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The Cask

The Cask RavenBeer Poe
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

I am presented with a very dark amber yet crystal clear beer with a low off-white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is very rich and complex. It leads with a toasty malt backbone with layers of dark, dried fruit, clean ethanol perfume and ... Read More

Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
79
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This is a very clear light amber beer with a low white head. The aroma is that of a fairly clean lager beer that has nuances of toasted caramel and pilsner malts as well as flowery European hops.

Annabel Lee White

Annabel Lee White RavenBeer
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A hazy, light, straw-colored beer sits before me with just a trace of white bubbles ringing the glass. The aroma is slightly spicy with hints of citrusy orange. As it warms, there is a distinct bready wheat aroma with the spice becoming more... Read More

Kashmir

Kashmir IPA Beer Highland
Reviewed by: Dan Preston
Judges Rating:
76
Aroma:
16 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The English IPA isn’t too common of a style to come across in the USA. By the name, one might think it’s the same thing as the style we all know and love, but simply with an English flair. While at the core that is what it is, it’s really a whole... Read More

Oatmeal Porter

Oatmeal Porter by Highland Brewing
Reviewed by: Dan Preston
Judges Rating:
81
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The American Porter is quite a varied style. It can be highly hopped, highly roasted, smoky, or strong -- they are all unique. With its strongly nutty, toasted oatmeal character, this one is no different. This porter is very dark brown, nearly... Read More

Clawhammer Oktoberfest

Clawhammer Oktoberfest by Highland Brewing Co.
Reviewed by: Dan Preston
Judges Rating:
78
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This beer pours a brilliantly clear light amber color with a deep, rich orange hue leading to a soft beige head. The head dissipates pretty quickly into a thin lacing, which unfortunately is a precursor of things to come.

King MacAlpin

King MacAlpin
Reviewed by: Dan Preston
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Dank, dankity, dank -- that's how I would describe this lush Double IPA. Resin, pine and grapefruit rind aromas pour out of the glass with hints of mango and citrus. It seems as if Chinook and Simcoe hops had a love child.

Funnel Cake

Funnel Cake Beer Forgotten Boardwalk
Reviewed by: James Link
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A defined vanilla aroma marries with hints of sweet corn to create a cakelike character in the nose with absolutely no hint of hops. The absence of fruity esters suggests the possibility of cold conditioning or the use of a lager yeast.

Dale's Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale
Reviewed by: Susan Ruud
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A very nice version of the style that pours a lovely amber, copper color with a huge cream-colored head and fine bubbles that last forever. There is a big citrusy floral hop aroma with hints of toasty caramel malts and pleasant pear and apricot-... Read More

Kalamazoo Stout

Kalamazoo Stout Bell's Beer
Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

An aroma that initially smells of sweet cream and light anise gives way to an earthy, lightly roasted malt profile with hints of chocolate. There is a hint of musk and sweat as it warms and no hop aroma to speak of. The beer is opaque with a... Read More

Oarsman Ale

Oarsman Ale Berliner Weisse Bell's Beer
Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A light lemon aroma jumps out of the glass and settles into a clean lactic profile with a supporting cast of doughy malt and earthy yeast undertones. The slightly hazy but attractive pale gold body supports a creamy, dense, white head that has... Read More

BoomBox

Reviewed by: Rick Franckhauser
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Oranges, lemons and pine resin almost jump out of the glass and invite you to partake. Apricot and dried peach esters emerge with a noticeable alcohol presence. The grainy, toasty malt aromas come out of hiding after you acclimate to the citrus... Read More

Reviewed by: Joseph Formanek
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Intensified Coffee Porter is a collaboration between Brooklyn Brewery, El Salvadoran coffee growers, an East Coast coffee roaster and a Kentucky bourbon distillery. All of their efforts are evident in this monstrously large porter, clocking in at... Read More

Points Unknown IPA

Points Unknown IPA
Reviewed by: Randy Scorby
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The beer pours a very inviting deep orange-amber color with a long-lasting tan head. The aroma is quite complex and consists of citrusy hops, tropical fruit, pineapple, light black pepper and grainy, bready maltiness.

Ruination 2.0

Stone Beer Ruination 2.0 IPA
Reviewed by: Randy Scorby
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The drinker is greeted with a strong, fresh and bright grapefruit citrus hop aroma with an underlying floral alcohol character. The grapefruit hop character continues into the flavor and is balanced by a light bready maltiness and a suggestion of... Read More

Stone Saison

Stone Brewing Saison Beer
Reviewed by: Randy Scorby
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The initial aroma is fruity with a hint of lemon, followed by a moderate herbal, spicy character. A light black pepper and bready maltiness evolves over time, offering balance and adding even more complexity to this beer.

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