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Odell Lone Comet IPA 3.6  
Odell Brewing Company Fort Collins, Colorado
Great label on the longneck. Clear, very pale gold. Slightly katty, gunpowder hop aroma. Faint chili pepper up front. Dry, refreshing. Thanks to someone down at Proof. Aurelius

Distillery Lane Ciderworks Kingston Black Sparkling 3.3  
Distillery Lane Ciderworks Jefferson, Maryland
750ml bottle I picked up at Franklin’s pours a gold with a hint of haze and a ring of white head. Nose has apples, some cheddar, butter, a little semolina. Flavor has butter, apples, mild sulfur, a little cheddar. Finishes dry. Interesting, perhaps a touch too long in the bottle. nimbleprop

Ascension Formula Un 3.0  On draft at the brewery. The pourbis a darker golden orange with a thin ring of white head and no lace. The aroma is very plain. There is a hint of fruituness and a strong yeastiness. The Belgian malts and a little candy make its way through also. There isn’t much oak, though it is funky. The flavor is not as good. There is a sharpness about it. It’s got a light peach that is immediately run over by the sharp malts and a strong yeast. It’s just so sharp. The mouth feel is oily and slick with a bright-ish carbonation and a lingeringly candy and yeast controlled aftertaste. This had promise but it’s another one that’s tough to enjoy. koleminer20

Shed Mountain Ale 3.8  
The Shed Restaurant & Brewery Middlebury, Vermont
Not much going on in the aroma department. This is more about the caramel sweetness and hallertau hop spiciness being in sync with a medium body, and cleaner finish than most old/alt (whatever you want to call them) beers. Watch out, the 7.4% buzz factor is well hidden. growler6

Crown HH Grand Poobah 3.7  
Crown Brewing Crown Point, Indiana
Draft. Dense black pour tan head. Aroma is toffee and whiskey. Flavor isn tartish with prubey notes dark fruuts vanilla chocolate. Not harahky boozy for what it is. crossovert

Brewery Terra Firma Man in Black American Oatmeal Stout 4.0  
Brewery Terra Firma Traverse City, Michigan
On tap at the brewpub. Pour black with a brown head, Dark roasted malt, and chocolate in the taste and aroma. Everything a great oatmeal stout should be. bpar73

Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo (8.5%) 3.8  
Dogfish Head Brewery Milton, Delaware
12 oz bottle from Atlanta. Pours with a sparkling clear amber body topped by a large white head. The head has excellent retention and reasonable lacing. I am not particularly a fan of spruce or, more generally, evergreen supplements in beer. They are usually overdone for my taste. The aroma suggests that is the case here, with plenty of fresh evergreen notes mixed with bready and caramel malts. This is pleasing but not necessarily in a beverage. The flavor, however, has a generous malt load that balances out the spruce, is only moderately bitter, and leaves a pleasant bready/evergreen aftertaste. Well hidden alcohol" I had no idea this was over about 6.5% ABV. Smooth body with a slight harshness that I incorrectly attributed to the spruce and hops -- it very likely the high ABV. chinchill

New Glarus Zwickel Bier (2016) 4.4  
New Glarus Brewing Company New Glarus, Wisconsin
Pours a hazy straw yellow into New Glarus dimple mug. Apparently this is sold only at New Glarus brewery. Must only be made in small batches. Great biscuits and crackery flavor with a spicy hop profile. Fresh and complex. A yeasty finish with some lemon. Easily one of the best lagers I have ever tried. Surprised they don’t feature this as one of the brewery’s staple beers. chicagobears

3 Stars Above the Clouds 3.7  
3 Stars Brewing Company Washington, DC, Washington DC
From a can. Pours opaque gold with a frothy beige head. Tastes like funky straw, pale malts, light spice, some banana, and tropical fruit hops. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like banana, wheat, funky straw, light spice, and tropical fruit hops. snoworsummer

Glasstown Danky Kong 3.3  
Glasstown Brewing Company Millville, New Jersey
16oz can pours a hazy gold with some sudsy, white head. Nose has orange and grapefruit peel, perfume, grass, straw. Flavor is sweet with melon, honey, grass, orange peel. Finishes dry and a touch tannic. nimbleprop

Captain Lawrence Freshchester Pale Ale 4.0  5.5% ABV Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Hazy golden coloured with a thick white head of foam. It has a toffee, citrus and pine flavour with orange on the smooth fruity finish. Very good. zacgillbanks

Abe Erb Milk Stout 3.8  
Abe Erb Brewing Co Waterloo, Ontario
Bottle. Sweet roasty aroma. Sweet roasty and chocolate taste. A bit like a liquid brownie. kevinsenn

Ascension Adam! No Power Tools! 2.8  On draft at the brewery. The pour is a darker golden color with a thin ring of off white lace and a pretty solid lace. The aroma is very lacking. There is a lot of grain to it. A light bitter hop and some sweet malts come in, but it’s disappointing. The flavor is a little worse. There is a strong graininess. Light bitter juice and a strange sweetness come in and make this finish a bit weird. I’m not digging this. The mouth feel is syrupy and a little heavy with a a soft carbonation and a lingeringly bitter aftertaste. It’s just bitter grains here. I’m not feeling it at all. koleminer20

Beachwood Tovarish Imperial Espresso Stout 3.9  
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Long Beach, California
(En fűt ŕ BLAH): Une chair de poivron piquante, du café finement aiguisé, du chocolat et un aspect fruité bien calibré. Trčs bon et jamais encombrant. Marheb

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2001/2003-Present (18%) 4.1  
Dogfish Head Brewery Milton, Delaware
Aroma of pitted fruit, roasted malt, burnt sugar, hint of caramel. Moderately sweet, but countered, by warm alcohol booziness. Moderately bitter, but countered by the maltiness. Rich flavor. Medium to full body. Not quite as chewy as I’d expect. Deceptive with how strong ABV it is. Warm, smooth finish. This is a great quality brew. musinj6


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