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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:41 pm



Svyturys Ekstra
UAB Svyturys | Klaipeda, Lithuania
Purchased @ Lone Star Beverages - Carrollton, Texas USA

Style: Dortmunder/Helles

Very refreshing and quite a tasty thirst quencher! This is my second brew from this brewery in Lithuania and both have been very good beers! Put this next to Miller, Coors, etc., and I am choose this one! Holds up well as the brew slows warms. Most brews in this style get that dry, chalky flavor/texture when it starts to warm up but not this brew! Very clean and crisp with none of those adjunct (a.k.a. “add junk”) aftertastes! Could definitely enjoy several of these on a hot Texas summer day!

For my 'beer-nerd' details on this brew, please click here.

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Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
Lagunitas Brewing Company | Petaluma, California USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Imperial/Double IPA

Insanely aromatic!! Good hard punches of hops from start to finish with wild flavors of grapefruit throughout. Although intensely hoppy, this brew finishes off smooth with a nice blending of sweet malts and bitter hops. For a malt-head like myself this brew will definitely make a hop-lover out of ya! Went superbly well with my Kalbi (Korean) dinner.

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Mendocino White Hawk Original IPA
Mendocino Brewing Co. | Hopland, California USA
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Quite a good drankin’ beer and makes for a great beer to have with some slow-grilled burgers. This is my first brew to try from Mendocino and from the tastes of this brew I’m looking forward to tasting more from them! This brew has an extremely smooth texture (almost silky) and it tastes a shy bit more hoppy than other brews in its style but it is nothing overbearing in any way. Nice hint of orange zest in the aftertaste! And now, it’s time for another brew!

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Genesee Cream Ale
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. | Rochester, New York USA
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Cream Ale

Not a bad brew but not something I will search out to have again. It is really light and tastes so much like a Corona it’s crazy! For what it is, it is a flavorful thirst quencher. Would be a good brew to have with some spicy hot wings though. Would love to do a blind tasting with this and a Corona and see who can guess correctly!

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Ridgeway Foreign Export Stout
Ridgeway Brewing | South Stoke, United Kingdom (England)
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Foreign Stout

This is a good stout for folks to try if they have never had a stout before. Would make for a good breakfast brew! This is a very flavorful brew that gets better the more it warms. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, taffy, caramel and just enough hops to keep it from being overbearingly sweet. Clean, silky smooth and a long-lasting sweet malty aftertaste makes this one brew that I’ll definitely be savoring again soon!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:07 pm



New Belgium Hoptober Golden Ale
New Belgium Brewing | Fort Collins, Colorado USA
Purchased @ Lone Star Beverages - Carrollton, Texas USA

Style: Blonde/Golden Ale

This one is hoppy all the way through from start to finish. Crisp and very refreshing; an easy drinking brew for sure! Not a bad brew but I am not all too excited about the hops though (must be the malt-head in me!). Something there just does not grab my fancy; maybe if it had a bit more mellowing from the sweet malts. It’s not bad but just something not quite to my liking.

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Saint Arnold Oktoberfest
Saint Arnold Brewing Company | Houston, Texas USA
Purchased @ Lone Star Beverages - Carrollton, Texas USA

Style: Oktoberfest/Marzen

One of the more robust and flavorful Oktoberfest style brews that I have enjoyed lately! I just wish it was a tad bit thicker in the body. Another fine brew from Saint Arnold and one that is not heavy in any way so it can be enjoyed repeatedly throughout the day. This would be a good dessert type beer with some bread pudding or rum cake!

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Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber Ale
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company | Portland, Oregon USA
Purchased @ Lone Star Beverages - Carrollton, Texas USA

Style: Amber Ale

What an exceptional session ale!! Easy to drink but one that causes you to go slow in order to enjoy its great flavor. Definitely a brew to share with the gang at the BBQ or fish fry! Not at all complex but still very flavorful!! Check out the ‘beer-nerd’ details for even more insights.

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Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA
Harpoon Brewery | Boston, Massachusetts USA
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Imperial/Double IPA

Ohhhh my! Just found me a new staple brew to have on-hand! Delicious, crisp, refreshing, flavorful; need I go on?! YES!! This malt-head is steadily learning to appreciate the hops and brews like this are paving the way to hop-heaven! So well balanced and the flavors are just astounding. If I’m told to choose an IPA this is going to be high up on my list of choices!!

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Del Norte Orale Cerveza Clara
Del Norte Brewing | Denver, Colorado USA
Purchased @ Lone Star Beverages - Carrollton, Texas USA

Style: Pale Lager

If ever a quaffer this one is it! So easy to drink and so crisp, refreshing and flavorful. Watch out brews from Mexico, this one will definitely give you a run for the peso! Forget the lime and sale and drink it straight in order to enjoy its delicious flavor! I just might have found a new brew for my BBQ/fish fry! Now that I’ve enjoy a couple of these on the slow savor, it’s time to quaff a few cause these are sooo good!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:27 pm



Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company | Portland, Oregon USA
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Wheat Ale

I say I am tired of hefeweizens yet I keep coming back to try them out! this one possesses the standards of a pale wheat ale but is really dry (almost chalky) on the finish. Not really something I am found of, especially in a hefeweizen. It’s an ‘ok’ brew but I shall more on to other brews in this style over this one.

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Flensburger Dunkel
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG | Flensburg, Germany
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Dunkel

A good brew but nothing really attention-getting. A very easy drinker; almost too easy. Well-balanced brew that is not too malty sweet or too bitter from the hops. My first brew to try with a flip-top ceramic lid. I reckon that’s probably the most exciting part of this beer for me. Thus I continue on in my search for a dunkel that is going to truly capture my attention.

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Real Ale Sisyphus 2010
Real Ale Brewing Company | Blanco, Texas USA
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Barleywine

My first Barleywine and if this is my starting bar of comparison to future barleywines they better knock me off my feet if they are to beat this one! This brew is absolutely delicious. It’s one of those brews that you just have to try in order to understand why mere words are not enough to describe just how delicious this one is! Keep in mind the ABV on this brew because that alcohol is very well hidden in the flavor of this beer! Definitely grabbing more and cellaring it for a few years to see how it ages! NOTE: This was the 2010 release.

