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Black Damnation XI - Special Kay
Black Damnation XI - Special Kay

De Struise Brouwers
Russian Imperial Stout / 22.00% ABV

4.5/5  rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.36
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Yves!

Little tan head. Motor oil black.

This combines two beers I like with more Kate showing. This hides some of the Belgian yeast which I think is great. Oak and port. Chocolate. Very light roast. Oak. Fudgy.

This was fantastic. The 22% cannot be found. Very fine beer!

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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

American Barleywine / 16.10% ABV

4.14/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.16
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear and raisin colored with micro-thin white lacing.

S - Roasted toffee aroma with light alcohol, bourbon, and toffee sweetness.

T - Roasted toffee, some vanilla, and big on the bourbon.

M - Big medium body.

O - A sleeper/under the radar barrel aged Barley. I want more of this one.

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Prairie Barrel Aged Bomb! (Fred's Blend)
Prairie Barrel Aged Bomb! (Fred's Blend)

Prairie Artisan Ales
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV

4.55/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.56
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a balloon glass

A- pours a deep black color with some light creeping through on the edges, small foamy khaki head that eventually disappears

S- plenty of barrel aromas up front, with an emphasis on port. Undertone of coffee, espresso, mocha cream, hazelnuts, woody oak & bourbon barrel juice

T- heavy port barrel up front, followed by notes of dark chocolate, fig, black cherry & currant. Mid-palate brings out some bourbon barrel and coffee. The finish gives dark roasted malt, char, bourbon, woody oak, cinnamon, vanilla & port

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a creamy warming finish

O- double barrel treatment adds a whole new complexity that makes for an outstanding stout

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
American IPA / 5.80% ABV

4.22/5  rDev +11.1% | Avg: 3.8
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is funky fruit, tropical fruit and citrus. The flavor is tropical fruit, citrus, mildly funky fruit, malts and a mix of tart and spicy hop finish.

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Farnsworth Street IPA
Farnsworth Street IPA

Trillium Brewing Company
American IPA / 7.20% ABV

4.46/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 4.31
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Canton, MA
Canned on 27-JUL-17
Served in a tulip

Cloudy, opaque, yellow ochre body. The body was topped by a half inch tall, frothy, finely beaded, off white cap that quickly fell to a tiny collar. A bit of streaky lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was super fruity and dank. Honeydew melon notes came through big time. Loads of fragrant, skunky weed. Juicy orange notes were also quite quite apparent. Some tangerine as well. Really crisp and bright. Outstanding. Peach and apricot notes appeared as the beer sat.

The flavor profile was also solid but perhaps not as complex. Juicy citrus notes dominated. Orange, clementine and tangerine for sure. Bright and tangy. Somewhat tart and lemony in the center. Ruby red grapefruit came through on the back end and the finish. Hint of pithy bitterness. Overall, super tasty and fantastically well balanced.

Super frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. The liquid contained an ultra fine yet fairly aggressive effervescence. Lighter bodied and lively on the palate. Pillowy soft.

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Cumulus Lupulus
Cumulus Lupulus

Powell Street Craft Brewery
American IPA / 4.30% ABV

4.3/5  rDev +2.9% | Avg: 4.18
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best sours I have had so far. Easily compares with the Nectarous by Four Winds. Some people would gain a lot from actually drinking a beer (and paying attention to what the label says) before adding it to the database under the wrong style.

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Ghost Hammer IPA
Ghost Hammer IPA

Stone Brewing
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

4.18/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 3.93
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a can at the supermarket because you can't beat Stone and this silver can is pretty cool looking. Anyway it pours a very carbonated yellow gold. Smell is strong floral and matches the taste. I like IPAs but this one is a little strange. First sip was a surprise but it got better as I drank it. Nice change of pace from more traditional IPA.

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Copperhead Brewery
Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.50% ABV

4.42/5  rDev +8.6% | Avg: 4.07
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy rusty color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is very good. Aroma of dark fruits and sweet malts. Sweet taste up front with a good amount of dark fruits at the end. The alcohol content hits you when done. Mild warming sensation. More heavy bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Good beer.

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Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12

Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Old Ale / 8.00% ABV

3.99/5  rDev -3.4% | Avg: 4.13
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle dated Sept 2014. Number 04803.

Pours pitch black color. Thin .5 finger dark tan head. Some retention.

Smells roasty and chocolaty. Some whisky as well. Definitely boozy on the nose.

Taste is like mellowed whisky. Definite booze and chocolate. Sweet with some dark fruit notes.

Feel is thinner than expected. A bit too watery for the style.

Overall an interesting take on the style. A bit too thin for my liking.

