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Wolf Gang
Wolf Gang

Mad Scientist Beer
American Lager | 6% ABV

3.83/5  rDev 0% | Average: 3.83
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very good India-pale lager, with 2 types of really good hop addition and a clear orange-reddish colour.
Really good and very different from the standard lager type beers.
Highly recommended.

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Pseudo Sue
Pseudo Sue

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) | 6.8% ABV

4.49/5  rDev -0.9% | Average: 4.53
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pale ales I have ever had. It feels more like an ipa than just a pale ale. A great showcase of the citra hop, really appreciated that I could get 16oz cans for 4-5 dollars through Tavour. Well worth the money.

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Basic Becky
Basic Becky

Prairie Artisan Ales
American Imperial Stout | 11% ABV

4.24/5  rDev -0.2% | Average: 4.25
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dark malts and mild vegetables/complex spices/allspice/nutmeg. The flavor is dark malts, mild syrup, fruit/dark fruit and a spicy/slight heat/acidic finish.

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Dare Mighty Things - Mosaic
Dare Mighty Things - Mosaic

The Brewing Projekt
American IPA | 6.4% ABV

4.09/5  rDev -4.4% | Average: 4.28
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can
From GreenBayBA
no can date
Ploughshare Wide Mouthed Glass

Bright hazy yellow with a creamy cap of 1 finger receding to a thick ring leaving lots of toothpaste lace on the sides.

Aroma of fresh cannabis, blueberries, peaches, and mango.

Flavor begins with a nice herbal stab with notes of basil and cannabis; some pineapple sweetness and sliced mango follow in step, some peach or apricot, frozen blackberry, strawberry, and some grass and other bright yellow fruit flesh at the end. Slight hints of vanilla in there as well.

Feel is creamy and resiny and juuuuuicy. Almost no alcohol detected except for the little nip of warmth on the tongue that keeps you coming back for more.

Overall a pretty stellar beer especially for a NE style from these parts. Good stuff, I really think they're onto something.

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30th Anniversary Ale
30th Anniversary Ale

Boulevard Brewing Co.
American Strong Ale | 12.5% ABV

4.4/5  rDev +3.5% | Average: 4.25
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very reminiscent of their Grand Cru. The GC scored a little higher on aroma but otherwise almost identical. The barrel character paradoxically because it's fairly subtle, my personal preference.

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E-Z Swords
E-Z Swords

Eagle Park Brewing
New England IPA | 8.5% ABV

3.81/5  rDev -8.6% | Average: 4.17
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, no date
from GreenBayBA
Ploughshare Wide Mouthed Glass

An opaque honey colored glow with a tall, huge, creamy monstrous head of 3 fingers, gradually receding to 2, with lots of lace conquering the glass.

Definite cryo hop present in the aroma, with slight dank broccoli, some tangerine, slight grapefruit, dried coconut, very slight tropical mango.

Interesting flavor profile. I get some orange creamsickle, musty sock, lemon zest, tangerine, plastic, mango, pineapple candy, lemon drop, grass, coconut oil, and basil.

Feel is creamy all the way home. Nice resins and some good juice acidity though not cranked on full. Good job on taming the alcohol heat even at 8.5%. Resiny finish with lingering stabs of burning alcohol.

Overall not bad, it was a little weird with the bitterness and sweetness competing for first place. A bit funky, but definitely its own thing. Try it once or twice.

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Black Forest Magic
Black Forest Magic

Foundation Brewing Company
English Sweet / Milk Stout | 7% ABV

4/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black color with a reddish-brown tint. 2 fingers of head fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, cherries, vanilla, dark chocolate

T: Starts off with the roasted malt and cherries and then slowly picks up the vanilla, lactose, and dark chocolate. Not super sweet. The cherries are more on the tart side. Finishes with lingering cherry and roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice dessert stout that does a decently good job at getting the flavors of a black forest cake. Flavors meld well together. Solid

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

Flying Dog Brewery
Belgian IPA | 8.3% ABV

1.68/5  rDev -56.8% | Average: 3.89
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Almost undrinkable for me. It just is really bad and always tastes skunked to me with a very strange aftertaste. The abv comes through like a brew with 11%, pass on this unless it’s the last option at a gas station.

