Introduction

Clearly, the following is a list of beers that I have had and what I thought of them. This page was started due to my tendency to what to try new beers instead of always having the same thing, but after awhile you tend to forget what you have had. Since the full extent of style notes can be found via the review links, these reviews are more focused on what I think of beer although links to formal BeerAdvocate reviews will be given where possible.

 

Reviews

11.11.11 Vertical Epic / Stone / Reviews / Retired – This beer was cracked open in 2015 after being in storage for three to four years.  The beer pours fairly smooth with a very light head. On the nose the beer smells quite pleasant although I have a hard time placing exactly what it smells of. The beer does not smell much of hops but there is some malt to the nose. With regards to flavor the beer is quite bold with a spiciness along with some subtle malt flavors. The mouth feel for the beer has the carbonation coming through quite strongly but there is an undercurrent of the alcohol present. As a whole, a very good beer, a solid 4 out of 5.

The Angel’s Share / The Lost Abbey / Reviews – Pours  fairly flat with practically no foam what so ever. The nose is quite strong and has heavy malt and chocolate notes. The flatness of the beer coupled with the lack of carbonation which could be attributable to high alcohol percentage (12.3%) and the brewing process. The first sip struck me strongly with the alcohol once again coupled heavily with the malt notes. Once past the first sip the beer proves to be very complex with the bourbon notes from aging coming through and blending quite nicely with the malts notes. Not an every day beer by any means but a very complex sipping beer, 3.5 out of 5.

Beer of the Gods / High & Mighty Beer Co. / Reviews – There really isn’t much of a nose to this beer and in fact it barely smells of anything at all. With regards to flavor, there isn’t much going on when served chilled and as the beer warms up a bit it opens but not into anything really that impressive. It’s a drinkable beer and if you bought more than one you wouldn’t feel like you wasted money, but on the same token, there isn’t much reason for you to come back to it a second time either, 2 out of 5.

Clementine / Clown Shoes / Reviews – Pours nice with a mild head, very aromatic and does smell of clementine oranges which does seem to drown out any other scents on the nose though. Taste is sweet and is heavy on citrus with just a very faint note of hops. Very crisp and reminds me a lot of a sweet hefeweizen, definitely worth trying and could make for a good summer beer for some people, 4 out of 5.

Dirty Bastard / Founders / Reviews – This beer is described as a scotch ale which tends to be a style that I like; however, it doesn’t seem like the scotch ales that I normally like. The beer pours nicely with a mild head and an attractive reddish-brown color. Not much in the way of a nose barring a very mild smell of hops. The initial taste lends very heavily on the hops side of things but after that it mellows out a bit and coffee and toffy notes come out along with some very mild malt notes. Overall a very drinkable beer that is a a bit different than you typical scotch ale,  3 out of 5.

Brainless Raspberries / Epic Brewing / Reviews – Technically not a beer, but a “malt beverage brewed with raspberries” but whatever. Pours nicely with no foam. Nose smells strongly of raspberries with some acidity. Mouthfeel is interesting, notifiable fizzing but also very alcoholic as befitting 9.3%. Poured at refrigerator temperature it is borderline unpleasant, but as it warms up to room temperature it grows on you a bit. Taste is predominately raspberries and not much else. Not the worst, but not something I would have again, 2 out of 5.

Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale / Kiuchi Brewery / Reviews – This beer is very much different than others that I have had and has some sour notes on the nose. Flavor-wise it is quite tasty but tends to be slightly sour and reminds me in some ways of some of the sake that I have tired before in the past. You definitively need to be in the mood for something sour, although not in a bad way sour. Not for everyone but definitely worth trying, 4 out of 5.

Imperial Pumpkin Ale / Weyerbacher Brewing Co. / Reviews – Not much head to this beer when poured, but it does have a pleasant nose although it does tend to recede after sitting for a couple minutes. Overall it tastes quite pleasant with notes of spice quite prominent; however, there is a touch of an aftertaste that leans a bit to the bitter side of things although it is a bit faint. As a whole this beer is quite nice, 4 out of 5.

Kalamazoo Stout / Bell’s Brewery, Inc / Reviews – Pours smooth with about a quarter inch head that is amber brown in color. Smells of a classic stout with heavy notes of malt coupled with a slight hint of licorice. Upon first sip the coffee notes are very present in the beer and after that smokey malts tend to take over. Overall there is a pretty good mouth feel from this beer. Quite nice and a good sipping beer, 4 out of 5.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout / Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. / Reviews – There is a very sweet, almost desert-like, nose to this beer with notes of coffee and vanilla. The alcohol is noticeable when you sip the beer but the coffee flavor is also evident. Overall the taste isn’t too bad, but it something about it just doesn’t wow me very much either. After giving the beer some time to rest and open up a bit the coffee flavors do become more prominent, but still nothing too exciting, 3 out of 5.

