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4Beans
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4Beans

Sixpoint Brewery
Baltic Porter / 10.00% ABV

4.1/5  rDev -2.8% | rAvg: 4.22
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable coffee Porter. Lots of coffee flavor, but vanilla flavor smooths everything out. Very nice blend altogether. Smooth and very drinkable. (150 characters)

La Shawinigan Handshake
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La Shawinigan Handshake

Le Trou Du Diable
Weizenbock / 6.50% ABV

3.89/5  rDev -1.5% | rAvg: 3.95
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

*First Weizenbock ever so I'm not sure what I'll get! Also it's a 5 months old bottle, so it's not really fresh*

I thought "bock" beers were amber but I guess because of the "weizen" it's not! Looks like a pretty standard wheat beer with a big head and lots of lacing. Smell of banana/clove principally. Some alcohol is there too, smells like a stronger hefeweizen, which is what a Weizenbock is supposed to be I guess. Taste like bananas and clove again, with a nice aftertaste bitterness to close it. While I'm still not sure if a Weizenbock is only a stronger hefeweizen or if there's some differences that I cannot find, this is a really good beer. Wasn't available this summer in most Quebec's shops for some reason but this is definitely a good summer/fall beer! (769 characters)

Busch Signature Copper Lager
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Busch Signature Copper Lager

Anheuser-Busch
American Amber / Red Lager / 5.70% ABV

2.74/5  rDev -13.3% | rAvg: 3.16
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Let's put this in perspective. This ain't no micro-brew lager. Drank from a 25 ounce can. Nice copper color, as the label says.. Smells of corn, tastes of barley and corn. It's definitely an adjunct beer. That said, it has a nice malt body, is very drinkable, the price point is low, can't ask for more when I've done a hard-days work and I need to catch a buzz for $4. Serves it purpose very well. (410 characters)

Shiner Oktoberfest
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Shiner Oktoberfest

Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.80% ABV

3.43/5  rDev +2.7% | rAvg: 3.34
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden/copper in color. Not much head retention, but a very small amount is visible.

Aroma is malty and slightly tart.

Caramel malt sweetness plays strongly through most of the flavor. It finishes bready and relatively clean.

Mouthfeel pulls in somewhere around the vicinity of being medium bodied. This really is not a bad octoberfest. (348 characters)

Hippy Berliner
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Hippy Berliner

8 Wired Brewing Co.
Berliner Weissbier / 4.50% ABV

3.91/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.92
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - a hoppy New World take on the Berliner Weiss style, and with a label background that I'm pretty certain my toddler could have banged out with ease.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, somewhat foamy, and mostly just bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of ocean plume lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sort of dank pine resin, tart light orchard fruit (white plums and underripe grapes, generally), some more esoteric pale tropical fruits (lychee and kiwi), zippy yeast, a bit of sour lactic astringency, faint grainy pale malt, and further estery leafy and grassy hops. The taste is bready, lightly doughy pale malt, sharp fleshy fruit (kiwi, gooseberries, and pineapple), a gently lactic sourness, some middling flintiness, and leafy, piney, and somewhat floral hops.

The carbonation is quite light and ineffectual in its plainly-wrought frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and so-so smooth, the multi-pronged sourness taking a certain tithe here. It finishes off-dry, the understated graininess coming round to bear, while the antipodean fruitiness puts 'er in neutral, and the sourness peters off into that good night.

A decent re-invention of this old-school Teutonic style, the addition of sexy new-ish hops not really hurting anything, but rather invigorating the inherent fruitiness, and obviating that 'need' for a shot of syrup to square things. Worthy of a try, especially if you're big on this sort of deal in the first place. (1,561 characters)

A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale
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A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.47/5  rDev +6.7% | rAvg: 4.19
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a pint glass. Big three fingers of loose white head that peeled away pretty quickly. Looks like fine honey with tons of carb. Smells sweet and juicy. Really strange taste for a supposedly double IPA. Enough hops to fit the bill but the wheat character lends something totally different. An easy drinkin' 8.5%? Shiiiiiiiiiiit! God help us. Words, words, words. Enough already. Lagunitas rocks and this is another mold breaker that is well worth your hard earned cash. That's if you can find it. Not easy in rural BC but it can be done. (566 characters)

