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IPA
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IPA

Broken Compass Brewing
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.58/5  rDev -4.5% | Avg: 3.75
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright orange in color with a thin, quarter-inch head of large, white bubbles. A little hazy.

S: Not as intense as I would like, but still a nice aroma. Resiny and dank with some citrus and a hint of mint.

T: Wow, much more intense flavor than expected. There is a strong caramel malt back bone with the hops almost playing second fiddle. The hops, however, do provide some nice citrus notes and a little grassy flavor.

M: The big bubbles translated into a strong carbonation. The body is medium to big.

O: Nice IPA, and great atmosphere to enjoy it in.

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Dr. Oovert
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Dr. Oovert

Schilling Beer Co.
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 8.70% ABV

4.65/5  rDev +13.4% | Avg: 4.1
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great example of this style. Light mahogany appearance with a fluffy white head. Baked bread on the nose, rich plum and date sweetness. Boozy finish was very welcome on a cold Michigan night in February. Anxious for more from this brewery in the future.

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Alien Church
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Alien Church

Tired Hands Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.65/5  rDev +8.6% | Avg: 4.28
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
Extremely cloudy pale blonde with 1 finger of loose white head. No light penetration through the haze.

Nose
Pineapple, papaya, orange cream, lemon meringue, guava, and mango.

Taste
Lemon meringue, orange cream, peach, papaya, and pineapple juice. Mango and guava. Smooth oaty backbone with notes of candy sugar and honey. Finishes with grapefruit juice and hints of pine.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, silky, and juicy with hardly any bitterness. Lightly carbonated.

Overall
Phenomenal stuff! Hop juiciness all around with hardly any bitterness.

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Belle Gueule Dunkelweizen
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Belle Gueule Dunkelweizen

Brasseurs R.J.
Dunkelweizen / 5.80% ABV

4/5  rDev +1% | Avg: 3.96
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before May 2016.

Pours a brown, slightly hazy body. Very bready with strong banana flavor and only light cloves. Very much enjoyed this one, authentic.

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Indignant (17.5 Months Woodford Reserve)
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Indignant (17.5 Months Woodford Reserve)

Haymarket Pub & Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV

4.58/5  rDev +4.8% | Avg: 4.37
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic version of Indignant! Very dark with a nice dark coffee brown head and a rich smell. Unlike the 22 month-old version, this stuff could really use a little heavier body, and interestingly enough, I found that I liked it best cooler than I typically drink stouts (maybe because it was decently hoppy). I'd still take the 22 month over this every time, but there are not many other BA stouts (non-adjunct) that I'd say that of. It's a shame this stuff probably won't be out every year (I would assume just due to the logistics of aging a 17.5 month old beer), because it would be towards the top of my must-have list. Well done, Haymarket!

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The Abyss (Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged)
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The Abyss (Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged)

Deschutes Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.20% ABV

4.33/5  rDev -4% | Avg: 4.51
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, dated 2015, best after date of 12/18/16. Pours black with a medium sized brown head. Smells of bourbon, roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, molasses, with a hint of dark fruit and barrel. The taste starts with roasted malt and cocoa followed by bourbon and molasses. Also has barrel throughout and a lasting molasses and rye aftertaste. Dry and bitter. Above average body and carbonation. It's a really unique IS; it has a lot of complexity and bitter flavors. Very similar to the cognac version.

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Green
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Green

Tree House Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.60% ABV

5/5  rDev +9.2% | Avg: 4.58
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Somehow each batch gets better and better. Used to prefer Julius to Green, but no longer. So creamy, balanced bitterness, juicy, typical perfect TH mouthfeel.

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Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)
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Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)

Goose Island Beer Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 14.50% ABV

4.63/5  rDev -0.6% | Avg: 4.66
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really not sure why people are calling this thin. Kind of the opposite of regular BCBS in that it is bourbon up front and fudgey in the finish. Probably not worth $60 a bottle, but pretty good.

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Fundamental Observation
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Fundamental Observation

Bottle Logic Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 14.30% ABV

5/5  rDev +6.6% | Avg: 4.69
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The truth! So much hype, but it really lives up to it. Smells like vanilla-chocolate milk. So much vanilla, but not overly sweet. Hopefully this isn't so hard to get when released again!

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord

3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout / 15.00% ABV

4.52/5  rDev -2.6% | Avg: 4.64
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage. Not as sweet as I expected based on other reviews. Very cool to be able to try, but not worth the price of admission. Several other Vanilla stouts are better, IMO, but this was still tasty..

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Point Of Divergence
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Point Of Divergence

Magnify Brewing
American Stout / 8.50% ABV

4.68/5  rDev +0.9% | Avg: 4.64
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Brewery. Pours black like a Stout should. Nice aroma and foamy head. Excellent flavor and mouth feel. Better sipped. One of - if not my favorite brew from Magnify to date. You know it has a decent ABV ( again, like a stout should ) but not boozy at all, nice and smooth. Easy to drink. Cheers

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Wahtula
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Wahtula

Õllenaut OÜ
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.50% ABV

4.02/5  rDev -1.5% | Avg: 4.08
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.33l bottle. Poured into pint.
Pours opaque darkest brown with 1-finger tan head, which saves its form for some time.
Smell - licorice, roasted mats, chocolate, vinous.
Taste - follows the smell, chocolate, coffee, creamy.
Full-body, soft carbonation.

