Sunday, April 10, 2011
A Groggy Afternoon at Nodding Head
I got there a little early so I started with a glass of the regular grog to get myself familiar with it. (You buy that right?)
last time I was at Nodding Head so I won't take too much time here. Suffice to say, it smelled roasty and had some roast in the flavor finishing with some chocolate and dark fruit notes. Very enjoyable and not too strong.
Once I finished that, I got a flight of the grog variations. They were actually serving them in the flight glasses so really I just ordered everything they had to offer but it makes me feel better if I call it a flight.
Since I just had a whole pint of Grog, I started with the Grog D'Oer. Here's a closer picture of just the Grog and Grog D'Oer.
back in October and really enjoyed it. Smelled Belgian with a little bit of roast in it. Tasted very bready with a decent amount of dark fruit flavor. After a bit more, I got some vanilla and caramel on top of the fruity finish. Enjoyable take on grog for sure.
Up next were the experimental Grogs: Mole, Cherry and Mocha.
The Cherry Grog was next. Really enjoyable especially after the Mole Grog. They blended Grog and Grog D'Oer and spiked it with dried cherries and cherry juice. Very cherry in the nose, a little tart. Cherries, vanilla and a little sweetness mixed with sour cherry notes. I wouldn't call it balanced as the cherry was always at the forefront but nothing was overpowering and I really enjoyed it. Reminded me a little of Bell's Cherry Stout.
Last but not least, the Mocha Grog. They added a full pound of coffee beans, six ounces of cocoa nibs, and a single vanilla bean to the firkin. Smelled like black coffee but without the bitterness. Tasted mostly of coffee with a bit of chocolate coming in on the finish. One of these days I need to find out what cocoa nibs really are considering the chocolate flavors they add always seem really mild. This was enjoyable, but the coffee kind of overpowered everything.
A Groggy Afternoon was a really cool concept and all of the variations seemed to work although not for me. I really didn't enjoy the Mole version, but others did so I wouldn't consider it a failure. My favorite was the Cherry which wouldn't appeal to everyone either so once again we discover beer preference varies per person and everyone has an opinion. Looking forward to the next Second Saturday event as I believe I'll be around for it.