Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Barleywine State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 11.1% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8.5 Copper color, off white head that disappears quick, sparse lacing Smell: 8 Cherry, booze, malt, caramel Taste: 8 Cherry, figs, brown sugar, plum, malt Mouthfeel: 8 Creamy with medium carbonation Drinkability: 8 Makes a nice nightcap. One and done. Overall Score: 8.1 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.75
Overall Impression: This is a boozy brew, but flavorful. Not much hop presence, but the style doesn't require it. A great after dinner drink because of the sweetness. Almost like a fruitcake, but better! I would cellar a few and see if the booze mellows out. Not bad.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: ESB State/Country: Maine ABV: 6.2 Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle Look: 9 Dark copper color, nice head, light lacing Smell: 8.5 Malty, caramel, slight alcohol, bread, coco Taste: 9 Up Front: Malt, cinnamon, chocolate, raisins, bread, malt, brown sugar Mouthfeel: 8.5 Thick, sticky, syrupy Drinkability: 9 It's like drinking a spicy chocolate Christmas cookie! Very Quaffable! If you like malty beers, this one's for you! Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 9.5 Cost/12 oz serving: $ 1.43 Overall Impression: This beer surprised me! It will be one of the brews I stick in my stocking next Christmas!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Imperial IPA/Triple IPA State/Country: Michigan ABV: 12% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Blood orange color, medium white head that dissipates quick, tiny dots of lacing Smell: 8 Citrus, booze, hops, pine, did I say booze? Taste: 8.5 Resin, citrus, earthy, hoppy, burnt toast, warming boozy finish Mouthfeel: 9 Heavy and sticky with little carbonation Drinkability: 9 One and done and I'm possessed in such a good way! Drinks like a Barleywine Overall Score: 8.7 Value: 7 Cost/12 oz serving: $5.00 Overall Impression: This beer is not for the faint of heart! Very complex and strong, not so much with the ABV (although it's not a session beer) but with the booze that comes through. It gets stronger in taste as it warms. A nice IPA for a winter night, or if you're feeling a bit evil!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale State/Country: Illinois ABV: 6.5% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Hazy light golden color, white head that settles quickly but is still present, sticky sparse lacing Smell: 9 Fruity & Funky, floral, banana, coriander, clove Taste: 9 Mild funky yeast, orange peel, grass, tartness, pepper, white grape, bread, honey Mouthfeel: 8.5 Light with a little carbonation Drinkability: 9.5 This beer is light and refreshing, almost like a slightly tart white wine. A good thirst quencher. Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.75 Overall Impression: This is not an over the top Sasion or Farmhouse Ale and that's what makes it so special. It's so on point for the style that it is a perfect summer session beer for me.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Belgian Style Tripel State/Country: Washington ABV: 7.5 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Hazy golden color, small head that dissipates quick, hardly any lacing Smell: 8.5 Banana, clove, spice, honey, vanilla Taste: 9 Spice, banana, candied sugar, coriander, malt Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with slight carbonation Drinkability: 9.5 Low ABV for a Tripel almost makes this a session beer for me. Tasty treat! Overall Score: 8.6 Value: 9.5 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.84 Overall Impression: This is one tasty lady! One of the better American brewed Tripels I've had! Sexy and Tasty! This one just made my “Go To” list for American Tripels!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: IPA State/Country: California ABV: 6.8% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Golden color, medium head, sticky lacing Smell: 7.5 Citrus, pine, hops, grass Taste: 7.5 Grapefruit, biscuit, pine, stale bread Mouthfeel: 8 Thick and sticky Drinkability: 7 One and done! WAH! Something weird with this beer for me! Overall Score: 7 Value: 7 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.17 Overall Impression: I LOVE IPA's! Just not this one! It seemed unbalanced to me. A weird aftertaste going on. It wasn't the worst IPA I ever drank, but it's not at the top of my list. I may have drunk a bad batch. I will try this one on tap in the future if I can find it.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Stout State/Country: Delaware ABV: 5.2 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Ebony color, medium tan head, sticky lacing Smell: 7 Very faint scent of coffee, vanilla, oak Taste: 8 Coffee, cocoa, vanilla, oak, bread, burnt toast Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with a little carbonation Drinkability: 8 If you like stouts, this is a session beer! Overall Score: 8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.52 Overall Impression: A good stout for the price! The flavors come through more as the beer warms. Could use a little more body, but I would drink this if I wanted a stout fix over some of the mainstream stouts out there.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Wheat Beer State/Country: Georgia ABV: 4.7 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 7 Straw color, small head that dissipates fast, no lacing Smell: 8 Banana, citrus, grass, clove, Oh yeah...Did I say banana? Taste: 7.5 Banana, lemon, and uh...banana, honey, bread Mouthfeel: 6 Light, thin, weak and watery Drinkability: 7 I could physically drink gallons of this beer! I just don't want to! Overall Score: 7.1 Value: 7 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.65 Overall Impression: Just like most summer wheat beers, this is very weak in flavor. It smelled good (especially if you like bananas) Not Terrapin's best effort. The only thing that separates this beer from a crappy mass produced light beer is that it is made by a reputable craft brewery and it smells good and has more flavor and is made with better ingredients.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Wheat Ale State/Country: ABV: 4.9% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Light gold color, fluffy head, good lacing Smell: 8 Malt, coriander, lemon, passion fruit, grass Taste: 8 Lemon, hops, green apple, spice, bread Mouthfeel: 8.5 Effervescent and slightly sticky Drinkability: 8 A solid summer session quaffer! Overall Score: 8.2 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: 2.50 Overall Impression: Again, I'm not a big fan of summer wheat beers, but this was very tasty and refreshing (It was about 94 degrees outside) If you like the style, you can't go wrong with this brew!