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Windhoek Lager
Windhoek Lager

Namibia Breweries Limited
European Pale Lager / 4.00% ABV

2.51/5  rDev -19.3% | Score: 3.11
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

L- Mid-gold, clear, pours with 3mm fine white head, which is slowly reducing...
S- When I popped the bottle it was like I was transported to Kathmandu, just momentarily... oh yeah! Later up close I don't get that at all, just subtle grains.
T- It is quite hoppy/dry, a slightly off flavour briefly flavour comes in, then the richness builds. On sip2 and onwards the off-flavour doesn't return, so perhaps just a sensitive palate versus 1st sip of 1st beer tonight. The flavour seems confined to malts and grains, ie a basic lager, there are no contemporary facets here.
F- It has quite a rich mouth-feel, it might be just a little too rich for me. I've just checked the ABV% again and am a little surprised to see it's 4%, the richness suggests it's higher.
O- There is nothing of note going on with this beer; sadly rather underwhelming.
This bottle was imported all the way from Namibia to London where I found it in a southern African specialty shop in Paddington station W2. If you happened to be Namibian living in the UK this might be a welcome taste of home but I couldn't find anything in it that would make me pay a premium to buy it again.
BB: End Feb-19

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DDH Gummy Buddy
DDH Gummy Buddy

Noon Whistle Brewing
New England IPA / 6.60% ABV

4.09/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.09
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. I really enjoyed regular gummy buddy last year, with the highlight being the intense citrus fruit with the sweet creamy body. Here the body is fluffier and brighter, but cottonmouth dry. The fruits are there, especially the lime and grapefruit, but are not as juicy or vibrant. Body is thinner as well as drier and lighter. Still ok, but original was far superior.

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No Crusts
No Crusts

Funky Buddha Brewery
American Brown Ale / 6.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +1.7% | Score: 4.18
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty! Tastes just like Peanut and jelly!

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Dinner
Dinner

Maine Beer Company
New England IPA / 8.20% ABV

5/5  rDev +7.8% | Score: 4.64
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

Founders Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout / 11.70% ABV

4.75/5  rDev +2.2% | Score: 4.65
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Julius
Julius

Tree House Brewing Company
New England IPA / 6.80% ABV

5/5  rDev +7.3% | Score: 4.66
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Bourbon County Brand Stout
Bourbon County Brand Stout

Goose Island Beer Co.
American Imperial Stout / 15.20% ABV

5/5  rDev +8.7% | Score: 4.6
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Quilter's Irish Death
Quilter's Irish Death

Iron Horse Brewery
American Strong Ale / 7.80% ABV

3.99/5  rDev +3.4% | Score: 3.86
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a very dark brown color with no head to speak of.
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and molasses.
Taste follows the nose. Milk chocolate, some coffee, and a little bit of molasses.
Medium-bodied, quite drinkable.

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Kennedy
Kennedy

Schneeeule Berlin
Berliner Weisse / 3.00% ABV

4.11/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.68
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hagstravaganza 4, Ballymote, Sligo.
Cloudy hay; chalk, lemon oil, and vinegar; speck of wheat, white vinegar, hit of dill, some lemon rind, + light barn.

4 4.25 4 4 4.25

Sour tames/balances the Sorachi. Brett harmonizes, too. Well done weaving all these threads together. Fun and easy.

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Hankyman
Hankyman

Malmö Brewing Co
English Sweet / Milk Stout / 11.20% ABV

4.3/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hagstravaganza 4, Ballymote, Sligo.
Viscous coal; Sundae! → milk, nuts, chocolate; truffle, more ganache, slight hazelnut + fig, slightly tingling end; dead smooth.

4 4.5 4.25 4.25 4.25

Classic milk stout + ice creamy notes + real IBUs to keep it real. Accomplished + super yummy. Together with their other stuff, Malmo wins.

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Cloud Catcher
Cloud Catcher

Stone & Wood
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.50% ABV

3.71/5  rDev +3.3% | Score: 3.59
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hagstravaganza 4, Ballymote, Sligo.
Deep gold; mild apricot, touch of toffee, mild tropical, yeasty dirt, and slight grass; almost medium.

4 3.5 3.75 3.75 3.75

For Ella + Galaxy, dull. Needs more hops. Shame.

