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Shock Top Shockolate Wheat
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Shock Top Shockolate Wheat

Anheuser-Busch
Herbed / Spiced Beer / 4.30% ABV

3.45/5  rDev: +7.1% | rAvg: 3.22
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

you know, aside from these beers being over flavored to the point of it seeming artificial, they actually taste pretty good, at least they taste like they say they are going to taste. a weird chocolate wheat beer here thats way more chocolate than beer. a mix of dry cocoa all the way to hersheys syrup is the progression in this thing, it finishes really sweet, but it doesnt start that way. looks a little darker than a conventional brown ale, and tastes like dessert. the way boulder beers shake is all chocolate, this takes it to a whole new level beyond that one, and for me, shake is getting close to the line. i see the appeal with beers like this for the holidays and for people who dont like the way chocolate sometimes manifests itself as bitterness in more crafty beers, but this is a one and done for me, like a glass of chocolate milk minus the milk. intensely flavored, not at all bad, but not at all beer either.

StonedTrippin, 3 minutes ago
Trilogy 2 Aussie Salute IPA
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Trilogy 2 Aussie Salute IPA

BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
American IPA / 5.80% ABV

4/5  rDev: +15.3% | rAvg: 3.47

On tap at Concordia Alehouse.

The beer pours a golden amber color, with decent head retention and lacing. Didn't get a whole lot on the nose (just some light dry citrus and a hint of sweet malt), but on the palate, this beer was delicious. The beer had good bitterness and was well balanced, with some noticeably dankness on the long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkability was excelent as well, and I would hesitate to order this one again.

At least to tap, this was a very nice IPA I thought.

John_M, 5 minutes ago
Tindved
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Tindved

Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 7.00% ABV

3.5/5  rDev: 0% | rAvg: 3.5

Interesting beer,my first sour beer. Somewhat sweet for my taste.

Ghrymm, 10 minutes ago
North VII
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North VII

Fort George Brewery + Public House
Belgian IPA / 9.00% ABV

4/5  rDev: +1.5% | rAvg: 3.94

On tap at the recent de Garde release event.

I'm generally not a big fan of barrel aged IPA's, but this wasn't too bad. The barrel aging muted the bitterness, but there was still plenty of tropical fruit, spice and bourbon. Overall, a pretty tasty beer that was fun to try at the release event.

John_M, 11 minutes ago
La Parcela
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La Parcela

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Pumpkin Ale / 6.00% ABV

4/5  rDev: +3.6% | rAvg: 3.86

On tap, at the Community Tap in Greenville. This is a good sour, but the pumpkin is lacking. It was still good though, for a sour it had great balance not to overpower the pallet. If they kicked up a bit on the pumpkin, this would be beyond good, as it is, I enjoyed it and would try again.

Lonestar9, 17 minutes ago
Dammed!
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Dammed!

Belching Beaver Brewery
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.80% ABV

3.18/5  rDev: -15.2% | rAvg: 3.75
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into SA glass
Aroma of less aromatic conifers
Head average (4 cm standard pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – complete ring which rapidly breaks down to large islands and archipelagos
Body medium orange, slight haze, constant effervescence
Flavor unremarkable – begins and ends with an oily terpene taste; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

Ozzylizard, 17 minutes ago
Moose Drool Brown Ale
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Moose Drool Brown Ale

Big Sky Brewing Company
American Brown Ale / 5.10% ABV

4.5/5  rDev: +21.6% | rAvg: 3.7

Appearance: vigorous carbonation and a rich Amber brown really stand nicely with the regal beast on the bottle

Smell: spicy almost Christmas notes which clear the nostrils. Spicy with a hint of sweetness

Taste: smooth creamy and sweet with a spicy bight holding out for the end a good beer for November after a successful hunt

Mouthfeel: a bit disappointing. For the taste it could be a bit richer and fuller

Overall: I just told my wife I would buy this buy the six pack

JCBears, 19 minutes ago
Maple Samson
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Maple Samson

De Garde Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV

3.5/5  rDev: -23.2% | rAvg: 4.56

On tap at the brewery release event.

Probably sacrilege to say this, but I was not a big fan of this beer. While undoubtedly one of the more interesting and unusual beers I've ever tried, I'm just not convinced that the combintation of flavors works all that well. There is a huge presence of bourbon and maple on the nose (it's like nothing I've ever encountered before), and that's replicated on the palate. However, there's also a pretty prominent vinegar flavor as well, and at least for me, the vinegar did not go well with the bourbon, vanilla and maple I encountered. Mouthfeel is very full, smooth and long, and it's amazing how well integrated the alcohol is into the flavor profile (I was stunned when I saw the 12% abv.), but the vinegar was just too much for me.

All that aside, it was apparent at the brewery that I was in the very small minority in terms of popularity for this beer. The line to sample it was huge (biggest I saw at the event), and were it not for the generousity of a friend, I never would have had a chance to try at the release event.

What can I say? A very interesting beer, but it's hard to imagine drinking a full glass of this stuff, let alone an entire bottle.

