I've found that over the years I've grown to become more of a fan of the darker arts. So generally when I stop at one of local beer sellers or if I'm on a trip out of town I will usually look for something of a stout, Drought or Porter. The Oatmeal Stouts and Porters have become one of first things I look for.
Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout:
This was one of my favorites for years. And I still get it when I see it unless something else is really pulling at me to try. It has a great full bodied flavor and robust smell. You can really taste the Oatmeal in all its glory. It's quite a heavy beer so more than one and I'm feeling pretty lethargic.
Price: It's on the higher side of things but you get what you pay for. If you wanna play you gotta pay. It's usually runs around $5-6 for the little bottle and $8-10 for the big bottle.
Rate: On a dark beer scale I'd give this nice drink of flavorful used motor oil a full 10 on a 1-10 scale.
Chimay is probably one of the best known Trappist breweries and deservedly so. Chimay Blue is my fav of all the Chimay beers: rich, creamy, complex. It comes in three different sizes 11oz, 25oz and 51oz. The two larger bottles are bottled with a cork and all are recommended you use wide-mouthed glasses. Unless you're a pretty big drinker, one of the 25oz bottles is enough to tear me up for quite a while.
I have yet to try either of the other two Chimay's but I'm sure that they're just as great.
Price: Once again one of the higher priced beers rolling in at $4-6 for the small and $10-13 for the larger. I haven't seen the larger 51oz bottle for sale anywhere. Didn't even see it after a quick search on the net.
Rate: I give this beer a full 10!
Trader Joe's Vintage 2009:
This is my last beer review for now as I have to get some other work done.
This beer was quite a shock to be honest. My wife brought this beer home one day after shopping at Trader Joe's and thought that I'd like to try it since I've always been into trying new beers and giving my opinions. I'm not going to say that it's in the ranks of a Chimay Blue, but Damn this is a fantastic beer for the $5 my wife spent!! I guess the best way to explain it is to get a 11oz Chimay Blue, pour 1oz of water in it and there ya have it.
Price: $5 for a 750ml bottle.
Rate: I give it an 8. Not bad for a $5 beer of this size.