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Berrybarb Pie
Berrybarb Pie

Malmö Brewing Co
Fruit and Field Beer / 3.50% ABV

4.11/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.11
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hagstravaganza 4, Ballymote, Sligo.
Lurid pinl; big raspberry with some cheese; clean lactic, touch of salt, thread of vanilla, + vegetal hit.

4 4.25 4 4 4.25

Raspberry, lactose, vanilla, rhubarb

Crisp + refreshing. Can pick out adjuncts e.g. lactose. Summery + fun, with quality underneath.

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The Coconut Jones Dog - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
The Coconut Jones Dog - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Pipeworks Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV

4.75/5  rDev +5.3% | Score: 4.51
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. This was an excellent stout, everything was masterfully done. The smell featured the toasted coconut, but not in an obnoxious way, rather as a prominent piece that melded into the layers of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste was the same way, with the coconut finishing more and more as the beer warmed up with some wood coming into play as well. So smooth, luxurious, and full to the point of being the perfect amount of heavy.

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Bearded Lady Dessert Edition: Toasted Pecan Praline Bourbon BA
Bearded Lady Dessert Edition: Toasted Pecan Praline Bourbon BA

Magic Rock Brewing
American Imperial Stout / 10.60% ABV

4.05/5  rDev -2.2% | Score: 4.14
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hagstravaganza 4, Ballymote, Sligo.
Viscous jet; booming pecan pie; cocoa truffle, some heat, walnuts, more fudge, a slickness + slight roast; watery + boozy.

4 4.5 4 3.75 3.75

As great as it smells, doesn’t come together. Thin, hot, and this rancid nut oil thing I can’t get with. Almost like when ice cream is made with extracts instead of real fruit or nuts. Disappointing.

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Dragon Wolf
Dragon Wolf

Night Shift Brewing
New England IPA / 6.80% ABV

3.87/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.87
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky hazy pale sand color I get more melon and zest then earthy /spice note . A little thin with nice bitterness.

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Oud Bruin Strawberry
Oud Bruin Strawberry

Brouwerij 't Verzet / Café Loca
Flanders Oud Bruin / 6.00% ABV

4.1/5  rDev -1% | Score: 4.14
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Alm
Alm

Nevel Artisan Ales
Belgian Saison / 5.90% ABV

4.06/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.53
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hagstravaganza 4, Ballymote, Sligo.
Hazy gold; bright floral nose; pils grain, big aromatics, some tart edges, pear, + spicy end.

4 4.25 4 4 4

Yarrow + bog myrtle contribute. Saison character in there somewhere. Needs more time spent, but intriguing.

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FRESH NEW LOOK
FRESH NEW LOOK

Braindead Brewing
American Brut IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.1/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.1
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass
Appearance – The beer is served a crystal clear golden color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew was somewhat fruity (light fruits) mixed with some citrus grapefruit and floral hop smells. Along with these aromas comes just a hint of bread and a touch of herbal hop.
Taste- The taste begins with a crisp and clean lightly bready and fruity taste that has a clean herbal and citrus hop flavor. As the taste advances the light fruit upfront seems to dwindle in intensity, all while the hop tastes get stronger and are joined by other hop flavors of a floral and pine nature. As the flavor transitions forward, a light bit of an almost toasted caramel malt taste comes to the tongue, and combined with the surge in the dry hop tastes, one is left with a very crisp and clean hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is very thin and the carbonation level perky, creating a refreshingly hopped taste overall.
Overall – This was my first Brut IPA, and it was right up my alley. I think I am now hooked. This was fantastic and refreshing!! Perfect for the sunny Dallas day we visited the brewpub.

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Hooloomooloo
Hooloomooloo

Modern Times Beer
American Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV

3.69/5  rDev -5.1% | Score: 3.89
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

July 17th, 2015 - Modern Times does some magic with hop cones, and this beer puts its namesake in my throats - Hooloomooloo. Enjoyed at the brewery, it has a sharp hoppy and bitter scent, both resinous and sweet. A little bubble gum and pine build up the aroma, adding body and complexity. The flavor is even better, bold with bazooka joe (old fashioned) bubble gum, which lets the hops dance. The aroma enjoys a huge, fresh pine scent, but it's thinned as if wafting in cool mountain air. A stellar effect!