Polestar Pilsner / Left Hand Brewing Co. / Reviews – Beer foamed over when opened but that could have been due to being stored on its side. When poured there is a decent head and a very light nose that doesn’t really remind me of much of anything. First quaff struck me as being very bitter which overrode much of anything else in the way of impressions. After letting the beer sit for awhile the flavor did improve quite a bit and switched over to more of a bitter hops with some very faint sweet grain flavors. In short it gets better, but it’s not my first choice and might just not be for me, 3 out of 5.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale / Brooklyn Brewery / Reviews – Very light pumpkin smell on the nose, but nothing too over powering. Very attractive golden orange coloring. The impression on the first taste is that there is a lot of carbonation and not much else to it. After a couple more sips there still isn’t much enjoyable about the beer although some spice does begin to appear. After a couple of minutes the ale does appear to open up a bit and it gets better, but still not good or even mediocre by any means. Not so bad that I didn’t finish it, but nothing I would want to have again, 1 out of 5.

Samuel Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout / Boston Beer Company / Reviews – Pours with a mild head which is a very attractive tan, almost coffee brown. Nose smells faintly of cinnamon and maybe a touch of nutmeg. Very tasty beer when drank, a bit frothy at first with heavy malt notes coupled with spices. Not much bite, if at all from the alcohol, but after warming up for awhile the alcohol is a bit more noticeable. Hops are somewhat noticeable on the back. Definitely worth picking up when in season, 4 out of 5.

Scottish Porter / Innis & Gunn / Reviews – Pours dark with good sized off-white head. Nose very distinctively has notes of molasses and just a touch of alcohol. With regards to flavor the beer has very good mouth feel and the molasses comes through once again. There is a bit of a trace of licorice flavors but as a whole it really doesn’t seem to be a porter per se. A very tasty beer though and one worth having, 4 out of 5.

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale / Smuttynose Brewing Company / Reviews – Pours nicely with very little head. Not much of a nose, but smells very faintly of hops. Taste-wise the beer is quite pleasant and drinkable with notes of hopes and faintly of malt. Overall a very drinkable everyday beer, 4 out of 5.

Spencer Trappist Ale / The Spencer Brewery, LLC / Reviews – Pours with a fairly heavy head and a mild nose that hints of hops and fruits. Has a very attractive golden red color that. Initial taste is interesting a a bit hard to place, some fairly noticeable fruit tones, moderate to heavy carbonation, and only a very faint bitterness. This is an unpasteurized and unfiltered beer so the yeast is still present when poured which does lead to some chunkiness in the glass but beyond that I didn’t really notice the yeast. This is a sipping beer that has some complexities that come out over time, not something to sit down and just knock back. Tough to rate though, better than the average, 3.5 out of 5.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale / Boulevard Brewing Co. / Reviews – Smells lightly of hops and spice on the nose with a fair amount of head depending upon the pour. Tastes very much like grapefruit with heavy citrus notes that make for a very tasty beer if it is what you are in the mood for. Worth having, perhaps even on a semi-regular basis, but not quite stock worthy, 4 out of 5.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend / Brewery Ommegang / Reviews – Tends to foam when pouring to a moderate to heavy head. Very subtle nose with hints of cherry and other berries. Moderate but not unpleasant carbonation upon sipping. Tastes of hops with some berry notes which tend to grow stronger with repeated tastings. Overall quite pleasant, 4 out of 5.

Tweason’ale / Dogfish Head Brewery / Reviews – Pours nicely with a nominal head and smells quite nicely of strawberries. Taste-wise it leans towards the sour side with a touch of strawberry but not in a very pleasant way. It is a nice attempt at a “gluten-free sorghum-base ale brewed with strawberries and buckwheat honey” but, eh, 1 out of 5.

Wachusett Pumpkan / Wachusett Brewing Company / Reviews – Interestingly the nose of this beer reminds me of opening a can of pumpkin and there really isn’t much beyond that. Flavor-wise, there just doesn’t seem to be much to it and there is a bit too much carbonation for my taste. To be honest my first impression was that it is a watered down pumpkin ale and there is a bit of pumpkin on the back. It does have a cool can, but it’s not enough to carry the beer, 2 out of 5.

Winter Ion / Element Brewing Company / Reviews – Served as a draft this beer has a very complex and interesting nose that is very sweet smelling and hard to place. At first it reminded me off eggnog with nutmeg in it, but then hints of bubblegum and even Tootsie Rolls. The pour was smooth with a light head and a very warm red-brown color. Flavor-wise the beer is quite good with heavy spice to include black pepper and a mild sweetness on the back. A very spicy beer that mighty not be for everyone and the complex nose gives it extra interest, 4 out of 5.

 

Rating System

The rating system is loosely based upon ratings used by BeerAdvocate, with a zero to five point scale. Half values will sometimes be used on an as needed basis and in general the values should be viewed as follows:

  • 5 / Buy It
  • 3 / Try It
  • 1 / Avoid It
  • 0 / Didn’t Finish

 

Last Updated: 2017-11-18