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692. Summit Brewing – Great Northern Porter
The weather is finally getting nice around here, and I was outside for a while after work playing soccer with my son. After we were finished, it was nice to come inside and sit down with a beer while my wife made dinner. This beer was part of a mixed 6 pack my wife got me for my birthday in the fall. I figured since it was getting warmer, I’d better enjoy this porter before it got too warm.
Location: Poured into a slightly curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.4% ABV, 48 IBUs, 13.3° P OG, Color 60° L,  140 Calories
Ingredients: Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate; Hops: Northern Brewer, Fuggle, Cascade; Yeast: Ale
Appearance & Aroma: It’s black in color with some brown highlights when held up to the light. It has a big, rocky, tan head on it, which fell after a few minutes to a thin creamy layer across top – which left some nice lacing. There is a dark cocoa aroma with hints of malt roastiness.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is somewhat crisp. The crispness made it tough to tell flavors up front, but there was a little bit of… (More on Summit Brewing – Great Northern Porter)
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692. Summit Brewing – Great Northern Porter

The weather is finally getting nice around here, and I was outside for a while after work playing soccer with my son. After we were finished, it was nice to come inside and sit down with a beer while my wife made dinner. This beer was part of a mixed 6 pack my wife got me for my birthday in the fall. I figured since it was getting warmer, I’d better enjoy this porter before it got too warm.

Location: Poured into a slightly curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 5.4% ABV, 48 IBUs, 13.3° P OG, Color 60° L,  140 Calories

Ingredients: Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate; Hops: Northern Brewer, Fuggle, Cascade; Yeast: Ale

Appearance & Aroma: It’s black in color with some brown highlights when held up to the light. It has a big, rocky, tan head on it, which fell after a few minutes to a thin creamy layer across top – which left some nice lacing. There is a dark cocoa aroma with hints of malt roastiness.

Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is somewhat crisp. The crispness made it tough to tell flavors up front, but there was a little bit of… (More on Summit Brewing – Great Northern Porter)

691. Samuel Adams – New World Tripel
It’s been a day filled with anxiety at work (for both me and my wife) and so, when the day was done, I had to crack open a big beer. I put this in the fridge a week or so ago, wanting to get some of the larger bottles out of the boxes in the garage. This bottle was part of a three pack of special Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection beers I found at Sam’s Club just after Christmas. I already had the Thirteenth Hour Belgian Stout, which was pretty good.
Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 10% ABV, 17 IBUs, 9 SRM, 265 Calories
Ingredients: Malt: two-row pale, wheat; Hops: Tettnang, Tettnanger, Saaz; Yeast: Belgian ale strain; Special: Kosmic Mother Funk
Appearance & Aroma: It’s amber in color and very clear. It has a ton of carbonation in it, giving it a huge bright white foamy head, with great retention and lacing. The aroma has lots of Belgian yeast like spiciness.
Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is fairly crisp from the carbonation. The flavor up front is sweet and caramel-bready with a good amount of… (More on Samuel Adams – New World Tripel)
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691. Samuel Adams – New World Tripel

It’s been a day filled with anxiety at work (for both me and my wife) and so, when the day was done, I had to crack open a big beer. I put this in the fridge a week or so ago, wanting to get some of the larger bottles out of the boxes in the garage. This bottle was part of a three pack of special Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection beers I found at Sam’s Club just after Christmas. I already had the Thirteenth Hour Belgian Stout, which was pretty good.

Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 10% ABV, 17 IBUs, 9 SRM, 265 Calories

Ingredients: Malt: two-row pale, wheat; Hops: Tettnang, Tettnanger, Saaz; Yeast: Belgian ale strain; Special: Kosmic Mother Funk

Appearance & Aroma: It’s amber in color and very clear. It has a ton of carbonation in it, giving it a huge bright white foamy head, with great retention and lacing. The aroma has lots of Belgian yeast like spiciness.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is fairly crisp from the carbonation. The flavor up front is sweet and caramel-bready with a good amount of… (More on Samuel Adams – New World Tripel)

690. Avery Brewing – The Czar Imperial Stout 2009
Our Saturday afternoon and evening has been full of packing and watching basketball. It was time to just take a break and enjoy a beer and the end of the exciting Wisconsin-Oregon game. I bought this beer at the local liquor store several years back, and it sat in the bottom of the beer fridge for the last four or five years. Now that the beer fridge is emptied out, the last one out is the first one on top, and I decided it was probably about time to enjoy this one.
The bottle says, “For years, we’ve wanted to brew an Imperial Stout, a really, really, big one. Here it is! Behold the stunning crimson hues through the inky blackness. Inhale the noble Hallertau hops, spicy and floral. Savor the flavors redolent of English toffee, rich mocha, sweet molasses, candied currants and a hint of anise. This tyrannical monster is ready to liberate now, but we highly recommend cellaring additional bottles, as The Czar will continue to mature and become denser and more complex with age. Brewed with pure Rocky Mountain water, imported malted barley, German Hallertau hops, and English yeast.”
Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 10.82% ABV, 70 IBUs, 1.104 OG, ~330 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark black in color with some very faint brown highlights when held up to the light. It had a half inch thick creamy head on it which fell very slowly over a few minutes. The aroma is a mix of roastiness and cocoa.
Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is mostly smooth with a little bit of crispness from the carbonation. It has a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor upfront. In the middle, the… (More on Avery Brewing – The Czar Imperial Stout 2009)
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690. Avery Brewing – The Czar Imperial Stout 2009

Our Saturday afternoon and evening has been full of packing and watching basketball. It was time to just take a break and enjoy a beer and the end of the exciting Wisconsin-Oregon game. I bought this beer at the local liquor store several years back, and it sat in the bottom of the beer fridge for the last four or five years. Now that the beer fridge is emptied out, the last one out is the first one on top, and I decided it was probably about time to enjoy this one.

The bottle says, “For years, we’ve wanted to brew an Imperial Stout, a really, really, big one. Here it is! Behold the stunning crimson hues through the inky blackness. Inhale the noble Hallertau hops, spicy and floral. Savor the flavors redolent of English toffee, rich mocha, sweet molasses, candied currants and a hint of anise. This tyrannical monster is ready to liberate now, but we highly recommend cellaring additional bottles, as The Czar will continue to mature and become denser and more complex with age. Brewed with pure Rocky Mountain water, imported malted barley, German Hallertau hops, and English yeast.

Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 10.82% ABV, 70 IBUs, 1.104 OG, ~330 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark black in color with some very faint brown highlights when held up to the light. It had a half inch thick creamy head on it which fell very slowly over a few minutes. The aroma is a mix of roastiness and cocoa.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is mostly smooth with a little bit of crispness from the carbonation. It has a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor upfront. In the middle, the… (More on Avery Brewing – The Czar Imperial Stout 2009)

689. Bell’s Brewery – Batch 10,000 Ale
It’s a really nice Saturday afternoon, and I am sitting down to enjoy this beer and watch House of Cards on Netflix. We had an open house this morning, and I hope it went well. When we got back, we did a little bit of packing out in the garage. I remember picking up this beer quite a while ago at the liquor store, because it was a special release. I’m not sure of the ABV, so I hope it was a big one and held up over time.
Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 9.2% ABV, 1.086 OG, ~300 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s black in color with a hint of brown highlights when held up to the sunlight. The head was thin and soap-like, which fell to a creamy ring around the edge of the glass after a minute or so. The aroma is lightly roasty.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation in it. There’s a dark… (More on Bell’s Brewery – Batch 10,000 Ale)
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689. Bell’s Brewery – Batch 10,000 Ale

It’s a really nice Saturday afternoon, and I am sitting down to enjoy this beer and watch House of Cards on Netflix. We had an open house this morning, and I hope it went well. When we got back, we did a little bit of packing out in the garage. I remember picking up this beer quite a while ago at the liquor store, because it was a special release. I’m not sure of the ABV, so I hope it was a big one and held up over time.

Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 9.2% ABV, 1.086 OG, ~300 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s black in color with a hint of brown highlights when held up to the sunlight. The head was thin and soap-like, which fell to a creamy ring around the edge of the glass after a minute or so. The aroma is lightly roasty.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation in it. There’s a dark… (More on Bell’s Brewery – Batch 10,000 Ale)

688. Deschutes Brewery – Inversion IPA
It’s Sunday evening, and it’s been a really long weekend. We had a showing of our house, and two birthday parties for my daughter. I finally get a chance to sit down and relax, so I grabbed a beer and started watching the amazing race. The bottle says “Best by 01/29/14,” so I’m a little behind. I don’t remember exactly where are when I got this, but I think it was part of the mixed six pack that my wife got me for my birthday in September.
Location: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.8% ABV, 0 IBUs, % OG, 180 Calories
Ingredients: Malt:Pale, Crystal, Munich, Caramel; Hops: Millennium, Horizon, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Citra
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark amber-red in color and slightly hazy. It has a huge rocky-soapy head with great retention and the lacing. The aroma is mostly hops, with piney smells and some caramel maltiness right behind it.
Taste & Feel: It’s medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel from the head, with a little bit of hop crispness behind it. The flavors up front are… (More on Deschutes Brewery – Inversion IPA)
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688. Deschutes Brewery – Inversion IPA

It’s Sunday evening, and it’s been a really long weekend. We had a showing of our house, and two birthday parties for my daughter. I finally get a chance to sit down and relax, so I grabbed a beer and started watching the amazing race. The bottle says “Best by 01/29/14,” so I’m a little behind. I don’t remember exactly where are when I got this, but I think it was part of the mixed six pack that my wife got me for my birthday in September.

Location: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.8% ABV, 0 IBUs, % OG, 180 Calories

Ingredients: Malt:Pale, Crystal, Munich, Caramel; Hops: Millennium, Horizon, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Citra

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark amber-red in color and slightly hazy. It has a huge rocky-soapy head with great retention and the lacing. The aroma is mostly hops, with piney smells and some caramel maltiness right behind it.

Taste & Feel: It’s medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel from the head, with a little bit of hop crispness behind it. The flavors up front are… (More on Deschutes Brewery – Inversion IPA)

687. Red Hook Brewery – ESB
My daughter’s birthday party with our family is in full swing, and I decided to have another beer. It’s been a long day, after a party at Chuck E Cheese with her friends at lunch, and now a family party in the evening. My dad and sister are here, along with my wife’s parents and sister’s family. I don’t remember for sure, but I think I picked up this beer as part of a mixed six pack I bought on vacation in Florida in September. It says it was bottled on Aug 5 2013.
Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.8% ABV, 28 IBUs, 13.75 degrees plato OG, ~140 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s light amber-copper in color and extremely clear. There’s a very thin head on it, barely covering the top. The aroma is mostly light caramel with a light earthy hop smell.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp. The flavor up front is slightly sweet with a… (More on Red Hook Brewery – ESB)
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687. Red Hook Brewery – ESB

My daughter’s birthday party with our family is in full swing, and I decided to have another beer. It’s been a long day, after a party at Chuck E Cheese with her friends at lunch, and now a family party in the evening. My dad and sister are here, along with my wife’s parents and sister’s family. I don’t remember for sure, but I think I picked up this beer as part of a mixed six pack I bought on vacation in Florida in September. It says it was bottled on Aug 5 2013.

Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 5.8% ABV, 28 IBUs, 13.75 degrees plato OG, ~140 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s light amber-copper in color and extremely clear. There’s a very thin head on it, barely covering the top. The aroma is mostly light caramel with a light earthy hop smell.

Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp. The flavor up front is slightly sweet with a… (More on Red Hook Brewery – ESB)

686. Green Man Brewing – Porter
As I mentioned in my last couple posts, it’s my daughter’s birthday this weekend. We already had a party for her friends at Chuck E Cheese, followed by a Threadless IPA from Finch’s. Now, we’re having our family party. My sister is in town, and if you follow the blog, you know she and her friends give me a lot of content (i.e. beer) for this blog. So, while she was there (pictured behind the beer), I cracked one open she brought me from her trip to Asheville, NC this past fall.
Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6% ABV, 40 IBUs, ~150 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark brown in color with some brown highlights when held up to the light. The head was huge, tan, and rocky with incredible retention and lacing. The aroma was some smooth roastiness with hints of cocoa.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is crisp from the good amount of carbonation in it. Up front, there’s a light… (More on Green Man Brewing – Porter)
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686. Green Man Brewing – Porter

As I mentioned in my last couple posts, it’s my daughter’s birthday this weekend. We already had a party for her friends at Chuck E Cheese, followed by a Threadless IPA from Finch’s. Now, we’re having our family party. My sister is in town, and if you follow the blog, you know she and her friends give me a lot of content (i.e. beer) for this blog. So, while she was there (pictured behind the beer), I cracked one open she brought me from her trip to Asheville, NC this past fall.

Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6% ABV, 40 IBUs, ~150 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark brown in color with some brown highlights when held up to the light. The head was huge, tan, and rocky with incredible retention and lacing. The aroma was some smooth roastiness with hints of cocoa.

Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is crisp from the good amount of carbonation in it. Up front, there’s a light… (More on Green Man Brewing – Porter)

685. Finch’s Beer Co. – Threadless IPA
We just got back from my daughter’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Despite the stress of the party, my wife lost her wallet and keys at the party. Luckily, someone turned them in right before we had to leave, but it still multiplied the stress level from already record levels. So, when I got home, I needed a beer to take the edge off before my in=laws came over for our family party tonight. I can’t remember when or where I got this beer, but I know I’ve had it before with my friend Joe, who picked some up on a trip to Chicago.
Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6% ABV, 0 IBUs, % OG, ~160 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-orange in color and cloudy from the sediment in the bottom of the can. It has a good sized, frothy, white head that slowly fell to a thin layer of creamy-soapy bubbles. The aroma is a good amount of citrusy hops.
Taste & Feel: The body is solidly medium and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a bit of hop crispness. The flavor up front is… (More on Finch’s Beer Co. – Threadless IPA)
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685. Finch’s Beer Co. – Threadless IPA

We just got back from my daughter’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Despite the stress of the party, my wife lost her wallet and keys at the party. Luckily, someone turned them in right before we had to leave, but it still multiplied the stress level from already record levels. So, when I got home, I needed a beer to take the edge off before my in=laws came over for our family party tonight. I can’t remember when or where I got this beer, but I know I’ve had it before with my friend Joe, who picked some up on a trip to Chicago.

Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6% ABV, 0 IBUs, % OG, ~160 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-orange in color and cloudy from the sediment in the bottom of the can. It has a good sized, frothy, white head that slowly fell to a thin layer of creamy-soapy bubbles. The aroma is a good amount of citrusy hops.

Taste & Feel: The body is solidly medium and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a bit of hop crispness. The flavor up front is… (More on Finch’s Beer Co. – Threadless IPA)

