Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Beer Review - New Belgium Hoppy Bock Lager.

New Belgium Brewing Company - Hoppy Bock Lager

Beer Type: Maibock/Helles Bock - 6.90% ABV

Appearance: 22 oz. brown bottle with a brown and red (kinda ugly when compared to the standard New Belgium) label. Beer poured a clear straw/yellow color with a nice beige head.     

Smell: Biscuity malt and a lot of floral hops come through first. Smells a bit funky which is not something you expect in a lager?        

First Drink: Hops in the front that quickly mellow out with malt and finishes with a bitter citrus.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation on this which is actually quite nice. Feels a little light overall.    

Last Drink: Sweet malt and bitter citrus left at the end and not too much in between.       

Drinkability: Not sure what the story on this one is. If it's a new thing they are trying to do (something called Hop Kitchen) or just a one off beer, either way I guess this wouldn't be the first beer I released?         

Notes: A more bitter and sweet lager? A hoppy bock? Something in between? So far this is a one off brewing and limited edition. Not sure I would go for this again.      

Verdict: 3 out of 5. Got craft but maybe not enough for what I want.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Beer Review - Founders Double Trouble Ale.

Founders Brewing Company - Founders Double Trouble Ale

Beer Type: American Double/Imperial IPA - 9.40% ABV

Lil' 12 oz. brown bottle with a two headed/faced man on it and the comforting Founders logo. Beer poured a crystal clear orange/copper color with a nice white head.    

Smell: A lot of citrus - lemons and grapefruit mostly. A little bit of other fruit aromas like mango or another tropical fruit.        

First Drink: First is the sweet malt and then here comes the hops! Bitter and I can't taste much else.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice creamy texture and just the right amount of carbonation.   

Last Drink:
Getting a little more honey and sweet flavors coming through now but still mostly just resinous hops!       

Drinkability: This is a hoppy beer but different from other syrupy doubles and imperial style IPA I have had.        

Notes: Been too long since I had one of these! Not my favorite Founders brew but it is a unique representation in this style I think.     

Verdict: 4 out of 5. Plenty of hops without too much malt.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Beer Review - Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute Ale.

Lagunitas Brewing Company - Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute Ale

Beer Type: American Double/Imperial IPA - 7.85% ABV

Appearance: Squat 12 oz. brown bottle with the "classic" white label and some text (plus a big red splotch on it). Beer poured a clear straw/yellow-orange color with just a trace of head.    

Smell: Fruit up front with a bit of citrus and tart apple followed by a bit of dank hops and a little malt.       

First Drink: Hops to the front! Quickly followed by flavors of grapefruit and oranges plus sweet malty goodness. Tasty!

Mouthfeel: Nice crisp medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.   

Last Drink: Plenty of smooth malt flavor rides out the hops and leaves a pleasant bitter finish that doesn't last too long.      

Drinkability: If you dig hoppy beers you are going to like this for sure. Not the best I have had but damn far from the worst.       

Notes: Took me a long time to find this beer here in Michigan! Super bummer. Glad I got to taste some and I hope they make this all the time!    

Verdict: 4.25 out of 5. Great balance of hops and sweetness make this one to recommend.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Progress Report 11/10/14 - Zoning Out.

Things! Big things! Changing up the job again. This time I will be making a bit more money but have a bit less time not working (at least for the next few months). Excited to be less stressed about income but not so excited about spending the next month and a half away from home for training! 

Expect updates to come few and far between in the next couple months. In the meantime here are some photos of Deadzone terrain I have been building up (along with modifying some existing terrain I had built for Necromunda). Still no idea when I will play the game proper but I figure having some nice looking terrain to play on can't make matters worse. 

Big 4x4 building/stronghold type terrain.
A "bridge" type building I made to connect other buildings.
Like this!
Start of some sort of space type building thing with platforms.
This unpainted terrain belongs to the Rebs!!
Perhaps we should call it TERRArain?
A big 4x4 rubble pile with some towers.
I've actually got a lot more done now. Pretty much all of the Deadzone starter box terrain is built and I am just adding some of the bits and details to them now. I built a lot of cubes figuring they would be the most flexible for stacking and other formations. I'll get them up soon once I have it all primed!

Also managed to snag this snazzy new paint rack out of the trash. Organization!!

Ohhh... fancy.
And I received some new brushes from the Ichiban Games & Gears kickstarter though I haven't used them yet. They look nice and I hope to paint up some minis with them soon! Until next time...

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Malal Minis - Mierce Miniatures.

Still thinking about a host of Malal for my Warriors of Chaos. Still haven't landed on the perfect models or ideas for conversions either... then today I came (back) across Mierce Miniatures and saw this shiny new mini!

Daarkan - Tain of Baalor
Look familiar to any Malal fans out there? Perhaps this image will shake up your memory?

Kaleb Daark
So massively in love with this mini I wish I could buy it up right this moment! Sadly funds are not on my side so hopefully time will be...

And speaking of time I would recommend finding some to browse the other excellent (and excellently painted) miniatures on the Mierce website. I found a few others I think would make excellent additions to my Malal themed force... and here they are!

Belech - Scion of Baalor

Idruaada - Warlock Lord of Baalor

Kraan - Untain of Baalor

Tundaar - Skull Bearer of Baalor

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Been a crazy few weeks. Gaming and hobby work has come to a stand still (though I did manage to get in a few boardgames and a bit of Pathfinder) as personal "Real Life" issues have jumped into the picture. But who cares about any of that?! Today is Halloween!! Hope you have a great one.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Progress Report 10/13/14 - Kickin' it beast style.

Welcome to October! Spent the past week or so in Colorado visiting breweries, walking around in the out of doors, and hanging with family. Back here in Michigan now and if I can stay away from the video games (Shadow of Mordor and Borderlands the Pre-Sequel to be exact) I hope to get some hobby stuff accomplished still this month! 

Been a few weeks since I got any paint on a mini but with the possibility of local WHFB action finally happening here in town, and my desire to work on my Chaos and Vampire Counts armies, I hope to get some miniatures painted up in between life, video games, a bunch of Pathfinder RPG sessions, and the usually madness that is fall. 

Here is what is on my desk at the moment (right where I left if before Chaos Cup). A box full of primed Beastmen models for a big unit of counts as Marauders and one mini that is mostly done with painting. Trying to find the line for "tabletop quality" while still making each one look pretty kick ass.