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Crooked Stave Von Pilsner 4.7  
Von Pilsner has a thick, creamy, white head, a hazy, bubbly, golden color, and lots of glass lacing. The aroma is of yeasty biscuit & grassy hop resins, and the flavor is similar, with noticeable & pleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Von Pilsner finishes medium dry. RJT

Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin 4.4  
12oz bottle from Windsor Hy-Vee, vintage 2018, in a Sam Smith pint glass. Smells of barley malt, caramel, vanilla, marzipan, old wood, forest floor and herbal/vegetal hops. Pours oily black with one finger of fizzy black head that dissolves to a foamy thin cover in a couple of minutes, and produces a little bit of wet heavy lacing that slides down the glass. Malty, creamy and exquisitely mellow on entry, with chocolate and caramel mid-palate and a moderately long finish with roast and cream, and gentle warmth as the alcohol hits bottom. Medium- to full-bodied, and possibly the easiest drinking barrel-aged brew I've ever had. Just a little bit roasty-astringent at the end. Velvet is right, the single most defining quality of this one is its one-of-a-kind mellowness for a barrelled stout. The transition from one flavor note to the next is subtle and meandering, like a piece of fine art perfect in its own simplicity. There are no surprises here, but fireworks aren't the only things that impress. Very well made. Firestone Walker really knows what they're doing.

Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout 3.9  
Samuel Smith Tadcaster, North Yorkshire
Almost jet black color with tanned head. Aroma has dark malt, dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Taste is malty sweet with long a bit sweet aftertaste. Flavors of caramel, dark malt, ripe fruits, coffee and chocolate.

Magic Rock Ringmaster 3.5  
Cask at The Earl Grey Inn, Leek. A clear golden colour with a medium white head. Aroma of grapefruit, slight orange and some grassy, floral hops. Taste of grapefruit, some orange, subtle pale malts and slight grassy, floral hops. Light to medium bodied and soft carbonation. A dryish, citrus and floral hop bitterness in the finish. A fresh and vibrant pale ale. Well brewed.

Schneider Weisse Tap 5 Meine Hopfen-Weisse 3.8  
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours a cloudy orange gold with a big, white head. Aroma of yeast and hops. The taste is strong and sweet with notes of unripe banana, cloves, grass and earthy hops. Very tasty and with a good balance between sweetness and bitterness. An interesting find.

Toppling Goliath Intergalactic Warrior IPA 3.2  
Can sample at a tasting at Oren's place. Murky yellow. Fruity oniony hops, a bit sweetish, mild bitterness.

Maisels Weisse Original 2.8  
Tap, Sir Williams Pub, Ljubljana. Hazy amber coloured, almost no head. Lots of ripe bananas in the aroma, sweaty and slightly spicy. Watery body. Medium sweetness, bananas. Slight spiciness. Watery body. Not unpleasant, but not too nice.

Russian River Pliny the Elder 4.5  
Russian River Brewing Santa Rosa, California
Fat @ Russian River. Gyllenorange öl med ett stort gräddigt vitt skum. Mycket fyllig doft och smak med frukt, karamell, malt, tallbarr och gräs. En mycket bra kropp som balanserar all humle gör ölen mycket drickbar.

Russian River Temptation 4.1  
Russian River Brewing Santa Rosa, California
Fat @ Russian River. Disig gyllenorange öl med ett gulvitt skum. Doft och smak är citrus- och vinös syrlighet med inslag av jäst, lätt funkighet och lättare fattoner.

Russian River Blind Pig IPA 4.1  
Russian River Brewing Santa Rosa, California
Fat @ Russian River. Lätt disig gyllenorange öl med ett ljusbeige skum. Doft och smak av persika, grapefukt, malt, gräs och tallbarr. Mycket bra balanserad.

The Kernel Dry Stout Centennial Columbus 3.7  
The Kernel Brewery Bermondsey, Greater London
Bottle. Darkest brown, low creamy brown. Dry bitter orangepeel, dark chocolate, chewy creamy mouthfeel, nice nougat fruity finish, nice

St-Ambroise Noire à l'Avoine / Oatmeal Stout 4.4  
341 mL Prava zobena kaša..aroma čokolade, kave i mlijeka.. boja crna ko ugljen, pjena jako slaba.. okus žitarica i mlijeka.. jako fino i drugačije..

Drakes IPA 3.7  
Drakes Brewing Company San Leandro, California
Fat @ The Beer Hall, SF. Bärnstensfärgad öl med vitt skum. Doft och smak är malt, fruktighet, citrus och tallbarrstoner.

Bell's Special Double Cream Stout 4.0  
Bell's Brewery Comstock, Michigan
★★★★ Une bière bien crémeuse! Quand on est en voyage, on aime bien prendre une petite bière dans la chambre d'hôtel en fin de soirée. Cette stout crémeuse est tout simplement délicieuse et onctueuse. Elle nous donne envie de nous envelopper dans une couverture chauffante et de dormir aussi longtemps que la belle au bois dormant!

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock 3.7  
Brauerei Heller Bamberg, Bavaria
PINT Tasting. Poor very dark ruby brown, lacing mahogany foam head. Smoky and malty aroma, taste is roast, smoke, dry. Some bitter notes. (Arnhem 201910)

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