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Barrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate Caliente
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Barrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate Caliente

Spiteful Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV

4.53/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.64
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer that I would gladly trade for. Special thanks to Mike for bringing this surprise tasty treat to our annual Super Bowl Morning Share- the pour is jet black, brown tan thin head that quickly wisps away. The smell is very reminiscent to Pallet 1, plenty of cinnamon but also the peppers shine forth. Thinner mouthfeel than I'd typically prefer, but this works as the taste is a memorable one that follows the nose. Solid offering for sure, I don't know if I'd go as far as to call it an BA Abraxas killer, but certainly a Baby BA Abraxas air of familiarity to it.

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Worker's Comp Saison
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Worker's Comp Saison

Two Roads Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 4.80% ABV

3.67/5  rDev -4.9% | Avg: 3.86
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, BTLD 10/16/15.

Straw colored and hazy with a large fluffy white head. Big lemon citrus aroma with peppery spice. The flavor is all about the citrus and spice as well. Dry and bitter finish. Medium-light bodied and a bit on the thin/watery side, which is really unfortunate. It is refreshing, but I would have liked a little more body and complexity.

I really like what I've had from Two Roads so far. But this one wasn't on par with some of their better offerings. Still, a very inoffensive beer, just on the light end of how I like my saisons.

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Mornin' Delight
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Mornin' Delight

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV

4.79/5  rDev +0.8% | Avg: 4.75
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to @GarMerr for sharing this bottle on Super Bowl Sunday. Incredibly viscous - pour looks like Willy Wonka's chocolate river lusciously flowing from the bottle to glass. Aroma is incredible - like walking into your favorite cozy coffee shop that just had the most amazing maple syrup spilled all over the floor. Taste follows the aroma, and I found it to be best when taking small sips. Thankfully TG seems to bring a keg of this beer to numerous events throughout the year - can't wait to try it again!

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Fury
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Fury

Foundation Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

3.37/5  rDev -2.3% | Avg: 3.45
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

EBF sample. Poured a rich black. I am very hit or miss with the peppery dark beers. Mexican chocolate style stouts and the like are sometimes good and sometimes bad. This one was too aggressive for me. Pepper was too hot and it gave off an almost burnt plastic flavor. Maybe too much cacao? The cinnamon was fairly faint. It even smelled decent but I could sense the heat from the pepper. It burned too heavy. Not my favorite.

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout
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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout

Dark Horse Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV

4.22/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Inky black with no head.

Aroma: Molasses, Roasted, Burnt/Smoky
Taste: Thick mouthfeel, burnt level roasted, bittersweet chocolate. Oily. Chewy. slight smoky flavor

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Pony Pilsner
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Pony Pilsner

Half Acre Beer Company
German Pilsener / 5.80% ABV

3.99/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 3.85
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy straw-colored body, white soapy head with some lines of lace. Pungent pilsner malt and some herbs come through on the nose, while the flavor adds a spicy hop-and-yeast element to this foundation. The dirt quality I normally get from pilsners is still here, but its a minor role and transformed into something enjoyable. Low-moderate bitterness adds a good edge to the rest of the flavors. Creamy body, both light and easy to drink but also somewhat hearty.
If this is what pilsners are supposed to be like then sign me up. The classic flavor of the malt, which I normally do not enjoy, was readily apparent, but its treatment or combination with the rest of the hop/yeast recipe really did it for me.

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Delusions Of Grandeur
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Delusions Of Grandeur

Foundation Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.21/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.21
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

EBF sample pour. Poured a hazy orange. Aroma was of pungent, fruity exotic hop scents. Highly hopped. My small sample pour is packed with juicy, fruity hops. Also the Brett adds its own elaborate fruitiness. The combination is a clear success (sometimes I find Brett and lots of hops don't always play well together). Eucalyptus flavor. Medium bodied. Pretty intense. A memorable one from the fest.

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Medalla Light
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Medalla Light

Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
Light Lager / 4.00% ABV

3/5  rDev +6.8% | Avg: 2.81
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A perfectly ok lager, at least avaerage by the standards of most island lagers you find in this part of the world. Crisp, clean, drinkable, if a little dull. I was happy to drink a couple by the pool.

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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

3.61/5  rDev -15.3% | Avg: 4.26
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

7 oz. pour into a plastic cup at Goose Island's Fulton & Wood taproom. This is one of the oddest beers I've ever had. Appearance and mouthfeel meet the high expectatons from a BCS variant, but the combination of guajillo pepper and maple syrup has resulted in an unpleasant medicinal-like sweetness that completely takes over.

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Pure Hoppiness
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Pure Hoppiness

Alpine Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4/5  rDev -7.4% | Avg: 4.32
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

35cl bottle. Pours a hazy orange, with a tall white head with decent retention. Smells dank and salty, like lemon zest, grapefruit, mango, some perfumey roses and pine. Tastes of pine hops, citrus, caramel, some funky dankness and just a bit of mango.

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Ape Snake
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Ape Snake

Prairie Artisan Ales
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 7.90% ABV

3.87/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 3.89
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark brown with a thick head that lingers and leaves some nice lacing. Smells like a blend of citrus and bready malts. Taste is the same with maybe a little resin. Overall, this was a decent beer.

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Otra Vez
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Otra Vez

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Gose / 4.50% ABV

3.82/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.82
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice sessionable take on a gose. Slightly salty. I get more cactus on the palate than grapefruit. But it has a light tartness that allows you to keep drinking. Nice take on the style.

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Bell's Amber Ale
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Bell's Amber Ale

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
American Amber / Red Ale / 5.80% ABV

3.45/5  rDev -10.2% | Avg: 3.84
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice frothy head with stamina that griped the glass all the way down. A bit underperforming on the flavor side, though. I think the community rating here better maches my experience than the Bros' rating.

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