Beer Review Poem: Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout

After Oscar Wilde’s Madonna Mia

A sweet-stout, made for this stout-lover’s mouth to drain,
Pours brown to black in glass headed by 1/2 in. foam,
And enticing aromas of roasted malts and sweetened loam
Like blackest night seen through mists of rain:
Pale head dissolves no lace hath left its stain,
Creamy feel tones smooths bitter coffee notes in mouth,
And down the throat, smoother than the standard stout,
From whose wan bottle empties another black vein.
Now, though my lips shall praise it without cease,
Even to guzzle it down I am not bold,
Being o’ershadowed by the wings of awe,
Like Dante, when he stood with Beatrice
Within the cooling sixer’s packaging, I saw
Another sweet Stout, the Beer of Black Gold.

Beer Review Poem: Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout

Beer Review Poem: Avery Brewing’s White Rascal

After Anselm Hollo’s Lost Original

Witbiers are     in times of great parchedness
a true necessity     to my palette
this brew pours subtle yellow
with a slight head
I may have been biased by Unibroue’s Chambly
and now I just have a little trouble
with other witbiers
though unfiltered by design
& spiced like orange-clove snuff
“this is a fine, refreshing brew”
said i after sipping     but I can’t say
it stands     or stands out
amongst the many other witbiers
still offered     by other brewers

Beer Review Poem: Avery Brewing’s White Rascal

Beer Review Poem: Tommyknocker Brewery’s Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer

After Langston Hughes’ I, Too, Sing America

I, too, sing of roasted malts.

I am the cocoa porter.
They add cocoa beans and honey
When the pouring comes,
And you’ll laugh,
and sniff well,
Strong cocoa notes.

Tomorrow,
There will be three of six
When company comes.
Everybody’ll stare
And say to me,
“Medium brown, off-white head,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how chocolately I am
And be intrigued–

I, too, am a very, chocolately brew.

Beer Review Poem: Tommyknocker Brewery’s Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer