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Bourbon County Brand Stout
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Bourbon County Brand Stout

Goose Island Beer Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.80% ABV

4.97/5  rDev +10.7% | Avg: 4.49
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's few and far between that beer lives up to its own hype the limited release and the craft beer culture buildup . Goose island delivers. Bourbon County Stout is the best barrel aged stout I've had thus far I'm not going to name drop but I've had its competitors and bcbs has a smoothness that I haven't found in any other stout ,the mouthfeel really knocks this out of the park it's velvety and creamy without being overly sticky. Perfectly balanced and flavorful. I will gladly wait in a black Friday line for this offering. Cheers to the Goose for smashing my expectations and owning the hype.

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Rope Gun Rye
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Rope Gun Rye

Hutton & Smith Brewing Company
Rye Beer / 6.00% ABV

3.75/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.75
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sigler's in Chattanooga.

Clear orange-amber body with excellent clarity and a head that has great retention and leaves most of the glass coated with sticky lacing.

Near medium body and soft, medium-light carbonation.

Spicy rye evident in the aroma and prominent in the flavor. Sweet malts and light hops also present. Bitter-sweet, with bitterness dominating. mild-moderate bitterness by the aftertaste.

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Flight Of The Angry Beast
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Flight Of The Angry Beast

Clown Shoes
American Strong Ale / 10.75% ABV

4.25/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 4.32
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 10/08/15.

A- Pours mostly black with a bit of light getting in around the top edges. Some foamy khaki colored head hangs around awhile.

S- Cocoa, chocolate, and coffee notes on the nose along with the hint of some bourbon.

T- Lots of coffee and chocolate on the initial sip. I also get notes of vanilla. The scotch and bourbon barrels are rather hidden in the taste.

M- Thick, very complex, lots going on.

This is a nice one, as is all of Clown Shoes BA offerings. The barrel is not as pronounced, which is the only negative in my eyes.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier
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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier

Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Rauchbier / 5.50% ABV

4.15/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.25
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe because of my unfamiliarity with these smoky beers but the ones I've had just seem like hot dog flavored lagers. Which sounds disgusting on the surface. However, I have enjoyed the smoked beers I've had and this may be the best so far. Again, I'm not familiar with these enough to give a substantial review. This one has a nice candied sweetness on the finish I liked. Not a style I would go to regularly but I,like them well enough to revisit from time to time.

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Broken Skull IPA
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Broken Skull IPA

El Segundo Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

3.81/5  rDev -6.6% | Avg: 4.08
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- 22oz. bomber (bottled 17-Nov-15) poured into Golden Road Tumbler on 27-Nov-15

The hop profile was good (Citra, Cascade, and Chinook), but was a bit too bittering in the finish, even for a West Coast style IPA. But I figured it suited the branding associated with Stone Cold and the working man. Overall a decent IPA, but will choose Hammerland or Hop Tanker over this one.

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Java Jane
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Java Jane

Fat Bottom Brewing
American Porter / 4.20% ABV

4.02/5  rDev +1.8% | Avg: 3.95
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Sigler's in Chattanooga.

Clear but opaque and essentially black body. Near medium body and soft, medium-light carbonation.

Adequate dark roasted grain flavor and aroma, but this is dominated by a coffee component. Good qualtiy coffee. Plenty of coffee in the finish but not overpowering. Very mild bitterness.

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Blue Point Winter Ale
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Blue Point Winter Ale

Blue Point Brewing Company
American Amber / Red Ale / 7.00% ABV

2.88/5  rDev -17.7% | Avg: 3.5
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

While I enjoy the aromatic qualities of chocolate and brown sugar, there isn't much else to it. I feel this could have benefited with some fruity ale esters - this smells like a run of the mill brown ale. Actually, dark fruits show up on the flavor profile, albeit generic and muddled. It starts with caramel and toffee in particular, while ends with a gentle hoppy bite. With its full mouthfeel and creamy slickness, it's not the easiest drinker ever. Still, it works as a sipper. I guess. A run of the mill amber ale, enough said.

