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posted by dave in category good, wheat

(draft) Cloudy dark yellow. Large white head that faded quickly. A very nice aroma of bananas and cloves and yeast. The flavor was good, there was a dryness to it that surprised me. After the first sip, that dryness carried through to the aroma. Strange, but pretty darn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Clear light brown. Aroma and flavor of roasted malts and hops. Decent, but the bitter finish was overkill, I thought.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) Cloudy yellow, with a huge white head. Aroma and flavor of a fairly mild tripel, but with some lagerish metallic components that didn't thrill me. Decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category porter, smoked, yummy

(bottle) Black with a huge tan head. Nice aroma of smoke and roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel. Smoky and very malty flavor. A yummy beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category belgian, brown, good

(bottle) Dark ruby, almost black. Good head and good lacing. Aroma of dark fruits and malt. Flavor mostly of dark fruits. Pretty good. I wish I'd had a second bottle on-hand.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category piss

(draft) During lunch in Cincinnati one day I looked over the sparse beer selection and chose to try Abita Amber since I'd never had it before. I chose poorly. Water with beer-flavoring added. The tap water taste overpowered the beer taste. Very unsatisfactory.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category fruit, piss

(draft) A cloudy beer with a slightly pinkish tint. If it had any actual flavor I'd decribe it here, but alas, there was none. A waste of time.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category brown, decent, esb

(draft) Was described as an ESB by the bartender. Instead a fairly decent brown ale, with the lack of flavor characteristic (to me at least) of Abita beers. Was good enough to drink, but not good enough to have another.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(bottle) Very cloudy dark brown. Huge heaping head that lasted forever. Aroma of dark fruits and malts. Flavor a little tamer than I was expecting, mostly dominated by the alcohol burn at the finish. Too much alcohol for the flavor provided. I won't bother with this one again, I don't think. Maybe if I can get it on tap.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Cloudy amber, with good head and lacing. Nice aroma of musty apples. Fizzy mouthfeel. Subdued flavor of Belgian yeast and apple peels. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category adjuncts, brown, good

(draft) Clear brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of molasses and spices and malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice spicy and malty flavor. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category good, smoked

(draft) Pours a dark gold, with a huge white head. Looks like a lager. Smoky aroma and flavor, pretty good. Reminds me of Spezial. The oak smoke definitely gives this a different flavor than most smoked beers.

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Ounces Consumed: 1190

posted by dave in category smoked, yummy

(draft) Cloudy dark brown. Medium head. Delicious smoke aroma. Flavor was pretty good. Much more subdued than other Schlenkerla offerings. Maybe a little bacony, but this was surprisingly good.

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Ounces Consumed: 1544

posted by dave in category lager, smoked, swill

(bottle) Golden color, minimal head. Aroma of stale hops. Flavor of a citrusy stale lager tamed just a bit by smoke. The flavor wasn't too bad, but the damn aroma was disgusting. I poured most of the bottle out.

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Ounces Consumed: 3

posted by dave in category good, lager, smoked, weird

(draft) Clear amber. Nice whitish head. Smells like malt and peat to me. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor sharper than I was expecting. Smoky and malty. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 132

posted by dave in category decent, smoked

(draft) Slightly hazy copper. Aroma of hops, smoke, and malts. Flavor like the aroma, with a bitter hoppy finish that I certainly could have done without. Decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 17

posted by dave in category smoked, yummy

I was not expecting to like this. I don't know why. A nice clear dark amber color. The aroma of a smoky campfire. The smoke flavor is fairly apparent, and it's just smoke - no bacon or grapes or anything else to taint the flavor. I liked this a lot.

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Ounces Consumed: 35789

posted by dave in category smoked, yummy

The first time I had this, I wasn't very impressed. Now, four years later, I see that my palate has become sophisticated enough for me to recognize this for what it really is. A truly great smoked beer. Can best be described as a more intense Marzen.

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Ounces Consumed: 1009

posted by dave in category good, smoked, wheat

(bottle) The first thing I noticed was the fantastic aroma. The second thing I noticed was the color. Very dark - almost like a porter. Not what I was expecting from a weizen. The entire beer, in fact, was not what I was expecting. Instead of toning down the smoke to keep a fair balance with the light-flavored wheat, they left the smoke intact. The result was a smoke beer, with no hint at all of its wheat heritage. This is not to say that I didn't like it, because I did. I just didn't like it as much as I expected to.

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Ounces Consumed: 522

posted by dave in category good, weird

(draft) Brown on top, golden on bottom. Small white head. Aroma of malts and molasses. Medium mouthfeel. Tangy flavor with a bit of a bite at the end. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category good, smoked

(draft) Stupidest name I've heard in a long time. Clear copper in color, with a nice whitish head. Balanced aroma of hops and malts and smoke. Flavor of malts and smoke. A little cloying. Quite good, a tad sweet.

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Ounces Consumed: 59

posted by dave in category good, porter

(draft) Clear dark brown. Minimal head. Aroma of water and roasted malts. Thinnish mouthfeel. Mild flavor of a watery porter. This grew on me and eventually was good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good, smoked

(draft) Looks like Budweiser with a minimal white head. Aroma of old grass with a touch of smoke. Coating mouthfeel. Sweet flavor with a touch of smoke. Sweet coating finish. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category alt, favorite, yummy

My favorite session beer. Perfectly balanced sweetness, bitterness, and maltiness. Just the slightest kick of bitterness at the finish that makes me want another drink right away.

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Ounces Consumed: 3088

posted by dave in category favorite, porter, smoked, yummy

As good as it gets. Dark and smoky. Not too bitter and not too sweet. There's a bit of a "tang" to it that I can't describe any better. This beer can be aged for years too, though I doubt that I'd ever have the discipline to do it. Absolutely yummy. The best there is.

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Ounces Consumed: 2372

posted by dave in category decent, stout

(bottle) A decent head that faded very quickly. Aroma was mainly chocolate, with perhaps some cola as well. Flavor was a mix of coffee, chocolate, and cola, with maybe a touch of juniper. A decent and safe beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy light orange. Decent head that faded to a thin film. Light aroma and flavor of assorted spices. Nothing notable, but still a good combination.

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Ounces Consumed: 44

posted by dave in category adjuncts, yummy

A nice copper color with a decent head. Starts out a little bitter but has a sweet finish and aftertaste. Works out to be very well-balanced. Another winner from Juneau.

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Ounces Consumed: 196

posted by dave in category belgian, good, saison

(draft) Clear brownish-amber. No head worth noting. A nice clean aroma of apple peels and, of all things, bananas. Flavor was mild and smooth. Finish had a mild but lingering alcohol bite. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category good, weird

(draft) Clear dark copper in color. Good head. A delicious aroma of malt and oak and molasses. Syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor is mostly malt, with the slightest hints of dark fruits. Damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category belgian, good, stout

(bottle) Black with a decent head that faded quickly. Aroma of roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate, and hops. The mouthfeel was a little thin, and the flavor was much more tame than the aroma had led me to believe. A very bright-tasting stout, but still pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy orange. Decent head that faded quickly. Aroma of malts and oak. Flavor was very strong with oak and bourbon - much more of each than I was expecting from the aroma. A substantial alcohol burn at the finish belied the 11% ABV of this beer. A good beer, but a little gimicky for my tastes. I'd like to try this on tap someday - maybe it would go down a little more smoothly.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Yes, Virginia, there is indeed such a thing as too much malt. This beer just needed something to balance it out. I don't know what it needed. It had nothing but malt. Seven different kinds according to the web page.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category belgian, good, weird

(bottle) Hazy brown. Minimal head. Aroma is complex and very strong, with malts and hops and nothing else. Flavor is mostly weird malts. Most quads feature dark fruit flavors, this is all malts. The two inches of sediment in the bottom of the bottle grossed me out. Overall, not bad, not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, yummy

(bottle) Beautiful dark amber color. Fantastic malty and spicy aroma. Fizzy mouthfeel. Flavor of wheat and yeast and apple peels. Fucking yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 89

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

(bottle) Clear golden in color. Decent head, good lacing. Intoxicating aroma of orange peels and apple peels, with some unidentifiable spices thrown in for kicks. Flavor is fairly mild, a little drying because of the 9% ABV. After swallowing a sip, I immediately wanted another sip. This cycle repeated until the bottle was gone. Yummy in an undescribable way.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category belgian, good, stout

(draft) Black in color, with a thin tan lacy head that faded quickly. Aroma of malts and light chocolate and dark fruits. Medium mouthfeel - not quite syrupy. The flavor is fairly tame, mostly malts and chocolate. I like this. Dangerous though, because the high ABV is hidden very well.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Clear reddish bronze. Nice white head. Aroma of spices and maybe pumpkin. Medium mouthfeel. Tame flavor of assorted unidentifiable spices. A good beer.

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posted by dave in category lager, swill

The citrusy smell and taste were just too much for me. It tasted like beer and orange juice mixed. Blech.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

I spent the entire pint trying to decide (a) if I liked it or not, and (b) what the heck I was drinking. Apparently Anchor changes the recipe for their Christmas Ale each year, and they keep that recipe pretty secret. If I had to guess I'd say the best way to describe this year's version would be "smoky nutmeg" but I could be way off base about the nutmeg part. There was definitely some smoky something in there. At the end I decided I did like it, but more than one in a given session would probably be too much.

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Ounces Consumed: 80

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Much more malty than last year's version. Also a little bit of a chocolately feel to it. Not my favorite but still quite drinkable.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Pretty damn good. Higly malty, with a touch of coffee. No chocolate or licorice at all, but still a good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Dark ruby in color, almost black. Nice head and very nice lacing. Fruity and spicy aroma. Fairly thin and highly-carbonated mouthfeel. Flavor of tingly dark cherries, a little sour even. Finish is tingly. Better than decent, barely good.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent

(draft) Cloudy dark brown. Minimal head, minimal aroma. Flavor this year reminds me of dark fruits and coffee. Tastes like it has more alcohol than it really does. I doubt I'll bother to have any more of this.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category adjuncts, brown, good

(draft) Very dark brown. Decent tan head. Aroma of malts and spices. Duh. Flavor more of the same. A little subdued. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent

(draft) Black with a nice tan head. Spicy and nutmeggy aroma. Almost Pumpkiny. Thick mouthfeel. Flavor of malts and fluoride and punpkin and light spices. Decent, bordering on good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category good, porter

(bottle) Didn't get much of a head with this one. Strong roasted malt aroma. Flavor was biased a little more towards coffee than chocolate, but malty sweetness was the primary flavor. Pretty good, but not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Cloudy brown. No head, as in zero head. Weird. Aroma of malts and dark fruits. Mostly malts. Flavor more of the same. A little subdued overall. Good though. I'd love to try this in draft form.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category good, porter, smoked

(draft) Clear very dark brown. Minimal tan head. Aroma of a spent campfire. Creamy mouthfeel. Subtle flavor of smoke and roasted malts. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category davefest, scotch, yummy

(draft) One of my favorites. I seemed to enjoy this more and more each time I had it. Probably the best Scotch Ale I've had. The flavor is hard to describe. I think that this one of those beers that you have to drink to understand just how good it is.

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Ounces Consumed: 100

posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, swill

(draft) I had high hopes for this one. Blueberry flavor in a beer would definitely be something new and unusual for me. This actually ended up being my least favorite beer of the weekend. It tasted to me like an IPA. If there was any berry component to the flavor it was too subtle for me to detect it behind all the damn hops.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Pours a cloudy brown, with a hint of green. Weird. No appreciable head. The aroma is malty and fruity, with a hint of tartness. Medium mouthfeel. The flavor is sharp and fruity, and the finish is sweet and smooth. Good.

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posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Cloudy light brown. No head. Aroma of roasted malt. Mild flavor that was perfectly balanced between malts and hops. Fucking good. Another winner from Avery.

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posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Clear copperish amber. Average head that dissipated quickly. Aroma almost undetectable, but of apple peels and spices. Flavor started out very weak, but as my tongue became accustomed to it, I ended up like this beer a lot. A 5.2% Belgian session beer. Pretty damn cool.

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Ounces Consumed: 50

posted by dave in category chocolate, decent, porter

(draft) A fairly mild porter that smelled and tasted of baker’s chocolate. No bitterness or coffee taste that I could detect, and I think that's a good thing.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category davefest, good

(draft) I was sure I was enjoying a nice spiced ale but I see in the commercial description that the flavor is all malts. Very good, though a little sneaky as the alcohol doesn't really register. Anyone attempting to sample a wide range of beers cannot pass this up.

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Ounces Consumed: 84

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Dark bronze. Nice firm head. I got a lot of dark fruity sweetness. I mean a lot. The very high (14.9%) ABV wasn't apparent except that I just knew that all that sweetness was covering up something dangerous. This is pretty much the opposite of a session beer. I liked it though.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category good, stout

At 10% alcohol I knew this would be the only one of these I'd have. I liked the taste of this a lot. I detected a definite bourbon odor, and I asked if it was aged in an old bourbon barrel but the bartenders didn't think so. There wasn't really any bourbon to the taste so I may be insane.

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Ounces Consumed: 30

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

Recommended to me because of my recent infatuation with Belgian ales, this definitely did not disappoint. A nice reddish color and a decent head with a fair amount of lacing. For me, as with all Belgians, the overwhelming flavor is that of apples. I can drink this in complete comfort. It's just yummy. Not quite as complex as a tripel I had a few weeks ago, but with a better overall flavor.

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Ounces Consumed: 1216

posted by dave in category brown, good, wheat

(draft) Very dark brown with a stupidly huge amount of foam. Aroma is malt and molasses. Flavor is more of the same. The alcohol is very well-hidden. A good beer, but not a great one. Needs more sizzle or something.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category good, wheat

(draft) Hazy yellow, with a decent head that lasted long enough. A nice aroma and flavor, both fairly standard for a German wheat beer. Good, a little dry. Tasted stronger than it was.

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Ounces Consumed: 35

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Had a small sample. Clear fizzy amber. A little sweet. Not as weird as I was expecting. Not worth my time, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 3

posted by dave in category brown, decent, homebrew

(bottle) Given to me by a homebrewing friend. No description or name given, it was all up to me. Pours a nice amber/honey color with lots of foam. The aroma is very sweet - almost too sweet - and that sweetness is quite evident in the taste as well. A good brown ale, but perhaps a little too cloying for me to ever spend an evening drinking it. Much better, of course, than anything I've ever made.

Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, decent

(bottle) Looked like grapefruit juice except for a huge white head. Citrusy aroma. Slight citrus flavor, but not so much that it became disgusting. Fizzy and other than that, a fairly mild flavor. Too many ingrediants in this beer, none stand out. It's a mish-mash.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category chocolate, stout, yummy

(draft) Lacing doesn't even begin to describe the foam that clung to my glass. A very nice stout - reminded me a lot of Murphy's. There was just a hint of chocolate, but nothing overpowering or pretentious at all. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 60

posted by dave in category chocolate, favorite, porter, yummy

(bottle) I was quite impressed by this. An aroma that I can only describe as chocolately-grapey. A flavor that stayed with me from the time my lips touched it to the time I swallowed - in other words, consistently good. Quite yummy. I wish I'd had another one.

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Ounces Consumed: 883

posted by dave in category good, ipa

(draft) The color of clear weak tea. Light aroma of floral hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor decent but mild. The slightly bitter finish went away after a few sips. A good session beer.

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posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Black with brown foam. Strong coffee aroma. Flavor not as intense as the aroma led me to expect. Not very good at all, but I dislike coffee flavor in beer so I didn't expect to like this. I gave this beer a decent rating (instead of swill) because they seem to have at least tried.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category ipa, swill

(draft) Clear light brown. No detectable aroma or flavor. There was a slightly bitter hoppy finish, but not enough to be completely disgusting. A waste of my time.

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posted by dave in category bourbon, good, stout

(bottle) Black with thin tan head. Mild aroma of bourbon. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor more intense and bourbony that the aroma had hinted. As an oatmeal stout, there isn't much flavor except for the bourbon. Pretty good, though gimmicky.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category stout, yummy

(bottle) Black with a nice tan head. Fairly strong aroma or roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor mostly of roasted malts, with a touch each of chocolate and coffee. Very yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 192

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Hazy gold with a decent white head. Very fresh and grassy aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor typical for the style except a pretty dry finish. Good, but a little tame overall.

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posted by dave in category brown, yummy

Dark copper, with huge head and good lacing. Malty flavor with caramel and toffee in there too. Mouthfeel a little thin, but a great-tasting beer.

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posted by dave in category good, wheat

(bottle) Fizzy, with a nice aroma and a pretty good taste. Very light. More like a Belgian wheat than an American or German wheat. Pretty good. I'll look for this, but I won't go out of my way.

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posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Color of hazy grapefruit juice. Light citrus aroma. Very light citrus flavor, with a bit of sourness, like grapefruit juice. Good, not great.

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posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Black with thin fizzy foam that faded quickly. Aroma of yeast and dark fruits. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of, I want to say plums, but that's not quite right. Some dark fruit, certainly. Nice and smooth, definitely a little subdued for a 10% ABV beer. Good.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) Dark ruby-colored. Decent head. No aroma at all. The first sip was really digusting. It tasted like cherry cough syrup. The next several sips got gradually better, as other flavors became detectable. The end of the glass was halfway decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) A nicely balanced ale that's probably getting a bit of an undeserved backlash for being so prevalent. With that said, it is a little boring. I'd drink this to drink, not for the flavor, which is decent but average.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category brown, swill

(draft) Light copper. Good head, good lacing. Whoa. A strong malt and hop aroma, quite dry. Thin mouthfeel but still quite coating. Malt and hops predominate everything. Surprisingly bad.

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posted by dave in category decent

(draft) This beer, while not a wheat beer, tasted exactly like I'd always expected what beers to taste like. It had no characteristics whatsoever. No sweetness. No bitterness. Just a slightly filling texture. All in all it was the best thing I drank tonight.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, stout

(can) Nice and creamy, though that could have been because of the widget. Compared to Guinness, a little sweeter, with a a subtle chocolate flavor instead of coffee. I liked it, and would probably like it more if I can ever find it on tap.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) A nice malty brown ale. Very pretty lacing. There was a bit of a coffee overtone that I could have done without. Quite good though.

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posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Pretty good. A slight coffee taste. A slightly bitter finish. More roasted malt flavor than I'm used to in this style, and I think that's what saved it for me.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, swill

(draft) This might have been sweet and syupy or it might have been all the blueberries floating up and down. I couldn't finish the glass. Those things hitting my lips were just too strange.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category wheat, yummy

(draft) A very cloudy yellow beer. Strong banana aroma. Came with a citrus wedge that I seem to have removed before it ruined the flavor. Quite yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category adjuncts, brown, decent, fruit

(draft) A light brown ale (think Newcastle) with a wedge of watermelon in it. Once I removed the offending fruit I couldn't detect anything noteworthy. Maybe a bit of a hoppy finish.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category decent, scotch

Very creamy and smooth. This beer had a lot of stuff floating in it, and by the time I got to the last inch or so of the glass it was grossing me out so I stopped drinking it.

UPDATE 072009: Had it on tap at Rich O's. Still creamy and smooth. Had a bit of bitterness at the end, and left my throat parched instead of refreshed. Still decent, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 34

posted by dave in category good, scotch, stout

(draft) Black with a nice creamy white head. Subdued aroma of malts and dark chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice flavor, balanced between chocolate and licorice. A bit of a sharp tang at first, but a very smooth finish. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 42

posted by dave in category decent, esb

(bottle) Nobody else has said it, so I will. This beer had a greenish tint to it. There, I've said it. Aside from the odd coloring, this was a pretty decent beer. The bar had it listed as a smoked beer, so I was a little disappointed to find an ESB instead, but it was quite decent. Actually reminded me more of a Alt than an ESB.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category decent, ipa

(draft) Very I'd never have guessed that this was an IPA. The aroma was mostly of malt and dirt, but good. Flavor was a little peaty and a little smoky. I liked it a lot more than I expected to.

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posted by dave in category decent, scotch

(draft) This was decent, but there was just something strange about it. Some fruity characteristic that I couldn't identify. There was also a bitterness that came out of nowhere at the finish.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category swill

(draft) What a waste of time. Water with orange peel flavoring. I expected much better from Bell's.

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posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and dark, maybe even burnt, chocolates. Flavor was fairly intense of malts, with some chocolate and a touch of coffee. The high alcohol content was hidden very well. Really good, possibly yummy. I'll have to have some more when I can.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Black, with a decent brown head. A sugary sweet aroma. Flavor was fairly intense, with spices and a slight hint of coffee. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category good, rye, stout

(draft) I found this to be a basic stout with a slight chocolate flavor and a touch of rye bitterness at the finish. I liked it a lot, and I will probably go try to find it in bottles.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

(draft) Smells like old socks. Looks like a lager. Tastes fantastic. Reminds me of the winter ales from the established Belgian breweries. Apples and other, unidentifiable, fruits predominate. A very surprising beer from one of my favorite breweries. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 56

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Cloudy brown, with a nice long-lasting head. Aroma of stale hops and malts. The taste was malty and nutty, with a fairly bitter finish that became more tolerable as the glass became emptier. Nothing to write home about, but drinkable.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category decent

(bottle) Very intense aroma as soon as the cap was removed. No head to speak of. After the first few sips that were nothing but alcohol burn, the rest of this went down quite nicely. Too much coffee and too little chocolate for it to ever be a real favorite. I got some cola from this too, especially in the aroma.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Just a decent fairly generic brown ale. More sweet than most I suppose, and not malty-sweet but sugar-sweet. If that makes any sense. Sometimes, when I'm drinking this, I get an aroma that reminds me of root beer. Weird, but quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 170

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) No aroma whatsoever. The first couple of sips reminded me more of cranberries than cherries. About halfway thourgh the glass I decided that it wasn't too bad and ordered another pint. A little sour, a little sweet. Really quite drinkable though.

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Ounces Consumed: 100

posted by dave in category davefest, stout, yummy

(draft) Oh, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, where have you been all my life? This is as close to the perfect stout as I've ever had. All of the flavor of an imperial, but without the high ABV and without the alcohol burn. My new favorite non-chocolate stout in the entire world. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 543

posted by dave in category swill

(draft) Bright and fizzy. This would probably be good if it was a hot enough day. Like a million degrees or something.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, porter

(draft) Not a thing wrong with this beer. That's the first thing I thought of. No aroma to speak of, a mild chocolate flavor that was quite yummy. No bitterness at all. An excellent session porter.

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Ounces Consumed: 64

posted by dave in category good, rye, weird

(draft) Fizzy clear light amber in color. Nice white head. Aroma of floral hops and rye. Tastes like it smells. Creamy mouthfeel. Aromatic hops and a hint of rye. Could use more rye. Still good, though, and the balance got better as the glass got emptier.

Aside: This is my 750th beer review here. I should have a beer to celebrate!

