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703. Logboat Brewing – Snapper IPA
As I mentioned in my last couple posts, I’m in Columbia, MO for an annual golf tournament. Logboat Brewing is a new brewery in town, and my friends and I went for a few drinks. I thought they had a really nice brewery and rustic-like tasting room, but their outdoor beer garden area was great. I can tell that is going to be a big hot spot for them. I had their Mamoot, and their Shiphead Ginger Wheat earlier, so now it was time to finally try their IPA. On their website, it says they use El Dorado and Columbus hops in this beer.
Location: On tap and served in a tall, curved glass at Logboat Brewing in Columbia, MO.
Numbers: 7.1% ABV, 66 IBUs, 7 SRM, ~230 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s gold in color with some amber hues, and fairly clear. The head was fluffy-white and a bit soapy in texture, with a fair amount of retention. The aroma is a mix of tropical citrusy and resinous hops.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is smooth with a hint of creaminess from the soapy head. The flavor up front is… (More on Logboat Brewing – Snapper IPA)
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703. Logboat Brewing – Snapper IPA

As I mentioned in my last couple posts, I’m in Columbia, MO for an annual golf tournament. Logboat Brewing is a new brewery in town, and my friends and I went for a few drinks. I thought they had a really nice brewery and rustic-like tasting room, but their outdoor beer garden area was great. I can tell that is going to be a big hot spot for them. I had their Mamoot, and their Shiphead Ginger Wheat earlier, so now it was time to finally try their IPA. On their website, it says they use El Dorado and Columbus hops in this beer.

Location: On tap and served in a tall, curved glass at Logboat Brewing in Columbia, MO.

Numbers: 7.1% ABV, 66 IBUs, 7 SRM, ~230 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s gold in color with some amber hues, and fairly clear. The head was fluffy-white and a bit soapy in texture, with a fair amount of retention. The aroma is a mix of tropical citrusy and resinous hops.

Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is smooth with a hint of creaminess from the soapy head. The flavor up front is… (More on Logboat Brewing – Snapper IPA)

702. Logboat Brewing – Shiphead Ginger Wheat
I’m in Columbia, MO for the weekend, and after enjoying some burgers at Booches (along with a local craft beer – Mamoot fromLogboat Brewing), we headed to Logboat Brewery for a couple more beers. It was suggested by my local friends that I try their ginger wheat beer, which seems to be gaining traction locally as their signature beer.  The brewery is very nice and new, and the tasting room/bar has a nice rustic feel with lots of stained wood.
Location: On tap and served in a slightly curved glass at my Logboat Brewing in Columbia, MO.
Numbers: 5.2% ABV, 21 IBUs, 4 SRM, ~160 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright golden in color with a fair amount of haziness. There was a finger-thick, fluffy white head on it that feel after several minutes. The aroma was lightly citrus with mostly light lemony smells.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is smooth and lightly creamy. The flavor up front is lightly… (More on Logboat Brewing – Shiphead Ginger Wheat)
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702. Logboat Brewing – Shiphead Ginger Wheat

I’m in Columbia, MO for the weekend, and after enjoying some burgers at Booches (along with a local craft beer – Mamoot fromLogboat Brewing), we headed to Logboat Brewery for a couple more beers. It was suggested by my local friends that I try their ginger wheat beer, which seems to be gaining traction locally as their signature beer.  The brewery is very nice and new, and the tasting room/bar has a nice rustic feel with lots of stained wood.

Location: On tap and served in a slightly curved glass at my Logboat Brewing in Columbia, MO.

Numbers: 5.2% ABV, 21 IBUs, 4 SRM, ~160 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright golden in color with a fair amount of haziness. There was a finger-thick, fluffy white head on it that feel after several minutes. The aroma was lightly citrus with mostly light lemony smells.

Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is smooth and lightly creamy. The flavor up front is lightly… (More on Logboat Brewing – Shiphead Ginger Wheat)

701. Logboat Brewing – Mamoot
I’m in Columbia, Missouri this weekend for my annual pilgrimage to my alma mater for an alumni golf tournament with my fraternity. Readers of this blog will note that this happens the first weekend in June every year, and it’s also a chance for me to add a few new beers to this list. Readers also know that my first stop is almost always at Booches for burgers and beers. Normally I enjoy a Busch or Stag beer with my burger, but this year I saw they had a new local beer on tap. It’s an English mild from a new brewery in town called Logboat Brewing.
Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at Booches in Columbia, MO.
Numbers: 3.6% ABV, 16 IBUs, 18 SRM, ~100 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark copper in color, like an aged penny, and it’s somewhat hazy. There’s no head at all, only a slight creamy ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma was lightly nutty-malty with a light woody-mossy like smell.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is smooth with a slight crispness. The flavors up front are mostly malty with a fair amount of… (More on Logboat Brewing – Mamoot)
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701. Logboat Brewing – Mamoot

I’m in Columbia, Missouri this weekend for my annual pilgrimage to my alma mater for an alumni golf tournament with my fraternity. Readers of this blog will note that this happens the first weekend in June every year, and it’s also a chance for me to add a few new beers to this list. Readers also know that my first stop is almost always at Booches for burgers and beers. Normally I enjoy a Busch or Stag beer with my burger, but this year I saw they had a new local beer on tap. It’s an English mild from a new brewery in town called Logboat Brewing.

Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at Booches in Columbia, MO.

Numbers: 3.6% ABV, 16 IBUs, 18 SRM, ~100 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark copper in color, like an aged penny, and it’s somewhat hazy. There’s no head at all, only a slight creamy ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma was lightly nutty-malty with a light woody-mossy like smell.

Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is smooth with a slight crispness. The flavors up front are mostly malty with a fair amount of… (More on Logboat Brewing – Mamoot)

700. Full Sail Brewing – Imperial Stout 2008
There’s a ton of stress right now in my life between owning/maintaining two homes and trying to sell one of them. On top of that, I’m having to interview to keep my job, deal with air conditioner issues at both houses, and other things too numerous to mention here. I chose this big beer to enjoy for the ceremonious landmark of #700 because I was given it by John Harris when I brewed with him at Full Sail Riverplace in Portland a few years ago. Thanks John! By the way, a couple years ago, John left Full Sail and started his own thing at Ecliptic Brewing, check them out.
Location: Poured into a St. Bernardus snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 8% ABV, ~280 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark black in color and almost no light shines through it when held up to the light. It has almost no head, just a thin, creamy, tan ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is like dark chocolate with a little bit of booziness and roastiness.
Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is very smooth. There’s a semi-sweet and somewhat dry dark cocoa flavor up front with some… (More on Full Sail Brewing – Imperial Stout 2008)
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700. Full Sail Brewing – Imperial Stout 2008

There’s a ton of stress right now in my life between owning/maintaining two homes and trying to sell one of them. On top of that, I’m having to interview to keep my job, deal with air conditioner issues at both houses, and other things too numerous to mention here. I chose this big beer to enjoy for the ceremonious landmark of #700 because I was given it by John Harris when I brewed with him at Full Sail Riverplace in Portland a few years ago. Thanks John! By the way, a couple years ago, John left Full Sail and started his own thing at Ecliptic Brewing, check them out.

