Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Old Ale State/Country: Colorado ABV: 8.7% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Murky copper color, small tan head, spotty lacing Smell: 8 Wet moss, dried fruit, earthy Taste: 9 Malt, leather, tobacco, dates, wet grass, brown sugar, wood, coffee Mouthfeel: 7.5 Medium dry with low carbonation Drinkability: 9 A very complex brew, especially as it warms. Not for everyone but I like it Overall Score: 8.3 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.00 Overall Impression: This is one of those beers that you explore and it takes you to a place like an old English farm house with horses in the field. So complex, that you will discover new flavors with almost every sip. Try and cellar one for a year or two and revisit it. A must try if you like the style.
Another year of great beer tasting has passed us by. These are the top ten beers that made a huge impression on my taste buds this past year. Click on the beer and see my review of each one and see why they made this list.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Double/Imperial Stout State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 9% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Ebony color, small head, spotty lacing Smell: 8 Chocolate, booze, vanilla Taste: 9 Chocolate, spice, wood, earthy, burnt toast, booze Mouthfeel: 7 Light –medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 I little heat from the chilies with the chocolate makes this a tasty brew Overall Score: 8.2
Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $4.00 Overall Impression: Not bad but I was hoping for a tad more heat from the chilies. It's a nice chocolate stout that should be on your must try list. Save
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale State/Country: New Jersey ABV: 6.9 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Medium golden color, small white head, spotty sticky lacing Smell: 8 Fruity, spice, yeast Taste: 9 Banana, apple, pear, spice, cereal, honey Mouthfeel: 7 Dry with medium carbonation Drinkability: 8.5 Smooth to drink and pairs nice with food Overall Score: 8.3 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.50 Overall Impression: A nice Belgian style winter offering from New Jersey. A very easy drinking brew with just enough spiciness to keep your attention. A must try.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Winter Warmer State/Country: California ABV: 5.5% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Deep mahogany color, tan head settles fast, spotty lacing Smell: 8 Cocoa, spice, sweet Taste: 9 Chocolate, ginger bread, dark fruit, brown sugar, slightly burnt toast, pine Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 8.5 A spicy holiday delight. Could do another. Overall Score: 8.5 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.84 Overall Impression: The Christmas seasonal delivers joy to my taste buds once again. Some traditions get better each year and this one doesn't disappoint.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Imperial Pumpkin Ale State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 9.5% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Blood orange color, medium tan head, stringy lacing Smell: 8 Pumpkin, spice, bread Taste: 9 Pumpkin, cinnamon, caramel. Allspice, vanilla, maple syrup Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 It tastes like pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup on top. I want more! Overall Score: 8.6 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.25 Overall Impression: This is one I picked up after the season was over and I was tired of all the pumpkin beers, Boy was I surprised with what a treat this beer was! Nicely spiced without overkill and the ABV was well hidden. A must try!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Double/Imperial IPA State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 8.7% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Medium golden color, small white head, sticky spotty lacing Smell: 9 Citrus, grass, honey, floral Taste: 9 Tangerine, honey, grass, pine, biscuit, slight booze Mouthfeel: 8 Crisp with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 A tasty East coast DIPA. I'll take another bite from this wolf. Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.25 Overall Impression: This is another winner from Victory. A West coast style the East coast way. A very clean finish and a nice balance of hops and malt. This beer has me howling for another.