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8th Anniversary Pecan Cookie Stout
8th Anniversary Pecan Cookie Stout

Westbrook Brewing Co.
American Imperial Stout / 9.00% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +2.7% | Score: 4.38
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Lil Darlin
Lil Darlin

Mill Creek Brewing Co.
American Pale Wheat Ale / 4.50% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +1.9% | Score: 3.68
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Boro Blonde
Boro Blonde

Mayday Brewery
American Blonde Ale / 4.50% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +4.5% | Score: 3.59
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Odell IPA
Odell IPA

Odell Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev -0.2% | Score: 4.26
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Evil Twin / Westbrook - Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break
Evil Twin / Westbrook - Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

Evil Twin Brewing
American Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV

4.1/5  rDev -3.8% | Score: 4.26
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Red's Rye IPA
Red's Rye IPA

Founders Brewing Company
Rye Beer / 6.60% ABV

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

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Buffalo Sweat - German Chocolate Cake
Buffalo Sweat - German Chocolate Cake

Tallgrass Brewing Co. Tap House
English Sweet / Milk Stout / 5.00% ABV

4/5  rDev +5.5% | Score: 3.79
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Grill Friend
Grill Friend

Triple C Brewing Co.
American Amber / Red Ale / 5.50% ABV

3.6/5  rDev +3.2% | Score: 3.49
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is brown when viewed from afar; when held up to the light it is clear and dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that quickly died down, leaving just a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty and smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has moderately strong flavors of smoked malts along with notes of nutty malts. Although no bitterness is perceptible, there are enough in the way of underlying hops to mask any sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has aromas and flavors of smokiness, but they are to a much lesser degree than what you find in a rauchbier. It could make for good introduction for a smoked beer to someone who is new to the style.

Serving type: can

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Runoff Red IPA
Runoff Red IPA

Odell Brewing Company
American Amber / Red Ale / 6.50% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +4.9% | Score: 4.05
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Wolf Picker
Wolf Picker

Odell Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.50% ABV

4/5  rDev +1.5% | Score: 3.94
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Origin of Darkness - Moon Dog Collab
Origin of Darkness - Moon Dog Collab

Collective Arts Brewing
American Imperial Stout / 11.50% ABV

3.54/5  rDev -8.3% | Score: 3.86
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Collective Arts/Moon Dog 'Origin of Darkness' @ 11.5% , served from a 500 ml bottle
A-pour is near black from bottle to glass with a small tan head which is dissipating to a minimal lace ring & film along the tulip after every sip
S-pungent (rude) smelling
T-big bourbon thru out , thankfully the smell effects the swallow only
MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-fourth of six , the black truffles truly stink and make this beer a drainpour
prost LampertLand

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White Velvet
White Velvet

Middle Brow Beer Co.
Belgian Witbier / 6.90% ABV

3.75/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.52
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Dopplebock
Dopplebock

Prairie Street Brewing Company
German Doppelbock / 7.30% ABV

4/5  rDev +5.8% | Score: 3.78
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Schlafly Black IPA
Schlafly Black IPA

The Schlafly Tap Room
American Black Ale / 7.00% ABV

4/5  rDev +3.1% | Score: 3.88
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Night & Day - Toasted Almond & Vanilla
Night & Day - Toasted Almond & Vanilla

Trillium Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout / 12.70% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +6.4% | Score: 4.23
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Brownie Points
Brownie Points

Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
English Brown Ale / 5.30% ABV

4.21/5  rDev +9.6% | Score: 3.84
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Hi.P.A.
Hi.P.A.

Magic Hat Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

3.94/5  rDev +7.7% | Score: 3.66
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Mugshot Rye Porter
Mugshot Rye Porter

Myths & Legends Brewing Company
American Porter / 5.30% ABV

4/5  rDev +3.9% | Score: 3.85
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Sugar Maple Baltic Porter
Sugar Maple Baltic Porter

Zillicoah Beer Company
Baltic Porter / 7.20% ABV

4.15/5  rDev +4.5% | Score: 3.97
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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Matroyshka
Matroyshka

New Republic Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.00% ABV

4.07/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.04
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Stout Stache
Stout Stache

Ten Ninety Brewing Company
American Stout / 6.00% ABV

4/5  rDev +2.3% | Score: 3.91
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Samichlaus Classic Bier
Samichlaus Classic Bier

Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
German Doppelbock / 14.00% ABV

2.06/5  rDev -48.8% | Score: 4.02
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I bought a four pack of this on a whim using a Christmas gift certificate. I was intrigued by the high ABV. My plan was to try one and age the other three and so I did. I managed three, maybe four sips before deciding that this was literally the WORST BEER I’VE EVER TASTED, BAR NONE. I poured the remainder down the drain. It’s incredibly, unbearably sweet. I goal is to age the others and hope that “something” changes. If it doesn’t, then perhaps I’ll find an incredibly hopped up IPA to blend it with.

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Phillips Amber Ale
Phillips Amber Ale

Heavy Seas Beer
American Amber / Red Ale

3.03/5  rDev -14.9% | Score: 3.56
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Broken Rival
Broken Rival

BuckleDown Brewing
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.90% ABV

3.75/5  rDev +5% | Score: 3.57
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Imperial Biscotti Break
Imperial Biscotti Break

Evil Twin Brewing
American Imperial Stout / 11.50% ABV

4.04/5  rDev -6.9% | Score: 4.34
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale
Odell 90 Shilling Ale

Odell Brewing Company
Scottish Ale / 5.30% ABV

4/5  rDev +2.8% | Score: 3.89
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Busted Bridge
Busted Bridge

The Waterfront Brewery
New England IPA / 6.40% ABV

4.29/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.29
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden with haziness but not heavily so. Lots of lace. Crisp mouthful that is typical of the NEIPA. Very good!