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Fluffy
Fluffy

Night Shift Brewing
American IPA / 5.70% ABV

3.99/5  rDev -1.7% | Score: 4.06
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Finback / Big aLICe - Relaxation Cassette
Finback / Big aLICe - Relaxation Cassette

Finback Brewery
American Wild Ale / 8.80% ABV

3.91/5  rDev -2% | Score: 3.99
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

sour with vanilla and lactose continues to be weird to me, even in better made beer like this, i think its an odd combination to have desserty flavors and textures colliding with acidity and pucker, it seems like a clash, and it often is. this one is better than most, the desserty bits and the sourness is bridged by the lemon in here, a sort of candied or zested and baked vibe to it, especially with the little bit of malt to this, almost cakey, and the lemongrass gives it a tropical lightness that i find appealing, helps integrate the lactose a little bit. vanilla is strong here though, especially in the nose, and its hard to get past that, it almost makes this seem like a cream soda or something, sweet and pungent throughout. the acidity is moderate, im glad its not any more sour than it is, clean enough, works with the lemon element, but i think this would be a better beer either as a non sour, or without the added lactose, there is a friction somehow here. i had this can pretty late in the session, possibly on a faded palate, i will revisit this soon and compare, but this seems like a stab at being trendy, and as much as its fun, its not at the level of some of the other finback stuff we got to drink. maybe too much vanilla, maybe just me...

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Jump Rope
Jump Rope

Night Shift Brewing
American IPA / 8.10% ABV

3.94/5  rDev -4.8% | Score: 4.14
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout
Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout

Goose Island Beer Co.
American Imperial Stout / 14.90% ABV

4.4/5  rDev -4.6% | Score: 4.61
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to trying the original Vanilla Bourbon County for quite a few years now - and while that has not happened, I was overjoyed to see the beer come back for 2018.

Vanilla pours a deep, rich black with very light carbonation and head. The smell is pungent vanilla, almost like a candle or an air freshener - just slightly artificial, but wonderful all the same. The taste is a bit similar - a friend called it pretty accurately when he said that it tastes like cake batter or icing. I don't find that to be a bad thing here, as I do in 4 Hands' Madagascar. The beer still tastes wonderful and smells even better.

What I will say is that it's even better when blended with Prop - a 50/50 blend fixes all of the flaws in both beers. Take note, Goose - should've done that in the first place! ;)

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Bourbon Barrel Double Stack
Bourbon Barrel Double Stack

Great Notion Brewing
American Imperial Stout

4.2/5  rDev -1.6% | Score: 4.27
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub yesterday. Tried this beer side by side with the regular DS and Sticky Bun.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good hearing retention and light lacing. This stout has the look of a beer that has seen some considerable barrel aging. The nose is pretty attractive as I get some maple, vanilla, dark chocolate, and light bourbon with a hint of tobacco and leather. On the palate, what really jumps out at you is how sweet this beer is. Regular DS is pretty sweet as it is, but this really takes things up a notch in the sweetness department. Otherwise, the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though I'm picking up a bit more bourbon in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel seems a tad thin for a BA stout, but is still fairly full with a long finish. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, but again, the sweetness is a bit much and the beer is almost cloying. Coupled with the high abv., this is not the most drinkable BA stout I've ever come across.

Considering that this is the first BA stout GN has made, this isn't a terrible effort. With practice I'm sure they'll improve their technique over time. The biggest quarrel I have with this beer (aside from the high price and ridiculous hype) is that the barrel aging really subsumes a lot of the qualities I enjoy in regular DS. There's no coffee or pancake flavor to speak of, and the slight bacon grease aroma I sometimes get on the nose with the regular DS is no where to be seen in this BA version. Also, the sweetness is really over the top in this beer (I sometimes find the regular DS to be too sweet, but the BA version is a lot sweeter still). Not sure this is a beer I'd want to revisit any time soon (even assuming it were possible - I'm assuming it likely won't be).

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2018)
Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2018)

Goose Island Beer Co.
American Imperial Stout / 15.00% ABV

4.18/5  rDev -8.5% | Score: 4.57
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Prop has come to be something of a mixed bag to me, and this is why:

My first experience with Prop was 2017 - and while I'm not a fan of bananas foster, that beer was pretty dang good. The adjuncts and the complexity of the beer made it special, and it definitely stood out in contrast with the base. I then had Prop 2015, which was badly infected and tasted much more like a port or red wine barrel-aged sour - I liked that one a lot, which is a contentious opinion, I know. I made the very regrettable mistake of then trading a very good beer for a Prop 2016 - and couldn't stand that beer. Those smoky peppers made it my least favorite year of Prop. Finally, I bought a Prop 2014 and was once again reassured that the series has a solid foundation for the hype.

