A FoBAB First-Timer Attends the Friday Early Entry IMBIBE Session, Loses Both of Her Pens and Program Pamphlet, But Has Great Time Drinking All the Barrel-Aged Beer

I came to FoBAB prepared. I brought not one, but two pens with which to record the samples I tasted and their overall impressions. While waiting in line I perused the program and chose the beers I most wanted to sample, even noting their location in the room and forming a mental treasure map of sorts. I was calm, fully fed and watered, and ready … Continue reading A FoBAB First-Timer Attends the Friday Early Entry IMBIBE Session, Loses Both of Her Pens and Program Pamphlet, But Has Great Time Drinking All the Barrel-Aged Beer

Style Study: Sweet Stout

BJCP Overall Summary of Sweet Stout: (full description here) “A very dark, sweet, full-bodied, slightly roasty ale. Often tastes like sweetened espresso.” So, as I mentioned in my previous post, the BJCP, or Beer Judge Certification Program, publishes a list of beer style guidelines that is apparently about to change. As I hit “publish” on my last Style Study, I happened to check some old tweets from the … Continue reading Style Study: Sweet Stout

Style Study: Dry Stout

  I’m kicking off November’s posts with a new series I’m dubbing “Style Study.” And, since this past Thursday was International Stout Day, I’ve decided to start with stouts. According to the BJCP, there are six types of stouts (although, this is apparently about to change–see the first draft of the new guidelines here); Dry, Sweet, Oatmeal, American, Foreign Extra, and Russian Imperial. I’ll be starting … Continue reading Style Study: Dry Stout