Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Reviews yet to be Posted

Weyerbacher Riserva - 5 glasses
Bruery Three French Hens - 5 glasses
Troeg's Mad Elf - 2 glasses (an upgrade)
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum - 5 glasses
Clipper City Heavy Seas Loose Canon - 4 glasses (a downgrade)
Steenberge Piraat - 4 glasses
Ommegang BPA - 3 glasses
BFM Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien - 7 glasses
Steenberge Bruegel - 3 glasses
Steenberge Bornem Triple - 4 glasses
Hanssens Lambic Experimental Cassis - 3 glasses
Highlands Black Mocha Stout - 4 glasses
Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' - 5 glasses
Steenberge Bornem Double - 4 glasses
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA - 5 glasses
Highlands Oatmeal Porter - 4 glasses
Steenberge Augustiin - 3 glasses
Alesmith Old Numskull - 5 glasses
Avery Joe's - 4 glasses
Move Chimnay to 6
Move Sculpin to 6
I have fallen behind

Beers sorted by Brewer

21st Amendmend: Hop Crisis
Alchemist Heady Topper
Alesmith (Speedway Stout
AllagashDubbelTriple ReserveWhite
Anderson Valley Winter Solstice
Anheuser-Busch Budweiser
AveryAnniversary Ale - SixeenMaharajaOld Jubulation
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
Bass Pale Ale
Bavik Petrus Aged Pale Ale
Bear Republic Racer 5
Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA
BellsBatch 9000Expedition StoutOarsmanOberonOctoberfestSparkling AleSpecial Double Cream StoutThird Coast Old AleTwo Hearted Ale
BFM Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes: Square root 225, Bon Chien
Bitburger Premium Pils
Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge
Blue and Gray Elwood Thompson Fresh Farmhouse Ale
Bluegrass Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout
Blue MountainArtisanal AleBig D.I.P.AFull NelsonRockfish Wheat
Boon Mariage Parfait
Bostells Karmeliet
Boulevard: 80 AcreSaison - Brett 
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel
BrooklynBlack Chocolate StoutMonster AleOktoberfest
Bruery: Hottenroth Berliner Weisse, Saison RueWhite Oak
Caledonian Newcastle Winter IPA
CantillonGueuzeRose de Gambrinus, St. LamvinusVigneronne
Center of the Universe Pocahoptas
ChimayGrand Reserve (Blue)Tripel
Clipper City Heavy Seas Loose Canon
d'AchouffeLa ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe
de DolleAra Bier, Dulle Teve, OerbierOerbier ReservaStille Nacht
De ProefLes Deux BrasseursPinhead
Dogfish Head60 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA120 Minute IPAWorld Wide Stout
Drie Fonteine Oude Geuze
Duck-Rabbit Porter
Dupont: Avec Les Bons VoeuxSaison
Duvel Duvel
Fantôme Saison
Firestone Walker: Double JackFloreffe Prima Melior
Flying DogGonzoDog In Heat WheatRaging BitchSnake Dog IPAWhiskey-Barrel Aged Gonzo
FoundersBreakfast StoutImperial StoutKentucky Breakfast StoutPorterRed's Rye PA
Fullers Vintage Ale
Girardin Gueuze 1882 Black Label
Goose Island312 Urban Wheat AleStockyard Oatmeal Stout
Great DivideHibernation AleOak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutTitan IPAYeti Imperial Stout
Green Flash Imperial IPA
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
HardywoodBourbon CruBaltic Porter with Bacon and Maple
HanssensOude GueuzeOude Kriek
Hoegaarden Original White Ale
Huyghe Delirium NocturumA
Koningshoeven Tripel
LagunitasBrown Sugga' (cask)Cappuccino StoutIPAUndercover Investigator Shut-Down Ale
Leffe Blonde
Left Hand Polestar Pilsner
LegendBrown AleGolden AleOctoberfest
Lindemans FramboiseGueuze Cuvée René
J. W. LeesHarvest AleHarvest Ale aged in Calvados casks

