DWTH travelled to the great city of Orlando to experience some fine brews in the beautifully air conditioned 4 Points by Sheraton.
JC graciously imported the beer from Tampa and we found some great ones in the batch.
Pro Tip #1– Grab a glass from either room service or downstairs to appreciate the beer vs the plastic or paper cups provided in the room.
Pro Tip #2 – Test the temperature of the fridge with water before beer. At the 4 Points, a setting of 2/7 still resulted in a frozen salad and Gatorade (guess which tasted better).
Aecht Schelnekerla Urbock JC 8.5 CE 8.5 – smoke bomb, bacon in a glass, one of the best of it’s kind
Aecht Schelnekerla Weizen JC 8.0 CE 7.0 – slightly watered down version of the Urbock. A good starter: “Welcome to the family!”
Grimm Cherry Raspberry Pop! JC 6.0 CE 6.5 – let this one sit out from the fridge. Started as a 5 due to a lack of sourness, but opened up nicely
Crooked Stave L’Brett D’Raspberry JC 8.5 CE 9.0 – pure raspberry jam, sour punch. Another strong beer from a great brewery. High price tag makes it a treat only
Trooper Red ‘N’ Black Porter JC 5.5 CE 5.0 – syrupy mash. drinkable, but no real reason to
Smuttynose Rocky Road JC 6.0 CE 5.5 – 78% dark chocolate, no marshmallow yet sweet taste to it, another beer that opened up (common theme when the Sheraton fridge is too cold for it’s own good)
A L’ancienne Vat 77 Mono Blend Geuze Boon JC 4.0 CE 1.0
Lagunitas Night Time JC 4.5 CE 4.5 – tobacco juice solidifying the Lagunitas as an overall meh brand
Sierra Nevada Otra Vez JC 7.5 CE 7.5 – another great German intrepretation from SN (see their Kellerweis Hefeweizen). Refreshing with a decent amount of salt
Rodenbach Vintage 2013 JC 8.0 CE 8.5 – saved the best for last. Sweet and sour sauce. Add some more sour and it’s easy in 9+ territory
Smuttynose – Biere De Shire JC 3.5 CE 1.0 – Smuttynose is consistent in its disappointment
Round 05 (on the road):
Bärentöter – German Sour Gose Bock JC 8.0. CE 8.5 – Oktoberfest malty texture with a nice sour taste. Tastes great in the back of a car.