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

Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.70% ABV

4.85/5  rDev +3.9% | Score: 4.67
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured an inky black at 53 degrees, with thick mousse-like lite tan foam; long cap retention; heavy lacing; the skinniest of legs upon swirl. Strong coffee nose with vanilla bean, maple syrup and roasted malt as it warms to 55 degrees. Flavors of toasted tootsie roll, espresso, vanilla bread pudding with chocolate bits; barely any bourbon; lite maple on the finish. Somewhat creamy feel;medium full body - definitely not thin; light plus carbonation; fetishized Barrel/wood tongue coating. Overall this stout hits on all cylinders for me; no strong flavors, all in balance, and the maple contributed more to the feel as its flavor is subdued, which is fine by me; a pleasure to sip and experience.

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Oude Geuze Boon A L'Ancienne
Oude Geuze Boon A L'Ancienne

Brouwerij Boon
Gueuze / 7.00% ABV

3.92/5  rDev -5.5% | Score: 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a fluffy white head. Small amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Tart and funky although overall the smell and taste are sweeter and less funky than I expected. Minimal amount of leather and oak character and generally lacks complexity. Slightly disappointing.

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Art
Art

Hill Farmstead Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.50% ABV

4.94/5  rDev +10% | Score: 4.49
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Straw Yellow Clear with thin white head. Has medium carbonation.
Smell: Grapefruit, lime, white whine, white grapes, and barnyard Funk.
Taste: Tart, grapefruit, white whine, white grapes, oak, barnyard Funk, and minerals.
Mouthfeel: Medium with lots of complexity.
Overall: Possibly the best beer I’ve ever had.

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Mad Goose
Mad Goose

Purity Brewing Co
English Pale Ale / 5.00% ABV

3.32/5  rDev -8.8% | Score: 3.64
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy and slightly cloudy dark golden color with poor activity. Light foamy beige 1 finger head, lasting around 2 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of caramel, butter, barley, wheat, floral and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium body with a moderate crisp. Light to medium strength finish, mostly caramel and malty with faint leafy hops. Typical pale ale with good freshness. Overall decent quality craft.

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Sound Machine Extra Pale Ale
Sound Machine Extra Pale Ale

South County Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.80% ABV

4.31/5  rDev +5.4% | Score: 4.09
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Looked beautiful and golden. Initial taste is crisp followed by a sweet citrus. Very easy to drink. I enjoyed it!

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The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose
The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose

Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Gose / 4.20% ABV

3.57/5  rDev -7.3% | Score: 3.85
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow body; generous carbonation yet leaves only a thin, wispy head. Cracker-like aroma infused with fruity esters; green apple and pear. Tart flavor; lemon and white grapefruit; faintly reminiscent of a tequila margarita. Medium body; acidic; starts dry yet finishes with a juicy tang.

Another decent beer for the style.

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Forest Nymph
Forest Nymph

Forager Brewing Company
Rye Beer / 4.50% ABV

3.74/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.75
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a slightly under carbonated rye saison type, i like it being at the session strength and being quite simple, i think it lets the rye come out a little more. i also like the choice to keep the yeast aspect pretty mild, almost like a rye belgian pale, there isnt a ton of funk or farm to this, but there doesnt need to be. soft white wine notes work great with the spicy, dry, earthy rye, a baked element here too gives it some seasonal versatility, and there are some hops here at the end with a little citrus to them, but staying away from the bitter realm. i dont really get the cinnamon or raisin they talk about in the flavor description, but i like the beer quite well. it tastes lightly wood aged to me, and has a nice cereal grain complexion with the rye leading the way. i think a developed brett funkiness would make this more interesting, but i like its sort of modest approach. a good session beer for any time of year, and a nice use of the rye in something a little lighter. ive liked all the beer i have had from forager so far!