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

Numbers: 8% ABV, ~280 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark black in color and almost no light shines through it when held up to the light. It has almost no head, just a thin, creamy, tan ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is like dark chocolate with a little bit of booziness and roastiness.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is very smooth. There’s a semi-sweet and somewhat dry dark cocoa flavor up front with some… (More on Full Sail Brewing – Imperial Stout 2008)

699. Samuel Adams – Rebel IPA Draft
My dad is in town for my son’s baseball games this weekend, and tonight we decided to hit Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. Since dad was buying, he suggested I have a beer. This seemed to be the most interesting thing they had on tap, and I’d been wanting to give it a try since I saw it come out a few months ago. Besides, I always enjoy pairing a nice IPA with spicy chicken wings.
Location: On-tap and served in a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.5% ABV, 45 IBUs, 11 SRM, 198 Calories
Ingredients: Malts: 2-row pale malt blend, caramel 60; Hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo; Sam Adams Yeast strain.
Appearance & Aroma: It’s crystal clear and bright copper in color. It has a fair amount of carbonation in it, and a bright white, fluffy head that fell a bit after a couple minutes. The aroma has a lot of citrusy grapefruit with some pine close behind it.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a little bit of crispness. The flavor up front was a bit… (More on Samuel Adams – Rebel IPA Draft)
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699. Samuel Adams – Rebel IPA Draft

My dad is in town for my son’s baseball games this weekend, and tonight we decided to hit Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. Since dad was buying, he suggested I have a beer. This seemed to be the most interesting thing they had on tap, and I’d been wanting to give it a try since I saw it come out a few months ago. Besides, I always enjoy pairing a nice IPA with spicy chicken wings.

Location: On-tap and served in a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.5% ABV, 45 IBUs, 11 SRM, 198 Calories

Ingredients: Malts: 2-row pale malt blend, caramel 60; Hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo; Sam Adams Yeast strain.

Appearance & Aroma: It’s crystal clear and bright copper in color. It has a fair amount of carbonation in it, and a bright white, fluffy head that fell a bit after a couple minutes. The aroma has a lot of citrusy grapefruit with some pine close behind it.

Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a little bit of crispness. The flavor up front was a bit… (More on Samuel Adams – Rebel IPA Draft)

698. Cigar City Brewing – Black Whole A Multi-Dimensional Ale
Its been a bit crazy lately with the two houses and stuff going on at work. After school today, my wife had to take the kids to a doctor appointment. So, when I got home, I had the house all to myself. So I sat down and pulled the first beer I could find out of the fridge. I don’t remember if I picked up this beer during our vacation to Florida last year, or if it was one my sister gave me after her trip to Asheville in the fall. I think it may have been the latter.
The bottle says, “Black Whole is a multi-dimensional ale that takes many twists and turns similar to our daily lives. It has a big chocolate expression with moderate caramel notes, complex toasted to biscuit notes and hints of clove and black licorice. Don your chocolate mask and discover the meaning of life as you said this complex, dark beer.”
Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 8% ABV, 0 IBUs, % OG, ~200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark black in color, with some dark brown, mahogany highlights when held up to the light. It had a big bubbly head when I first poured it, which fell to a quarter inch thick creamy layer with great retention and lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate and molasses like with hints of caramel and coffee.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy from the head. The flavor up front is like a… (More on Cigar City Brewing – Black Whole A Multi-Dimensional Ale)
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698. Cigar City Brewing – Black Whole A Multi-Dimensional Ale

Its been a bit crazy lately with the two houses and stuff going on at work. After school today, my wife had to take the kids to a doctor appointment. So, when I got home, I had the house all to myself. So I sat down and pulled the first beer I could find out of the fridge. I don’t remember if I picked up this beer during our vacation to Florida last year, or if it was one my sister gave me after her trip to Asheville in the fall. I think it may have been the latter.

The bottle says, “Black Whole is a multi-dimensional ale that takes many twists and turns similar to our daily lives. It has a big chocolate expression with moderate caramel notes, complex toasted to biscuit notes and hints of clove and black licorice. Don your chocolate mask and discover the meaning of life as you said this complex, dark beer.

