Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Imperial Stout State/Country: California ABV: 9% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9.5 Pitch black color, tan head so thick I think I can stand on it, sticky lacing Smell: 9 Chocolate, coffee, smoke, licorice, caramel Taste: 9 Dark chocolate, espresso, tobacco, burnt toast, licorice, some grassy notes, very intense flavors Mouthfeel: 9 Thick and creamy with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 This is a heavyweight of a beer! Nice nightcap. Overall Score: 9.1 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.50 Overall Impression: I thought this was going to be just another Oatmeal Stout. WOAH! This brew was complex and very tasty! Didn't even know it was 9% until I started drinking it and had to check the label. Well done lads!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Belgian Style Stout State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 9% Serving Type: 750 ml Look: 9 Black coffee color, khaki colored frothy head, light lacing Smell: 8.5 Dark fruits, chocolate, banana, wood, earthy Taste: 9 Dried dark fruit, coca, slight banana, oak, touch of coffee, Belgian yeast Mouthfeel: 9 Medium weight, silky smooth, light carbonation Drinkability: 9 Good to quaff on a cool night and share the bottle with a friend Overall Score: 8.9 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $5.00 Overall Impression: This was a tasty brew. The flavors punch through as it warms, although it drank more like a Strong Dark Ale than a Stout. I finished the whole bottle myself and it satisfied. Pick this one up if you can.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Wheat IPA State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 5.6 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Golden color, marshmallow white head, clingy lacing Smell: 8 Pine, grapefruit, orange, slight biscuit Taste: 8 Up Front: Lemon, pine. Slight sweetness, orange, mint, cracker, dry resiny aftertaste Mouthfeel: 8 Medium, dry Drinkability: 8 It's light enough and for a session beer on a hot day Overall Score: 8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $ 1.42 Overall Impression: I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but I love IPA's. This combo style hits on some notes, but misses on others. It's still a good brew if you like the two styles.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Czech Pilsner State/Country: California ABV: 5.4 % Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Clear golden color, big head that dipped fast, sparse lacing Smell: 8 Grass, floral, citrus, sweet Taste: 8 Slightly spicy, grass, doughy, sweet finish Mouthfeel: 8 Light body and carbonation Drinkability: 9 A nice Czech style session beer. Yes, I'll have another! Overall Score: 8.2 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.00 Overall Impression: I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this brew being I'm not a Pilsner drinker. For a Trader Joe's beer and six bucks a pack, this is a nice beer to bring to a party and to have on hand to show the crap light beer drinker what an inexpensive craft Pilsner style beer really taste like!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Milk/Sweet Stout State/Country: New York ABV: 7.5 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Piano key black, Frothy tan head, thick spotty lacing Smell: 8 Coffee, chocolate, malty Taste: 9 Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, sweet, vanilla, slightly burnt and bitter on the back end Mouthfeel: 9 Full body, slightly dry with moderate carbonation Drinkability: 9 A lot of flavor to this beer as it warms. Could do two if you twist my arm, but you don't have to. Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.84 Overall Impression: This is a nice milk stout. Lots of flava going on and is a nice dessert beer or nightcap if you don't want anything too strong. This one can get you through those cool fall days and nights. Now where's my blanky?
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Pumpkin Ale State/Country: Massachusetts
ABV: 6% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Medium orange color, thick off white head, sticky lacing Smell: 7 Cinnamon, clove, pumpkin, nutmeg Taste: 8 Cinnamon, clove, pumpkin, malt, grass Mouthfeel: 9 Slightly chewy with medium carbonation Drinkability: 8 Spices dominate a little so it's not a session beer for me. Two at most Overall Score: 8.2 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.67 Overall Impression: This was a nice pumpkin ale but it was just a tad bit spice forward to really let the pumpkin through. It still was one of the more balanced pumpkin ales I've had.
Reviewed By:Herr Mike Style: Rye Beer State/Country: Michigan ABV: 6% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Medium gold color, medium head, clingy lacing Smell: 7.5 Sweet, citrus, bread, grass Taste: 8 Orange, pine, cracker, very faint hint of rye Mouthfeel: 7.5 Light and slightly sticky Drinkability: 8 Drinks like an IPA and at 6 pounds it's sessionable Overall Score: 7.9 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.67 Overall Impression: This beer is like ordering Pastrami on Rye and getting it on white bread. Almost no rye flavor at all. It's a solid drinkable beer, but if it's rye you're after, search elsewhere
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Imperial Pilsner State/Country: California ABV: 5.6% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Dark straw color, head doesn't last long, sparse lacing Smell: 8.5 Citrus, grass, biscuit, honey, floral Taste: 8.5 Citrus, spice, wet straw, cracker Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with light carbonation Drinkability: 8.5 It's a quaffable Pilsner session beer Overall Score: 8.5 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.50 Overall Impression: I'm not a big Pilsner drinker to begin with, but with that said, I've had some tasty Pilsners. This one was tasty, but it didn't knock my socks off. Don't know how this is an Imperial at less than 6 pounds, but whatever. Is it the best beer SN has ever brewed? No. But if I had to drink this all night and nothing else, I wouldn't complain