2.88/5: Nothing exciting here, move along

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Black Nitro
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Black Nitro

Amager Bryghus
American Black Ale / 7.80% ABV

4.02/5  rDev +3.3% | Avg: 3.89
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time around on this one, first time was a draft pour now a fresh bottle.

Thanks ROBD for sharing.

A- Black bodied brew out of a 500ml bottle into a tall chalice. Large tan cap with good retention. Tons of lacing all over in sheets and webs.

S- Roasted off the top like a deep stout with dark chocolate and burnt barley tones. Hops are balanced in if not secondary with pine and earthy citrus notes.

T- Intensely roasty flavors with a barrage of bitter hops. Both the deeply roasted grains and the hops hold their own. Dark bitter cocoa present all throughout. Charred grains, raisins, toasted nuts and a hint of deep caramel.

MF- Smooth and slick feel to a medium overall body. The bubbles are at a high, crisp level and it ends with a bitter chocolate finish.

Not an IPA that is dark but a deep roasty bitter brew with a medium punch of hops. Tons of cocoa laced into the balance with blackened barley and pine hops.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"
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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

Smuttynose Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.90% ABV

3.91/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 4.09
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a single into a spieglau ipa glass. Pours a golden copper, a little bit hazy, a big puffy 2 finger off white head, good lacing. Great nose of big and deep piney and citrus hops, and caramel and bready malts. Taste follows the nose...but there's also some grapefruit rind, and it's also got a little soapiness at the end. Dries out decently at the end, medium carbonation, middling body. Kind of an old school micro ipa...great parts, but, for me, it doesn't add up and harmonize as well as it should.

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Dead Horsey Porter
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Dead Horsey Porter

Calfkiller Brewing Company
American Porter

3.56/5  rDev +2.9% | Avg: 3.46
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sigler's in Chattanooga as "Dead Horse" with 6.0% ABV.

Clear but opaque and essentially black body. Near medium body and soft, medium-light carbonation.

Adequate dark roasted grain flavor and aroma, but weaker than the Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat that preceded this. On the other hand, this has more obvious hops. The flavor has coffee in the finish and a touch of dark chocolate.

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Danko Power
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Danko Power

De Struise Brouwers
American IPA / 3.50% ABV

3.49/5  rDev -0.3% | Avg: 3.5
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Tiniest bit of haze to a medium yellow body from the 750ml. A cap rises up to a finger with creamy consistency but only fair retention. One large web sticks to the glass but mostly spotty lace.

S- Spicy and somewhat musty Belgian yeast makes up most of the aroma. Pepper, oranges, lemon zest, herbal Euro hops, earthy and pale Pils grainy tones.

T- Follows the nose but some pale fruit esters come into play with pear and then a hint of apples. Yeast bread. Hop profile is earthy, herbal and then just a bit of citrus. Light maltiness of pale caramel, light candi sugar and cracker grains.

MF- Medium bodied, a bit heavier than expected for the ABV with a foamy and frothy texture. Carbonation on the high side and it all ends with an herbal bitterness.

A solid brew with a fairly even balance of hops, yeast and malts. Herbal and earthy hops atop pale cracked grains with a base of spicy Belgian yeast.

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Tree House Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.40% ABV

3.85/5  rDev -8.6% | Avg: 4.21
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours that same cloudy/opaque look like all of their beers.

Smells like citrus, lemon, orange peel, pineapple. Im getting more orange from this than any of their other beers.

Tastes like tropical fruit with a bit of pineapple in the back. Same mouthfeel as the rest of their beers. A bit silky/velvety.

A good beer, you definitely get a more malty taste in this beer compared to their IPAs.

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Headless Heron Barrel Aged Pumpkin Spice Ale
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Headless Heron Barrel Aged Pumpkin Spice Ale

Central Waters Brewing Co.
Pumpkin Ale / 8.50% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +2.4% | Avg: 4.11
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- 750ml to five glasses at a share with a just about black, dark brown body. Small, one finger light off white head with a frothy consistency. Spotty and sheet lacing.

