Beer Ratings: Raves

Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout 4.5  Excellent...and quite unexpected! Aroma, appearance, taste...Aroma, delectable! Appearance, enticing! Taste...chocolate, sweet, smooth, rich, elegant! Heavenly creamy. I never would have even guessed. fuzzcro

High Water Barrel Aged Campfire Stout (2016) 4.8  
High Water Brewing Chico, California
Smells like chocolate and bourbon vanilla. Dark black with thin layer of creamy brown head. Thick rich deep dark chocolate carries on to a vanilla woody slight booze bite. Thick and creamy in your mouth. Amazing the marshmallows and gram are still the but in the background. krumbum

Tired Hands Intensely Juicy Dank Beautiful (Copy & Paste) 4.7  
Tired Hands Brewing Company Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Can thanks to Vin. It’s cloudy golden, large fluffy white head, great lacing. Huge dank, tropical stonefruit aroma. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, more or less accurately named. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent. bytemesis

Modern Times Sleepless City - Vanilla & Cocoa Nibs 4.7  
Modern Times Beer San Diego, California
Big aromas of coal and coffee. Deep thick mahogany block most light. Thin but lasting light head. Super smooth brown coco to coffee transition that vanilla slides in on and adds to as they all fade together. Has the body of a cup of coffee. krumbum

Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Oro Negro 4.6  Aroma - maple syrup galore, wood, bourbon-like, light chocolate Appearance - pitch black, quarter inch of tan head that dissipates rather quickly (20s after pour), but clearly, not due to age--this beer was bottled in the past couple months. Taste - truly one-of-one. Derails current robust profile most IRS exhibit and redefines the choice, robustious BBA IRS. This is deserves a blue-ribbon. Palate - extraordinary, truly haven’t tasted anything similar to this brew. Viscous maple, bourbon, cinnamon, light chocolate, wood, subtle walnut, enjoyable kick from the peppers. Just incredible. Overall - one of the best beers I’ve ever encountered for the style. Thank you, Jackie Os. TheGoldenChalice

Conclave Gravitational Waves IPA 4.5  
Conclave Brewing Flemington, New Jersey
Growler from the source. Thanks Dave! Beautiful citrus aroma and sweet fruity hop bite. Tasty stuff from Jersey’s best new brewery duhoss74

New Belgium / Oud Beersel Lips of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek 2016 4.6  
New Belgium Brewing Company Fort Collins, Colorado
Pours clear deep red with a small pink foam. Smells strongly of tart cherries. Taste is tart, cherry, hints of sweetness. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, New Belgium/Oud Beersel Lips of Faith - 2016 Transatlantique Kriek finishes with a lingering fruity tartness. SPDickerman

Hidden River 10,000 Locks 4.7  
Hidden River Brewing Company Douglassville, Pennsylvania
I want to give huge thanks to Doug and Kevin for making this notion 6 months ago become a reality today. Hidden River continues to knock it out of the park, and their IPAs continue to achieve world class status. It’s a testament to Doug and Kevin that there were three other beers that prevented me from sessioning this one, but I had three pints, and I’ll be back for more. The pour was turbid, milkshakey golden with white head that left gorgeous concentric lace rings. The nose was intense hops, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, berry. Tasted super smooth, velvety, with big hops, heavy citrus, with orange, grapefruit, berry, and a dry, floral, piney finish. This is another great IPA from Hidden River. Thanks again, guys. DocLock

New Belgium / Allagash Fat Funk Ale 4.5  
New Belgium Brewing Company Fort Collins, Colorado
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light amber color with a large white head. The aroma is full of pepper and bananas. The taste mirrors the aroma with malt. This was my favorite of the collaborative series. ordybill

Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s Elaborative #5 4.5  
Hill Farmstead Brewery Greensboro, Vermont
From notes. Enjoyed at Corbet’s house during a tasting on October 24. 375 mL bottle. The pour is a darker clear golden orange with a thin white fizzy head. The aroma is good. There is a lot of light citrus, good stone fruits, a big sourness and a hint of oak on it. There is a sharp oak to this as well that really balances. The flavor is even better. The citrus and stone fruit explode, there is a dankness to the flavor with an addition of the sharp oak and a light funkiness. The sourness on the flavor is mouth-wateringly excellent. The mouth feel is light and crisp with a bright carbonation and a lingeringly sour citrus and stone fruit aftertaste that I just love. Got damn this is a great beer. koleminer20

Funky Buddha Wide Awake It’s Morning 4.5  
Funky Buddha Brewery Oakland Park, Florida
Pitch black, tan head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, caramel, maple syrup and bourbon. Sweet flavour, vanilla, brown sugar and loads of coffee. Quite thick. Finish coffee, vanilla, bourbon. Nice!
(from 66cL bottle @ The Jersey Thursday Tasting, jtclockwork’s home, New Jersey. Thanks for sharing today’s beers, Jersey crew!!)

Alchemist Heady Topper 4.5  
The Alchemist Waterbury, Vermont
50cl can at home. Cloudy straw/light golden colour, white foamy head. Crisp and complex citrusy, floral, grassy, spruce hop profile, lightly malted, medium bitter finish. Very well balanced, maybe a bit too much. Nicely building, hopped-up aftertaste: grassy and citrusy. To my liking the body could have been bigger, but it makes the hops stand out nicely: great flavors. Mouthfeel’s oily, medium-low carbonation. fkoolen

Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #10 (Bat out of Hell) 4.6  
Port Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey San Marcos, California
37,5cl bottle at home, 13.5% alcohol. Nice artwork. Pours a pitch black colour, beige creamy lacing, no real head. Really rich bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and coffee notes fill the nostrils. Taste is intense aroma notes, toffee, butterscotch, maybe a bit red fruits. Finish is quite alcoholic and bitter, leather but very well balanced. Lingering roasted malty, bourbon aftertaste. Big body, low carbonation, velvety soft mouthfeel. Incredibly good! fkoolen

Westbrook Mexican Cake Imperial Stout - Double Barrel 4.5  
Westbrook Brewing Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
From notes. Enjoyed with ebone1988, Chris, Doug, and Jesse at the Lions’ share on October 23. 22 oz bottle, 2014 vintage. The pour is a nice jet black, thick and heavy with a thin ring of dark khaki head that sticks around without leaving any lace. The aroma is great. There is a big cinnamon and chocolate up front, a light alcohol and barrel come through offering a nice oak and vanilla. There is a light pepper heat on the back end, but it’s well balanced. The flavor is just as good. The chocolate is big with the cinnamon, it isn’t as prominent as the nose. The barrel offers a beautiful depth and light vanilla and coffee. The pepper really comes through on the back end. The mouth feel is a touch thin for me. There is a soft carbonation, and it’s moderately heavy, and the aftertaste is all chocolate, cinnamon, light bourbon, and vanilla. This thing is awesome. Well balanced, beautiful, and it’s held up spectacularly. koleminer20

Barncat Artisan Ales We Exist as Pulses 4.5  
Barncat Artisan Ales Cambridge, Ontario
Opaque Yellow, super Cloudy pour, with a high white head. The aroma is intoxicating. Loads of stone fruit, tropical fruit, and some amazing freshly squeezed citrus oil. Absolutely incredible! Mouth feel and carb are spot on. Finish has some subtle pine notes, more boat loads citrus oils, and fresh off the vine, sticky, green, hop cones. Light to medium bitterness, amazingly drinkable. robinvboyer


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