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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:26 pm



Brew: Kingfisher Premium Lager

Brewed by: United Breweries – UB Group | Bangalore, India

Style: Indian Pale Lager

Glassware: Best served in a pilsner glass.

Personal Notes: This is my first “Indian” brew to review and I am very pleased with it! This brew pours up an excellent golden yellow/amber body color with a decent white fizzy head. Scents and flavors of malts and hops abound in this well-balanced brew. The body feels light and carbonated abundantly. An easy session brew during the hot summer months and tastes good even when it warms a bit. This would be a great brew to have with some poultry or fish/seafood meals as well as will many Indian recipes!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:45 pm

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:44 pm

it tastes good!!! at least you have a resource now that you can scroll through when you're looking for brews to load up for your hunting/fishing trips!
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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:44 pm



Brew: Rahr & Sons Bucking Bock

Brewed by: Rahr & Sons Brewing Company | Fort Worth, Texas USA

Style: American Maibock / Helles Bock

Glassware: Best served in a flute, pilsner glass, or a mug.

Personal Notes: Oh sweet day in May!! This is one AWESOME bock! An awesome session brew to be enjoyed over and over and over!! This brew pours up a rich almost caramel-y body and sports and amazing frothy head. The scents are absolutely intoxicating! Sweet toasted malts mixed in with some caramel and subtle hints of baked apples. The flavors in this brew are stunning to say the least! Loads of malts and an exceptionally balanced sweet/bitter bite with a solid finish that entices you to your next savoring. Again this is an exceptional brew to be enjoyed with some fish/seafood meals or all by itself! Excellent work Fritz!

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:47 pm



Brew: Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale

Brewed by: Widmer Brothers Brewing Company | Portland, Oregon USA

Style: American Pale Ale

Glassware: Best served in a mug or a pint/shaker.

Personal Notes: A good ale that almost had me guessing that it was a hybrid (fruit beer with grapefruit/orange) in disguise! This brew pours up a copper-colored body and a good frothy head. Scents of grapefruit and orange abound. Flavors of grapefruit/orange are dominant followed up with a well-balanced hit of hops and malts and finishes off with a tart aftertaste. As strong as the citrus-y are, I’m not quite sure what would go well with this brew; therefore I would opt to enjoying it all by itself.

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:05 pm



Brew: Boddingtons Pub Ale

Brewed by: Boddingtons | Manchester, United Kingdom (England)

Style: English Pale Ale

Glassware: Best served in a pint glass (shaker/nonic/becker).

Personal Notes: This has DEFINITELY been one of the most interesting brews I’ve tried in a long, long time! This brew pours up a gorgeous copper colored body and it’s the pour that’s truly, well, intoxicating!! As this brew is being poured it is immediately clouded up from the bottom of the glass to the top of the liquid. And then suddenly the head begins rolling up and the body of the brew clears off revealing its rich dark color. The head of this brew is absolutely the best I’ve seen and tasted; ever! Foamy, thick, and rich. And it stays with the brew long after the liquid is gone! Scents of honeycomb and warm bread are detected right off the bat. Not too heavy, not too light; just right. Flavors of a well balanced set of malts and hops; maybe a little bit of lemon grass there at the end. The body of this brew is so smooth and creamy and there’s not a lot of carbonation going on which makes for an easy brew to drink and not get filled up too quickly. Definitely a great brew to have with some spicy Cajun shrimp or buttery lobster tails!



Got this one at Lone Star Beverages.


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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:22 pm



Brew: Indian Wells Lobotomy Bock

Brewed by: Indian Wells Brewing Company | Inyokern, California USA

Style: American Dopplebock

Glassware: Best served in a pilsner glass or a mug.

Personal Notes: I’d class this one as a near-average brew; not bad but not much to rave about. It pours up what looks just like a cola; which made me think about an ice cold Dr. Pepper at the time. No head at all; but that could be contributed to the fact that my glass was not a ‘beer clean’ glass. Aromas of sweet malts and caramel teased the sense of smell while flavors of that same sweet malt along with some English toffee were detected. This is a lager so be ready for a thinner body feel if you have some; don’t let that rich dark colored body trick your mind into something thick and rich is in that glass!



Got this one at Lone Star Beverages.


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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:17 am



Brew: Baltika #6 Porter

Brewed by: Pivzavod Baltika / Baltic Beverages Holding | St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

Style: Russian/Baltic Porter

Glassware: Best served in a mug or a pint/shaker/nonic/becker/tumbler.

