Uinta Brewing Co’s Dubhe Imperial Black IPA: Beer Fest Edition!
I apologize for being MIA this year, folks. Job searching and Winter hibernation have taken over my life lately but now that Spring is just around the corner, the beer and polish will flow! Last weekend I went to the NYC Craft Beer Fest and, as usual, had a flippin’ blast. I decided on Uinta’s Dubhe (pronounced “doo-be”) as my muse because 1.) the label is sweet and 2.) I just happened to have a bottle in my fridge that I bought a few months ago to use for the blog. It was meant to be! BUT, when I walked over to the Uinta table, I was saddened to see that the Dubhe tap did not have the label on it. SAD FACE. I had based the nails on the tap I found online, which is always a gamble when doing nails for a beer fest. This is just the first time I lost. Here’s an image of the tap, for reference:
Nails: Not going to do my usual step-by-step here because the coloring just wasn’t coming out right in the photos and it also would have been about 10 boring steps for you guys to read through. Instead, I’ll give the basics:
I started with 2 coats of Sally Hansen’s Black Out and waited until it was completely dry. All of the next steps are simply layering acrylic paint. I painted the outline of the canyon first and once that dried, I added the black shadowing. Next, I added the orange sky streaks and once that dried, I painted the yellow accents. Last step was painting the stars with a very tiny dotting tool. I didn’t notice this until I read the beer description on Uinta’s website, but the stars are the big dipper! I love how all of these colors go together. I usually don’t like using flash when I take these photos, but it really made the colors pop! Here’s a daylight pic so you can see the difference:
Ale: Everything about this beer suggests that it would be extremely (almost too) heavy, but it is just the right amount of heavy, especially for 9.2%. It pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a medium head:
Smells like a sweet coffee stout and those scents linger in the flavor as well. The taste is just a perfect balance of sweet, chocolate, coffee, citrus and hops. I really don’t think I could get enough of this beer. They were pouring this at the spring seasonals beer fest and I think that’s a testament to the drinkability of this brew. I would definitely enjoy this in the dead of Winter or on a warm Spring day.
Who am I kidding? I would enjoy this beer every day if I could. Psssh.
Thanks to JGo for offering up her phone for pictures and sitting in my living room for a few hours while I ignored her and painted my nails instead. :)
Another thanks to all these jerks for coming to the beer fest and making it such a great time (and wearing my signature pretzel necklaces). And another thanks to JGo and Jenni for helping me make all of them!