Along with our visit to Cosentino’s, we stopped in the Flying Saucer because I saw they had Rogue’s Imperial Porter on tap. I’m a big fan of their brews, and apparently others are as well because it seems like everything they come up with wins multiple medals. The downside is that we would have to set foot in the P&L District, which is a wretched, wretched place. After a brief risk/reward analysis, we figured we’d survive a quick Sunday afternoon jaunt into the dark side.
The beer was worth it. It’s everything you love about a porter times 3. Big, robust flavors with the intense presence of malt sweetness and hop bitterness, but in great balance. A fantastic beer.
She had an Anchor Our Special Ale (2008) which was a nice, smooth, spicy counterpoint to the porter. If you’ve had this in the bottle, the tap version is even tastier with its hints of nutmeg and cinnamon coming through a bit more.
When we got home, we finally opened the bottle of Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad we had been sitting on for a few months. It pours a nice pale red, with a really oaky nose with some cherry in the background. There are lots of flavors present in the beer: bourbon, wood, caramel, vanilla, cherry, toffee…it’s like a beer for wine lovers. I thought it was fantastic. There are still a few bottles floating around here and there, but—in keeping with the wine theme—they go for about $15. Yeah, I know.
Oh – and McCoy’s has an outstanding Oatmeal Stout on tap right now. The beers there can vary greatly from batch to batch, but right now that beer is pouring beautifully.