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category good

(draft) A nice roasty chocolate flavor. The extra alcohol, as compared to similar stouts, seemed unnecessary to me, and annoyed me a little. A beer this good doesn't need the alcohol gimmick.

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Ounces Consumed: 80

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) This seems to be a favorite, but I just don't get it. The smell of old socks was just too much for me. I couldn't finish the glass.

UPDATE September 2012
Okay, I tried it again. The aroma was a mixture of floral and piney hops. The flavor seemed to be a decent balance between the two. Im upgrading this to decent, but that's as far as I'll go.

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Ounces Consumed: 23

posted by dave in category swill

I didn't like this even a little bit. Bitter with strange, undefinable undertones. I barely finished the glass.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, wheat

(draft) Hazy Yellow. Decent head. Whoa, unexpected aroma of what I'll call coriander. Flavor is kind of musty and weird. A decent beer, but just barely.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category porter, smoked, yummy

(draft) Very dark red, with a nice tan head. Smoky and malty aroma. Flavor very malty and smoky. Wow. Quite yummy. World-class, in fact. As good as I've ever had.

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Ounces Consumed: 212

posted by dave in category good, scotch

(draft) Black with a decent brown head. Malty and spicy aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice malty flavor. Alcohol is evident, but not prevalent.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category good, wheat

(draft) Served in a glass that was way too cold. There were ice crystals in the beer. Once it had thawed out a little, this was a pretty good beer. Very much a German-style wheat, but with the tiniest little bite of hops in the finish. I liked it.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, porter

(draft) Very nice. Chocolately and roasty and malty. If this was available near my home it would be one of my favorite beers.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Clear dark amber, with a decent tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and malts. Flavor mostly of roasted malts. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 50

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Clear dark yellow. Huge white head. Syrupy mouthfeel. Aroma of light hops and maple. Flavor not too bad, not too good. Decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, weird

(draft) Hazy brown. Huge white head and good lacing. Light aroma of spices and hops and malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor hard to describe. Sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category good, wheat

(draft) Hazy light brown. Small white head. No detectable aroma. Mouthfeel surprisingly fizzy. Flavor of spices and wheat. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category good, porter

(draft) Black with nice brown head and incredible lacing. Fantastic aroma of malts and coffee and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor very good, mostly with a sharp malt bite. Wow.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category good, rye

(draft) Clear dark yellow. Nice head and lacing. Sharp aroma of rye and malts. Flavor fairly tame, without the rye weirdness that I was expecting. Good, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category brown, yummy

(draft) Clear brown. Nice beige head with great lacing. Aroma and flavor of malt and molasses. Really good. Yummy, in fact.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category swill

(draft) Clear golden. Metallic hoppy taste. Served way too cold. I was not expecting to like this, and I didn't. A waste of time.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category good, wheat

(draft) Hazy yellow. Strong aroma of cloves, yeast, and bananas. Maybe some vanilla in there. Flavor was like the aroma, except there seemed to be roasted malt in the thing too. Weird for a hefeweizen, but pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category good, scotch

(draft) Clear copper color. The aroma and flavor were mild, but malty and fruity. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Stupid name. Clear dark brown in color. Aroma and flavor of roasted malts and light hops, with a lingering bitter hop finish. Too damn hoppy for a brown ale. Decent is all I can say.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category apa, decent

(draft) Clear amber in color. Light hoppy aroma and flavor. Just a slightly bitter finish. Pretty tame. I don't like the style, but this was endurable.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Fizzy (?!?!?) dark brown, almost black. Light chocolate aroma. Mouthfeel is watery and creamy. The fizziness is very weird in a porter. Flavor of watery chocolate and a touch of roasted malt. Good flavor, but not very much of it, so this gets only a decent rating.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Black in color. Roasted malts dominate the aroma and flavor. A mild alcohol burn finishes. For an alleged imperial stout, this is pretty lame. For a regular stout, it's pretty good. Reminds me of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 21

posted by dave in category piss

(draft) No head. No aroma, No flavor. A very dry and fizzy mouthfeel. Probably good for an upset stomach but little else.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category belgian, good, wheat

A commonly-available beer that I put off drinking simply because of its availability - reasoning that something so widely accepted must be bland and boring. I was quite wrong (see Newcastle for another example of my flawed logic). This is a very nice beer that went down very easily. I think I could drink it all night, and that's not something I could say about most Belgians.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, fruit

(bottle) Clear light amber. Large whitish head. Not much of an aroma or flavor with this one. Everything was very subtle - too subtle. I don't think I'll bother with this again. Decent is all I can say.

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Ounces Consumed: 48

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(bottle) Clear bronze. Good head and lacing. I got hints of several spices and unusual flavors, most notably of vanilla. Very easy to drink. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 144

posted by dave in category alt, good

(draft) That nice copper color was a welcome sight to an old altbier drinker. This beer has a pretty good balance - maybe a little on the bitter side. I also think it's changed a little for the worse since the brewery split apart several months ago.

update 080605: I've had this several times in both bottled and draft form. The bottled form tastes better to me. Go figure.

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Ounces Consumed: 564

posted by dave in category barleywine, decent

This was my first taste of a barleywine, and I suppose it was okay. Just imagine regular wine without any grapey taste, and add a hint of hops. That's what this tasted like. It was okay, but I cannot imagine having more than one in an evening.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category bourbon, good, porter

(draft) Black with tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and bourbon. Flavor pretty good, like an imperial stout. The bourbon shows up in the finish.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category porter, yummy

(draft) This beer that I didn't care for a year ago has either been changed or (more likely) my own tastes have changed. I found this to be a very good porter, even with the slight bitterness to the finish.

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Ounces Consumed: 488

posted by dave in category decent, wheat

(draft) First of all, I can't decide if this is a stupid name for a beer, or a clever one. I had a small sample first, and like it enough to have another pour. Kind of a slightly hazy amber color, with a smallish head that lasted long enough. Flavor was pretty much a blend of American and German wheats, as was the aroma. A little too fizzy and hoppy for me to like it a lot, but still not bad at all.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Dark amber in color. Good head and lacing. Smells like malts and dark fruits. Tastes like malts and overripe charries. Good though.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category bourbon, good, stout

(draft) Their Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout, but aged for three years. The results are a much more intense borboun aroma and flavor. Still pretty good, but maybe a touch too intense for me. I like the regular version better.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category decent, wheat

(draft) A small sample didn't kill me, so I had more. Hazy light copper. Decent white head. Aroma mild for this style, with a faint off undertone that reminded me of a dunkel more than anything else. Fairly full mouthfeel, and mild flavor, but again with that weird undertone that I didn't care for that much. Decent, but a struggle to drink.

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Ounces Consumed: 35

posted by dave in category belgian, good, weird


(draft) Clear dark bronze. Decent head. No detectable aroma. Flavor of dried cherries. The finish was quite drying as well. A good beer, but weird.

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Ounces Consumed: 52

posted by dave in category adjuncts, bourbon, yummy

A very dark red. Bourbon aroma is very faint - almost not noticeable. The flavor is that of a very mild stout with only the slightest hint of bourbon showing up in the finish. Not too bad. Quite good actually. Yummy, in fact.

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posted by dave in category good, porter

(draft) Black with nice tan head. Subdued aroma and flavor, of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Very smooth, and the alcohol is detectable only in the finish. Pretty good.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent


(bottle) No foam at all. I mean none. I've seen tap water with a bigger head. Other than that, poured a slightly hazy orange. Taste was, as expected, fairly flat and generic. Yeasty and bland in flavor, this beer did grow on me as time went by. I'd love to try this in draft form someday. Maybe there'll be some fizz then.

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Ounces Consumed: 50

posted by dave in category brown, yummy

(draft) Malty and a little chocolately. In other words, extremely good. A session beer that can also be used for special ocasions. I recommend this highly.

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Ounces Consumed: 142

posted by dave in category good, porter

(bottle) Pours black, with a minimal tan head that faded quickly. Light aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor was pretty much the same - roasted malt and chocolate. The finish was a little drying, but otherwise the 11% ABV is hidden very well. A very good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category good, porter, smoked

(draft) The first time I saw this, they were calling it "Smokey the Beer." What a stupid name. This beer tasted terrible for the first few ounces, then once my palate had been numbed enough, it tasted pretty damn good. A lot like their regular, nonsmoked porter. It's probably the same beer. Just a touch
of smoked malt, a little chocolate. I liked it.

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Ounces Consumed: 34

posted by dave in category brown, decent, weird

(draft) Clear dark orange in color, this beer didn't seem to have much of an aroma. So I was surprised to find such a funky and citrusy flavor. To be fair, this beer may have clashed greatly with the chocolately porter I'd had earlier, but I don't think I'd have liked it all that much anyway. I only drank a few sips, then I gave the rest away.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Black with a minimal brown head. Aroma of roasted malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice and malty flavor, with a slight alcohol burn at the finish. A good beer, but dangerous because the 12.5% ABV is almost undetectable.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category belgian, good, wheat


(draft) Hazy yellow, with tons of foam. This beer is advertised as a spiced Belgian wheat. I didn't get any spices though. I got yeast and bananas and wheat, all more apparent in the aroma than in the flavor. It's a good and neutral example of the style to me. I liked it.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category good, sour

(draft) Clear brown. Nice white head. Sour smell and flavor. Not too strong. Very dry finish. Good

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posted by dave in category piss

I'd heard some good things about this, but I can't for the life of me figure out why. This was water with a couple of drops of beer flavoring added. I only drank about an inch from the glass.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Clear brownish amber. Little head, nice lacing. Aroma of malts and fruity spices. Flavor more fruity than expected, and a little sharp. Not as good as I was hoping, but still good.

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Ounces Consumed: 44

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Hazy amber. Smallish tan head. Aroma malty and a little sharp. Flavor watery and citrusy. It got better as the glass got emptier. Barely decent, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Hazy light gold in color. Decent white head. Nice aroma of malts and apples. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor appley with a touch of tang and some mustiness. Pretty good except for the mustiness.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Cloudy brown, small head. Malty aroma. Flavor of a mild brown ale, but with a lingering hoppy finish that I could have done without. Good, not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category decent, esb

(draft) Hazy amber with a decent head. Citrusy and hoppy aroma. Flavor of watery grapefruit juice. Decent, I suppose.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Very dark amber/brown with a lasting white head. Nice aroma and flavor of malts and spices. Maybe some vanilla. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 7

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Black with a lasting creamy head. Aroma of burnt malts. Flavor of burnt malts and a touch of coffee. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Black with a thin tan head that faded quickly. Fairly neutral aroma. Thick mouthfeel, with a nice strong roasted malt flavor that coated my mouth. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category good, ipa

(draft) Hazy gold. No detectable head. Interestingly floral aroma. Nice flavor. Whatever hops are in this, they're the kind that I like. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category good, scotch

(draft) Hazy brown. White head that pulled a quick disappearing act. Mild aroma of roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor surprisingly strong of roasted malts. A bit of a bitter hoppy finish. I disagree with this beer's classification, but not with its taste. Damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 37

posted by dave in category barleywine, decent, ipa

(bottle) Clear dark copper. A lighter aroma that I was expecting; mostly of malts and caramel. The flavor is quite dry and it finishes more like an IPA than anything else. They're calling this a barleywine, but there's none of the weirdness that I usually associated with that style. Decent is all I can say.

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posted by dave in category apa, swill

(draft) Hazy Gold. Aroma and flavor of pine needles. Not the kind of hop that I like. Calling it decent goes against my instincts.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category belgian, good, weird

(bottle) Hazy and fizzy brown, with a smallish head that fizzes away fairly quickly. Aroma of woods and roasted malts. Mustier than usual for this style, I think. Medium mouthfeel. Nice malty flavor. A bit of molasses in there, too, but not enough to make it gross. A good beer, maybe a yummy one.

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posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Scary lager-colored, with a nice white head. Light malty aroma, with hops and nuts also. Mouthfeel is kind of creamy, and the flavor is mild, with malts and grasses. Not bad, not good.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, wheat

(bottle) The color of hazy wheat, with a few visible chunks of sediment. No head whatsoever. Light aroma of wheat and I guess agave. Flavor pretty damn good, albeit indescribable. A nice beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 216

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Dark Brown. Smallish head that faded quickly. Slight aroma. Thin mouthfeel. Fairly sharp flavor of roasted malts. Decent but disappointing. I finished the glass, but I won't bother ordering this again.

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posted by dave in category decent, stout

(bottle) Black, of course. Fairly sharp aroma of what I want to call cola. Small tan head. Thin watery mouthfeel. Flavor is very subdued and hard to describe. I doubt that I'll bother buying it again. Decent is all I can say.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, porter

Color of dark hazy cola. No appreciable foam. A nice light vanilla aroma, and a very nice and smooth vanilla flavor. No undertones that I could detect. Finish was a little drying. Pretty damn good.

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posted by dave in category bourbon, good, stout, weird

(bottle) The color of dark cola. No head whatsoever. Aroma was weird. Dark fruits reminded me of a strong Belgian. Surprising to find this aroma in an imperial stout. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor was surprisingly good. Fruity and malty. Definitely different. I have another bottle in my fridge, and I'm looking forward to opening it soon.

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Ounces Consumed: 35

posted by dave in category decent, stout

(bottle) Dark ruby in color. No head. Aroma of dark fruits and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor kind of oily. A little malty. Decent.

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posted by dave in category stout, swill

(draft) I think there was something wrong with this beer. It actually tasted skunked. I hope it didn't taste this way on purpose.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) Looks like a hazy pale lager. An odd aroma of what I guess is Belgian yeast. Flavor a bit like a saison, but weaker. It looked so much like a lager that I think I imagined lagerish components to the flavor and the finish that weren't really there. Decent, but that's it.

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posted by dave in category chocolate, good, stout

(draft) Black with a large tan head. Fantastic chocolate and malt aroma. The flavor is chocolately and roasty. Very roasty. I'm not even sure that's a word, but I'm using it anyway. Pretty damn good. The 10.6% ABV is very well hidden.

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posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Almost black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malts, and not much else. Same for the flavor. No bitterness. I liked it.

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Ounces Consumed: 80

posted by dave in category porter, smoked, yummy

(draft) Black with a nice tan head. Light aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor of roasted malts and a little smoke and a little chocolate. Wow. A yummy beer, though it could use more of everything.

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posted by dave in category belgian, saison, swill

(draft) Hazy gold, with a nice white head that lasted. Aroma of hops and malts. Very light flavor of grass. Not worth my time.

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posted by dave in category barleywine, swill

(bottle) Clear medium-dark amber. No head, some fizz. Aroma of malt and dried hops. Flavor of burnt malt and stale hops. Quite fucking disgusting. I only took a few sips before giving up. LIfe's too short to waste drinking beer like this.

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posted by dave in category lager, swill

(draft) Clear gold in color. Good heaping head. No detectable aroma. Tasted like watery grass. Not very good. Not very good at all.

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posted by dave in category good, scotch

(bottle) Clear dark amber. Minimal head. Aroma of hops and malts. Flavor pretty good. Mostly malty sweetness with a touch of grass or something like that. A touch of hoppiness at the end that didn't gross me out.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, bourbon, stout, yummy

(draft) Black. Large brown head with great lacing. A nice chocolately flavor behind the bourbon, which shows up mainly in the lingering finish. Pretty damn yummy.

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posted by dave in category swill

(draft) Way too bitter for my tastes, but I suppose some people like the bitterness.

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posted by dave in category brown, decent

Watery, but drinkable. The most (and perhaps only) enjoyable beer I've had at Brownings.

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posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Hazy golden in color, with a large head that shrank quickly. Fairly standard aroma and flavor for a Belgian of this style - so pretty good. There was a tiny bit of unexpected creaminess as it swirled in my mouth. The finish was a little drying, but not so much as to be obnoxious. A pretty good beer.

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posted by dave in category lager, piss

Clear pale yellow. Fizzy and a little sharp. Pretty gross.

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posted by dave in category decent, lager

(draft) Pale clear gold. Slight metallic aroma and flavor. There are certainly worse beers in the world, but there are also millions of better beers. I giving this a decent rating because I'm feeling generous.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, fruit

(draft) Slightly hazy golden. Looked like a lager. Aroma and flavor of, as the name suggests, orange lolipops. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Not nearly as bad as I was expecting it to be. Actually decent.

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posted by dave in category decent, fruit

(bottle) Hazy amber, with an odd aroma of pumpkin and rubber. Flavor of pumpkin and something familiar, yet unidentified. Musty and decent.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, piss, wheat

(draft) Lord, why hast thou foresaken me? I thought this was crap. I only drank about two sips and then I threw the rest away.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent, lambic

(bottle) Don't know what vintage this was. Incredibly sour taste. Like sucking on lemon rinds. Not musty or funky at all. Drinkable, but not noteworthy.

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posted by dave in category belgian, lambic, yummy

(bottle, 2002 vintage) Like a regular, somewhat mild, Belgian strained through dirty sweat socks. This is what I was expecting from a lambic festival! A little sour, a little drying, a lot tasty.

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posted by dave in category belgian, good, lambic

(bottle) Funky and Musty. Very dry finish. Hard to pin down exactly what this tasted like. I liked it.

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posted by dave in category brown, yummy

(draft) I've rated this a little higher than most brown ales because there was something special about it. I don't know what, though. There was a slightly spicy aroma and flavor. Whatever it was, it was damn good.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) A nice beer. Not nearly as sweet as other tripels I've have. I got a subtle undertone that reminded me of smoke. There was very little head, though this may have been caused by the filthy glass. I liked it a lot, but there are a zillion better Belgians out there.

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Ounces Consumed: 51

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Dark amber. Decent head with lots of fizz. The cork nearly took my eye out when it popped. A nice sharp and fruity aroma. Maybe some floral scent in there too. Flavor more of the same, with maybe an added touch of cola. The sediment at the bottom of the bottle grossed me out.

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posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Cloudy dark amber. Smallish head. Faint aroma of dark fruits and malt. Flavor fairly mild, consisting mostly of apples and plums. A little drying. Pretty good.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft 2002 vintage) A nice reddish-brown. Had a fruit component that wasn't the apples I'm used to from Belgians. I'm going to call the flavor a mix of cherries and beets. Not too bad, but not worth a second glass.

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posted by dave in category good

(draft) Poured a lot darker than I expected. A pretty good beer. No spices or adjuncts that I could detect, so I'm not sure that I agree with the "Winter Beer" classification. Good though.

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posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Clear dark brown. Minimal head. Strange aroma of malts and hops. Flavor of cola and malts. Very dry finish. Decent.

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posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Black with a decent tan head. Weak aroma of burnt malts. Flavor burnt, but weak enough to make it barely good.

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posted by dave in category esb, piss

(draft) Clear dark gold. Thin whitish head. Hoppy aroma. Tastes like aluminum. Disgusting.

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posted by dave in category alt, decent

(draft) Clear Bronzish copper. Nice balanced aroma. Flavor a little subdued. Like a mild Alt-style beer. Decent.

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posted by dave in category belgian, fruit, yummy

(draft) Hazy gold with a decent white head. Mild aroma of apple peels and tropical fruits. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor definitely reminds me of the tropics. A very yummy beer.

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posted by dave in category good, saison

(draft) Wow! Unexpectedly good. Extremely well-balanced and very refreshing. It also tasted like it had a higher ABV than it really does.

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posted by dave in category decent, stout

(draft) Black with cream-colored head and incredible lacing. Flavor slanted a bit more towards coffee than chocolate. A decent beer.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good

(bottle) Slightly hazy orange. Nice aroma of pumpkin and spices. Flavor much more tame than the aroma led me to believe, but still very good. The expected pumpkin and spices, leaning a but more toward the former. Very good.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) Dark clear copper. Good head. Smelled like a barleywine, and pretty much tasted like one too. That weird flavor of beets or prunes or whatever it is - I don't like it. This beer did grow on me a little as the glass got more empty, but I still can't really say that I liked it.

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posted by dave in category good, saison

(draft) Clear light golden. Nice white head. Subdued aroma and flavor of fried apples. Mouthfeel more creamy that I'd expected. Good.

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posted by dave in category chocolate, good, stout

(draft) Black with minimal tan head. Subtle malt and chocolate aroma. Mild malt and chocolate flavor, a little bitter but with a sweet finish. Good.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, esb, good

(draft) Clear amber with a nice tan head. Malty and spicy aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor of spices and pumpkin. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category good, stout

(bottle) Black with a smallish brown head. Aroma of dark roasted and regular malts. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of roasted malts and alcohol. Fairly evident alcohol burn in the mouthfeel and the finish. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 17

posted by dave in category adjuncts, bourbon, chocolate, good, stout

(bottle) Black with a nice beige head. Aroma of malts and bourbon, mostly bourbon. Thickish mouthfeel, creamy, coating. Flavor of chocolate and vanilla, with a very nice smooth bourbony finish. Quite good, albeit very sneaky with the 11% ABV.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category lager, swill

(bottle) I don't like lagers at all, but since this is probably the most watered-down lager there is, I suppose that I can stand it when I have to. I mean, it doesn't kill me. I just wish that it would.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

(draft) Smelled better than it tasted, but it smelled fantastic. Nice and malty with some spice aroma that I couldn't identify. Taste was very similar to the Great Lakes Christmas Ale - if you like that, you'll like this.

UPDAYE 111805: Not similar at all to the Great Lakes brew. Still delicious though. Sweet and complex, I got a little bit of cola flavor that I hadn't noticed before. Too strong for more than one in a night, and that sucks.

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Ounces Consumed: 126

posted by dave in category belgian, brown, swill

I thought this beer smelled and looked fantastic. I'm not really sure what I was expecting tastewise - I suppose a combination of a Belgian and a Brown. What I got was a strange-tasting beer that I can't really say I liked all that much. It just tasted like something was wrong with it, but I couldn't point to any one thing.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category bourbon, good, porter

(draft) Very dark ruby with a nice lasting white head. Aroma of roasted malts and bark. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice smooth flavor, Malty and oaky and bourbony. Smooth finish. Good, though a little gimmicky because of the oak and/or bourbon.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good

(bottle) Hazy orange. No head. Strong pumpkin aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor pumpkiny and maybe a little peaty. Weird. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 3

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent

(bottle) ruby colored. No head. Smells like peppers. Mouthfeel smooth and creamy. Flavor that of a neutral beer with a hint of smoked peppers. Decent is all I can say.

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Ounces Consumed: 3

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, porter

(draft) Black, with a dark tan head. Aroma of mostly chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor chocolately and something else, something unusual. OMG, it's coconut! I'm allergic to coconut! So I didn't drink but the one sip. That one sip was actually pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 1

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, wheat

(draft) A murky weird orange color. Decent head and lacing. Aroma of citrus and wheat. Flavor was decent, but then a bitter finish came out of nowhere. Almost like a rye beer. Life's too short to waste on beer like this. I only had a little. Barely decent, if you're into the style.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category chocolate, porter, yummy

(draft) Took a long time to pour, but worth the wait. Very smooth. Nice chocolate aroma and flavor that reminded me of Young's Double Chocolate Stout. This is a very good beer. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 367

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Another winner from this small brewpub. Quite malty and nutty, but enough hops to keep it nicely balanced.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category smoked, stout, yummy

I had a little of this. I remember liking it, but quite frankly I was too drunk to remember much else about it. I will provide a real review the next chance I get.

