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4.5
48 min ago

“Bottle from WFP. Pours thick and rich jet black with no head. Like James Evans, this beer wants to prove itself. It succeeds, with a huge coffee, jalapeno oil, and choc malt in the nose. The taste is rich, complex, with roasty and rich choc malts, cacao, hop peppers, and hops. More complex late, with emerging peppers and mole sauce notes, this beer kicks ass. I could put this beer alongside the best in America and nobody without my gargantuan palate would know the difference. This beer is outstanding, Boo Yah!” -- by DocLock

4.8
1 hour ago

“330 ml bottle, not sure of year - thanks to Sean! Cracked in celebration of my second full day off the anti-nausea meds, which means I can drink a full beer rather than a couple ounce taste. I was hoping for a lot, and this one did not disappoint. Pours opaque back with a medium dark brown head, creamy and slow to dissipate with nice lacing in its wake. Aroma is heavenly, roasty, boozy, lots and lots of rich chocolate mocha, vanilla. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, creamy mocha pudding, decadent with vanilla and oaky notes. Boozy, but not overly; not getting rum specifically, just a general spirit warmth. Full body, creamy silky mouthfeel. Lingering coffee bitterness and just a touch of acidity on the finish. Wow.” -- by bytemesis

4.6
3 hours ago

“Bottle from a gas station. Pours a cloudy cherry brown. White filmy head. Funky sour aroma of cherries, fruits, wow wow wow. Fantastic. I’m going back and buying a few more tomorrow. This thing has power. Barely any whiskey flavor though. Great sour funk. I’m in love. Crisp, tart, wonderful.” -- by beastmaster

4.6
3 hours ago

“Bottle share, thanks GothGargoyle! Deep dark hazy brown. Aroma of raisin, vanilla, bourbon, and sweet cinnamon. Taste is outstanding dry spice sweetness. Palate is a clean, sharp dryness. Unbelievable mask of 13.7%.” -- by MrFecesious

4.7
4 hours ago

“I’ve had this a bunch of times and it’s always been phenomenal. Just a perfect IPA. Everything you could expect and want. Super hoppy, super well balance. Just awesome and Founders is just a world class brewery.” -- by Ctplt777

4.5
4 hours ago

“Draft pour at Bambinos. Pours black with a dark fruit, raisin, slightly boozy aroma. Prunes, and graham cracker flavor, and super smooth considering the high ABV. Really nice dark fruit finish. Very special beer here. A must try.” -- by andrewje41

4.7
5 hours ago

“DATE REVIEWED: August 8, 2014... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: Camp summer #4 ends; no job for Shan though... APPEARANCE: orange amber body; diminishing, bubbly white head that leas beautifully arching lacing; strong cirrus swaths... AROMA: robust peach and pine cone--orange, melon, pineapple--grainy, demanding malts make this an intense, cagey meeting... PALATE: full-bodied, warming and thick--aggressive on the teeth and tongue; dry enough to slow sips; versatile ... TASTE: evenly balanced; with an intense hop bomb accompanying every sip; the intense pine comb produces ripples of orange, tangerine and mango and repercussions of the most palatably bitter ale ... OVERALL: in a three-way battle with Prism and Heavy Seas for roommate get-together IPA supremacy, Lagunitas asserts a dominant character--an irrepressible combination of drinkability and enjoyability...no doubt one of the best IPAs I have ever had... ” -- by Dacrza

4.5
6 hours ago

“Bottle. Pours clear deep amber with off-white head. Great hippy aroma of resin, pine, raisin, and citrus. Smooth clean taste of raisin, other dark fruits, caramel, citrus fruits, with a bitter finish. Great balance, big body. Love it.” -- by kevinsenn

4.9
6 hours ago

“2014 vintage yellow wax bottle pours like dirty motor oil with a thin tan head and coats the glass like oil as well. Wonderful oak, whiskey, raisin aromas with hints of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Delicious! Bytemesis, you will not be disappointed.....if I can hold on to that last bottle long enough!” -- by BrewHaMeister

4.5
8 hours ago

“500ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown to black color with average-sized beige head. Wonderful aroma of smoked malt. Sweet and smoky caramel malt flavor. Somewhat sweet with some lingering smokiness in the finish. Light on the palate. I love smoked beers and this is a good one.” -- by smaynard6000

4.5
9 hours ago

“From a bottle. What a beast! This well-named ale in the belgian tradition pours a dark brown and makes millions of micro belgian-bubbles. Draws out a medium beige head and syrupy strands that flow like molasses. Smells of caramel, plum, malted barley, raisins, and booze. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and spice. Yum. Start with half a bottle and savor it like a fine cognac. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone” -- by swesson