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Juicy Bits
Juicy Bits

WeldWerks Brewing Co.
New England IPA | 6.7% ABV

4.38/5  rDev +1.2% | Average: 4.33
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saw this a lot on the what Beer Are You drinking now thread and wanted to give it a try. Can’t see through it at all. Foamy, mild lacing. Smell is straight up hops-it’s got juiciness, slight bitterness, citrus, guava, and mango. A little malt presence. Taste is citrusy, juicy, slightly tart tanginess with flavors of orange, mango, guava. Just a hint of bitterness. Feel is light to medium bodied, slightly mouth watering, minimal alcohol presence. I like it-it’s juicy but not overwhelmingly juicy, citrusy, or sweet. The mildness of the juiciness is probably the best thing about it.

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Rhinegeist Brewery
American IPA | 7.2% ABV

3.92/5  rDev -4.2% | Average: 4.09
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, 10/22/19
Ploughshare Widemouthed Glass
Thanks Kevin!

Caramel-toffee color with a tall fluffy head of 2 fingers, receding to 1, and leaving tons of lush lace.

Aroma of fresh pine and citrus, with shades of evergreen, mango, white bread, and brown sugar.

Flavor brings forth tons of evergreen and pine, almost minty even, with tailing notes of grapefruit peel and peppery wood. Tons of malt here as well - bready and toasty, with hints of brown sugar, more mint, and caramel sauce.

Feel is resiny all the way home, with a moderate to high amount of burning alcohol but completely welcome here; sticky icky hop cling, and a moderate carbonation to keep it lively. Dry resiny finish.

Overall, a very nice mash up of west coast and middle US, very minty and piney, good for those looking for a heavy palate scrubbing west coast fix.

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Tamanend Helles
Tamanend Helles

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
German Helles | 5% ABV

3.47/5  rDev -2.8% | Average: 3.57
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, little else. Taste is of malts, grains, hops are in the house. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent and easy drinking beer. By the way, great job on the approved pic.

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Fair State Brewing Cooperative
American Imperial Stout | 8% ABV

4.48/5  rDev +10.1% | Average: 4.07
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L-Dark brown with ruby red highlighted chocolate head.

S-Light aroma. Roasted malts and a dusting of cocoa.

T-Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, along with some char/smoke. Hit's the mark.

F-Not immense. I'd call it medium/full. Creamy texture.

O-Very enjoyable stout with a loaded flavor profile. Reminds me of some of the Bell's stouts I drank years ago when I was first starting to enjoy stouts properly.

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Friar's Festivus
Friar's Festivus

Monkless Belgian Ales
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad) | 10.2% ABV

4.03/5  rDev -6.1% | Average: 4.29
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fall 2019 bottle into a Thirsty Monk (Asheville, NC) snifter.

Brewery claims it was brewed in the quadrupel style, but it does not look or taste like a quad.

Smell is heavy on the clove and lemon, taste is similar, but with even more lemon and a little sweetness. The spices (again, mostly clove) do kick in as part of the aftertaste. The body is very light, much more similar to a dubbel than a quad (which is, in fairness, impressive given the 10.2% abv).

It would be quite good for a dubbel, but weak for a quad. An overall decent winter ale.

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Bulle Bulle
Bulle Bulle

Hop Valley Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA | 8.7% ABV

3.61/5  rDev -4.7% | Average: 3.79
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is supposed to be brewed with cryo Mosaic hops and French yeast. The taste is seriously peach, apricot, and tangerine. It's another juicy fruit brew but not bad, actually. Sweet and moderately malty. The sugar comes through into the aftertaste, and that's not so bad either.

Color is a clear, rich amber yellow. Fine-grained white foam in the Maredsous goblet. This gets rather acidic after some sipping. It's OK to sip for awhile, and the orange peel taste is pleasant for half a glass. From the 22 oz bottle. You can find this at Fred Meyer supermarkets.

