800th Ratebeer Rating – North Coast Old Stock Ale 2008

Bottle (2008 Vintage) – Poured a dark reddish brown in color with a medium thick tan head that hung in and produced some good lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet with elements of caramel, toffee, lightly roasted malts and some alcohol. Flavor was very complex… caramel malt, some hops and some dark fruitiness (raisins, dates, prunes). Alcohol definitely apparent, but not overpowering (until I finished). Quite thick palate. An excellent barley wine… I really enjoyed this one.

Las Vegas – Land of Beer?

I spent the better part of last week in Las Vegas at a conference. During the few days that I was there, I was able to add an incredible 16 new beers to my Ratebeer ratings list. Almost all of these new beers were sampled at the restaurants and bars in and around the Mandalay Bay property. The new additions to my list can be viewed at http://www.ratebeer.com/user/10669/ratings.