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Avery Samael’s Ale
Avery Brewing Company | Boulder, Colorado USA
Purchased @ Lone Star Beverages - Carrollton, Texas USA

Style: Barleywine

Excellent dessert brew loaded with cherries and a slow warming effect from the high alcohol content (16.45%!!); this brew would pair wonderfully with some wild game as well! Go slow and enjoy this brew to its fullest; it’s pricey, full of flavor and loaded with alcohol. Will definitely get a few more of these and cellar them for a while as I’m sure this brew improves with aging! Enjoy some today; and tomorrow; and … you get the picture!

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St. Feuillien Saison
Brasserie St. Feuillien | Le Roeulx, Belgium
Purchased @ Lone Star Beverages - Carrollton, Texas USA

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Due to my lack of experience at this time with saisons (farmhouse ales) this one was a tad different from others that I have savored. Most noticeably is that this one was so much sweeter and did not possess that big sour/tart bite that others had. Still it is a good brew and one that should be savored at least once as the sweetness just might be what you are looking for!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:44 pm



St. Feuillien Tripel
Brasserie St. Feuillien | Le Roeulx, Belgium
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Abbey Tripel

A good tripel and a good example of this style of beer. This is one of those good brews to have as a dessert or it also makes for a nice, warming nightcap! Good complex flavors help this one make for a very tasty brew. If you have not tried a tripel before I would recommend starting with one of these and then explore other tripels in order to find your favorites!

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Rahr & Sons Visionary Brew
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company | Fort Worth, Texas USA
Not purchased; received as a gift.

Style: Dunkler Bock

Smokey, toasted malts, caramel and just enough hops to keep the sweetness at bay! Very crisp, clean and refreshing. This dark malty lager is just strong enough to make for a brew with a little bit of weight but nothing heavy. This is an easy drinking brew and a fine example of a traditional bock.

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Wells Bombardier
Wells & Young’s Ltd | Bedford, United Kingdom (England)
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Premium Bitter/ES B

A very fine drankin’ beer! Very well balanced; not too sweet, not too bitter. One of the most flavorful bitters I have yet to taste! Smooth, sublime, and oh so flavorful. Definitely a go-to at the BBQ!!

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Kulmbacher EKU 28
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG | Kulmbach, Germany
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Doppelbock

Hold yer horses boys, I done found me one excellent doppelbock!! Sweet, spicy and full of alcohol (11%!). Much like drinking a fine rum or a fine port. Silky smooth, crisp, warming and so flavorful. Don’t spoil this brew with food; have it as a dessert brew after a rich meaty meal and you won’t be disappointed! Time to stock up for the winter! Definitely a brew to cellar for a couple of years!

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Stone Arrogant Bastard
Stone Brewing Co. | Escondido, California USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: American Strong Ale

On the bottle, “You’re Not Worthy”; oh yes I am!! Gotta love a good strong ale! Assertive hops with just enough malts to smooth off the bite just a tad makes for an awesome brew to savor! The Stone line of brews continues to impress and is definitely a line-up of brews that one can come to appreciate for the long run! Can definitely tell the results of quality workmanship.

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:15 am



Full Sail Bump in the Night
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub | Hood River, Oregon USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Black IPA

Looks can be so deceiving! Especially when one has high hopes set for a Black IPA! To say the least, this brew was lackadaisical in flavor and texture. To be honest it was so bland I did not finish it off. The texture was way too think for my liking; the flavors were not as robust as anticipated either. I am really hoping I just received an “off” bottle since this one did not impress me in any way; may try another one later on.

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Ska Pinstripe Red Ale
Ska Brewing Co. | Durango, Colorado USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Amber Ale

My first brew to try from Ska Brewing and, sadly, this one doesn’t hold up all too well. When compared to other red ales, this one falls short (in my opinion) of the red ale standards as there are far better choices of red ales out there. Not much to rant about when it comes to scent and flavor of this brew; I mean it’s basically a beer with no outstanding characteristics. I do hope that other brews in their line-up help change my first impressions.

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Abita Jockamo IPA
Abita Brewing Co. | Abita Springs, Louisiana USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Not a bad rendition of an American IPA! Full of flavor (honey, grapefruit, orange), aromatic and darned good to look at (and drank!!). I can see a lot of future pairings of this brew and some blackened catfish or other spicy meals that I like to cook up! Easy to drink and not filling by any stretch. Serve it up as cold as you can get it but the flavors do intensify as the brew warms up.

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Unibroue Ephemere (green apple)
Unibroue | Chambly, Quebec (Canada)
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Fruit Beer

Finally! A fruit beer with some substance! If you are going to dabble in fruit beers, dabble in one that just plain ol’ tastes great! Of the Ephemere line of fruit beers from Unibroue, there a few flavored choices: apple, cassis/black currant, or framboise. This particular brew was the green apple and my goodness how tasty it was! There’s a good solid sweet/tart flavor that lasts from start to finish; powerful yet not overbearing. Makes for an excellent dessert brew!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:24 am



Lagunitas New DogTown Pale Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company | Petaluma, California USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

What an insanely delicious pale ale! Loads of hops both in flavor and aroma with just enough sweet malt to take back the edge just a tad. Very crisp, refreshing and oh-so-delicious!! This brew is light and definitely won’t weigh you down! Definitely one of the best APAs I have yet to savor!! Looking forward to many more!!

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Sapporo Premium Beer
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. | Tokyo-to Tokyo-shi, Japan
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Pale Lager

This brew has a good sharp bite right at first and then a very smooth, mellow sweet rice flavor followed up with a sharp, dry, slightly bitter finish. A crisp, refreshing drankin’ beer. Quite flavorful for its style and definitely a good ol’ thirst quencher. A great brew for the fish fry or BBQ!