684. Full Sail Brewing – Reserve 1999 Mercator Doppelbock
Thank God it’s Friday. It’s been a very rough week at work, and this weekend is my daughter’s birthday. So, tomorrow we’re having a bunch of kids at a party at Chuck E Cheese, and then a family party tomorrow night. When cleaning out the beer fridge a couple weeks ago, I uncovered this beer from my “Cuisinternship” at Full Sail Brewing a couple years ago. At the time, John Harris (who’s now started his own brewery, Ecliptic Brewing) took me to the brewmaster’s reserve fridge hidden near their former location in Portland, and gave me several aged beers. He warned me that this one may not be any good any more, but gave it to me anyway. The label says it was brewed on 8/25/98 and ottled on 020299. So it’s almost exactly 15 years old.
Location: Poured into a small St. Bernardus snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.2% ABV, 26 IBUs, ~170 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s a dark brick red color, and it’s extremely clear (although there was a good amount of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle). The head was initially a lot of big bubbles that fell very quickly, leaving nothing at the top. It has a sweet caramel and dark cherry-like malty aroma with a good amount of box-like oxidation smells.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium to full and the mouthfeel is smooth. The flavor up front is sweet with some… (More on Full Sail Brewing – Reserve 1999 Mercator Doppelbock)
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684. Full Sail Brewing – Reserve 1999 Mercator Doppelbock

Thank God it’s Friday. It’s been a very rough week at work, and this weekend is my daughter’s birthday. So, tomorrow we’re having a bunch of kids at a party at Chuck E Cheese, and then a family party tomorrow night. When cleaning out the beer fridge a couple weeks ago, I uncovered this beer from my “Cuisinternship” at Full Sail Brewing a couple years ago. At the time, John Harris (who’s now started his own brewery, Ecliptic Brewing) took me to the brewmaster’s reserve fridge hidden near their former location in Portland, and gave me several aged beers. He warned me that this one may not be any good any more, but gave it to me anyway. The label says it was brewed on 8/25/98 and ottled on 020299. So it’s almost exactly 15 years old.

Location: Poured into a small St. Bernardus snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.2% ABV, 26 IBUs, ~170 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s a dark brick red color, and it’s extremely clear (although there was a good amount of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle). The head was initially a lot of big bubbles that fell very quickly, leaving nothing at the top. It has a sweet caramel and dark cherry-like malty aroma with a good amount of box-like oxidation smells.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium to full and the mouthfeel is smooth. The flavor up front is sweet with some… (More on Full Sail Brewing – Reserve 1999 Mercator Doppelbock)

683. Founders Brewing – Porter 
I’ve been out running errands this evening and now have a chance to chill out. I can’t remember where I got this beer. As I mentioned, we’re getting ready to move, so all the beer from the beer fridge is in boxes out in the garage. I found two bottles of this beer, so I thought I’d continue to lighten the load for moving and have both.
Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.5% ABV, 45 IBUs, ~160 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: Its dark black in color, and I couldn’t see any light through it when I held it up. The head was thin, tan, and creamy, and fell to just a creamy ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is light, dark cocoa.
Taste & Feel: The body is surprisingly full and the mouthfeel is smooth and slightly viscous. The flavor up front is light, but it’s like dark cocoa. There’s a bit of… (More on Founders Brewing – Porter)
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683. Founders Brewing – Porter 

I’ve been out running errands this evening and now have a chance to chill out. I can’t remember where I got this beer. As I mentioned, we’re getting ready to move, so all the beer from the beer fridge is in boxes out in the garage. I found two bottles of this beer, so I thought I’d continue to lighten the load for moving and have both.

Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.5% ABV, 45 IBUs, ~160 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: Its dark black in color, and I couldn’t see any light through it when I held it up. The head was thin, tan, and creamy, and fell to just a creamy ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is light, dark cocoa.

