Just like the bottle says “Celebrate the height of summer and impending arrival of fall”...
October has been a roller-coaster of weather--one week had that summer with temperatures in the 70's. Well, that quickly went to hell in a hand bag, with temperatures dropping down the 50's and for those who love the rain, well there you have its gray cloudy days with starless nights.
I found myself turning the heat on and out comes the sweaters long sleeve shirts. So, today I bring you one of Rhode Island’s local craft brews; Augtoberfest--and what I found made fall seem like an okay season again.
This festbier is a celebration of Foolproof’s annual Augtoberfest festival, which we host at our brewery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Augtoberfest is brewed with caramel and Munich malt as well as American hops and is fermented cool to produce a clean, refreshing flavor. Also, from what I have been reading, the locals agree it is a beer of choice.
This beer pours like a dream: dark red copper color with a half-inch head, and the lacing seems to disappear. Its smell is of malt, caramel, lots of bread crust, toffee, and a little roast. I find the smell to pretty good overall.
The flavor is hoppier than I expected for the style. Sweet malts, dough, caramel ,and reddish malts but those flavors get chased away by the bitter earthy herbal hops. This beer taste is reflective of its aroma. Its reddish malts are noticeably present. It has a feel about it that I can only describe as what you would expect from a stout. At 6.0 ABV, I would say it falls right in the middle of the spectrum--not too heavy, but a good beer to enjoy.
My overall impression: This offering from Foolproof is very well done; it was made with love and easy to acquire. If I were to compare Foolproof to Sam Adams, Foolproof would win; this craft beer definitely has my vote, and I plan to enjoy more of this fine beer.
For all you cellaring guys and ladies, be careful with this one! I would advise only cellaring it in the right tempered location; not just in the fridge or cupboard... as over time, this beer will turn, revealing an awful cardboard taste. For food, I recommend pairing this with--call me crazy.--pasta. So, if you’re feeling adventurous, go grab one before the season is up and those winter lagers come around.