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Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Wild
Lagunitas Brewing Company | Petaluma, California USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Belgian Strong Ale

This one can easily become one of my favorites from Lagunitas (next to their stout of course!!). Beautiful, aromatic and very flavorful. Hoppy through and through but nothing overbearing. Easy to drink but watch that ABV! The alcohol is very well hidden; but it is there! Nice ‘sting’ from the alcohol in the aftertaste. So good I was reaching for the next bottle before my glass was even empty!!

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Asahi Black (Kuronama)
Asahi Breweries Ltd | Tokyo-to Tokyo-shi, Japan
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Dunkel

Much akin to a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout after a lap-band procedure! Very thin and watery in the light-bodied brew. This is my first dark Japanese brew to try and I must say that they have quite a ways to go to make this stout competitive with other brews in its style. It’s not a bad brew but for the style it just needs a lot more ‘oooomph’!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:26 am



Green Flash Hop Head Red
Green Flash Brewing Co. | San Diego, California USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Amber Ale

Hugely well-balanced brew and extremely easy to drink! Flavors of citrusy hops and sweet malts make for an excellent beer to savor! This is, in one word – exquisite! Gotta love the sediment that builds up at the bottom of the glass. Just before the brew is gone give it a good, hard swirl and “blammo!”, you done got you swig of beer with a whole new taste!!

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Green Flash West Coast IPA
Green Flash Brewing Co. | San Diego, California USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Green Flash Brewing will definitely be the brewery to make my appreciation of hoppy brews come to fruition! This brew is so hoppy yet so well-balanced that I don’t want to stop sipping it! Gotta love the sweet/malty start with the dry/bitter long-lasting finish. Paired up excellently with my Cajun Dirty Rice meal!

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Cerveza Imperial (Costa Rica)
Cerveceria Costa Rica | San Jose, Costa Rica
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Pale Lager

Not much to go into detail on this brew. It’s your standard fair pale lager. Definitely designed for one purpose and that would be a cheap thirst quencher! When compared to other pale lagers (especially those mass-produced ones) this brew holds its own very well. Crisp, refreshing and worthy to make its cameo at your next fish fry or BBQ!

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Cerveza Salva Vida
Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd | San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Pale Lager

This being my first Honduran brew, it compares well with other brews in its class; light, crisp, refreshing. It has a sharp bitter bite up front with a smooth caramel-like mellowed finished. It’s just a good typical pale lager. Darn good companion with my chili-cheese-frito-pie dinner! This brew truly met up with its purpose – quench thirst quickly and cheaply!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:35 am



Singha
Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd | Bangkok, Thailand
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Pale Lager

My first brew from Thailand and one that matches up well within its beer style. Very smooth and refreshing with no harsh bite or aftertaste. It is a bit thicker than previous pale lagers that I have savored; thick like a Miller High Life. I would definitely not call this an adjunct lager because they did not “add junk” to it; rather, they brewed it with 100% barley malt.

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St. Sebastiaan Grande Reserve
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. | Meer, Belgium
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Belgian Strong Ale

Looks and tastes like an amped up apple cider! Gotta love that stone bottle though! Definitely keeping that one for my collection and future re-use!! Very fine all-around Belgian strong ale. Go slow and savor the flavor. This would be excellent when paired up with some wild game!

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan | Freising, Germany
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Doppelbock

Silky smooth, sweet and sublime from start to finish. Definitely one of the finest doppelbocks from the world’s oldest brewery and one heck of a fine slow-sippin beer! Perfect as a dessert brew. This is one brew that makes me yearn for a trip to Germany to try this brew at its freshest, especially at Oktoberfest!! I can see my “combat-mug” being filled and emptied many times with this delicious beer! Prosit!!

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Fuller’s 1845
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC | Chiswick, London, United Kingdom (England)
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: English Strong Ale

Much better than their ESB, this 1845 is absolutely amazing! One of the most flavorful strong ales that I have had in quite a long time! It has a nice warming effect from the alcohol as you savor this brew. Call me ‘strange’ but this would be perfect (for me at least) paired up with some rum cake or a delicious fruit cake!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:09 pm



Clown Shoes Clementine
Clown Shoes | Ipswich, Massachusetts USA
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Belgian White (Witbier)

A fairly good offering from Clown Shoes and the first of their brews for me to try. This is a good example of a witbier and the fruit is not overpowering by any means. A very well-balanced brew. Somewhat dry and chalky on the finish though but not a bad brew to enjoy on a hot summer day.

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Lagunitas Our Own Bavarian-Style Doppel Weizen
Lagunitas Brewing Company | Petaluma, California USA
Not purchased; received as a gift.

Style: Weizen Bock

There are just way too many fragrances in this brew to identify them all! The same goes with all the flavors!! Dry, spicy, and fruity-sweet from start to finish. Love the light alcohol fragrance/taste throughout. This brew has a great ‘zing’ on the palate on the finish from the alcohol that is very pleasing and warming. Very flavorful and one I highly recommend anyone to try!

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Belhaven Scottish Stout
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. | Dunbar, East Lothian, United Kingdom (Scotland)
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Stout

If ever a smooth drinking dessert brew, this is it! I was hesitant getting this beer due to the clear glass bottle but this one came through in flying colors. Full of coffee and dark chocolate flavors from start to finish with some licorice in the aftertaste. I can only imagine how great this brew would taste at a pub in Ireland! Pour a few into a ‘combat-mug’, sit back, relax and enjoy!!

