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
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Pumpkin Ale State/Country: Washington ABV: 6.1% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Pretty copper color, head dissipates quickly, very sparse lacing Smell: 9 Nutmeg, clove, pumpkin, vanilla, wood Taste: 9 Clove, allspice, pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, very faint booze Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with light carbonation Drinkability: 9 I could session this brew because it's not overly spiced like some other pumpkin beers. Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: 1.85 Overall Impression: I'm diggin' this owl! The spicing is very balanced and that lets the roasted pumpkin shine. This may make the Thanksgiving table this year!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Amber Ale State/Country: New York ABV: 5.8 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Pale amber color, Big sea foam head, lacing that won't let go Smell: 8 Belgian funky yeast, spice, rye, fruity Taste: 8.5 Spice, fruity, cereal, pepper, honey, caramel Mouthfeel: 9 Light with heavy carbonation Drinkability: 9 Very drinkable and at less than 6%, it's a great fall session beer Overall Score: 8.7 Value: 8.5 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.20 Overall Impression: This is a great fall beer if you are tired of Pumpkin Ales and Oktoberfest beers! Just a touch of spiciness that doesn't destroy your taste buds after more than 2 beers. I nice diversion from the norm.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Porter State/Country: Michigan ABV: 6.5 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Rich ebony color, huge tan head, super sticky lacing Smell: 9 Coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts, slight smoke Taste: 9 Dark chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, burnt toast, slight peppery bite, earthy Mouthfeel: 9 Rich, full and smooth as silk Drinkability: 9 Every sip is pleasure! At 61/2 pounds it's a happy session for me! Overall Score: 9 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: 1.66 Overall Impression: I just went black and I'm not going back! This is one gorgeous beer to look at, smell, and drink! It's like a toned down coffee version of Breakfast Stout with more chocolate notes. This beer made a non Porter drinker a fan!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Pumpkin Ale State/Country: Delaware ABV: 7% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8.5 Medium amber color, off white head that settles fast, light lacing Smell: 9 Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, allspice Taste: 9 Pumpkin, allspice, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar, bread Mouthfeel: 8.5 Medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 One of the better pumpkin ales out there. Nice balance. Doesn't blow out my palate Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.00 Overall Impression: This is a go to if you like the style. Not super spiced but not subtle by any means. This is a solid brew every year! It's nice to see that this year (2017) they went to six packs
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Scottish Ale State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 6.8 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Cloudy orange color, beige head, slick lacing Smell: 8.5 Caramel, wet bread, spice, fruity Taste: 7 Tangy, apple, floral, metallic Mouthfeel: 7 Medium with light carbonation Drinkability: 6 This beer is too weird for me. One and done! Overall Score: 7.4 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.67 Overall Impression: I thought this was a Scottish Ale but the taste was anything but. I drink more Wee Heavy's which I know are stronger with the peatiness and malt and smoke. This beer almost tasted like old apple cider. I don't know if I got a bad batch, but this was hard to finish. This beer totally derailed my palate! FUBAR on this one!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Imperial /Double IPA State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 9.3 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Medium amber color, big fluffy head, rich clingy lacing Smell: 8.5 Mild citrus, pine, cracker, Taste: 9 Biscuit, pine, floral, orange, earth, caramel Mouthfeel: 10 Full, rich and chewy Drinkability: 9 Nice quaffer. Full of West Coast IPA characteristics Overall Score: 9 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.67 Overall Impression: This is one of my favorites from Yards and I grab it whenever I see it. I love how they tweak the recipe each year. A must try!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Black Double IPA State/Country: Michigan ABV: 8.5 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Black coffee color, creamy off white head, sticky lacing Smell: 8 Chocolate, coffee, wood, slight pine, citrus, licorice Taste: 8 Coffee, burnt toast, oak, grass, pine, slight booze Mouthfeel: 9 Very heavy and sticky Drinkability: 8.5 At 8and half pounds this is a light heavyweight for a DIPA. Almost a dessert brew, with the coffee and chocolate notes. Two at most! Overall Score: 8.5 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.75 Overall Impression: This is one complex brew! Taste more like a Stout or Porter. If you are looking for a hoppy beer, this brew is not for you. It's a great tasting beer but the roasted malt flavor overpowered the hops for me! Try it and see what you think!