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Blackmore Lager
Blackmore Lager

Bozeman Brewing Company
German Schwarzbier | 4.7% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +5.1% | Average: 3.89
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown body with small milky white head and a whole lot of lacing.

Flavors are herbal - not medicinal - with some cola notes. There's solid, toasty roasty malt that avoids being sweet or chocolatey.

Carbonation is light medium, and quite nice.

Overall a great lager.

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Crooked Stave / Omnipollo Bianca Raspberry Wild Wild Brett
Crooked Stave / Omnipollo Bianca Raspberry Wild Wild Brett

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
American Brett | 6% ABV

4.03/5  rDev -7.8% | Average: 4.37
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle served in a little Red Hook sample glass. If there's a date, I don't see it.

Pours a pretty, clear, ruby-purple with very little head and not much carbonation. Smell is fruity, blackberries, but not like jam. Something is tickling at the back of my head that I can't identify -- but it smells fresh and clean somehow.

Taste is tart, fruity but not overpowering, some funk and salt. Salt is pretty muted.

Mouthfeel is light and very dry. Overall, good beer.

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Tampa-Style Lager
Tampa-Style Lager

Cigar City Brewing
American Lager | 4.5% ABV

3.82/5  rDev +1.9% | Average: 3.75
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into glass from can. Color is pale yellow with a slight haze. Has a cackery aroma similar to some continental lagers. Flavor leans toward a malt sweetness with a bit of hop bitterness for balance. Medium light body and a slightly tart finish.

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Bianca Double Raspberry Lassi Gose
Bianca Double Raspberry Lassi Gose

Leipzig Gose | 6% ABV

4/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a little Red Hook sample glass. If there's a date, I don't see it.

Pours murky purple with a small white head. Smell is super jammy with a little sea-air saltiness behind it.

Taste is jammy as hell, raspberry puree with a little salt added in. There's another bitter or funky flavor lurking around in there that I can't pick out clearly.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick. Overall, nice beer.

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Experimental Series: Sabro IPA
Experimental Series: Sabro IPA

Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
American IPA | 5.6% ABV

3.77/5  rDev 0% | Average: 3.77
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Tea colored brew with modest foam in the goblet. Below average carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Aroma of tangerine and cedar. Just a slight sweetness. Celery taste with a woody note and hints of butterscotch. It's really quite a distinctive hop flavor and hard to put words to. This would have been better with a little more spritz but it quite drinkable and a different sort of hop flavor. From the 16 oz can filled from the tap at the brewery restaurant.

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Elder Pine Brewing & Blending Co
Japanese Rice Lager | 5.5% ABV

3.68/5  rDev -2.1% | Average: 3.76
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pale and clear straw hue with a half finger stark white head dissipating to a ring with minimal lacing.

S: Lime and Lemongrass, hard to say which is more prominent. Rice malt also present.

T: Strong and crisp lemongrass amplified by lime. The tea is lost for me. It’s quite sour and there is a musty stone aftertastes soon after swallowed.

F: Crisp and clean malt, sour citrus, and a medium body with average carbonation.

O: Flavorful for a lager but a bit out of balance for me. Would love to see less citrus and enough green tea for it to have an equal seat on the palate.

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Pile Of Face
Pile Of Face

Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
American IPA | 6.5% ABV

3.58/5  rDev -6.8% | Average: 3.84
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, light tropical fruits. Taste is citrus, malts, melon, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Kentucky 20th Anniversary Ale
Kentucky 20th Anniversary Ale

Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
English Strong Ale | 9.7% ABV

2.92/5  rDev 0% | Average: 2.92
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rare anymore I have a chance to add a beer here. Picked this up today driving through lexington and saw this while checking out. Not sure on availability but both the label and the cap under the wax were hand numbered.

Anyway the note is that this is "extended aged ale" meaning it spent even more time in barrels than the standard bourbon ale.

A - Pretty much your standard kentucky bourbon ale. Amber color, creates a lot of head but it doesn't last long. Light lacing.