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Revive
Revive

Upland Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 6.00% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +2.2% | Score: 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a wicked beer, a standout from a really strong lineup. about as robustly flavored as i have known any of these flavored sour types to be, and the combination of fresh pineapple and chamomile makes for a very interesting drink! the base beer is solid, a fluffy, wheaty, dry but maltier than many build, with a rich lather of white head and great carbonation. acidity is prominent but its clean, and i find it refreshing and piquant, not too over the top on the sourness like some of theirs tend to be. i get tons of the chamomile, almost too much in the nose, green tea and dried flowers and some bitterness, its pleasant but its strong, better in the flavor where the sourness cuts it a little bit and the pineapple sweetness balances it some. the pineapple does a funny thing here, it provides a tropical vibe and a little generic fruity sweetness to this most of the way through, but right on the swallow it totally blossoms into full fledged fresh pineapple, enormously honest and pure, pungent in the finish, but really natural and almost mouthwatering to me, even though its in my mouth already. amazing with the citrusy acidity here, and weirdly compatible with the chamomile, this beer is delicious, and there is enough grain structure to support all of this. i like the name too, i think this is sort of healthful or medicinal as i drink it, like it really is good for me. one of the better upland beers i have had...

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Dick Danger Ale
Dick Danger Ale

Dick's Brewing Company
English Brown Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.17/5  rDev -8.6% | Score: 3.47
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown pour with some light ruby colored highlights and a large off-white head. Nutty aroma. Taste has nut and sweet malt flavors upfront backed by a slightly burnt bitterness.

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Tiramisu Little Nonsense
Tiramisu Little Nonsense

Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.80% ABV

4.4/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.4
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

for their 5th anniversary, these guys took their barrel aged imperial stout and turned it into a heavenly dessert, spiking it with lady fingers (of all things!), coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, and cocoa, and the result is incredibly good. i just dont think these guys get enough credit for their unique barrel aged beers, this is really and truly world class. its slick looking in the glass, leggy and viscous but also bubbly for what it is, deep black in color, and emitting this wonderful wintery aroma where hot coffee melts into rich chocolate, warming cinnamon, and sweet vanilla. i get notes off bourbon, cognac, and baked sugar cookies, an odd lighter element in such a dark brew. its all there in the flavor too, hearty earthy cinnamon and deeply roasted coffee play well with the dark malts, and the vanilla clings to the starchy body and the oak in here and stays present through the entire beer, even there after the swallow. the bourbon is robust but it doesnt take over, even when this warms up a little bit, and its not all the boozy for how strong it is. this is a sipper, a sweet, layered, unique beer that demands careful and contemplative consumption. the added ingredients come together super well, and these latest barrel aged verboten beers have really floored me. they should be getting a lot more attention than they are...

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Siracusa Nera
Siracusa Nera

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

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

The beer pours out the darkest brown almost black color, with 2 fingers of creamy mocha colored head---------------- the aromas are of roasted dark malts, coffee, dark fruits and milk chocolate---------------- the flavors are of bittersweet red grapes, oak, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, red wine, earthy spice, dark fruit and red berries, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with a silky smooth finish hiding the 10% completely----------------- overall this beer was delicious, I'm berry impressed with this one wile it Wasent the thickest most fudgy stout, it was complex had a lot of different elements going on that all seemed to work perfect together

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Road 2 Ruin
Road 2 Ruin

Two Roads Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

3.52/5  rDev -10.2% | Score: 3.92
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with subtle floral undertones and light bitterness. Taste is a mix of citrusy hops, light floral undertones with some bitterness and some residual sugar which is more or less well integrated. Body si about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but lacking some balance and more dominant hops profile would have been better.

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Bear Runner Blonde
Bear Runner Blonde

New Ontario Brewing Co.
American Blonde Ale / 4.50% ABV

3.68/5  rDev +4.8% | Score: 3.51
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden and slightly hazy, very little carbonation and topped with a half finger of snow white head.

Smells of malts, cardboard, and overall a well preserved beer.

Honey biscuit with a hint of sourdough.

Light body with moderate to low carbonation.

Love the can, and the whole theme of the beer. Decent in flavour, your typical all round beer beer. Drinking in Muskoka, January 17th, 2018.

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2x4 DIPA
2x4 DIPA

Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.90% ABV

4.23/5  rDev -2.1% | Score: 4.32
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

At last, the return of #WyomingWednesday thanks to a snow day off from school! #BumptheHump I CANnot tell you how excited I was when we began getting Melvin beers here in PA & even more so since they were in CANs. It was a CANQuest (tm) coup!

