12 August 2006

Holding Court

The Knights of the Beer Roundtable held court for the first time yesterday evening, and we rated Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company, located in Marshall, Michigan. I'll post our reviews once I receive the final review from Jason. Our first guest 3rd judge was my wife, Colleen. After you read her review, you'll understand why we have decided to nullify her comments, take her out of the guest 3rd judge rotation, and generally ban her from all future Roundtables.

As you can see from the picture, we "warmed up" (a term used by the folks on The Good Beer Show) quite a bit before judging. The milk bottle, alas, was not ours, but was my son's. I started with three Blue Moons before dinner while Jason worked on the remainder of the Mocha Porter I reviewed earlier, then we split a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from 3 Blind Moose over dinner, I continued with an Oberon for desert and I think Jason continued with the Mocha Porter. At this point, Colleen joined in with a Guinness. I think at some point in there, I also had a Sam Adams Scotch Ale & one more try of the Mocha Porter (this time, it had a distinct smoky taste, almost like smoked gouda). Our tastebuds well-lubricated, we drank some water to clense our palates, then moved into the Sapient. Amazingly enough, I didn't have a headache this morning.


  1. If that you guys' idea of a warm up, then you're going to be taking me to the hospital after all is said and done. :)

  2. Actually, that was more of a warm-up, race, and cool-down before getting to the main event. We promise not to hurt you :)

    Jim & Jason - Does Thursday evening work for you guys?

  3. I have a business meeting until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, but I can make it after that.

  4. I've contacted Jason, Jim. Does The Rathskeller work? I think we should rate Spaten's Optimator.

    kaj - you on for next week??

  5. The Rathskeller would be perfect. Just shoot me an email when you get things firmed up - jddfire1871 at hotmail dot com. As for Optimator - well, I might be a bit biased. It's one of my favorite beers. :) But hey, I'm all for giving glowing reviews.