But then I had 2018, and once again I am doubting Goose. Prop 2018 pours a bit thin and smells of booze, cocoa, and light nuttiness. I'm not sure where that nuttiness is coming from, but it's there. I'm really surprised by how much thinner the beer is than the base - disappointed, actually - the mouth feel is tangibly worse. While it's certainly quite fudgy, the thinness doesn't work well as a vessel for the adjuncts. The finish also isn't terribly satisfying, and there isn't much barrel presence at all. The carbonation is perfect though, so at least there's that.

I'm afraid that Prop 18 is just one of those beers that will be highly reviewed because of what it is, not because of the quality of the beer. It's not a bad beer, but it's certainly not on a par with Prop 14 - and I'd certainly rather have Vanilla or Reserve... or even the base.

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Floating Weightless
Floating Weightless

Finback Brewery
American Wild Ale / 6.50% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +8.2% | Score: 3.89
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

wood aged wild beer here with kumquats, done in collaboration with other half, and something really high quality and quite different. the brew is rusty orange colored and quite dense looking for its modest abv, definitely some sediment in here too, a brassy shine, and a slowly settling white head. smells is super woody and mature, lumber and funk, done in white wine barrels and the fruitiness of the wine is immediately evident too, pear and apple notes come out, and the citrus tang and piquant kumquat thing, its really different, mouthwatering, sour it seems for brett fermentation, but maybe some wine tannins playing that part up. its super complex in the flavor, sharp from the kumquats and nicely developed on the brett side, a lambic weirdness like iodine or something, and there is some acidity as well. wood is huge, wet and musty, minerals and copper and twang, lots of body, almost heavy really, and it stays on the tongue awhile even though its not really sweet at all. pretty sturdy malt structure is cool in one of these, not just white wheat and pils which is a nice touch, especially in the winter, and the mellow carbonation seems right as well. its mature now, but im sure this will age nicely too. neat of these two to get together for a beer like this, unique and fully successful, we all really dug this bottle!

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Windhoek Light
Windhoek Light

Namibia Breweries Limited
American Light Lager / 2.00% ABV

4.2/5  rDev +68.7% | Score: 2.49
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

I like everything about this beer; its taste, look, etc. Most of all, it is light in calories and very light in alcohol, in other words the perfect beer to look like you're enjoying yourself, without actually getting drunk or have a hangover the next day. It should therefore have a perfect score. But for me the deal-breaker and what takes the score all the way down is the new 440ml can. It used to come in a 330ml can, which was perfect. The new can size is not only bulky and ungainly, but the cans don't fit anywhere and the beer gets warm and stale by the time you get to the last few sips. This used to be my main beer, but now I avoid it, all because of the can size change. (I like beer in a can, not a bottle.)

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Tripel Karmeliet
Tripel Karmeliet

Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgian Tripel / 8.40% ABV

4.65/5  rDev +8.6% | Score: 4.28
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice belgian beer,with a big foam, spicy taste with coriander, and fruits. Maybe a tiny bit too sweet for my taste, but
easily became one of my favourite belgian beers.

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Plaid Habit
Plaid Habit

Boulevard Brewing Co.
American Strong Ale / 13.90% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +0.2% | Score: 4.23
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Juicier Than Thou
Juicier Than Thou

Heretic Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4.2/5  rDev +5.8% | Score: 3.97
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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De Dolle Oerbier
De Dolle Oerbier

Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 9.50% ABV

4.3/5  rDev +2.6% | Score: 4.19
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Often over carbonated, like my recent example which started foaming out as soon as I popped the cap. It was held at 45 degrees. Before I could even get it to the tulip glass I had lost an ounce or so. After gently pouring the glass was 80% filled with foam, as was the bottle.

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Sidecar Orange IPA
Sidecar Orange IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

3.72/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.72
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Chameleon (Black)
Chameleon (Black)

Center of the Universe Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

3.8/5  rDev -2.8% | Score: 3.91
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Big Hugs
Big Hugs

Half Acre Beer Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

4.19/5  rDev +1.2% | Score: 4.14
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Christmas Ale
Christmas Ale

Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +0.5% | Score: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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The Pure And Simple IPA Is Rarely Pure And Never Simple
The Pure And Simple IPA Is Rarely Pure And Never Simple

Evil Twin Brewing
New England IPA / 4.50% ABV

4/5  rDev -3.4% | Score: 4.14
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange body with minimal head. Aroma was basically mild grapefruit and some citric hops with a bit of floral edge. Body is light, maybe medium, juicy, mild, a touch of acidic crispness underneath some grapefruit sweetness and beer has no bitterness at all with clean finish.

