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Port City Brewing
American Stout / 5.50% ABV

3.96/5  rDev +3.1% | Avg: 3.84
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer pours some nice off-white head. Beer itself is a black opaque color. Texture is interesting. A bit thin but not watery.

Smell and taste are similar. A nice salty brine note runs under the usual stout notes of roast malts and bitter hops. The different notes mix well. Lingering brine finish. Light chocolate notes but pretty much invisible.

The feel is good. It's a medium body beer with some nice biting carbonation that makes it even lighter.

Overall a pretty good oyster stout. Go for it.

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Rock Art Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.44/5  rDev +7% | Avg: 4.15
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 01/19/16

L- The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a 3 finger fluffy white head. The lacing is excellent and lasting.
S-As the can states the nose is primarily citrus with some sweet papaya/mango.
T-The citrusy flavor is well balanced with the tropical papaya flavors. The beer has a minimal bitterness in comparison to other DIPA's.
F- The feels is fairly light with a excellent level of carbonation. The beer is incredibly easy to drink, and mine will be finished before this review is done. About as easy-drinking a DIPA as you will find.
O- Another great DIPA from Rock Art. I may like this one even better than Nawch Hopper which I thought was excellent. Kudos Rock Art.

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Skull Splitter
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Skull Splitter

Orkney Brewery
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy / 8.50% ABV

3.57/5  rDev -12.1% | Avg: 4.06
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black cherry with a thin bite head. Not a big smell other than malt and alcohol. Decimate alcohol taste with some Luther dark fruit taste backed by sweet malt. Black cherry coming through. Going to let warm up. Not my cup of tea
I guess.

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Terrapin Cinnamon Roll'd WnB Oatmeal Stout
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Terrapin Cinnamon Roll'd WnB Oatmeal Stout

Terrapin Beer Company
Oatmeal Stout / 9.40% ABV

4.18/5  rDev -2.8% | Avg: 4.3
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours close to black, with tan head. Not a lot of head buildup, but not light either, and a decent level of froth lasts the full pour.

Nose is coffee with an distinct sweet bread note early, joined with a little warmth by the cinnamon. The cinnamon eventually merges with the coffee in a spice-coffee scent that is the main note in the nose for the rest of the pour. Some of the oat comes through late in my drink.

The taste is fairly similar to the nose, though generally and relative stays more coffee to woody bitter than it. That cinnamon-spiced coffee opens every sip, the oat taste and dryness (for me) follows this. Perhaps the oat cuts into the "roll" part of an iced cinnamon roll, as this beer never gets too sweet. No one said a cinnamon roll has to be iced, however, and perhaps this is the concept here.

A nice brew where the coffee, cinnamon, and oat all can be detected by me. I expected a little sweeter beer (though I am glad it isn't too sweet), almost more dessert-worthy. Getting past this expectation led me to appreciate that this beer offers up more or less what it promised.

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IPA Nitro
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IPA Nitro

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

3.63/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 3.71
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit I'm a craft beer snob but I not one to hate on Sam adams. I'll give alot of there beers a chance. With that said it's one was just not that good. The best thing about this was the appearance. Nice golden core color with a thick foamy head. Besides that just mediocre. The taste was more of a cream ale. I had a hard time finishing this. I thought the nitro effect worked better with the coffee stout.

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Experimental Winter Ale 2015
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Experimental Winter Ale 2015

Goose Island Beer Co.
American Strong Ale / 6.20% ABV

3.69/5  rDev +5.7% | Avg: 3.49
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thought it was better than their standard winter offering, but again, Goose Island has gone the way of Blue Moon - nothing interesting or exciting here.

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Centennial Ale
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Centennial Ale

Lengthwise Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 3.86
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/6/16 (22oz, Just Wing It, Bakersfield) Great hop character in both aroma and taste. Very balanced ; not too malty. A great representation of an American IPA.

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Whiplash White IPA
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Whiplash White IPA

SweetWater Brewing Company
Belgian IPA / 6.20% ABV

3.35/5  rDev -12.1% | Avg: 3.81
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is bottle conditioned. Enjoy by 2/28/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Looks really good. The aromas have tons of fresh grass. Subtle yeast notes with hints of banana and citrus. The flavors are very earthy. More fresh grass. Nice solid hop bitterness. Hints of lemon and lime zest. Hints of pine. Alcohol goes unnoticed. The mouthfeel is nice. It's light with very active carbonation. It's prickly and smooth. Very easy to drink.

This might not be my personal favorite Beligian/White IPA, but it's well crafted. It's very sharp, crisp, clean and refreshing.

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)
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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)

Goose Island Beer Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.40% ABV

4.61/5  rDev +7.7% | Avg: 4.28
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured for my birthday from a 16oz bottle into a Goose Island tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a super dark brown nearly black, opaque body with a small brown head that reduces pretty quickly to leave little lacing or retention - very much like the other bourbon county beers.

