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Libertine Black Ale

Libertine Black Ale Brewdog Black IPA Beer
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

American Black Ale is an ever- changing category that was based on American IPA with added roast character rather than an American stout with IPA levels of bitterness. This beer’s aroma was dominated by complex roast malt of baker’s chocolate and... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
82

Hop Flood

Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This is a deep, dark amber beer. Under a tan head, it is very hazy with evidence of a little debris floating around. The nose hits initially with resin, pine, light grass, and mild grapefruit all appearing. Despite the hop component, there is a... Read More

Loose Cannon Hop³ IPA

Loose Cannon Hop³ IPA
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Medium gold in color with an attractive orange tinge, this IPA offers a nose of citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits, pine, herbs and toffee-like malt.

Hitachino Nest Dai Dai

Hitachino Nest Dai Dai
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
85

Extended Play

Lakefront Beer Extended Play Session IPA
Reviewed by: Phil Farrell
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This is an extremely quaffable beer for those looking for two or three hop-forward pints. The classic hazy, dryhopped look in the glass is the first of many IPA hallmarks. The very intense blend of grapefruit, citrus, resin and pine in the nose... Read More

Meantime London Porter

Meantime London Porter
Reviewed by: Owen Ogletree
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This rich ale pours deep brown – almost black – with a claret glow when backlit. Cocoa nibs, bitter chocolate, roasted malt hints and undertones of prune and dark fruits permeate the aroma profile, while low carbonation levels increase the... Read More

Vanilla Oatis

Vanilla Oatis Ninkasi Stout Beer
Reviewed by: Tom Cannon
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The combination of dark roasted malt and the sweet, Ibarra chocolate flavor and aroma make this Oatmeal Stout similar to a chocolate covered coffee bean. The style calls for both coffee-like and chocolate-like roast aromas and this version hits... Read More

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.

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