Beer Ratings: Raves

Lagunitas Brown Shugga 4.8  
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours clear copper with a nice foamy head. Not too bubbly, not to velvety smooth in appearance, it's just right. Smell is very floral, with the perfect amount of alcohol vapors to let you know you are in for a good time. Taste is that of burnt sugar and hops, with a nice mild alcohol burn at the end. Not too bitter, not too sweet, and a nice alcohol burn makes this beer one of my favorites. When I see Brown Shugga in stores, I know the holidays are near, and this beer helps bring the cheer.

Short's Huma Lupa Licious 4.7  
Short’s Brewing Company Bellaire, Michigan
Shorts has developed one of the most unique, and mass produced IPA’s out there. May not be the beer for most, but perfect for in my opinion.

Cigar City Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale - Double Barrel Aged 4.5  
Cigar City Brewing Tampa, Florida
sample from bottle @ZZT 2017 at Benzai's, shared by dutchdrebus/benzai, pours brown/black with a fine khaki head. aroma is sweet, soft, tye, bourbon, toffee, nuts, caramel. Taste of rye, grain, soft, medium sweetness, alcoholic, soft, smooth, dark fruits, amazing taste. great beer, full body.

Oskar Blues Death By Coconut 5.0  
Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont, Colorado
Lovely chocolate brown color. Rich flavor of both coconut and chocolate. Flavor reminiscent of an almond joy candy bar. Not to sweet, very easy on the palate. Delicious beer

Saint J Brown Chaga 4.6  
Saint J Brewery Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
Nice dark body, small foam head. Aroma is earthy. Very smooth with a hint of woodsy flavor. Easy drinking for a dark beer, not to heavy.

Schramm's Black Agnes 4.6  
Schramm’s Mead Ferndale, Michigan
Pours deep burgundy blueberry juice with flat head. Aroma of black currant, blackberries, some more black currant. Taste is super sweet, super fruity, rich in berries. Rich and velvety body with flat carbonation.

Trillium Congress Street IPA - Double Dry Hopped 4.6  
Trillium Brewing Company Boston, Massachusetts
A hazy orange look and citrusy nose with some honeydew melon included. Tastes include orange and other citrus along with a honeydew melon and maybe apricot component. Grapefruit comes in lightly on the finish. A delicious beer and one of our Trillium favorites.

Magic Rock Bourbon Barrel Bearded Lady Dessert Edition 4.5  
Magic Rock Brewing Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Tap @Stoneworks,Peterborough. Black,brown head. Nose - bourbon,coconut,vanilla,hazelnut,chocolate. Taste - sweet,chocolatey,lingering mocha aftertaste. Awesome.

Cycle Rare DOS Double Barrel (Vanilla) 4.7  
Cycle Brewing Saint Petersburg, Florida
Huge thanks to Maakun! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT 2017. Black, the head is only briefly there. Nose is basic sweet cacao chocolate, mocha, more sweet chocolate cacao, milk chocolate, pralines than clear bourbon. Taste is nice mellow round vanilla chocolate, milk chocolate, sweet but not hugely so, bigger surprise is how round, restrained & balanced this is, vanilla is clearly here but not excessive, bourbon, sweetness, everything is in check, hell this is shockingly drinkable even, basic chocolate cacao mocha body thick but not too thick. Very lovely.

Cigar City Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale - Double Barrel Aged 4.5  
Cigar City Brewing Tampa, Florida
Thanks to Benzai / Drebus! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT 2017. Black. Nose is lovely thick sweet herbal cacao mocha, I don’t get clear brandy or bourbon in the nose but lots of nice sweetness, chocolate, sweet & big sweet nuts. Taste is lovely sweet barrel is more sweet sugar, candy, chocolate, clear nut finish, sugar, vanilla oak, bourbon in the back. Taste thick round malt syrup, sweet & round with nutty finish. Very neat. Another great Cigar City beer.

Unibroue La Fin du Monde 4.6  
Unibroue (Sapporo) Chambly, Quebec
Bière d'exception à un prix dérisoire. Attaque puissante classique des triples belges, puis notes de fruits jaunes (ou pas) laissant la place à des notes plus épicées, poivrées. La preuve en bouteille que le Québec n'a rien à envier à la Belgique.

Cascade Mouton Rouge 4.5  
Cascade Brewing Portland, Oregon
Thanks to caesar! 750 ml. bottle sampled as “Cascade Sang Rouge” @ ZZT 2017. Dark brownish red. Nose is vinegar massive acidic puckering oak USA style, vinegar & glue sour but in a odd pleasant way, acidic cherry pits,… Taste is balsamic vinegar, pucerkig, glue, thick enough for it too work balsamic vinegar malt, puckering cherry pits, oak,… Thick glue, vinegar acidic body. I shouldn’t like it but it strangely tasty & drinkable. Very nice puckering rich sour. Very tasty, another wonderful Cascade.

Evil Twin I Always Felt Closer to IPAs Than I Did to People 4.6  
Evil Twin Brewing Brooklyn, New York
Thanks to caesar! 473 ml. can sampled @ ZZT 2017. Hazy going to milky orange. Nose is wonderful milky hazy mango big time with some dank. Taste is all hazy nice dank mango, pineapple fresh & litchi juice. Hazy, juicy dank. Really awesome stuff. Canned 11th of August 2017.

Bud Light Golden Wheat 4.5  
Anheuser-Busch InBev St. Louis, Missouri
Bring it back! Since you quit selling it (in our area), I had to switch to Shock Top Orange I still desire the Bud wheat beer better!! Sure miss it.

Boulevard Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout 4.8  
Very smooth for the ABV. Wine barrel is quite pronounced. Aroma of cherry, stone fruit. Hint of bourbon barrel on the finish. Interesting and complex. Very impressed. Great balance between the red wine and bourbon barrels, and a flavorful base beer behind it all.


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