Vanilla Porter & Four Play IPA Stoudts Brewing

Vanilla Porter & Four Play IPA Stoudts Brewing

Vanilla Porter, Four Play IPA Batch # 2 Stouts Brewing

(c) 2013 popsonhops

One of the earliest bonds my wife shared was our enjoyment of nosing around antique shops. We still have a laugh about the furniture we managed to strap to the roof of the Volvo and transport home. One of our favorite destinations was a town in Pennsylvania along Route 272 – Adamstown. We bought an iron bed, a stained glass window and many other things from Oley Valley. We wandered through Renniger’s countless times buying antique door knobs and escutcheons. Somewhere we still have the copper pots that we bought from a French-country shop at the edge of town. Of course, no day would be complete without a stop at Stoudt’s Black Angus for a bratwurst and a beer. I hadn’t realized this but the brewery opened its doors in 1987 and I’m certain my first trip there was within their first year of operation.

I recall reading about Carol Stoudt and how she thought her (then) fiancée’s love of beer was “uncouth”. Yet, she recognized that people were willing to pay for quality beer and she immersed herself into learning about brewing beer and the brewery business. At first, it was meant to be a compliment to their restaurant and German-village style fairgrounds. That all changed when their “Gold Lager” won a silver medal at one of the early Great American Beer Festivals and demand grew locally. For me, every trip to Adamstown included a mixed case of Fest, Gold and Scarlet Lady carefully nestled in the trunk or back seat (never tied to the roof).

Vanilla Porter & Four Play IPA Stoudts Brewing

Vanilla Porter
Tasting: July 30, 2013
Beer #: 481

This is labeled as being part of a Brewer’s Reserve offering. Cola brown pour from this 6.0% porter, nice mellow chocolate and roasted flavor. Vanilla flavors are minute, has an earthy/bitter and crisp finish. A little fizzy and thin. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of porter – and this has enough to entertain through the first half of the bomber. My score card puts it at 82 points.

Four Play
Tasting: July 31, 2013
Beer #: 482

Batch # 2. Label says single hop series, but no mention of that hop at least on the label. A quick web search and I find that Bravo is the featured hop. Bravo is a strong alpha acidic (bitter) hop that lends floral and fruit aromas. Popped the cork and out and over bubbled the beer. I’ll give it that the aroma is floral and fruity – and the flavor has abundant sweet orange and black pepper late on the palate. Not the lingering bitterness but it builds quietly. A little shallow in character, thin and a bit fizzy. ABV checks in at 6%. At $12/bomber, there are better imperial IPA options, but this one isn’t going down the drain. 84 points.

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