From the CAN: "If your beer is not madness, it's not beer"; "Dear Enjoyer, 2x4 has a stupid amount of hops, layered on a light malt base that gives way to notes of pine, citrus and tropical fruit. While there are many great beer styles from the past, think of this as a beer from the future."; "Don't hate, party."; "Recycle Sucka!"

Sadly, this sucka no longer recycles his spent (especially) craft CANs as they now get rinsed out & picked up by Jeff Lebo of www.cansmartbeercans.com for the CANlection. Word is that a "Woody Wing" may have to be CANstructed.

I Crack!ed the CAN open & CANsidered my next move before going with a gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. Once acCANplished, an in-glass swirl gave rise (ha ha) to just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention that left moderate lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was an interesting admixture of grapefruit and pineapple with a caramel sweetness. Kind of like pineapple upside-down cake or baked, caramelized pineapple with a dose of citrusy bitterness. This is going to be interesting! Mouthfeel was medium, but kind of thin for a DIPA. Oooh, man, I could immediately feel the alcohol burn on my tongue with that first sip! Pine and grapefruit were the leaders in terms of its taste, followed by honeydew and pineapple with a caramel breadiness. Wow! If I was less-than-enthused about Citradamus, this more than made up for its shortcomings. This was the sort of thing that I really dig in a DIPA - definitely hoppy, but not so crazy that I CAN't think straight afterwards. Instead, this was just bitter enough to trip my trigger while causing me to giggle from the sweetness. The ABV may have also had something to do with my euphoria, but let's not dwell on that. Finish was dry, but cool, almost minty in its refreshing hoppiness. This has renewed my faith in the Melvins!

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Morning Wood
Morning Wood

Funky Buddha Brewery
American Porter / 12.00% ABV

4.93/5  rDev +5.8% | Score: 4.66
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with ruby edges at 56 degrees; two fingers of creamy dark tan foam; some cap retention yields to a solid ring and moderately heavy sheets of lace; medium legs on swirl. Aromas of maple, toasted brown bread and sweet plum. Maple up front followed by molasses, toasted brown bread, lite char, brown sugar, sweet plum and a little vanilla; chocolate-maple candy finish. Medium full smooth velvety feel; moderate carbonation. World class and as advertised; great look and feel for a big Porter; not syrupy or cloying, yet satisfies my sweet tooth; just the right amount of maple; no hint of the alcohol. Bottled 10/4/17.

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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

3.56/5  rDev -0.8% | Score: 3.59
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

In the world of IPA's this is decent. However, when the best part of a beer is the way it looks in a glass that is not a good thing. Smells and tastes of grapefruit, lemon, herbal notes and strong malt presence. Medium bodied and carbonated, light bitterness, crisp.

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Riserva
Riserva

Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
American Wild Ale / 11.40% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +3.4% | Score: 4.1
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one definitely has some batch-to-batch variation, and I've had bottles that were aged too long. Generally a big fan, though the sourness can be pretty intense.

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Porter
Porter

Port City Brewing
American Porter / 7.50% ABV

3.68/5  rDev -8.5% | Score: 4.02
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black draft pour with ruby edges; beige head; decent cap retention of loose bubbles leaves solid ring and light lacing. Sweet malt nose. Light bitter roast and sweet malt taste. Medium light feel; moderate carbonation. Overall a good porter with lite bitter roast linger; no hint of ABV; very drinkable.

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Imperial Puft
Imperial Puft

Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.
English Porter / 9.00% ABV

4.36/5  rDev +6.3% | Score: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cask Pub and Kitchen. Pours basically black with a small but densely thick and creamy creamed coffee head that leaves creamy lace all over. Nose is beautifully sweet marshmallow with milk chocolate and lightly toasted malt in the back. Taste brings that milk chocolate to the forefront. Very soft for 9% and no alcohol. Sweetness works well with the marshmallow concept, but also limited the drinkability (although it is not overly sweet or cloying). Not a bomb, but a soft marshmallow pillow of a beer. A real treat and something out of the ordinary.