Taste & Feel: The body is surprisingly full and the mouthfeel is smooth and slightly viscous. The flavor up front is light, but it’s like dark cocoa. There’s a bit of… (More on Founders Brewing – Porter)

682. Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner Blonde
I’ve been so busy the last few weeks that I wanted to just sit around and relax today. So, I hopped online and I’ve been following along with what’s going on at SXSW today. I’ve been watching some streaming videos of sessions, and following along with some on Twitter. To get in the spirit of almost being there, I thought I’d crack open this Shiner beer from a mixed six pack that was given to me by my friend Betty, who used to live in Austin.
Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 4.4% ABV, 13 IBUs, 130 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright golden-yellow in color and very clear. There was a bright white head on it that fell pretty quickly to almost nothing. The aroma was lightly grainy and a bit corn-like with some lager-like smells.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp. The crispness makes it hard to taste much up front. There’s a bit of a grainy-bready flavor in the middle, and the finish is… (More on Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner Blonde)
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682. Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner Blonde

I’ve been so busy the last few weeks that I wanted to just sit around and relax today. So, I hopped online and I’ve been following along with what’s going on at SXSW today. I’ve been watching some streaming videos of sessions, and following along with some on Twitter. To get in the spirit of almost being there, I thought I’d crack open this Shiner beer from a mixed six pack that was given to me by my friend Betty, who used to live in Austin.

Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 4.4% ABV, 13 IBUs, 130 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright golden-yellow in color and very clear. There was a bright white head on it that fell pretty quickly to almost nothing. The aroma was lightly grainy and a bit corn-like with some lager-like smells.

Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp. The crispness makes it hard to taste much up front. There’s a bit of a grainy-bready flavor in the middle, and the finish is… (More on Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner Blonde)

681. Weyerbacher – Heresy Imperial Stout aged in Oak Barrels
We’re sitting down to watch the second Hunger Games movie and having dinner. I’ve already had New Glarus Cherry Stout earlier today, so I thought I’d stick with the stouts, and go a bit bigger. I believe this is one of the beers my friend Travis gave me in a mixed 6-pack he brought back from his trip to Virginia Beach last year.
Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 8% ABV, ~280 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark black in color, with almost no light visible when held up to the light. There’s no head, just a creamy tan ring around the edge of the glass. It has a dark roasty aroma with some charred barrel smells.
Taste & Feel: The body is full and it has a fairly smooth mouthfeel. The flavor up front is soft and roasty, with a light… (More on Weyerbacher – Heresy Imperial Stout aged in Oak Barrels)
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681. Weyerbacher – Heresy Imperial Stout aged in Oak Barrels

We’re sitting down to watch the second Hunger Games movie and having dinner. I’ve already had New Glarus Cherry Stout earlier today, so I thought I’d stick with the stouts, and go a bit bigger. I believe this is one of the beers my friend Travis gave me in a mixed 6-pack he brought back from his trip to Virginia Beach last year.

Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 8% ABV, ~280 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark black in color, with almost no light visible when held up to the light. There’s no head, just a creamy tan ring around the edge of the glass. It has a dark roasty aroma with some charred barrel smells.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and it has a fairly smooth mouthfeel. The flavor up front is soft and roasty, with a light… (More on Weyerbacher – Heresy Imperial Stout aged in Oak Barrels)

680. New Glarus – Unplugged Cherry Stout
We’ve got our home on the market, and we had an open house this morning. This afternoon has been pretty relaxing, catching up on several beer reviews. After editing a few, I had a craving for one. So as I sit here during halftime of the Mizzou basketball game, I went out to the garage to grab a beer. I forgot to mention that the beer fridge is now gone, in storage while we move. So, all the beer is boxed up in the cold garage and beers like this one were uncovered from the back of the fridge. I think I picked up this beer a couple years ago when my family and I went to the Wisconsin Dells on a weekend trip and stopped at the brewery on the way home.
Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.5% ABV, ~200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s a very dark brown color, and has some dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. There is a very thin, creamy head at the top, with a good amount of carbonation in it. The aroma is a bold sweet, milk chocolate covered tart cherry smell that almost smells artificial.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is very smooth with a little bit of carbonation tingle. The flavor up front is a lightly sweet… (More on New Glarus – Unplugged Cherry Stout)
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680. New Glarus – Unplugged Cherry Stout

We’ve got our home on the market, and we had an open house this morning. This afternoon has been pretty relaxing, catching up on several beer reviews. After editing a few, I had a craving for one. So as I sit here during halftime of the Mizzou basketball game, I went out to the garage to grab a beer. I forgot to mention that the beer fridge is now gone, in storage while we move. So, all the beer is boxed up in the cold garage and beers like this one were uncovered from the back of the fridge. I think I picked up this beer a couple years ago when my family and I went to the Wisconsin Dells on a weekend trip and stopped at the brewery on the way home.

Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.5% ABV, ~200 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s a very dark brown color, and has some dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. There is a very thin, creamy head at the top, with a good amount of carbonation in it. The aroma is a bold sweet, milk chocolate covered tart cherry smell that almost smells artificial.

Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is very smooth with a little bit of carbonation tingle. The flavor up front is a lightly sweet… (More on New Glarus – Unplugged Cherry Stout)

679. Port Brewing Co. – Shark Attack Double Red Ale
As I keep mentioning, things are pretty stressful right now with everything we have going on. Both my wife and I really needed a beer, so we headed toFirehouse Pizza Pub in Normal. They usually have some pretty good beers on tap, and their NY style pizza is decent (avoid their normal pizza, as the sauce is super sweet).
Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at Firehouse Pizza Pub in Normal.
Numbers: 9% ABV, ~270 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s the color of a dark copper-brown penny, and is very hazy. When it arrived at the table, there was no head – not even a complete ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma was caramel malty with some toffee notes.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium to full with a lightly crisp mouthfeel. The flavors up front were… (More on Port Brewing Co. – Shark Attack Double Red Ale)
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679. Port Brewing Co. – Shark Attack Double Red Ale

As I keep mentioning, things are pretty stressful right now with everything we have going on. Both my wife and I really needed a beer, so we headed toFirehouse Pizza Pub in Normal. They usually have some pretty good beers on tap, and their NY style pizza is decent (avoid their normal pizza, as the sauce is super sweet).

Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at Firehouse Pizza Pub in Normal.

Numbers: 9% ABV, ~270 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s the color of a dark copper-brown penny, and is very hazy. When it arrived at the table, there was no head – not even a complete ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma was caramel malty with some toffee notes.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium to full with a lightly crisp mouthfeel. The flavors up front were… (More on Port Brewing Co. – Shark Attack Double Red Ale)

DUPLICATION. No, it’s not a new beer from Russian River. I made a mistake, and had the same beer twice.


#590



#56

If you’ve stuck with me the last several years, you’ll remember back inNovember 2012, when I discovered a mistake. At the time, I realized I had duplicated Schlafly’s Oktoberfest.
Well, as you can tell by the headline, I did it again. This time, I was going back through the last hundred beers I’d had, I discovered Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t had that one earlier. Sure enough, when I checked back again, it was both #590 and #56.
Normally, I try to do a search on my phone before I have a beer to see if I’d had it before. Perhaps I didn’t put in “dry hopped” or something like that.
Anyway, just as I did the last time, I’m going to correct it immediately, on my next beer (so I’ll now have 2 number 679s), and continue on my journey.
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DUPLICATION. No, it’s not a new beer from Russian River. I made a mistake, and had the same beer twice.

590. Founders Brewing - Dry Hopped Pale Ale

#590

Founders Brewing - Dry Hopped Pale Ale

#56

If you’ve stuck with me the last several years, you’ll remember back inNovember 2012, when I discovered a mistakeAt the time, I realized I had duplicated Schlafly’s Oktoberfest.

Well, as you can tell by the headline, I did it again. This time, I was going back through the last hundred beers I’d had, I discovered Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t had that one earlier. Sure enough, when I checked back again, it was both #590 and #56.

Normally, I try to do a search on my phone before I have a beer to see if I’d had it before. Perhaps I didn’t put in “dry hopped” or something like that.

Anyway, just as I did the last time, I’m going to correct it immediately, on my next beer (so I’ll now have 2 number 679s), and continue on my journey.

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