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Category Archives: Beer Reviews
I’ll admit, I bought Clown Shoes Muffin Top solely for the name and label. However, the style is intriguing, as well, “belgian style tripel india pale ale.”
Pours a light rust color with a frothy while head. Aroma promises lots of citrus, but not only from hops. A lot of what you’d want from a tripel is here. Lighter body, sweetness, complexity, the signature Belgian yeast characteristics. I was worried that the hops would be too strong, but they aren’t. The balance is superb. A slight kick in the finish is all you’ll notice. You can tell it’s big, but not 10% big.
Really good. And better than you’d think considering the name and the label. Silly name, serious beer.
Here’s their Trippel. The first thing to notice is the fluffy white head that never dissipates. Strong aroma of yeast and coriander. Surprisingly smooth and light for a beer with 7.8% ABV. Not bold flavors, but piquant. A touch of sweet grapes, but the yeast and coriander are the stars here.
Perhaps one of the more mild trippels I’ve had, but it’s well balanced with nice flavor. Dangerously smooth and light for a brew with nearly 8% ABV.
I an am unabashed Game of Thrones nerd, so I love that they’ve teamed up with Ommegang to do these special release beers. This season, they’re going with a red ale called Fire and Blood. There are three different labels featuring each of Daenerys’s dragons. This bottle is Rhaegal, but I’d love to get all three.
Onto the beer!
Pours a deep amber. I kind of expected something a bit more red considering it’s got blood in the title. The aroma has a lot more yeast present than you’d think for a red ale. However, when you consider the brewer, it makes sense. Yeast dominates the flavor, as well, but those smokey ancho chiles sneak in eventually. Maybe some rye in there, too.
Really tasty, if a bit more yeast-forward than I expected. And it’s Game of Thrones, so I’ll like it regardless!
Angry GOAT is a nut brown ale aged in whiskey barrels. Clearly evident from the aroma. The only beer I’ve had with more whiskey in the aroma is Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. There is some nuttiness in the back, too. Whiskey dominates the flavor, but there’s more there. Hints of nuts, sweet malt, and a sour finish.
Outstanding if you love whiskey. Which I do! Not sure the sourness is necessary.
Chocolate Cream Stout might not be the first style you think of when you hear of a beer called Oompa Loompa. But how could you not love that artwork?
Oh, careful when you pour!
Huge aroma full of chocolate, vanilla, and charred wood. Chocolate is more subtle in the flavor, but it’s there. More char, coffee, and a bite from the hops in a dry finish. Good flavor, great balance, more hops than most stouts.
Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-doo,
I’ve got a perfect puzzle for you.
Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-dee,
If you are wise you’ll listen to me.
What do you get when you guzzle down beer?
Drinking so much you can’t see clear.
Oompa Loompa do-ba-dee-da,
Given good beer you will go far.
You will live in happiness too,
Like the oompa loompa do-ba-dee-doo.
This is one to find.
This is the first beer I’ve had from this growing Toledo brewery, Great Black Swamp Brewing’s Bay Front Pale Ale.
Attractive in the glass with a clear copper shade and white head. Surprisingly fruity and not just from citrus hops. Sweet malt is definitely coming through. All leading to a lingering and arid finish.
Tasty, easy drinking pale ale. Looking forward to trying more from them.
It took a while to track this down, but I’m very excited to finally get my hands on Left Hand Fade to Black Volume 5. This year, a Black Rye Ale.
Pours like you would expect. More chocolate than expected in the aroma, still with plenty of roasted scents. The rye finally shows up in the flavor and lasts throughout the finish. Creamy and smooth. Finishes dry and bitter, but not much presence from the hops. Maybe a little bit of black pepper in there, too.
It’s very good, but maybe not mind-blowing as previous Fade to Blacks have been.
Color is perhaps the lightest I’ve ever seen in an IPA. If not for the cloudiness and the head, you might think like is a macro lager! The aroma is kind of funky. Kinda off putting, actually. However, that funkiness isn’t in the flavor. There is a fruitiness to it, but not quite like the citrus flavors from most hops. Mellow for an IPA, but I like it. Sneaky ABV at 7.2%
Gotta love the uniqueness. Bonus points just for that!
This winter has been abominably long, so stouts are still in play. Here’s one from Mother’s, a coffee stout called Winter Grind.
Strong coffee and not much else in the aroma, as it should be. A little bite from the carbonation. The coffee flavor is a bit mellower than the aroma would have you expect, but it lingers. Oatmeal in the background. Bitterness more from coffee than hops.
Straightforward coffee stout. Not much else going on other than the coffee. I’m not saying that’s bad, but that’s what it is.
This has been high on my want list for a long time. Porters are near or at the top of my favorite styles and I’ve heard amazing things about Deschutes Black Butte Porter, only recently available here in Ohio. Some even say it’s the best American made porter.
Color is right on. Head is creamy and beige. Aroma is very nice with roasted malts and chocolate. Velvety texture. Charred wood and chocolate dominate. Tight carbonation. Hops eventually are noticed in the finish, which is quite woody and dry.
Overall, this is great. One of the best porters I’ve had. The absolute best, though? Not quite.