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Epic Big Bad Baptist - Vanilla Brandy 4.1  
Epic Brewing Company (UT/CO) Salt Lake City, Utah
4 ounce at the Denver tap room - one of the more smooth and understated iterations of these big, barrel-aged stouts (understated being relative here) - the vanilla, oak, and brandy work together in relative harmony - there’s some slight oxidation that adds some character that other versions don’t have - The roast of the coffee adds some balance to the sweetness and booze - really good.

Epic Big Bad Baptist - Chocolate Rapture 4.0  
Epic Brewing Company (UT/CO) Salt Lake City, Utah
4 ounce at the Denver tap room - they’re not kidding about the amount of chocolate here - intense cocoa throughout that compliments the boozy bourbon barrel character - light charred maltiness and smoke - not as sweet as some other variants despite the chocolate.

Epic Big Bad Baptist - Hazelnut Vanilla Latte 3.6  
Epic Brewing Company (UT/CO) Salt Lake City, Utah
4 ounce at Denver tap room - pretty heavy on the hazelnut here - the coffee is present, but is subsumed by the vanilla and hazelnut sweetness - moderate booziness - chocolate, light smoke - not the best iteration, a bit sweet, but it’s good.

Bignose & Beardy Spartan 2018 3.7  
Bignose & Beardy Framfield, East Sussex
330ml bottle from Bignose & Beardy. As Spartan Dry Cider 2018. Slightly hazy amber gold colour, afew bubbles on top and aroma of spicy apple, pastry hints. Taste is tart, astringent, herby, tangy apple, with spicy notes and earthy tannin. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, low carbonation, drying soft tannins at the finish. Nicely drinkable.

RedWillow Limitless 3.4  
RedWillow Brewery Macclesfield, Cheshire
Keg at The Earl Grey Inn, Leek. A hazy golden colour with a medium white head. Aroma of white grapefruit, slight lemon and subtle pale malts. Taste of grapefruit, some melon, lemon and subtle pale malts. Light bodied and moderate carbonation. A soft, citrus hop bitterness in the finish. A lightly hopped pale ale, nice and easy drinking.

10 Barrel Cherry Cinnamon Crush 3.8  
On draught at Galloway's pub. Pours a clear red, small head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer, does well with the lacing. Smells of tart cherries, cinnamon, pretty basic but inviting. Taste is cherries, cinnamon, a sweet and sour thing going on. Tasty and pl.pleasant to my palate. For the one beer.

Brown's Trips 3.8  
Brown's Brewing Company Troy, New York
Belgian candy sugar sweetness in the aroma and flavor with a nice lighter malty base beer. Clean easy drinking flavorful triple.

Sufferfest Head Start 3.4  
Sufferfest Beer Company (Sierra Nevada) San Francisco, California
From the 12 fl. oz. can dated 08/06/19. Dark brown colored pour with a modest and then fading tan head. Some lacing. The aroma features medium roast coffee, maybe some lactose, coconut, and a floral sensation. Light to medium but smooth body. The taste is not quite as forward as the aroma as I do get a sweet, coffee grinds flavor and a floral bitterness at the end.

Bignose & Beardy Discrace 2018 3.8  
Bignose & Beardy Framfield, East Sussex
330ml bottle from Bignose & Beardy. As Discrace Medium Cider 2018. Hazy yellow gold colour, no head and aroma of citric apple, some funk. Taste is tart tangy apple, green apple, fleshy, with some mellow citric notes and woody funk. Slick mouthfeel, medium bodied, low carbonation, medium dry mellow finish. Nicely drinkable.

Bruch Saarbrücker Stadt Stoff 3.4  
Brauerei G.A. Bruch Saarbrücken, Saarland
Bottle from the brewery. Fresh floral grainy beginning. Nice grainy back, easy to drink with a nice not too intense floralness. The yeast is earthy, fits in well with a nice floral bitterness in the end. Nice and sessionable with a floral depth.

Bruch St. Johanner Drittel 3.8  
Brauerei G.A. Bruch Saarbrücken, Saarland
Bottle from the brewery. Smooth bitter beginning. Intense bitter floralness, malty with a nice earthy yeastiness. Grain, fresh floral hops there. Nice fresh bitterness in the end. Very nice floral stuff.

Brick West Coast IPA 3.2  
Brick Brewery (UK) Deptford, Greater London
330ml can at We Brought Beer, Balham. Clear deep golden with a white head. Aroma of pine, straw, pineapple and grapefruit. Crisp and bitter, with some orange and grapefruit flavours.

Berliner Berg / BrewDog Berlin Mitte Dickes B 3.4  
Berliner Berg Brauerei Neukölln, Berlin, Berlin
On draught at BrewDog Leicester. Light gold, very translucent. Almost no head. Aroma brings forth soft citrus, floral notes, salt, sweat. Similar taste, where the flavours in the Berliner play second fiddle to the intransigent sourness of the base beer. Not perfect, but an effective antidote to the wave of mega-fruited sours available in craft beer bars. It's muted and nuanced, and worth a try.

Brown's Salutations 4.0  
Brown's Brewing Company Troy, New York
Tropical melon hop aroma and flavor with a lactose like sweet finish. No real bitterness and full bodied and flavorful. Smooth easy drinking NEIPA with tons of flavor. Very nice.

Catskill Rat Faced MacDougal 3.4  
Catskill Brewery Livingston Manor, New York
Draught @ The Baroness (9/3/19). Extremely hazy dark yellow-orange with small foamy whitish head, very faint citrus aroma, low carbonation, sweetish mango-orange taste with faint alcohol undertones, smooth body, long finish. The alcohol escapes a bit.

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