Personal Notes: What an amazing Russian brew!! This bad boy pours up a deep dark brown (almost black) body sporting a huge four-finger tan frothy head. Head retention was a good as it stayed with the brew as it reduced down to about a one-finger head. The smell was just as amazing with wisps of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and something akin to roasted hazelnuts. The flavors just add to the symphony of delight; dark chocolate, cocoa powder (like taking cocoa powder and adding just a tad bit of water to make a paste and eating it!), caramel, warm bread, plums, raisins, a twinge of hops, cloves, and more! This brew is full bodied (but not too thick) and no real detection of alcohol. Definitely not a session brew as this one is made to be savored very slowly as I found the tastes and smells just amassed as the brew slowly warmed up. Something that could easily be enjoyed all year long, I can see this one being especially comforting on those wintry days spent by the fireside. Excellent when paired up with hearty steaks or wild game dinners; and enjoyed just as easily all by itself.



Got this one at Lone Star Beverages.


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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Mon May 02, 2011 12:06 pm



Brew: Samuel Smith’s The Famous Taddy Porter

Brewed by: Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) | Tadcaster, United Kingdom (England)

Style: English Porter

Glassware: Best served in a pint (becker/nonic/tumbler) or a mug.

Personal Notes: Yet another entry going into the AW BHoF!!! Definitely one of the best porters I’ve savored in a long, long time! This brew pours up a rich dark brown body with a frothy tan head that leaves some of the most exquisite lacing I’ve yet to behold! The scents coming off of this brew were just exceptional – vanilla, chocolate, syrup, and rich coffee. The flavors matched up strongly with robust hits of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. The body of the brew was rich and creamy; one meant to be savored slowly. This brew tastes best when it is chilled but not cold. This would be an awesome accompaniment to a hearty steak or a wild game dinner.



Got this one at Lone Star Beverages.


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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue May 03, 2011 2:36 pm



Brew: Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA

Brewed by: Boston Beer Company | Boston, Massachusetts USA

Style: American IPA

Glassware: Best served in a mug or a pint/shaker glass.

Personal Notes: First things first, me and IPAs have a hard time getting along. I keep trying them but there is just something in those brews that just does not appeal to my tastes. Nonetheless, on with this review. This brew pours up a rich amber colored body with a decent 1-finger head that stays with the brew for a little while. Immediately upon opening the scent of heavy hops is presented along with some subtle hints of malt. The taste is what I've come to expect from IPAs - bitter! Very, very bitter and very, very overwhelming. For me it was just too much but other brew lovers may be looking for a brew that possesses that bitter bite, if so this one is for you.



Got this one at Lone Star Beverages.


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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue May 03, 2011 3:53 pm



Brew: Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

Brewed by: Breckenridge Brewery | Denver, Colorado USA

Style: American Porter

Glassware: Best served in a mug or a pint/nonic glass.

Personal Notes: Simply put ... this is one nice brew! This brew pours up a near pitch black body with a good 1-finger head. Aromas of vanilla (duh!) and coffee match up to the well-balanced flavors of vanilla and coffee in this brew. The body is smooth, creamy and has just the right amount of 'thickness' that one would want is this great brew! Pair this bad boy up with grilled steaks or smoked meats or even some wild game for dinner and you'll be on the Bliss Express!



Got this one at Lone Star Beverages.


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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue May 03, 2011 3:54 pm



Brew: Big Sky Heavy Horse Scotch Ale

Brewed by: Big Sky Brewing Company | Missoula, Montana USA

Style: American Scotch Ale

Glassware: Best served in a pint/nonic, snifter or tulip glass.

Personal Notes: Another entry into the AW BHoF! Big Sky nailed it with this brew; simply nailed it! It pours up a deep mahogany body with a nice 1-finger head that hangs around for quite a while. Scents of rich malts and dark fruits like cherries and plums precede the flavors of sweet malts, caramel and dark fruits. Put the sense of smell and taste into overdrive by breathing in through your nose just as you are drinking some of this fine brew!! Oh yeah! There's just enough hit of hops to make this one amazingly fine brew! This is a easy session brew so keep track of how many you enjoy! This brew is a hit with a hearty grilled steak or smoked salmon!



Got this one at Lone Star Beverages.


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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Tue May 03, 2011 9:32 pm



Brew: Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout

Brewed by: Great Divide Brewing Company | Denver, Colorado USA

Style: American Imperial Stout

Glassware: Best served in a snifter or perhaps a pint or nonic glass.

Personal Notes: Let there be no misconceptions. This is an excellent brew! This brew pours up a pitch black body with a tan head that is absolutely meant to be admired! The head sticks with the beer for a very long time and leaves some amazing lacing while you’re enjoying this brew! Dominating scents and flavors include: roasted malts, hot caramel, warm toffee, robust coffee. The balance between the hops and the malts is just superb! This is such an easy drinking brew and one that I know I’ll enjoy all throughout the year; especially when paired up with some slow-grilled steaks or perhaps as a dessert brew all by itself.



