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Brooklyn Dark Matter 3.8  
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn, New York
Cask at The Great British Beer Festival 2017, Olympia, London. A dark brown coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Sweet, bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla aroma. Tastes sweet, dark fruit, bourbon, caramel, vanilla. Loads going on in this one, very nice indeed.

Brooklyn Destroy All Monsters 3.6  
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn, New York
Cask at The Great British Beer Festival 2017, Olympia, London. An orange amber coloured pour with a thin white head on top. Hoppy, tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, pine aroma. Tastes hoppy, tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, pine. Quite a boozy number. Decent.

Mikkeller San Diego California Dream 3.5  
Mikkeller San Diego San Diego, California
The aroma is hay and other grains, light apple, and spruce. The taste is green apple, grass, spruce, and biscuits. It’s great that Mikkeller has brought me back to loving pilseners.

Blindman Kettle Sour #1 (Galaxy & Mosaic) 3.8  
Blindman Brewing Lacombe, Alberta
I have to say that I’ve mostly hated kettle sours and I generally avoid them. This was touted as a good one, so I picked it up. Fuck yeah, that’s a good kettle sour. The aroma is apricot, lemon, really fresh lemon...might need a cucumber slice and some mint. The taste is ... holy crap ... mosaicy, fucking mosaicy. So aromatic and tasty. It looks like a bog standard beer...yellow with a thin white head.

La Rulles Houblon Sauvage 3.6  
Tap at Delirium Sendai. Pale gold with lace. Dry citrus nose, spicy, interesting. Very dry flavor, just a bit of bread and honey, bitter finish. Good, not really sure if the hops are special though.

Gulden Draak The Brewmasters Edition 3.7  
Brouwerij Van Steenberge Ertvelde, Belgium
Tap at Delirium Sendai. Strangely light orange-ambver color, cloudy, with lace. Nose i honey, vanilla, wood, whiskey. Very sweet, tons of honey and vanilla, treacle, wood, toffee. SOme peaches. A bit crazily sweet and oily, but good.

La Cumbre Elevated IPA 3.7  
La Cumbre Brewing Company Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cask at The Great British Beer Festival 2017, Olympia, London. A golden/amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine on the nose. Tastes hoppy, tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, quite bitter. Very tasty IPA from La Cumbre, had good stuff from this brewery.

Spinnakers Ciel de Nuit 3.5  
Spinnakers Brewpub Victoria, British Columbia many diacetyl beers lately and this joins the crowd. Primary aroma is grape and diacetyl. Taste is more of the same...just not fun. However...I drank it all, so that’s saying something.

Double Mountain Pêche Mode 3.2  
Me like sour beers and this was a bit of a miss. Maybe a bad bottle. Aroma was peach, brett, and apricot; but there was also diacetyl hiding. Taste was more of the same, but still oddly drinkable.

Tahoe Mountain Récolte du Bois - Sherry 3.8  
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company Tahoe City, California
I fucking love these beers. Does that make me biased. Fuck yes. Upon opening, I got caramel and sherry. After decanting, horse blanket and orange. The taste was more horse blanket with malt, caramel and apricot. I wish I could get these back home.

The Dandy Baltus Van Tassel Cherry Sour 2.4  
The Dandy Brewing Company Calgary, Alberta
Oh snap...fuck you dandy. How the fuck could you bottle this? The first thing I smelled was diacetyl. I tried to work through that and managed to sneak in a whiff of orange. Next up, the taste; I didn’t want to , but I pushed myself to and diacetyl was the headliner. Again, I delved deep and found some caramel, which maybe is nice with buttered popcorn...drain pour. Ugh.

Oxbow Momoko 3.3  
Oxbow Brewing Company Newcastle, Maine
Bottle. Hazy yellow with a quickly disappearing head. The aroma is peachy, funky, lemons, pale malt. The flavour is sweet initially with lemons and peaches with a sour finish, quite acidic, a little acetic acid even, I like it but it’s a little out of balance.

Summit Oatmeal Stout 3.3  
Summit Brewing Company St. Paul, Minnesota
Cask at The Great British Beer Festival 2017, Olympia, London. A black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Roasty, malty, chocolate aroma. Tastes roasty, malty, chocolate, quite thin and slightly sweet. Not a great deal going on here but it is fine.

Magic Rock Fantasma 3.8  
Magic Rock Brewing Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Juicy hops in the aroma, with tropical fruits in the front and a crisp malty scent in the back. Taste is crisp and grassy with hints of grapefruit, mango and peaches. Mild pine and semi-dry on the finish. Lovely brew.

Green Flash Natura Morta - Boysenberry 3.7  
Green Flash Brewing Company San Diego, California
The first thing that hit me when sniffing this beer was that it was quite milky. Smelling past that, I got some funk and then sour berries. The taste was primarily sour cherries. But what got me (along with the milk) was the cloudy reddish pink colour.


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