To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Houston Press’s Beer Blog runs down the ten beers they liked best. I’ve had several of there beers and can vouch for their selections. It leans heavily on dark beers and stouts.
5. 16th Anniversary Wood-Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Co.
If you’re going to pony up double digit dollars for a brew, it had better deliver. This one does. A woody, sweet smell gave way to a mellow smoothness at the start of each sip, and lulled us into thinking it wasn’t an IPA. But the bitter kick showed up strongly at the end, after a few seconds, and was pleasantly dampened by mellow, oaky flavors when it arrived.
4. Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Each sip of this beer was a new journey, and seemed to have an outer coating of bitterness with a milky, coffee-tasting, sometimes malty filling. It finished differently each time — sometimes coffee-bitter, sometimes hops-bitter, sometimes sweet and smooth. The flavors kept up a thrilling and agile rotation.
3. Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
The most endearing quality of this dark Belgian imitation is the thick, malty jacket the ample alcohol wears. It’s just so incredibly smooth. This beer is unapologetically sweet, with some subtlety, and so, so tasty.