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Perennial Artisan Ales
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.50% ABV

4.79/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 4.63
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed this with friends at a bachelor party share.....Newest vintage....I was a little more than nervous as I know that many of these have turned up infected. This one definitely was not! Chocolate and bourbon on the nose and palate in perfect melody together! Glorious!

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 6.00% ABV

4.44/5  rDev +2.8% | Avg: 4.32
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Champaign-y look. What I mean by this is that it's extremely light looking, as well as crisp. Beautiful looking beer.
S-Wine, white grape, sour undertone. Lemon, with a slight funk aroma.
T- Sour. Slight brine. Wine and grape is also present. Juicy bee
F-Lighter bodied beer for sure. not too light though.
O- Fresh and delicious beer. Extremely crisp, and I have to reiterate again, extremely fresh.

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Check Six Brewing Company
American Blonde Ale / 5.00% ABV

3.68/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.64
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Since 2015 this company has been putting out, what some have told me, are some good beers in Southport, NC. The blonde ale was quite nice. I'll admit to getting it due to the art work but sometimes the cover can be a decent preview of things to come. This ale pours well and you have a wonderful gold. The nose is mixed with fruit and hops. A nice prelude to the taste. The taste follows the nose fairly well. The caramel malts come through with a bit of a punch. There is a note of Pomegranate that was almost too subtle for me. However, it did accent the overall flavor quite well. The mouthfeel was medium and crisp. If you are local to this area then check out this brewery.

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Hookiebobb IPA
Hookiebobb IPA

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
American IPA / 6.70% ABV

3.69/5  rDev +4.2% | Avg: 3.54
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Semi-clear copper colored body, cream head recedes to a fine mist on top with light random vertical paths of lacing.

Aroma: Citrus and pine.

Taste: Really heavy on the pine up front, bitter. Grapefruit rind as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Overall: Perhaps too simple, too bitter. I don't know. Pine and grapefruit. There.

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Enigma Dry Hopped Fort Point
Enigma Dry Hopped Fort Point

Trillium Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 6.60% ABV

4.69/5  rDev +6.3% | Avg: 4.41
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

P- Poured from a 16 oz can,into a Cigar City spiegelau.Canned on 08-AUG-17.

L- Thick frothy white colored head that stands 2 finger widths tall,with good retention and moderate lace.Hazy straw colored body,with low clarity and distorted light showing through the glass.Very high amount of carbonation,with a very low amount of sediment.

S- On the nose I get tropical fruit notes with mango,peach,papaya,and pineapple in the lead.Some light bready notes,with a sweet malt balance.

T- The palate follows the nose with light bread and grapefruit up front.Tropical fruit flavors dominate the middle,and on the back end I get some sweet malt,balanced by a gentle pine bitterness.

F- The mouth feel is medium bodied,with a slightly chalky texture.Nice amount of prickly oxidation on the tongue,with a dry finish.

O- This is a very good variation of Fort Point.I like this hop alot,although I did like the galaxy hopped version a little better.Very good APA.Highly recommend to all the hop lovers.

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Brother Pius
Brother Pius

Old Nation Brewing Co.
English Barleywine / 11.00% ABV

3.96/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.96
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A - Dark amber color, clear, and the lacing is thick and creamy.

S - Toffee roast with delicate/light vanilla.

T - Roasted butterscotch, toffee, light pine bitterness, rum, oak, mild alcohol presence.

M - Some alcohol heat and silky.

O - This beer is boozy but it's spot on for the style. How about canning this stuff so I can bring it back to PA?

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Born Again Yesterday
Born Again Yesterday

Lagunitas Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 7.00% ABV

4.53/5  rDev +7.9% | Avg: 4.2
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy golden orange with a nice white head. Very good retention and lacing.

S: Ripe peach, pineapple and passion fruit juices, tangerine flesh and peel, grapefruit flesh, weed-like dankness.

T: Tangerine flesh and orange peel, well balanced between juicy sweet and bitter pith. Light dancing of pineapple, mango, and apricot throughout, providing a tantalizing tropical character. The malt is light and crackery, simple and unobtrusive, although there is an odd buttery note in the background. Finishes with a light amount of pine and grassy, weed-like dankness, but no bitterness to speak of. The aftertaste is lightly dry with some grapefruit flavor lingering.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth and well-rounded, moderately carbonated and gently juicy.

O: Almost--if not equal to--as amazing as its predecessor, last year's Born Yesterday. An outstanding juicy, tropical, dank pale ale.

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Highland Black Mocha Stout
Highland Black Mocha Stout

Highland Brewing
American Stout / 5.00% ABV

4.03/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 3.89
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a solid Stout. Best enjoyed slowly, watching reruns of Luther on BBC. So, the look is quite nice. Black with a nice brown head. The lacing is nearly non-existent. A roasted malt nose with not much of the mocha coming through. The taste is not a WC Porter but it still provides you with mocha notes, dark roasted barley, and chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild bitterness.

