Beer Reviews: Most Recent
Terrapin Beer Company
American Porter / 6.10% ABV
3.61/5 rDev -4.7% | Avg: 3.79
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
An interesting beer. Not perfect, but it's still OK.
On a side note, I have to thank the gentleman in front of me in line for the Bourbon County release for sharing this beer with me. I don't know your name, but thank you.
A: Alright. Black but very ruby-colored when held up to a light. Head is small and lacing is pretty non-existent. Just OK.
S: Peanut butter with some raspberry and jelly. Interesting, but not exactly my cup of tea.
T: Follows the nose. Peanuts, jelly, raspberry, grapes, etc. Mixture of peanut butter and sweet sugar.
F: Too light. Very thin.
O: An OK beer.
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Voodoo Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.50% ABV
4.05/5 rDev -3.3% | Avg: 4.19
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: It has a nice jet black colour to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of loads of chocolate, roasted malts, faint coffee, some vanilla and sweet dark fruit.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has sweet chocolate, roasted malts, some bitter coffee undertones, light vanilla and dark fruit in the back (mostly raisins).
Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.
Serving type: Bottle
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Tin Man Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV
4.04/5 rDev +3.1% | Avg: 3.92
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Nice bright medium gold color, thin white head, thick lacing ring.
S - Nose is pungent but not strong. Pineapple and citric hop resin with crackery malt.
T - This is where the beer really shines. Dominant oily pineapple rind resin from start to finish, juicy red grapefruit, some floral, and nice peppery spiciness with an aggressive and lingering bitter citrus and pine finish.
M - Thick medium body that's borderline full body, finishes creamy, dry finish, gentle carbonation.
O - Aroma needs to be stronger but other than that, this is a nicely done D-IPA!
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Monday Night Brewing
Scottish Ale / 8.50% ABV
3.52/5 rDev -6.9% | Avg: 3.78
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
For no reason in particular, this is my first review in quite a while. With that in mind, please bear with me; I'm a little rusty.
I'm looking at an 11-ounce draft pour of Bourbon Barrel-aged Drafty Kilt as I write this.
Appearance: This beer looks pretty nice in a snifter-type glass. Opaque dark brown body, with just under a one-finger khaki head that recedes slowly and leaves ample lacing on the glass.
Smell: Quite understated and unassuming. I pick up mostly faint vanilla, with a vague, fleeting hint of booze. Beyond that, nothing. Still, the aromas this beer does produce are inviting...just rather mild and distant.
Taste: Hmm. Honestly, this tastes like somebody dropped a shot of bourbon into my glass of scotch ale. The flavors do meld together fairly coherently, but the raw alcohol burn and the charred oak are prominently in the forefront. And for me, this isn't necessarily a good thing.
Feel: Mouthfeel is surprisingly decent for a barrel-aged beer, which is to say "still quite effervescent." There's a mild chewiness and some residual stickiness, but not in an unbalanced way. Feels good, man.
Overall: Decent. Not great, but certainly not bad. For fans of bourbon, I say this is nearly a must-try. For those who don't want an alcoholic kick in the mouth, stick with the regular Drafty Kilt, a fine beer in its own right.
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Tripel / 9.00% ABV
3.77/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.77
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Gold to amber in color and quite cloudy. Ring and streaky lace from a moderate head.
Strong alcohol with a malty base.
Briefly starts as malty pale ale. Strong spice of bittering hop. Good body with a lower level of carbonation. The finish has a light scour touch.
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New Holland Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
3.83/5 rDev -7.9% | Avg: 4.16
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Smell is coffee (gets more roasty as the beer warms), cream, hint of licorice, and bourbon on the nose that fades into a chocolate aroma.
Taste is milk chocolate sweetness and roasted coffee up front, mixed with just a tinge of bourbon and alcoholic heat, finishing very creamy.
I've heard others note a thinner mouthfeel but I didn't think that was an issue. Overall, I was just expecting more from these variants - thought this might be a "lite" version of KBS, but I much prefer Sunday Morning Stout as an alternative.
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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Foreign / Export Stout / 9.00% ABV
4.16/5 rDev +6.9% | Avg: 3.89
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330 ml bottle, Beergium - High carbonation and very fiesty like their Oerbier, have a chalice glass handy and avoid your best carpets. Pours deep black with a large tan foamy head. Nice lacing. Smell - roasted smoked malts, coffee. Taste - Strong malty smoky foretaste with a long bitter finish. Long alcoholic mouthfeel which feels a lot strnoger than stated ABV of 9%. Real winter warmer, perfect for cold, wet, winter evenings.
