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I acknowledge the beers are different; yet, this will allow to point out similarities and differences in the two beers. This is my first tasting with written notes. Specs of each beer below:

Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
Pkgd: 06/13/2014
ABV: 6%
Temp: Unknown – Warmer than typical refrigerator temps.
Left Hand Brewing Co Milk Stout
Pkgd: Unknown
ABV: 6%
Temp: See Bell’s.

Bells:
Sweet, almost soy sauce aroma. Tan head with high SRM body. Chocolate with deeper notes of roast. Medium body and carbonation. Almost low carbonation. Chocolate in the back, but more roast than chocolate. After taste imparts fruity raisin like qualities.
Left Hand:
Much more chocolate to the nose. Hints of roasted coffee. Light tan head with dark, opaque body. Nice lace. Medium to low carbonation. Lighter mouthfeel. Less chocolate as the tasting progresses. More roast.

Comparison:

The Milk Stout seems much sweeter and lighter bodied than the K Stout. There’s a slight perceived astringency to the Milk Stout when compared to the K Stout. The K Stout appears to be less transparent, but has less roast to it. The K Stout is flavored in this pair as the lactose added a certain quality outside of my preference
*Note: Pretzels are apparently not a good snack with the stouts.*
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Well, that’s what this blog seems it’s turning into… “Hello World, this is me.” 6 Months later… “Hello, I’m still here.” 3 Months later… “Hello again.. I like beer.” No post for umpteen months…

So yeah… Thanks for reading!
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Okay… It has been like that, and it all started a little after my last post. Life happened and work travel started. But the beer keeps flowing! Fortunately, I’ve been able to have some different beers traveling outside of the West Coast. For the list of those, you can find me on Untappd.com.
From Left to Right Rear: Lagunitas Maximus, 903 Brewers Sugar On Top, Community Beer Co. Mosaic IPA,  Revolver Brewing Blood & Honey, Rahr & Sons Stormcloud IPA, Saint Arnold Brewing Elissa IPA, Stone Stochasticity Project Master of Disguise Front: Cedar Creek Brewing Dankosaurus IPA, Deep Ellum IPA, Southern Star Brewing Valkyrie IIPA, Deep Ellum Dream Crusher IIPA

From Left to Right
Rear: Lagunitas Maximus, Rodenbach, 903 Brewers Sugar On Top, Community Beer Co. Mosaic IPA, Revolver Brewing Blood & Honey, Rahr & Sons Stormcloud IPA, Saint Arnold Brewing Elissa IPA, Stone Stochasticity Project Master of Disguise
Front: Cedar Creek Brewing Dankosaurus IPA, Deep Ellum IPA, Southern Star Brewing Valkyrie IIPA, Deep Ellum Dream Crusher IIPA

While the beer flows, the brew-formation (see what I did there?) seems to be flowing even more. I’ve listened to dozens (maybe hundreds?) of podcasts and watched several videos on homebrewing and the craft beer business – everything from multiple shows on the Brewing Network, to the BeerSmith, Basic Brewing Radio, and MicroBrewr podcasts, to the several BrewBound sessions available on the Youtube.com. I’ve also read a good number of books, which you can find the updated list here. You can also find an expanded reading list at Microbrewr.com. All of it so informational and entertaining!

I know I’ve set multiple directions for this blog within its short lifespan, but now I just planning on posting stuff. Some of it will be related to the beer business. Some of it to my homebrewing and recipes. Some of it relating to tastings. Just stuff. So here we go again! Happy reading! Cheers!