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Zed's In Oaxaca - Chocolate Habanero Stout
Zed's In Oaxaca - Chocolate Habanero Stout

Zed's Beer / Bado Brewing
American Stout / 4.20% ABV

3.88/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.88
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bado Brewing "Zed's In Oaxaca - Chocolate Habanero Stout"
on tap at the brewery on 18 February 2018

Notes: Typical stout appearance with a very dark brown-black body and short head of tan. The limited aroma displays only hints of stout and no pepper character, nor any stand-out chocolate notes. The flavor, however, delivers lots of peppery spice beyond the first sip as the acids start to build in the mouth. Fortunately some of the floral and fruity character of the habanero comes through, redeeming it a bit (it's very hard to get that without going overboard on the heat). I should note, however, that others at my table didn't find it that spicy, so maybe I'm off on this one. Everyone agreed that it could use a little more chocolate character given the name. I'm not even sure chocolate is used in it's production, I think it's just called a "chocolate stout". Medium-light in body and gently bristling on the tongue before warming to become smoother - but the acidity also lends it a bite and repeat sips will make it seem much sharper. Overall, a decent stout apart from the heat, and at least interesting, but perhaps a bit too hot and spicy for some.

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Flavorful Five
Flavorful Five

Roak Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.20% ABV

4.1/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 4.12
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 FL OZ can
Served in an oversized, stemless, wine glass

This beverage pours like mango juice. It is hazy AF and topped with an inch of tan head that leaves decent lacing. I get some tropical fruit. Solid NEIPA. It was a little old and need to revisit this one.

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In the Blind IPA
In the Blind IPA

Council Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.40% ABV

4.22/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.2
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a thin white cap that disappeared in less than a minute.
Smells of citrus, some pineapple there too.
Taste follows, more pineapple than was implied from the aroma, the citrus was mostly tangerine, a bit of a bite but not overly bitter.
Medium bodied with a dry finish.
Overall a tasty brew from a brewery I'd hoppily try again.

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Natakhtari Beer
Natakhtari Beer

Natakhtari Brewery
Euro Pale Lager / 5.00% ABV

2.77/5  rDev -0.4% | Score: 2.78
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 500ML bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a crystal clear gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is stale wheat. This could be due to the long travel from the Republic of Georgia. The taste is very similar to Old Milwaukee. First beer from thus country.

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Old Speckled Hen
Old Speckled Hen

Greene King / Morland Brewery
English Pale Ale / 5.20% ABV

4.22/5  rDev +22.3% | Score: 3.45
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden copper with a one-finger, creamy, off-white head. Leaves some lacing
Smells of good malt and little hop.
A wonderful malty taste with a good hop finish. This is much more enjoyable than I expected.
Extremely creamy smooth finish with just enough hop bite in the end. Very refreshing. Some graininess.
Overall, I like this much more that other BA's do. Will get again.

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Restoration Brew Worx
Russian Imperial Stout / 11.20% ABV

4.26/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.2
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unexpectedly delicious RIS from this small brewpub in Delaware, Ohio.

11.8% ABV according to their menu, full look and rounded flavor, chocolate, roastiness, sweet cake... impressed! it hits all the right notes.

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Alpha Supreme
Alpha Supreme

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.40% ABV

5/5  rDev +21.1% | Score: 4.13
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Baby NELSON...this is a masterpiece from Beachwood Brewing, due to the shortage of Nelson hops, Alpha Supreme is only made once or twice a year...all of Beachwood offerings last up to a month in growler/crowler formats, so stock up on this one when its around. If you are a fan of the original Alpine Nelson, this is the champagne of all Nelson hoped IPA's
Wish they had enough product to put into regular production.

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Hamm's Brewing Co.
American Adjunct Lager / 4.60% ABV

3.28/5  rDev +19.3% | Score: 2.75
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a, uh, kitchen glass
L. Super-light clear golden/straw with a white foam head.
S. Slightly metallic, corn and hay, wet blanket, some dry grass clippings. Smells awesome. Not really.
T. Wet hay, slight grass, squeeze of lemon, then corn but not too sweet, biscuity, crackery, fresh bread which lasts to the finish with a touch of alcohol. Aftertaste is bready and corny with a smack of lemon.
F. Not thin but refreshing, medium body and pretty smooth, low-ish carbonation.
O. The aroma wasn't too encouraging, but there was nothing bad about the taste of this beer, in my opinion. In fact, as I take another sip, stuff's pretty good. Hamm's certainly obliterates all other 30-pack options in its price range. Dude, cheers ! ! !

