Fat Jack (Double Pumpkin)

Samuel Adams’ Fat Jack is the rare example of a pumpkin-themed beer that showcases the natural flavor of the gourd rather than taking up a set of flavors more akin to a pumpkin pie. The beer is a hazy orange-brown color and pours with a small amount of yellowish-tan head that will create lacing down a glass. The initial nose of Fat Jack provides imbibers with some idea about where the beer will ultimately go, providing hints of allspice and cinnamon. Continue reading

Abbey Dubbel (New Belgium)

Along with the brewery’s Trippel, Colorado’s New Belgium has also revisited their Abbey, a Belgian-style dubbel. The beer pours with a mahogany brown and a large amount of off-white to beige head. The beer has hints of Belgian yeast and a decent amount of cinnamon and nutmeg. The alcohol content of this Dubbel is perfectly hidden, making for a malty beer that is perfect for the increasingly cold winter months. There is a smaller amount of bitterness that is present in Abbey, which gives the effort further complexity. Continue reading

Dressy Bessy Releases Kingsized Out February 5, 2016

Dressy Bessy will make their Yep Roc Records label debut with the release of KINGSIZED, their first studio album in seven years. Slated for February 5, 2016 release, the album is now available for pre-order with an instant download of “Pop Phenom,” which is available to share/listen below. Continue reading

Sasha Leonov Skies Change CD Review

Sasha Leonov released Skies Change in 2013, and this release is absolutely essential to understand the twists and turns that he has had in the years since. The album begins with Believe Once More, a touching and softly-played track that showcases a cool, calm, and collected Leonov. Hints of Dave Matthews can be discerned here, as there is a unity of instrumental and vocal sides that opens up into something wholly engrossing. Meet Me in the Early Morning starts with little more than a piano, the intricate arrangements calling attention to the composition. A complex set of arrangement does more to create a narrative for listeners to eagerly devour than many artists could hope to do with a lyric/instrumental dynamic. Continue reading

Big RICC (Tallgrass Brewing)

Kansas’ Tallgrass Brewing Company has just released a canned run of their Big RICC, a 10.5% ABV Russian imperial stout (RIS) that includes coffee and chocolate. Big RICC pours with a dark brown to black coloration with a substantive amount of tannish head. The beer laces its way down a glass, while providing imbibers with a good amount of bitterness (both from the inclusion of coffee and the 65 IBUs of the beer). There is a nutty, bittersweet side to Big RICC that comes through at point, giving the beer additional complexity. Continue reading