Beer Ratings: Raves

Weyerbacher Sunday Mole Stout 4.5  
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Easton, Pennsylvania
Pours a beautiful chocolate brown, nearly opaque, with lion-colored head that is merely a brief bit of froth but does leave some lacing. Nose is coffee with a suggestion of mocha spice. Palate follows suit with chocolate succeeding initial coffee. What is merely heat at first softens with aeration into a peppery nudge with the occasional cinnamon puff. Watch the ABV, because it's not readily apparent in what becomes a sippable treat to linger over in a session, but don't plan anything for after brunch.

Vocation Life & Death 4.6  
Vocation Brewery Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire
An absolute must for the search of a quality American ipa. Expect a massive fruit salad flavour which will not disappoint even the most experienced beer enthusiast.

Trillium Fort Point Pale Ale - Double Dry Hopped 4.5  
Trillium Brewing Company Boston, Massachusetts
Can via PUB'R Holiday party. Pours turbid golden with fluffy, white head. Nose is intense New England, with golden melon, mango pineapple, grapefruit. Smooth, complex, fruity as hell flavor, stays dry and floral, and has a pronounced dankness that gives it character. This is a great beer.

Baladin Xyauyù Kentucky 4.8  
Le Baladin Piozzo, Italy
Aroma is great, with lots of complexity, dark dried fruits, sweetness and all that can be expected from Xyauyù beers. Taste is absolutely outstanding with tobacco leathery aftertaste. Wonderful beer.

Baladin Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky) 4.8  
Le Baladin Piozzo, Italy
Absolutely outstanding combination of all decent aromas typical for Xyauyù with perfect addition of peated notes. Great combination of sweetness and peaty aromas and aftertaste. Great beer.

Baladin Xyauyù Birra Da Divano Riserva Teo Musso 4.6  
Le Baladin Piozzo, Italy
Very rich aroma with lots of dried fruits. Sweet, syrupy, extremely complex. Outstanding beer.

Baladin Terre Riserva Teo Musso 2010 4.5  
Le Baladin Piozzo, Italy
Lots of dark dried fruits in aroma, distinct sweetness. Syrupy, very sweet, complex beer. Slightly vinous aftertaste.

Pizza Port / Ocelot All Of My Tommorows 4.5  
Pizza Port (Ocean Beach) San Diego, California
(En fût à la source): Tout ce qu'il y a de plus côte ouest. Du pin, de la purée de mangue, une noyade verdoyante et une finale chaude et fondante. De classe mondiale.

Magnify Vine Shine IPA 4.5  
Magnify Brewing Company Fairfield, New Jersey
Pours almost a 2 finger high, white, bubbly, creamy head. Hazy yellow color. Total foam drape coverage. Nose is melon, tropical, pine resin, mango, orange cream and light oniony note. Medium body with soft carbonation and a resiny finish. Taste is resiny, tropical, melon, pine resin with floral highlights. This is the triple dry hopped version. It reminds me of a Cushwa brew. For real and not influenced by the glass I poured it in. I think similar to TDH Jello. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Wolters Pilsener Premium 4.5  
Hofbrauhaus Wolters Braunschweig, Lower Saxony
A little story of the almost perfect beer. I am drinking Wolters Pilsner right now, 4.9% This is what beer is supposed to be, not too heavy on the hops and has the almost perfect balance. It takes a tall can of this to start feeling a buzz. Smells like good beer, the best part is that it’s affordable. So you don’t have the cheap price cheap beer thing going on, it’s cheap price, good beer. Give it a go!

Founders Lizard of Koz 4.5  
Founders Brewing Company Grand Rapids, Michigan
Poured from bottle. Bourbon barrel aged. AROMA - vanilla, licorice, barrel, fruit, alcohol. APPEARANCE - dark, lacing. TASTE - dry cocoa, berry, licorice, oak, cola, nut, PALATE - full, and well blended. OVERALL - one of the best I’ve had in this style. I would definitely buy again.

Pressure Drop Street Porter 4.9  
Pressure Drop Tottenham Hale, Greater London
Day 16 of the Honest Brew Advent Calendar. 330ml bottle, unfiltered. Fuck this is good. No gimmicks, just bloody good brewing. Loads of roast malt flavour - bags of it. No hops messing it up. Bloody smooth. Great body - feels huge and silky and full, way above 6.5%. Gosh, this is almost perfection. Love it to bits.

Trillium Melcher Street IPA - Double Dry Hopped 4.7  
Trillium Brewing Company Boston, Massachusetts
Pours a nice cloudy amber from a can, some lacing. Aroma is amazing, I'm picking up a nice resin, citrus centering on tangerine, a light melon, and a big hit (contrary to the description) of onion and grass. Flavor is all of that and more, a bit of mint and pineapple, maybe pineapple mint! So well-balanced it's almost ridiculous, your mind reels trying to catch one fleeting aroma or flavor note only to notice another one, like a kid on Christmas. Hoo boy, this is a good one.

Hoppin' Frog Tower Tuesday Infusion A - Coffee Porter 4.5  
Almost black colour, medium sized creamy beige head; aroma of coffee, milk chocolate, some vanillin sugar and candied walnut or pecan; taste is a bit less 'full' but has the same notes; ok, this beer has one of the best aromas of my 'beer life' - if it had the same intensity in the taste it would definitely be one of the best beer I've ever tasted; anyway it is still a miracle! Many thanks, kapusil

Great Divide, Denver Hibernation Ale - Sour Barrel Aged 4.6  
Deep hazy amber under a thin light beige head. Bright potpourri and sour cherry candy and a little toffee on the nose. Big bold flavor that’s warm and deep malty with English fruity tonesnwoth cranberry and cherry and a light candy sourness. Lingering Barrel nuance and a warming malty fruitiness on the end. Wonderful.


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