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Boss Tweed
Boss Tweed

Old Nation Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.30% ABV

4.24/5  rDev -4.3% | Score: 4.43
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 FL. OZ. can
Served in an oversized, stemless, wine glass

It is turbid. It looks like mango purée. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

Citrus aroma with a focus on grapefruit.

I taste a tropical and citrus fruit medley. Grapefruit in finish

Full mouthfeel

I wasn't sure about it at first, but I quickly realized that I must have been a dumbass on the first couple of sips. This beer is great!

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Kern River Brewing Company
American IPA

4.81/5  rDev +15.9% | Score: 4.15
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

West coast IPA in a can! This one needs to be poured into a glass to let the citrus and pine take over the senses. Nice taste of tropical fruit, with a zesty citrus/pine finish.

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Even More Coco Jesus
Even More Coco Jesus

Evil Twin Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV

4.32/5  rDev +4.3% | Score: 4.14
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Who doesn't love New Beer Sunday? How CAN you not enjoy a CANportunity to really do some damage under the auspices of doing something New? Happy Even More Even More Evil Twin Sunday (Week 678) as I delve even deeper into this madness!

From the CAN: "Imperial Stout brewed with maple syrup and coconut extract added."; "A few times in the history of craft beer a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league, Usually the recipe to such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, muscovado sugar, maple syrup, coconut and obviously only made in limited amounts. People - this is the taste of rare!"

The Crack! of yet another 1 pint CAN was a daunting prospect all on its own so I CANducted a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass with the assistance of a pre-positioned crane. Following that evolution, an in-glass swirl was on the day's menu, raising a brief finger of fizzy, foamy, dark-brown head with limited retention, quickly reverting to wisps. Color was an inky Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) not only NOT allowing any light penetration, but also turning away all comers! This beer was so black as to begin sucking light out of the room. Nose smelled like ... Mounds, anyone? Dark chocolate & coconut! I love Mounds; Almond Joy only occasionally. Mouthfeel was dense, thick, chewy, a dollop in my maw delivered via trebuchet. My new hobby is ballistic geology, so this fit right in! Oh, this is lovely. Brilliant! It would have been just the thing for the recently-past Valentine's Day (as long as your Valentine digs dark chocolate & coconut). Personally, I vet my Valentine's for allergies as I like nuts, peanut butter, coconut & a host of other triggers. Whoops, a digression. Back to it, straightaway! I have to admit that I was not getting maple syrup, or at least not as strongly as dark chocolate & coconut. For instance, if you were looking at this as a substitute for Founders' CBS, it would disappoint. For me, since I generally eschew sweets, this was perfect. I CAN do without the cloying sweetness of maple syrup. On the other CANd, I love coconut & will drink coconut water on ocCANsion. My, just thinking of coconut made my mouth water. Mmm. I remember in Nursery class when my redheaded g/f bit into a chocolate-covered bit with a coconut center. She looked even paler than usual just before she spit up! I was curious, so I took the discarded remainder for a taste. It was so unlike anything before at that age, but she was so nonplussed that she refused to kiss me for several days. 8=( Another digression! I may have a lie-down after this one. I remember when, and perhaps it is still the case, RISs were the sought-after style on this site, I was more into CANs and AIPAs, so I glossed over much of it. Now, I CAN underCANd the attraction. I usually do not like sweet anything & yet this was really enjoyable! That said, I did everything that I could (within reason), from letting it warm both in the glass & in my mouth to letting it chill a bit in the reefer, but I never got maple syrup. Oh well. It just needed to be said. Finish was semi-sweet (!), an amalgam of dark chocolate & coconut with the hard work of yeast, CANbining to make a beer in a CAN that I would ABSOLUTELY put in the cooler headed to the beach. This & Ten Fidy. On a rubber inflatable. Never to be seen or heard from again. Bruce Dern was ahead of his time at the end of "Coming Home". First, why off yerself for a Jody like Jon Voight? + f**k a Jane Fonda! Leave those two to their own devices! Hey, if yer gonna be one with the ocean, why not do it on a raft with a cooler fulla CANs that'll take the edge off until King Neptune places you in Davy Jones' Locker? That's how I'd do it. Come to think of it, maybe a Viking funeral ...

