« on: August 16, 2013, 08:25:23 AM »
I just got back from visiting my Mom and Dad who live in the UP of Michigan on Lake Superior. I had a wonderful time with the family eating great food (fried and smoked whitefish, trout) and enjoying the scenery. I came back with 30 lbs of wild blueberries to make wine, beer, and mead with. Anyway, I brought some of my stronger beers (American Barley Wine, Belgian Dark Strong, and Strong Scotch) for my Mom and Dad to sample. I was a little cautious because my parents (ages 72 &76) are not really beer drinkers. They will drink wine and Jim Beam/Coke, but rarely beer...and even rarer non-BMC beer. So, I started them on the Scotch Strong Ale and they both liked it. My dad said it would be a good after dinner drink and my mom said she could tell it had more alcohol then the "usual" beer. Next, taking my dad's advice I served them the Belgain Dark Strong after dinner. This beer recently won a Best in Show at the County Fair. They both really liked this beer, in fact, my mom said she could tell why this beer won and quickly asked for another pour. The last beer, the American Barley Wine is very hoppy. I've gotten a wide range of scores for this beer (26-43), but all agree that it is at the top of the range with the hop bitternes and flavor. My dad took one sip and handed it back to me and just said "wow", however, my mom drank the whole sample and said "very nice". I explained to her that I was surprised that she liked such a hoppy beer and she simply said, "well, I guess I like hoppy beers". I just had to share that my mom is awesome.