Firkin Fest 2010 - Happy Gnome, St. Paul, MN
March 20, 2010.

Dozens of cask ales. Four oz samples for $1 each. We got there early and that was a good call. They ran out of beer shortly after we left. D'oh. It was scheduled to go for a few more hours after that point.

Short video clip:

Some of these were just a sip, others were split samples, and some were the full 4 oz samples.

It was hard to take notes this year. They did not provide a program so I just scribbled notes on the back of the beer list.

In order of tasting:
- New Belgium "Shadow of the Foerder" - all right, a mildly sour 1554 (said to be 1/3 La Folie and 2/3 1554 Black ale).
- Dark Horse Plead the 5th - so nice.
- Bells Expedition Stout - kinda harsh. Bitter, roast astringency.
- Surly Darkness - really good. Smooth, strong and mellow (lower carbonation).
- Brau Brothers Eslihas Old Ale - don't like.
- Two Brothers Cane and Ebel - red rye tasting. nice.
- Harviestoun Ola Dubh 40 year old - smells noticeably like Scotch. pretty unique. Taste is nice too. Whisky flavors, somewhat sweet, warming. Fine.
- Tyranena Benji's Smoked Imperial Chipotle Porter - nice chipotle flavor but could be more viscous and malty.
- Goose Island Citra IPA - smells great. nice taste. clean, balanced, good stuff.
- Founders Red's Rye double hopped - hmm smells good. Taste is different than bottle. Not as clearn. Other earthy sweaty tastes.
- Avery Maharaja - catty! so potent. wow. no way I could drink a 22 [unlike Dreadnaught which I easily drank a 22 the next night].
- Lift Bridge Farmgirl Honey ginger girl - very nice. drinkable and unique.
- Summit Winter (Ahtanum) - super drinkable. really nice.
- Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree - unreal. really balanced and good.
- Summit EPA - hmm. kinda grassy with lower carbonation.
- New Holland Pilgrim's Dole - wake up slap. only ok.
- Two Brothers Bone Tree Weiss Wine - decent. better than Pil Dole (both were wheat wines).
- Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale - solid. decent.
-Fulton War and Peace - lots of coffee. Pretty good.
- Lake Superior Sir Duluth Cocoa Oatmeal Stout -nice. too cold. good. some spice, some flavor.
- Summit Oatmeal - ok. decent.
- Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter - really nice. Complex, balanced and good.
- Rogue Shakespeare Stout - smoother, less hop bitterness, more roast bitterness.
- Bells Hopslam - hmm. not as good as in bottle?
- Southern Tier Unearthly - nice. strong. good stuff. better than Hopslam right now.
- Surly Cynic - muddled flavor. so so.
- Goose Island Night Stalker - not bad. strong. little much.
- Victory Hop Wallop - ok.
- Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti - really nice. solild. could buy this.
- Schells Hopfenmalz - nice pils taste. hoppy and clean. good stuff.
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