Beer Ratings: Raves

Wiseacre Oktoberfest: Gemütlichkeit 4.7  
Wiseacre Brewing Memphis, Tennessee
Wiseacre Oktoberfest has a thick, creamy, bone-colored head, a hazy, bubbly, amber appearance, with powdery sediment, throughout, and some splotchy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet bread crust-type malt, and the flavor is of sweet, somewhat syrupy, bready malts, with balancing and noticeable hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and Wiseacre Oktoberfest finishes crisp and very clean. RJT ronaldtheriot

Cascade Cranberry 4.7  
Cascade Brewing Portland, Oregon
Thank you for sharing BE RB Crew! Sampled draft @ Borefts 2016. Day 1. Hazy orange, little white head. Nose is massive funk, fruit, reach cranberry I presume, peach, apricot, insane fruit & crazy funk. Taste is rich juicy peach, funky elderflower, sour peach, glorious elder elderflower funk & crazy fruit which is bit more peach than cranberry for me, fruit is amorphic, massive, nicely puckering. Funky solid body. Very good. 77ships

Grav South 7 Figure IPA 4.8  
Grav South Cotati, California
Straight from the tap. Flipping perfection! This is an incredibly balanced IPA and definitely my favorite of the three I tried from these guys. Great carbonation and mouthfeel. Bellma hops contributed to an amazing mellon aroma that I haven’t had anything like before. Excited to see what’s next from these guys. Impressed. CoriF

Hill Farmstead Flora - Plum 4.5  
Hill Farmstead Brewery Greensboro, Vermont
Bottle. Hazy with a small white head that fades. Delicate plum fruit expression is amazingly in balance with wild yeast acidity. Nose and flavor exist in beautiful harmony. Happy Zwanze Day indeed. TURDFERGUSON

Auval Nordet IPA 4.5  
Brasserie Auval Brewing Co. Val d’Espoir, Quebec
Bottle shared with northropfrye. A lovely creamy orange body. Great aroma of topical fruit and pine. I loved both the aroma and taste of this one. Wow, this one is fantastic! dreamflower

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) 4.6  
Stone Brewing Escondido, California
Pours translucent gold, honey-like colour, small persistent head and nice lacing. Very bright in appearance and aroma - pine, citrus and malt nose is exactly what you want in an IPA. Taste is perfectly balanced - orange, grapefruit, resiny hops, noticeable malt profile with toast and caramel... lingering bitter finish of citrus pith. And really, really refreshing. Absolutely in the upper echelon of IPAs. googleimage83

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale 5.0  I am really surprised, it feels like you are having a bourbon, I really like it and I will have it again. Sunrise

American Solera Raspbarrel 4.8  
American Solera Tulsa, Oklahoma
RASPBERRIES!!! so much rasberry aroma, its amazing. Pours a pinkish red with a off white head. Raspberry pie. Has a mild funk follwed with a nice sour pucker in the back of the tongue. Best raspberry sour ive had to date. Expect this to improve with age. GrandaddyKC

American Solera Cranbarrel 4.5  
American Solera Tulsa, Oklahoma
Enjoyed at the members release party on draft. Poured a beautiful pink/red color with a soft pink head. Aroma was bursting with cranberries. Taste was sour tart with a hint of oak. Amazing beer and cant wait to start busting into bottles. GrandaddyKC

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel 4.8  
Klosterbrauerei Andechs Andechs, Bavaria
There’s really nothing quite like the enjoyment you get from pouring a German brew from one of those distinct bullet-shaped bottles into thick-walled mug. The best feeling is knowing you get to enjoy it all to yourself. Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel has a clear brown body and a thick eggshell-colored head. Candied fruit and toasted sugar aromatics. Flavors are both rustically simple yet quite complex (for a Lager). Molasses, fruitiness, caramel, bread, chocolate, and a bit of hoppiness near the finish. Completely smooth feel. This one’s easygoing yet works best when enjoyed over a period of time to experience how the starchiness comes out as it warms. Slowly enjoying this with Sleep’s Holy Mountain playing nearby seems like a wholly appropriate idea. MetalNHopHead

Saint Arnold Bishops Barrel #10 4.7  On tap back in May 2016. Dark ruby brown color with a good sized khaki head. Aroma is divine with note of molasses, heavy bourbon, rich vanilla, oak, some chocolatey overtones, and maple syrup. Taste is equally as divine with flavors of bourbon, booze, fudge, molasses, and brown sugar melding together into a velvety smooth liquid gloriousness. jkwalking05

Grimm Lambo Door 4.5  
Grimm Artisanal Ales Brooklyn, New York
Another beer with a big reputation that hits it out of the park for me. Poured from a can marked 9/12/16. It was a very hazy tangerine color with just under a fingers worth of creamy head. The aroma is balanced with tropical fruit from the hops and bready sweetness from the malts. The flavor is very similar but add some piney bitterness to give the taste some depth. It feels a little thicker than most Double IPA’s. Again, just an amazing beer! meyers1023

Prairie Apple Brandy Barrel Noir 4.7  
Prairie Artisan Ales Tulsa, Oklahoma
Pours a deep black with minimal head. Aroma has coffee, toffee, chocolate, licorice, apple brandy. Flavor is very smooth and sweet, with licorice, toffee, apple brandy, dark fruit. Alcohol is very well disguised. Delicious. bookman10

Alchemist Heady Topper 4.5  
The Alchemist Waterbury, Vermont
it’s that good. rare for a beer with this much hype to be as good as I expected. the pineapple flavor was all at the tail end of this...whcih is almost weird. for a double IPA, it’s exactly what i want in terms of balancing bitter with hops with sweet with alcohol. what makes this special is the delay between the hops and the sweet fruit you get later in the drink. it’s unusual and it’s awesome. horto008

Toppling Goliath Kentucky Brunch 4.8  
Toppling Goliath Decorah, Iowa
Bottle with enormous thanks to Brandon! Wow. Pour is outrageous thick black with a beautiful ring of dark brown foam. Thick like all TG stouts. Aroma is brownie batter with chocolate malt, vanilla, cinnamon toast crunch, no - heat bourbon, cocoa, maple and brown sugar. The aroma is constantly evolving and so nice. Palate is silk. Flavor is rich Chocolate and brownie batter with cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, Brown sugar, maple, and Light Coffee. So rich, complex and velvety. Awesome. beernbourbon


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