Recently I had the pleasure of taking Dave up on an offer to stop in to the "Rock" for a personalized beer tasting. I met a few friends out that way, had an amazing dinner and then invited them along as well. Tastings of any sort are sooo much better with friends.
We arrived fairly late in the evening and were able to score comfy seats at the bar. We ordered a few drinks and settled in. I am simply amazed at times at how much is around that I am unaware of. I have been to Big Rock on several occasions but was not cognizant of the fact that they were a brewery as well. (I know, how awful of me, blame it on the wine) However, I am glad to say that I now know more and am able to share.
Dan Rogers is the Brewmaster and has a long list of awards to attest to his mettle. They stock four signature beers and then a specialty and seasonal beers that change with great frequency. The marketing is hip and the beer even better. My tasting was great with everything ranging from deep floral notes to unctuous bourbon tinged stouts. Now I don't fancy myself a beer drinker but, when I do it normally involves the words stout, nut brown or porter. While I found my tasting to be fun and informative it was at the last minute when I received a snifter full of dark brew that I fell head over heels.
Flying Buffalo Imperial Stout was different. Creamy and smooth it had a curious port like quality. Smoky and roasted with dark fruits. It is aged in bourbon barrels which imparts the most wonderful aftertaste of chocolate and bourbon making it absolutely appealing. This is the tall dark and handsome that you should finish your night with. And if you were hoping to take it home; that option is available. Bottles run $7.95 and you won't need many as it is around 12%.
If you have never made it out this way, then you should. The beers are great and they have the perfect late night snacks to accompany them. Who wouldn't love truffled french fries and stout?
My version of tall dark and handsome....
and this would be Dave our host...