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Lagunitas Olde Gnarly Wine
Lagunitas Brewing Company | Petaluma, California USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Barleywine

Absolutely a fantastic tasting brew! Barleywines are fast becoming a preferred brew style of mine! This brew has a good sharp bite at first; the hops just wake up the mouth with a good stiff ‘ka-pow’!! Then the sweetness from the malts slide in to mellow things out for a pleasant, refreshing finish. This brew easily ranks near the top of the list of my preferred brews from Lagunitas! A bit ‘smokey’ on the finish; can’t quite put my finger on it but this brew is just plain ol’ delicious!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:24 pm



North Coast Brother Thelonious
North Coast Brewing Co. | Fort Bragg, California USA
Purchased @ Lone Star Beverages - Carrollton, Texas USA

Style: Belgian Strong Ale

What a delicious brew! Want a new beer style to explore? Then get into Beglian strong ales!! This beer would make for an exceptional pairing with a hearty slow-grilled rib-eye steak! Slick-smooth in texture, fruity-sweet-spicy in taste, this brew will surely appeal to your senses!!

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Stone Pale Ale
Stone Brewing Co. | Escondido, California USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Crisp. Sharp. Refreshing. Definitely a choice of mine for a fine BBQ or fish fry!! A brew to be enjoyed numerously throughout the day (or night)! Love the bitter hit up front and the sweet malty finish. Stone Brewing truly has a solid line-up of beers! Enjoy them all!

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Stone India Pale Ale (IPA)
Stone Brewing Co. | Escondido, California USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

That’s one hearty hoppy punch right off the get-go partner!! Just enough sweet malts on the finish to meld for a find tasting IPA! Would definitely be my choice brew with some spicy grilled oysters on the half-shell! This brew is mouth-puckeringly delicious!! Very smooth and refreshing indeed! Hoppy is as hoppy does!!

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Maredsous 8 Brune
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV | Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Abbey Dubbel

Oh sweet delicious bliss! One of the best dubbels I have had thus far! This is truly one exceptional brew! Very yeasty and one to pair up with a hearty shepherd’s pie.

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:28 pm



Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale
Pike Pub & Brewery | Seattle, Washington USA
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Quite a decent wee heavy (scotch ale). Not as robust as others that I have had in this style but it is not a bad brew. Has a crisp dry finish that just begs for this brew to be paired up with some hearty slow-grilled brats! If you have not dabbled with scotch ales, this would be a good one to start with.

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Avery The Reverend
Avery Brewing Company | Boulder, Colorado USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Abt/Quadrupel

With a label that states: “Created by God | Feared by Satan | Loved By All | Reverend Luther Tucker”, how could I resist not trying this brew?! Oh what a delicious abt/quad!! Insanely complex but seductively delicious!! Definitely a sipper and will pair well with some beef dinners but it would also make for an excellent nightcap! Every sip is pure bliss!!! One last note … this brew is cellarable for up to four (4) years!!!

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Big Sky Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout
Big Sky Brewing Company | Missoula, Montana USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Sweet Stout

A fairly good drinking brew but not one I would hold in high esteem for a stout; if this were in the brown ale style it might hold up a bit stronger. It’s not bad but there are a few stouts (ok … a lot of stouts!) that would be my choice over this one. If you are looking for a ‘sessionable’ stout then this brew would not be a bad choice. Under the cap it had printed “Black Forest Green Wallet” … I have no earthly clue what that means.

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O’Hara’s Irish Stout
Carlow Brewing Company | County Carlow, Ireland
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Irish Stout

Whoa! This stout is one easy chugger! When compared to Guinness, this one runs a close second! Very easy to drink and definitely a brew to choose if one has not tried a stout before. When compared to other stouts, this one is a bit thin and very easy to drink. If I was grilling some of my decadent burgers and wanted a good stout, this one would be it! This stout paired up nicely with my brats-cheese-rice-potato casserole!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:34 pm



Stone Collaboration Cherry Chocolate Stout
Stone Brewing Co. | Escondido, California USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Stout

Oh sweet chocolate-cherry bliss!! Like a chocolate-cherry coke from one of those old fashioned fountain drink machines! Stout Brewing has yet to fail on any collaboration brew! I could easily see filling up my ‘combat-mug’ full of this brew and enjoying the process of emptying it a few times throughout the day. Definitely a dessert brew and one not to be paired up with a meal as it would distort from the flavors. Absolutely delicious.

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Ommegang Three Philosophers
Brewery Ommegang | Cooperstown, New York USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Abt/Quadrupel

Ever find something so complex that you just can’t describe?! This brew falls smack-dab in the middle of all that complexity!! This brew is a very tasty brew and one that presents you with a different meld of flavors and texture in each sip. One thing I truly like about this brew is the warming effect of the alcohol that is detected right from the get-go! I can only compare the flavors and textures to something along the lines of a robust rum cake. Fruity, malty, sweet and there’s no denying the fact that there is some alcohol in there! Definitely grabbing a few more and cellaring them for a few years to see how the flavors develop over time!

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Wells Banana Bread Beer
England
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Fruit Beer

Thin and watery in texture. Somewhat on-par with the banana nut [bread] taste. Definitely nothing exciting going on with this brew. Not bad but not really my mug of beer. Strong banana scent and flavoring. So if you are into fruity beers then this one would be a good one to have. For me, just give me some [real] banana nut bread (and some warm brandy!!). Truly reminds me of a cream soda with a splash of banana extract.

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Unibroue Eau Benite
Canada
Purchased @ Lone Star Beverages - Carrollton, Texas USA

Style: Abbey Tripel

Take it from me … ya gotta try every brew from Unibroue as I’m sure you will delight in every one of them!! FINALLY!! After searching for this brew in my area of Texas, I find it in a gift pack with a bottle of Maudite (quite delicious I might add!). So I get the gift pack and knew I would have two savory brews to enjoy! Complex and savory as all of the other Unibroue brews! A very fine tasting tripel that I would have all to itself and not pair it up with anything ’cause I am selfish and want all those delicious flavors to come through! Another fine brew from the folks at Unibroue!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:38 pm



Belhaven Wee Heavy (90 Shilling)
Scotland
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Quite the delicious wee heavy! Much more flavorful than what I was expecting. Very rich and full of sweet raisins and a tasty almost ‘smoky’ aftertaste on the finish. Very thin in texture and quite an easy brew to quaff.