Aromas are potent once it warms up and typical of BCBS with a little sweet maple added in there - tons of bourbon-caramel, vanilla, slight booze, maybe a little nuttiness, sweet caramel and chocolate.

First impressions on the tongue - sweet maple candy, rich chocolate cake, vanilla-bourbon-maple-caramel - wow, much better than others describe it as, so delectable. As it warms up the maple, sweet caramel, milk chocolate get more pronounced and the peppers show up on the finish. Not a ton of pecans but a slight nuttyness. Rich, thick mouthfeel, rich and delightful, low carbonation.

People say this is too sweet. I say it's sweet, but appropriately so. I've had sweeter stouts with no balance, but this is sweet in all the right ways - it really showcases the maple and rich bourbon-chocolate that BCBS is famous for. The peppers are an added bonus and definitely don't overtake anything.

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Firestone 18 - Anniversary Ale
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Firestone 18 - Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American Strong Ale / 13.00% ABV

4.65/5  rDev +1.8% | Avg: 4.57
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lots of dark fruit on both the nose and mouth. Surprising given parabola is the main beer in the mix.

Would like to get more coffee but this is still a fantastic beer.

A bit of alcohol heat in the mouth. This could probably use another year or more in the cellar

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Dorado W/ Watermelon
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Dorado W/ Watermelon

Ballast Point Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV

3.49/5  rDev -5.2% | Avg: 3.68
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clear beer with large head and good retention.

Smells like watermelon in spades.

Sweet and hoppy; watermelon kicks in second half and lingers. Slight herbal bite.

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock
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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock

Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Eisbock / 9.20% ABV

3.84/5  rDev -6.6% | Avg: 4.11
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. Very dark brown with some dark garnet highlights and 2 finger tan head. Malty aroma of caramel, bread, dark fruit, and yeast to keep it on the sweet side. Taste follows with the caramel and bread along with dark fruit notes and some yeast. It is rich and sweet with a hint of alcohol heat. Medium feel and smooth. Reminds me of a nice bock with almost a bit of English barleywine character.

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Coffee Okie
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Coffee Okie

Prairie Artisan Ales
American Brown Ale / 13.00% ABV

4.74/5  rDev +10% | Avg: 4.31
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 12/1/15 - Consumed at about 2 months since bottling.
12oz into snifter

Appearance- Pours a deep, dark brown color, reddish hues poke through. Fine layer of light tan colored head, soapy and thin. Tons of alcohol legs cling to glass.

Aroma- Earthy coffee grounds, slightly spicy and roasty, toasted almonds. Toasted malts, tons of caramel, toffees, chocolate, and vanilla. Dry oaky barrel spice, loads of sweet bourbon and creamy barrel aromas.

Taste- Rich coffee beans, caramel, toffee, vanilla, toasted malts. Nuttiness, toasted almonds, milk chocolate, mocha creaminess. Dry oak, earthy spice, sweet bourbon, toasted coconut.

Feel- Medium feel, not overly thick, but slighty syrupy and pretty creamy. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Incredibly rich and decadent. Lots of great characteristics of a brown ale, toastiness, nuttiness, caramel, toffee. Coffee amplifies rich roastiness, and then the barrel takes it to another level with waves of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and dry oaky spice. An incredible beer.

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Bière De Belœil
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Bière De Belœil

Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgian Strong Pale Ale / 8.50% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +5.8% | Avg: 3.96
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage according to the 2,014 on the cork.

Big dark green bottle like many of the Belgian farmhouse beers I love so much. Label shows some sort of Belgian Castle and has a little discription on the back label. A beautiful bottling all n all. Poured into a stemmed skinny belgian style tulip.

A - dark reddish orange, rustic and burnt. Hazy and nice small specs of sediment floating about. Head pours very big and has a nice tight appearance to it, like a fluffy pillow covered in a sheeted case.

S - funky belgian yeast with some light fruitiness along with big wafts of dirty herbal notes. Some spices and notes of sweet and biscuit malt. Almost a flowery note as it warms

T - lovely dupont yeast adds the funk I expect. Weird herbal notes are quite nice paired with fresh flower and light fruits. Some real sweetNess going on in the back ground of caramel, small hints of chocolate and buttery biscuit malt. Belgian funk paired with subtle spice finish things off nicely.

M - excellent body. Smooth and thick with a sticky texture that coats the entire mouth. Tasty and enjoyable from one of the great farmhouse breweries.

O - this is an excellent offering from Dupont. They make some of the greatest farmhouse ales on the planet and this is no different. A little bit darker and sweeter than the original dupont, but a damn tasty ale that makes me forget the cold February weather and think of a warm spring day. This Is What Beer is about.. Taking our minds to places they'd rather be. Dupont does that with this gem. I was a bit worried about the 2014 date, but we know some things age well. And this one definitely has.

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Oud Bruin
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Oud Bruin

Lake Effect Brewing Co.
Flanders Oud Bruin

4.69/5  rDev +9.3% | Avg: 4.29
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

9oz draft pour

Looks great in the glass. Dark red color with a very small white head.