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Brouwerij De Molen
American IPA / 8.80% ABV
3.13/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.13
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
bottled on May 1, 2015; 8.8% ABV 330ml bottle from ales by mail
Appearance (Look) = 6%
clear dark orange. not much of a head. yellow head
Smell = 24%
very sweet caramel malt. very little hop
Taste = 40%
wow. tastes almost like unfermented wort. slight bittering at the end.
Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%
Overall = 20%
huh. generally I like sweet beer but this isn't quite what I expected. I prefer over sweet to over dry but I think people who care about style would probably slam this. I'd call it a high gravity barley wine. I think I like it. Weirdly I can't find this beer on the website of the brewery.
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Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
Oatmeal Stout / 6.00% ABV
4.94/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.95
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is a fantastic limited release of CORE's Oatmeal Stout. Very smooth, great mouth feel, may be a bit heavy/boozy for some, but as a bourbon lover, it is just perfect for me. I sure wish this would be around longer!
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
American IPA / 4.60% ABV
3.8/5 rDev +3.5% | Avg: 3.67
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Golden pour with a bit of suspended flocculants. Normal head volume and retention, outstanding lacing.
Outstanding nose of sweet tangerine over a subtle biscuit coupled with a subtle spiciness.
Light body with a watery texture. Perfect carbonation for the body with a effervescent middle that subsided then bursts the finish with a finely bubbled prickly finish.
The flavor profile is very good on its own, and outstanding for a session IPA. It is hop flavor forward over a subtle biscuit that adds enough to be slightly grainy and very subtly sweet. Stone fruit leads and is quickly overcome by tangerine. The middle is mildly bitter and tangerine rind flavored coupled with a subtle pepper spiciness. The finish is clean and a bit of tangerine rind lingers.
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51st Ward Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV
4.25/5 rDev -1.4% | Avg: 4.31
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a bomber on November 25, 2015. Look is cloudy amber with a medium head and some lingering lacing. Smell is citrus and tropical fruit with biscuit malt notes and a hint of honey. Taste is sweet ripe fruit with bitter hop notes. Feel is medium in body with a smooth finish.
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Maumee Bay Brewing Company
American Stout / 9.50% ABV
4.59/5 rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.6
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark rich black color. Has a cocoa, vanilla, boozy aroma but it's all in balance. Flavor is great. Notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a boozy mouthfeel. Overall this is really delicious.
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Euro Pale Lager / 5.70% ABV
3.3/5 rDev +14.2% | Avg: 2.89
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
500ml can, at 5.9% ABV - not a lot of other Swedish brews available around here, so, well, neat.
This beer pours a slightly tarnished medium golden yellow colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some chunky rune character lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.
It smells of gritty, grainy pale malt, wet breakfast cereal, faint apple and pear notes, and a mildly skunky floral, herbal, and grassy hop bitterness. The taste is rising white bread, semi-sweet grainy malt, earthy honey, stale pome fruit, muted white pepper dust, and more fairly bitter, if still tainted herbal, leafy, and grassy hoppiness.
The carbonation is kind of bleak in its way too understated frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, but a bit too clammy to be considered particularly smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the cereal-friendly nature of the malt letting the hops burn themselves out.
For the style, this is barely above average, but it does exhibit some decent malt attributes, while the hops teeter on the edge of the Heineken Stink Index, before genially wisping off into the ether. I'd call this a simple session lager, but at near 6 points of booze, maybe not. Or perhaps Swedes drink like the Finnish, I dunno.
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Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.
Oatmeal Stout / 5.00% ABV
3.94/5 rDev +1.5% | Avg: 3.88
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown colour with a beige head. Aromas of smoked malt, nuts & caramel. Tastes is very much on the smoked side with again malt, nuts & caramel present along with bacon & some slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall I really liked this and will look out for there other offerings.
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Naparbier Sdad. Coop.
Belgian Pale Ale / 6.10% ABV
3.91/5 rDev -6.2% | Avg: 4.17
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Naparbier S. Coop. "Oneka"
33 cl brown glass bottle, "Best Before 20/08/16"
Appearance: Clear yellowed gold beneath a short head of bright white that disappears all too quickly. Unfortunately, without a head the lacing suffers immediately, although it doesn't seem to want to stick anyway.
Aroma: Phenolic with a medicinal and/or plastic note that reminds me somewhat of new carpet, but also mildly mineralish, 'chalky' like fruit pith, and lightly fruity/malty.