Update 050909: Black, with a small tan head that faded quickly to nothing. Fairly strong aroma and flavor of roasted chocolate and malts. A little too bitter, mostly because of the 8% ABV. Decent is all I can say at this point.

Update 011314: Beyond yummy. All bitterness gone and replaced with maltiness and peaty smokiness. Wow wow wow.

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Ounces Consumed: 289

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Absolutely nothing special about this beer except that it's an Abbey Tripel, so it's special by default. Very good, but not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category decent, scotch

(draft) Clear dark amber. Good long-lasting head. No detectable aroma. The mouthfeel is a little watery, and the flavor is mostly roasted malts. A decent beer, but kind of a waste of time. The alcohol was hidden very well, a little too well, I think.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category fruit, good, stout

A stout, not just an ale, which was news to me. I didn't get much of an aroma from this, and the blueberry flavor was more subtle that I was expecting. The blueberries showed up mostly in the finish, which had absolutely no trace of bitterness. The undertones were mostly roasted malt, and the flavor slanted a tad more towards coffee than chocolate. A very good beer, worth the wait.

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Ounces Consumed: 271

posted by dave in category adjuncts, experiment, yummy

(mixture) I mixed 1/2 Bells Cherry Ale with 1/2 BBC Dark Star Porter, and ended up with something greater than the sum of its parts. The too bitter porter balanced very nicely with the too sweet/sour Bells, and it was just excellent. I, apparently, am a frickin' genius.

Ounces Consumed: 60

posted by dave in category adjuncts, chocolate, experiment, good

(mixture) I mixed Bell's Cherry Ale and Young's Double Chocolate Stout in a 1-to-1 ratio. Just a fantastic combination. A nice deep red color. Chocolate flavor that's followed by a slightly sour finish. I'd definitely buy this if it was available commercially. Yummy.

Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category chocolate, decent, experiment, smoked

(mixture) I mixed Rogue Chocolate Stout and NABC Cone Smoker in a 1:1 ratio. I'd been expecting these two very different flavors to elevate each other to new heights. But that's not what happened. They pretty much cancelled each other out. Good thing I didn't waste too much beer with this experiment.

Ounces Consumed: 6

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, experiment, smoked, wheat, yummy

(mixture) I mixed 1/2 NABC Tunnel Vision with 1/2 Rogue Smoke Ale. For whatever reason, I figured that the honey sweetness of the Tunnel Vision and the smoky bitterness of the Rogue Smoke would play off each other quite well. I was right. I would drink the stuff if it was available commercially.

Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category smoked, wheat, yummy

(mixture) I mixed Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and Spezial Rauchbier on a 1:1 ratio. Amazing head, courtesy of the Weihenstephaner. Aroma of bananas and cloves, slightly subdued. Flavor of a German wheat beer. The smoke shows up in the finish. Yummy. I'm a freakin' genius.

Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category belgian, experiment, wheat, yummy

(mixture) I mixed Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and Delirium Tremens in the 16.9:11.2 ratio dictated to me by the bottle sizes. Mixing what are perhaps the ultimate representations of German wheat and Belgian strong ales, I'm not quite sure what I was expecting to accomplish. One thing that I definitely wasn't expecting was to create a beer that would make me believe in God. Well, so much for expectations. Way beyond yummy.

Ounces Consumed: 28

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(bottle) Pouring this into a glass resulted in about a 5/1 head/beer ratio. I actually lost patience waiting for the head to dissipate and ended up disrupting it with my finger. Once I got to the actual beer I really enjoyed it. A little lighter in both flavor and ABV than other Belgians I've enjoyed, so more suitable as a session beer. Black flecks that settled to the bottom of my glass turned me off a little.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category belgian, swill

(bottle) Fizzy, hazy orange. Citrus undertones that I didn't care for at all. MIght be okay on a hot Summer day. My least favorite from this otherwise wonderful brewery.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, davefest, yummy

Cloudy yellow with a head that lasted throughout the glass. A great belgian beer. Well carbonated and fairly thick-tasting. This was as close to drinking hard cider as I think I could stand. I liked this beer a lot, but at a whopping 10% alcohol I know that one will always be my limit. One of my all-time favorites.

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Ounces Consumed: 405

posted by dave in category belgian, swill

(bottle) Highly recommended by several people, but I'm not really sure why. I've never had cherry wine, but I'm convinced that I now know what it would taste like. Very sweet, very winey. No bitterness to balance the sweetness at all. Not very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, stout

(draft) Fizzy, which was quite a strange sensation coming from a stout. More coffee than chocolate flavored, so not my favorite even once the fizz had faded.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle/draft) Poured an orange/red color, with the massive head I usually find in De Dolle beers. Aroma much more massive and much more complex than their other offerings. Along with the standard Belgian apple tones, I also got what I'll call cherries and apricots. Did not taste like it had 12% alcohol in it. A little sour in the finish.

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Ounces Consumed: 144

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy light brown, with a fizzy white head that faded quickly. Light and clean aroma of apples and grass. Thinnish mouthfeel. Flavor light and typical for the style. Uninspiring finish, despite the 9% ABV. Good, but there are lots of better tripels out there.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, piss, stout

(bottle) Black with a medium-sized tan head. Mild aroma of roasted malts and some peat. Watery mouthfeel. Nasty flavor with a bitter licoricey finish. This beer may have gone bad, but for now I'm rating it as piss.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category stout, yummy

(bottle) Pours very dark brown, with a nice beige head that lingers. Aroma of alcohol and malts. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of alcohol and lightly roasted malts. Tastes like the finish is going to be overwhelming, but then it's silky smooth. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 33

posted by dave in category good, smoked

(bottle) The color of cola with a small beige head. Aroma of malts and alcohol and smoke. Creamy mouthfeel. Balanced malty flavor. Just a touch of smoke. Slightly bitter alcohol finish. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Black with a huge tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and alcohol. A little burnt. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of perfume and alcohol. Burning lingering finish. Gets better as the glass empties; starts out decent, ends up good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, smoked

(bottle) Pours the color of cola with a ridiculous (about 98%) head. Aroma of smoke and a hint of pepper. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor a little bourbony and weird, which was a surprise. Drying finish because of the pepper. Decent is all I can say.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy Brown. Smallish head that lasts for a while. Aroma of malts and faint overripe apples. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of cola and apples. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 19

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) A nice cloudy copper color that was quite intriguing. Nothing particularly special about the taste - actually this beer seemed a little too well-balanced. All of the flavors seemed to cancel each other out.

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Ounces Consumed: 38

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) The hop aroma was very evident and I was surprised to find such a tame flavor behind it. This is a beer I could drink all night, but I wouldn't want to because it's pretty boring.

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Ounces Consumed: 40

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

(bottle) Very dark, very fruity aroma. Taste reminded me of dark cherry wine. The second half of my glass - once the head had dissipated - was much better than the first half. Not as complex as the Delirium Noel, but yummy in its own way.

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Ounces Consumed: 514

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

Dark brownish red with a very dense head that lasted forever. A very nice completion to the Delirium triad. Not as much spice as I was perhaps expecting, but very drinkable. More similar to Delirium Nocturnum than to Tremens. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 413

posted by dave in category belgian, davefest, favorite, yummy

My desert island beer. I only wish I could drink more than three or four without going into a coma. The ultimate Belgian as far as I'm concerned. If you don't like this beer, then I don't like you.

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Ounces Consumed: 4645

posted by dave in category good, porter

(bottle) Cola color. Roaster malt and caramel aroma. Fairly thin mouthfeel. The flavor was of cola and caramel. Slightly dry finish.

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Ounces Consumed: 217

posted by dave in category porter, yummy

(draft) OMG.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category adjuncts, bourbon, good, stout

(bottle) Black with a firm brown head. Strong aroma of licorice and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of about a million things, chocolate and licorice and bourbon and oak among them. Just a bit overwhelming. Good, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 6

posted by dave in category apa, good

(bottle) Clear golden. Good white head. Mild hop aroma. Fairly mild floral hop flavor. Good and quite drinkable.

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Ounces Consumed: 76

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, stout

(bottle) Black with a huge brown head that lasted forever. Aroma of dark fruits and vanilla. Thick and coating mouthfeel. A surprising alcohol burn. Decent is all I can say.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, scotch

(bottle) Cloudy brown, with a fizzy beige head. Aroma of hops and caramel. Sweet, almost cloying flavor, with a surprising alcohol burn. Decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category barleywine, good

(bottle) Hazy brown. Minimal head. Strong alcohol aroma, with some malts and dark fruits as well. Flavor fairly well balanced. A bit of an alcohol burn, but not too bad. No barley wine weirdness, so that's cool.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category decent, fruit

(bottle) Cloudy reddish amber. Not much head. Aroma of musty yeast and alcohol and raspberries. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of alcohol and raspberries. Noticeable alcohol burn at the finish, but tolerable. A gimmicky, but decent, beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category good

(draft) Golden with a large white head. Looked like a damn lager, so I wasn't expecting to like it. I was surprised. It was pretty good. Fruit and honey aroma and flavor. Nice and creamy. I liked it.

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Ounces Consumed: 46

posted by dave in category brown, good

Black with a decent brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and I'm gonna say coffee. Flavor like the aroma, but with a fairly strong alcohol finish. Decent at first then, as with most high high ABV beers, my taste buds were beaten into submission and this beer became good.

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Ounces Consumed: 60

posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good

(draft) Clear bronze. A thin tan head that faded quickly and left nice lacing behind. Besides the unusual (for me) pumpkin flavor, there was a strange bitterness that came and went before the finish. Once my tastebuds had become numb to the bitterness this was a pretty good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, fruit, weird

(bottle) Pale orange, slightly fizzy. Minimal head that went away before I could tell what color it was. Floral and malty aroma. Flavor lightly fruity. There's a bit of sourness that surprised me. Not too bad. Decent, I'd say. Maybe it would be better on tap.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, weird

(draft) Looked like a lager. Nice white head. Very unusual aroma that I never could place. Flavor was mild and maltier than I was expecting. Finish a little bitter, because of the chiles I suppose. Stronger than it tastes. Decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 29

posted by dave in category belgian, good, lambic

(bottle, 1999 vintage) Less sour than other lambics, but much more of a dry finish. A subtle hint of funkiness in both the aroma and flavor. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Hazy light amber. Nice white head with good lacing. Smells like alcohol. Mouthfeel is coating. Flavor surprisingly mild, with dark and light fruits. Good, but scary because it's 12%.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(bottle) Cloudy brown with minimal head. Very strong flavor, bordering on the ridiculous. Almost sour, almost overpowering cherry flavor. I didn't finish the bottle. Probably not worth having again unless I can try it on tap.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Slightly hazy orange. Quite fizzy in both aroma and flavor. Hints of apples, expected for the style, but the fizz was the predominate characteristic. Reminiscent of champagne. Good, but not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, lager

(bottle) Had this because it's all there was. Clear dark gold in color, No head to speak of. Also no aroma, certainly no honey aroma. Flavor was tame and safe, and the honey additive finally showed up in the finish, which was sweet and coating. A decent beer, but nothing I'd ever buy.

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Ounces Consumed: 6

posted by dave in category belgian, good, saison

(draft) Cloudy gold, with a decent white head. Flavor fizzy and appley. Smooth with a slight alcoholic finish. A very nice Saison.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Very dark red with a smallish tan head. Light stoutish aroma. Thinnish mouthfeel. Flavor of bourbon and roasted malts. Very surprising. Overall a decent beer, almost good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category decent, saison

(draft) Light brown, with a white head that seems to be lasting. Very light aroma of yeasts and apple peels. Sharp and clean flavor, watery mouthfeel. Decent is all I can say, and I can barely say that.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Hazy yellow with a huge whitish head. Strong aroma of malts and apples. Flavor more of the same. Typical for the style, but that doesn't mean it isn't really good.

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Ounces Consumed: 64

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Looks like a very pale lager. Nine white head. Aroma is mild and musty. Flavor is very mild of apples. Not too bad. Not much point, though. at 6.8%, it's way too strong for the flavor it presents.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category stout, yummy

(bottle) Wow. Black with a long-lasting tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Thick mouthfeel. Flavor most of roasted malts, with a nicely balanced coffee and chocolate counterpoint. Flat-out yummy. I want more.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Had a strange flavor that I've never been able to accurately describe in this type of beer. Very thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. The alcohol was quite evident.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category decent, porter

(bottle) Very dark red, with trivial head and lacing. Fairly strong aroma of malts and dark fruits and raisins. Mouthfeel very thin. The flavor was undetectable at first, but it later revealed a light touch of coffee and an even lighter touch of malts. Decent is probably being a little generous.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, weird

(draft) Hazy Gold. Nice white head. Mouthfeel almost creamy. Light aroma and flavor of apples and pears. There's a weird funky finish that I could definitely do without. Decent is all I can say.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category decent, stout

(draft) Black with a minimal tan head. Clean malty aroma. Flavor malty and a little watery. No noticeable alcohol burn. Decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category decent, weird

(bottle) Fizzy orange in color, with a decent white head. Citrusy aroma. Mild citrusy and malty flavor. Not the worst beer I've ever had. Decent, but weird.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good

(bottle) Clear dark orange. Nice head that lasted forever. Balanced aroma of pumpkin and spices. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor starts with pumpkin and finishes with spices. Just a hint of bitterness. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category good, porter

(bottle) Black with thin tan head. Aroma of cola and roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor same as the aroma, with a bit of a tingle to it. Good. I'd like to try this on tap.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category decent, wheat

(bottle) The color of iced tea. Pretty large head. Flavor and aroma were what I was expecting. A German wheat, which I like, crossed with a dunkel, which I normally do not like. The end-result was certainly drinkable, but not noteworthy. Decent.

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posted by dave in category decent, wheat

(bottle) The color of hazy cola, with a large beige head that faded quickly. Aroma was malty and maybe a little skunked. Flavor was pretty much the same as the aroma. I don't think this beer was actually skunked, it just had that strange taste that I associate with bocks and barleywines. Not the worst beer I've ever had.

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posted by dave in category decent, wheat

(bottle) Hazy amber in color. Strong cloves and banana aroma. Medium-thin mouthfeel. A decent flavor but there's a splash of orangey citrus that I could do without.

UPDATE 090907: Had about half of a bottle. Didn't like it even a little bit. Way too citrusy, and there was none of the aroma I first wrote about. This bottle might have been a little skunked.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category good

(draft) Not what I was expecting, but a pleasant surprise instead. The main flavor I got was caramel, but there was really an awful lot of complexity behind that. Everything was subdued, but noticeable. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 90

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, weird, wheat

(draft) Cloudy dark yellow. Nice white head. Smells like grass. Tastes better than it smells. Medium mouthfeel. Citrusy and wheaty flavor. Actually good.

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posted by dave in category good, smoked, stout

(bottle) Black with a huge brown head. Malty and oily aroma. Sharp flavor, typical of imperial stouts. A hint of smoke, mostly in the finish. Tastes stronger than its 8.9% ABV would suggest. Good, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 323

posted by dave in category decent, saison

(draft) Hazy light yellow. Nice white head. Aroma of hops and apples. Watery mouthfeel. Flavor much milder than I was expecting. Mostly light Apple but with a slightly hoppy finish. Nothing wrong with this beer, but I'm not sure it's worthy of the name.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good, stout

(bottle) Pours very dark red with a small brown head. Balanced aroma of roasted malkts and alcohol. Maybe a touch of blueberries and smoke. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice mild and smooth flavor typical of imperial stouts. The blueberries at the finish cancel out the usual alcohol bite. Very smooth and very good.

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posted by dave in category brown, good, weird

(draft) Dark brown, duh. Smallish tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and molasses. Weird for what's ostensibly a brown ale. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor of burnt molasses, but in a good way. A very good way, actually.

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posted by dave in category good, porter

(draft) Black with a small brown head. Light aroma of malts and coffee and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild flavor much like the aroma. Fairly evident alcohol burn. A good beer.

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posted by dave in category lager, swill

(can) It wasn't the battery acid that I remember from the occasional sips I took as a kid. As lagers go, it's probably better than most American ones. That's not saying much though. Hoppy, with a little bit of a citrus tang that didn't make me want to vomit. Not after just one at least. I didn't risk another.

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Ounces Consumed: 36

posted by dave in category decent, wheat

(bottle) Fizzy light gold with a dissipating white head. Very light hoppy aroma. Thin mouthfeel. Pretty fizzy. Flavor creamier and not as hoppy as I'd feared. Decent and drinkable.

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Ounces Consumed: 66

posted by dave in category apa, decent

(draft) Black with a huge tan head and good lacing. Light hoppy aroma. Thin mouthfeel. Light flavor and finish. A decent beer.

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posted by dave in category decent, ipa

(draft) Clear light copper in color. Aroma of grass. Flavor neither piney nor floral. Kind of like a mixture. There was a slight metallic finish. Decent is all I can say about this.

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posted by dave in category good

(bottle) Cloudy brown. Ridiculous heaping head. Tame aroma, just like all saisons. Flavor was tame as well, with just a hint of some unidentified spices. Pretty good, though. I'd like to try this in draft form.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, decent

I was expecting something different, and perhaps even better, from this beer. What I got was, to me anyway, a bland, somewhat dirty tasting belgian. I certainly don't understand the hype.

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posted by dave in category good, saison

The beer that got me to finally appreciate Belgian brews. Apples were strong but not overpowering.

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Ounces Consumed: 60

posted by dave in category fruit, good

(draft) Dark reddish brown. Decent white head. Strong pumpkin aroma. Creamy mouthfeel and flavor of pumpkin and spices. More pumpkiny than spicy. A very good beer.

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posted by dave in category brown, good

(bottle) A pretty good and mild beer that always seems to go off like a bomb a few hours after I drink it. I do like it though, so I still have one every now and then.

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Ounces Consumed: 50

posted by dave in category good, smoked

(cask) Dark brown. Whitish head that lasts decently. Light aroma of malts and smoke. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor fairly light, a little sweet, but smoked malts predominate. Reminds me of Spezial.

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posted by dave in category good, porter, rye, smoked

(draft) Clear black with a dissipating white head. Aroma of smoke and malts and rye. Thickish mouthfeel. Mostly malty flavor, with just a touch of rye and even less of smoke. Very good.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, chocolate, stout, weird, yummy

(draft) Hazy very dark brown. Minimal white head. Indescribable aroma. Maybe light chocolate and light malts. Thick mouthfeel. Amazing and indescribable flavor of nuts and chocolate and roasted malts. Very very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 23

posted by dave in category bourbon, decent, stout

(draft) Black with a smallish brown head. Aroma of malts and bourbon. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor of malts and bourbon. Tolerable alcohol burn at the finish. A decent beer.

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posted by dave in category bourbon, decent, stout

(draft) Black with a large brown head. Strong aroma of oak and bourbon. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor like the aroma. Too rich for my blood, but quite decent if you love bourbon flavor.

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posted by dave in category good

(draft) Looks like Budweiser with a minimal white head. Aroma of old grass with a touch of smoke. Coating mouthfeel. Sweet flavor with a touch of smoke. Sweet coating finish. Good.

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posted by dave in category decent, porter

(draft) Looks nice, with good lacing. A fairly intense coffee/licorice flavor that didn't appeal to me very much. The high alcohol is fairly apparent. The second half of the glass tasted better to my numbed taste buds than the first half had.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, fruit, good

(draft) Clear dark brown. Nice lumpy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and maple. Mouthfeel a little gritty, but still smooth. Flavor like the aroma. Sweet and sharp and dry. A damn good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category yummy

(draft) A mild aroma and flavor. There was a hint of spice at the finish. Quite interesting. I liked it. A Winter Ale that's almost low enough in alcohol to be a session beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 44

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, stout

(bottle) Very dark brown. Nice tan head. Aroma of malts. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Malty and chocolatey flavor. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 72

posted by dave in category good

(draft) Dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Not a lot of aroma, but what there is smells like Kool-Aid. Raspberry flavor much more intense than the aroma. Suprisingly good.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) (draft) Very dark ruby with a minimal head that quickly vanished. Malty and woody aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice woody alcohol flavor. Finish quite smooth. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category adjuncts, piss

(draft) This really sucked.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category good

(draft) This beer knocked me on my ass. Very dark red, nearly black, with a decent head and more lacing than I expected. The flavor was a little intense. I kept wanting to call this a Winter warmer without the Winter part. A beer to celebrate happiness or drown sorrows, not a beer to simply enjoy.

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Ounces Consumed: 30

posted by dave in category decent, rye, stout

(bottle) You know, I wasn?t really expecting to like this. Most ryes are just too strange for me. But this one was actually pretty decent. There was nothing notable about it though, so I probably won?t bother to have it again.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category good, rye

(draft) The first sip of this was just disgusting, but I vowed to drink a couple of inches to give it a fair test. At about halfway through the pint I decide I sorta liked it. By the end of the pint I wanted another one. An odd-tasting beer that just grew on me. Not sure I can describe the taste.

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Ounces Consumed: 124

posted by dave in category good, wheat

(draft) Hazy yellow. Aroma standard for the style, bananas along with cloves and other subtle spices. The flavor was subdued and fleeting. A little more yeasty than I was expecting. Good, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 58

posted by dave in category good, smoked, sour, weird

(bottle) Hazy orange in color. No head whatsoever. Light aroma of wheat and hops and smoke. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor a slightly tart wheat beer but with a very light touch of smoke. Much more tame and less weird than I was expecting. Good, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 40

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Black with thin beige head. Strong aroma of malts, dark chocolate, and licorice. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Flavor intense and lasting, mostly of roasted malts. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category decent, lager

(bottle) A fairly standard lager. Not as fizzy as some, but not as flavorful either. Nothing special.

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posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Hazy dark brown, with no head to speak of. According to JauntyGirl, this smells like hairspray. I myself would say that it smells of roasted malt and alcohol. Fairly thin mouthfeel, with the flavor of roasted malts and overriip cherries. No alcohol burn at all. Pretty darn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(bottle) Dirty brown with an awful lot of yeast cloudiness. Aroma was faint, as was the flavor. Caramel seemed to prediminate. Not too bad. Might be better in draft form.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, saison

(draft) Clear orange/yellow. Big white head. No detectable aroma, and not much of a flavor either. A pretty weak Saison. Barely decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category brown, swill

(draft) Smelled and tasted like an Alt, even though it's supposed to be an English Stong Ale. The only non-Altish characteristic was that the aftertaste was quite bitter - too bitter for my tastes.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category apa, decent

(draft) Slightly hazy amber. Decent whitish head. Citrusy hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavor, but the finish is smooth. It's actually not too bad.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category porter, yummy

(draft) Very dark brown. Nice beige head. Subdued aroma of burnt malts. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of roasted malts, almost acrid, but still fucking yummy. Maybe a touch of chocolate and licorice, too.