S - vanilla over berries and then herbal grass notes. Then you get toffee and somewhat aged sugars and caramels. I really was expecting more bourbon and oak though unlike the older bottlings of kentucky bourbon barrel, this was aged in Town Branch Barrels and to be frank, that is not a good bourbon nor is it one I'd want to age a quality beer in. As a result I somewhat get that those barrels are a bit of lower quality than past kentucky ale's (I'm sure they use these for all their stuff now but I haven't had a kentucky ale in many years).

T. This is vanilla forward for sure. There aren't any indications of hops, just sweetness from the barrels and the natural the strong ale elements. Toffee, butter scotch, grass, amber malts, vanilla, some berry notes, light toast (maybe from the barrel?).

Overall this is a decent beer, it's about 12 or 13 bucks. I wouldn't buy it again, but it was a fun one off. I don't think they got any benefit from extended aging and that's a shame because I feel they have done longer barrel aging before and actually got a better beer out of it. I think the switch to their own bourbon barrels is hurting them here. At the same time, it's pretty cool to see a beer aged in their own bourbon barrels. For that novelty alone I somewhat want to score this one higher.

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Imperial Porter Bourbon Barrel-Aged 2019 Release
Imperial Porter Bourbon Barrel-Aged 2019 Release

Collective Arts Brewing
American Imperial Porter | 11.5% ABV

4.27/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.27
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml. bottle.
Bottled 26 SEP 2019.
Moderate pour yields a 5/4 inch tan head over a very dark brown body with sticky lacing. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, slight dark fruit, and booze from the barrel. Taste mirrors nose closely with dark chocolate, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and oak coming to the forefront, with caramel coming forward as this warms a bit. Less booze flavor than the nose would reveal, which is just fine. Near velvet feel and overall, another delicious BBA Impy Porter from our friends up north.

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Drums & Guitar
Drums & Guitar

June Lake Brewing
American Porter | 6.4% ABV

4.06/5  rDev -2.4% | Average: 4.16
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and laces quite beautifully.

S: Roasty, coffee, dark chocolate, and a little char, a bit of pine, earthy herbal notes, a hint of dark fruit, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty malt, light char, coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate, piney, earthy, and herbal notes, a touch of dark fruit, cherry and plum, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: A touch on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very solid straight forward porter.

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Coors Edge
Coors Edge

Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Low Alcohol Beer | 0.5% ABV

2.96/5  rDev 0% | Average: 2.96
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh boy, a brand spanking new N.A, beer from Coors, I can hardly contain my excitement. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, light malts and sweetness. Taste is of malts, hints of corn and sweetness, bland and boring. Feels light bodied in the mouth and overall it;'s drinkable, but there are better options available.

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Circle Back
Circle Back

Finback Brewery
New England IPA | 7% ABV

4.35/5  rDev +1.9% | Average: 4.27
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into glass. Pours a super hazy yellow, as is the style these days. Aroma of grapefruit and pineapple, lots of fruit and a tiny bit of dankness. Flavor is dominated by hops and has just a bit of malt to round it out. Mouthfeel is decently chewy with a soft finish. Great beer from a great brewery.

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Ransack the Universe
Ransack the Universe

Collective Arts Brewing
American IPA | 6.8% ABV

3.25/5  rDev -21.1% | Average: 4.12
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

An aromatic IPA that hits softly and lingers on your tastebuds. A hazy amber pour with just a bit of collar, this beer has a dry taste that delivers on the fruity promise made by it’s aroma. The galaxy hops shine against the light malt. Hints of citrus and fruit round out a delightful full bodied beer.