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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu May 05, 2011 12:16 pm



Brew: Rahr & Sons Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer

Brewed by: Rahr & Sons Brewing Company | Fort Worth, Texas USA

Style: American Strong Ale / Winter Warmer

Glassware: Best served in a pint glass or a becker/nonic glass.

Personal Notes: Mark another awesome brew to be placed in the AW BHoF!! This is simply an exquisite brew! It pours up rich dark brown (nearly black) body with an intense foamy head that lingers for quite a long time and leaves some awesome lacing on the glass! Scents and flavors of bourbon, vanilla, malts, and caramel; none of which overpower the other. There’s just enough twinge from the alcohol that lets you know you’re drinking a hearty brew so don’t rush; sit back and enjoy slowly! This brew has just the right amount of thickness and smoothness that reminds me of a fine well-aged bourbon. Definitely a brew to stock up on and let the bottles age like a fine wine! I can see this being a awesome brew to enjoy during the wintry months but it’s one that can be easily enjoyed year round. I think I’ll pair this up with a hearty rib-eye, soon!




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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu May 05, 2011 1:06 pm



Brew: Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by: Tommyknocker Brewery | Idaho Springs, Colorado USA

Style: American Brown Ale

Glassware: Best served in a mug or a pint/nonic glass.

Personal Notes: Probably one of THE best brown ales I have ever savored! This brew pours up a rich chocolaty brown body with a good finger-thick head of foam that laces the glass very well. Scents and flavors of maple syrup, dark chocolates, caramel, and fresh-brewed robust coffee. This brew tastes just amazing; not too sweet and just enough hops to balance this brew out nicely. With just the right heaviness in the body and finishing off nice, crisp and clean, it was hard waiting between savors to have the next one! Going to pair this fine brew up with some steaks and decadent burgers!!



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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu May 05, 2011 6:22 pm

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Mon May 09, 2011 10:17 am



Brew: Heineken Lager

Brewed by: Heineken Nederland B.V. | Zoeterwoude, Netherlands

Style: European Pale Lager

Glassware: Best served in a pilsner glass.

Personal Notes: Of the macro brews, Heineken is one of those at the top of the list for me. It pours up a vibrant pale amber body and a nice foamy head that dissipates quickly and then tends to leave good lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is just as I remember from over the years, very clean and possesses a slight hoppy hit. Flavors of hops and just a tad of sweet malt; there's also somewhat of a lemon grass flavor floating around here and there. Very easy to drink and makes for a suitable session brew from a macro-brewery.

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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Mon May 09, 2011 10:55 am



Brew: Rahr & Sons Snowmageddon

Brewed by: Rahr & Sons Brewing Company | Fort Worth, Texas USA

Style: American Imperial Stout

Glassware: Best served in a snifter or a pint/shaker/nonic.

Personal Notes: Fritz just keeps putting out some solid brews! This brew pours up a luxurious jet black body with a well defined head that stays for a long time and leaves loads of lace on the glass. Scents and flavors of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. The slight hit of alcohol plays well with the fine line being danced between sweetness and bitterness. The body is just the way I like these stouts – slightly thick and very creamy. As with most stouts, let them warm somewhat and the scents and flavors just explode with more robustness!

The following is the commercial description of this brew which I thought was rather interesting:

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February 11, 2010 – cold dark and snowing. Not any ordinary snow – but instead a heavy, mean, ugly snow that spilled over the brewery. Leaving the brewery that late evening – who would have known there would be no brewery that next morning.

February 12, 2010 – awoke to the sounds of twisted metal, gushing water and alarms as tons of snow came crashing down through the roof and into the brewery. We tried to save what we could and accept the loss of what we could not. As the day waned, through many a friends helping hands, a new beginning was forming. This was not the end, but alas a start to something new and wonderful.

Snowmageddon is a tribute to those who stood by and supported the rebuild of Rahr and Sons Brewery. Hard work, dedication, love and passion for brewing is what makes this late winter selection so special. Snowmageddon is a limited release available annually in late February to celebrate the rebirth of a brewery. Snowmageddon will be an annual limited release, with the style changing from year to year. This first year is an imperial oatmeal stout, based on a winning recipe by a local homebrewer.



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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Mon May 09, 2011 10:07 pm



Brew: Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug

Brewed by: Rahr & Sons Brewing Company | Fort Worth, Texas USA

Style: Schwarzbier

Glassware: Best served in a pilsner glass or a mug.

Personal Notes: Another outstanding brew from the boys at Rahr & Sons! This brew pours up dark brown body sporting a frothy off-white colored head (leaves minimal lacing). Scents full of coffee and a beefy brew loaded with roasted malts giving off a fresh-baked bread smell with lots and lots of yeast. The flavor is that of a robust beer with a lot of bread or yeast flavors with just the right about of bitterness and a dab of sweetness to balance it all out. This is a very easy-drinking brew so keep track!! Planning on pairing this up with some brats or wurst!



