The Armchair Quarterback’s Guide To The NFL: Pass Or Pass Rush?

Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes as he is rushed by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes as he is rushed by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Armchair Quarterback Beer Review Of The Week

Stone Brewing’s Sprocket Bier

If you’ve read many of my beer reviews you may be aware that Stone Brewing has become one of my favorite breweries. Their Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean was my favorite new beer I tried last season and I enjoyed their Burning Rosids as well. This weeks brew is a limited release and the winner of a “Spotlight Series” where they are trying out some new original recipes. This is described as a “Black Rye Kolsch Style”. A traditional German Kolsch is a straw colored beer with a solid but not overwhelming hop presence. This is something very different to that. In fact, I don’t get the Kolsch connection, but maybe I’m not “expert” enough. Regardless, I would describe this as more of an easy drinking stout with a little bit more “smokiness” in the flavor profile. I do get the rye in there, along with some stout-like roasted malt and and maybe a hint of cocoa. While it’s hard to describe, I really like it. It’s almost a combination of a stout, smoked porter, and a rye. If you’re a fan of darker beers, give this a try. It has a very good flavor and is also very easy to drink for a dark beer. Plus, it’s named after the old Mike Myers SNL skit (and now, vee dance), so bonus points for that!

My Rating (1-10): 9

That does it for this week’s Armchair Quarterback. Tune back in next week for the second half of the passing versus pass defense breakdown. Be sure to let me know if you loved, hated, or have questions about anything in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

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