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Ecliptic / Russian River - Belgian-style Hoppy Golden Ale
Ecliptic / Russian River - Belgian-style Hoppy Golden Ale

Ecliptic Brewing
Belgian Strong Pale Ale | 8.5% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +1.4% | Average: 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of candi malt, Belgian yeast, citrus hops, lemon, light stone fruit, pear and a hint of caramel. Flavor is candi and lightly grainy malt, Belgian and saison style yeast, light citrus and grassy hops, lemon, dried tropical and light stone fruit, clove. More fruit develops into a semi-dry, slightly funky finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. A very Belgian tasting pale ale, but the flavor is not like anything I've had from there. The main body is solid Belgian strong pale, but there are unusual fruit flavors and more of a saison style funk to the yeast. I didn't know what to expect and this was a very pleasant surprise. Hints at tartness and funk while staying within the boundaries of the fruit and malt support. Very nice and authentic. Great collaboration.

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Celebration Fresh Hop IPA
Celebration Fresh Hop IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American IPA | 6.8% ABV

3.95/5  rDev -5.3% | Average: 4.17
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Samuel Adams Ugly Sweater pint glass
Here we go.

A deep toasted caramel color with an off-white head of 2 fingers, very creamy, receding to a bubbly half-finger.

Aroma is of mouth-watering citrusy hops and medium-dark toast. Slight wet evergreen pops up behind that with notes of persimmon and mango.

A formidable tongue-scraping bitterness starts this off, (I forgot how unflinchingly bitter west coast IPAs can be) with heavy notes of pine, toffee, toasted pumpernickel, sweet brown sugar, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, and banana peel. Fading notes of evergreen, pine cone, and bitter hop dust. It is a palate scrubber for sure.

Feel is creamy and smooth, with enough carbonation and alcohol warmth to keep it exciting. Nearly perfect alcohol warmth, it is an artistic move and a winter warmer for sure.

Overall a very very good west coast style IPA if you don't mind tongue scrubbing bitterness. I gravitate towards milder IPAs myself, but this will satisfy any traditional hop head. Merry Christmas.

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The Abyss
The Abyss

Deschutes Brewery
American Imperial Stout | 11.4% ABV

4.63/5  rDev +2.7% | Average: 4.51
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

viscous mouth feel with a deep chocolate flavor, but, with a strong hops backbone that counteracts the sweetness and provides a very balanced flavor. Outstanding!

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Tasting Room Series: Bourbon Barrel Belgian Style Dark Ale
Tasting Room Series: Bourbon Barrel Belgian Style Dark Ale

Boulevard Brewing Co.
Belgian Strong Dark Ale | 11.9% ABV

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

Going in I really love these guys for what they do they make very high gravity bourbon barrel-aged beers at a very affordable price. Can't say I really knock this one it's very smooth Bourbon tones mix pretty well with fruity aspects of a Belgian dark ale. Can't say I really love it but it does give me some excitement for the sweet imperial Stout I have to try within this line of beers.

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Concrete Ship
Concrete Ship

Cape May Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout | 9.3% ABV

3.65/5  rDev -9.4% | Average: 4.03
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

if concrete was black and mimicked the night... yeah, you have that here, lacing is good, the head that was went out quick, looks the part, nothing fancy, nothing tacky

boozy peat bog, dirty marsh with a hint of sweet marshmallow, definite notes of the wood (wet), not totally dominated by the bourbon, is that a good thing ? not sure yet, it is a marker of a little uniqueness though

taste etc...
drinks short of dry, almost like a baltic stout (related), the sweetness seems to override some of the darker tones, I can sense the bitter chocolate/coffee trying to break through but they pass underneath like water under a bridge, this certainly is not viscous as you might expect, further in the bourbon takes over, move over rover, let the bourbon take over, you really taste the bourbon and get a nice burn, a good burn, when bourbon is good the burn is fine, such is the case here I so declare, the ABV is also sneaky, a good balance, maybe the carbonation is where this is loosing me, too much which is probably what bothers me about the weight in the mouth, it has all the other dressings of a top notch stout however,

very good, not great, just missing here and there, I mean I love the history involved which is one of the least appreciated aspects of craft beer, in fact I was @ sunset beach tonight, but that aside this is a just miss, but the brewery is pretty young, keep going my jersey son...

