Review – Beer: Hennepin, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, New York USA

Interesting froth leans inward and rises up rather than frothing out over the glass.  Misty/hazy through glass; dusty faded yellow-orange in color. Stinky, or “skunky” as some put it.  The smell reminds me of the beers my dad and his buddies used to drink during a hockey game.  But the taste of this one has…

Review – Beer: Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury Ale, Comstock, Michigan USA

This glass was pulled out of the refrigerator, with chilled beer already in it, after the fizz had long since faded.  A better photo of the fresh beer may be added later. Succulent grains, if grains were ever succulent in the first place.  Very tasty and easily drinkable, especially compared to other very dark beers…

Review – Red Wine: 2010 Five Rivers Pinot Noir, California USA

The right side of the wine label in this photo shows a beautiful plum-purple stain line caused by a drip of wine that ran down the bottle.  Interestingly, this very magenta-colored wine turns this darker plum-purple shade when dry, just as dried magenta hibiscus flowers do, after being steeped in hot water and staining a…

Review – Red Wine: 2011 Coppola Rosso & Bianco Rosso, California USA

A slightly stinky aroma, like heavily laden bacteria-infested grapes (that is, like natto, or gooey fermented soybeans), seems peculiar to some Italian regions.  Old wool carpet and patina-weathered Italian oversized armchairs in a large airy rustic cottage, and soil-smothered water-drenched decaying wood stumps in a boggy forest, also come to mind.  Not bad at all,…