Cassie and Sean’s Send-Off at Light Horse

Monday night we headed down to Old Town Alexandria to go to The Light Horse for Cassie and Sean’s going away party. They are moving to Portland! So many good beer opportunities for them, which I know they will take advantage of! But we will miss you!!

And our friend John is leaving too! (watch out Chattanooga!) Sigh, the climbing gym will never the the same!

I started out with one of my new favorites, Left Hand Milk Stout!

Very creamy, smooth, medium bodied, sweet, but not sickeningly sweet. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate. No bitterness. I really like this beer! I haven’t had many Left Hand beers but I think I’ll be trying more based on how much I like this one!

Next, I convinced Jack to split the Allagash Black with me! Big bottle! Yeah, that’s how we roll on a Monday night! haha

In bars, I always seem to be able to order the Allagash White (being a Witbier, it must be pretty popular) but I never see the Black available. The Black, which is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (7.5% abv),  seems more my style, so I was pleased when Jack said that he’d help me drink some.  I think I ended up drinking much more of this beer than Jack,  but I was helping him stay sober so he could drive home (at least that’s what I tell myself). This beer was great, fairly carbonated, sweet, charred and a little smoky, but you can’t confuse it with a stout. Its very dark, but more Belgian than stout. I can’t wait to get this beer again when I have less going on around me so I can pay more attention to the complexities in this beer.

Kind of a bitter sweet night. Good luck to Cassie and Sean! Now I have an awesome reason to visit Portland!

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