This thing called The Club
(Just a wonderful beer for socializing over. Close to the session beer definition, it has a lot of caramel in the beginning with a fair bit of hop finish in the end.)
(They were out of the Allagash, so I substituted a Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, co-brewer of the Left Hand beer, in a vein attempt to highlight what rye could contribute to the taste. I took a stab at a slight hint of sourdough flavor.)
(Here I was a bit of a smart aleck. The Odd Notion, a Pils, has some agave and blue poppy seeds in it and the Black & Blue, a Golden Belgian Ale, is laced with blackberries and blueberries. Of course all four flavors were noticed as soon as they were named (odd quirk, that). Again, language. Some of these words, agave for example, are the descriptor themselves.)
(Now I was getting silly. The Ommegang threw out a lot of sour cherry, with some woody background. The Kasteel delivered a lot of the same, but heading more towards the sweeter end of sour cherries.)
(I originally wanted a bunch of chocolate beers to compare the use of nibs in Foothills with, say, the Cadbury in Young's Double Chocolate, but no such luck. Therefore, I thought to put the dry nibs up against some smoked dark malts and see how they compared.)
In conclusion, I really, really, really need to find a way to capture information in the moment and I really, really, really need to find a way to conduct research on my own, someplace quiet. Writing would work.
By the way, I'm off to Siebel next week for the short course on beer tasting. Should be fun.