Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Double Bock State/Country: Germany ABV: 7.9 Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle Look: 9 Light amber color, fluffy off white head, nice lacing Smell: 9 Bread, malt, toffee, honey, chocolate Taste: 9 Malt, alcohol, caramel, spice, slight booze Mouthfeel: 9 Dry and chewy, almost like eating a dark sweet bread Drinkability: 9 I'm not a big lager fan, but this is the style I can drink during the cold winter months Overall Score: 9 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $ 1.52 Overall Impression: This is a beer that is the benchmark for the style and it's a great value to boot! If I had to drink this during lent, I'd be one happy monk!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: IPA State/Country: California ABV: 6.8 Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle Look: 9 Deep orange color, fluffy head, stringy lacing Smell: 9 Hops, citrus, a little earthy, malty Taste: 10 Pine, grapefruit, grass, spicy,biscuit, honey
Mouthfeel: 9 Medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 10 At 6.8 ABV, this one satisfies, and is a nice winter session beer. Overall Score: 9.4 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $ 1.67 Overall Impression: This is one of my favorite Christmas brews and it gives me a nice “Hop fix” in the cold of winter. Hop Heads rejoice!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Belgian Style IPA ABV: 8.3% ServingType: 12 oz Bottle Look: 8 Clear amber color, big frothy head, sticky lacing Smell: 8.5 Herbal, orange marmalade, yeast, grapefruit, banana, clove Taste: 9 Pine, citrus, hops, spicy, hoppy and slightly malty Mouthfeel: 8.5 Dry, sticky, and slightly tingly ( woopsie!) Drinkability: 9 Goes down like an IPA, but has the “Belgian Funk” going on. It's like drinking two of my favorite styles in the same glass! I can definitely drink more than one of these bitches! Overall Score: 8.6 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $ 1.60 Overall Impression: Mikey likey! This is one of Flying Dogs better offerings! (It's their 20th anniversary beer). I've had this beer with Asian food, and it paired nicely. You should try to seek this one out if you like the style. I can't believe they finally named a beer after my ex wife!......DOOOOH!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: India Pale Ale ABV: 7% Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle Look: 8.5 Hazy orange color, medium fluffy white head, stringy lacing Smell: 8 Grass, sweet, floral Taste: 8.5 Grass, pine, grapefruit, orange, spice, bread, caramel Mouthfeel: 8 Light and dry Drinkability: 8 Good balance between the hops and malt. Overall Score: 8.2 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.83 Overall Impression: This is a solid brew from New Holland. Nicely hopped. I'm actually drinking this beer with a hat on my head, hee hee! It didn't take me to “Wonderland” but, I'll have another.....PLEASE!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Imperial/Double IPA State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 10.6 Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle Look: 8.5 Medium golden color, fluffy head, nice sticky lacing Smell: 8.5 Grass, citrus, strawberry, hops, honey Taste: 9 The sweetness and malt hit you first, thenthe hoppines really kicks in with some slight alcohol Mouthfeel: 9 Sticky, bread, slight carbonation Drinkability: 9 The 10.6 ABV is well hidden. I've had sessions with this brew! It is a fun beer!...heehee! Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $ 2.14 Overall Impression: I've had this beer on tap at Stoudts brewery at a Microfest and it was yummy! It is malty for an Imperial IPA, but it is a nice departure from some of the west coast IPA's. If this beer was aged in oak....OH BOY! I can dream...can I?
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: American Strong Ale ABV: 8.7% Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle Look: 9 Deep Amber, almost chocolaty color, head drops off fast, but the lacing lingers Smell: 8 Dried fruit, chocolate, brown sugar, some roasted malts Taste: 9 Malty, raisiny, caramel, brown sugar, slight booze Mouthfeel: 8 Sticky and rich, my tongue is doing back flips...Rightchaw! Drinkability: 9 Quaffable times ten! , This could be a winter session beer for me! Overall Score: 8.6 Value: 9.6 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.96 Overall Impression: This beer is so good, that my brother in law (who is a Coors Light drinker) was so scared of the ABV and had to split one with me, liked this beer a lot! Save
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Spice/Herb ABV: 5% Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle Look: 9 Reddish brown color, small head, light lacing Smell: 8 Pine, ginger, brown sugar Taste: 8.5 Malty, pine, slight spiciness, dry, sweet and minty Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with medium crbonation Drinkability: 8 At 5% it could be a session beer if you like spicy, otherwise it could be a one and done. Overall Score: 8.3 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $ 1.73 Overall Impression: This brew reminds me of Christmas ale, so it is a good winter beer. I feel like I just quaffed a brew with our founding fathers. I feel the need to fly a kite in a electrical storm now! Save
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Belgian Strong Ale ABV: 11% Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle Look: 8.5 Clear reddish color, hardly any head, spotty lacing Smell: 9 Caramel, malt, cherry candy Taste: 8.5 Cherry, spicy, toffee, candied fruit, cocoa, slight alcohol
Mouthfeel: 8.5 Dry with medium carbonation Drinkability: 8.5 I'm not a big cherry fan; it kind of reminds me of cherry cough syrup, without the medicinal taste. Almost taste like a light cherry brandy. Almost no alcohol taste, and at 11%, this is definitely a one and done. Overall Score: 8.6 Value: 8.5 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.17 Overall Impression: This is Troegs Christmas offering and it is a very unique brew. It's not cheap for the budget conscious, but it is worth a try. After sipping this Mad Elf, Mikey is one happy Elf! Save Save