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Saison 13
Saison 13

Belgian Saison | 6.1% ABV

4/5  rDev +1.3% | Average: 3.95
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Megadeth beer yes please! pours rather dark for the style with a dark orange hue. Head was massive with my English pint glass it flowed almost 2 inches of foam. Smells moderately spiced has some really good orange candies aroma and just overall smells fruity. Taste is about the same kind of generic not overly spiced or full of hop taste. Body is smooth simple easy drinking.

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Yule Shoot Your Eye Out
Yule Shoot Your Eye Out

Karbach Brewing Co.
Herb and Spice Beer | 8% ABV

3.82/5  rDev +0.5% | Average: 3.8
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Christmas beer of the season!

L-Pours a very nice, looking beer. Mahogany in color with a one and a half fingered rocky head which quickly dissipates to nothing but a nice bubbly lace.
S-Sweet grassy wheat aroma, with some slight spices and a caramel undertone. Not bad on the aroma, but not very prominent or outstanding in any way.
T- Altogether very nice flavor. Grassy and sweet wheat is there followed by a nice caramel touch. It's well spiced with some ginger and cinnamon with possibly some orange peel. In some ways, I almost get some maple flavor?
F- Light bodied for a heavier looking and tasting beer. Pretty refreshing.
O- This beer is 8% while thinking it was on the lower end of four. All I can say is I respect the brewmaster there for hiding such a potent ale. It has a very balanced flavoring with a crisp finish. Isn't more than it needs to be. And was crafted in a very good manor. Gets me in the mood for Christmas.

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Short's Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA | 9.1% ABV

4.84/5  rDev +13.3% | Average: 4.27
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased in the hoppy holidays 2019 pack and poured into a typical session glass. Immediately noticeable is the head which is also the first clue this isn’t your typical “Imperial IPA”. Its more like a fusion of the typical IPA styles with the generous amount tropical hop varieties inherent from first sip. What really stands out is the feel of the beer which effectively masks it’s decent ABV level. A welcome addition to the Shorts lineup which already sports some killer IPAs and quite similar and dare I say slightly better than the ever popular and annually anticipated Hopslam.

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Kern River Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA | 8% ABV

3.05/5  rDev -33.8% | Average: 4.61
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a can with a couple weeks on it into snifter. Pours copper in color. Somewhat muddy?

Piney. Resinous. Extremely hoppy but not well balanced with a malty backbone. Little alcohol burn but not overly flavorful. Astringent. Reminds me of the classic, overly hoppy west coast hop bombs but not as good.

I don’t know. Still really like a classic west coast IPA but this one just doesn’t do much for me. Glad I was finally able to try it even if it was ultimately disappointing.

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Deep Ellum IPA
Deep Ellum IPA

Deep Ellum Brewing Company
American IPA | 7% ABV

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

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pine and toasted caramel. Nice piney bitterness, toasted caramel and a zesty citrus kick.

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Vermont Sticky Maple
Vermont Sticky Maple

The Bruery
American Imperial Stout | 11.3% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +0.7% | Average: 4.21
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Arthur for this can. Cheers!

Bold, black, and beautiful appearance. Clean looking while still sinister. Deep burnt chestnut highlights hug the glass while a silky smooth espresso looking foam rest above.

Wow. This thing is simply oozing with maple syrup. But, there is a wonderful balance of chocolate and vanilla to support with just hints of wood and sweet booze.

The flavor nearly mirrors the aroma. Sweet booze is actually the first thing I taste, almost rum like actually. Syrup, chocolate, vanilla, and just a hint of char before the barrel shines in the finish.

Obviously this is insanely sweet, as intended. But it does have that said bit of char to bring it back a touch. Silky smooth rich feel before a barrel stripping dry boozy finish, a decent warmth, and a sappy film that coats the mouth.

As maple stouts seem to become more and more available, The Bruery delivers quite a goody here. A great offering for fans of the style.

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Star Gazer
Star Gazer

Connecticut Valley Brewing
American Imperial IPA | 8.1% ABV

4.07/5  rDev +0.2% | Average: 4.06
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold with a one finger creamy white head. Heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is passionfruit, pineapple and bready malts.