John_M, 20 minutes ago
Earl Desay
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Earl Desay

De Garde Brewing
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 5.20% ABV

4.5/5  rDev: +1.8% | rAvg: 4.42

This is the best de Garde beer I've ever tried (keeping in mind that I'm not a huge sour fan). On tap at the recent release event the brewery.

The honey and tea flavor were very prominent in this beeer, and those components tende to dominate the light sour flavor. Add to that some interesting spice and light vanilla, and you have a beer I would order every time I see it (not sure how likely it is that I'll ever see this beer again, but you never know).

Just excellent!

John_M, 24 minutes ago
Tweak
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Tweak

Avery Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 16.03% ABV

4.44/5  rDev: -1.1% | rAvg: 4.49
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Black, small tan head of foam, quickly dissipates. Wee bit of lacing left behind.

A very strong nose. Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, in that order.

Oh my, it's tasting superb! The bourbon is very strong but it doesn't over power everything else. The chocolate is sweet, the roasted malt adds the bitterness, and then there's the coffee infusion. Fresh ground like. The 17.81% abv is not hidden very well but in this case, I don't think it needs to be nor can be as this was bottled just a month ago.

Full bodied with medium carbonation, it is very smooth.

This brew would be a joy to cellar and see what transpires. I reckon it would go for MANY years.

Bitterbill, 26 minutes ago
Bu Stone
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Bu Stone

De Garde Brewing
Berliner Weissbier / 4.40% ABV

4.25/5  rDev: -7.6% | rAvg: 4.6

On at at the recent release event at the brewery.

A lot going on in this beer. I get a lot of tropical fruit up front on the palate (mostly peach i would say), but the beer dries out quickly, and the finish is dry and lightly sour. This was very easy to drink, and I appreciated the dialed down sour and easy drinkability. Very nice beeer.

John_M, 28 minutes ago
Post Time Kölsch
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Post Time Kölsch

Breakside Brewery
Kölsch / 5.00% ABV

3.1/5  rDev: -8.8% | rAvg: 3.4
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can that I purchased for around $2.49. Light yellow color, big white head. Aroma was a muted kolsch, nothing intriguing not offensive. Flavor definitely reminded me if kolsch but next to a Sunner this would stand out as lacking. Not a bad beer but if I want Kolsch I'll go German.

ArrogantB, 32 minutes ago
Cherry Raz Bu
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Cherry Raz Bu

De Garde Brewing
Berliner Weissbier / 4.40% ABV

4.25/5  rDev: -8.8% | rAvg: 4.66

On tap at the recent de Garde release event.

This beer smells great (think smucker cherry pancake syrup), and the cherrry aroma is intense. On the palate, I get the expected cherry sour component, with some underlying vanilla as well. The is very light on it's feet, but you would expect that, given the abv.

John_M, 33 minutes ago
Breakside IPA
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Breakside IPA

Breakside Brewery
American IPA / 6.40% ABV

4.26/5  rDev: +4.2% | rAvg: 4.09
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber for $5.99. I only heard about this beer due to its recent GABF gold medal and I was skeptical. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Nice orange color, good head. Aroma was fruity, piney, hoppy. The flavor was seriously hoppy, grapefruit, citrus, touch of hop cones mixed with pine cones. I think I have returned for three or four more bottles since the first one, great IPA.

ArrogantB, 36 minutes ago
Mahogany Lush
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Mahogany Lush

Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
American Wild Ale

3.5/5  rDev: -10.5% | rAvg: 3.91

Was told bottles of this were a year old (sampled at the recent de Garde release event), and my impression is/was that the extra bottle age didn't help it much. The beer came across as sour, with some light fruit... very simple flavor profile. Not awful, but pretty much a big yawn. Didn't see many folks clamoring to try this at the bottle release.

John_M, 40 minutes ago
Oil Of Aphrodite
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Oil Of Aphrodite

Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

4.5/5  rDev: +6.6% | rAvg: 4.22

This was one of the guest options at the recent de Garde event. Really liked this one. Lots of chocolate, vanilla and light coffee, but with that interesting nutty, pecan-like flavor I seem to pick up in a lot of the Jackie O stouts and porters. Very smooth, long and full bodied on the palate, with alcohol very well integrated into the flavor proflle. Excellent stuff!

John_M, 45 minutes ago
Narwhal Imperial Stout
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Narwhal Imperial Stout

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.20% ABV

4.04/5  rDev: -2.7% | rAvg: 4.15
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep black color with a large frothy tan head. The head dissipates into a thin film that is quickly revived with a swirl of the glass. Aroma is great, comprising of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor follows suit and adds a sweetness and bitterness into the mix. Thick texture and chewy. Full bodied yet incredibly smooth and drinkable for the high ABV. Great imperial stout that I probably would not go out of my way to seek out but would enjoy anytime.

