Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December 31st, 2013 - Ambushed By Niner Bock!

Good evening and good tidings!  One last pairing for 2013 from the Meista... Tygers Of Pan Tang's most recent album, "Ambush" and a Niner Bock Lager from Roosters Brewing Company!

Released on September 24th, 2012, "Ambush" is the 10th and latest (and very underrated) studio release by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) masters Tygers Of Pan Tang. Although guitarist Robb Weir is the only original member, the band does a fantastic job of channeling the early Tygers' sound!  Vocalist Jacopo Meille has attributes of both Jess Cox and Jon Deverill.  Songs like "Keeping Me Alive," "These Eyes," "Rock & Roll Dream," "She," "Man On Fire," and "Hey Suzie!," "Speed" deliver in-your-face, explosive, perfectly executed NWOBHM rockin' goodness!  This my friends is how metal is supposed to sound!!  Killer riffs, thunderous drums and bass, great vocals, and just plain fun as hell!!  You need to own this album!!  I ordered this metal gem from my buddy Kevin at the Heavy Metal Shop... and you should too (www.heavymetalshop.com)!!  

Kick-ass, pure driven metal deserves a big, meaty brew...  Niner Bock Lager from Roosters Brewing Company is a traditional German bock.  From the Beer Advocate (www.beeradvocate.com): "The origins of Bock beer are quite uncharted. Back in medieval days German monasteries would brew a strong beer for sustenance during their Lenten fasts. Some believe the name Bock came from the shortening of Einbeck thus "beck" to "bock." Others believe it is more of a pagan or old world influence that the beer was only to be brewed during the sign of the Capricorn goat, hence the goat being associated with Bock beers. Basically, this beer was a symbol of better times to come and moving away from winter. As for the beer itself in modern day, it is a bottom fermenting lager that generally takes extra months of lagering (cold storage) to smooth out such a strong brew. Bock beer in general is stronger than your typical lager, more of a robust malt character with a dark amber to brown hue."  Rooster Niner Bock is true to form.  It pours a murky and opaque burnt sienna with a thin, mocha head.  The nose is initially hoppy, but gives way to sweeter, breadier malt aromas.  Both refreshing and meaty, the mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and full-bodied.  The flavor is big and malty with notes of toffee and caramel and freshly baked German bread.  There are also some more subtle dark fruit notes as well.  But don't be fooled by the sweet and bready flavors.  This bad boy comes in at 9% ABV... Ambush!  Check out Roosters Brewing Company at www.roosterbrewingco.com

Cheers and Happy New Year!!

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