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Ounces Consumed: 453

posted by dave in category belgian, good, saison

(draft) Yellow with a slight haze. Very good head and lacing. At first, it seemed a little watery, but then subtle flavors of apple peels and sour apples became evident. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category swill, wheat

(draft) Take a light american wheat and spray lemon pledge in it. Not the worst thing I've ever tasted, but far from the best.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Had this a year ago and didn't see anything special about it. Had it again last night and really liked it a lot. I thought I detected roasted nutmeg but don't see that mentioned anywhere. Very much a Winter ale, and very much a good one.

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Ounces Consumed: 140

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) I know I've had this before, but it was a long time ago. I'm not sure if "roasty" is a word, but it should be because it would be the perfect word to describe this beer. Not bad, but not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category davefest, esb, good

(draft) A great beer for starting out an evening, yet interesting enough to make an entire session out of it. Smooth and malty. Tastes like it should have a higher ABV.

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Ounces Consumed: 261

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Dark yellow. No head. Minimal lacing. No aroma. Flavor of dark fruits and malts. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 14

posted by dave in category good, stout

(bottle) Pours black with a minimal brown head. Smells faintly of licorice. Medium mouthfeel. Nice flavor of roasted malts, licorice, and a touch of chocolate. Substantial alcohol finish. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, rye

(draft) Clear copper in color, with a huge white head. Aroma is mildly sharp, if that makes any sense. Creamy mouthfeel. Oh wow, this is really good. Spices mostly, but with rye undertones.

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Ounces Consumed: 14

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Cloudy dark brown. Aroma of musty fruit. Flavor fairly typical for the style. Extremely good, in other words.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) I had a little of this. I remember liking it, but I was quite frankly too drunk to remember much more than that. I will provide a read review next change I get.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, good

(draft) Highly recommended by all who'd had it at Rich O's. Definitely a Christmas Ale - all sorts of complex flavors. I thought the fruitiness was a little bit too much but I suppose it was needed to mask all of that alcohol.

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Ounces Consumed: 66

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Fizzy clear orange. Huge heaping head. Very faint citrus aroma. Flavor also quite faint, consisting of apples and oranges. Medium mouthfeel. No bitterness. Good but not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(bottle) Looks like a lager, and smells like a lager. Flavor is decent. A little stale, and a little musty. I'm thinking that the bottle may have gone bad. I only drank a little, and threw the rest away.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Not at all what I was expecting, as it was listed as "chestnut amber" on the beer board at Rich O's. Clear reddish amber in color. A pretty decent head that lasted throughout the glass. A faint fruity aroma - maybe cherries. Mouthfeel was medium-thick and clean. Flavor was very well-balanced. Malts and dark fruits and a tinge of hoppy bitterness. The finish was surprisingly fruity. A damn good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category decent, porter

(draft) I guess this place has gone out of business. Hmmm, I wonder how long this beer has been sitting in the keg. The first thing I noticed was that it was quite thin. Like water. It took me a long time to figure out how to describe the flavor. That's because there was nothing. It was all roasted malt. I think I'd have liked this better if it wasn't so old-tasting.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category good, scotch

(draft) Very dark ruby-colored, with a nice tan head. Aroma mostly of malts, with some sweet chocolate and caramel in there. Mouthfeel thicker than I was expecting. Flavor pretty good, but tastes more like a malty porter than a Scotch ale to me. Very good, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category swill

(draft) This beer was simply hard to drink. Part of the problem was that it really clashed with the beer I'd just finished, but most of the problem was that it tasted like cranberry juice. It did get better towards the end of the glass.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, stout

(draft) I've never been a big fan of oak aged brews, but the oak undertones of this are subtle enough that they're hardly noticeable. Just enough chocolate and coffee flavor to almost mask the alcohol burn, but not quite. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 43

posted by dave in category chocolate, stout, yummy

(bottle) Black with a thin brown head. Nice malty chocolate aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor very malty, with chocolate and a hint of oak. Doesn't taste as strong as it is. Very yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 34

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy dark brown with a minimal beige head. Aroma of malts and dark fruits and alcohol. Mouthfeel creamy and sharp, if that makes any sense. Flavor quite malty and fruity. The alcohol burns a little at the finish, but it's quite well-hidden otherwise. Good.

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posted by dave in category chocolate, good, porter, smoked

(bottle) Black with a decent tan head. Incredible aroma of chocolate and smoke and grapes. Thin mouthfeel, a little watery. Flavor is good and chocolatey, but thin. No apparent smoke. A little disappointing, but still good.

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Ounces Consumed: 252

posted by dave in category stout, yummy

(bottle) Black with a thin brown head. Fairly strong aroma of roasted malts and alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice flavor of roasted malts and a little smoke. Evident alcohol burn at the finish. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 53

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

They may call it an "Abbey Tripel" but to me this is a Belgian Ale, and it had all of the appleness that I've come to expect from Belgians, but this beer had a lot of other characteristics that I cannot even begin to describe. It was one of the most complex beers I've ever had. Yummy.

Update 080605: Yes, I am now aware that an Abbey Tripel is a type of Belgian Ale.

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Ounces Consumed: 70

posted by dave in category adjuncts, yummy

Another winner from this excellent brewery. Very complex but well balanced. Starts out sweet, with a complicated blend of spices that I won't try to describe, followed by a surprising bit of cinnamon heat at the end. Nothing overpowering. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 120

posted by dave in category porter, yummy

(bottle) One of the best porters I can remember having. Understated notes of coffee and chocolate. Roasty and yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 341

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) No aroma to speak of. the taste and the mouthfeel reminded me of a dopplebock more than anything else. Not worth a full glass.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category belgian, good, wheat

(draft) Smells and tastes more like a German than a Belgian wheat. As a German, it's quite good. As a Belgian, it's a little musty.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category decent, wheat

(draft) Almost overpowering aroma. Flavor was good, but much more subdued than the aroma had hinted. The head disappeared almost immediately. Zero fizz.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category stout, yummy

(draft) Black with a good tan head. Roasty and smoky aroma. Wow. Flavor is fantastic. Very roasty and smoky. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 35

posted by dave in category apa, decent, rye

(draft) Had a small sample and decided it wouldn't kill me, so I ordered a half-pint. Hazy ruby in color, with a big tan head. Aroma of floral hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor mostly hoppy, the rye only shows up after I swallow. A decent beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Usually I know to steer clear of any beer calling itself a blonde, but this was listed as a Belgian Triple in the flyer, so I tried it. I liked it. There was nothing outstanding about it, but neither was there anything wrong with it. Maybe a watered-down Delirium tremens. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Dark brown with a nice head. Aroma of dark fruits and maybe some chocolate. The flavor was surprisingly good to me. I will definitely look for this again. Probably today.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category good, scotch

(draft) Creamy and malty. Very good, and I ended up having a second one. The best lacing I've seen in a long time.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category adjuncts, brown, decent

(draft) A nice spicy aroma that led to a fairly tame-tasting beer. There was a slight mustiness to it that didn't exactly thrill me. By the second half of the glass the head had dissipated so both the spice and the must had gone. What was left was good but not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Very dark red - almost black. A malty aroma that almost suggested burnt malts. A little thin, but with a nice flavor. Much more malty than regular guinness, and much more drinkable. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 35

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) There's nothing new that I can say about Guinness. It's one of my favorites. Beautiful head, gorgeous lacing, nice malty aroma. A touch of coffee taste that I could actually do without.

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Ounces Consumed: 1981

posted by dave in category good, stout

(bottle) Deep black with huge tan head. Weird aroma of dark roasted malts. Sharp flavor of roasted malts and licorice and maybe molasses. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 238

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

(draft) Not at all what I was expecting. This seems more like a Christmas ale than anythng else. I got a lot of fruit that I'll call raspberry. A yummy beer. The high ABV is very well hidden - a little too well perhaps.

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Ounces Consumed: 422

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Cloudy dark brown. Nice tan head that lasts forever. Aroma of mostly spices. Medium mouthfeel. Malty and spicy flavor and finish. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category stout, wheat, yummy

(bottle) Black with ridiculous head. Aroma of dark-roasted malts and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is much like the aroma. There's a gentle touch of liqorice at the finish that almost, but not quite, masks the alcohol burn. Quite yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 17

posted by dave in category brown, good, smoked, weird

(draft) Cloudy dark brown with a ridiculous tan head. Strong peat aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor peaty and malty and a little smoky. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 32

posted by dave in category good, porter

(bottle) Black with a ridiculous tan head. Aroma of very roasted malts and nuts. Medium mouthfeel, with an immediate alcohol burn. Flavor a little subdued except for the burn. Malty and roasty. A touch of coffee and a touch of chocolate. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 17

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, smoked

(bottle) Cloudy brown, with a smallish off-white head. Aroma of juniper and other woods, with a very faint smoke taint. Flavor is almost overwhelmingly of juniper and other evergreen flavors. Finish is a little dry. The first few sips weren't very good, but the this beer began to taste pretty good to me.

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Ounces Consumed: 50

posted by dave in category smoked, yummy

(bottle) Fizzy brown with a huge tan head. Complex aroma with wheat and smoked malts and floral hops. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very nice flavor that starts smoky and finishes clean, with a bit of an alcohol bite. Very yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 68

posted by dave in category good, weird

(bottle) Clear dark amber, with a decent beige head. Enticing aroma of malts and caramel. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor mild, with malts and dark fruits. A fairly strong alcohol burn is present all the way to the finish. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category decent, porter

(draft) Almost black. Good head, good lacing. A very faint coffe and hop aroma. There was a slight bitterness to the flavor and the finish. Not worth my time. Just barely decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category lager, piss

(can) Pretty metallic. Quite gross. I don't think that even people who like lagers would like this.

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posted by dave in category belgian, lambic, piss

(bottle) I kind of expected that this mead/lambic blend would be disgusting. I was right. Probably the nastiest thing that's touched my tongue in years.

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Ounces Consumed: 7

posted by dave in category decent, lager

(draft) Probably my favorite lager, which still isn't saying much. Any place serving this will probably have something better to offer.

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Ounces Consumed: 48

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, stout

(bottle) Black with a smallish tan head. Aroma of creamy chocolate, like chocolate milk. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of slightly burnt malts and dark chocolate. Good, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 60

posted by dave in category smoked, swill

(draft) I told the drunk next to me (he had asked) that I predicted that this would be my favorite beer of the night. I was wrong. The smoke was reminiscent of bacon, or perhaps beef jerky. Probably the only smoked beer that I've ever had that I didn't like.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category good, wheat

(bottle) Despite the name Hefeweizen, this is an American wheat beer. Despite that, I liked it anyway. There was none of the hop bitterness that I usually associate with this style. The thing tasted like a Belgian wheat, and it tasted good.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, fruit, wheat

(bottle) Hazy dark orange. Smallish white head. Nice aroma of wheat and pumpkin and spices. Fizzy mouthfeel and flavor. A very dry finish. Decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 66

posted by dave in category barleywine, good, wheat

(draft) Almost black with a nice tan head. Fruity aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Tastes like a Belgian quad to me, so, it's good. Especially once the weird finish went away.

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Ounces Consumed: 18

posted by dave in category adjuncts, favorite, yummy

The web page says cinnamon and nutmeg. I got none of that. What I got was ambrosia. The most unusual beer I've ever had, and it took me a while to pin down what I was experiencing. Copper colored, good lacing, and an actual flower aroma. The flavor was incredibly indescribable, but I'll try anyway. Take a beautiful woman, have her bathe in lilacs and Mr. Bubble. Now perform oral sex on her. That's how good this beer was.

UPDATE 12/24/07: I've been able to have this in bottles recently. The aroma is as I remembered, the flavor is very good, but maybe not quite the orgasmic experience I remembered from before. Very much a session beer. One of my favorites.

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Ounces Consumed: 386

posted by dave in category good, porter

(draft) Black in color. Decent white head. Roasty cola aroma. Very well-balanced between coffee and chocolate. Pretty damn good.

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posted by dave in category apa, decent

(bottle) Very clear gold. Light grassy aroma. Minimal white head. Thin mouthfeel. Flavor of grass and citrus. Barely decent.

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posted by dave in category piss

Rotten molasses is how I will describe it, though I don't really know what rotten molasses tastes like.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, weird

(draft) The first few sips, understandably, brought to mind a beer with ginger ale poured into it. By the end of the glass I'd decided that I did like this beer, and that I wished that it was even a little stranger than it was. Very unusual, and very drinkable.

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Ounces Consumed: 40

posted by dave in category davefest, good, rice, weird

(draft) Tastes like a pilsner until you swallow, that's when the funkiness takes over. I guess the funkiness was due to the sake yeasts used on the rice. My enjoyment of this beer grew with each sip, and I missed it when it was gone.

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Ounces Consumed: 100

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, wheat

(bottle) Recommended to me because I asked for something with a lighter taste. A cloudy yellow color that looked to me like a cross between a wheat and a lager - neither of which I care for. The taste was actually pretty decent though. The bartender was telling me about all of these different flavor components but I didn't really get any of them. Just a fairly plain, safe beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 44

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Not a thing wrong with this beer. Not a thing noteworthy about it either. A little nutty, a little malty, a little tasty. Not my favorite style, but one of my favorites in this style.

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posted by dave in category good, wheat

(draft) There aren't many hefeweizens that I can say I actually liked. This one I liked. Sweet and fruity, with none of the citrus that usually ruins this style for me. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 40

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, fruit

(draft) Hazy orange. Bubbly white head. Smells like turpentine and pumpkin. Tastes like turpentine and pumpkin. Barely decent.

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posted by dave in category good, smoked

(bottle) Hazy brown. Decent tan head. Aroma of hops and light smoke. Smooth mouthfeel. Smoky and bitey flavor. Reminds me of Spezial but with more bockiness. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 69

posted by dave in category decent, fruit

(bottle) Clear medium amber in color. Small head. Aroma of pumpkin and spices. The flavor was more spicy and metallic than I was expecting. There was also some hop bitterness that I didn't care for at all. Decent is all I can say.

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posted by dave in category brown, swill

(draft) Orange. Some faint apple flavor, but even more apricots. A little too sweet and citrusy for my tastes.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category belgian, good, sour, weird

(bottle) Hazy yellow. Fading white head. Aroma of grass and wheat and must. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor a little wheaty and a little sour and a little weird. Smooth finish. A good beer.

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posted by dave in category decent, fruit, wheat

(draft) Color of pale straw. Decent head and lacing. Light aroma of wheat and blueberry. Thin mouthfeel. Flavor of tap water and blueberry. Decent, but not good. No bitterness, but not much of anything at all. A more strongly flavored version would probably be very good.

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posted by dave in category esb, swill

Had an applely taste that I didn't find disgusting but I didn't like it enough to have a full pint. I'm surprised to see this classified as an ESB.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good

Hazy gold in color, with a small white head. Malty and pumpkiny aroma. Medium moutnfeel. Flavor more sharp than I was expecting, spicy and pumpkiny. A good beer,

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posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Smelled fantastic. The first sip was actually a little bit disgusting. I wasn't expecting fizzy citrus. Having said that, however, I did finish the glass, and then another one, and then the rest of the bottle, so I couldn't have hated it that much. Probably not worth having again though.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, sour

(draft) Hazy dark amber. Decent head that faded quickly. Slightly sour aroma. Slightly sour finish. Not much else to it. A decent beer, but not really worth my time. I tried to give half the glass away, but nobody wanted it.

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posted by dave in category chocolate, good, porter

(draft) Smelled like snot, but that might have been because I was developing a cold. Served too warm for my tastes, and I almost never say that. A very creamy and smooth chocolatey porter. It contains more alcohol than I'd have guessed. I'd like to try this again once they get the cooler fixed.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category decent, wheat

(draft) Came highly recommended for some reason. Looked like a standard unfiltered German wheat. Smelled like a standard unfiltered American wheat. Flavor was like they took a good German wheat and poured grapefruit juice into it. I managed to force down six ounces before I gave up on this beer. Not worth my time.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, fruit, good

(draft) Very dark red, with a light pink head that shrank but lasted. There was some discussion as to what the aroma was, and it was decided that this smells like Luden's cough drops. Flavor is cherries and cranberries. No alcohol burn at all. Quite good, but also quite strange.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Hazy dark ruby-colored. Minimal head. Mild fruity aroma. A smooth and creamy mouthfel and flavor, with a hint of an alcohol bite at the end. Damn good.

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posted by dave in category good

(bottle) Zero carbonation. Zero fizz. This lack of head reminded me of every NABC beer ever made. It was a very nice copper color, and it had a very nice and sweet flavor. I'd love to try this in draft form someday, but I don't really expect that to happen. This would get a yummy rating except for its flatness.

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posted by dave in category bourbon, decent, weird

(draft) Clear amber in color. No head to speak of. Very strong aroma of coconuts, of all things. Mouthfeel was fairly thin. Coconut predominates the flavor, just like it does the aroma. Smells like suntan lotion,a nd tastes like what I imagine suntan lotion tastes like. After an inch or so was gone, this started to taste a little better. What was strange was that I got absolutely zero indication of this beer's alleged bourbon influence.

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posted by dave in category lager, piss

(can) Just incredibly gross. Smelled of rotten hops, and tasted very metallic. It tasted to me like it was skunked. Suprisingly bad. It was a struggle to finsh the 2-ounce sample glass.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(bottle) Cloudy dark brown. Nice tan head. Very surprising aroma of roasted coffee and wood chips. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor drying and fizzy, mostly of roasted coffee. Not as gross as I've made it seem. A decent beer, that might be better on a really cold night.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category good, stout

(bottle) Very dark brown with a minimal head. Light malty aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor maltier than I was expecting. A little sharp at the finish. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category lager, piss

(draft) Nowhere on the tap did it have the word lager. That's false advertising as far as I'm concerned, but so is the lack of the phrase watery baby bunny piss. This just might give a Stella a run for its money as the weakest non-American lager in the world.

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Ounces Consumed: 6

posted by dave in category decent, porter

(draft) Black with decent white head and lacing. Light aroma of coffee and malts. Flavor like the aroma. Fairly light, bordering on bland. Finish is a little chocolatey. A decent beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 34

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy dark brown. Minimal head. Fantastic fruity aroma. Flavor is sharp, with dark fruits domating. Quite good, but not as refined or as well balanced as the quad.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Cloudy bronze in color. Nice white lasting head. Sweet and malty aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Malty and a little sour. Finish is coating and a little sour. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 18

posted by dave in category belgian, favorite, yummy

Cloudy dark red. An intense fruit aroma, with a mixture of dark cherries and apples and citrus. Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. Fucking yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 1506

posted by dave in category belgian, good, wheat

Hazy yellow. Minimal white head. Very light Apple peel aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Tastes like weak apples and wheat. Just like I was expecting. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy dark gold, smallish head, some lacing. A nice clean aroma. The flavor is not too bad. A little musty for some reason. Given a choice between this and the quad, you should always take the quad. Always.

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Ounces Consumed: 31

posted by dave in category lager, piss

(draft) An absolutely terrible, bland, watery excuse for a beer. Tastes exactly how it looks - weak and boring.

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Ounces Consumed: 1

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, lager

(draft) Cloudy brown. No detectable head. Spicy aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Spicy and malty flavor. Pretty good. Maybe too many spices.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) A fairly standard tasting tripel. Perhaps a little more citrus than I'd prefer, but very drinkable.

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Ounces Consumed: 30

posted by dave in category good, stout

(bottle) Very dark brown with a huge beige head. Aroma of cola and roasted malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor of roasted malts and alcohol. Strong, but good.

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Ounces Consumed: 14

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, scotch

(bottle) Hazy dark brown, with a sizable beige head. Aroma of alcohol and molasses and honey. Chewy mouthfeel. Fairly intense flavor but no burn at the finish. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 17

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

(draft) Looks like a lager, so scary. Smells like unpeeled apples. OMG tastes fantastic! I may just cream. Fucking yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 26

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, porter

(draft) The color of dark cola. Nice tan head. Very noticeable aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor mostly subdued chocolate. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 21

posted by dave in category good, porter, smoked

(draft) Black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and smoke. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor same as aroma. Smooth finish. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 23

posted by dave in category good, smoked

(bottle) Hazy copper, with a decent head that faded quickly. The aroma is malts and dobblebock weirdness. No smoke in the aroma, which did not bode well for me. The smoke did, however, show up in the flavor, and it showed up nicely. The flavor was very well balanced, with hops and malts and smoke, plus the expected dopplebock weirdness. I liked this a lot, and I wasn't expecting to like it at all.

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Ounces Consumed: 115

posted by dave in category decent, stout

(draft) Not much to say about this beer. Nothing stood out at all. A little thinner than I was expecting. No coffee, no chocolate, no licorice. Just a bit of a milky feel to it. I guess that's why they call it Milk Stout.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category porter, smoked, yummy

(bottle) Almost completely black. Huge heaping head. Heavenly smoked malt aroma. From under the massive layer of foam, some chocolate notes rose and made themselves known. The mouthfeel is a lot thinner than I was expecting. Flavor is intensely sweet. Some smoke in the finish. After the first few sips, I became numb to the sweetness, and the overall balance of the beer became evident. Quite yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 660

posted by dave in category adjuncts, weird, yummy

(draft) Clear dark copper in color. Good head and lacing. Strong spice and malt aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel seemed a little watery at first, but it seemed to thicken as the glass emptied. Flavor is nutmeg and cinnamon and a touch of citrus. A lingering slightly hoppy finish. A yummy beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 132

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) Clear yellow. Head faded quickly. Aroma typical for the style, with a little mustiness. Mild flavor of apples, with a hint of alcohol burn at the finish. Does not taste like it's 9% ABV. Decent, a little bland.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category good, stout

(bottle) Black with no head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, typical for the style. Flavor very nice, roasty and chocolatey. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, ipa

(draft) Cloudy gold, huge heaping head. A mild yeast and citrus aroma. Flavor was acidic with oranges and hops. Not bad, not good.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category good, stout

(bottle) Pours black, with a thin whitish head. Aroma and flavor of roasted malts and coffee. The coffee was very understated, so it didn't bother me at all. This is a very good malty stout. Extremely drinkable.

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Ounces Consumed: 38

posted by dave in category brown, yummy

(draft) This beer is quite simply excellent. Brewed and sold only in the Northwest, it's exemplifying a level of quality and taste that all microbreweries should strive to meet instead of just churning out random recipies with unusual labels. Hoppy, but with a smooth underlying finsh that never quite goes away - it just fades.