S- Spicy, toasted and a bit of the rum barrel. Plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger leads onto deep caramel, heavily toasted oak, brown sugar, creamy pies and vanilla sweets.

T- Rum barrel meets a heavily spiced pumpkin brew with a focus on toasty to brown malty tones. Caramel sweets balanced out by a drying spicy rum oak barrel. The spices are the last main component with plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and numbing clove. A dessert with great barrel feel. Some dark fruits.

MF- Medium to heavy bodied leaning a bit toward the latter side. Low-medium carbonation with a smooth finish. Somewhat warm from the ABV.

My kind of pumpkin seasonal. Sweet, spicy, rum oak barrels and a good heavy mouthfeel to support all of these bold flavors. The dark, rich base beer provides balance and more importantly support for the barrage of spices which overpower some of the smaller Pumpkin ales.

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Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Pils
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Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Pils

Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu
German Pilsener / 4.90% ABV

3.25/5  rDev -14.2% | Avg: 3.79
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap in a ceramic krug. Bready malts and a slight honey note on the aroma. Taste follows, balanced, malty with bread crust at first and slightly hoppy on the finish. Medium, soft body crisp carbonation. Decent but not one of the best in its style.

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Twenty Five
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Twenty Five

Breckenridge Brewery
American Porter / 9.80% ABV

3/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking bottle with an enticing description on the label. Paid over $20 so I was expecting something out of the ordinary. Served at 53F. Got off on the wrong foot when the cork broke. Never happened to me before. Appearance was fairly standard for imperial porter. Odd buttery aroma that I attributed to the vanilla bean (?), but not much else there. Watery and over-carbonated. No roasty flavors. Mild booziness (from rum barrel?) but no rum flavor. Actually not much flavor at all! Average beer (at best) with an (at least) above average price. Save your money. Really. Don't make me say "I told you so"...

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat

Tallgrass Brewing Company
Milk / Sweet Stout / 5.00% ABV

3.7/5  rDev -2.9% | Avg: 3.81
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sigler's in Chattanooga.

Clear but opaque and nearly black body. Medium body and light carbonation. Plenty of dark roasted grain flavor and aroma. The flavor also features coffee and a touch of dark chocolate.

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Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale (Ben & Jerry's Collaboration)
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Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale (Ben & Jerry's Collaboration)

New Belgium Brewing
American Brown Ale / 6.30% ABV

3.48/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 3.59
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours light brown, clear, head is tan, not much retention, some lacing, looks like a watered down soda, not seeing any carbonation.

A: Caramel, roasted nuts, toasted malts, not getting any salt on the aroma, I was expecting something more closer to Ben and Jerry's ice cream, it's not.

T: Nutty toasted flavors, some caramel, hint of salt in the aftertaste, moderate semi-coffee like bitterness in the middle, finishes dry, toasty with hints of bread.

M: Light bodied, decent amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: If this was labeled brown ale it would be a pretty solid middle of the road beer but it's labeled Salted Caramel Brownie Ale and I did not get much salt or brownie, some caramel, and salt in the aftertaste. With a label like this it should be popping with flavor, it doesn't.

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Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins
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Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins

Tröegs Brewing Company
Pumpkin Ale / 7.40% ABV

3.25/5  rDev -6.3% | Avg: 3.47
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not much hop or barley. All pumpkin spices. Not a lot of pumpkin flavor. This is probably my favorite pumpkin beer I had this year. Very smooth. Lots of flavor without being cloying like pumpking.

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BraufactuM - Die Internationale Brau-Manufacturen GmbH
Märzen / Oktoberfest / 5.50% ABV

3/5  rDev -19.4% | Avg: 3.72
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color with beige head. Dark malts and caramel on the aroma. Taste follows with the same notes with a slight alcohol presence. Body is medium-light with a mineral feel. Not bad but it's not one of my favorite beer styles.

