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Filament Winter IPA
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Filament Winter IPA

Ecliptic Brewing
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +8.1% | Avg: 3.93
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bod 10/21/15. Reddish orange in color with aromas of light citrus and bit of pine. The flavor is wonderful almost with belgian beer like notes and a subtle spice that is great with the earthy hops. This beer is so drinkable and balanced I would've thought it was an English style ipa.

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Art Of Darkness
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Art Of Darkness

Brewery Ommegang
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 8.90% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +5.6% | Avg: 3.93
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a sweetness to this beer that I didn't expect upon pouring it, as it pours very dark and smells like a wintry ale. It's powerful but not overpowering, and is a great winter beer to drink.

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Grey Monday
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Grey Monday

The Bruery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 19.50% ABV

4.03/5  rDev -8.4% | Avg: 4.4
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2015 Edition... into a glass, and looked like a stout, yada, yada... Smell is pure molten chocolate, very intoxicating... while flavors have some nice chocolate, raisin, and nuts---kind of a funky nutty flavor-- overall they are just eclipsed by the uber-molasses-sweetness!.... way too sweet for me, hard to even get one glass down!

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Allagash Tripel Ale
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Allagash Tripel Ale

Allagash Brewing Company
Tripel / 9.00% ABV

4.59/5  rDev +10.6% | Avg: 4.15
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

n the docket: 750ml cork & cage Allagash Tripel Ale, bottle date: 8/6/15.

Poured into: Chimay etched chalice

S: A quickly rising, stark-white whip of head formed on the surface of a nearly Ticonderoga #2 pencil-colored body. The head will settle down, clinging to the top in a ¾ thumb-width. Tiny bubbles zip to the surface. There is a visible cloudiness in the body, but this treat was bottle conditioned, so that’s just fine by me.

A: Light, malty sweetness works in partnership with a dry, spicy note of clove. Gentle banana and bubblegum (and I mean really gentle) yeast esters also emanate from the head. A mild fruitiness (Allagash says passionfruit). Spicy, earthy hops probably feel overlooked, but I waved at them, made them feel appreciated.

T: Dry clove spice and an earthy, husky/straw flavor meet your senses immediately. One will also detect some sweetness from the malt and the candi sugar. There’s certainly a little fruitiness in the mouth, too. Peach? Apricot? Mango? I’ll chalk that up to the yeast. Honey wends its way into the flavor. The hops and the higher alcohols show up in the finish. It’s a slight warming tingle, but by no means unpleasant. Tripels are dangerous– light body, great flavor, and well-integrated alcohol. This one comes in at 9% abv. Take your time with this cork and cage beauty.

F: Light, fluffy, tingly, and like they said on the bottle, a long finish. A great sipper.

O: An excellent interpretation of a cherished Belgian style by an American brewery. High marks to Allagash. If you think this one is good, try their barrel-aged releases.

Suggested food pairing: Rich creamy Blue cheese, Italian or clove seasoned pork-loin, fruit tart or maybe even a slice of apple pie a la mode

S: 4.25 A: 4.5 T: 4.75 F: 4.5 O: 4.5

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RedWillow Brewery
German Pilsener / 4.40% ABV

3.48/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.48
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bevis Maun is drinking a Homeless by Redwillow Brewery at Heaton Hops
light brown body with fairly big sloppy white head
malty aroma
Crisp with a biscuits malt base. This is probably a fantastic pilsner though it is a little Lost on me I am afraid

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Maple Mistress Ale
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Maple Mistress Ale

Saucony Creek Brewing Company
Herbed / Spiced Beer / 9.50% ABV

4.06/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.96
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This delivers a nice pumpkin malt flavor. The maple then becomes evident with a moderate sweetness before the nutmeg and cinnamon glide in. It's nearly 10% but drinks very smooth and light.

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
Herbed / Spiced Beer / 8.00% ABV

3.69/5  rDev -1.9% | Avg: 3.76
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped "DOB 10/20/15" and indicating an 8.50 ABV, into faceted mug. Definitely full of herbs and spices, but 2XMAS is not over the top. A rather palatable Christmas ale.