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Fonta Flora Brewery
American Wild Ale

4.47/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.47
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a small foamy white head that has short retention

S- aroma has that distinctive muscadine grape aroma, along with undertones of apricot, ripe pear & peach. Acidic tartness closes it out

T- flavor up front is pure muscadine grape skin, along with undertones of musk and some white wine notes. The finish is dry and acidic, with more grape skin on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp, dry, almost tannic finish

O- a fine showcase of the grapes, outstanding

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Over Privileged
Over Privileged

Old Nation Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.80% ABV

4.12/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

A - Dark brown to black colored pour, hazel colored lacing that's very creamy in texture.

S - Slight booziness, chocolate, vanilla bean, light char, aroma overall leans more towards the sweet side. (as in sugar)

T - Dark roasted chocolate, some spiciness, vanilla, and roasted cocoa.

M - Full bodied, thick, and silky.

O - This stout is outstanding overall but could be better on the nose. Recommended.

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale

4.29/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.26
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy bright gold color with a 1 finger snow white colored foamy head that eased down slowly and leaves good foamy lacing with a spotty trail where each sip went down. Great artwork on the bottle, a really cool skeleton picture.

An "Ale fermented in oak" smells very much like a classic farmhouse beer with barnyard funk, musty basement, green apple, souring white grapes, light peppery spices, fresh cut grass, yeast and citrus hops and/or lemon zest. A complex nose that is quite fruity but doesn't really show off the oak barrels used to age and mix this elixir.

Tastes funky up front with barnyard animals notes, coriander, peppery spices, rotting pear, green apple, then a malty touch of sweetness like toffee and toasted grains mixed together. That's followed by orange peel, chalky yeast, weed or piney hops, bubblegum, earthy notes like leaves or tea leaf, grapefruit, lemon zest, biscuit, orange juice and dry herbs. Woody notes appear and linger after each swallow, it almost seems like this brew filtered through cedar chips.

Mouthfeel is tart and almost sour with fruit that seems to have started rotting, slightly bitter citrus notes, a puckering effect and a medium body that allows the mild carbonation to help this brew slide down dry and easy. The aftertaste is fruity and leaves a clean feel like everything evaporated.

The label states "A blend of various IPA's brewed throughout the course of 2015. Fermented in a melange of oak barrels. Blended and dry hopped with Motueka in August 2016. Bottled in September of 2016." That process sure created a very tasty and unique offering which was mostly farmhouse style but mixed with sour notes and a nice barrel influence. A real beer geek's beer, I really enjoyed this brew.

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Inversion IPA
Inversion IPA

Deschutes Brewery
American IPA / 6.80% ABV

3.31/5  rDev -15.1% | Avg: 3.9
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is an IRA not an IPA.

Unfortunately this isn't the best IRA.

Great bready malt smell but the dank good don't compliment.

The flavor had similar issues. The astringent bitterness from the dark malts is poorly. Matched and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste

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Keene Idea
Keene Idea

Alpine Beer Company
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.88% ABV

4.66/5  rDev +2.4% | Avg: 4.55
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally was able to track this one down thanks to good beer friends! Definitely one of Alpines best! Nice citrus notes and a solid hoppy finish. Enjoyed the 64 oz growler with friends at a Bachelor party share.

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Prairie Artisan Ales
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV

4.68/5  rDev +4.5% | Avg: 4.48
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L-Dark, dark look, barely any head. Almost a soy sauce look. Slight a dark red look as you twirl it around.
S- Sweet dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, pepper, vanilla.
T- Sweet, spicy, and whole. I pick up notes of dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, pepper, vanilla,
F- Thick and sticky.
O- Superior beer. Delicious.

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale

Smuttynose Brewing Company
American Brown Ale / 6.70% ABV

3.65/5  rDev -6.6% | Avg: 3.91
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich brown color with a small, lasting head and great lacing. A little bit of malt on the smell but not much more for me. I'm picking up a malty, nutty flavor. Good beer.

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Boss Tweed
Boss Tweed

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

4.45/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 4.51
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

A - Opaque orange and tan color with micro-thin lacing.

S - Bready with tropical fruit, passion fruit, pineapple, and mango.

T - Red juicy grapefruit, spicy grapefruit rind, pepper, passion fruit, sweet finish with tropical fruit resin.

M - Thick, full bodied, and a little chewy.

O - The ABV is extremely well hidden. I wish I bought more of this beer. Simply outstanding.

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