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Ounces Consumed: 2555

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) I've never been a big fan of bock beers. I'm still not. I spent quite a bit of time trying to come up with a way to describe this beer. I detected coffee, chocolate, malt, and hops, all in miniscule amounts. There were no citrus components to the taste and for that I was grateful.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, wheat

(draft) Pours cloudy brown with a minimal tan head. Nice light aroma of chocolate and hay. Watery mouthfeel. Flavor of water with some wheat and chocolate, more fizzy than I expected. Pretty good, actually.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

(bottle) Hazy gold with lots of fizz. Good-sized head. Aroma fairly standard for Belgian ales. Flavor quite yummy. The usual for this style, but with some tiny hints of spices and maybe even some caramel in there. One of the best.

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Ounces Consumed: 197

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy light amber. Huge creamy head that was a bit of a hassle. Flavor was fairly mild for such a strong beer. Mostly apple peels and light yeast. The high alcohol is barely detecable, so this is a pretty dangerous beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Ridiculous huge head. Clear dark ruby in color. Very strong aroma of malts and dark fruits, especially while the foam was still present. Flavor not quite as strong as the aroma led me to expect. Darks fruits predominated. A fairly harsh alcohol finish for the first few sips, but after that, this beer was surpringly smooth. The alcohol is hidden very well.

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Ounces Consumed: 37

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Hazy bronze. Huge heaping head. Aroma and flavor a little faint for a tripel. I was astonished to discover that this beer has 10% ABV - it's almost undetectable. I like this, but there are a lot of better tripels out there.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category brown, decent, smoked, weird

(bottle) Dark brown with a light beige head. Aroma of caramel and molasses. Fizzy mouthfeel. A touch of smoky flavor, but mostly it tastes like a candy bar. Decent and drinkable, however, just not worth the price.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, davefest, sour, weird

(draft) Dark red, and sour. The first sip pretty much tells the whol story of this beer. I recommend it to anyone wanting to try something different, and almost everyone who's tried it has liked it a lot.

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Ounces Consumed: 115

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Dark clear amber in color, with a nice whitish head. A light aroma of malts, and not much else. Flavor wasn't too bad at all. Not as hoppy as I'd been expecting. Mostly malts and just a touch of tanginess. A decent and drinkable beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 2996

posted by dave in category good, porter

(bottle) Clear very dark amber, with a medium-sized cream head. Aroma of chocolates and coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor was surprisingly good, with hints of chocolates and roasted malts. The finish was quite dry - not because of alcohol, but because of the roasted malts. This beer is damn good, almost yummy, and I don't care who makes it.

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Ounces Consumed: 186

posted by dave in category good

(bottle) Black with a nice tan head. Sharp aroma of malts and rich coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of roasted malt and a touch of coffee. Pretty damn good. I want more.

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Ounces Consumed: 38

posted by dave in category adjuncts, yummy

(bottle) Black with bubbly tan head. Malty aroma with licorice. Flavor much like the aroma. More malty and spicy than licoricey. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 29

posted by dave in category porter, yummy

(draft) Pours black with a nice brown head. Very enticing aroma of roasted malts and chocolate and coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Very good flavor of roasted malts. Quite roasty, and quite yummy. A world-class porter.

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Ounces Consumed: 33

posted by dave in category lager, swill

(bottle) Very pale color of piss. Decent head that seemed to last. Aroma undetectable, as was the flavor. Overall, not too bad, but certainly not with the effort.

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Ounces Consumed: 8

posted by dave in category good, weird

(bottle) Clear brown. Nice white head that vanished in a few seconds. Light aroma of malts and tea. Medium mouthfeel. Clean malty flavor. Nice smooth finish. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category brown, good, weird

(bottle) Clear amber, with a whitish head that faded quickly. Surprising aroma of chocolate and molasses. Fizzy mouthfeel. Flavor of malts and spices. Clean finish. Not too bad.

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Ounces Consumed: 72

posted by dave in category brown, weird, yummy

Clear dark orange. Kind of a weird color. No head to speak of. An aroma of malts and hops that was pretty enticing. Medium mouthfeel. The flavor was extremely good. The hops seemed to be a mixture of the piney kind (which I hate) and the flowery kind (which I love) and there was also a strong malty component to the flavor, and a tiny hint of smoke. Definitely very interesting and drinkable. I'd love to try this on tap someday. Yummy.

Update 110208: I've had it on tap, and it's still yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 1291

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Cloudy dark brown, with a large tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and something else - maybe caramel? The flavor was much more subdued than my earlier sips had led me to expect. The beer tasted a little flat and/or one dimensional. Not really anything wrong with it, but not worth having again.

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Ounces Consumed: 15

posted by dave in category lager, piss

(bottle) Clear fizzy yellow. Thin head that hung in there pretty well. The aroma was of armpits and feet - it was skunked. Mouthfeel was thin. No flavor to speak of, though there was a hoppy sharpness when it first entered the mouth. No detectable finish except a coating skunkiness. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemies.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, good, sour

(draft) Clear ruby-brown in color. A nice fluffy head. Sour charries and apples in both the aroma and the flavor. Very comparable to Metreechs. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, wheat

(draft) I asked them to leave the orange wedge out, but I needn't have bothered. This beer was overflowing with citrus aroma and flavor. I should have known better than to even try it. Anyway, it was decent, which is better than anything else I've had from this place.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category swill

(draft) Quite disgusting. Has that tingly mouthfeel that I detest in lagers. I was suurprised to find in this, ostensibly an ale. This is a beer trying to appeal to the swill drinking masses and the good beer drinkers at the same time. It fails at both.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category stout, swill

(draft) Very thin flavor and mouthfeel. Definitely drinkable, but so is water.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category decent

Quite boring and generic. No hint at all of the strangeness that I usually associate with this style. I see no point to even making this beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category swill, wheat

The bartender didn't know if it was a German-style or and American-style wheat, so I just had a sampler glass. It's American-style, so I didn't like it. The honey was not apparent except that the usual hop bitterness I find in this style was not there. Bland and boring.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category chocolate, stout, yummy

Fucking yummy and chocolately and yummy. Whoever says that there's no good beer at Laclede's Landing is an idiot. This beer was worth the trip all by itself.

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Ounces Consumed: 32

posted by dave in category adjuncts, bourbon, stout, yummy

Despite the name, this is an oatmeal stout aged in used Jack Daniel's barrels. The bartender says that every beer in the place is "lager-style" which to me means yeast. Whatever they call it, this beer is yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 36

posted by dave in category brown, swill

(draft) After being lured in by the color and the overflowing foam, I ended up thinking that this beer was all show. Not much of a taste at all, just a faint aftertaste of bitterness.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category decent, smoked

(Draft) Clear dark copper. Medium tan head. Malty aroma. Strong malty aroma, maybe a little molasses. Tastes like it's a little too flat. Decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) Hazy dark amber. Decent tan head. Aroma of malts and cherries. Flavor of roasted malts and dark fruits. A surprising sharpness at the finish. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 47

posted by dave in category adjuncts, bourbon, chocolate, fruit, stout, yummy

(bottle) The color of very dark cola, with a medium tan head. Aroma of everything. Roasted malts and coffee and and bourbon and wine and dark fruits and even chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel. Very busy flavor with a lot of different flavors all fighting for supremacy. A touch of alcohol burn from the sip through the finish. A very yummy beer. Also, this is my 800th rating!

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Ounces Consumed: 40

posted by dave in category decent, porter, smoked

(draft) Black with minimal beige head that faded quickly. Aroma and flavor chocolatey and smoky. Both understated, but balanced nicely. Good, but could use more of everything. I was very excited about this new beer, so I guess it disappointed me a little.

Update: I had a small sample of a new batch, and it was quite sour. I didn't like it as much. Downgrading to simply decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 60

posted by dave in category piss

(draft) Extremely sour and oaky. I couldn't stand this beer. I even bought a growler and only had a few sips. Quite gross.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category adjuncts, brown, weird, yummy

(draft) Clear brown. Zero fizz. Smells like a pine tree - must be the mugwort. The flavor is very weird, and very good. I like this a lot. Tastes like it should have more alcohol than it does.

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Ounces Consumed: 340

posted by dave in category decent, esb

For a beer with the word "bitter" in the name it wasn't bad at all. A lot darker and more complex than I expected.

Update 060805: I've had a couple new incarnations of this since my original entry. I've vowed that this will never touch my lips again. The bitterness I've experience with my last few attempts is just unbearable.

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Ounces Consumed: 80

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, saison, weird

(draft) Color of clear light bronze. Light agave aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Very light flavor, slightly spicy at first, then nothing. Good, but could use more of everything.

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Ounces Consumed: 81

posted by dave in category belgian, good

This is what I've been waiting for! A Belgian that won't kill me if I have more than one in a night! Very good, it reminded me of NABC's Tunnel Vision except not quite as sweet. Could use a little more carbonation, and it lacks the appley taste I've become accustomed to from Belgians. I liked it a lot, and I'm looking forward to the next batch to see if they up the carbonation a little.

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Ounces Consumed: 110

posted by dave in category adjuncts, bourbon, porter, yummy

(draft) Wow! The regular Bob's 15B is decent, if a tad bland. The aging has transformed this into a fantastic beer. A dark brownish-red hue, very little head, some lacing. Very strong bourbon aroma at first that subsides about halfway though the glass. The thing I like most about this beer, aside from the wonderful aroma, is the nearly instantaneous finish. There is no aftertaste to taint the next sip.

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Ounces Consumed: 140

posted by dave in category good, porter

(draft) I didn't like this beer when it was first introduced, but they seem to have tweaked the recipe, and now I like it a lot. Malty and chocolatey. I will have much more of this, at least until they change the recipe again.

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Ounces Consumed: 779

posted by dave in category good, smoked

(draft) Stupid name, I think they've given up there. The beer was black. More than black. It was anti-light. Very little foam, as is typical for NABC beers. Not much of an aroma, just a touch of smoky malt. Fairly thick and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is a bit sharp and smoky, surprising after the tame aroma. Finish is creamy smoke. I liked it, so odds are good that they'll never make it again.

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Ounces Consumed: 2834

posted by dave in category adjuncts, bourbon, good, stout

The Bourbondaddy is a stout aged in a used bourbon barrel. I had this last year at about this time, and I remember liking it, but I don't remember much else about it. This time around I actually paid attention to what I was drinking. It's a little bitter at first, but after that it's very good. Nothing extremely special, it tastes the way it should - a medium stout with a little bourbon flavor added.

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Ounces Consumed: 30

posted by dave in category apa, decent, rye, smoked

(draft) Hazy light brown, with a decent head and good lacing. Not much aroma or flavor initially, but then a hint of smoke and a hint of a bitter rye finish show up. Decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 14

posted by dave in category bourbon, decent, decent, smoked

(draft) Cloudy cola-colored. No head, so quite typical of NABC. Aroma of oak and smoke, kinda intriguing. Flavor was a blast of oak and fruity wine. No apparent smoke at all. Decent is all I can say about this one.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category belgian, good, stout

(draft) Black with a smallish tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and apples. So far so good. Mouthfeel a little thin. Flavor very malty, but with a touch of Belgian yeast. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Pretty bland unless it's the first beer of the night. I remain sad that Rich O's pulled Newcastle in favor of this one. A mild malt and coffee flavor. Nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing particularly right either.

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Ounces Consumed: 281

posted by dave in category smoked, yummy

(draft) This beer has gone through a few different incarnations, all leading up to this, what may be the ultimate smoked ale. Dark brown, minimal head. Malty aroma with a teasing hint of smoke. The first couple of sips are sometimes bitter, but that usually fades quickly and all that's left is yumminess. I really wish that this were available more often.

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Ounces Consumed: 6871

posted by dave in category decent, ipa

(draft) Just had a small sample of this, as IPA is probably my least favorite style. This didn't taste too bad until I swallowed it, then the hoppiness made itself known. A pretty heavy beer, one that I probably won't bother having again. A little flowery in the flavor.

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Ounces Consumed: 8

posted by dave in category belgian, good, stout

(draft) Black with a good tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel. Very good flavor, mostly roasted malts and chocolate. An excellent beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 13

posted by dave in category adjuncts, chocolate, good, porter, smoked

(draft) Black with minimal brown head. Very nice aroma of smoke and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel. Flavor malty and chocolatey, with a touch of smoke. A very good beer.

Ounces Consumed: 2510

posted by dave in category good, weird

(draft) Clear reddish-brown. No appreciable head. No appreciable aroma. Flavor of roasted malts plus weirdness. Nice smooth finish. Good. Better than I remembered from before. The ridiculous hoppy bitterness is gone. Definitely a change for the better.

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Ounces Consumed: 169

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Clear dark copper in color. Decent head that faded quickly. Aroma of molasses and hops, and flavor more of the same. The finish was much more smooth than the flavor indicated. I liked this beer a lot. Easily one of my favorites from NABC.

(Update 03/20-08: I've downgraded this beer from yummy to good. Apparently they didn't like that I enjoyed it so much, so they fucked with the recipe.)

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Ounces Consumed: 1069

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, stout

(draft) Black with a decent beige head. Flavor a little burnt, but good. Chocolate only showed up in the finish, which was quite smooth. Good. I hope to have more before they run out.

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Ounces Consumed: 111

posted by dave in category decent, wheat

Hazy light gold with a large white head. Light musty banana aroma. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very light German wheat flavor. A decent beer, just too bland.

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posted by dave in category good, smoked, wheat

(draft) Fizzy light orange in color. Decent white head that faded quickly. Aroma of oak and smoke and oranges - all very light. Fizzy mouthfeel. Just a touch of smoke and oak and some weirdness that may be the oak. A stupid hoppy finish that I could have done without. Not bad at all. Could use more of everything, though. Except the hops.

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Ounces Consumed: 56

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) First time drinking the non-bourbonized version of this stout. I got an almost overpowering sense of chocolate - both in the aroma and the flavor. Pretty good, but would probably be too much for me to wrap an evening around. I was pleased to detect no coffee or licorice at all.

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Ounces Consumed: 40

posted by dave in category smoked, swill

(draft) Clear amber, with a decent head that actually seemed to hold up fairly well. Aroma of light smoke and metallic hops. Mouthfeel was that of dirty dish water, and the flavor was more of the same. I don't know what the finish was like because I spit it back into the glass instead of swallowing it. I was very disappointed with this.

UPDATE 091007: I tried this beer for a third and final time this evening. I actually managed to swallow three times. I was not going to risk a fourth time. Just disgusting.

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Ounces Consumed: 3

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Hazy amber with a nice white head and good lacing. Aroma of apples and spices, smoked caramel. Medium mouthfeel. Very nice flavor, like the aroma, and very nicely balanced. Quite good.

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posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Dark red, bordering on purple. Nice tan head. Slightly hoppy aroma, so scary to me, but flavor of a decent and safe red ale. Kind of hard to pin this one down to a certain style. Worth drinking, but probably not worth drinking another.

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posted by dave in category decent

(draft) I didn't expect to like this beer, and I guess I was right. It wasn't too bad though. Besides the expected bitter finish, the main thing that I noticed was the almost buttery mouthfeel. Not a great description, but I only had the one sample glass.

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posted by dave in category chocolate, smoked, yummy

(draft) Black with a thin brown head. Enticing chocolatey grapey smoky aroma. Thinnish mouthfeel. Wow. Roasty and creamy and smoky. Quite yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 211

posted by dave in category chocolate, stout, yummy

(draft) Black with a decent tan head which completely disappeared within one minute.. Strong aroma of roasted malt and a touch of chocoloate. Flavor is like the aroma. Mostly roasted malt with a touch of chocolate. And no hop bitterness! Yay! I really like this beer, so I'l probably never see it again once this batch is gone. I'd better drink up while I can.

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Ounces Consumed: 120

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, rye

(draft) Dirty gold. Zero fizz. Has a sweet aroma, if that makes any sense. Flavor is quite sweet with some odd undescribable undertones. Pretty good, but dangerous because the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Ounces Consumed: 102

posted by dave in category lager, swill

(draft) I'd never call myself a pilsner fan, so I didn't have great expectations for this beer. Having said that, this just wasn't very good. A little citrusy, and a little bit of some odd flavor that I cannot pin down. Must be the corn. Hey, at least I tried it.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category good, smoked

(draft) Cloudy amber in color. No head to speak of. Very light aroma of smoke and malts. Medium mouthfeel. Fizzy and biting flavor. Smoke and peppery hops. A fantastic beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 442

posted by dave in category decent

The only word I can think of to describe it is "cloying." There didn't seem to be much of a distinct flavor, but what there was lingered for quite a while.

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posted by dave in category swill

(draft) I don't know why breweries try to make this kind of beer. It's really quite disgusting.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) Cloudy brown. No foam (duh). Aroma of sugar and unidentifiable spices. Flavor is decent - reminds me of pumpkins. There's a slight citrus tang at the finish that I could certainly have lived without.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Hazy dark amber. Flavor and aroma were both fairly light. Cinnamon and vanilla and nutmeg, if I had to make a guess. There was absolutely no bitterness and no citrus, so I liked this. Could have used more of whatever it had.

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Ounces Consumed: 103

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(draft) Clear amber in color. Decent lasting white head. Strong spicy aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor nicely balanced with malts and spices. Quite good.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Clear light reddish brown. Minimal beige head. Aroma of spices and pumpkin. Creamy mouthfeel flavor quite spicy, flavorful not hot, with a very smooth finish. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category smoked, yummy

I'm Combining my descriptions here. See the entry for Cone Smoker.

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Ounces Consumed: 840

posted by dave in category yummy

(draft) Dark and sweet. There was a slight bitterness to the finish that made me want to take another sip right away. The description says molasses, but I didn't get any of that. I got more of a fruity flavor that might have been plums or cherries. A very pleasant surprise was that it's not that strong (7% ABV). A very good beer that I will probably drink until it's gone.

UPDATE 011408: This year's version seems a bit more malty than that of previous years. Also, I finally detected some of the molasses that's always been advertised. I can't say that this year's version is better than before, but I also can't say that it's any worse.

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Ounces Consumed: 1006

posted by dave in category swill

(draft) No matter how hard I try, I cannot detect any aroma or flavor. All I get is a slightly drying finish.

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Ounces Consumed: 8

posted by dave in category good, smoked

(draft) Hazy brown with a light beige head. Aroma of malts and something weird. Flavor more of the same, with some smoke thrown in. I have no idea what the weird ingredient is, but I like it. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 2908

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Cloudy dark brown with a ridiculous tan head. Strong peat aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor peaty and malty and a little smoky. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 739

posted by dave in category belgian, good, saison

(draft) Hazy light brown. Good head that faded quickly. The aroma is of malts and apples and, of course for this brewery, hops. The mouthfeel is a little thin, as is the flavor. It's got a good flavor, though, it just needs a bit more of it.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, brown, good

They're calling it a "Belgian Brown Ale" but I don't really know what that means so I'll call it "Newcastle with Apples in it." It was okay, and the apple undertones weren't that strong. I liked it.

Update 080605: Yes, I know what a Belgian is now. I'd like to see this beer return.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category smoked, swill

(draft) Hazy yellow, with a nice white head. Musty aroma, fairly light. Watery mouthfeel. Flavor of tap water that's been sitting out too long. Not worth the price I paid for the free sample.

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Ounces Consumed: 3

posted by dave in category good, porter

What a scary beer! It tastes very good, with no bitternes at all, and just the right amount of carbonation. The scary part is that it's over 8% alcohol, and that'll sneak up on you real quick if you're not careful.

UPDATE 02/27/2009: Back after four years, the new version of Solidarity has 10% ABV instead of 8.5%. So, not quite as sneaky as it used to be. I still like it, just not as much.

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Ounces Consumed: 357

posted by dave in category decent, esb

(cask) I guess I was expecting something bitter. You know, because of the name of the beer. This wasn't bitter at all. The aroma was malty and a little flowery. My first impression of the flavor was that it was watery. That watery impression did fade by the time I finished the glass. This beer is very easy to drink. Not my favorite though.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category brown, good

(bottle) Clear brown with a nice beige head. Marty molasses aroma. Flavor malty, with a bit of a bite. Good, not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, weird

(draft) Dark gold. There's an unidentifiable (by me at least) aroma and flavor, both reminiscent of evergreen shrubbery. The finish is drying and long-lasting. It kind of reminds me of when I was a kid and I'd chew on Sassafras leaves. The finish is the most notable characteristic. A decent beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 23

posted by dave in category swill

(draft) Looked and smelled fantastic - good enough that I pushed past my initial dislike of the taste to give it a fair shot. Eventually the bitterness wore me out, and I ended up giving about half the pint away. I can understand the appeal of this beer, it just doesn't happen to appeal to me.

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Ounces Consumed: 7

posted by dave in category swill

(draft) Cloudy light brown. No head. Smelled like pumpkins to me, though I don't think it's supposed to. Flavor is gross, no other words seem necessary or appropriate. I only had a few sips and then decided that life is too short to drink beer like this.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) As with all Imperial Stouts, this one took a few sips before my palate was numbed enough to appreciate it. A little more subdued than I was expeciting, absolutely drinkable. The alcohol was masked very well.

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Ounces Consumed: 48

posted by dave in category good

(draft) I first had this at the 2008 Fringe Fest. Apparently this version does not contain honey, and so I figured I wouldn't like it as much. Well, I figured wrong. Hazy light brown. A definite rye aroma and flavor. Something else, too. Nutmeg is my guess, though it could be way off. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 90

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, good, rye, wheat

(draft) I've gone ahead and updated this rating as this beer has become one of my favorites. Very little head, and the beer is a little flat. But the rye and honey play together quite nicely. One of the few semi-strong beers that I can get my swill-drinking friends to drink.

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Ounces Consumed: 407

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Hazy brown in color. Minimal head that lasted. Strong aroma of hops and alcohol. Flavor more of the same. I can see how most people would really like this beer, but it's not a style that I care for. Decent is all I can say.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category decent, stout

(growler) Very dark red. Not much head, but the growler was several days old. The flavor and the aroma reminded me of oak aging, though I don't think this beer was oak aged. I'll call it decent for now.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Clear amber. Light citrus and hop aroma. Very light flavor, with a touch of hoppy bitterness that shows up in the finish. Not my cup of tea, er, beer.

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posted by dave in category good

(bottle) Very dark, almost black. Aroma of roasted malts with some burnt notes. Flavor more smooth than the aroma indicated. Mostly malts and some hints of chocolate and coffee. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent

(draft) Clear dark yellow. Decent white head. No appreciable aroma or flavor. Nothing wrong with it, and nothing right with it. Decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category brown, good

Very well-balanced ale, probably meant to be a copy of Newcastle Brown Ale, and it is a very good copy indeed. A little more malty than the Newcastle, and a bit more of a bite at the end. A very good session beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 5611

posted by dave in category smoked, wheat, yummy

Black with a nice tan head that lasts forever. Mild smoky aroma. Thickish mouthfeel. Flavor of a nice smoked beer, a tad bitter which is good. Overall a yummy beer that I never heard of before.