Magic Hat Vinyl
Modelo Negra Modelo
New Belgium Mothership Wit
New Holland Golden Cap
North CoastACME California IPABlue Star Wheat AleOld #38 StoutOld RasputinRed Seal Ale
Old Dominion Millennium
Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout
Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale
Oskar Blues Gordon
Oskar Blues TEN FIDY
Ommegang Abbey Ale
Ommegang Biere de Mars
Ommegang Hennepin
Ommegang Ommegeddon
Ommegang Rare Vos
Ommegang Three Philosophers
Ommegang Tripel Perfection
Orval Orval
Oud Beersel Kriek
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrub
Paulaner Salvator
Peroni Nastro Azzurro
Pilsner Urquell
Port Old Viscosity
Rogue Chocolate Stout
Rogue Shakespeare Stout
Russian RiverSantification, Supplicaton
Russian River Temptation
*Samuel Adams* (Boston Lager, Noble Pils, Octoberfest)
Samuel Smith: Oatmeal Stout, Pure Brewed Lager
Schneider: Aventinus, Aventinus Weizen Eisbock, Weisse
Sierra NevadaBigfoot / Celebration / ESB / Kellerweis / Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale / Pale Ale / Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale, Stout / Summerfest / Torpedo Extra IPA /
Sinebrychoff: Porter
Smisje: Calva Reserva
Smuttynose: Baltic Porter, "Finest Kind" IPA, Robust Porter
Smuttynose Winter Ale
Southampton: Biere de Garde, Saison Deluxe
Southern Tier - 2 x IPA / IPA / Unearthly /
St. Bernardus: Abt 12, Prior 8, Tripel, Witbier
St. George: IPA, Summer Ale
Starr Hill: Dark Starr Stout, (The) Gift, Jumo Lager, (The) Love, Northern Lights
Steenberge: Gulden Draak, Maerfant Damse
Stone: 13th Anniversary, Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, Imperial Russian Stout, Levitation Ale, Old Ruffian, Ruination
Stoudts: Scarlette Lady
Strangeways Phantasmic East Coast IPA
Strubbe: Ichtegem's Grand Cru
Terrapin: Sunray Wheat Ale
Thirsty Dog: Old Leghumper, Siberian Night
Three Floyds: Gumballhead, Pride and Joy
*Trader Joe's* (2009 Vintage Ale, 2010 Vintage Ale, Bavarian Style Hefeweizen, Joseph Brau Dunkelweizen, Joseph Brau Oktoberfest)
Trappistes Rochefort: 6, 8, 10
Tröegs: Nugget Nectar
Tuppers: Keller Pils
Tyskie: Gronie
Unibroue: La Fin du Monde, Maudite, Trois Pistoles
Urthel: Hop-It, Saisonnière
Victory: Baltic Thunder, Old Horizontal, Prima Pils
Weihenstephaner: 1809, Hefeweissbier, Vitus
Westmalle: Tripel
Weyerbacher: Twelve
Widmer: Hefeweizen
Yuengling: Black and Tan, Traditional Lager

Stille Nacht

Brewer: de Dolle

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Tasting notes: (1012) Bottled 2008, in my cellar for 1 yr 4 mn since 0908. Where is the sugar? Fruity with orange zest and funk. Downgraded from 7. A bad bottle? (0811) Marvelous mix of orange zest, spices, alcohol, candy sugar, and funk. Bottle in 2006. Upgraded from 5. Initially put down 6 but could not get the beer out of my mind. (0712) A 2006 bottle. Spicy sour oranges (tangerine?) w/ an alcohol blast. Not as sweet as I remembered. Downgraded from 6. (0610) A glass at Mekong. Sweet, spices, and alcohol. Reminded me of Samichlaus, but better. Click here for a previous review.

Previous ratings: 6, 5, 7 glasses

Rating: 5 glasses

Vintage Ale 2010

Brewer: Trader Joe's
Style: Strong Belgian Dark Ale
Tasting notes: (1012) Prunes, anise, and spice (cinnamon?). A disappointment. For $1 more, Ommegang Dubbel is the buy.
Comment: A contract brew w/ Unibrue.
Rating: 2 glasses

Tripel Perfection

Brewer: Ommegang

Style: Tripel

Tasting notes: (1012) Cloves, candi sugar, orange rind bite. Might need to age. Closer to 3 glasses than 5.

Rating: 4 glasses

Tripel Reserve

Brewer: Allagash

Style: Tripel

Tasting notes: (1012) A bottle @ LeMaire. Fruity, spicy, with a tiche of dry funk. Complex. Upgraded from 4 glasses and thought about 6. (1008) Fruity and nice w/ a touch of triple sour dryness. 0705: Dry, sour, grapefruit hops, with hints of lemon and citrus.. Downgraded from 5/8. ???: My first Belgian style ale and still one of my favorites. Fruity and nice. You spend half the bottle trying to identify the flavors and then the 9.0% ABV hits you.

Top 100: 29 December 2005

Previous ratings: 5, then 4 glasses

Rating: 5 glasses

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Old Jubulation

Brewer: Avery

Style: Winter Warmer

Tasting notes: (1012) A spicy brown ale. It tastes like Christmas. Downgraded from 5 glasses. (1011) A hoppy brown ale? A subdued Arrogant Bastard? Strong Ale might be the better classification The brewer calls it English Strong Ale. (0801) A good brown ale? (0801) Big caramel malt with a spicy finish. (0801) A Brown Ale / Stout? Thinking about a 6 and buying another 6-pack. (0801) Burnt toffee. Quaffable and sippable. Very nice.

