1. Lakefront Brewery Fuel Cafe Coffee Stout
This beer out of Wisconsin came in one of my beloved "beer of the month" packages. Lakefront Brewery does not distribute widely, but they do seem to have a nice selection of ales, lagers, seasonals, extreme beers and even some gluten-free beer. I was most looking forward to this beer from the package since I love coffee stouts. I've said before that it's tough to have a bad stout...I think I'm gonna stop saying that. Unfortunately, this one was a little weak for my taste and I didn't love the taste to begin with. It did have nice color but as you can see, barely any head to it. It had that roasty flavor that you'd expect from a coffee stout but it just did not balance nicely in my humble opinion. The big news though? This beer has not broken my streak of beer that I'm not in love with but finish anyway...I still finished it.
Overall Rating: C+
2. The Bruery Rugbrød
Both an odd name and a delicious description? I'll buy that. It also helped that everything I've had from The Bruery has been pretty good, if not great. So what was the delicious description you ask? "A deep auburn colored robust Danish-style ale with spicy rye and caramelly, bready malts" This beer defined robust. You know how people think Guinness is a meal in a glass and it's far from it? This beer could pass for one because it really does encompass that bready malt quality. It also has a ton of carbonation (see those bubbles in the bottle after pouring?) with a lingering head. The taste is unlike any other beer I've had, though I've only had a small handful of rye-based ales. I wasn't head over heels for it (is it weird that I describe beer like women?) but I did like the heavy flavor of it.
Overall Rating: B+