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Ounces Consumed: 110

posted by dave in category adjuncts, brown, good

(bottle) Hazy light golden. No appreciable head. Musty and spicy aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor malty and creamy, and a little spicy. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category brown, good, sour, weird

(bottle) Cloudy brown. Thin head that disappeared right away. Strongly sour aroma. Wow. Extremely sour flavor. Thinnish mouthfeel. Weird, but good.

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Ounces Consumed: 6

posted by dave in category piss

(draft) Very pale yellow. No head. Extremely faint grass aroma. Faint flavor of tap water. This is some kind of joke, right?

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, wheat

(bottle) The color of clear cola. Nice white head that faded quickly. Aroma of spices and wheat. Flavor more of the same. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 36

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Clear fuzzy light bronze in color. No head to speak of. Aroma of ripe apples. Flavor typical for the style, with a little extra maltiness. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 69

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Pale amber, fizzy, good head. All standard for Belgians of this type. Aroma seemed a tad stale to me. Flavor was average but subdued. The finish was very reminiscent of rubbing alcohol. Bitter and drying. I was disappointed with this beer, and I didn't drink very much of it.

Update 09 June 2011...

(bottle) Hazy Orange. A lot of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. No head. Citrusy Belgian aroma. Very nice light flavor, typical for the style. Maybe a touch more citrus than apple. Quite good.

So, two totally different experiences. Such is beer...

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Cloudy almost black. Decent tan head. Light aroma of roasted malts and spices. Chewy mouthfeel. Very nicely balanced flavor of various spices and roasted malts. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category decent, rye, smoked

(draft) Clear dark ruby-colored. No appreciable head. Nice malty smoky aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor a little flat with smoke and some dopplebock weirdness. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Very smooth for so much alcohol. I really liked this, but I'd probably like it even more without the oaky undertones. Almost black with good head and lacing. There were subtle hints of vanilla and bourbon that were a very pleasant surprise. Very good, almost great.

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Ounces Consumed: 199

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, fruit

(bottle) Fizzy reddish brown. Minimal tan head. Fairly light aroma of dark fruits and oak. Smooth mouthfeel. Fruity flavor of pears and raspberries. A slight oaky finish. Too gimmicky for me.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category adjuncts, brown, decent

(bottle) Clear, the color of iced tea. Minimal head. Very faint aroma of hops and coffee and spices. Creamy mouthfeel. A little flat. Fairly flavorless and tame. Decent is all I can say.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good

(draft) Clear brown with a fading white head. Nice aroma of pumpkin and cloves. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice pumpkin flavor, with a touch of spice at the finish. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category stout, yummy

(draft) More than black, this beer absorbed all light from within a radius of several feet. The tan head was fairly impressive as it lasted until the glass was empty. A light aroma of roasted malts, with a touch of coffee and chocolate in there as well. Flavor was almost all roasted malts, though the beer somehow managed to stay very well-balanced. Extrremely yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 501

posted by dave in category barleywine, decent, wheat

(draft) Clear amber in color. No head at all. Zero. Smells a little bit like laundry detergent, of all things. Mounthfeel is meduim syrupy. The flavor is a little weird to me - as with all barleywines. There is a noticeable alcohol burn at the finish. Decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category decent, stout

(draft) Recommended by the bartender. I didn't really give this beer a fair tasting. It was very roasty, and tasted a little burnt to me. Past experience tells me that if I'd finished the glass I'd probably have liked it better by then. I'll attempt to have this again someday.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category good

(draft) Dark brown with a frothy white head. Mostly malty aroma with some roasted malts. Flavor much like the aroma. A lot like Newcastle Brown but with some of the malts roasted. Good. Not as good as the Brown.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category brown, davefest, yummy

Newcastle is one of those beers that tastes good from the first sip of the first glass to the last drop of the third glass. It's as steady as a rock. Not as flavorful as some of the beers I've been drinking recently, but it's extremely well-balanced, and with only 5% or so ABV, it makes a very good session beer.

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posted by dave in category swill, weird

(draft) Clear light yellow. Looked like a light lager. No head. No aroma. Flavor was, thankfully, not hoppy. There wasn't much flavor at all. A little bit of grassiness. A waste of time.

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Ounces Consumed: 3

posted by dave in category brown, decent, esb, rye

(bottle) Clear amber color. Minimal white head. Aroma of malts and rye and maybe cherries. Fizzy and watery mouthfeel. Flavor very weak and disappointing. Barely decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 36

posted by dave in category belgian, good, weird

(bottle) Cloudy brown. Nice tan head. Aroma of woods and malts - very unusual. Watery mouthfeel. Very weird flavor. Musty/tangy. Quite good, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 9

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

(bottle) Hazy dark brown. Minimal head. fantastic aroma of malt and raisins. Fairly intense malt flavor. Apples and raisins predominate. Fucking yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 120

posted by dave in category stout, yummy

(draft) A wonderful beer. Intensity everywhere from the aroma to
the flavor to the finish. Dark chocolate and quite a lot of roasted malt. A sweet burning finsh that made me want another sip right away.

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Ounces Consumed: 149

posted by dave in category good

(draft) A very pretty beer, hazy orange with a nice creamy head. The taste was a little sour, but in a good way. It reminded me of a good lambic more than anything else.

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Ounces Consumed: 30

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, lager, smoked

(bottle) Very dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of hops and smoke and a little chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor much more malty than I was expecting. A little smoky, a little chocolatey, and a lot malty. Good, but also surprisingly drying. Needs more sweetness and smoke, I think.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category decent, stout

(bottle) Black with nice brown foam. Aroma of roasted malts and not much else. Flavor of roasted malts and not much else. Quite a bit of malt bitterness at the finish. Everyone around me was raving about how great this beer was, but I didn't share their enthusiasm. Decent, but no better than that.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category good, rye, smoked

(bottle) Pours the color of cola with a small beige head. Aroma of smoke and malts and rye. Creamy and full mouthfeel. Surprising. Smoky and malty flavor with rye and alcohol bitterness at the finish. A very good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 17

posted by dave in category porter, smoked, yummy

(bottle) Almost black with a decent tan head that faded quickly. Aroma is mild smoke and chocolate. Flavor is mostly mild smoke flavor. I really like this because there's nothing competing with the smoke. Pretty damn good. My second-favorite smoked porter.

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posted by dave in category good, saison

(draft) Got kind of an odd aroma along with the expected apple. Maybe cherries. Flavor did seem to have the same bit of oddness. It was good though.

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Ounces Consumed: 15

posted by dave in category good, porter

(bottle) I know I'd had this before, but I'd never reviewed it. As a Baltic Porter, it of course reminds me of my beloved Baltika 6. Dark and roasty and malty. Just a touch of alcohol burn at the finish makes me want more right away. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 38

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy brown. Light beige head. Aroma of apples and dark fruits. Fairly mild flavor. Slightly bitter alcohol finish. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Black with a nice light brown head, and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and floral hops. Fruity and malty flavor. A very noticeable alcohol burn at the finish. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, stout

(draft) Black with nice firm beige head. A light chocolate aroma, and a light chocolate flavor - reminded me of chocolate milk. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I'd been expecting. There was a very slight alcohol burn at the finish. A pretty good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 60

posted by dave in category belgian, wheat, yummy

(draft) Hazy gold. Nice whitish head. Aroma of bananas and spices. Kinda smells like a German wheat, but stronger. Fullish mouthfeel. Flavor a nice cross between a good German wheat and a good Belgian triple. Damn this place makes yummy beers.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy yellow. No appreciable head. Aroma of light citrus and malts. Flavor a little acidic and biting, but pretty good. Citrus and light hops predominate. Pretty good, but not quite great.

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Ounces Consumed: 17

posted by dave in category belgian, good

Dark copper-colored, firm head. A neutral flavor, with perhaps a touch of apple and more hops than I usually prefer. A very fizzy mouthfeel. A good beer. The aroma was a little perfumy.

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Ounces Consumed: 50

posted by dave in category belgian, fruit, good

(draft) Clear dark reddish brown. Huge head that lasted forever. Aroma and flavor both surpringly understated, with malts and a hint of cherries. Very smooth. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 81

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Cloudy yellow, with a nice white head. Aroma of apple and orange peels. Mouthfeel a little gritty. Flavor of a nice tripel but with some citusy undertones that I could do without. A little bit like a blend of a tripel and a saison. Pretty good, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category belgian, good, wheat

(bottle) Clear light amber. Decent head. Aroma of orange and almost bourbony spices. Mouthfeel is creamy. Flavor is light and typical for the style. Finish a little citrusy, but not too bad. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Dark ruby-colored, firm head. Nice but shot-lived head. Strong aroma of various dark fruits. Flavor milder than the aroma indicates. A little drying and fizzy. Not bad at all.

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posted by dave in category good

It was quite disgusting at first, but after an inch or so it started to taste pretty good. I suspect that my initial disgust was caused by the ESB still coating my mouth. At 8.5% it was too strong for me to risk getting a second opinion.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Huge head, bordering on the ridiculous. Taste, as I expected, was that of a fairly mild Belgian. A little less sweet and a little more hoppy than I'd generally prefer, but a very good beer anyway.

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posted by dave in category yummy

(draft) Black with a small brown head. Malty aroma. Chewy mouthfeel. Flavor of roasted malts and alcohol. Nice smooth finish. Definitely an imperial stout, but without the alcohol burn of most. A yummy beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category decent, lager

(bottle) Not as bad as I remember from the sips I took as a kid. Pretty bland, with just a touch of citrus.

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Ounces Consumed: 54

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(bottle) Does weird necessarily equal good? If so, then this is a
very good beer. Very sour in both aroma and flavor. Supposedly oak-aged and stuff but I couldn't detect anything beyond the sourness. Fairly decent, but I cannot imagine ever having more than a single small glass.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category wheat, yummy

(draft) Pretty standard German hefeweizen in appearance and aroma and flavor. Just a touch of sourness at the finish that wasn't too bad. I liked this much more than I expected to. A lot more.

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Ounces Consumed: 698

posted by dave in category swill, weird

(draft) I ordered this by mistake, as I'd thought I was ordering their hefeweissbier. I could not have been more wrong. I did have a few sips of this, to see if it was as disgusting as all dopplebocks are to me. It was. I only had those few sips.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) (draft) This stuff smelled and tasted like apple cider with a perfumy finish. It wasn't really bad, but I can't imagine ever drinking more than one in a night.

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Ounces Consumed: 66

posted by dave in category adjuncts, brown, good, weird

(draft) Clear dark orange. Decent whitish head. Aroma of malts and orange peels. Wow. Very malty and spicy flavor. Not at all what I was expecting from the aroma, must be the honey showing up. Nice, though. A fairly mild alcohol burn at the finish. A good beer, but one would be plenty.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category lager, swill

(draft) Good head. The color of very pale piss. Aroma is very slight, and of hops. Probably the palest, definitely the most watery, beer I've ever had. I'm rating this as swill only because it's so inoffensive. Otherwise it would get a rating of piss.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) Citrusy aroma. Light apple flavor, with maybe a little apricot? No finish at all. Decent, but the apricot turned me off a little.

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posted by dave in category decent, lager

(draft) Dark Lager, almost black. A light coffee flavor. Fairly thick mouthfeel with some lagery fizz at the end. Not too bad, but not great.

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posted by dave in category decent

(draft) I've rated this right down the middle in every category. Nothing at all stands out. I don't like the style, so I don't like the beer.

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posted by dave in category swill

(draft) Very light and citrusy. Tasted like a Bud Light to me. Supposedly an ale but I'm not convinced.

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posted by dave in category swill

(draft) An otherwise bland vehicle for a bitter hoppy aftertaste. What's the point?

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posted by dave in category brown, good

Clear. The color of cola. Reasonable head. Aroma and flavor of lightly roasted malts. Pretty good, but I'm biased, because this is the beer that opened the door for me.

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posted by dave in category lager, swill

(draft) Citrusy piss. I recall having this a long time ago and somewhat enjoying it, but my last attempt caused me to swear that I'll never let this touch my lips again.

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posted by dave in category belgian, davefest, yummy

(draft) Nice and thick with very good lacing. A slightly different apple taste than I've had with other Belgians - maybe some caramel in there too? A very good beer that would probably kill me if I had more than two.

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Ounces Consumed: 275

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) I see all these descriptions about sharp and hoppy and peppery - I got none of that. What I got was a pale beer with a huge head that didn't have much of anything in the way of aroma or flavor. What there was, however, was quite good. At 7.5%, this beer is a lot stronger than it tastes or smells.

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posted by dave in category fruit, good

(bottle) Slightly hazy amber. Smallish head. Aroma of pumpkin and spices. Thin mouthfeel, but the flavor is very good. There's a bit of a bite - not bitter - that is a pleasant surprise. Very good.

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posted by dave in category good, saison

(bottle) Cloudy yellow, with a dissipating white head. Light aroma of cloves and bananas. Medium mouthfeel. Very light flavor, hard to pin down. Good, but nothing to write home about.

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posted by dave in category stout, yummy

(draft) Fizzy black with a minimal but lasting brown head. Strong aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Intriguing. Wow. Creamy mouthfeel. Fairly strong flavor of dark chocolate with enough roasted malts to hide the alcohol very well. Incredibly yummy.

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posted by dave in category decent, saison, weird

(draft) Color of cloudy straw. Decent fluffy white head. Smells like hay. Tastes like hay, but in a weird way and not a bad way. Fairly bitter finish for a saison. Decent.

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posted by dave in category belgian, good, saison

(draft) Very hazy yellow. Small white head that faded quickly. Aroma of hay and roasted malts. Biting mouthfeel. Flavor citrusy and sour - nothing at all like the aroma. Drying finish. A good beer.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, stout, yummy

(draft) Black with no detectable head. Enticing aroma of dark roasted malts and spices. Medium mouthfeel. Yummy flavor of roasted malts and smoke and spices. Flat-out yummy.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(bottle) Hazy light orange, with no head to speak of. Light aroma of wood and apple peels. Fizzy appley mouthfeel and flavor. An irritating hoppy finish that does nothing to help anything. Decent is all I can say.

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posted by dave in category swill, wheat

(draft) The color of dirty piss. A decent head and good lacing. Aroma of orange peels. Thin and citrusy falvor and mouthfeel. A touch of grapefruit bitterness at the end. Quite disgusting.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Dark cola in color. decent head and lacing. Nice and smooth. More complex than the first few sips indicate. Spices and hops and nutmeg and molasses are what I think I detected. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 90

posted by dave in category brown, favorite, scotch, yummy

Had this on tap at a bar with the same name in Las Vegas. By the end of the week I knew I'd found my new favorite non-smoked beer. Perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness, and also with a little touch of something special in the base flavor. Very tough to describe though.

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posted by dave in category decent, porter

I'm sure it had some flavor and some characteristics, but I just couldn't detect anything after the stronger beer I'd just had. I'll be sure to give this a fair sampling when it returns to Rich O's.

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posted by dave in category decent

(draft) The color of piss. No foam whatsoever. Flavor and aroma of malt and hops. Very mild and understated. Not worth my time.

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posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Clear bronze. The head faded away before I could look at it. Light aroma of caramel and hops. Thin mouthfeel. Flavor better than I was expecting. Light, but good.

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posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Clear dark copper in color. Decent head. Aroma of nothing much. Ditto for flavor. Barely decent.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) The color of weird cloudy brass. Huge heaping head. Aroma of stale hops and apples and cheap perfume. Flavor of stale and cheap perfume. Long bitter finish. Just barely decent, once my taste buds had been sufficiently numbed.

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posted by dave in category belgian, brown, yummy

(draft) Very good. Cloudy brown color, little head to speak of. Taste of apples that have almost gone sour. There were a couple of other, more subtle flavors. Maybe raisins and honey. I wanted more right away.

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posted by dave in category barleywine, belgian, good

(draft) Clear dark copper-colored. Decent head and lacing. A dry fruit aroma and flavor. The alcohol is hidden very well. Pretty damn good.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, piss

Somehow combined bland and rotten in the same glass. Tasted like fermented Mazola Corn Oil, and not in a good way. Blech.

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posted by dave in category decent, porter, stout

(draft) Very dark ruby-colored. No aroma. Nice head. A pretty thick mouthfeel, with coffee and licorice fairly well-balanced. Decent, but not worth my time.

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posted by dave in category decent, porter

(draft) Probably the blandest selection that Rich O's Saturnalia has to offer. A bit of a chocolate smell and taste that's followed up by a very watery finish. Decent but not memorable at all.

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posted by dave in category swill

(draft) Take a bland IPA, and wash your socks in it. Then take it to your local steel mill, and use the same beer to wash the socks of everyone who works there. This just might give you a good idea of what this beer tastes and smells like. Actually, it would taste and smell better than the beer does, but I didn't want to go overboard with my description.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good

(draft) Slightly hazy amber. Smallish white head with good lacing. Aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg and other spices. Smooth mouthfeel. Spicy flavor and finish. A very good beer.

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posted by dave in category rye, smoked, yummy

(draft) Hazy brown. Ridiculously huge head. Nice campfire aroma. Flavor very smoky and malty with a nice touch of rye as well. Very yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 55

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) The color of hazy dark tea. No head. Aroma of alcohol and spices, notably cinnamon. Flavor like the aroma, but more intense. Good, a little over the top.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(bottle) Fizzy dark brown. Huge head. Aroma and flavor of dried apples and raisins. Not much to it. Decent.

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posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Fizzy cola-colored. Decent head. Same aroma as the "6" but much more pronounced. Flavor of dried apples and plums and cola. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Color of clear dark tea. Nice whitish head. Aroma and flavor of light roasted malts. Finish a little dry. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 14

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) More malty than sweet, so a little unbalanced. Good head and lacing. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category porter, swill

(draft) No aroma. Very faint coffee flavor. Very fizzy mouthfeel. Not very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Stupid name. Very dark brown - almost black, with a nice tan head. Very roasty and malty. Not sure that this should be called a brown ale, but whatever you want to call it, it's still good.

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posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Smelled pretty good. The flavor and mouthfeel brought creamy bananas to mind. A pretty strange beer, but decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category saison, yummy

(draft) Clear gold in color. Looks like a lager, so scary. The flavor is awesome. There are the typical apple undertones, but this is a lot thicker-tasting than most saisons I've had. Damn good. Yummy actually.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category alt, decent

(draft) Looks and tastes like weak tea, but with the slightest hint of creamy caramel. Not too bad. If a beer like this is too much for you then you probably shouldn't be drinking beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Aroma and flavor of slightly sweetened iced tea. Nothing notable about this beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category good, wheat

(draft) No detectable aroma, and not much flavor. I can't tell if this is an American or a German wheat. It's very bland, but still good.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category good, wheat

(draft) I'm convinced that this is the same beer that Hofbrauhaus is selling. Quite a good beer in a style that I don't normally care for.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent

(draft) Much blander than I was expecting. Just a beer, neither great nor horrible.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category smoked, swill

There wasn't very much smoke, and what there was was the "grapey" kind of smoke that I don't really care for. To make matters worse, there was no bitterness, only sweetness behind the smoke, and those two flavors clashed quite a bit.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category belgian, good, sour

(bottle) Very dark ruby in color. Large head that faded fairly quickly. Aroma is very sour. The flavor is sour but not as much as the aroma indicated. Fairly light in alcohol, and so no strong finish at all. A pretty good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 61

posted by dave in category belgian, good, sour

(bottle) Clear dark ruby. Minimal foam that faded quickly. A very sour aroma, with a faint mustiness that might have just been my imagination. A nice and crisp flavor, with lingering sourness showing up at the finish. Tastes like it has more alcohol that it really has. Pretty good, but there are countless better beers out there.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Very dark brown, with a nice brownish head. Aroma of malts and dark fruits. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Flavor of mostly malts. A touch of dark fruits. Fairly good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category alt, ipa, swill

(draft) Looks like a brown ale, smells like an alt, but tastes like an IPA. Bitter flavor followed with a bitter finish. An Altbier is supposed to be balanced, dammit! A very disappointing beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, decent, weird

(draft) Cloudy brownish-orange. Small white head. Vague clean aroma of various fruit peels. Creamy mouthfeel. Very mild flavor of something I don't really want to think about. Decent, though. I've put this in the Belgian category because that's the kind of glass it was poured in.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category decent

(bottle) Black with a nice tan head that lasts. Aroma a little burnt, both malts and hops. Medium mouthfeel. Nice malty flavor, but then the lagerish finish takes over and sucks. Barely decent. I didn't finish the bottle.

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Ounces Consumed: 6

posted by dave in category decent

(bottle) Clear light copper in color, whitish head that fades quickly. Aroma of grasses and hops. Thin mouthfeel. Citrusy flavor. Decent is all I can say.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category decent, decent

(bottle) Clear light copper in color, whitish head that fades quickly. Aroma of grasses and hops. Thin mouthfeel. Citrusy flavor. Decent is all I can say.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, weird

Very faint peppery aroma, with a little smoke thrown in. Not much taste until the finish, then a little pepper heat. I was expecting more pepper, so I was expecting to dislike this more than I did.

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Ounces Consumed: 52

posted by dave in category chocolate, davefest, favorite, stout, yummy

A fantastic beer, from the intense chocolate syrup aroma through the creamy mouthfeel to the delicious smooth finish. Beyond yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 3393

posted by dave in category brown, good

Cloudy brown. This was a mild tasting ale that went down quite good and didn't seem too high in alcohol. A German Maibock, which I never would have guessed. Tastes like a Scotch Ale to me. Good. Gives me a wicked hangover though.

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Ounces Consumed: 20644

posted by dave in category chocolate, stout, yummy

(bottle) Pours black and syrupy. Minimal brown head. Enticing chocolate aroma. Flavor of chocolate and roasted malts. Very malty. Incredibly yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 140

posted by dave in category brown, swill

(draft) I had high hopes for this. That''ll teach me to have hopes, maybe. As far as I can tell, they made this beer by (a) taking some regular Dead Guy Ale, (b) watering down the flavor and upping the alcohol by pouring vodka into it, and then (c) spraying hairspray into the mixture. Basically, this beer had zero flavor except for its alcohol burn, and it had zero aroma except for alcohol/hairspray. A complete waste of both time and money.

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Ounces Consumed: 3

posted by dave in category good, saison

(draft) Poured dirty orange. Aroma was musty - reminded me of a lambic. Taste also reminded me of a lambic, except this wasn't particularly sour. There was quite a bit of complication behind the obvious mustiness of the aroma and the flavor. I liked this beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 40

posted by dave in category brown, swill, weird

(draft) Very dark brown. Huge heaping head. Bitter aroma and bitter flavor. Quite disgusting.

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posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Very dark brown. Malty aroma and flavor. I liked this a lot.

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Ounces Consumed: 330

posted by dave in category adjuncts, swill

(draft) I just had a small sample glass of this, as I was not expecting to like it. I was right. Very watery tasting, but sort of a thick mouthfeel. Hard to believe that this comes from Rogue.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category good, porter

(draft) Pretty good. This reminded me of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout more than anything else. A slight slant toward the coffee side of the flavor spectrum as opposed to the chocolate side. The fairly high ABV is very well hidden.