4.5
9 hours ago

“Awesome IPA! I wish I hadn’t missed out on the first two beers in this series. I am thrilled that I stumbled onto this one! The Hop Knife pours like a West Coast-style IPA, with it’s light gold color. The appearance was bright, clean and clear with a decently-sized white head. The nose was extremely inviting. With some whiff of the aroma, I knew this was gonna be a good IPA! The nose lent plenty of floral and fruity hops, along with a generous amount of bready and slightly yeasty malt. The flavors were really well-balanced and delicious. The hops were just about perfect, running the whole gamut and scope of flavors and characteristics. I tasted a little bit of floral, spicy, dry, citrus and wood. The amount of malt used was right on point, as well. The bread, yeast, caramel and wheat flavors provided just the right balance and flavor. Ya gotta go get yourself some Hop Knife!” -- by obxdude10

5.0
9 hours ago

“Best IPA I’ve ever had. If this doesn’t deserve a 5, no beer does. Perfection.” -- by Holtguy

4.5
9 hours ago

“Dark brown, almoust black with a one finger high brown, fluffy, head. Nose: Dark dry chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, licorice, milk chocolate, chocolate cookies - a LOT of chocolate here! Cocoa, red berries and some green apples deep down! Fat milk, plum and coffe beans. This is so complex! I could stay for hours just smelling this beer! Taste: Espresso coffee, coffee beans, dark bitter chocolate, roasted notes, cacao, fudge, caramel, oak, a little bit of licorice and a dry bitterness. Mouth: A full, complex body with a high bitterness. Creamy and very smooth. I’m so glad I got this bottle - I love Imperial Stouts and this is one of the better I’ve tried. Highly recommended!” -- by chribban

4.8
9 hours ago

“Poured from a bottle into a snifter a darkest black brown with almost no head. Aroma is smoked cocoa. Flavor is beautifully smoked without that queer BANDAID flavor so many smoked brews create. Malty smooth. Balanced beautifully. My first brew from Iceland and quite impressed. So picking up another bottle!!!!” -- by fitwitchik

4.6
10 hours ago

“I love cherries but didn?t know what to expect with this in a belgian style beer. Well I loved it. The aroma is undoubtedly cherries. The appearance is dark clear ruby with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly. Palate was very good with just the right carbonation. Taste is ... well lots of cherries and Kasteel Donker. Overall I love the combination. If you love cherries it is for you. If you don?t it is worth the try. Cheers!” -- by cernjoh

4.7
10 hours ago

“Poured from a September 2013 bottle into a snifter a darkest brown red with a think white head. Aroma is a cherry life saver candy. Flavor is amazing! The cherry flavor is prominent but not crazy as I do not like cherry flavored beverages. Smooth & a nice subtle sweetness. I love Kasteel Donker and with the cherry....WOW! Definitely in my top three fave fruit brews. ” -- by fitwitchik

4.7
11 hours ago

“Aroma: High fruitiness, pear. Medium malt, prunes. perfume, bready Appearance: Body: Clear copper. Head: Medium, long lasting, white. Lacing. Flavour: Malt: Rich, melanoidin, Light spice, Fruity, pear, apple. Medium warming. Mouthfeel: Full body, high carbonation, creamy. Warming. Overall: Very nice! Complex, a great beer. 330 ml bottle, poured. 18E. Belgian Dark Strong Ale” -- by AtronSeige

5.0
11 hours ago

“Bottle. Pours slightly nearly clear dark amber with a medium, persisting, tan head, good lacing. Nose of ripe fruits, alcohol. Aroma is very complex, with malts; yeasty fruits, grapes, apple juice, sweet orange syrup, banana coming later; lots of caramel; some spices, vanilla, cinnamon, maybe some cloves too?; alcohol. Taste is deep sweet, with a medium bitterness to balance. Not cloying at all despite the sweetness. Very smooth palate despite the high alcohol content. Full bodied, syrupy, medium carbonation. Somewhere between a good mulled wine and an old port. And a maple syrup. Undiluted. Very, very long sweet caramel and fruity finish. Absolutely fantastic!” -- by Xavalias

4.5
11 hours ago

“Donker bruin bier zonder schuim. Smaak is zoet en erg krachtig, alcohol, caramel, drop, anijs. Verder zit erg een cognac smaak in. Een van de beste bieren die ik gedronken heb. Blijft helaas niet erg lang hangen anders was de score nog hoger geweest.” -- by Icedwarf





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