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Scotty Karate Scotch Ale
Scotty Karate Scotch Ale

Dark Horse Brewing Company
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy / 9.75% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +5.5% | Score: 4.03
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale
Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale

Dark Horse Brewing Company
English Brown Ale / 6.50% ABV

4/5  rDev +6.4% | Score: 3.76
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Alterior Motive
Alterior Motive

Alter Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.50% ABV

4/5  rDev +3.1% | Score: 3.88
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Firestone Lager
Firestone Lager

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
German Helles / 4.50% ABV

3.86/5  rDev -2% | Score: 3.94
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Crystal clear pale golden, filled to the brim. Attempts to revive the head didn’t result in anything but a quick fade to a thin ring.

Nice mix of Pilsner malt and hops, with a lean towards the floral with a light dry grass aspect in the nose. Taste has a bit less of a bready malt note than expected from the nose. Light metallic aspect as the more bitter than expected hops hit. It’s not a very bitter beer, just the floral nature had me expecting less green grass and a lighter, floral hop influence.

Carbonation is prickly and moderately strong. Body is light, and fairly clean, with just a light herbal lingering note.

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Good Humans Ale (Dry Hopped Double Brown Ale)
Good Humans Ale (Dry Hopped Double Brown Ale)

Short's Brewing Company
American Brown Ale / 9.15% ABV

4.24/5  rDev +11.9% | Score: 3.79
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Origin of Darkness - Forbidden Root Collab
Origin of Darkness - Forbidden Root Collab

Collective Arts Brewing
American Imperial Stout / 11.50% ABV

3.98/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 4
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Collective Arts/Forbidden Root 'Origin of Darkness' @ 11.5% , served from a 500 ml bottle
A-pour is near black from bottle to glass with a small tan head leaving a minimal lace ring along the tulip
S-initial pour bourbon , pungent
T-initial pour hot tasting bourbon , second pour smoother bourbon
MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-third of six , nothing special about the guajillo chillies , cocoa , radish honey
prost LampertLand

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Bomb!
Bomb!

Prairie Artisan Ales
American Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV

4.54/5  rDev +0.9% | Score: 4.5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Temporal Purgatory
Temporal Purgatory

18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.90% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +2.7% | Score: 4.14
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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True New Englander
True New Englander

Trillium Brewing Company
New England IPA / 8.10% ABV

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

L: opaque, consistent mellow honey
S: creamy citrus
T: piney and citrus, hint of lemon
F: just the right amount of carbonation
O: a phenomenal treat for a snowy day

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Brutal Brewing Cirrus The Cloudy Lager
Brutal Brewing Cirrus The Cloudy Lager

Spendrups Bryggeri AB
American Lager / 5.10% ABV

3.4/5  rDev +13.3% | Score: 3
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Real Estate Mongol
Real Estate Mongol

WarPigs Brewpub
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.40% ABV

4/5  rDev +1.5% | Score: 3.94
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Man Splits
Man Splits

3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 9.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +4.2% | Score: 4.08
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine

3 Floyds Brewing Co.
American Barleywine / 10.50% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +6.4% | Score: 4.23
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Brew Free Or Die IPA
Brew Free Or Die IPA

21st Amendment Brewery
American IPA / 7.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +10.1% | Score: 3.86
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Coffee Copra Kai
Coffee Copra Kai

Southern Grist Brewing Co.
American Stout / 6.80% ABV

4.31/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.31
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Shake Chocolate Porter
Shake Chocolate Porter

Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
American Porter / 5.90% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +6% | Score: 4.01
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Warm Front
Warm Front

Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.70% ABV

4.02/5  rDev +2% | Score: 3.94
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Velveteen Habit
Velveteen Habit

Ale Asylum
American IPA / 7.50% ABV

4.25/5  rDev +3.7% | Score: 4.1
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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New Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style Beer
New Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner Style Beer

Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Fruit and Field Beer / 5.10% ABV

3.25/5  rDev +19% | Score: 2.73
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Beer Geek Triple Flat White
Beer Geek Triple Flat White

Mikkeller ApS
English Oatmeal Stout / 7.50% ABV

4.1/5  rDev -2.6% | Score: 4.21
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Klisch Pilsner Beer
Klisch Pilsner Beer

Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Bohemian Pilsener / 5.42% ABV

3.53/5  rDev +2.6% | Score: 3.44
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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SMaSH Lemondrop
SMaSH Lemondrop

Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
American IPA / 5.20% ABV

3.77/5  rDev +2.2% | Score: 3.69
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Gibberish
Gibberish

Modicum Brewing Co.
American Wild Ale / 6.70% ABV

3.99/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.99
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark orange body with nice brown highlights - some appropriate fluffy lacing that weave pleasantly in glass. Lovely malt nose with Belgian esters. Hint of rock sugar too. Taste is complex - starts with a rush of rock candy and tangy rye malt and evolves with a bit of horse blanket and wildness in the linger. Great body, although it could have a bit more bubbles as to help keep the flavors dancing instead of melding as much as they do.

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