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Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter
Denver, Colorado USA
Purchased @ Lone Star Beverages - Carrollton, Texas USA

Style: Smoked/Baltic Porter

A good porter with a fine balance of sweetness and smokiness. Very creamy and slightly thick but yet an easy drinker. Gets much better as it slowly warms up. A real good sippin’ beer and makes for a perfect nightcap too!

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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock
Pasadena, California USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Heller Bock

Well this one makes for one fine beer to have at the tailgate party, the BBQ or the fish fry! Very crisp and quite the easy drinker. Very light yet flavorful. Have some spicy fish tacos with this brew for a winning combination!

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Beck’s Dark
Germany
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Dunkel

It is what it is for what is is and I ain’t having it no more! Lots of ‘funk’ in the odor when first opened and it really doesn’t go away after that. (That odor is a big turn-off for me.) Very bland in both aroma and flavor. Not worth the money in my opinion.

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:44 pm



Ommegang Rare Vos
Cooperstown, New York USA
Purchased @ Kegs & Barrels - Plano, Texas USA

Style: Belgian Ale

Flemish for “Sly Fox”, this brew is fruity & spicy all in one tasty package! Insanely aromatic and full of robust flavors! Definitely a fine brew to pair up with some spicy mussels or grilled halibut! A very fine rendition of a Belgian ale. I did notice some light sediment (yeast) floating around the bottom of the bottle/glass. Just give it a slight shake to break it up and enjoy!

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Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Milton, Delaware USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Now that my taste buds are continuing to appreciate a good IPA, I’m finding the ones from DFH to be very flavorful and a good brew to pair up with various meals. This is a very solid brew indeed! I did find the flavors becoming more robust as the beer slowly warmed up. ‘Twas an excellent pairing with my wild hog tamales!

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Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet
Belgium
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Abbey Tripel

Now this is one delightful tripel! The carbonation keeps the flavors lively on the palate! The flavors in this brew are abundant and very well-balanced. Slightly heavy on the ABV, but definitely a brew to enjoy in the evening a couple of times over! Great as a dessert brew but one that I would also pair up with a creamy/cheese chicken-n-pasta meal!

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Westmalle Dubbel
Belgium
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Abbey Dubbel

Ah the dubbel fascination continues! The Westmalle Dubbel is a ‘true’ trappist ale as it is still brewed by monks at the Westmalle Abbey in Belgium. Very complex and full of robust flavors. A perfect brew to pair up with some lamb chops or perhaps a hearty roast beef meal. Not a bad dubbel, and though considered by some as the benchmark for dubbels, there are several others that are to be better appreciated.

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:09 am



Avery Hog Heaven
Boulder, Colorado USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Barleywine

Numero 2 of the “Holy Trinity of Ales” from Avery that I have savored! The first (‘The Reverend’) is to be revered. The second (‘Hog Heaven’) makes me want to jump up and yell, “Woo Pig Sooie!!” (Yeah, I’m showing my Arkansas lineage, I know!!) The flavor is complex yet subtle and although it doesn’t show in the taste, the alcohol is there and will sneak up on ya sooner than you’d expect! Can’t wait to try the last ale of the ‘Trinity’, Salvation!!

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Brooklyn Brewery | Brooklyn, New York USA
Not purchased; received as a gift.

Style: Imperial Stout

Definitely a brew to stock and cellar for a few years! Chocolate, espresso, alcohol … need I say more?! Of the Brooklyn Brewery line-up, this stout takes top place (IMO)! Let this one warm a bit so that the flavors and aromas are much more intensified. This is one intense dessert brew! Just watch that ABV count because the sweetness of this brew hides that alcohol very well!!

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Krombacher Weizen
Krombacher Brauerei | Kreuztal-Krombach, Germany
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Hefeweizen

Not a bad ‘hefe’ but definitely not one of the better ones that I have tasted. Very thin and watery in texture and very, very tart from start to finish. Nicely aromatic but the taste and texture just aren’t up to par in my opinion in this brew.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG | München, Germany
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Oktoberfest/Marzen

Very crisp and wonderfully refreshing and not a bad tasting oktoberfest/marzen from Germany. If I were to pick a brew in this style to serve as the baseline comparison model, it would be this brew. Loaded with flavors of doughy yeast and sweet caramel. A great starter brew for those that have not dabbled in the oktoberfest/marzen style of beer.

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:10 am



Avery Salvation
Avery Brewing Company | Boulder, Colorado USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Belgian Strong Ale

“Damn that’s good!” Twas the first thought in my mind after tasting this exceptional brew. Number 3 and the last of the ‘Holy Trinity of Ales’ for me to savor and I must admit my favorite out of this series (although each comes from a different brew style). Definitely one of the finest Belgian strong ales I have yet to savor! So flavorful and robust! Watch that ABV count ’cause this is definitely a sipper and makes for an excellent nightcap!!

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Rahr & Sons Angry Goat
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company | Fort Worth, Texas USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Weizen Bock

“Angry Goat ain’t no sissy Weizen Doppelbock …” Now who can resist trying a brew with a bold claim such as this?! Very aromatic and full of complex yet well-balanced flavors! Wheat, bananas and cloves make this tasty brew beg for a hearty rib-eye steak dinner (or perhaps a stuffed duck meal)!! Like most dark brews, as this one warms up the flavors become insanely rich! Definitely one of their best ‘specialty’ brews!!!

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Krombacher Dark
Krombacher Brauerei | Kreuztal-Krombach, Germany
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Schwarzbier

Definitely a session brew. This brew is quite the quaffer. One could easily slam a few of these down. Compared to other schwarz’s that I have tasted, this one is rather sub-par for its style. Not a bad schwarz but it is just tad bit on the thin side in texture. Not the best but not the worst. A good starter brew if one has not gotten into schwarzbiers yet.