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Stocky Oatmeal Stout
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Stocky Oatmeal Stout

Thirst Class Ale
Oatmeal Stout / 5.20% ABV

3.93/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.93
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bevis Maun is drinking a Stocky Oatmeal Stout by Thirst Class Ale at Heaton Hops

Black body choc milkshake froth head
treacle & coffee aroma
Cocoa and coffee flavour
rich but drinkable

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Backlash Beer Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV

4.01/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.02
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, limited to no head. Some mild cinnamon and vanilla aroma. I get a lot of the base beer, Death, with some slight heat from the scotch bonnet peppers. The vanilla comes through on the finish. The feel is pretty nice. I wish the cinnamon was more present in the flavor. Compared to Xocoveza, I think that this comes short for me. However, I'm sure the Backlash crew will perfect and tweak this recipe if they choose to make this again.

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Beard Crumbs
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Beard Crumbs

Land-Grant Brewing Company
Oatmeal Stout / 7.30% ABV

3.81/5  rDev -3.5% | Avg: 3.95
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, 151117 stamped on the bottom of the can. I'm guessing November 17th, 2015 was the canning date but I don't know for sure. I just know they've started selling this year's batch so I don't think it's much older than that. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, raisins/dark fruit, oats and a bit of coffee. For the most part I think the taste is the same as the aroma, but there's also a bit of chocolate, grainy malt and light earthy hops noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this stout, I think it's definitely worth a try. $11.99 a 6-pack.

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

4.52/5  rDev +5.9% | Avg: 4.27
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black off the pour with a nice brown head. The aroma was sweet and almost like a chocolate candy bar. The taste wasn't as sweet as the smell, it had more of a dark chocolate taste with the bittering of the hops. The taste is still amazing and the strength of the beer was hidden nicely behind a wall of chocolate! Nice roasty aftertaste and a warming sensation in the gut from the 10% ABV. I like this as an after dinner drink... More of a sipper. Very good beer!

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Budweiser & Clamato Chelada
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Budweiser & Clamato Chelada

Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 5.00% ABV

1.36/5  rDev -33% | Avg: 2.03
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm sorry but this was the single worst beer I've ever had. Upon one sip it engaged my gag reflex and I began to choke. The rest was poured down the drain. Tastes like liquid Spaghetti O' s mixed with Bud Light. This started as a joke but it made me nauseous and the joke was over.

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Delirium Noël
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Delirium Noël

Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 10.00% ABV

3.62/5  rDev -6.9% | Avg: 3.89
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly light, reddish-brown color, topped with a nice cream colored head with great retention.

Aroma is all Belgian yeast and candi sugar. A touch of darker malts sneak in, alongside plums and pears, but the yeast really dominates.

Flavor follows, after a sort. It's sugary and malty up front, with plenty of sweet and spicy notes from the yeast. That starts to give way to prunes and cloves, finishing with a metallic twinge. Long, cloying finish leaves a significant imprint of raisins and figs.

Surprisingly lively mouthfeel; sticky finish.

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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter
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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter

Ballast Point Brewing Company
American Porter / 10.00% ABV

4.33/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.36
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

...I've been wanting to try this beer for a few years now. Now that Ballast Point is finally here (in Michigan), I CAN TRY IT. $3 12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Evidently bottled November 18th ... holy hell. 11 days ago. Can't get too much fresher than that, no?

Appearance: Looks stouty -- pitch black. There's about two fingers of a brown head with a soapy consistency. Quite a bit of thick lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: Dark coffee, roasty malt, and then just a little bit of vanilla on the "aftersmell." Nothing else to it, but I don't think there needs to be.

Taste/feel: Bitter black coffee when it's straight out of the fridge -- like really, cold, bitter black coffee, just with a little more depth of flavor and a slightly thicker mouthfeel. Almost like coffee grounds, but not in an unpleasant way, fortunately. There's only a very subtle vanilla flavor in the aftertaste. The feel is very porter-ish -- that is to say not very thick, too drinkable (especially at 10%), and pretty well carbonated.

Very good stuff -- doesn't taste like I imagined it would though. I pictured a thicker feel (despite being labeled a porter), a little more sweetness and vanilla, and a bit less coffee. That isn't to say I'm disappointed -- I'm definitely not. This is one of the best coffee beers I've had, and it comes at a fabulous value. This beer really becomes special once it warms up, so make sure to enjoy it after it's been out of the fridge awhile. Everything seems to come together even better at that point: the vanilla comes out more, it's a little less bitter... it's just a treat. Seek this one out and try it as soon as you can if you haven't already. Very good, dangerously easy drinking stuff.

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Cucumber Lager
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Cucumber Lager

Aslan Brewing Company
Vienna Lager / 5.50% ABV

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

Served on draft in a 16oz Becher Pint

A — Pours a clear and translucent yellow hue into the glass, there is a thin white head that resides atop the beer, and disappears quite quickly, leaving behind just a bit a of lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is light and slightly sweet, notes of pilsner malt, lager yeast, and a light vegetal and cucumber note, smells like cucumber water crossed with a light lager.