T - The taste is pineapple, passionfruit, tangerine, bready malts and floral hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Solid NEPA. Nice mix of tropical fruits and floral hops. Super easy drinking with the alcohol going unnoticeable.

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Allagash Brewing Company
German Pilsner | 5.5% ABV

4.37/5  rDev +9% | Average: 4.01
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Moor Pat in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a golden and clear orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like bright grassy hops, malt sweetness, clove, and a very light earthy funk.

I wasn't sure how a wild/brett pilsner would work in this case. However, I should have known that since it was Allagash, I shouldn't be worried. The brett character is definitely aon the mild side here, and adds a slight spicy clove thing, and a little bit of earthiness. The hop character is refreshing and grassy, and thee's a light honey like malt sweetness on the back end. Even with the light twist here, it still feels traditional-ish.

This is light bodied, and very drinkable, with a great crisp and smooth finish.

These are the sorts of beer I really want to drink now. I liked this a lot.

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Carpe Diem Mañana
Carpe Diem Mañana

The Ale Apothecary
American Wild Ale | 9% ABV

4.16/5  rDev +4.8% | Average: 3.97
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with all makers of spontaneously fermented ale, the opportunity has to be taken as the opportunity presents. The Ale Apothecary definitely takes fermentation by the horns with their imperial strength sour ale that has been liberally dry hopped for a much stronger, hoppier and floral Wild Ale than what is typical.

Burnt orange and set in a finely silted translucence, Carpe Diem Manana is skirted with a thin and swirling froth. A highly florals scent of honeysuckle and citronella spill from the glass before teasing the senses with brandy, cider and tropical fruits. A tepid maltiness of steely caramels laced with honey, pecan and mild toast lay an off-sweet grain foundation early on the palate.

Then the acidity races in and strips any malt sweetness for the tongue with ease. A host of fruit flavors align on the middle palate, all in slightly over-ripened, even bruised in taste. Orange, peach, apricot, grapefruit, date, blueberry and lime all represent well while carrying the spice of being brandy marinated. Hop spice and brazen sourness intertwine for a sour and bitter interplay for a complex and spicy finish that's redolent with macerated fruit peels.

Retaining a very mild sweetness, the full bodied but drying ale is very rounded and varying with each sip. With this complexity as a mainstay, the combination of hop resins, alcohol spice and vinous sourness tease and taunt the tactile sensations of the mouth for a highly enjoyable but curious session.

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Pull Tabs #3 (Strata, Citra Cryo, and Idaho 7)
Pull Tabs #3 (Strata, Citra Cryo, and Idaho 7)

Blackstack Brewing
New England IPA | 5.9% ABV

4.25/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.25
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can. White head. Lace. Hazy straw pale yellow.

Earthy, soft, mango, orange, and a bit of weedy hops. Melon shoes in the finish. This definitely got better as it warned. Very light bodied, but full of flavor. Another solid pale ale from BS.

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Love Gun
Love Gun

Heavy Riff Brewing Company
American Cream Ale | 4.6% ABV

3.38/5  rDev -7.4% | Average: 3.65
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. Straw in color with a white head. Smells of malt and vanilla. Taste follows the smell, this beer feels light bodied and light on taste and complexity. Not bad but needs a little something more

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Briefcase Porter
Briefcase Porter

Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
American Porter | 5.4% ABV

4.17/5  rDev +3.2% | Average: 4.04
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can.
Canned 10/30/19.
Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a near black body with dark mahogany highlights and nice lacing. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate, and yes, cola. Taste follows nose with added flavor of nuts with a nice finish of slight hop bitterness. Smooth and balanced with a nice feel and overall, would have again and recommend to any Porter fan.

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Drastic Measures Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout | 10.5% ABV

3.19/5  rDev 0% | Average: 3.19
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After Pistol Whip, really looking forward to this 750ML bottle dated 8/23/19. Split with my wife.

The silver waxed cap comes off with the silence of a belly-up goldfish. Nothing. The pour is similarly silent, the bubbles having been removed by some artifice of the bubble fairy. Flat. Ugly.

