Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Dark IPA State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 8.7% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Chestnut brown color, fluffy tan head settles fast, sparse sticky lacing Smell: 8 Malt, earthy, wet grass, caramel Taste: 9 Chocolate, grass, pine, leather, tobacco, pepper Mouthfeel: 9 Medium with nice carbonation Drinkability: 9 Complex and satisfying. Hit me again please! Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.67 Overall Impression: This is a great beer to kick back and smoke a cigar with. Earthy, hoppy with bold flavors. A victorious achievement from a solid brewery!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Bock State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 5.6% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Medium amber color, big pillowy long lasting tan head, heavy lacing Smell: 8 Malts, caramel, grass, spice Taste: 8 Malt forward, cinnamon, clove, citrus Mouthfeel: 7 Medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 7 It's a decent winter session beer. Just not for me. Two and out. Overall Score: 7.8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.35 Overall Impression: This is pretty much a default beer that I'll order if it's the only thing craft on tap. The spices start to wreck my palate after about two beers so this is hard to session for me. Try it if you like the style or a brew on the spicier side.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Amber Ale State/Country: New Jersey ABV: 7% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Cloudy dark orange color, big fluffy tan head, sticky sparse lacing Smell: 8 Citrus, biscuit, grass, Taste: 8 Pine, cracker, grapefruit, caramel, bitter finish Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with good carbonation Drinkability: 8 Not being a red ale guy I could do another. Overall Score: 8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.50 Overall Impression: This is a very hoppy for the style and borders on IPA but that's why it was more drinkable for me. This was good considering I don't drink many red ales. Try it if you like the style or hoppy beers.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Double IPA State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 8% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Copper color, off white fluffy head, sticky lacing Smell: 8 Pine, grapefruit, sweet, slight booze, grass Taste: 8.5 Citrus, pine, malt, bread, grass, caramel, earthy Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 8.5 I could do another Overall Score: 8.4 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.42 Overall Impression: Is this the best DIPA ever? No. Is this the best Sam Adams beer? No. With that out of the way, I did enjoy drinking this beer and at the end of the day that's all that matters. Save
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Wee Heavy State/Country: Michigan ABV: 10.2% Serving Type: 12 oz (on tap) Look: 8 Dark amber color, small head that fades fast, sparse lacing Smell: 9 Bourbon, oak, vanilla, earthy Taste: 10 Malty, bourbon, woody, peat, dark fruits, vanilla Mouthfeel: 9 Medium to heavy with low carbonation Drinkability: 10 This is one yummy Scotch Ale and if it weren't for the 10 plus ABV I could session this Overall Score: 9.2 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $8.00 Overall Impression: I love Scotch Ales and barrel aged brews so this is an awesome marriage! So complex and tasty that I could spend many winter nights exploring this great beer!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Sweet Stout State/Country: Georgia ABV: 6% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Espresso color, thick fluffy tan head, thick sticky lacing Smell: 8 Chocolate, malt, vanilla Taste: 7.5 Chocolate, coffee, malty, slight bitterness Mouthfeel: 7.5 Light with medium carbonation Drinkability: 7.5 It's on the lighter side for me but I could session this if I had to Overall Score: 7.9 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.25 Overall Impression: This was a little bit of a miss for me. The body could have had more thickness. It was like a watered down chocolate bar. With that said it still was drinkable and would be a good starter beer in this style for newbies.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: American Mild Ale State/Country: Illinois ABV: 5.6% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Chestnut brown color, thick tan head, sticky lacing Smell: 9 Malty, brown sugar, wet grass, caramel Taste: 8 Malty, toffee, caramel, pine, rye bread, dark fruit Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 A nice winter session beer. Could do a few Overall Score: 8.6 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.50 Overall Impression: This is a complex but easy drinking winter session beer and is a nice break from some of the big powerhouse ABV winter ales out there.
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Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: American Strong Ale State/Country: Minnesota ABV: 9.1% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Black hole color, Tan head that fades fast, spotty lacing Smell: 8 Cocoa, wood, bourbon, earthy Taste: 10 Wood, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, booze on backend Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with low carbonation Drinkability: 10 A great cold night sipping beer. You don't need to twist my arm to drink another Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.50 Overall Impression: The wood is good! This beer reminds me of the Beer Godz beer we brewed a few years ago with oak, bourbon and vanilla. I love this brew and it's high on my must have beers!