Drunk Monk Hefeweizen
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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen

3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Hefeweizen / 5.50% ABV

4.7/5  rDev +13% | rAvg: 4.16
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Darker & more alcoholic than style, pours a darker amber color. Nice head. Hit with heavy phenols of banana & fruits. First sip was nirvana. This stuff is nectar of the Gods. (180 characters)

Festbier
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Festbier

Victory Brewing Company
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.60% ABV

2.63/5  rDev -30.1% | rAvg: 3.76
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Has your typical marzen copper color & nice head. ABV is right. Has a good aroma. Just in the flavor, not sure how to describe it, has a "home-brew" off-putting taste. Not sure if this was a bad 6, but the use-by is 4 months from now. I can't recommend this. (267 characters)

Mangö
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Mangö

Clown Shoes
Kölsch / 6.00% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +3% | rAvg: 3.97
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 07/09/15.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange. Very tall frothy white head (maybe a very light tan). Great head retention - nice and airy. Great lacing too, fluffy chunks everywhere.

S: Whelp, it smells like mangos. Shocking, I know. Kind of a citrusy, tropical fruit aroma. Swear I get pineapple too; it might be my imagination. Melony, like honeydew.

T: More of the same. It's actually got a bit of a tartness to it. Almost hoppy too (or maybe it IS hoppy). Tropical fruit and melons again but not as sweet as the aroma. Pretty mild with a tart background. Light grainy malt. Must be some hoppiness because there is a nice bit of bitterness bite in the finish. More tropical fruits swirling around in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly light but smooth. Not watery.

O: Not bad. Very interesting "american" kolsch. Fairly simple but at the same time, probably the most complex kolsch I've ever encountered. The hops add some flavor and balancing bitterness but honestly for a perfectly drinkable kolsch I probably would have left them out. Not that anyone cares what I think. (1,078 characters)

YuleSmith (Summer)
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YuleSmith (Summer)

AleSmith Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.25/5  rDev 0% | rAvg: 4.25
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich, complex....sipping ale, great balance of malt and hops. A wonderful fruity hop flavor sitting four square on top of a rich malt base. Enjoy this on its own terms, perhaps with a grilled steak and frites but nothing less. (226 characters)

Imperial Pumpkin Smash
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Imperial Pumpkin Smash

Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Pumpkin Ale / 10.60% ABV

3.75/5  rDev -4.6% | rAvg: 3.93
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to joshstl for this puppy! I know Crown Valley (nominally) distributes to Maryland, but I've never seen this in the state before, so whatever. I'm happy. And it looks like a big-ass imperial stout should. Yet the smell is pure pumpkin ale - I'm getting a huge amount of cinnamon and nutmeg in particular. The big-ass imperial stout is almost overwhelmed here...almost. Notes of chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, and roast are subtle yet not nonexistent. As it opens up, the dark malts come out nicely. Pumpkin ale notes hit like a truck initially, bringing huge amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg, with even a touch of gourd character appearing. And yet, beneath it all, is a roasty, chocolaty imperial stout - my favorite kind of stout. It finishes with some vanilla and dark fruit notes augmenting the spice character. Complexity is impressive throughout. Having said that, the flavors seem a bit mish-mash (keeping it out of 4 territory). It's a soft, creamy-feeling stout, albeit a touch thin for 10.6%. The slenderness allows some of the alcohol to appear, but it nuances the flavor instead of ruin it. For something so massive, it drinks quite easily. This manages to mesh the massive imperial stout with the semi-dreaded pumpkin ale quite well. Not perfect, but very enjoyable - which is more than I can say about several others in the style.

3.75/5: More pumpkin ales should taste like this (1,399 characters)

St. Bernardus Abt 12 Oak Aged
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 Oak Aged

Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Quadrupel (Quad) / 11.00% ABV

4.16/5  rDev -6.5% | rAvg: 4.45
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL poured into a goblet.