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Ounces Consumed: 70

posted by dave in category chocolate, stout, yummy

(bottle) Hard to find anything wrong with this beer. If I had to pick something it would be the high ABV which limits the amount that can be consumed. A yummy chocolately flavor with a fairly intense alcohol burn. Quite good, and I will be buying more bottles which I will try to let age.

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Ounces Consumed: 82

posted by dave in category apa, decent

(bottle) Fizzy clear amber with a nice white head. Looks like a lager to me. Aroma of malts and hops. Tastes like a mild APA, maybe a blonde. Decent if you like this kind of thing. I was expecting more than this.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Dark amber. Decent head. Malty and hoppy aroma. Malty and hoppy flavor. Pretty fucking good.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, wheat

(bottle) Very pale yellow with at least 90% white head at first. Once that dissipated, about an hour later, the beer revealed a grassy aroma. Watery mouthfeel. Flavor of a very mild American wheat. Just a hint of rose. Barely decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 3

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Very dark cherry revealed when held up to the light. A lot of complexity, but most of I think wasted as nothing stood out at all. I did think I got a little cherry at first but even that subsided by the second or third sip. Good, but not very memorable.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category decent

I tasted malt, malt, and more malt. It wasn't particularly bad, it just wasn't particularly good either.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category good, stout

Pretty good. Quite roasty. Maybe a little bit too roasty - it was hard to find anything else.

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Ounces Consumed: 237

posted by dave in category davefest, smoked, yummy

(draft) It was a good beer, not nearly as smoky as I'd been hoping, but the smoke flavor and aroma was still pretty apparent. It had a less wide-ranging and complex flavor than the Cone Smoker I get when I'm back home, but sometimes simpler is better. A little subdued. Quite yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 968

posted by dave in category adjuncts, chocolate, decent, fruit, weird

(bottle) Fizzy black with a huge tan head. The primary aroma is that of bananas, though chocolate is also detectable. Creamy flavor, mostly of roasted chocolate and some dryness that's probably the peanut butter. Not as flavorful as I'd have liked. Weird and decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, smoked, weird

(bottle) Fizzy amber with a large white head. Strong aroma of maple syrup and a touch of smoke. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of maple syrup is pretty much overpowering anything else that might be there. Weird, and just barely decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category good

(draft) Hazy dark copper. Generous heaping head. Aroma of stale toffee. Flavor pretty decent, with a touch of oddness that I couldn't quite define. Finish was almost bitter, but not quite. This beer deserves a second chance.

UPDATE 071208: Okay I gave this beer its second chance at the Atlanta airport. I've upgraded it to good, because it was good.

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Ounces Consumed: 30

posted by dave in category decent, weird

(bottle) Clear dark amber. Tan head that faded quickly. Aroma of burnt malts and molasses. Medium mouthfeel. It's got that same weird flavor that I find in most bocks. I don't like it.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Clean reddish amber. Aroma and flavor of light malts. Touch of hops, but nothing overpowering. I will try this again when I find it on tap.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category good, stout

(bottle) Came highly recommended. I was looking for something chocolately, and I guess this fit that bill. I have to say that it didn't live up to its aroma though. A sublt mix of chocolate and coffee flavor. A slight bitter finish. Quite good, but not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category good, stout

(bottle) Black with nice tan head. Stouty aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Crisp, malty, and balanced flavor. Good.

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posted by dave in category brown, good, weird

(bottle) Clear light brown. Minimal white head. Aromatic hops and maybe caramel in the aroma. Mouthfeel a little cloying. Flavor sweeter than I was expecting. Good, not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 18

posted by dave in category lager, swill

(can) Looks like fizzy urine. Decent white head that seemed to last. Aroma of wet grass - slightly rotten. Thin mouthfeel. Flavor is smooth and a little creamy. Just the slightest hoppy finish. A typical pale lager, neither better nor worse than the rest. Typical lager swill.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category decent, sour

(bottle) Dark amber, with a nice white head. Aroma of musty green apples. Flavor fizzy and a little sour. Not too bad at all. I'd love to try this on tap sometime.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Clear dark brass color. White head that lasted well. Musty aroma and a flash of spices. Mouthfeel fuzzy and dry. Flavor of apples and some spices. Smooth finish. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, good, sour

(bottle) Cloudy brown. No appreciable head. Intruiging aroma of dark fruits and apple peels. Surprisingly pungent flavor, a little sour, but really good.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category good

Clear gold. Nice white head that fades quickly. Decent lacing. Musty apple aroma. Very nice Belgian triple flavor. The flavor is a little sharp , especially the finish, because of the 10% ABV. Good, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 37

posted by dave in category bourbon, decent, stout

(bottle) Black with tan head. Aroma and flavor of coffee and light chocolate. Not much of a bourbon flavor, but a lingering alcohol burn that was bourbony.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) Dark bronze. Very light foam. A strong aroma of whatzit and orange. The flavor was mostly whatzit, with some light orange peel thrown in. Despite the citrus, I did like this beer. I just wish I knew what the whatzit really was.

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Ounces Consumed: 40

posted by dave in category swill, wheat

It's always a crap shoot as to whether a hefeweizen is in the true German style or the crappy American style. This was American, so I didn't like it. As with most beers, however, this did get better as the glass got emptier. By the end, it was passable. This is not the beer's fault - I just don't like the style.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Black with a small tan head. Light aroma of roasted malts and milk. Medium mouthfeel. Nice flavor just like the aroma. A bit of a burning finish quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, stout

(Draft) black with absilolitely zero head or fizz. Aroma of roasted malts and alcohol and vanilla. Thick mouthfeel. Flavor of roasted malts with a touch of vanilla. Smooth finish hinting at the 10.5% ABV. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category good, weird

(draft) Hazy Amber, with a nice lasting white head. Aroma of malts and molasses. Very good musty and spicy flavor. A bit of an alcohol burn at the finish. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category decent, stout

(draft) A fairly standard imperial stout, though I was disappointed to find not even the slightest hint of chocolate. This thing was all coffee and roasted malts. Not my favorite by a long shot.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category fruit, good

(bottle) Clear copper in color. Small head that disippated almost immediately. A very nice aroma of cinnamon and other spices. Medium mouthfeel. Very good flavor of all sorts of spices and, of course, pumpkin. The 8% ABV is hidden very well. A very good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 81

posted by dave in category good, scotch

More malty than other Scotch Ales I've tried, and that extra maltiness was needed to help mask the alcohol. A very good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category lager, swill

(draft) Cloudy yellow. Huge head. Fairly clean aroma of yeasts and hops. Flavor of wheat and hops. Slightly bitter finish. Don't like it, not even a little bit.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, yummy

(draft) A very nice surprise. Dark clear amber. Minimal head. No detectable aroma. The yummy malty and fruity flavor came out of nowhere. There are supposed to be citrus adjuncts but I couldn't detect them at all.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Tried some the other night and wasn't impressed. Had a full glass tonight and still wasn't impressed, but it certainly went down easier. For all the hops and malts used, I should have detected more complexity. Just a decent beer that does a very good job of hiding its high ABV.

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Ounces Consumed: 13

posted by dave in category decent, wheat

(draft) Good, but not as good as everyone else seems to think. Nothing noteworthy at all. I'd describe some details but there really aren't any. It's just a beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category saison, wheat, yummy

(bottle) Hazy dark yellow, with a whitish head that faded quickly. Aroma of wheat and must and apple peels. Flavor smooth and balanced, with just a touch of tanginess. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 23

posted by dave in category decent, wheat

(draft) Not my favorite in this style, but not really anything wrong with it that I can point out. Just a little subdued in every aspect. Could use something more, but I'm not sure what.

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Ounces Consumed: 128

posted by dave in category good, wheat

(bottle) Cloudy gold. A good fizzy head. Strong German wheat aroma, and flavor, with just a hint of tangy sourness. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 17

posted by dave in category fruit, good

(bottle) Hazy copper in color. No head to speak of, but some lacing. Fairly strong aroma of pumpkin and vanilla. There was a lagerish fizziness that I didn't care for, but the flavor was good and the finish was sweet and smooth. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 6

posted by dave in category brown, decent, fruit

(bottle) Fizzy orange with a white head that vanished quickly. Fairly strong blueberry aroma, along with light citrus. Creamy mouthfeel. Light flavor of malts and a hint of blueberries. A very slight bitterness at the finish that's almost immediately gone. Decent, almost good.

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Ounces Consumed: 72

posted by dave in category decent

(draft) Thick but fairly mild. Not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. I got a little coffee flavor and a little butterscotch. No aftertaste at all.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category decent, lager

(Bottle) Recommended by my swill consultant. Room temperature, hazy dark brown. Aroma and flavor of malts and light hops. Not too bad, not too good. I'd probably try this again if I ever see it cold and on tap.

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Ounces Consumed: 17

posted by dave in category apa, decent, fruit

(bottle) Fizzy light gold. Decent white head that dissipates quickly.Aroma of Jolly Rancher watermelon and green apple candies. Fizzy and thin mouthfeel. Flavor like the aroma, but also with a touch of hoppiness. Not too bad. Decent, I'd say.

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Ounces Consumed: 36

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, fruit

(bottle) Fizzy yellow. Nice white head that fades quickly. Light aroma of spices and some pumpkin in there, too.watery mouthfeel. Very light flavor of pumpkin and mild spices. Decent is all I can say about this one. There are a zillion better pumpkin beers out there.

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Ounces Consumed: 36

posted by dave in category decent, ipa

(draft) One of the better IPAs, but that's not saying too much for someone like me that doesn't like the style. Just decent, nothing more. Not bitter but a little sour.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category belgian, good, sour

Clear brown with a nice white head. Aroma of sweetarts candies. Medium mouthfeel. Very nice sweet and malty flavor. Tart finish. Good.

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posted by dave in category belgian, good, saison

(draft) Very pale golden with a smallish white head. Aroma of metal. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor intriguing. Both malty and musty. Very good, actually. Surprising.

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posted by dave in category stout, yummy

(bottle) Black with a nice beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate and licorice. Thick mouthfeel. Flavor seemed milder than I was expecting because it was so well-balanced. Quite yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 26

posted by dave in category stout, yummy

Black with a nice tan head. Fairly strong aroma of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Very intriguing. Creamy mouthfeel and flavor. Quite roasty and smooth. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category apa, swill

(bottle) Clear gold, with lots of bubbles. Decent white head. Aroma of the kind of hops that I don't like and metal. Bitter and thin at first. Got slightly better by the end of the first bottles, but it still sucked.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category decent, porter

(bottle) I've never been a big fan of this brewery, and this beer did nothing to change that. A decent coffee flavored porter with the typical Sierra Nevada lagerish finish. It got better the more I drank, but it never quite reached the point of being good.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category good, rye, weird

(bottle) Hazy copper in color. Huge white head. Medium mouthfeel. Not a lot of aroma or initial flavor - it kinda seemed like a brown ale. After a few sips, the dryness of the rye started to show in the finish. A fairly mild rye beer, but a good one.

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Ounces Consumed: 36

posted by dave in category lager, piss

(draft) A lager by any other name is still a lager, and I still don't like it. Kind of a sickly-sweet taste that I can't really describe and I don't want to drink more of it just to get a better description.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, porter

Highly recommended to me by a coffee lover, so I was expecting coffee flavor to the beer. This instead has a good chocolate base to the flavor. A little extra bite at the end, because of the 7.2 ABV, that I could have done without. Good though. A little bitter

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Ounces Consumed: 44

posted by dave in category lager, swill

(bottle) Straw and other dead weeds, in both the aroma and the flavor. Not very hoppy. Not very much of anything. Disgusting.

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posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy dark yellow. Decent head that faded rather quickly. Much more yeasty aroma than others of this style, quite intriguing, though. Mouthfeel a little thin, but standard for the style. Flavor pretty much what the aroma had led me to believe. Apples and yeasts, and some spices in there as well. Pretty goddamn good. I will definitely have more of this.

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posted by dave in category brown, good

A sampling of this beer was intriguing enough for me to order a full glass. There was a slight watery taste that at first turned me off, but after a few sips I started to imagine, believe it or not, a slight peaty characteristic to the water. This has since become one of my favorite session beers. Nice and mild, and low enough in alcohol that I could drink it all night.

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posted by dave in category chocolate, good, porter

(draft) With a name like Smuttynose, it has to be good, right? Right. A very strong chocolate aroma and flavor. Like the NABC Haggisdaddy Stout it reminded me of, this would probably be good poured over ice cream

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posted by dave in category good, wheat

(draft) Slightly hazy gold. Smallish head that seems to last. Aroma of wheat and bananas and maybe a little alcohol. Flavor surprisingly complex and good. A slight alcohol burn at the finish. I like it. It's quite gimmicky, though, with all the alcohol.

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posted by dave in category good, ipa

(bottle) Pours black with a minimal light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and asphalt. Medium mouthfeel. Slightly burnt malty flavor. Nice clean finish. Good, actually.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good

(bottle) Fizzy gold with a smallish whitish head. A pretty nice pumpkin aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. A definite pumpkin flavor, with notes of malts and dark fruits. A very slight alcohol burn upon swallowing. Very good.

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posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good, stout

(draft) Clear black with a smallish beige head. Definitely smells like a pumpkin ale. Pumpkin and spices. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor mostly of the pumpkin with a little of the imperial stout heritage at the finish.

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posted by dave in category decent, fruit

(bottle) Clean light copper. Zero head, I mean zero. Aroma of spices with a little pumpkin in the background. A little watery mouthfeel. Spices predominate the flavor. Not much pumpkin flavor. Decent is all I can say.

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posted by dave in category lager, swill

I asked some regulars what was the wimpiest beer at Rich O's and was told it was Spaten Lager. I had one of these to field-test it for my sister and it was indeed wimpy. I wish I could think of a better descriptor.

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posted by dave in category ipa, swill, wheat

(draft) Clear light amber. Good mound of foam. Smells and tastes like hops and alcohol. Kinda gross, but some people will probably like it.

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posted by dave in category davefest, good, lager, smoked

(draft) Amber in color, with a slightly sweet smoke aroma. Much lighter in smoke than other rauchbiers, but sometimes that's a good thing. A very good session beer. Usually when this available on tap I drink it exclusively.

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posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) If you've ever wondered what a mixture of Delirium Tremens and New Belgium Fat Tire would be like, then this is the beer for you. I liked it.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, wheat

(draft) Touted as being "like Blue Moon" and I suppose that's not too much of a lie. A decent Belgian wheat, but with lagerish undertones and a touch too much citrus. Kind of a blend of Belgian and American wheats.

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posted by dave in category good, wheat

The aroma is fantastic, as is the flavor. Maybe a bit more mellow than other German-style wheats. A very good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 26

posted by dave in category swill

Hoppy and malty, with a bitter finish. Common is a very good name for this beer - there are a zillion just like it, and I don't like any of them.

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posted by dave in category brown, good

Pretty good. Malty with a hint of cola to balance it out. A lot like Goose Island Hex Nut Brown Ale.

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posted by dave in category good, stout

A typical dry stout. Nothing wrong with it at all but nothing great either. Quite roasty, and better than average I suppose.

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posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) One of those beers that takes a long time to pour. Once in a glass, the head faded fairly quickly. I detected a strong oak smell until the head had gone, then lots of malt and alcohol with some fruit. The alcohol-bitter aftertaste reminded me strongly of bourbon. I liked this, but I'd recommend it to close out a session instead of beginning one.

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Ounces Consumed: 30

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Extremely dark red, with a large beige head that lasted until the glass was empty. An aroma and flavor of malts and dark fruits. Flavor like the aroma, though not as strong as I was expecting. The only thing hinting at the high ABV% was the overall drying quality of the beer. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 165

posted by dave in category belgian, fruit, good

(bottle) Hazy dark brown. Huge beige head. Aroma of cola and malts and plums, I think. Fairly sharp flavor at first. Plums and dark malts. Good, not great.

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posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(bottle) Hazy brown, decent head that lasts forever. The aroma is mild, fairly malty and funky. Flavor is sharp - more hoppy bitterness than I was expecting, or desiring. Underlying flavors are raisins and a hint of coffee. This beer wasn't what I was expecting at all. Decent is all I can say.

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Ounces Consumed: 31

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy gold. Large white head that was kind of a pain in the ass. A very nice aroma of citrus and spices and flowers. Mouthfeel was very fizzy. Flavor of apples and Belgian hops, but very well-balanced. The large yeast flakes at the bottom of the bottle really grossed me out. Still a damn fine beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 123

posted by dave in category belgian, good, wheat

(bottle) Looks like fizzy grapefruit juice with a medium white head. Aroma of grasses and apples. Medium mouthfeel. Tame flavor typical for the style. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category good

(bottle) Black, revealing dark red when held up to a strong light. Good head and lacing. Strong aroma or malts and dark fruits. Medium mouthfeel, and a strong fruity flavor tempered by roasted malts. A very sweet finish. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 17

posted by dave in category lager, piss

(draft) I asked for a Belgian and got this awful thing. I don't like lagers, and this was a pretty bad lager. Bland mixed with boring.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Fizzy Amber. Small white head. Mild aroma of apple peels. Medium mouthfeel. Mild flavor typical of the style. A decent beer. Nothing wrong with it at all.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category good, ipa, weird

(draft) Clear copper with a firm white head. Aroma of flowers and bubble gum - very intriguing. Flavor was very complex and hard to describe. There was definitely some lingering hop bitterness at the finish but it was accompanied by the complex flavors so it wasn't overpowering at all. An IPA that I actually like. Wonders never cease.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category good

(draft) Roasty, malty, hoppy, weirdness. I'd like this more without the bitter finish.

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Ounces Consumed: 162

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, stout

Black with a thin brown head that faded quickly. Aroma was milder than I was expecting - chocolate and malts. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor was malts and chocolate, but it seemed tame. The finish was very strong chocolate, almost too strong. It was only after my taste buds had been beaten into submission that I was able to really appreciate the finish. Lingering and coating dark chocoloate. A very damn good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 37

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, saison, smoked, weird

(draft) Clear pale amber large white head. Light floral and malty aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Very nice flavor of light malts. Much more dry than I was expecting. Dry finish as well. A very good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 15

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) First off, looks fantastic. Black with a firm brown head, I was almost reluctant to drink it for fear of messing up the head. Flavor is a nice chocolate, with just a hint of bitterness about halfway through. I was a little surprised, and a little disappointed, that the ABV is so high on this one. I'd love to be able to have more than one.

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Ounces Consumed: 94

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, stout

(draft) I blew the keg. Oops. Black with a huge brown head. Enticing chocolatey aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of roasted malts and nuts and chocolate. Finishes with a smooth alcohol burn. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category barleywine, decent, smoked

(bottle) Cloudy light brown with a smallish tan head. Light aroma of oak and malts. Chewy mouthfeel. Light flavor with a little smoke and malts. Alcohol burn is fairly prevalent. Decent, though not as good as I'd hoped.

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Ounces Consumed: 27

posted by dave in category good, porter, smoked

It was pretty good beer actually, not as strong of a smoke flavor as some of the other smoked porters I've had, but enough to be recognizable, and enough to be pretty good. I'll call it "smoked porter light."

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Ounces Consumed: 1035

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, porter, smoked

(bottle) Dark brown with a nice tan head. Musty aroma of stale malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Decent flavor. No smoke but a bit of peppery finish. More peppery than I was expecting. Not to bad at all.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good, porter, smoked

(bottle) Clean dark brown with a nice beige head. Mild aroma of roasted malts, smoke, and vanilla. Enticing. Watery mouthfeel. Flavor much like the aroma. Mostly roasted malts and vanilla. The smoke is evident at first, but disappears before swallowing. Quite good, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 44

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) The color of dark tea. No head to speak of. Subdued aroma of apple peels and caramel. Medium mouthfeel, a little coating. Flavor a bit stronger than I was expecting. Nicely balanced apples and caramel, with a touch of oak perhaps. A very nice beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(bottle) Fizzy orange. Minimal head. Citrusy aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, a little tangy at the finish. Typical for the style - apples and a little citrus. Decent and almost good. Nothing wrong with it, it just doesn't seem worth the wait of more than 9 years.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category barleywine, good, weird

(bottle) The color of flat cola. No head. Aroma of malts and molasses. Medium mouthfeel. Fairly biting flavor of molasses and dark-roasted malts. Tastes like a barleywine to me. A good beer, but not a great one.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(bottle) Hazy black color, decent head that faded quickly. Smells fantastic, with dark fruits and maybe even some chocolate. Flavor is fruity and creamy. There's a lingering bitter finish that I don't care for at all. A decent beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 47

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) I'm calling this a Belgian because I don't have any better ideas. Cloudy orange when backlit. No foam. An aroma of citrus that was a little bit intoxicating all on its own. Flavor of malts and oranges and light hops. This was a surprisingly good beer, as I usually don't care for citrus. Almost yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 82

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, weird

(bottle) Clear and fizzy golden in color. Nice white head that lasted long enough. The aroma was of apples and pumpkins. The flavor was decidedly weird. Apples and pumpkins and dark fruits - it was a little too weird for my tastes. I didn't finish the bottle. Decent is all I can say.

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Ounces Consumed: 56

posted by dave in category belgian, fruit, good

(bottle) Indigo with a nice tan head. Enticing aroma of peaches and plums. Mouthfeel a little thin but coating. Flavor more tame than the aroma led me to expect. Good though.

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Ounces Consumed: 46

posted by dave in category good

(bottle) Fizzy orange. No head whatsoever. light citrusy aroma. Flavor more of apple peels than citrus. Not bad at all.

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Ounces Consumed: 67

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, good

(bottle) Color of clear burgundy. Light tan head. Aroma a little musty and slightly spicy. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor a little weird, and not in a good way. Finish spicy-bitter. Gets better after a few sips. A good beer, but not a great one.

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Ounces Consumed: 44

posted by dave in category belgian, brown, good, weird

(bottle) Almost black, with a thin brown head. Aroma of apples and I think caramel. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor like the aroma, with a bit of gasoline weirdness at the finish. Weird, but good.

