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Alaskan Smoked Porter

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The second smoked beer in this issue’s lineup, Alaskan Brewing’s Smoked Porter more than holds its own when compared to the venerable Franconian entry. Alaskan Brewing is widely acclaimed for its beer, and this one is arguably the rock star of... Read More

A-Town Brown Ale

A-Town Brown Ale
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This crystal-clear, copper-brown ale with a tan, moussy head throws fairly clean aromas of earthy hops, very light biscuits and nuts, noted Phil. Owen called it a stronger-than-usual brown that exhibits a medium brown color, excellent clarity and... Read More

Hop Karma IPA

Hop Karma IPA
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This lovely, dark brown beer comes across as a real hybrid – “Jekyll and Hyde” style – with bold aspects of an I.P.A. and brown ale fused into one very interesting beer, noted Bob.

Georgia Brown

Sweetwater Georgia Brown Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This ale shows off a rich brown color with a frothy, tan head and good clarity, Bob noted.

St. Bernardus Abt 12

St. Bernardus 12 Abt
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

A classic abbey beer, loosely in the “Quadrupel” style, Abt 12 is a powerhouse weighing in at 10.5 percent ABV. This is most definitely a sipping beer and is not for the faint of heart.

Bell's Porter

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

A clean, well-crafted interpretation of the style, Bell’s Porter is a highly quaffable brew that is a great introduction to the world of porters. Its deep brown color and thick, creamy tan-colored head are spot on, and when held to the light,... Read More

Raison d'Etre

Raison d'Etre
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewing is known for brewing beers that are brash and full of character, and Raison D’Être is no exception. Although a little light for the style, the light copper color is pleasing and the beer throws a substantial... Read More

Sierra Nevada Porter

Sierra Nevada Porter
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

As expected of the style, this beer displayed hints of coffee, cocoa and earthy hops in the aroma, which is complex and constantly evolving. Rick offered praise for its light milk chocolate and sweet malt finish, yielding herbal hints of sweet... Read More

Rare Vos

Rare Vos
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
98
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Just about as close to perfection as you’ll find on Earth, Rare Vos is a singular drinking experience. A sultry amber, slightly hazy brew topped by a velvety, creamy and tawny head, this is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.

Gold Lager

Stoudt's Gold Lager Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

A pristine, delicately balanced pale lager, Stoudt’s Gold is eminently drinkable, brimming with floral hops and sweet, bready malt. The judges offered unanimous praise for this beer’s beautiful golden color, brilliant clarity and thick, long-... Read More

Amber Ale

Bluegrass Brewing Amber Ale Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Kentucky’s popular Altbier, modeled after the North German Altbier style, boasts a grain bill featuring Munich, wheat, caramel and chocolate malts.

Hop Head Red

Hop Head Red Green Flash beer retired
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Redolent of American hops, Hop Head Red is aptly named, with a monster aromatic assault of satsuma, pine needles, grapefruit and gooseberries. Deep copper, verging on brown, this brew throws the barest hint of a haze and is topped by a dense, off... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

You will never look at canned beer the same way after you experience Mama’s Little Yella Pils. A deep, saturated golden beer that throws a substantial creamy white head. The noticeable haze is more appropriate to a Keller Pils but doesn’t mar the... Read More

Blonde 2005

Red Brick Blonde Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Atlanta Brewing’s Red Brick Blonde scored a gold medal in the “golden or blonde ale” category at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival, and our tasting panel also found it an exceptionally drinkable yet flavorful illustration of the style.

Tire Bite

Retired Tire Bite
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

With Tire Bite Golden Ale, Flying Dog shows why they are a powerhouse, perennially award-winning brewery. Exceptionally well-crafted, this brew is crisp, refreshing and reminiscent of the fruitier examples of the classic Kölschbiers.

Blonde Bock

Blonde Bock gordon biersch beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A seductively malty brew, this is one that should be approached with due respect for its well-camouflaged strength. Pours a rich, honeyed gold with a small yet creamy white head. The low head and substantial legs clinging to the glass portend... Read More

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