Smell is sweet and sour. It's a little too cold to get a lot of complexity off the nose.

Taste is fantastic. Lots of dark fruit flavors complimented by barrel flavors. Cider and wine like (both red and white) qualities. Perfect balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Great tartness on the tongue

Fantastic barrel aged sour. Tons of complexity and balance. Very well done

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Colossal Five
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Colossal Five

Port City Brewing
Old Ale / 9.80% ABV

4.1/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.1
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice light tan head. Beer itself is a nice brown color and opaque. Not as dark as the four but dark. Looks good for the style.

Smell is sweet and a bit roasty. Some toffee notes that mix well. The malt notes are good and work well with each other. Also some noticeable hop bitterness.

Taste is good. Strong malt notes such as toffee, caramel, and a bit of roast. A l hop bitterness that is surprisingly present. The notes mix well.

The feel is good. Effervescent carbonation makes the heavy body lighter and scarily drinkable. The texture is a little bit thick but good.

Overall a great old ale and worth getting at least once.

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The Barista
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The Barista

Clown Shoes
American Brown Ale / 8.50% ABV

3.61/5  rDev -10% | Avg: 4.01
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale brown color with just over a finger of dense head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Faint aroma of espresso, sweet chocolate, and cookie dough. Not enough espresso in the flavor for my tastes. Sweetness is the permeating quality of this beer. Notes of caramel, bread, cream, and wood notes from the hops. The body feels light for the ABV but it is superbly carbonated that allows the beer to coat the palate.

Just not enough coffee in the aroma or flavor for me. Also a little too sweet as well.

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Lizard King
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Lizard King

Pipeworks Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.50% ABV

2.93/5  rDev -32.5% | Avg: 4.34
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I love pipeworks beers, but this one just didn't make the cut in my book. Still have two cans left over. Willing to give them away for free. I can't pin point what I don't like about this beer but I just remember I wasn't a fan.

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Congress Street IPA
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Congress Street IPA

Trillium Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

4.69/5  rDev +4.7% | Avg: 4.48
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a hazy almost fruit juice like color and consistency with a 1/4" head of white foam.
The smell is initially sweet and fruity followed by assertive but not overpowering hops.
Taste of sweetened grapefruit balanced out with floral and only slightly bitter hops.
I thought the beer had a perfect amount of carbonation which gave is a mimosa like mouthfeel.
Without a doubt a great beer and overy drinkable considering the 7.2% ABV.

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Otra Vez
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Otra Vez

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Gose / 4.50% ABV

3.88/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 3.82
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A light super effervescent crisp session beer. More Sweet Tart candy than salt water taffy but very enjoyable. I'll let others nit pick this beer and say this is a must try.

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European Sour Blend (2015)
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European Sour Blend (2015)

Brouwerij De Molen
Flanders Red Ale / 5.90% ABV

4.5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Collaboration blend of sours. Dark red to brown; no head; medium carbonation; tart smell of vinegar and berries; taste of sour fruit, malt, and oak; complex, quite enjoyable.

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Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top
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Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top

Evil Twin Brewing
American Porter / 11.50% ABV

4.48/5  rDev +8.7% | Avg: 4.12
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A delicious variant of one of the best imperial porters around. Tastes like an IBB with sour cherry juice blended into it. Nothing artificial coming out of the nose of taste, so it is balanced.

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Colossal Four
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Colossal Four

Port City Brewing
Quadrupel (Quad)

4/5  rDev +5% | Avg: 3.81
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice effervescent off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a thin layer on the surface. Beer itself is anot interesting color. It's a nice brown color. The look is pretty good.

The taste and smell both have a nice dark fruit notes. Specifically there seem to be fig notes that blend well with the Belgian sugar. The sugar both manages to blend and stand out.

The feel is heavy but smooth and drinkable. The carbonation is light but still adds something. The body has a certain thickness to it that works well.

Overall, a very good beer and worth it. It's a very well executed beer. Try it.

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Caesar Augustus (Lager/IPA Hybrid)
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Caesar Augustus (Lager/IPA Hybrid)

Williams Brothers Brewing Company
American Pale Lager / 4.10% ABV

3.73/5  rDev +5.4% | Avg: 3.54
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light golden, decent foamy head

Lovely sweet spicy fruit salad aroma, some cinnamon and floral aromas too

Lemony, tangy taste comes through that evolves into a mild/medium bitterness. Light bready malts too. Well carbed, slightly dry finish, fairly light in body. crisp.

Really refreshing and pleasant drink. Lots of flavour for 4.1%

Bottle, also had on draught

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Roble Blanco
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Roble Blanco

The Bruery
Wheatwine / 15.00% ABV

1.61/5  rDev -46.5% | Avg: 3.01
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Wow. Yikes. I heard this one was a hot mess, but even I was surprised at just how bad it was. Smelled like something you'd use to strip paint off a car. Tasted like nail polish remover. What a mess.

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