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Ghosts in the Sky
Ghosts in the Sky

Four Quarters Brewing Co.
American Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.18/5  rDev -2.1% | Score: 4.27
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout
Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout

Starr Hill Brewery
English Sweet / Milk Stout / 6.00% ABV

3.65/5  rDev -8.3% | Score: 3.98
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Poetry is What Gets Lost in Translation
Poetry is What Gets Lost in Translation

Evil Twin Brewing
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.85/5  rDev -5.9% | Score: 4.09
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy, yellow-orange body with great head and lasting lace. The aroma is sharp, floral and has some acidity to it. The beer is light, floral, juicy albeit a tad tart, with an acidic sharpness at times that keeps it crisp and leads to dry, lemon-like sweet finish.

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I Don't Know How To Put This But This IPA Is Kind Of A Big Deal
I Don't Know How To Put This But This IPA Is Kind Of A Big Deal

Evil Twin Brewing
American Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV

4/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 4.02
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper-tinted orange body with minimal head and sticky lace patches. The aroma is citric, floral, juicy and even comes across like perfume (not fake stuff). The body is a little dense thanks to a mild stickiness, the sweet malts/honey are dominant flavor as a juicy, earthy, mildly bitter hop profile takes a background to the sweetness of this beer.

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Double Agent
Double Agent

BrewDog
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

3.9/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The Fix
The Fix

Elysian Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout / 9.40% ABV

3.64/5  rDev -12.3% | Score: 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Leftovers
Leftovers

Reaver Beach Brewing Company
English Oatmeal Stout / 6.50% ABV

3.46/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.46
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Cream & Sugar, Please
Cream & Sugar, Please

Cycle Brewing
American Porter / 5.00% ABV

3.88/5  rDev -4.7% | Score: 4.07
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Sunrise City IPA
Sunrise City IPA

Sailfish Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.79/5  rDev -2.8% | Score: 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Holiday Latte Milkshake Stout
Holiday Latte Milkshake Stout

Rochester Mills Beer Co.
English Sweet / Milk Stout / 4.50% ABV

3.43/5  rDev -0.6% | Score: 3.45
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Devil's Teeth - Bourbon Barrel-Aged With Hazelnut, Vanilla, and Coffee
Devil's Teeth - Bourbon Barrel-Aged With Hazelnut, Vanilla, and Coffee

Modern Times Beer
American Imperial Stout / 13.50% ABV

4.75/5  rDev +9.2% | Score: 4.35
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Ballad of a Dead Soldier
Ballad of a Dead Soldier

Electric Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA / 8.30% ABV

4.5/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Honey, Dear
Honey, Dear

The Waterfront Brewery
American Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV

3.58/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.58
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10 oz pour into a snifter glass on tap at the brewery.

A: Caramel amber colored body with pretty good clarity. Creamy looking tiny bubbled slightly off white head that settled slowly.

S: Some pineapple, light orange, a little resin, lots of bitter sharp caramel.

T: Fairly bitter a lot of maltiness with muddled fruit flavors interspersed throughout with a healthy dose of alcohol mixed in.

M: Medium bodied leaning toward heavier a little cloying on the finish.

O: This DIPA is listed as having a healthy malt back bone but it drinks more like an older DIPA or a barley wine crossed with a red ale.

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2XMAS
2XMAS

Southern Tier Brewing Company
Herb and Spice Beer / 8.50% ABV

3.85/5  rDev +4.3% | Score: 3.69
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, burnt amber color. Light orangeish head with little retention and no lacing.

S---They advertised it, and they nailed it. Cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and a light touch of orange. Absolute spice bomb. I suppose fig paste would've shown up too, if I knew what it was and could identify it.

T---Follows the nose perfectly. A spice bomb, as advertised.

F---Practically no carbonation. Medium feel. I'd call the mouthfeel, "Meh".

O---This one isn't exactly my cup of tea, but it hits the marks of both style and advertising, so I graded it higher than I actually liked it.

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