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Pinthouse Pizza Part II

March was insanely busy with SXSW and a few other events, so I’m a bit behind on posts. BUT I’m getting a new tablet soon, so hopefully that’ll make blogging much easier on me. Anyway, back to the Pinthouse Pizza adventure… There were four other beers that I tried in addition to the others I recently posted about.

Pinthouse Pizza - pint night!

1. Bully! Porter
I did not like this beer very much. It was very bitter/had too much hops for my taste. The IPA guy loved it. It just wasn’t really my thing. The IBU rating (which is a new discovery for me, but I’ll go into that in a different post) is a 49, which is a bit too high for me. I wouldn’t recommend this one.

Rating: 2.9/5.0 stars
Name: Bully! Porter
Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company
Location: Kansas City, Missori

2. (512) Cascabel Cream Stout
This is such a good beer! (512) Brewing Company is one of my favorite breweries in town. This beer was very smooth and creamy, and also chocolatey and coffee-ish. It was also really sweet. An interesting note about this beer is that it is brewed with Guajillo chiles. I don’t recall noticing any obvious heat when I tried this beer, so it’s a subtle addition. My notes from that night only say, “YESSSSSSSSSSS,” so I highly recommend it.

Rating: 4.7/5.0 stars
Name: Cascabel Cream Stout
Brewery: (512) Brewing Company
Location: Austin, Texas

3. Deep Ellum’s Darkest Hour
This beer is a rye imperial stout, and it is also one of Deep Ellum’s specialty beers that has a limited release. Interestingly, the name is in reference to the shortest day of the year; Deep Ellum says it’s brewed to mark the winter solstice. This beer was actually quite bright and citrusy for being as dark as it is. It’s also really strong. It had hints of dark chocolate and was a bit bitter. Overall, it was a pretty solid beer.

Rating: 3.9/5.0 stars
Name: Darkest Hour
Brewery: Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Location: Dallas, Texas

4. The Admiral
This was one of the beers that Pinthouse Pizza brews. There really isn’t any information on it online anywhere, and you can only get it at Pinthouse Pizza. I wasn’t entirely sure how to feel about this one. It was very strong, and a bit bitter. It didn’t really leave much of an impression except it wasn’t smooth at all compared to the other beers that I had. My general response was “meh”.

Rating: 3.5/5.0 stars
Name: The Admiral
Brewery: Pinthouse Pizza Brewpub
Location: Austin, Texas

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Pinthouse Pizza – Part 1

I love Pinthouse Pizza.  A friend did a little research and demanded the pint night crew go there ASAP. I love that person. This was the best pint night we’ve had so far. I can’t speak highly enough of this place. Seriously. Go there. Go there now.

Pinthouse Pizza has beer flights – amazing and reasonably priced beer flights. Tell them what you like, and they’ll customize it based on your preferences. Did I also mention they brew their own beer? Yeah. For $8 you can get a flight of their own beer. For about $12-14 you can get a flight of any of the other 20-30 beers on tap (many of which are local as well). Because of this, I’m going to break down this one pint night into a few posts because I ended up trying about 8 different beers before I forgot I was supposed to be writing things down.

This is what my flight looked like:

Pinthouse Pizza - pint night!

They’re even nice enough to write down the names of the beer for you. I did have one beer before I had the flight. It was a New Belgium Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout.

Pinthouse Pizza - pint night!

This is a VERY good beer. It tastes very much like chocolate. It also has a distinct coffee flavor, but it isn’t as strong as the chocolate flavor. It’s really smooth and fairly thick, but not over the top. Did I mention it’s very chocolately? This is a relatively new beer from New Belgium. It’s part of their Lips of Faith Series. I have no idea how long it’s going to be around, so I’d recommend trying it now just in case this is a seasonal or temporary beer.

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Name: Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
Brewery: New Belgium Brewing Company
Location: Colorado

Next up: Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter. This beer was VERY strong. It had a really dark flavor, and it wasn’t very thick. It actually was rather crisp for a dark beer. I didn’t really like it very much. It seems like the porters I’ve tried lately are a bit crisper, not as smooth and a bit more bitter than the other beers I’ve been trying.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Name: Black Marlin Porter
Brewery: Ballast Point
Location: San Diego, California

This next beer was very odd to me. It was called the Nitro Shark. There isn’t much information about this beer online. Also, if you aren’t in Austin, you aren’t going to find this anywhere. This was one of Pinthouse Pizza’s own brews. They had a Shark and a Nitro Shark. My friend got the Nitro Shark in one of the house flights:

nitro shark

From what I’ve been able to find, it’s an Irish Dry Stout. Untapped.com has it listed as 10% alcohol, and I believe it. It tasted like whiskey, but it was really, really smooth. Someone even compared it to ice cream as they hugged the glass. It reminded me of Jack Daniels. Only darker. It was really smooth and very creamy, though. It was also VERY VERY strong. It wasn’t really my cup of tea, but I can appreciate what they did. I think it’s still available at Pinthouse Pizza right now.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars
Name: Nitro Shark
Brewery: Pinthouse Pizza
Location: Austin, Texas

There were four other beers that I tried, but I’ll explain those in a separate post soon. Needless to say, this is a GREAT place to grab some new beer and have fun with friends. Pinthouse Pizza is also having an all day St. Patrick’s Day party on the 17th, so if you’re in Austin and don’t have plans, go check it out!

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