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Ounces Consumed: 21

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, yummy

(draft) A very nice beer, with a good blend of various unidentifiable spices. I got no citrus at all, and I'm glad for that. Quite yummy actually.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category adjuncts, good

(draft) had a decent flavor, but there wasn't much flavor to it. I kept getting hints of spices and such, but the hints faded as soon as I started to detect them. Good, but not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category alt, decent

(draft) A decent, but not great, alt beer. Balance favored the hoppy side, especially in the aftertaste. Looked and smelled great, but the taste was a little disappointing.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Clear light amber with a large beige head. Aroma of apples and roasted malts. Flavor like the aroma with maybe some grapes thrown in. Very smooth finish. Damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 23

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, ipa

(bottle) Cloudy brown with a large white head. Aroma of grapefruit and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. Very hoppy but balanced with malts until after swallowing when the finish is quite bitter and lasting. Probably a very good beer, but it's not my style, so all I can say is decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Clear dark ruby. Minimal pink head. Light aroma of malts and cherry peels. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth flavor, well blended malts and dark fruits and maybe caramel. Coating finish. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Hazy ruby-colored. Minimal white head. Aroma of cherry peels and apple peels. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild flavor of various dark fruits. Zero alcohol bite, which was surprising. A good beer, but not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Clear amber with a nice white head. Malty and fruity aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild fruity flavor with a distinct alcohol burn. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category belgian, fruit, good, wheat

(draft) Clear amber in color, with a large white head. The aroma and the flavor were both of yeasts and malts, with a hint of blueberries. No bitterness. Could have had more flavor, but still pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Clear coppery-brown in color. Large white head that lasted forever. The aroma was of light coffee and roasted malts. Mouthfeel very creamy and smooth. The flavor was mostly malty, with just a touch of coffee that I could have done without. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Reminded me of a winter seasonal. Lots of fruit that I cannot quite define. Thick and strong, yet refreshing at the same time. I really wish I could drink more than one.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) Cloudy dark urine in appearance. No head to speak of. A very citrusy aroma, but the flavor was quite similar to a German wheat except for the thinner mouthfeel. A decent beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, fruit, yummy

(draft) Cloudy yellow/orange. A nice head that faded quickly. This is a very citrusy Belgian when it first enters the mouth, but then the pumpkin takes over and coats the mouth with sweetness, then there were some nice spices in the finish. Just yummy. It seemed like it had a high ABV, but its 10.5% still surprised me.

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Ounces Consumed: 30

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) Looked like coffee with cream, I guess because the keg had been jiggled. Flavor was pretty good. Lots of berries and fruits. A fairly strong alcohol bite at the finish.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, weird, yummy

(draft) Kind of funky aroma, which was to be expected I suppose. A mild mustardy flavor, just a slight spiciness. Much much better than I'd expected. I will have more of this, definitely.

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Ounces Consumed: 348

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Cloudy dark brown. Decent tan head. Aroma of malts and a touch of coffee. Flavor mostly of sweet malts. A good beer that got better the more I drank.

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Ounces Consumed: 162

posted by dave in category brown, yummy

(draft) Almost black, with a nice tan head that faded quickly. Aroma of malts and hops and coffee. Flavor more of the same. Too much coffee flavor to really appeal to me. decent though.

UPDATE: After about half the glass was gone, I got used to the coffee taste, and the sheer yumminess of this beer shone through.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Good lacing. No detectable aroma, flavor, or aftertaste. There was just a hint of bitterness that faded before swallowing was complete. Not bad, but very boring.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Cloudy brown, with a nice long-lasting head. The taste was malty and nutty, with a fairly bitter finish that became more tolerable as the glass became emptier.

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Ounces Consumed: 40

posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good

Clear copper. Whitish head that faded quickly. Aroma of, duh, pumpkin and spices. Medium mouthfeel. Spicy pumpkin flavor that fades and leaves a creamy finish. More spicy than pumpkiny. Damn good, though, at least on draft. I've had a bottle as well, and it kinda sucked.

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Ounces Consumed: 67

posted by dave in category stout, yummy

Black, with a thin brown head. Aroma was surprising - it smelled like tires. Medium sticky mouthfeel. Flavor of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and licorice. The finish was extremely well balanced - it just slid down my throat. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 49

posted by dave in category brown, good

(bottle) a completely unknown beer - I'm actually guessing that it's their brown ale. Pours the color of cola, with a minimal tan head that vanished instantly. Light aroma of malts and grasses. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of a mild brown ale, so that's what I'm going to call it. A good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category decent, ipa

(draft) In memory of TallLady. Clear light amber. Huge white head. Strong floral and citrusy aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice flavor, much more tame than I was expecting. No detectable bitterness, which is fine with me. Actually decent, almost good.

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Ounces Consumed: 46

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent, porter

(draft) Of all the beers at Rich O's, this one is perhaps the one that's been recommended to me most often. Frankly, I don't understand all the hype. It is a good beer, but not a great one. I think my main problem was the gritty feeling I got in my mouth while drinking it. It almost seemed like there was something that hadn't quite dissolved all the way. By the end of the glass it was better. Other than the gritty mouthfeel, this beer smelled and looked fantastic, and it had a really good flavor - one that wasn't nearly as sweet as I was expecting. A very drinkable beer, but any place that has this probably has something better as well.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category barleywine, decent

(bottle) Hazy reddish amber. No appreciable head. Aroma of molasses and dark fruits. Flavor of dark fruits, with a noticeable alcohol bite. Very dry finish. Only decent, but barleywines aren't my favorites to begin with, so this is as good as any.

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Ounces Consumed: 18

posted by dave in category apa, weird, wheat, yummy

Had a sample, and was intrigued enough to have a half-pint next. Hazy yellow in color. Good head and great lacing. Aroma was mostly floral, with a touch of the bubble gum scent that was expected because of the beer's name. Flavor was pretty damn good. Intense, but it never quite got to the point where it was overpowering. A little citrusy, not bitter at all. A little weird. I liked it a lot.

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Ounces Consumed: 7539

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Fizzy black with a nice tan head. Nice aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Thickish mouthfeel. Very malty and smooth flavor. Creamy like chocolate, but only a bit of sweetness. Very very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Black with a thin brown head. Sweet and chocolatey aroma. Very creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet, with malts and a bit of dark chocolate. Alcohol very well-hidden. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) My first beer in this style. I didn't detect too much of anything except a trace of bitter aftertaste. The beer was very drinkable and would make a good session beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 30

posted by dave in category belgian, good, saison

(draft) Cloudy dirty yellow. Decent head that faded within a few minutes. A light aroma of citrus and Belgian yeast. Fairly thick mouthfeel, and a grapefruit tartness that surprised me. The finish was a little dry. I'd classify this as a dubbel instead of a saison, but whatever it it, it's pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category good, scotch

(draft) A nice dark brown color that revealed red when help up to light. I thought the taste was very good, though there seemed to be a slight gritty feel until the head had dissipated. The slightly bitter finish made me want to drink again to get back to the nice flavor. Not recommended on an empty stomach, as I wanted another pint but had to decline.

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Ounces Consumed: 200

posted by dave in category decent, porter

draft) Clear dark amber. Light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel. Flavor of coffee and licorice. Smooth finish. Decent, though I totally disagree with this being called a baltic porter. It's barely even a porter.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category apa, good

(draft) Hazy orange with a nice white head. Strong aroma of floral and piney hops. Medium mouthfeel. Nice flavor, kind of like a strong Gumballhead. Lasting hoppy finish. A good beer, which surprises me.

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Ounces Consumed: 58

posted by dave in category barleywine, decent, weird

(draft) Hazy brown. No head. Creamy mouthfeel. Aroma and flavor of malts and molasses. Slightly metallic finish. A decent beer. A little too barelywiney for my tastes.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category yummy

(bottle) Dark reddish brown with a complicated aroma that seemed to include cola. Started out bitter but finished very sweet. A very thick mouthfeel and a very nice flavor that made me drink very quickly. Quite yummy, but perhaps not as yummy as the $15 I paid for it would indicate.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent

(bottle) Quite an interesting beer. Very complex, with flavors I don't think I've ever encountered before. The stuff was good, though perhaps just a little too fruity for me to say I really liked it. I will have it again sometime though.

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Ounces Consumed: 50

posted by dave in category adjuncts, fruit, good

(bottle) Slightly hazy light brown. Looks watery. No head to speak of. Light pumpkin pie aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Spicy and pumpkiny flavor. Pretty good.

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Ounces Consumed: 165

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(draft) Had a head that lasted forever. Quite a bit blander than other Belgians I've enjoyed - this had a more lagerish taste to it, and no apple taste at all. Despite that I did like it though.

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Ounces Consumed: 50

posted by dave in category chocolate, porter, yummy

(draft) That first taste nearly overpowered me. I still can't believe that this beer comes from a brewpub catering to the flavor-impaired masses. Very chocolately, very roasty, very delicious. One of the best porters I've ever had.

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Ounces Consumed: 153

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent

(draft) Not as disgusting as it sounds. It tastes like Hawaiian Punch. this might be good with the blackened mahi-mahi with pineapple sauce they have on their food menu.

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Ounces Consumed: 5

posted by dave in category brown, good

(draft) Cloudy brown. Nice tan head. Aroma of malts and caramel and hops. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Complex flavor of barley and rye with a nice hoppy finish. Damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category lager, piss

(bottle) Clear pale gold. No head. Mild aroma of tap water and hops. Thin mouthfeel. A sharper hop bite than I was expecting from the aroma. Gross.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category good, rye

(draft) Dark brown with just a hint of red. Has just a slight bit of that unmistakeable rye finish. Mostly malt behind it, without much bitterness at all. I really liked this. Its 7% ABV surprised me.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category brown, davefest, yummy

I have to say that despite the long-winded name this is one of the best beers I've had in a long time. Smooth, not too strong, not too weak. What an excellent session beer! I wish I could describe it more clearly. "Drinkable" is the word that comes to mind most often. Malty and complex. Neither too sweet nor too bitter. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 2084

posted by dave in category bourbon, good, porter, rye

(draft) Clear dark brown. Minimal tan head. Aroma of whiskey and oaky vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild flavor of malts and whiskey. No hint of rye whatsoever, and that was disappointing to me. Still good, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, stout

(draft) Black with nice tan head. Smells like chocolate. Tame chocolate flavor, a little bitter. Smooth finish. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category bourbon, brown, good

(bottle) Clear dark copper with a beige head that lasts. A very clean and balanced aroma. Medium mouthfeel - malty but clean - just the right amount of hops. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category alt, good

(bottle) Ridiculous heaping head. Hazy dark copper in color - almost brown. Aroma of hops and roasted malts. Medium-thin mouthfeel. The flavor was quite surprisingly bitter at first, but th efinish was smooth. Good, but not even close to great.

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Ounces Consumed: 17

posted by dave in category piss

I didn't like it at all, and I don't think I can properly describe the displeasure I had while drinking it, so I won't try. A sickly-sweet syrupy mess.

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Ounces Consumed: 6

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

(bottle) Hazy orange. Pretty good head that faded quickly. Aroma was "tangy" if that makes any sense. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of balanced citrus and Belgian hops. Reminded me of a saison, but with much more flavor. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Cloudy brown, huge heaping head. A constant stream of bubbles kept emerging form the dark depths of the glass. Smells like foam. A fairly mild flavor of dried apples and raisins. A little musty. Good.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, good, wheat

(bottle) Although supposedly a Belgian wheat, this had much of the aroma and flavor of a German wheat. If I had to put a label on it, I'd say that is was a blend of those two excellent styles. A very good beer from what is becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy cola-colored. Massive head, mild fruity aroma. Mild fruity and fizzy flavor, with some hoppy dryness that didn't exactly thrill me. It got better as the bottle got emptier.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, wheat, yummy

(bottle) Hazy light amber in color. Huge head. Fantastic aroma of apple peels and bananas and cherries. A strong Belgian wheat flavor. More sharp and tangy than most. Think Blue Moon on steroids. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 61

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

(bottle) Cloudy yellow, with a decent amount of foam. Aroma of wheat and malt and a touch of oak. Flavor quite similar to Belgian wheat ales. Goes down very easily, the alcohol is very well hidden. Yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 224

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Very dark, almost black. A smallish head that faded almost instantly. It had a very dry aroma and flavor. More like wood than the fruit I'd been expecting. A very good beer though. It certainly didn't taste like it was 10.5% ABV.

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Ounces Consumed: 24

posted by dave in category belgian, brown, yummy

(draft) Quite yummy actually. This surprised me until I remember that the same brewer makes La Fin Du Monde. If I had to describe this, and I guess I do, I'd call it Newcastle on steroids.Dark amber. Nice head. Sweet and malty aroma and flavor. I want more right now please.

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Ounces Consumed: 145

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

(bottle) Hazy brown with a good-sized head. Faint aroma typical of Belgians of this style. Flavor fruity and malty, light but extremely well-balanced. Yummy. Also, I hope nobody ever points a gun at my head and tries to make me pronounce this thing, because, if so, then I'm dead.

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Ounces Consumed: 25

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

Black, revealing amber only when strongly backlit. Huge creamy head. Aroma of oak and malty apples and cherries. Flavor is like the aroma, only better. There's something else there, maybe grapes of all things. Pretty damn yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 197

posted by dave in category swill

(draft) Hazy reddish amber. No head to speak of. Aroma of stale hops and malt. What little flavor there was, was disgusting. I had to really force myself to finish the glass.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, porter

Had a very strong roasted malt aroma. The flavor was quite nice with roasted malt and a mild chocolate. A dry finish that made me want to take another drink right away. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 156

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) My first impression was that this beer was simply a relabeled Smithwick's. After a bit, however, I did begin to notice a slight hint of bitterness. More like a hint of a hint actually. Smithwick's is better.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category chocolate, stout, yummy

(draft) Incredible head and lacing. Had a strong coffee aroma but the flavor was an incredible blend of both coffee and chocolate. Very creamy and very yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 406

posted by dave in category belgian, decent

(bottle) Hazy orange. Minimal whitish head. Aroma of oranges and apples. Thin mouthfeel. Flavor of weak orange juice. Alcohol is hidden very well. Decent is all I can say, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 22

posted by dave in category ipa, porter, swill, weird

(draft) Black with a tan head that faded quickly. Malty aroma. Thin mouthfeel. Decent flavor of malts and licorice. Disgusting hoppy metallic finish. Gross.

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Ounces Consumed: 2

posted by dave in category stout, yummy

(draft) Stupid name for a beer, but for a band it might be cool. Black with a nice brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and oak. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor of roasted malts and chocolate and something indescribable, but yummy. One of the best new beers I've had in a very long time.

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Ounces Consumed: 128

posted by dave in category good, wheat

(draft) Very fizzy but sweet. A mild banana aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel was fizzy wheat. There was a slight tartness to the finish. I liked this, but I've had better.

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Ounces Consumed: 71

posted by dave in category decent, wheat

(draft) Very fizzy. Too damn fizzy. There was too much citrus and it was a little sour tasting. In other words, it's an American wheat beer. It's sole purpose may be for those nights when I don't really feel like drinking beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 503

posted by dave in category adjuncts, yummy

(draft) It reminds me of the Great Lakes Christmas Ale that I enjoyed so much a few months ago. There was some fruitiness that I will call raspberry and some nutmeg as well. My only real problem with this beer is that it's rather strong and I cannot safely have more than one.

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Ounces Consumed: 280

posted by dave in category good, scotch

(draft) This was my first scotch ale, and I guess it was a little blander than I expected. I did really like it though.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category decent, esb

(draft) One of my favorites from a style that is not a favorite. Not too bitter. A touch of citrus that wasn't too bad.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category belgian, good, sour

(draft) Clear copper color. Light tan head that fades quickly. Light aroma of maybe raspberries. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor a little sour. Smooth finish. Not too bad.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, yummy

This beer is evil. Pure evil. To taste the way it does, which is actually fairly mild, but to pack that much alcohol - well like I said it's evil. As I said, a fairly mild (and fairly standard) Belgian taste. A slight alcohol finish is the only thing that hints at the wolf underneath this sheep's clothing.

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Ounces Consumed: 238

posted by dave in category decent, porter

(bottle) Very malty and sweet. There might have been some chocolate and/or coffee flavor under all that malt, but I couldn't be sure. Mouthfeel was creamy and sticky. Finished like it had a higher ABV than it really did.

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Ounces Consumed: 17

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Dark hazy reddish brown. Minimal head. Nice fruity and malty aroma. Very nice flavor of dark fruits. A very good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 49

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy gold. Minimal head. Citrusy mild aroma. Flavor a little sour, more orange than apple. Not bad at all, though.

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Ounces Consumed: 23

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Pours clear and golden with a large long-lasting head. Nice aroma of apple peels and malts. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor more malty than most tripels, maybe some caramel in there that coats the mouth. Quite damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 91

posted by dave in category good, stout

(draft) Black with a nice tan head and good lacing. Aroma of malts and roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel. Nice roasted malt flavor with an alcohol bite at the finish. Very good.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy light brown. No head to speak of. Aroma of malts and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. Fruity and malty with a noticeable alcohol burn at the finish. Pretty good, but also quite strong at 12% ABV.

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Ounces Consumed: 44

posted by dave in category decent, porter

(draft) Black with minimal head. Light aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Mouthfeel fairly thin. Flavor same as the aroma, maybe a little burnt. Decent is all I can say here.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy beige with a large white head. Aroma of apple peels. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild flavor of green apples. A bit of an alcohol burn at the finish. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category piss

(bottle) Absolutely disgusting aroma and color and flavor. Probably the worst beer I've ever tried.

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Ounces Consumed: 1

posted by dave in category good, wheat

(draft) Took a long time to drink - it's pretty filling. Very nice aroma and a good flavor. This beer has convinced me that I now like hefeweissbiers - though I like the non-dunkel version a lot more. Seemed to affect me more than its 5.3% alcohol would suggest.

UPDATE 08/13/07: Accidentally had a bit of this. There was a sourness that I didn't remember from before, a sourness that I didn't care for very much. I gave most of the glass back.

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Ounces Consumed: 100

posted by dave in category davefest, wheat, yummy

Fantastic aroma and flavor, typical for this style. Low enough ABV to drink several of them in one sitting, and that's another thing I take advantage of. Incredibly yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 4131

posted by dave in category decent, lager

(bottle) Accidentally bought this instead of the Hefe. It wasn't undrinkable. Very pale gold. Slight hoppiness, but nothing too offensive. Decent, which is saying a lot when I pretty much hate the style.

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Ounces Consumed: 60

posted by dave in category wheat, yummy

(draft) Hazy greenish-yellow, with a minimal white head. Aroma of bananas and wheat, typical for the style. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor typical for a German Wheat, but with more of everything. Fucking yummy.

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Ounces Consumed: 281

posted by dave in category brown, decent, fruit

(bottle) Fizzy amber with a diminishing white head. Strong aroma of bananas and maybe cloves. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor not as strong as the aroma had led me to expect. Bananas and malts. Finish is coating and sweet. Decent. Not as good as I'd hoped.

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Ounces Consumed: 44

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Cloudy dark brown. Minimal head. Aroma of malt and cola. Flavor more of the same. A bit of a musty taste at first that grew on me. Not a lot of fruit in the flavor, just malt and cola. Pretty damn good.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(draft) Hazy light orange. Good long-lasting head. Aroma of apples and citrus and wheat. Flavor is light and fruity - a bit like a Belgian wheat. Just the slightest hint of alcohol burn at the finish.

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Ounces Consumed: 50

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Almost black, with a ridiculous head that lasted forever. Fruity and malty aroma. Flavor fruity and a little more dry than I had been expecting, because of the high ABV I suppose. Finish a little dry as well, which made me want another sip right away. A very good beer. Best in the world? Probably not.

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Ounces Consumed: 67

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) Clear dark brown with a large white head. Very nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor more watery than I was expecting. Decent.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category brown, decent

(draft) No head at all, but somehow managed to have very good lacing. A hint of caramel in the flavor. A slightly lagerish finish but not too fizzy. Not bad at all.

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Ounces Consumed: 10

posted by dave in category decent, wheat

(draft) The bartender didn't know if this was an American or German wheat, so I had a pint to find out. What it is is a very weak American wheat. Very little aroma or flavor. Since I don't like American wheats, this one was actually very tolerable.

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Ounces Consumed: 16

posted by dave in category adjuncts, bourbon, good

(draft) Clear bronze. A very interesting vanilla and smoke aroma. Despite the name, there wasn't even the tiniest hint of bourbon. A nice medium mouthfeel, with vanilla and light smoke in the flavor as well. Pretty fucking good. I don't care who makes it.

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Ounces Consumed: 136

posted by dave in category decent, ipa

(draft) Hazy yellow. Huge head. Aroma maybe a little woody, hard to describe. Flavor was mostly sweet molasses and caramel. The bitter sting at the finish I attributed to alcohol, and not hops. Decent, not quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category adjuncts, belgian, favorite, yummy

(bottle) Wow. I wasn't expecting a beer this special. The label says "Belgian Ale Brewed with Juniper Berries." There's not a whole lot that I can add to that description, but I owe it more. Very dark red, almost purple. Aroma of dark fruits and juniper and grapes. Indescribable flavor. Finish a little drying. Flat-out yummy. If there's a better beer on Earth, then I haven't had it. I want more right now and always.

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Ounces Consumed: 287

posted by dave in category belgian, good

(bottle) Hazy gold. Nice white head. Aroma of musty apples. Nice smooth flavor, typical for the style. The high ABV is hidden very well. Quite good.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, wheat

(draft) Looks like grapefruit juice. Smells pretty good, kind of like a blend of Belgian and German wheat styles. Flavor was more of the same. Nothing wrong with this beer at all, but nothing really right about it either.

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Ounces Consumed: 4

posted by dave in category good, smoked, stout

(bottle) Black with a smallish but lasting tan head. Strong aroma of roasted malts with a touch of smoke. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor fairly intense with alcohol burn all the way through the finish. Malty and maybe a little smoke evident but hidden behind the alcohol. Good, I suppose.

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Ounces Consumed: 62

posted by dave in category bourbon, good, smoked, stout

(bottle) Pours black with a minimal tan head. Aroma of oak and bourbon. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is malty and a little smoky and the bourbon shows up in the finish. Actually good. Much better than the aroma led me to expect.

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Ounces Consumed: 11

posted by dave in category chocolate, good, stout

(draft) Good head, good lacing. Subtle chocolate aroma and more subtle chocolate flavor. Nothing else to distinguish it at all. It did kind of grow on me though.

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Ounces Consumed: 553

posted by dave in category adjuncts, decent

(draft) I was expecting more from this beer for some reason, but I should have known better. This is, after all, the brewery that touts their chocolate stout as "double" chocolate even though it's clearly the weakest of any that I've ever had. But enough ranting. A decent brown ale with a touch of something that I couldn't identify - there's not enough of whatever it is.

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Ounces Consumed: 20

posted by dave in category decent

(bottle) Clear dark brown. Nice white head. Aroma of cola and malts. Thinnish mouthfeel. Musty metallic flavor that went away after several sips. Still, decent is all I say.

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Ounces Consumed: 12

posted by dave in category decent, lager

(bottle) Clear amber. Decent head that faded quickly. Malty aroma with just a hint of hops. The taste was actually pretty decent, though subdued. Malt and maybe some caramel in there, with a bit of that damn lagerish fizziness that I can't stand. No bitterness though. A decent beer, almost a good beer.

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Ounces Consumed: 84

posted by dave in category belgian, decent, decent

(bottle) The aroma was almost overpowering at first, but after that it was hard to even detect. The flavor was mild and tasty. It was kind of strange to pull a cork on a bottle of beer and find something this generic inside. Good, but not great.

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Ounces Consumed: 36

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