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Triple Crush
Triple Crush

Reuben's Brews
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV

4.71/5  rDev +7.3% | Score: 4.39
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Many thanks to NWer for the opportunity to sample this beauty.

The pours a hazy, pretty much opaque gold amber color with decent head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is quite impressive, as I pick up a huge aroma of tropical fruit and orange citrus, but with an interesting pine and spruce element as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though I don't get any of the spruce on the palate. There's not a lot of hoppy bitterness on the finish, but it's enough to dry out the sweet tropical fruit, leading to fairly dry finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and so drinkability is quite good (it would be far too easy to polish off a crowler of this bad boy all by one's self). There's nothing the least bit heavy or boozy about this beer.

Definitely one of the better NE style IPA's/DIPA's I've ever had. Not sure if we're going to see any of this down here in PDX, but if so, this is a beer I would order any time I saw it on the taplist. Very, very impressive.

Thanks for bringing the crowler down Larry!

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Reforged XX
Reforged XX

AleSmith Brewing Company
American Strong Ale / 11.00% ABV

4.41/5  rDev +2.1% | Score: 4.32
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Dark brown appearance, almost black, with just a slight head and smooth, glassy look. Smell is sweet with fruit notes and not only dark fruits. Oak, bourbon, chocolate are also apparent, giving the nose a fair amount of depth. The taste echoes the smell with rich hits of bourbon, chocolate and dark fruit that meld into a sweet finish. Feel is a little thinner than I expected but is probably appropriate for the style. Carbonation is low.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) Deep aromas and flavors here that are hard to pin down to any one style, which I guess is the point for a beer that's been blended from three different styles. Maybe a bit more barleywine / wee heavy than a stout. Everything about this was very good, it just didn't quite have any GREAT features. Still, a beer well worth drinking if you can find it.

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Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA
Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA

New Belgium Brewing
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

3.8/5  rDev -0.3% | Score: 3.81
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a one finger head of white foam. The head faded rather fast leaving traces of spiderweb lacing behind. The nose is rich in tropical fruits of mango, pineapple, and papaya with a large showing of tangerine and lemon. The taste begins with a big hit of the fruits that are in the nose, with more snd more fruit developing throughout. All the while there is a modest hop taste of citrus and some lighter herbal and pine tastes. In the end with the increase in fruit and the moderate hop, one is left with a rather bright and sweeter juicy taste that is rather clean in profile. The body of the brew is slightly thicker which is rather nice for the fruity and slightly sweeter taste profile. Overall a pretty good beer. It was a little on the sweeter side and less hoppy side for a 7.5 % brew, but it was an easy drinker with a rather clean taste. Not too shabby.

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Classic Saison
Classic Saison

Blackberry Farm Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.00% ABV

4/5  rDev -1.5% | Score: 4.06
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a bright semi-transparent yellow color with a somewhat sturdy finger's worth of white foamy head. Nice and slow dissipation presented a moderate concave lace roaming here and there around the glass.
The aroma blends a nice white wine vinous sour to sweet character over top of some sweet lemon, green apple and pear. Grassy and hay-like hoppy notes meddle in closer to the end.
The flavor took the prior aromas sweetly with an eloquent sour vinous feature that slyly moved over the grassy and hay-like hoppy notes. A touch of earthy spice slid in underneath. Nice aftertaste of the lemon, green apple, pear, grassiness and earthy spice.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under. Carbonation felt fine, almost felt close to being just a touch over, but I did my best to try to control this in my glass. ABV did feel on par.
Overall, pretty darn nice as a saison bringing in the spices to control the vinous sweet and sour character. I'd have this again.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

Goose Island Beer Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.90% ABV

4.49/5  rDev -4.1% | Score: 4.68
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This variant in my opinion is vastly better than the standard BCBS, with the added element of coffee but also due to the reduced sense of booziness. Lots of spice coming through and the coffee balances well the sweet notes offered by the bourbon both on the nose and the taste.