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Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company | Denver, Colorado USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Altbier / Old Beer

Definitely the best all-around altbier (old beer) that I have savored thus far! I can definitely see pouring up a few bottles of this brew into my combat-mug and watching the Rangers win the World Series!! Insanely aromatic and full of complex flavors; it’s just a good ol’ strong beer! So stop reading and go get ya some of this fantastic beer!!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:10 am



Ommegang Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)
Brewery Ommegang | Cooperstown, New York USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Saison/Farmhouse

One of the utmost flavorful brews that has crossed my taste buds! This is the one brew that saison lovers must try at least once. Dry, crisp and ultimately refreshing. Ommegang is steadily climbing near the top of the list of my go-to breweries due to stellar brews as the Hennepin! Citrusy, spicy, sweet, mellow, robust … complexity at its finest!

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Left Hand Fade to Black Vol. 3 Pepper Porter
Left Hand Brewing Company | Longmont, Colorado USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Porter

No ‘pepper’ detected at first but this is one good porter! Quite a tasty porter and as the beer warms the peppery flavors slowly come through but only ever-so-slightly. Very creamy and smooth and so hard to keep from chugging this tasty brew!

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Barbar (Belgian Honey Ale)
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA | Rebecq-Quenast, Belgium
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Belgian Strong Ale

Call me weird but this is a ‘noisy’ brew! What I mean is the carbonation in this beer makes it sound like I have ‘Pop Rocks’ candy in my mouth. Load me up a big stockpile of this fine honey beer because this brew is insanely delicious! Honey, spices, orange, vanilla all combine to make a semi-sweet brew that hides its alcohol content oh so well!! Smoked salmon would be my pairing choice alongside some pasta lightly tossed and coated with fresh cracked black peppercorn, dill, and extra virgin olive oil. Absolutely outstanding!!

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Affligem Noel (Christmas Ale)
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem | Opwijk, Belgium
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Belgian Strong Ale

What a great wintry brew! Full of tasty caramel, dark fruits, cooking spices and a light hint of chocolate makes for a good dessert brew to have on-hand as the winter months approach! This brew gets much more tastier as it slowly warms up. Definitely a sipper and one that you will want to savor slowly so that you don’t run out too soon!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:11 pm

keep it up ill try hennepin
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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:10 am




Ommegang Gnomegang
Brewery Ommegang | Cooperstown, New York USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Belgian Strong Ale

Now this is one fine tasting brew! Yeasty, malty, sweet, spicy and a real nice bitter/hoppy bite on the finish that just seals the deal on this excellent ale. Creamy and slick, this brew is easy on the palate and devastatingly delicious. This brew is a tad difficult to find but if/when you do find it, stock up and enjoy!!

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Lagunitas India Pale Ale (IPA)
Lagunitas Brewing Company | Petaluma, California USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Wildly aromatic and deliciously crisp with a bitter finish. Another good brew from Lagunitas! They say that this brew is made from 43 different hops and 65 various malts; I say it’s quite tasty, whatever they used! The strong, balanced flavors of caramel and grapefruit help pave the way to a warmly bitter finish and leaves a bitter aftertaste that is quite enjoyable. A good IPA that I look forward to enjoying more of!

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Kona Pipeline Porter
Kona Brewing Company | Kona, Hawaii USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Porter

Not a bad porter; nothing over the top but not bad at all. Could easily see this one going better when it is poured over some vanilla or peanut butter ice cream. Nutty, chocolaty and quite a bit of dark coffee all mixed in. Very easy on the palate and quite the ‘chug-able’ brew. Again, not a bad porter.

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Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company | Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Oktoberfest / Marzen

This is a so-so oktoberfest/marzen. Semi-sweet, bready, light caramel from start to finish. The flavors are very bland; so much so that I did not finish the beer. To be honest there was a lot of ‘adjunct-like’ characteristics in both the flavor and texture of this beer. Quite dry, chalky and bitter in the aftertaste. Don’t reckon I’ll be getting back to this one anytime soon.



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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:04 pm




Joseph James Red Fox
Joseph James Brewing Inc. | Henderson, Nevada USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

First stout I have poured that did not go to a head! This is also my first brew to try from the state of Nevada. On its own this brew has some fine qualities in both taste and aroma (smooth, full of dark chocolate and strong coffee) but somewhat lacking in texture (quite thin) when compared to other brews in the Russian imperial stout style. The alcohol is very well hidden (9% ABV) but it is still there so enjoy responsibly! One interesting note is the thin sheen on top of the beer; at times it forms intricate designs that a barista would make on your cappuccino!

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Summit Winter Ale
Summit Brewing Company | St. Paul, Minnesota USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: English Strong Ale

Ohhh my this is one delicious brew!! Complexity in flavors makes this one a truly superb sipping brew! Very easy on the palate but go slow and enjoy this brew. Surely one of the best offerings from the Summit Brewery line-up. A delicious lingering of cocoa in the aftertaste as well. One of the best English strong ales (ESAs) that I have savored in quite a while!

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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale
Summit Brewing Company | St. Paul, Minnesota USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Truly one of the most complex, well-balanced IPAs that I have yet to savor! A BIG smack in the mouth from the hoppy hit up front but it is quickly smoothed down a notch from the sweet caramel undertones. A fine brew that I would quickly pair up with some oysters and mussels. The finish on this beer can be described as crisp, clean, bold and refreshing. This 25th anniversary ale is one that comes highly recommended! Summit truly has some fine brews in their line-up! As this brew slowly warms the flavors become more enjoyable.

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Deschutes Inversion IPA
Deschutes Brewery | Bend, Oregon USA
Purchased @ Beer & Wine World - Mansfield, Texas USA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Another fine brew in the Deschutes line-up! This IPA puts out a hearty punch from the hops and then mellows it out from the sweet malts. The finish keeps lingering with a slight bitter bite intermingled with sweet caramel and lemons. Deliciously flavorful and very aromatic. Quality brews such as this will surely make a hop-loving beer enthusiast out of me in no time!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:09 pm



Avery India Pale Ale
Avery Brewing Company | Boulder, Colorado USA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Quite the bitter punch from the first sip to the last! Just enough caramel-like sweetness to lightly mellow things out before the finish; which was very sharp but clean and refreshing. Would make for a great pairing with ‘beer butt’ chicken! A great brew to try for those who are not into ‘hoppy’ brews. A very flavorful IPA and one I’ll definitely be enjoying more of!!