Nemesis is a flawed beer. The mouthfeel is so heavy, so dull, so thick & cloying, that it interferes with some pretty decent flavor. Flatter than Nebraska. Nice barrel, sweetness that leans to maple, dark chocolate. Background alcohol that comes forward as it warms. A sampler would have been fine.

Having all the carbonation sucked out of this really hurts the beer. Not even average.

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Dunkel Kong Country
Dunkel Kong Country

Analog Brewing
German Dunkelweizen | 5.5% ABV

4.13/5  rDev 0% | Average: 4.13
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A pleasant ode to my childhood days of playing Donkey Kong Country on Super Nintendo.

Appearance - Pours a mahogany brown with two fingers of chestnut head.

Smell - fruity esters (banana, clove), spicy earthy, floral, and leafy hops, candied sugar, bready wheaty malts, and spicy earthy yeast.

Taste - Nice pleasant fruity esters of banana and clove upfront. The spicy earthy, floral, and leafy hops come through next. The candied sugar, bready wheaty malts and spicy earthy yeast round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes creamy alongside a pleasant stickiness. The fruity esters of banana and the malts linger as well.

Overall - A pleasant and highly drinkable dunkelweizen. This is my first offering from this brewery and I must say I'm impressed. Loads of flavour and highly sessionable.

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Random Placement of Things
Random Placement of Things

The Alementary Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.5% ABV

3.73/5  rDev -1.1% | Average: 3.77
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is a little hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose - oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by flavors of orange flavored hops with little to no bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice citrusy aromas and flavors but doesn't have much in the way of bitterness.

Serving type: can

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The Flexicutioner
The Flexicutioner

Alvarado Street Brewery
New England IPA | 7% ABV

4.2/5  rDev -3.2% | Average: 4.34
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time for me on this one. Pour had a couple inches of foam and came out a murky yellow with slight orange.

Smell was subtle wasn't getting much but it was crisp and clean smelling.

Taste was matched with the subtle smell; subtle but delicious taste, more notes on the backend. Finish was slightly dry and carbonated/bubbly.

Great beer here. ASB keeps knocking them out of the park.

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Wind Swell
Wind Swell

Kane Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA | 8.2% ABV

4.25/5  rDev -0.5% | Average: 4.27
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not really needing any help from anyone else, Mosaic hops cover the gamut of hop flavor, bitterness and scent and is perfectly capable of carrying the hoppy load all on by itself. But with a late push from Citra hops and Kane Brewing's Imperial hazy IPA swells into something of grandeur.

Peachy orange and with a heavy haze, Wind Swell crowns with a rich lather of ivory tinted foam. Breaming aromas of citronella, tropical fruit and deeper hints of dark berry, the hoppy scent is met with an herbal hemp and juniper tandem. Sweeter in its initial taste, a pastry rich character of shortcake, cereal and caramelized agave offer a savory and succulent tone early on the tongue.

Then the malt creaminess turns over its attention to the hops. The bold and radiance of citrus flavor leads with tangerine and red grapefruit ahead of a tangy and tropical taste of passionfruit, lime, kiwi and currant before leading into a spicy matcha finish with hints of mint, hemp and an overall botanical gin bitterness is a smooth and herbal display.

Creamy, medium full and hop balanced, the beer's imperial status carries an alcohol bite of vodka that tucks nicely behind the hops and tempered by the linger of sweetness. Eventually the hops win out with an extension of grassy and herbal bitterness to clean the palate and reassure a high measure of refreshment, crispness and drinkability.

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Triumph Kellerbier
Triumph Kellerbier

Triumph Brewing Company
German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

3.71/5  rDev +8.8% | Average: 3.41
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Triumph Brewing Company in Princeton, NJ.

Pours deep gold with a small white head. Very fruity apple-like aroma with grassy hops. Sweet pils malt is prominent in the flavor with enough hops for some good balance. Smooth finish but not crisp, more of a rounded/creamy texture. Medium-light bodied. Tasty stuff.

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