Vanilla milkshake froth for a head and it just never goes away. Cloudy brown and amber body. Lace drags down the sides of the glass in the slightest of ways, but it's hard for it to develop when the head won't go away. 5

Oatmeal and raisins. plums, dates and vanilla. Hints of booze and dry tannins, but nothing oaken. It's a great aroma, but I feel short-changed by the lack of any barrel qualities. 4

Oak is probably the first thing I notice with the flavor though. It's light and quickly gives way to a mild booze flavor and raisins and plums. Actually, some sips bring a lot of booze flavor. Vanilla and brown sugar sneak in variably as well, but it seems the trick is to let each sip work its way all along the tongue for maximum flavor. Warmth evolves this beer well, offering up caramel and very gentle floral notes. 4.25

This beer is two different beasts with temperature--- colder it's hot and thinner-bodied and one-noted, while warmth brings thickness, buries the booze and brings out smooth, mellow sweetness. Moral of the story is drink this warm and reap the benefits. 4

Warmth does wonders here, but there are still rough edges to this beer. The roughness can be overlooked for sure, but I have to consider the hefty price tag for this beer and the expectation that the price would bring with it something exceptional, and this bee is slightly below expectations. (1,412 characters)

Campfire Stout
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Campfire Stout

High Water Brewing
American Stout / 6.50% ABV

4.16/5  rDev +5.1% | rAvg: 3.96
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

They nailed it. This has all the components of s'mores in its smell and taste. Graham--check. Chocolate--check. Marshmallow tinge--check. Light hint of smoke--check. And none were overpowering.

The aftertaste also reminded me slightly of coffee liqueur, though there wasn't really so much coffee here.

I usually have an aversion to offbeat sweet flavors, but rating this for what the target was, as well as whether I enjoyed it overall, I have to hand it to the brewers. Spot on s'mores. (489 characters)

Saison Bernice
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Saison Bernice

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.50% ABV

4.54/5  rDev +2.3% | rAvg: 4.44
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, refreshing saison here. Tart taste but not overpowering. Hints of pear, lemon and apricot. Easily drinkable and great mouthfeel to boot. I haven't tried many saisons but this has made me a fan of the style. I bought three bombers from the brewery without having tried it before and drank all three within the week. Will be in search of again if the opportunity arises. (374 characters)

Bell's Uranus (The Magician)
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Bell's Uranus (The Magician)

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
American Black Ale / 9.50% ABV

3.53/5  rDev -17.1% | rAvg: 4.26
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's The Planets series with Holst accompaniment.

Mahogany body with a thin, beige, soapy collar. Aromas of light spice, brown bread, malt, yeast. Bready, lightly sweet, mild alcohol. Pretty good. (199 characters)

Aroma Coma
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Aroma Coma

Drake's Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

3.93/5  rDev -7.7% | rAvg: 4.26
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great floral smell on this one. Definitely expecting for the taste to match up, but it just doesn't. Flavor is a bit dull and tastes watered down. This is a good IPA but nothing to go running to the store in search of. (219 characters)

IDIPA
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IDIPA

Carton Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.28
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @SammyJaxxxx for this Jersey gem.
Definitely has an orangepeel citrus aspect to her. And then a mix of dank and grapefruit plays together. Finish is full enough and a little slick. I like this a lot. (209 characters)

Big Wave Golden Ale
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Big Wave Golden Ale

Kona Brewing Co.
American Blonde Ale / 4.40% ABV

3.03/5  rDev -14.9% | rAvg: 3.56
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden/yellow in color. Not much head retention.

Aroma is slightly hoppy, piney, and more inviting than I was expecting from this. The smell seems to become a bit sweet or fruity as the beer warms up a bit.

A mellow hop taste asserts itself at the front of the beer, followed by a toasted bread, cereal grain flavor.

Nothing too impressive, but nothing I can really complain about either. (399 characters)

Hobbit Juice
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Hobbit Juice

The Beer'd Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.20% ABV

4.45/5  rDev +4.5% | rAvg: 4.26
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz growler into a stout glass.

Pours a clear, light copper color with a gorgeous white head that leaves a decent bit of lacing around the glass.