Flavor: Fruity with orange/tangerine, apricot, and subtle hints of lemon zest. The malt is delicately sweetish, and balanced by a moderate bitterness, a limited bit of cedar-like spiciness, and a sublime spritz of acidity.
Overall: Really nicely balanced and fairly unique. The appearance is a little disappointing, and the aroma actually somewhat off-putting, but the flavor redeems all of that. In the end it's quite charming, easy to drink, and even memorable. Certainly worth trying.
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NoDa Brewing Company
Pumpkin Ale / 6.40% ABV
4.31/5 rDev +7.7% | Avg: 4
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I am not the biggest pumpkin beer fan but received this as a gift in a mix pack. I think because of the way this style is way too over-spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon (shipyard pumpkinhead comes to mind). But this one I really enjoyed. This gift opened my mind to the style again.
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Shmaltz Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 11.00% ABV
4.69/5 rDev +19% | Avg: 3.94
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I had this as a draft from the brewery in Clifton Park, NY. Excellent taste, and with the ABV of 11%, it doesn't take many. IBU rating I've seen for this one is 110. Great beer.
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 6.00% ABV
4.23/5 rDev +4.2% | Avg: 4.06
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a 2" head. Some spotty lace develops.
Smell: earthy and malt sweetness are picked up by the nose.
Taste: nice malt profile with some fruit sweetness, some earthiness, and a moderate bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.
Overall: a very enjoyable Oktoberfest beer that is easy to quaff and is nicely refreshing on a cool afternoon.
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV
4.78/5 rDev +17.7% | Avg: 4.06
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Yada, yada, yada, I know a bunch of adjectives, this is a simply outstanding IPA. A bargain even at $10.99 a six pack. The color is probably its best feature and the features that matter are outstanding. Highly recommended.
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Narragansett Brewing Co.
American Stout / 5.30% ABV
4.1/5 rDev +8.5% | Avg: 3.78
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Nice dark, near-black pour with a finger of mocha head. Aroma is the best part for me - excellent balance of roasted malt, coffee and sweet lactose. That sweetness doesn't come through as much in the flavor - this actually leans a little more bitter with a black-coffee finish that lingers dry. A little over-carbonated for me. Not bad by any means, but I do enjoy the sweetness of milk stouts to be more pronounced.
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Privatbrauerei und Mineralbrunnenbetrieb H. Egerer
Dunkelweizen / 5.00% ABV
3.13/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.41
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
500 ml can stamped on the bottom of the can with a production date of July 2015 and a EXP(iration) date of Sept. 2016.
Appearance - hazy brown body. The body is topped by a large but weak, off-white head that leaves decent lacing.
Aroma: pronounced wheat with some banana, yeast and faint spices.
Flavor: Wheaty and yeasty with subtle hops. About equal bitter/sweet balance. Mild baked bread and banana flavor in the aftertaste.
Feel: Light-medium body that a bit watery; medium carbonation.
Overall: just OK.
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40 Arpent Brewing Company
American Stout / 6.20% ABV
4.04/5 rDev +2.5% | Avg: 3.94
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Finally get to try this out of the bottle now that it made it to BR!
A- Pours a pitch black with almost zero head.
S- Sweet lactose and chocolate with a subdued roastiness.
T- Sweet bread and malt. Chocolate and char.
M- Slick and coating. Low carbonation.
D- Robust enough so that one is a great dessert but light enough not to fill me up and deter me from drinking another.
Can't wait to try more from the
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Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 8.00% ABV
2.94/5 rDev -22.6% | Avg: 3.8
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
A mix of typical saison notes (yeast, spice, bread) and some bitter coffee. The coffee, although present, did not overpower the saison flavours, which was nice, however the flavours didn't come together well at all and it was difficult to drink more than a few ounces. An interesting style to attempt, but probably not worth revisiting IMO.
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American IPA / 6.50% ABV
3.63/5 rDev -4.2% | Avg: 3.79
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
Interesting IPA. Note the wildly different reviews. I found the color very yellow as the name would suggest. I found both the smell and taste piney without backing substance. The mouthfeel was amazing, though. A look in the bottle revealed soap-like bubbles. This coats the mouth and has a great consistency unlike the average IPA. I'd drink it again just to talk about it.
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American Porter / 5.90% ABV
3.81/5 rDev -2.1% | Avg: 3.89
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Strong coffee flavor, especially for such a low ABV compared to its intensely flavored counterparts. Roasty and featuring a good balance between coffee bitterness and the sweetness of the chocolate malt.
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