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

Numbers: 8% ABV, 0 IBUs, % OG, ~200 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark black in color, with some dark brown, mahogany highlights when held up to the light. It had a big bubbly head when I first poured it, which fell to a quarter inch thick creamy layer with great retention and lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate and molasses like with hints of caramel and coffee.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy from the head. The flavor up front is like a… (More on Cigar City Brewing – Black Whole A Multi-Dimensional Ale)

697. Tyranena Brewing – Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown
My wife and I are up in Rochester, MN this evening because I have a checkup at Mayo Clinic. It’s been a little over a year since my heart surgery, and we’re here to see if my heart is shrinking back to normal size. Tonight, we went back to The Loop, a restaurant we hit the night before my surgery last year, because I remembered they had good food and a pretty good local tap list. I’d never heard of Tyranena Brewing before, so I thought I’d give this beer a try since it was on tap (and I’m a fan of bourbon barrel aged beers).
Location: On tap and served in a regular tumbler style pint glass at The Loop in Rochester, MN
Numbers: 5.75% ABV, 30 IBUs, ~160 Calories
Ingredients: Malts: 2-row, pale, aromatic, caramel, carapils, chocolate; Hops: Palisade, Goldings.
Appearance & Aroma: It’s very clear and is a dark brown mahogany color. It has a thin, white head with some larger bubbles, and a stale nutty brown malt-like aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is thin and the mouthfeel is crisp. There’s a nutty and red-malt like sweetness up front, followed by a… (More on Tyranena Brewing – Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown)
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697. Tyranena Brewing – Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown

My wife and I are up in Rochester, MN this evening because I have a checkup at Mayo Clinic. It’s been a little over a year since my heart surgery, and we’re here to see if my heart is shrinking back to normal size. Tonight, we went back to The Loop, a restaurant we hit the night before my surgery last year, because I remembered they had good food and a pretty good local tap list. I’d never heard of Tyranena Brewing before, so I thought I’d give this beer a try since it was on tap (and I’m a fan of bourbon barrel aged beers).

Location: On tap and served in a regular tumbler style pint glass at The Loop in Rochester, MN

Numbers: 5.75% ABV, 30 IBUs, ~160 Calories

Ingredients: Malts: 2-row, pale, aromatic, caramel, carapils, chocolate; Hops: Palisade, Goldings.

Appearance & Aroma: It’s very clear and is a dark brown mahogany color. It has a thin, white head with some larger bubbles, and a stale nutty brown malt-like aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is thin and the mouthfeel is crisp. There’s a nutty and red-malt like sweetness up front, followed by a… (More on Tyranena Brewing – Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown)

696. Revolution Brewing – Anti-Hero IPA
I haven’t been able to do many reviews lately, as thing are crazier than ever before. Between fixing up the new house every night, having to have a plumber out to the new house to work on a leak that did damage at the new house, to the air conditioner breaking down at the old house and finding out my job is in jeopardy… I haven’t had much time to sit and relax. In fact, right now I should probably be working. Anyway, I picked up this canned craft beer when my wife and I went up to Chicago for the @historyontappub tour. I love the can’s artwork.
Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.5% ABV, 70 IBUs, ~200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-amber in color and very clear. There’s a fair amount of carbonation in it, but there’s almost no head, only a soapy textured ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There’s a good amount of citrusy and grassy aroma with a little bit of maltiness.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth with a little bit of crispness and creaminess. The flavor up front is a mix of… (More on Revolution Brewing – Anti-Hero IPA)
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696. Revolution Brewing – Anti-Hero IPA

I haven’t been able to do many reviews lately, as thing are crazier than ever before. Between fixing up the new house every night, having to have a plumber out to the new house to work on a leak that did damage at the new house, to the air conditioner breaking down at the old house and finding out my job is in jeopardy… I haven’t had much time to sit and relax. In fact, right now I should probably be working. Anyway, I picked up this canned craft beer when my wife and I went up to Chicago for the @historyontappub tour. I love the can’s artwork.