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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Mon May 09, 2011 10:09 pm



Brew: Abbey Monk’s Ale

Brewed by: Abbey Beverage Co. | Pecos, New Mexico USA

Style: Pale Ale

Glassware: Best served in a mug, snifter, tulip, or an over-sized wine glass.

Personal Notes: This brew pours up a very hazy apricot-colored body with a minimal heads and no lacing (at least in this sampling). Citrus-y scents waft about immediately upon opening and plenty of hops as well. Lots of fruity flavors (mostly apple) and citrus-y flavors as well. There just a tad bit of sweetness in the background but lots of hops hits you right off the bat. Not too much, not too little. Thinking about pairing this up with some spicy fish tacos next time!



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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Wed May 11, 2011 1:31 pm



Brew: Wild Blue Blueberry Lager

Brewed by: Anheuser-Busch, Inc. | Saint Louis, Missouri USA

Style: American Fruit/Lambic

Glassware: Best served in a mug or a pint glass.

Personal Notes: Not a bad brew to have after a long day of some serious yard work! Just pour over crushed ice and add in a few splashes of tequila and you’re good to go! This brews pours up a near purple (wine-colored) body with a nice frothy head that lingers around for a little bit but dissipates and then leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Scents of, yeah you guessed it, blueberries (duh)! And flavors, well, blueberries! To be honest this is more like a wine cooler than a beer in my humble opinion. Argue the difference in ABVs but I’ll argue back in the overly sweet taste that I needed to temper just a tad to make it more enjoyable! Just watch how many you down with this brew! Enjoy it all by itself, foods will just dilute the ‘robust’ blueberry flavor.



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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Wed May 11, 2011 1:31 pm



Brew: Real Ale Brewhouse Brown Ale

Brewed by: Real Ale Brewing Company | Blanco, Texas USA

Style: American Brown Ale

Glassware: Best served in a pint glass or a mug.

Personal Notes: What a great session brew! The brew pours up a ruby-brown body with a finger-thick short-lived head that leaves bare minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma on this brew is amazing! Toasted malts, chocolates and hints of caramel. The flavors are just as enjoyable filled with malts, chocolates and the oh so subtle hint of caramel and warm bread. This is a great brew to pair up with some grilled pork rack or perhaps some slow smoked wild game!



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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Wed May 11, 2011 1:32 pm



Brew: Morland Old Speckled Hen

Brewed by: Greene King / Morland Brewery | Suffolk, United Kingdom (England)

Style: English Pale Ale

Glassware: Best served in a pint glass or a becker/nonic.

Personal Notes: This brew pours up a dark amber (maybe even copper) colored body with a foamy near-tan colored head which dissipates down to a thin foamy head that leaves suitable lacing on the glass for quite some time. Scents full of caramel and butterscotch along with some bread/biscuits here and there. Flavors of melted caramel and warm butterscotch pudding along with the rich malts and a touch of hops keeps all the flavors in balance without being overly ‘hoppy’ or overly sweet. This would be a great brew to have with some redfish on the half-shell or perhaps a spicy flounder meal.



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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Wed May 11, 2011 1:32 pm



Brew: Guinness Extra Stout

Brewed by: Guinness Ltd. | Dublin, Ireland

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Glassware: Best served in a mug or a pilsner/nonic glass.

Personal Notes: Whoa! What an amazing stout! This brew pours up a decadent black colored body with an amazing thick foamy tan head that has superb retention and leaves amazing lacing on the sides of the glass. Wonderful scents of chocolate, roasted malts and some dark fruits (like plums or prunes). And the flavors, oh my! Roasted malts galore with the sharp bite of hops mingled in with coffee and chocolates. The body is dry with just a slight amount of carbonation. A brew truly made to accompany a hearty grilled porterhouse steak!



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PostSubject: Re: AW's Beer Reviews   Thu May 12, 2011 12:45 pm



Brew: Urthel Saisonniere

Brewed by: De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) | Ruiselede, Belgium

Style: Belgian Ale Saison/Farmhouse

Glassware: Best served in a pint glass (becker or nonic), a tulip glass or an oversized wine glass.

Personal Notes: Yet another entry into my personal BHoF! This brew pours up a hazy amber-gold body and an enormous frothy head that leaves some amazing lacing on the glass. Scents of yeast, grains (like wheat), and fruits. Flavors of wheat and lemons along with subtle spices and something akin to warm butter. This brew is meant to be savored slowly and enjoyed for all the intense flavors and textures that it yields. An excellent brew to have with some grilled poultry or perhaps some spicy grilled fish/shrimp.



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