Previous ratings: 5 glasses

Rating: 4 glasses

Southern Tier 2 x IPA

Brewer: Southern Tier

Style: Double IPA

Tasting notes: (1011) 1st of a 6-pack. Thinnner and more floral than I remembered. Downgraded from 5 glasses and thought about 3. Better on draft. (1011) On draft @ Joe's Inn. Hopped up, w/ some malt to balance. Lots of citrus with some pine.

Previous ratings: 5 glasses

Rating: 4 glasses

La Chouffe

Brewer: d'Achouffe

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Tasting notes: (1011): Wonderful - A little spice, a little funk, a little sweet fruit.

Rating: 6 glasses

Polestar Pilsner

Brewer: Left Hand

Style: Pilsner

Tasting notes: (1011) A bottle @ Acacia. Nice, easy drinking w/ some hops. Might rate 2 glasses.

Rating: 3 glasses

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale

Brewer: Sierra Nevada

Style: Pale Ale

Tasting notes: (1010) Slight sweetness up front followed by wonderful bite - a tiche of resin and a tiche of pine. (0811) Another fine bottle. Nothing too strong: tamer than the description that follows. (0810) Sweet malt w/ resiny musty hops. Very nice. (0710) A 24 oz. bottle. Resiny, musty hops. May rate a 5, but it is the best example of American Pale Ale. My tastes have changed. Upgraded from a 1. (????) Well crafted but too much pine

Comment: This is a seasonal release (Fall) that uses fresh hops. Sierra Nevade trys to use them the day that they are picked.

Top 100: 29 December 2005

Previous ratings: 1 glass

Rating: 6 glasses

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Brown Ale

Brewer: Legend

Style: Brown Ale

Tasting notes: (1010) Two freebies. Did not finish the 2nd. Downgraded from 2 glasses. May be better on draft. (1006) Glasses from a sixtel. Thought about a downgrade to 1. Previous review.

Previous ratings: 2 glasses

Rating: 1 glass

Unearthly

Brewer: Southern Tier

Style: Double IPA

Tasting notes: (1010) On draft @ Mekong. May rate 5 glasses. (0803) Hoppy w/ enough malt to balance

Top 100: 10 March 2007.

Rating: 4 glasses

Joseph Brau Dunkelweizen

Brewer: Trader Joe's

Style: Dunkelweizen

Tasting notes: (1011) Ditto as first review. (1010) Too much clove? Too cold? Downgraded from 4 glasses. (1010) Easy drinking w/ a tiche of caramel, banana, and clove.

Comment: A contract brew.

Previous ratings: 4 glasses

Rating: 3 glasses

Foreign Extra Stout

Brewer: Guinness

Style: Irish Stout

Tasting notes: (1011) Good dry Irish stout. (1010) Caramel malt up front followed by odd Guiness sour/tart/bitterness. A sipper: loads of flavor. May rate 3 glasses.

Top 100: 10 March 2007

Rating: 4 glasses

Oktober Fest-Märzen

Brewer: Ayinger

Style: Oktoberfest

Tasting notes: (1010) Lightly buttered toast. A good example of the style but Brooklyn is more quaffable.

Rating: 4 glasses

Bavarian Style Hefeweizen

Brewer: Trader Joe's

Style: Hefeweizen

Tasting notes: (1010) Bananas, clove and bubble gum. Upgraded from 3 glasses. (1008) Wonderful nose. Flavor is weaker and a little different. Downgraded from 4 glasses. (1004) Bananas and clove. A little thin. May rate 3 glasses but $1 a bottle pushes up the score.

Comment: A contract brew.

Previous ratings: 4 glasses, then 3.

Rating: 4 glasses

Joseph Brau Oktoberfest

Brewer: Trader Joe's

Style: Oktoberfest

Tasting notes: (1010) Downgraded from 3 glasses. (1010) Toasty, easy drinking, and cheap.

Comment: A contract brew.

Previous Ratings: 3 glasses

Rating: 2 glasses

Octoberfest

Brewer: Legend

Style: Oktoberfest

Tasting notes: (1009) Butter on burnt toast. Missed my mark.

Rating: 0 glasses

Porter

Brewer: Sinebrychoff

Style: Baltic Porter

Tasting notes: (1009) A dry stout? May rate 4 glasses. (0606) Wonderful raisan and prune nose and taste. A finish something like Sam Smith Impy Stout.

Top 100: 29 December 2005 and 10 March 2007. (Not 02 January 2011.)

Rating: 5 glasses

Octoberfest

Brewer: Bells

Style: Oktoberfest


Tasting notes: (1009) On draft @ Caliente's. Some caramel malt, some toast, some hop. Easy drinking.


Rating: 4 glasses