Night Stalker ~ Goose Island

Appearance: pours dark and delicious. No head, just black oil deeper than midnight. Only after a few minutes does a thin espresso crema head form. Swirls thick with espresso crema spots.

Nose: dense, dark, meaty, fudgy, tarry. Burnt caramel, espresso crema. Tar and char. Fudge, European chocolate bark and truffles – pure cacao infusion. Mud, dirt, and muck. Essence of a dank dark ancient rainforest floor yet untouched by humanity. Tree bark. Wisps of peat. Oily tobacco leaf.

Palate: thick, sweet, smoky, peaty, and dense dark fruits still lingering with essence of the earth it came from. Tar, burnt roots, mud, chocolate cake and chocolate bark. Long tar finish. Meaty dark fruits. Bacony salty umami finish. Each quaff has a fast zing-zang in the finish – primitive. Black and peaty – grabs middle of tongue and never lets go. Oily mouthfeel. Uncomplex and complex at the same time. Tobacco leaf in the breath, more cigar than cigarette. Leather in the middle. A long sipping beer.

Final Thoughts: this was one big beauty of a beer. As soon as I poured it I knew twould be the last beer of my night. From the first sip to the last it was a heartwarming experience in more ways than one. Yum.

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Hop in the Dark CDA ~ Deschutes

Appearance: burnt, black and delicious to look at. Khaki espresso crema head – bubbly and lacy with a nice collar. Swirls nice.

Nose: forestry. Lots of brush, bark, and dirty in a very good west coast way – squishing toes amidst the ground as I admire the endless evergreens and firs and greenage around me. Ferns and foliage. Tickle of dried chocolate along the side with bakers intentions; brittle. Dried raisins.

Palate: roasty and earthy. Burnt woods and bark. Burnt hops – take whole hop cones and roast over the fire. Lingering burnt woodsy delights. More simplistic than nose implied. Tar starts to grow along the edge which grows a tannic tang which grabs the back and underside of tongue, lingering after each quaff.

Final Thoughts: quite tasty but I don’t know. I was expecting maybe more – more roast, more toast, and more of what the west coasters boast about when they boast about CDA especially when in “dispute” against the BIPA. I’d drink it again though.

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Reunion: A Beer For Hope 2010 ~ Belgian-style Scotch Ale ~ Bison Brewing Company

Appearance: deep mahoganies and garnets. Minimal head retains a thin tan ringlet. Swirls with nothing.

Nose: ooh, definitely unique. Chocolate cake, fudge, and chocolate sauce. Dark fruits skirt the edges. Belgian chocolates and truffles. Smores. Graham and chocolate graham crackers. Dates. Black root with a touch of black fruit tannins, lightly dry and leathered.

Palate: wow – not as dense as the nose but still rich and enticing. Plump dark fruits – black cherries, plums, dates. Soft, almost cakey mouthfeel. Touch dry atop the tongue. Plumpy darkness along the edges with a tart tannic tingle which tease and entices. Chocolate weaves in and out of each detail – black, dense, and European. Delicious. Nondescript spices tingle.

Final Thoughts: a fine tribute differently equally tasty as the Terrapin collaboration. If you can find a bottle (because this beer was a onetime only release) then be sure to savor because it’s a hard job but somebody has to do it.

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Malt Liquor ~ Okocim

Appearance: clear straws. White head fades fast into nothing. Swirls relatively thick but disappears just as fast.

Nose: powdered sugars, cotton candy, and candy corn ohmy! Regarding the candy corn, I’m talking the real deal – take corn kernels, add sugar, and candy-ize. Cornbread. Prepackaged honey rolls and honey buns. Hops have left the building. Saccharinely sweet cereal grains – pass the corn pops, please.

Palate: clean and light. Immediate hit of sweetness in the middle – honey buns and corn pops. Candied corn powdered sugar. Nothing lingers long.

Final Thoughts: there are better ways to get higher ABV beers than this. While it wasn’t great compared to some malt liquor beers I’ve tasted this one was one of the better ones; at least my gag reflux didn’t kick in.

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Hop Stoopid ~ Lagunitas

Appearance: clear coppers and oranges under a gentle pithy head. Head fades with bubbles, settling into a solid film with thick edges.

