Black Magic & Demolition
As we enter our second week of an excuse to drink, Max and I have come to the realization that we’re going to run out of beer rather fast. So many thanks to all of our friends, especially Essie Snell, for sending their recommendations. We appreciate you only choosing the expensive bottles that need to be shipped from the other side of the country.
However, until we have gotten ourselves together (read: until Max has ordered some damn beer), we shall continue to raid the local BevMo with mixed results.
This week’s picks made Max unhappy, but let’s be honest, no one cares when the men are unhappy. He chose the Demolition Belgian Style Golden Ale. You know he chose it because it was called “Demolition” (supposedly referring to the destruction of the strip mall surrounding Goose Island’s brewery – why a brewery would be named something that ridiculous is a totally separate question). As it turned out, the name was not indicative of the beer’s power, in either ABV or taste. At 7.2%, it’s unlikely to have the upside of getting you wasted quickly. And while the citrus aroma was pleasant, the overall flavor was pretty weak. We decided it was summer BBQ fare – you know, after you’ve had a few bottles of the good beer at the party, and your tastebuds have decided to take the rest of the night off.
To no one’s surprise, my choice fared slightly better. Black Magic is the creation of Left Coast Brewing, conveniently located just down the coast in San Clemente (this is the brewing arm of Oggi’s, for those in the know).
The label informed us that it was an “American style stout”, which I’m pretty sure just means “not as good as Guinness”. It also tagged the beer as dry, which neither of us agreed with. Max and I both agreed with the prescribed flavor notes: toasted barley, chocolate, and coffee. Oddly, it smelled strongly of chocolate – it tasted much more like coffee. Go figure. It gets a little sweeter as you drink it (by the end, Max was of the opinion that it was “like drinking a Hershey bar”), with a hint of almond to round out the flavors. Definitely not as dense as other stouts, which is my preference, but for those who don’t like to chew their beer, this is a decent choice. We thought it would be really good with a serious pastrami on rye…also sushi, but we couldn’t figure out why that sounded good. In retrospect, maybe just the deli food. I also want to note that I took points off for having a spelling error on their label. REALLY?
We look forward to trying all of your suggestions – continue to send them along! Clearly, we’re making this top priority…
Demolition Belgian Style Golden Ale: 5.6
Black Magic Stout: 7.8
PS – I realize the formatting is crappy. I’m still playing with it so the pictures correspond with the post. Also, Emily, we should definitely include pictures of the beer in a glass, just for presentation, next time. You have the camera, so it’s up to you.