beer ratings: raves

Rogue HazelNut Brown Nectar 4.8  
Rogue Ales Newport,Oregon
un profumo fantastico, nocciole, cioccolato e caffe, il tutto cremoso e intenso. birra spettacolare

Cycle Pallet 2 4.5  
Cycle Brewing Saint Petersburg,Florida
Cycle pallet 2 - aromat czekoladowy, palony, waniliowy, kokosowy, beczkowy. Smak słodki, lekko gorzki, mega palone, kawowe czekoladowe. Bardzo gładkie w ustach, aksamitne, pełne. Wybitny imperialny stout.

Faction The Penske File 5.0  
Faction Brewing Alameda,California
Only old white guys get this Seinfeld name, but I fit the bill. This beer was a fave at Thirsty Bear’s 20th Anniversary and deservedly so. Aromatic hops out the wazoo! (definitely dating myself) Now I have to make the pilgrimage to Alameda again...such a First World Problem (shame).

Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale - Barrel Aged 4.6  
Oxbow Brewing Company Newcastle,Maine
Bottle, Batch #8. Pours hazy orange, large white head, good residual and lacing. Aroma is very Bretty, clean funk, damp basement, dust, oak tannins. Flavor is musty, dusty, medium funk, clean though, no cheese whatsoever, dry, almost a fruitiness, oak tannins, low acidity with just a tiny hint of tartness. Light body, soft champagnelike carbonation. Well, holding this one for three years definitely worked out OK. This is a lovely beer.

Alchemist Heady Topper 4.5  
The Alchemist Waterbury,Vermont
Pounder from a friend. Thanks Major Tom! Oak, pineapple, overripe grapefruit nose. Cloudy amber, medium head, good retention, some lacing. Grapefruit, pineapple, pine, oak, thistle. Medium body, easy carbonation, resinous. Extremely hoppy, nice sharp bitter bite. I would have liked a maltier balance, but that’s the most trivial nit pick. Yeah, it’s worth the hype.

Sonoran Cordillera Blanca 4.6  
Sonoran Brewing Company Phoenix,Arizona
This one one of the best beers I have ever had. It was different and delicious .

Finnriver Black Currant Lavender 4.5  
Finnriver Cidery Chimacum,Washington
Draft. Dark purple pour. This is the best damn cider out there, drinks liek fruit juice, hint of lavender which i love, this is world-class.

Parallel 49 Tricycle Radler - Grapefruit 4.5  
Parallel 49 Brewing Company Vancouver,British Columbia
Gose aftertaste, lots of fruit. So good. One of the best. Just missing that alcohol kick,

Side Project Fuzzy 4.5  
Side Project Brewing St. Louis,Missouri
375ml bottle shared. Golden cloudy pour. Super sour funk peach aroma. Taste is tart fruit up front, lingers but the fruit is amazing and I can’t stop smelling or drinking this. Few live up to the hype, this might pass it!

Schramm’s Black Agnes 4.5  
Schramm’s Mead Ferndale,Michigan
Non Beer Trip Beer Trip Rating #77. Sampled at the meadery, 3/12/16. Dark red, strong legs. Aroma of dark, rich currants, honey, raisin. The taste is tart currant and cherries, honey, vanilla, citrus. Medium bodied, rich, lingering tartness. Amazing.

Trillium / Evil Twin From Dusk Trill Dawn 4.6  
Trillium Brewing Company Boston,Massachusetts
Cocoa, coffee, vanilla, soy. Solid black with a tan head. A fair amount of retention. Sweet with a bitter cocoa and coffee finish. Creamy chocolate. A little spice. A little booze. Thick mouthfeel. Really nice.

Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales Jet 4.6  Had on draft at Bigalore in Ann Arbor. BIG BOOZY BEER . Pours black with a small head. Once it warms up has a malty alcohol bourbon aroma. Flavor has umm lots of action. Malty sweetness, booze, chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, I even pick up a little tartness from the barrel. Great beer. 

Sutton Brouërie Round Top IIPA 4.6  
Sutton Brouërie Sutton,Quebec
Pas si amère pour une double IPA, mais on goûte bien celle-ci en bouche. Beaucoup de notes fruités, autant au goût qu’à l’odeur. Se déguste très bien pour une bière forte.

Final Gravity Venus Rising 4.7  This microbrewery is in my hood. This is their best offering by my account. Great DIPA with an amazing fruity but balanced flavor. It’s kind of a desert island beer for me. The brewery, an off shoot of their home brewer supply store, only offers their beers on premises at this time. And the atmosphere here is the chilliest of chill chill. The heavy dub soundtrack is consistent which adds to the lunar feel of this stop in ugly Lakeside Va. It’s a waste of time. Stay away and don’t ruin it. 

Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #8 (Number of the Beast) 4.5  
Port Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey San Marcos,California
Bottle. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dried fruits. In taste the same with cinnamon and bourbon vanilla kick, spicy chili burn mixed perfectly. Full bodied, oily, velvet texture, soft carbonation. Finish is lightly bitter with warming feeling. Fantastic beer, so much various flavours nicely mixed.

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