Beer(s) of the Week: The Reason for Any Season

Now that my run as beer column guy at FF Oasis is over, I’m going to continue my beer musings on the blog. My 16-week season with FF Oasis is only the second time I’ve written for a site for an entire football season, and the first was in 2005. To torment myself, I’ll link to each of my posts here and we’ll finish off with a couple of new beers I’ve tried this week.

Introducing Beer of the Week (Sierra Nevada Tumbler, Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale, Corsendonk Brown Ale)

Octoberfest (Sam Adams, Victory Festbier, Spatan Oktoberfest)

Drinking with the Enemy (Brian Bulmer) in Indy (Hello My Name is Amber, Dirty Helens, Triton Four Barrel Brown, Sun King Wee Mac)

Tailgating in Nashville (Blackstone’s Nut Brown Ale, Blackstone Brown Porter, Yazoo Dos Perros)

Touring San Francisco (21st Amendment Back in Black Black IPA, Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada Torpedo)

Bring on the Pumpkin (Sam Adams’ Fat Jack, Southern Tier Pumking, Terrapin Pumpkinfest)

Trading up to the Growler

Drink Local (Monday Night Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale)

Beer + Wood = Fun (Innis and Gunn Oak and Rum Cask)

Delirium (Delirium Tremens, Delirium Nocturnum, Delirium Noel)

Beer and Gravity (Red Hare Watership Brown)

Winter Wonderland (New Belgium Accumulation, Sierra Nevada Narwhal)

Cabin Fever (New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale)

Drowning My Unsorrows (Terrapin Tree Hugger)

Why Have One Philosopher When You Can Have Three? (Ommegang Three Philosophers)

Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale

SmithsI sure come off as a pedantic sot, don’t I? I’ll be brief on my two beers of the week. As I passive-aggressvely make fun of fan bases who can’t sell out their Wild Card playoff games, I think blackout. It was slow going the last time I went to my local beer shack, as I couldn’t decide on what beers to bring home. My first selection was Brooklyn Brewery’s Chocolate Stout. I snuck one into my viewing of American Hustle last night.

The movie is a slow burn, and at 10% alcohol, this beer is the sippin’ type. This beer is advertised as a Russian Imperial Stout (a style initially made for Catherine the Great, who instantly vaults over Ceasar’s salad for immortality) so the dark color is not surprising. The chocolate leads, with a bit of bitterness at the end. The beer comes in a four-pack and is a limited edition so grab one now.

SmithsThe grand finale for 2013 is a holiday version of my favorite Belgian Abbey Ale. It’s the Corsendonk Christmas Ale.

Does it live up to the Dubbel? For my somewhat untrained mouth, it is. You get the same dark color, tan head, sweetness with some holiday spices. I bought it in the 750 ml container and after that, I was finished for the evening. I had just watched the Titans win a fourth-preseason-level game over the hapless Texans, so maybe that affected my review. This beer’s going to remain high on my holiday rotation and is limited, so get one now.

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