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Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Nestled quietly in Blue Lake, Calif., Mad River is just finishing up its second decade of brewing operations.

Celebrator

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

For the better part of a century and a half, the privately held Brauerei Aying has produced amazingly characterful, award-winning beers. Celebrator Doppelbock is just one of a wide range of offerings from this classic Bavarian brewery.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Weighing in at a respectable 11 percent ABV, Cigar City’s Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout is a beer to be treated with respect. Situated in Tampa, Fla., the brewery is a relative newcomer but has quickly established itself as a brewing force to... Read More

Malheur 12

Malheur 12 Belgian Brewery deLandtsheer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

For such a hefty beer, Malheur 12 is surprisingly quaffable and should be approached with more than a modicum of restraint and caution. As a “Quadrupel,” this beer falls loosely within the Belgian dark strong ale style and is dominated by alcohol... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Boulder, Colorado’s Twisted Pine Brewing has been wowing local drinkers with their distinctive beers since 1995. Partnering with a local coffee roaster, they have created a seriously dangerous beer, Big Shot, boasting a shot of espresso in each... Read More

Breakfast Stout

Founders Breakfast Stout Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Not generally considered a coffee destination, Michigan is nonetheless home to an extraordinarily drinkable coffee stout – Founders Brewing’s Breakfast Stout.

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Situated just outside downtown Harrisburg, Pa., Tröegs Brewing offers Tröegenator as a year-round staple in its impressive lineup.

Old Foghorn

Anchor Brewing Foghorn Barleywine Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Since 1976, Old Foghorn has been an eagerly awaited holiday in households across the land. Originally packaged in 7-ounce “nip” bottles and sold in four-packs, it now comes in six-packs of the standard 12-ounce “Anchor” bottle and is getting... Read More

The Sixth Glass

The Sixth Glass Boulevard beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Another entry in the “Quadrupel” style, Sixth Glass packs a fairly serious punch from its 10.5 percent ABV and overflows with lush tropical fruit aromas and flavors. With this brew, Boulevard continues the developing trend of American brewers... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Portsmouth, N.H., is home to the award-winning Smuttynose Brewing, yet another of the long list of stellar breweries that came onto the scene in the mid-’90s.

Peg Leg

Peg Leg Imperial Stout Heavy Seas beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Yet another mid-’90s entrant into craft brewing, Baltimore’s Clipper City brewery produces several lines of beers, all now under the Heavy Seas brand.

Old Rasputin

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Tucked away from the big city hubbub just north of the San Francisco Bay Area, Fort Bragg’s North Coast Brewing Company is a heavy hitter, perennially turning out a range of superb beers, including Old Rasputin Imperial Stout.

Prima Pils

Prima Pils Victory Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
99
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Since first firing up the brewhouse in 1996, the good people at Victory Brewing have continually delivered some of the finest beers in America, displaying their considerable skills in every bottle and keg that reaches their devoted public.

Hofbräu Dunkel

Hofbräu Dunkel Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The venerated Hofbräuhaus invariably comes up in any discussion concerning “classic” or “epic” breweries, and their sublime Münchner Dunkel most certainly contributes to the reverence in which beer aficionados hold the brewery.

Cutthroat Porter

Cutthroat Porter Odell Brewing Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Now in their third decade of operation, Odell is still churning out well-crafted, highly individualistic brews for an ever-growing legion of fans. Their Cutthroat Porter is a dark and enticing brew, imbued with aromas redolent of cocoa, luscious... Read More

Reissdorf Kölsch

Reissdorf Kölsch bier beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

One of 24 Köln-based signatories to the Kölsch Convention, Reissdorf produces their flagship beer in strict compliance with the tenets of the Convention as well as the Reinheitsgebot.

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