into the "must try" category. Very sweet and delicious beer. The way the rye reacts with the Belgian style is spectacular. If you love beer, find this one. Unless you're Phil, and then you're just a hater.
Brad's 4th - Belgian Rye. Amazing. That is all. I can't get over how great some of these Sixpoint brews are.