Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3rd, 2017 - Red Velvet Album Of The Baroness

Good evening!  The Meista here tonight rocking out with a pairing of a Nitro Red Velvet from Ballast Point Brewing Company and "Red Album" by Baroness!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Baroness
  • Title: "Red Album"
  • Recorded: Mar 18th through May 2nd, 2007
  • Release date: September 4th, 2007 (1st full-length studio album by Baroness)
  • Record company: Relapse Records
  • Production: Phillip Cope of Kylesa
  • Album cover art: John Dyer Baizley
  • Personnel: John Dyer Baizley (vocals and guitar), Allen Blickle (drums), Brian Blickle (guitar), and Summer Welch (bass)
  • Musical style: Sludge metal, progressive metal with elements of post punk
  • Sound: Slow, sludgy, heavy, and progressive, Baroness creates a fresh and richly blended musical journey with the sound on "Red Album" while giving a nod to bands like Mastodon, Melvins, Black Sabbath, and Fugazi!  They approach their writing and delivery with a truly artisan persona... passionate, heavy as hell, and wholly complex!
  • Major themes: Power, darkness, mythology, life, knowledge, self-reliance, isolation, etc.
  • Tracks:
  1. "Rays On Pinion"
  2. "The Birthing"
  3. "Isak"
  4. "Wailing Wintry Wind"
  5. "Cockroach En Fleur"
  6. "Wanderlust"
  7. "Aleph"
  8. "Teeth Of A Cogwheel"
  9. "O'Appalachia"
  10. "Grad"
  11. "Untitled"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego, California)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Nitro Red Velvet
  • Style: Oatmeal Stout 
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • IBUs: 35
  • Pour: It pours a slightly hazy ruby red with a very creamy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving only a trace ring.
  • Nose: The nose is big blast of red velvet cake: earthy, sweet, and chocolaty.  There are notes of cocoa, oats, milk chocolate, cream, light vanilla bean, and hints of earthy beets. 
  • Taste: The taste follows the nose.  There are notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, beet juice, light caramel, cream, hints of cherry, and creamy oatmeal. 
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with soft carbonation, the mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and very drinkable with a dry, slightly sweet finish.

Overall pairing: The originality, unique flavors and aromas, and smoothness of the Nitro Red Velvet from Ballast Point is surprisingly delicious and well-suited for the sludgy grooves and power of "Red Album" by the mighty Baroness!   Do yourself a huge favor and check them both out!

Cheers and hails!!

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