Nose: orange honey up front with a thick sweetness followed by a dryness of the honeycomb. Grapefruit and green grass in the back, dew-dropped and zesty. Inner pith of citrus fruit. Biscuit and melba in the very back – rather nondescript crunchiness, faint.

Palate: creamy and frothy. Sweet oranges and honey and citrus along the sides. Dry in the middle with pith and outer skin, white and pink grapefruit especially. The pink grapefruit adds more sweetness than zest which lingers.

Final Thoughts: overall quite tasty. Big bold hops that get right to the point from the first quaff to the last. I’d gladly quaff bold IPA on a regular basis.

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Vintage Ale 2010 btl # 087834 ~ Fullers

Appearance: clear brilliant ambers, ancient tree sap, tangerines and apricots. Bubbly pithy head which fades into a collar bordering blotchy foam. Swirls with lace.

Nose: cinnamon and spice. Mulled cider. Plums. Apricots and nectarines with skin on. Orange blossom honey and melba crunch together. Nutmeg, paprika, and a wisp of cumin. Coconut milk and candied pineapple.

Palate: wow and yum. Plums and orange blossom honey dance atop my tastebuds. Spice tickles along the edges. Essence of pinot grigio – green grapes, purple plums, chardonnay grapes. Spice continues to tickle. Apricots, peaches, and pineapple nectar – sweet and naturally so. Full, sticky, and a bit chewy in the middle. Can taste the ageability.

Final Thoughts: another classic for the cellar. Fullers is classic English and for that I am quite content.

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Tiny ~ Weyerbacher

Appearance: pours dense and black – not quite oily but impressive. Some head but nothing to write home about which is okay because it’d get in the way of the beer.

Nose: espresso beans, crema, bakers chocolate, pure black cacao. Hops skirt along the edges as a general bitterness with a touch of pine. The burnt and the bitter complement each other lovely. Tobacco leaf and woods, burnt sticks and twigs mingle. Background essence of charcoal and cooled embers. Green leaf. Chestnuts both whole and unroasted.

Palate: clean and creamy. Tingles along sides of mouth from first quaff to last. Leathers. Dense fudgy finish, brownies. Dark fruits, tar and char, leather tart tannic tingle. Meaty, dense, and chewy. Black cake. Plum in the middle flits in and out. Fudge and chocolates underneath also. Deliciously intriguing. Port wood notes. Earthen – old and musty – black forests of Germany. Amazing. Sensuous and of the olden times. Lingers long on top of the tongue.

Final Thoughts: it’s been a while since I tasted some Weyerbacher and maybe it’s time I went back to Pennsylvania to revisit some classics and some new world treats. Delicious!

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Tripel ~ Great Divide

Appearance: hazy oranges with a touch of baled hay. Soft bready white head fades into a bubbly collar surrounding a thin middle film. Swirls thicker along the edges.

Nose: orangey, doughy, yeasty. Zip of orange and tangerine zest in the back. Hint of banana peel. Aloe and green grass and cactus. Whole peppercorns. A pinch of sage in with the greenness. Playful and lively.

Palate: doughy, yeasty, and banana peels. Whole peppercorns, green aloe, and banana skins. Sage and spice. Bready, doughy, and yeasty underneath. Dry along the sides with straw and grass. Spice atop the tongue – whole peppercorns, sage, rosemary, and coconut husks.

Final Thoughts: another solid hit from Great Divide. While not the greatest Tripel a solid offering for anyone who enjoys this style. Good stuff.

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Main Engine Start ~ Brooklyn Brewery

Appearance: clear coppers and blood oranges. Nice head fades into nothing. Slow steady stream of bubbles from first quaff to last.

Nose: yeasty, doughy, spicy, phenolic, and tropical. Green banana skins, papaya, and guava. Ginger and cumin for a solid kick of spice. Coconut husks. Raw dough.

Palate: clean, spicy, and yeasty. White pepper. Coconut husk, green banana skins, papaya, and guava. Lovely. Plantains in the back swallow, long and lingering. Ginger and cumin spice tickles back of throat. Tickle on top of tongue with bitterness of coconut husk, guava and papaya skins. Flavors melt together perfectly. Dryness is gentle and creates a welcome thirst for more.

Final Thoughts: another deliciously different and intriguing Brewmasters Reserve from the ever creative genius of Garrett Oliver and the Brooklyn Brewery.

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