Reviewed By: Herr Mike & Herr Rick Style: Dubbel State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 9.3% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: Herr Mike 8 / Herr Rick 6 HM: Chocolate Color, thin tan head, sparse lacing HR: Very dark, darker than most Dubbels, but this was no ordinary Dubbel Smell: Herr Mike 7 / Herr Rick 7 HM: Malt, chocolate, earthy HR: Sweet malt, chocolate, touch of smoke Taste: Herr Mike 8 / Herr Rick 7 HM: Tangy, chocolate, earthy, dark fruit HR: Tang up front, bitter sweet chocolate , particularly in the finish Mouthfeel: Herr Mike 7 / Herr Rick 7 HM: Thick with medium carbonation HR: Creamy with low carbonation Drinkability: Herr Mike 8 / Herr Rick 6.5 We both agreed the style was off. Booze was well hidden. One bottle split was enough for both of us. Overall Score: Herr Mike 7.6 / Herr Rick 6.7 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.50 Overall Impression: HM: For a amped up Dubbel it was pretty much one note. Not the best representation of the style. Yards missed the mark with this one. HR: Not very complex. More linear. Long lingering finish that I wanted to go away.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Irish Red Ale State/Country: Virginia ABV: 4.8% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Hazy amber color, big off white head, stringy lacing Smell: 7 Bread, grass Taste: 8 Cracker, grass, caramel, slight bitterness Mouthfeel: 7 Dry with medium carbonation Drinkability: 8 I could drink a few if that's all there was to drink. Overall Score: 7.6 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.34 Overall Impression: I'm not a huge fan of red ales but this was OK. Nothing earth shattering but easy to drink.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Barleywine State/Country: Vermont ABV: 7.2% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Copper color, head fades faster than a Ferrari, Very sparse lacing Smell: 7 Faint hints of chocolate and malt Taste: 6 Wet leaves, figs, toast, wood Mouthfeel: 6 Thin with low carbonation Drinkability: 5 Watery and weak for the style. MEH! Overall Score: 6.4 Value: 7 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.75 Overall Impression: This has to be one of the lamest Barlywines I ever drank. This was the second bottle I cracked because the first bottle was so flat I thought it was a bad bottle. This bottle had carbonation but it fizzled so fast and it tasted like flat soda. This was a dumper for me.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: IPA State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 6.7% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Medium amber color, ridiculously huge head, thick puffy lacing Smell: 7 Grass, malts Taste: 6 Pine, soapy, cracker, metallic Mouthfeel: 7 Thin with medium carbonation Drinkability: 6 Not diggin' this one. I'm out! Overall Score: 6.8 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.33 Overall Impression: This may have been one of the worst IPA's I ever drank. It tasted like a bitter Pale Ale (but not a good bitter) than an IPA, American or English. I had a weird aftertaste in my mouth that wasn't pleasant. I think I have to dump this one.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 6.5% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Medium gold color, small head, descent lacing Smell: 8 Fruity, hay, yeast, Taste: 8 Strawberry, bread, grassy, pepper, slight funk, citrus Mouthfeel: 8 Light with medium carbonation Drinkability: 8 It's like drinking liquid strawberry shortcake. I'll do another. Overall Score: 8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.67 Overall Impression: I was pleasantly surprised with this brew. It had the characteristics of a Sasion and the strawberry and rhubarb gave it a nice little twist. Try it if you like the style and want something a little different.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Tripel State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 9.3% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Medium golden color, medium white head, sticky lacing Smell: 9 Banana, clove, fruity, sweet, bazooka bubble gum Taste: 9 Banana, clove, yeast, apple, slight booze Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 The ABV is well hidden so newbies be careful Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.84 Overall Impression: An awesome American Tripel. I think Weyerbacher smuggled monks into the brewery to make this beer! LOL! A must try if you like the style
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Fruit Beer State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 4.5% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 7 Light gold color, big white head fizzles fast, sparse lacing Smell: 7 Fruity, sweet, smells like ginger ale Taste: 7 Fruity, malty, citrus, tastes like flat ginger ale Mouthfeel: 6 Light with low carbonation Drinkability: 6 I had to look at the bottle to make sure it wasn't ginger ale. Too cloying. One and done. Overall Score: 6.6 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.41 Overall Impression: This is Sam Adams take on the Radler. When my buddy was in Germany he said the kids would add Sprite to their beer. I knew there was a reason why I never wanted to do that. LOL! This brew was too sweet and it didn't taste much like a beer to me. I have to pass on this one.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: American Strong Ale State/Country: California ABV: 9.5% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Medium amber color, small white head, sparse sticky lacing Smell: 8 Brown sugar, grass, earthy, dark fruit Taste: 9 Malty, wet grass, pine, biscuit, wood, caramel, slight booze Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 A nice tasty 9 pounder. The booze is well hidden but I'm good for another. Overall Score: 8.4 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.75 Overall Impression: Another seasonal favorite from Lagunitas. It lives up to the style and is a nice rainy day or evening sipper that will put you in a nice place.