The aroma is extremely pungent. I get strong notes of grapefruit and cherries, as well as peach and pineapple. The sweetness of the citrus and fruit is balanced by the piney hop presence . The white wine is definitely present as well, though not as much as I was expecting given the hop profile used. Still, a delectable aroma.

The sweet, cracker malt is prominent on the first sip, but is followed by the fruit flavors and the piney, hop resin on the back end. The bitterness lingers on the tongue long after each sip.

The feel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. This is a very dry beer however the alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall, a fantastic DIPA. This is another east-coast IPA with a lot of hype and it absolutely met and even surpassed the hype for me. The aroma is outstanding and the flavor is fairly well-balanced. Not to mention it looks amazing in a glass. Will definitely be grabbing this one again in the future. (1,107 characters)

La Vache Folle Double IPA - Barbe Rouge
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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Barbe Rouge

Microbrasserie Charlevoix
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

4.27/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*Bottle was more than 4 months old, a little older than how I like my IPAs but lets see if it change something*

Pale-amber color with a small and fast disappearing head and some lacing. Smells of berries, strawberries, peach red licorice, cherry, some sweetness from the malt accentuates those fruity smells, quite enjoyable odor. In the mouth you taste the fruits I wrote before but with a crisp bitterness. Really really good! I wish they will bottle it again so I can taste it fresh! (487 characters)

Tropic King
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Tropic King

Funkwerks
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.50% ABV

3.72/5  rDev -7.2% | rAvg: 4.01
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter at The Wild Goose Meeting House in Colorado Springs.

This is a very good standby Saison. It hits the classic notes, with authentic Belgian yeast flavors, a smooth and lush mouthfeel, some nice malts on the lighter side, and a low hop bitterness and flavor profile. The mouthfeel is very satisfying, toeing the line between filling and light with grace. The flavor isn't super special, but works in all the right ways. Without flaw, but somehow not memorable. If I brewed it, I would be pretty darn happy. (532 characters)

Bell's Saturn: The Bringer Of Old Age
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Bell's Saturn: The Bringer Of Old Age

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
American Barleywine / 11.50% ABV

3.77/5  rDev -8.7% | rAvg: 4.13
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Planets series with musical accompaniment. Golden / amber body with a small collar. Sweet malt, oak, fruity esters. Tasty, with some warming alcohol in the back. (165 characters)

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout
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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +7.4% | rAvg: 3.49
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of coffee, smoke. Taste is of black coffee, some smokiness, no bourbon or alcohol are detected. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer for coffee lovers. (260 characters)

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

North Coast Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.00% ABV

4.12/5  rDev -3.7% | rAvg: 4.28
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of tan foam that halves itself after 35 seconds. Beer is extremely black in color. It's difficult to make out the orange tint. There is a subtle amount of rising bubbles along the sides of the glass. Lacing is high, but thin.
SMELL: Strong aromas of toffee, raisins, and plums stand out. Beyond those, lie mild aromas of molasses and coffee, subtle bittersweet chocolate, and hints of alcohol.
TASTE: Strong flavors of toffee, raisins, and plums combine to create the initial taste (as my nose would of guessed). Strong molasses flavors along with mild coffee and bittersweet chocolate eneter immediately after as initial flavors persist. As all flavors fade into the after taste, bittersweet chocolate flavors become angry and lose their sweetness and end up being very bitter.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. This goes down somewhat smooth and creamy. Finishes moderately dry, though (lame!).
NOTE: A little too bitter for me. Loved how I couldn't taste the alcohol that my nose perceived. (1,044 characters)

La Vie En Rose
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La Vie En Rose

Jester King Brewery
American Wild Ale / 6.20% ABV

4.34/5  rDev +8% | rAvg: 4.02
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very Nice light body, with raspberry aroma, very nice head that laces, a great sour, not to acidic. I drank this one from a good ole beer mug. pours ever so smoothly, head has the right amount of lacing, and the taste was out of this world. Jester King has yet to put out a average beer in my opinion, and this one is in keeping with their tradition on saison beers. Great all around beer, especially for those warm summer nights. (430 characters)

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