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Monday, April 12, 2021

Beer of the Week: Hell's Belle

Beer score: 7.2

Company: Big Boss Brewing Co.

ABV: 7.0
IBU: 30

This one has a nice, light floral quality to it with a very pleasant scent that wafts up from the glass. There is just a hint of almost IPA-like bitterness on the tip of the tongue when drinking this, and there's also a hint of spice and sweetness. Very restrained in its fruitiness, but there are citrus undercurrents here.

Light enough you could drink several in one sitting, but does have a complex flavor that keeps you guessing.

Comes from the Big Boss Brewing Co. of Raleigh, North Carolina. The bottle says this is a "Belgain Style Ale," and that's right on the nose, almost like a white ale.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Talking 'Invincible' over at Rogue Blades

My Rogue Blades article this week does a little study of the animated super hero show Invincible.

Books read in 2021: No. 17 -- The Woman in the Coffin

Started: April 7
Finished: April 9

Notes: I was intrigued about this novella after the author penned an article over at Black Gate about his influences, including silent German expressionist films of the early 20th Century.

Mini review: Those with a fondness for occult tales set in the Victorian era will find much here to enjoy. Kidnappings, mesmerism, even murder abound here. This was a fun read and should not be overlooked.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Books read in 2021: No. 16 -- Sleeping Beauties

Started: March 21
Finished: April 7

Notes: I just finished a collection of spooky stories which I did not find all that spooky, so I thought I'd turn to the king of horror and his youngest son to see if they can give me a fright or two.

Mini review: A damn fine novel, and not in need of shortening as some of Stephen King's works are. Somewhat long and expansive, but that was needed for this tale in which all the women in the world (or nearly all of them) fall asleep and can't be woken. Also, a cocoon of sorts wraps itself around the women, and if anyone tries to wake them, they go mad and attack those who attempted to wake them. Nearly all the story takes place in a small Appalachian town and a women's prison, and there is some horror here but ultimately this is fantasy. And there's a somewhat bittersweet ending, though it's not really a dark one. One of my better King reads of recent years.

Monday, April 05, 2021

Beer of the Week: Breckenridge Imperial Avalanche Amber Ale

Beer score: 6.2

Company: Breckenridge Brewery

ABV: 9.0

The good folks at Breckenridge Brewery don't produce this beer all the time, it being one of their former staples from decades in the past. Still, they occasionally brew a batch, though at times it has gone by slightly different names, and I was fortunate enough to try it again recently after not having it in more than 10 years.

This is something of a red ale, fairly sweet with little fizz. It goes down smooth and easy with a watery texture.

Worth tasting, and might even make a good regular drinking beer, especially with salty bar snacks like pretzels. Also, this would be an excellent brew for beginning beer snobs to cut their teeth on.