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Really Cool Waterslides
Really Cool Waterslides

3 Sheeps Brewing
American IPA / 6.20% ABV

3.45/5  rDev -6.5% | Score: 3.69
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear light copper/gold pour with a small white head. Big earthy and piney aroma. Taste has a strong bitterness with pine, citrus and resin flavors standing out initially. Also has a decent amount of bread and caramel malt flavors. Finishes with a long lingering hop flavor.

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Dark Journey
Dark Journey

Big Ugly Brewing Company
American Porter / 7.30% ABV

4.47/5  rDev +8% | Score: 4.14
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque consistency. There was a small amount of creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: An incredibly enticing aroma of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of whole bunch of milk chocolate (always welcome), some light roasted malt, lots of bourbon, a tinge of vanilla, a bit of oak, some dark fruit (plums, perhaps?), and caramel. This is a complex, dynamic, and big flavor. It is pretty thick and viscous, but likable nonetheless.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: Dark Journey is more like an imperial stout that a porter, but there's no reason to argue over semantics. It's tasty, well made and drinkable.

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Dark Secret - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Dark Secret - Bourbon Barrel Aged

BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.20% ABV

4.29/5  rDev -0.9% | Score: 4.33
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really really great BA imperial stout! Smooth and thick. Not a ton of flavor in your face like Bomb! or BCBS, but it's overall very well done. Especially love the heat from the Elijah Craig 12 year barrels!!

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Hookiebobb IPA
Hookiebobb IPA

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

1.7/5  rDev -51.4% | Score: 3.5
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured a light amber color and a TON of whitish foam. It was just too much, took forever for it to die down.
Taste was terrible, didn't taste like an IPA at all.
I can't say that maybe, just maybe, this bier was a bad bottle. I won't take the chance on another though......

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Citradamus DIPA
Citradamus DIPA

Melvin Brewing / Thai Me Up
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV

3.87/5  rDev -9.6% | Score: 4.28
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

At last, the return of #WyomingWednesday thanks to a snow day off from school! #BumptheHump I CANnot tell you how excited I was when we began getting Melvin beers here in PA & even more so since they were in CANs. It was a CANQuest (tm) coup!

From the CAN: "RIIPA Series"; "The great Citradamus predicts that this will be the best IIPA that youhave ever had. Go ahead, put this beer up in your grill. Smell that? Those are hops. Citra hops. Dank-ass Citra to be exact. Your old favorite IPA does not have Citras? Why is that? Because they are wicked spendy we bought them all, that's why. Go ahead, yuck it up."; "Rotational Imperial Pale Ale Series"; "Citradamus predicts you're not going to hate. You're going to party."; "Recycle!"

I was really CANticipating the Crack! on this one, but I still CANducted a slow, gentle Glug. An in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with very good retention that left behind some beautiful lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was unmistakably Citra/citrus, especially grapefruit, with some earthy dank and orange peel thrown in for good measure. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was more melon-y than citrusy, honeydew, peach, mango, orange peel, light pine, light grapefruit. If I were going to CANplain, I would say that lacks the bitterness that I prefer in a DIPA/IIPA, even though it is noted at 76 IBUs. Finish, however, was dry, although not entirely bitter. There was a pronounced earthiness on the finish, almost like a fresh/wet hopped beer & I could see Vetbidder's mention of "onion". It was nothing near as strong as in Gubna, but I perceived it, along with all of the fruitiness. It was good, but I am not doing cartwheels or handstands over it.

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Yankee White IPA
Yankee White IPA

Rascals Brewing Company
American IPA / 5.00% ABV

3.6/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.17
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The hazy liquid is yellow; the two fingers head is white. It sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

Many tart wheat notes in the smell. Spicy phenols, citric peels, smooth bitter notes and some herbs.

Strong flavours: Citric peels and juice. Passing clean bitterness. Tart wheat notes and some yeast. Spicy basil. Full body. The aftertaste is tart with spices/herbs, growing clean bitterness and some eucalyptus. Citric hops and witbier-like spices in the long finish.

Strong carbonation; almost sharp small bubbles. Smooth somewhat thick liquid.

A pleasant combination of witbier and AIPA flavours.

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