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Krombacher Pils
Krombacher Brauerei | Kreuztal-Krombach, Germany

Style: Classic German Pilsener

Of the Krombacher brews that I have tasted, this one is one of their better ones; that’s not saying much but just saying. This brew is very dry, crisp and refreshing. A fine choice for the BBQ or fish fry. Very light on the palate and quite an easy drinker. Would make for a great beer to use in beer-batter recipes.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
Harpoon Brewery | Boston, Massachusetts USA

Style: Hefeweizen

The ‘hefe’ was rather bland tasting through and through. Definitely not one of the better hefeweizens that I have tasted so far. The finish had somewhat of a long-lingering chalky aftertaste that I did not really care for. A tick off the ‘to-try’ list and a tick on the ‘wont-g0-back-to’ list for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Harpoon Summer Beer
Harpoon Brewery | Boston, Massachusetts USA

Style: Kolsch

Skunky upon opening but not overly offensive. This was a very light bodied brew that held all the characteristics of an adjunct ale. Lots of pear and corn in both the aroma and flavor of this beer; none of which I cared highly for. Texture is on the weak side and the aftertaste is very, very bland. Not a brew I would likely go back to.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:09 pm



Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden Ale
Flying Dog Brewery | Frederick, Maryland USA

Style: Kolsch

Not a bad brew based on my initial thoughts from other reviews that I have read about this beer but still nothing to rave about either. When compared to other kolschs this brew comes up on the weak side in aroma, flavor and texture. Save your cash and go for a better brewed kolsch (IMHO)!

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
Flying Dog Brewery | Frederick, Maryland USA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

What a good IPA! Plenty of flavors from the hops and malts in this brew that makes it a good brew to enjoy from the IPA beer style. Very rich in texture that just begs for something creamy or a juicy steak to partner up with the beer! Nice bitter bite on the finish that leaves a tasty ‘sting’ on the palate long afterwards!

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Full Sail Wassail
Full Sail Brewery | Hood River, Oregon USA

Style: English Strong Ale / Winter Warmer

Ah the aroma and flavor in this delicious brew! Those that have not tried a ‘winter warmer’ just don’t know what they are missing!! Malty sweet but not overbearing. Definitely a great brew to have by the fireside to fight off those wintry chills! Would make for a great pairing with some warm bread pudding!

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Pyramid Apricot Ale
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. | Seattle, Washington USA

Style: Fruit Beer

Nice apricot-flavored brew! Very well-balanced as I was expecting either (a) a very bland tasting brew or (b) something so overly ’apricot-y’ that one cannot even swallow it! This would definitely be a fine brew to enjoy during our hot Texas summers!! Very nice flavors of wheat in the background. Deliciously aromatic – reminds me of Grandma’s apricot preserves; which makes me wonder how well some warm drop biscuits and apricot preserves would go with this brew?!

Rating: 3 out of 5

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DISCLAIMER: All beer tasting notes and reviews are subjective. The thoughts and opinions contained herein are those of the ‘bier vorgeschmack’ and him only. The intent of these here beer review is to spur interest in brands and styles that one may not normally indulge in and to entice one to venture out and try new brews. While some may argue that there are no other beers than Miller, Coors, Bud, and Keystone, this is much akin to arguing which vanilla ice cream tastes the best. There are more brews out there; try some and enjoy the savory adventure!
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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:10 pm



Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. | Seattle, Washington USA

Style: Hefeweizen

Nothing over the top on this brew but don’t let that deter you from trying it. It’s a good beer; not too sweet and not bland. I like the dryness of this brew; tells me that it will pair up nicely with various foods and not be overbearing. Very light on the palate so you can enjoy a few without that ‘heavy gut’ feeling that some brews bring on.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Summit Extra Pale Ale
Summit Brewing Company | St. Paul, Minnesota USA

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Now this is a fine tasting brew! It has a nice hoppy hit up front and then is mellowed out some by sweet caramel flavors. The long-lasting bitter aftertaste is very complementary to this beer. Makes me wish I had made up some fish tacos topped with habanero-guacamole! Will definitely be getting more of these soon!

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Summit India Pale Ale
Summit Brewing Company | St. Paul, Minnesota USA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Definitely one of the most enjoyable IPAs I have yet to taste! Exceptional blend of grapefruit, pine and caramel. I was even getting ‘warm butter’ in the background just before the finish. There was even just a remnant flavor of wild honeycomb in there too. Very substantial on the palate and extremely refreshing. Leaves you with a clean finish full of a robust, bitter ‘twang’ that has this brew pairing up with some smoked mussels and oysters very well!

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Summit Maibock
Summit Brewing Company | St. Paul, Minnesota USA

Style: Heller Bock

Oh sweet beer-ful bliss! Although its prime ‘enjoy-ability’ time is during the Spring, this brew can be enjoyed all year long! Surely one of the best tasting heller bocks that almost had me yelling, ‘By the power of Grayskull!’ Almost that is!! The flavors of this beer leaves the palate in total disarray (but they will rebound) from the delicious silky-sweet flavors. I am lucky to have found some so late in the year and will definitely stock up on some in early Spring!

Rating: 4 out of 5

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These and many more beer reviews (including 'beer-nerd' details about each brew) are available on my blog; the link there is provided on my profile page.

ABOUT AW's BIERKELLER: My beer review blog contains beer reviews from an 'average joe' beer enthusiast for 'average joe' beer enthusiasts. It ain't purty, heck it ain't even grammatically correct. It's just me tellin ya what I think about the brews that I have savored. It ain't much but it's sure to put a grin on your chin and a chuckle in your gullet! If'n you're into wild game (the kind ya go out into the great outdoors to get [i.e. hunting or fishing]; not that prepackaged stuff!!) then I got some tasty brews that will go right good with your meal! So thank ye kindly for stoppin by! Now get on in thar and find some brews that you'd like to try & maybe some ya'd better stay away from!