Jacobob10, 50 minutes ago
Oktoberfest
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Oktoberfest

Pedernales Brewing Company
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 6.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev: +8.7% | rAvg: 3.45
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy , deep amber brown in color, with a massive, dense white head, and moderate carbonation. The head retains very well, the lacing rings the glass walls.

Aroma: Roasted malt and sweet caramel dominate the aroma, there are also notes of biscuit. There are also restrained herbal hop notes.

Taste: Opens with sweet caramel and toasted malt. As the taste progresses, the toasted malt takes precedence over the sweet caramel, which becomes an undercurrent in the taste. Finishes with a blend of caramel and toasted malt, and a hint of spicy alcohol.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted example, simply excellent.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass bottle, with a pop-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, 54 minutes ago
Ost Porter
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Ost Porter

Rogness Brewing Company
English Porter / 5.70% ABV

3.75/5  rDev: -1.6% | rAvg: 3.81
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown body is crowned by a dark tan head, which is coarse, but retains quite well. Thick, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Cold coffee and bitter cocoa dominate the aroma. Bitter chocolate, roasted barley, and molasses are present as well.

Taste: Opens with cold coffee and roasted barley. As the taste progresses, subtle notes of bitter cocoa and vanilla appear. Later in the taste, there are wood notes, perhaps French Oak. Dark caramel is present as well. Late in the taste, there is a lingering note of black licorice.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted example, classic in its style, excellent.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, Today at 02:38 PM
Fall Hornin'
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Fall Hornin'

Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Pumpkin Ale / 6.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev: +5.3% | rAvg: 3.56

Copper-ambaer colour, with a big head and big lace that never seem to vanish. Smell of fruits and spices, smoked, pepper, cardamom. Medium to light body, soft palate. Taste of cardamom, smoked touch, pepper, fruits, caramel.

janubio, Today at 02:34 PM
Bell's Venus
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Bell's Venus

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
American Blonde Ale / 7.50% ABV

3.05/5  rDev: -5.3% | rAvg: 3.22
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the color of apricots. Lovely deep golden yellow with an orange blush. Cream colored head of foam that fell slowly enough and left a ring and some lace. Hazy. After the beer warns it is no longer just hazy but full of particles in suspension. Very unattractive. Nose is the authentic scent of ripe apricots. It even has a bit of tartness on the nose. There is some vanilla and it seems earthy and a bit subdues. Not the light fragrance I usually see from vanilla. A nice deep honey scent that is a bit sugary and a malty scent that is hard to define. It's there and it literally smells malty. There is an earthy bit of cardamom on the nose too. The vanilla keeps coming forward on the nose much to my dismay.

Taste is less than spectacular. First thing I noticed was a thickness on the palate and a sugary sweetness. The malt is pretty rich and the honey adds sugar too. There is a bright apricot that loses it's way amidst the earthy vanilla that gets stronger as you drink and the cardamom which also adds earth. There is a strange spice taste int eh finish with a tinge of alcohol as well. It's almost a plastic like taste or a taste like something in there is synthetic. There is a sour undertaste overall. Finishes with a bitterness form hops that frankly saves it and makes it drinkable. That hops presence comes to the palate to lighten up all that thickness and thick flavor and leaves a bit of bitterness alongside the tart apricot. This frankly tastes like a spiked fruit punch and the mouthfeel is just too heavy. I do not think these flavors work well together.

utopiajane, Today at 02:29 PM
Mocha Wednesday
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Mocha Wednesday

The Bruery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 19.20% ABV

4/5  rDev: -11.5% | rAvg: 4.52

A very good beer, but a little too sweet, which keeps it from being great.

starrdogg, Today at 02:29 PM
Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA
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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA

Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

3.75/5  rDev: -2.1% | rAvg: 3.83
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber in a pint glass.

A- Hazy copper-orange color with a 1-plus F head, off-white. Rings of lacing coat the glass.

S- Lots of sweet malt and some citrus hop in the background.

T- Pale and caramel malt flavors dominate, Faint hop flavors, mostly citrus.

M- Big full body, sweet and malty. But little, if any, hop tang.

O- More American pale ale to me.

NiceTaps, Today at 02:22 PM
San Miguel Pale Pilsen
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San Miguel Pale Pilsen

San Miguel Brewery Inc.
German Pilsener / 5.00% ABV

3.5/5  rDev: +28.7% | rAvg: 2.72

appealing to me: its kind of bitterness
less appealing to me: color
I like this beer and will look forward to my next drink.

nelsonsaigon, Today at 02:17 PM
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Hefeweizen / 5.40% ABV

4.5/5  rDev: +2% | rAvg: 4.41

A - Large amount of creamy white head. Dissipates fairly quickly. Very murky dirty orange color. Lots of carbonation.

S - Lots of wheat, some malt, hints of citrus.

T - An almost sweet front, followed by a wheaty middle. The finish is very malty.

M - Medium body with a pretty good burn for a 5.4% beer.

O - I really like the malty finish. Like most wheats, taste seems slightly on the light side for me, but it still a very pleasant taste.

silverblaze540, Today at 02:11 PM