T — Taste is nice and light with notes of cucumber, lager yeast, pilsner malt. The pieces are all there and the sum total is greater than the parts involved.

M — Light in body, crisp and clean, super refreshing.

O — Really nice overall, a great balance of flavors and not overdone.

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St. Bernardus Witbier
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St. Bernardus Witbier

Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Witbier / 5.50% ABV

4.99/5  rDev +20.2% | Avg: 4.15
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly the best of the best, I love wheat beers and this is my all time no comparison favorite. Amazing gentle fruit flavors and rich full body characteristic of the best Belgian beers.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale
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Arrogant Bastard Ale

Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co.
American Strong Ale / 7.20% ABV

4.07/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.17
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Strong Ale to end all strong ales. Better than the oak- and bourbon-aged versions. Great look, sweet-caramel nose, full body, sticky-sweet around the edges. Hoppy, dry finish. Supremely drinkably and flavorful. An American classic.

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Founders Porter
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Founders Porter

Founders Brewing Company
American Porter / 6.50% ABV

4.74/5  rDev +11.8% | Avg: 4.24
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Midnight black with thin tan head after agressive pour into a tulip glass. S: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, expresso and toffee. T: Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, vanilla and spice. F: Silky smooth. O: Top of my list. World class Porter.

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Halle Blackberry
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Halle Blackberry

Blind Squirrel Brewery
American Porter / 10.50% ABV

3.84/5  rDev -3.5% | Avg: 3.98
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this to be very earthy with a very natural BlackBerry flavor. The malt was very starchy, mulchy and dry and the berry has no sweetness. It ends with a chocolate malt.

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Thumbprint Milk Stout
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Thumbprint Milk Stout

New Glarus Brewing Company
Milk / Sweet Stout

4.1/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.2
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich, full and dark out of the bottle. Aromas of malt, malted milk and mocha waft up from the glass. A surprisingly light and smooth taste given what we've had from others - that's a very nice change. Complicated and layered on the tongue, the milk sugars offset the hops and make for a very nice and drinkable stout. Like other reviewers, I agree that it's a fine ale but maybe outside what we normally associate with Dan's Thumbprint series. Maybe this will be a prospect for a future winter seasonal?

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New Holland Full Circle
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New Holland Full Circle

New Holland Brewing Company
Kölsch / 4.90% ABV

4/5  rDev +10.5% | Avg: 3.62
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carbonation is good. Color is nice. The aroma reminds me of wet hay. To be honest this is not a style that I enjoy. A co-worker gave it to me to try. Its great to have people share beer with you. That being said I do think it represents the style very well. If you like this style it would be a nice beer to pick up. Cheers all have a great day.

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Brewsmith Bitter
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Brewsmith Bitter

Brewsmith Beer
English Bitter / 3.90% ABV

4.07/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.07
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bevis Maun is drinking a Brewsmith Bitter by Brewsmith Beer Ltd at Heaton Hops
Straw coloured pint with tight white head
nice lime aroma
Very citrus with a superb bitterness finish
A really tangy bitter

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Veridian IPA
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Veridian IPA

Banded Horn Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

4.01/5  rDev +1.3% | Avg: 3.96
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle brought to me by a friend, poured into a pint glass. Comes out a slightly hazy straw gold color with a smallish head that leaves great lacing. Smell on this one is light but inviting, notes of citrus hops with some stone fruit. Taste is cracker malt initially, middle is some tropical fruit sweetness, finishes with a small resin hop note and that fades away fast. Really soft mouthfeel, slightly dry, light in the stomach. Really nice easy drinking IPA, could use a bit more hops but I like the balanced approach at times, too.

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Warrior IPA
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Warrior IPA

Left Hand Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.60% ABV

3.85/5  rDev +0.8% | Avg: 3.82
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I didn't get a complex blend of hop flavor in this but did get a huge burst of oranges. Hidden inside the Orange flavor was some nectarines and grapefruit. This citrus burst was just fine with me as I found this delicious.

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Death By Coconut
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Death By Coconut

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
English Porter / 6.50% ABV

4.66/5  rDev +13.1% | Avg: 4.12
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All I can say is wow!! Pours dark full tan head that dissipates quickly. The smell is amazing you can really smell the coconut and a little chocolate. Very smooth in the mouth. You get a good coconut taste upfront and then a little chocolate flavor on the back end. This is an amazing beer!!

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