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

4.23/5  rDev -1.2% | Score: 4.28
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours hazy and with a thick three to about four fingers head. The aroma is pi ey, floral but also full of ripe fruit and sugar candy notes. Easy to drink due to the mellow yet relatively long lasting bitterness. Full mouthfeel.

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Põhjala Brewery
Baltic Porter / 9.00% ABV

4.36/5  rDev +2.3% | Score: 4.26
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark color with a small top of light brown head. Deep aroma of roasted malts,cardamom,vanilla,coconut, milk chocolate,coffee and wild berries. The flavour is really great. Deep roasted malts with medium sweetness. A lot of hints of vanilla,cocolatte and cardamom in the flavour. It finishes of sweet with a slight bitterness to balance it out and with the roasted feel nice in the back.Long and nice aftertaste that last for a good time. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily, and the alcohol is really good masked. Full bodied with a medium carbonation.
This was an amazing Baltic porter. All from the look to the feel is done right, and i enjoyed it to the max. A real sipper to be enjoyed in a slow pace.

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Gardener's Ale
Gardener's Ale

XT Brewing Co.
English Pale Ale / 4.20% ABV

3.69/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.69
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Brewed for Waddesdon Manor. Clear copper with a thin head.
Fruity aroma. Light marmalade and pear. Toffee malt.
The malt wins upon tasting.
Mild carbonation. Quite smooth.
The added quince is somewhat lost.

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If Its Too Loud You're Too Old
If Its Too Loud You're Too Old

Spiteful Brewing
English Brown Ale / 5.50% ABV

4.23/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.23
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice English brown ale - uses English malt/hops so its true to style and isn't at all an American take. Like their Mild, this needs to be on cask it would be sublime. You can judge a brewery by how well they do these more obscure styles and Spiteful hit a homerun with this one.

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Double Dry Hopped Melcher Street
Double Dry Hopped Melcher Street

Trillium Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

4.58/5  rDev +1.6% | Score: 4.51
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Trillium-Canton taproom. This has all the color and appearance of orange juice. I had this after Scaled Way Up, and this was a bit more citrus juicy (as opposed to tropical fruit) than Scaled Way Up. But it was also sweeter and smoother on the end (not as dry as Scaled Way Up).

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The Over Tone
The Over Tone

Bike Dog Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

3.99/5  rDev +0.3% | Score: 3.98
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


A: Moderately hoppy with notes of citrus and pine.

A: Gold color, clear, with a frothy, thick white head that has great retention, lots of lacing in the glass.

T: Hoppy with notes of citrus and pine, faint tropical fruit, coupled with moderately light malt sweetness, moderate hop bitterness and dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Alright; the beer is solid and refreshing, but a bit heavy on the pine character.

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Portage Porter
Portage Porter

49th State Brewing Company
American Porter / 6.00% ABV

4.43/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a huge fan of chocolate forward porters. This sucker is very chocolate heavy. Creamy chocolatey goodness. Thanks to a friend of mine for this beer. He sent it to me with a video of them canning my beer at the brewery. Possibly better than Founders porter. I need to do a side by side. Outstanding.

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Scaled Way Up
Scaled Way Up

Trillium Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

4.73/5  rDev +3.5% | Score: 4.57
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Trillium-Canton. Appearance is basically orange juice both in color and opaqueness. Tropical fruit and great aromatic aroma. Fruity. Pineapple, mango, peach and juicy. Good mouthfeel with a bit of a dry, mild bitter hop bite at the end. Exceptional.

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Mosaic Dry Hopped Dusty
Mosaic Dry Hopped Dusty

More Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.00% ABV

4.04/5  rDev +0.5% | Score: 4.02
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not quite as cloudy as some of the other NE IPAs from MoRE, but still deep yellow haze. Mosaic hops are tropicals and they are nicely present on the nose. There definitely is some kind of a tea note in there too. It is a bit dryer finish and the mouthfeel is on the lighter side. But it is easy drinking.

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