Good evening! The Meista here tonight pairing a favorite of mine, Dream Theater's "Train Of Thought" with a Pack Train Double India Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company!
- Artist: Dream Theater
- Title: "Train Of Thought"
- Recorded: March through September 2003 in Cove City Sound Studios, Pie Studios, and Beat Street Studios in New York City, New York
Release date: November 11th, 2003 (7th studio album by Dream Theater)
- Record company: Elektra Records
- Production: Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci
- Album cover art: Jerry Uelsmann
- Personnel: James LaBrie (lead vocals), John Myung (bass), John Petrucci (guitars and backing vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums and backing vocals), and Jordan Rudess (keyboards)
- Guest musician: Eugene Friesen (cello on "Vacant")
- Musical style: Progressive metal/rock, heavy metal
- Sound: Probably their heaviest and most metal album, the sound on "Train Of Thought" is aggressive, powerful, and dark! There is heavy riffing, thunderous drumming, mind-blowing bass lines, a vast vocal range, interesting time signatures, crazy transitions, rich melodies, and amazing solos!
- Major themes: Being true to yourself, self knowledge, addiction, hate, aggression, fear, regrets in life, pain, loss, death, etc.
- "As I Am"
- "This Dying Soul"
- "Endless Sacrifice"
- "Honor Thy Father"
- "Stream Of Consciousness"
- "In The Name Of God"
- Brewery: Big Sky Brewing Company (Missoula, Montana)
- Website: http://bigskybrew.com/
- Brew: Pack Train Double India Pale Ale
- Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA)
- Serving: 12 ounce bottle
- ABV: 8.7%
- IBUs: 85
- Ingredients: Oregon Nugget, Simcoe and Cascade hops combined with Crystal and Pale malts
- Pour: The Pack Train pours a hazy golden amber with a creamy and frothy, bright white, 1-finger head with great retention and thick, layered lacing.
- Nose: The nose is earthy, dank, citrusy, herbal, soapy, and full of caramel aromas. There are notes of pine resin, grapefruit rind, lemon zest, black tea, and soft caramel.
- Taste: The flavor is bitter, herbal, floral, dank, earthy, and citrusy. There are notes of herbal tea, bitter herbs, pine, grapefruit rind, orange peel, lemon zest, and hearty malt.
- Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, creamy, bitter, and oily with a dry, bitter, yet fruity finish.
Cheers and hails!!