DISCLAIMER: All beer tasting notes and reviews are subjective. The thoughts and opinions contained herein are those of the ‘bier vorgeschmack’ and him only. The intent of these here beer review is to spur interest in brands and styles that one may not normally indulge in and to entice one to venture out and try new brews. While some may argue that there are no other beers than Miller, Coors, Bud, and Keystone, this is much akin to arguing which vanilla ice cream tastes the best. There are more brews out there; try some and enjoy the savory adventure!
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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:10 pm



Rahr & Sons Winter Warmer
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company | Fort Worth, Texas USA

Style: English Strong Ale / Winter Warmer

A beautiful dark and delicious winter warmer! A very fine balance in both sweetness and a dry finish and one that you can enjoy a few of before the alcohol sneaks in to lull you away for the evening. Pairs ups deliciously with my wild hog fajitas! Definitely a great brew to enjoy throughout the winter. Grab some of this brew and Rahr’s Bourbon Barrel aged winter warmer as well when you find them!!

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Saint Arnold Amber Ale
Saint Arnold Brewing Company | Houston, Texas USA

Style: Amber Ale

Quite a ‘light’ beer. Not heavy at all on the palate with a good clean slightly bitter finish and aftertaste. Very easy on my drinkability scale; which means most folks can enjoy a few without getting blitzed too quickly. One enjoyable feature was the nutty-caramel aroma and flavor that this brew offered up. Wouldn’t be a bad brew to have at the BBQ or fish fry.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA
Redhook Ale Brewery | Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Not too impressed by this brew. Nothing much going on aroma or flavor-wise. The taste is very bland. When compared to other IPAs that I have tasted, this ones puts out like a weak golden ale. If you are looking just to whet-your-whistle, have at it. Otherwise, go with something more hearty and flavorful.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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These and many more beer reviews (including 'beer-nerd' details about each brew) are available on my blog; the link there is provided on my profile page.

ABOUT AW's BIERKELLER: My beer review blog contains beer reviews from an 'average joe' beer enthusiast for 'average joe' beer enthusiasts. It ain't purty, heck it ain't even grammatically correct. It's just me tellin ya what I think about the brews that I have savored. It ain't much but it's sure to put a grin on your chin and a chuckle in your gullet! If'n you're into wild game (the kind ya go out into the great outdoors to get [i.e. hunting or fishing]; not that prepackaged stuff!!) then I got some tasty brews that will go right good with your meal! So thank ye kindly for stoppin by! Now get on in thar and find some brews that you'd like to try & maybe some ya'd better stay away from!

DISCLAIMER: All beer tasting notes and reviews are subjective. The thoughts and opinions contained herein are those of the ‘bier vorgeschmack’ and him only. The intent of these here beer review is to spur interest in brands and styles that one may not normally indulge in and to entice one to venture out and try new brews. While some may argue that there are no other beers than Miller, Coors, Bud, and Keystone, this is much akin to arguing which vanilla ice cream tastes the best. There are more brews out there; try some and enjoy the savory adventure!
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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:10 pm



Rochefort Trappistes 8
Brasserie de Rochefort | Rochefort, Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Ale

To my fellow Vets on this Veteran’s Day 2011 … SALUTE!! By far this is the most wonderful dark strong Belgian ales that I have savored! While packed with a hearty ABV (9.2%!) it is well hidden in the flavors of brown sugar, dark chocolate, bananas, pears and cloves. This brew will definitely become a strong family favorite for us during the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years holidays! A bit high in price but truly worth every penny! Thick, rich and hearty and definitely a slow-sipper. Takes the chill out of the air very subtly! As the beer slowly warms, the flavors are absolutely divine!

Rating: 5 out of 5!!!!

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Rochefort Trappistes 10
Brasserie de Rochefort | Rochefort, Belgium

Style: Abt/Quadrupel

To my fellow Vets on this Veterans Day 2011 – SALUTE!! My gosh, brews like this have me wishing I was born in Belgium! I do believe I have found the sixth beer to go into my top-5 favorites list!!! This is definitely part of my winter holiday food and drink repertoire! Some hearty smoked cheese and smoked wild game (venison, wild boar) are definitely going to be paired up with this hearty brew. I could see this being my go-to brew on those cold wintry night by the fireside and a hearty cigar. The alcohol content (11.3% ABV) is absolutely warming and very well hidden in this delicious brew! Cue the choir!!

Rating: 5 out of 5!!!!

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These and many more beer reviews (including 'beer-nerd' details about each brew) are available on my blog; the link there is provided on my profile page.

ABOUT AW's BIERKELLER: My beer review blog contains beer reviews from an 'average joe' beer enthusiast for 'average joe' beer enthusiasts. It ain't purty, heck it ain't even grammatically correct. It's just me tellin ya what I think about the brews that I have savored. It ain't much but it's sure to put a grin on your chin and a chuckle in your gullet! If'n you're into wild game (the kind ya go out into the great outdoors to get [i.e. hunting or fishing]; not that prepackaged stuff!!) then I got some tasty brews that will go right good with your meal! So thank ye kindly for stoppin by! Now get on in thar and find some brews that you'd like to try & maybe some ya'd better stay away from!

DISCLAIMER: All beer tasting notes and reviews are subjective. The thoughts and opinions contained herein are those of the ‘bier vorgeschmack’ and him only. The intent of these here beer review is to spur interest in brands and styles that one may not normally indulge in and to entice one to venture out and try new brews. While some may argue that there are no other beers than Miller, Coors, Bud, and Keystone, this is much akin to arguing which vanilla ice cream tastes the best. There are more brews out there; try some and enjoy the savory adventure!
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