Reviews

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Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This American Imperial Stout is a prime example of a beer that not only looks dark, but also smells dark. The coffee notes are as intense as any double espresso and the roast aroma comes across like 50-year-old charred wood.

13th Century Grut

13th Century Grut
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
78

Organic Pale Ale

Samuel Smith's Organic Pale Ale beer
Reviewed by: Pete Garofalo
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The aroma of this beer initially came across as a mélange of fruit: strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and stone fruit with a touch of honey. The flavor features nutty, biscuity malt with hints of caramel and toffee that fade as a sharp wave of... Read More

Old Brown Dog

Old Brown Dog Smuttynose Beer
Reviewed by: Pete Garofalo
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Malt dominates this beer with tones of chocolate, nutty toastiness and dark dry fruit. Hops are restrained and allow the malt to shine with its many layers including cocoa, bread crust and light caramel. Hop bitterness is just enough to balance... Read More

Whiter Shade of Pale

Starr Hill Whiter Shade of Pale
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

A slight haze gives this beer a classic dry-hopped look. The low white head had good retention with small bubbles that laced the glass. The aroma is surprisingly spicy with a pleasant hop character.

Sünner Kölsch

SÜNNER Kolsch Bier beer
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Gorgeous aromas of sweet grains, flowery hops, restrained fruity esters and a honey-like hint are the groundwork for what’s to come in this beer’s flavor. Elegant malt flavors combine with refined noble hops, achieving a fi ne balance in this... Read More

Reviewed by: Pete Garofalo
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Peaches initially leap out from this beer with a sugary, candylike quality. As the aroma opens up, some spicy/peppery yeast character and grainy/bready malt join in. The flavor continues the peach-first theme, buttressed by apricot and tangerine... Read More

A Night in Brussels

A Night in Brussels Three Taverns Craft Beer
Reviewed by: Pete Garofalo
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This is an interesting concept beer that lovers of Belgian beers or IPAs will enjoy. Initially quite aromatic, with floral, perfumy American hops atop a peppery Belgian yeast character and subtle toasty malt.

Boont Barl Amber

Boont Barl Amber
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Convoluted aromas of dry wood, treacle, caramel candy, earthy hops, brown sugar, vanilla and allspice emerge from this dark amber, slightly hazy ale.

Oktoberfestbier

Oktoberfestbier
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Convoluted aromas of dry wood, treacle, caramel candy, earthy hops, brown sugar, vanilla and allspice emerge from this dark amber, slightly hazy ale.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This slightly hazy, light golden ale pours with a lofty stand of snow-white foam that seems to dissipate rather quickly.

Hoopla

Boulder Beer Hoopla Pale Ale
Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

A somewhat bready malt aroma intertwined with fresh-smelling hops that can best be described as having the aroma of a wide field of clover-grassy and floral. After a beautiful copper/orange pour, the malt is dry and bready, almost cookie-like,... Read More

McChouffe

McChouffe
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

When swirled, this inviting ale smells of caramelized malts, sweet toffee, candied cherries, raisins, plums, vanilla and warming alcohol vapor. Lively with substantial carbonation and a thick, fl uffy, off-white head that settles quickly, this... Read More

Oktoberfest-Märzen

Oktoberfest-Märzen
Reviewed by: Pete Garofalo
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The relatively pale color belies the malt intensity as an aroma of rich, toasty Vienna malt wafts up, inviting deeper scrutiny. Layers of malt suggest bread crust, graham crackers, and grainy malt with a suggestion of molasses. A hint of fl oral... Read More

Brooklyn Pilsner

Brooklyn Brewery Pilsner beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Pouring with a bit of chill haze, the initial aroma is very clean with a touch of floral and spicy hops. The malt has both a honey note and a husky grain edge to it. The flavor is very much like the aroma with just a bit of hop spice and biscuit... Read More

Goudenband

Liefmans Goudenband by Brouwerij Liefmans
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The nose picks up a cornucopia of caramel, sour cherries, passion fruit and fig jam with traces of dark malts, cocoa nibs and balsamic vinegar. This deep brown ale boasts ruddy red hues and soft, tan foam that leaves attractive lacing on the... Read More

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