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Mocha Wednesday
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Mocha Wednesday

The Bruery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 19.20% ABV

4.53/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 4.38
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle opened in 2015

A - Relatively thin pour. Cola body with light brown highlights and a light khaki head. Low retention and lace.

S - Milk chocolate, bitter cold coffee, ash, vanilla, warm scotch, and peat.

T - Stellar flavor profile. Creamy chocolate ganache, chewy oak, smooth latte, thick cream, caramel, bourbon, and cognac.

M - Silky smooth medium-full body.

O - World class with absolutely fantastic integration and balance.

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Mexican Cake
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Mexican Cake

Westbrook Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV

4.61/5  rDev +5.5% | Avg: 4.37
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Acquired this in a trade.
Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a black brown color with a small tan head that settles to a thin cap with no lacing.
S - The aroma is complex and wonderful. Lots of chocolate, molasses, cinnamon and booze.
T - Flavor is all of the above plus vanilla and the heat of the peppers on finish.
M - Medium thick mouth feel with low carbonation.
O - Wow, there is so much flavor coming at you with this beer. Great taste and the heat is just right.

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Hop Continuum No. 3 - Double IPA
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Hop Continuum No. 3 - Double IPA

DuClaw Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV

4.47/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 4.4
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours golden orange with a tiny white head. Smells of piney and citrus, very nice combination. Tastes of piney and citrus hops, powerful but not too overpowering. Beer is medium bodied, a dipper, good carbonation, but not too syrupy. Overall, a superb beer.

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Paradigm Brown Ale
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Paradigm Brown Ale

Kelsen Brewing Company
American Brown Ale / 7.00% ABV

3.72/5  rDev -11.2% | Avg: 4.19
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

First beer from this brewery, gonna see how it is before I buy more from them. No bottling date.

Pours a nice foamy fizzy bubbly 1+ finger mocha head that fades at a med to slower pace, decent lacing, super dark almost black color, prob too dark for a brown ale.

Nose brings some roasted malts, a little biscuity cocoa, a little char, caramel brown malt notes, a hint of yeast, with some spicy earthy hops in the background, and then turns to mostly cocoa.

Taste brings creamy brown malts, mocha notes with a little roasty hint coffee like and creamy milk chocolate, a little biscuity cocoa as well, chewy nougat, touch of char and faint acrid late on the palate. Earthy spicy hops cut in there, with fair bitterness, and an earthy hop taste, that turns a little herbal even, and a little booze comes through with a touch of warmth and a little alcohol phenol thing. Finish is a bit dry, little creamy, lingering earthy hops, little roast and cocoa, char as well.

Mouth is med bod but creamy and a bit smooth, nice carb.

Overall eh, it has some nice points, nice cocoa, creamy, smooth, etc, but the dark malt either the chocolate malt or some roast or black malt in there brings too much roasty char and almost acrid like character, especially for a brown, but even a porter that would be unpleasant. So if that were dialed back I would really enjoy this.

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The Julia
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The Julia

The Dandy Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 6.50% ABV

4.33/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.33
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First sampled right at brewery then brought in growler straight from the brewery directly home where I cracked it open. Was actually advised not to take in a growler as would lose a bunch of the carbonation and fruity aromas.

Despite recommendation the flavour and taste is still there. Light refreshing tart taste and light nose of peaches. Would agree I got more tartness, head and peaches right from the tap but damn this beer is still very good. Actually reminds me of something close to Nectarous from Four winds. Great job Dandy on this and keep up the great brewing, hope to try more like this in the future.

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Bourbon Barrel Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout
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Bourbon Barrel Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout

Maumee Bay Brewing Company
American Stout / 9.50% ABV

4.51/5  rDev -1.1% | Avg: 4.56
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Rozi's Wine Bar in Lakewood, OH

Pours jet black, tan head. Very even blend of Coffee, Bourbon, and Vanilla. Solid roasted malt base. Great chewy mouthfeel and very little heat. The base is excellent and the BA version is equally impressive. Very well done.

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