Sep 102011

WTF FTW, LOL. While in Spokane this weekend to watch 3 of my kids run the Tracy Walters Cross Country Meet I stopped into the local Albertson’s to see if they had any interesting craft beers to try out. I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of beers I could bring home to sample. Tonight’s beer is Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF) by Lagunitas. One of Lagunitas Brewing’s five seasonal releases scheduled to be released this year, WTF described itself as a “A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale.” Last year Lagunitas had released the 2009 Correction Ale and were planning to label this years version the ‘2010 Recovery Ale’ but since there was no recovery they decided, WFT, and named it the Wilco Tango Foxtrot.

This is one of the new style ‘Black’ IPAs. As soon as the cap comes off you can smell the hops and know that this is not your dad’s nut brown ale. It pours a translucent brown that shows hints of red when held up to the light with a nice tan head that holds well. With eyes closed you would definitely put this in the IPA camp, but open your eyes and the dark color makes you second guess.

It has a great ‘mouth feel’ while drinking. So many beers have about as much ‘body’ as a Coke or Pepsi, but beer is supposed to be liquid nutrition, and should have some body to it. This beer does. I may not be much of an IPA fan, and there are many dark beers that I would prefer, but this is one beer I would buy and enjoy again.

Sep 072010

Sheaf Stout

I picked up this 750ml bottle of Sheaf Stout at Albertson’s on Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick this weekend. Albertson’s has this beer priced at a very respectable $2.79 for the 25oz. bottle with an above average 5.70% ABV. Sheaf Stout is an Australian import from a subsidiary of Foster’s Group.

The company website says Sheaf Stout “is a classic Australian stout with a tantalizing dry finish and a medium body.” labels this stout as a Milk/Sweet Stout, which, according to Wikipedia is “a stout containing lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Because lactose is unfermentable by beer yeast, it adds sweetness, body, and calories to the finished beer.”


Appearance – Pours a nice dark black with a full frothy head that lingers for a couple minutes, finally dissipating to a layer of bubbles across the top that clung to the side of the glass as it emptied.

Smell – I could only catch a hint of chocolate in the aroma.

Taste – I was surprised by the hoppy taste of this stout. Tasted more like a heavy lager than I would have expected for a milk stout. Taste seemed to improve as either the beer warmed or as I consumed more. Guess I will have to try it again and let it approach room temperature before drinking it.

Mouthfeel – Nice feel in the mouth. Carbonation kept it alive but not overly so.

Drinkability – I look for a smoother taste in a stout, especially a milk stout. This might be good at a bbq where you have strong taste of grilled meat and salty chips.