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

Numbers: 6.5% ABV, 70 IBUs, ~200 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-amber in color and very clear. There’s a fair amount of carbonation in it, but there’s almost no head, only a soapy textured ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There’s a good amount of citrusy and grassy aroma with a little bit of maltiness.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth with a little bit of crispness and creaminess. The flavor up front is a mix of… (More on Revolution Brewing – Anti-Hero IPA)

258. Founders Brewing – Backwoods Bastard Rereviewed
Thank God it’s Friday. It’s been a full day at work, and then my son’s baseball team had practice tonight. I’m an assistant coach, so I had to help. When I got home, I had to dig up a huge crown of Cascade hops. Since we’re moving soon, I wanted to bring them over to the new house and plant them. After all that work, I decided it was time for a very good beer – especially since I haven’t had many beers lately. I’m not quite certain when or where I got this beer, but there are two of them in the fridge.
Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 10.2% ABV, 50 IBUs, ~300 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s a deep brown, mahogany color with brown highlights when held up to the light. There’s almost no head on it, just a creamy ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is an awesome, mellow bourbon barrel smell.
Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is smooth. The flavor up front is somewhat sweet with some caramel maltiness and… (More on Founders Brewing – Backwoods Bastard Rereviewed)
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258. Founders Brewing – Backwoods Bastard Rereviewed

Thank God it’s Friday. It’s been a full day at work, and then my son’s baseball team had practice tonight. I’m an assistant coach, so I had to help. When I got home, I had to dig up a huge crown of Cascade hops. Since we’re moving soon, I wanted to bring them over to the new house and plant them. After all that work, I decided it was time for a very good beer – especially since I haven’t had many beers lately. I’m not quite certain when or where I got this beer, but there are two of them in the fridge.

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

Numbers: 10.2% ABV, 50 IBUs, ~300 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s a deep brown, mahogany color with brown highlights when held up to the light. There’s almost no head on it, just a creamy ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is an awesome, mellow bourbon barrel smell.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is smooth. The flavor up front is somewhat sweet with some caramel maltiness and… (More on Founders Brewing – Backwoods Bastard Rereviewed)

695. Veteran Beer Co. – Blonde Bomber American Blonde Ale
It’s been a while, but we’ve been busy. We closed on our new house last week, and we’ve been over there almost every night painting and cleaning. Tonight, I took a break and decided to try this beer that was sent to me by Veteran Beer Company. They sent me the two beers they make, which is this one, as well as their Veteran lager to try. The label has a cool, patriotic vibe and I like the artwork.
Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5% ABV, 4 SRM, ~120 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-orange in color and slightly hazy. There seems to be a lot of carbonation in it, giving it a good sized head that’s fluffy and bright white with great retention and lacing. The aroma is very light with only some hints of breadiness and citrus.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is slightly crisp, but as it warmed up, the mouthfeel became a little bit creamy. The flavor up front is lightly… (More on Veteran Beer Co. – Blonde Bomber American Blonde Ale)
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695. Veteran Beer Co. – Blonde Bomber American Blonde Ale

It’s been a while, but we’ve been busy. We closed on our new house last week, and we’ve been over there almost every night painting and cleaning. Tonight, I took a break and decided to try this beer that was sent to me by Veteran Beer Company. They sent me the two beers they make, which is this one, as well as their Veteran lager to try. The label has a cool, patriotic vibe and I like the artwork.

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

Numbers: 5% ABV, 4 SRM, ~120 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-orange in color and slightly hazy. There seems to be a lot of carbonation in it, giving it a good sized head that’s fluffy and bright white with great retention and lacing. The aroma is very light with only some hints of breadiness and citrus.

Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is slightly crisp, but as it warmed up, the mouthfeel became a little bit creamy. The flavor up front is lightly… (More on Veteran Beer Co. – Blonde Bomber American Blonde Ale)

694. Lompoc Brewing – Proletariat Northwest Red Ale 
It’s been a week since I’ve had a beer, since I came down with a cold, and tonight was the kids’ school indoor carnival. It’s 500 kids hopped up on candy and sugar running all over the school to play homemade carnival games with parents chasing behind. Needless to say, I needed a beer when I got home. Fortunately, this beer arrived in the mail a few days ago from my generous friend @BettyWriter who lives in Portland, Oregon. I greatly appreciate beers I can’t get around Illinois, and this definitely fits the bill. She’s always posting pictures of her Friday night beverages on social media with the phrase, “Happy Friday!” So, here’s to you Betty…Thank you, cheers and happy Friday!
Location: Poured from the 22oz bottle into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.2% ABV, 45 IBUs, ~160 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s a dark rusty red-brown color with brick red highlights and slightly hazy. There’s a good amount of carbonation in it, but the head is very thin, with a khaki colored, creamy texture. The aroma is mostly malty with some earthy hop aroma behind it.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is somewhat crisp. The flavor up front is malty with a little… (More on Lompoc Brewing – Proletariat Northwest Red Ale)
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694. Lompoc Brewing – Proletariat Northwest Red Ale 

It’s been a week since I’ve had a beer, since I came down with a cold, and tonight was the kids’ school indoor carnival. It’s 500 kids hopped up on candy and sugar running all over the school to play homemade carnival games with parents chasing behind. Needless to say, I needed a beer when I got home. Fortunately, this beer arrived in the mail a few days ago from my generous friend @BettyWriter who lives in Portland, Oregon. I greatly appreciate beers I can’t get around Illinois, and this definitely fits the bill. She’s always posting pictures of her Friday night beverages on social media with the phrase, “Happy Friday!” So, here’s to you Betty…Thank you, cheers and happy Friday!

Location: Poured from the 22oz bottle into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.2% ABV, 45 IBUs, ~160 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s a dark rusty red-brown color with brick red highlights and slightly hazy. There’s a good amount of carbonation in it, but the head is very thin, with a khaki colored, creamy texture. The aroma is mostly malty with some earthy hop aroma behind it.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is somewhat crisp. The flavor up front is malty with a little… (More on Lompoc Brewing – Proletariat Northwest Red Ale)

693. Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout 2010
My wife and kids are at religious education tonight, so I’ve got the house to myself. I’ve been bringing beers in from the garage, since I had to empty the beer fridge, because we’re moving. I was able to snag this a few years ago at the local liquor store before they became so impossible to find. It’s been sitting at the bottom of the beer fridge for a few years now. The bottle says, Each year at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago drinkers enjoy hundreds of wood aged beers. This island poured this beer at the 2009 best, and drinkers loved it so much we decided we had to bottle it. I hope you enjoy it as well. Cheers! Bottled on 11/5/10.”
Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 13% ABV, ~400 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark black in color and I couldn’t see any light through it when I held it up. The head was thin with tiny bubbles, falling to just a thin, tan ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Despite the thin head, there appears to be a good amount of carbonation in it. The aroma is heavy, with lots of bourbon and barrel char and roastiness.
Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is viscous and smooth. The flavor up front is sweet with a… (More on Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout 2010)
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693. Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout 2010

My wife and kids are at religious education tonight, so I’ve got the house to myself. I’ve been bringing beers in from the garage, since I had to empty the beer fridge, because we’re moving. I was able to snag this a few years ago at the local liquor store before they became so impossible to find. It’s been sitting at the bottom of the beer fridge for a few years now. The bottle says, Each year at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago drinkers enjoy hundreds of wood aged beers. This island poured this beer at the 2009 best, and drinkers loved it so much we decided we had to bottle it. I hope you enjoy it as well. Cheers! Bottled on 11/5/10.

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

Numbers: 13% ABV, ~400 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark black in color and I couldn’t see any light through it when I held it up. The head was thin with tiny bubbles, falling to just a thin, tan ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Despite the thin head, there appears to be a good amount of carbonation in it. The aroma is heavy, with lots of bourbon and barrel char and roastiness.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is viscous and smooth. The flavor up front is sweet with a… (More on Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout 2010)

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)

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