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Elevator Brewery Angry GOAT

Elevator Brewing Angry GoatApparently, this is a first for me from this Columbus brewery. I’d thought I’d had something before, but I guess not.

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.

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Fat Head’s Oompa Loompa

Fat Heads Oompa LoompaChocolate 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.
Do-ba-dee-doo

 

This is one to find.

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Great Black Swamp Brewing Bay Front Pale Ale

Great Black Swamp Bay FrontThis 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.

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Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest

Thirsty Dog BarktoberfestThe autumn seasonals continue with Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest (side note, why do so many craft breweries use dog references?)

The interesting thing about the look is that it’s a cloudy orange. Many other marzens are perfectly clear. Roasted malt and a hint of orange in the aroma. Very tasty! Full body, a lot of butterscotch followed by a touch of citrus sweetness. Hops provide a dry and slightly bitter finish.

Really yummy. Immediately one of my favorite Oktoberfests!

Grade: A

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The Brew Kettle Oktofest

The Brew Kettle Oktofest

The Brew Kettle Oktofest

Yes, that name is correct. Oktofest, not Oktoberfest. But that is the style. Crisp and clear, perhaps a shade darker orange than most marzens. Aroma is malty and grassy. Quite nice body to this. One drawback some marzens can have is a watery body, but this doesn’t have that problem at all. Chewy and full of flavor. Tasty blend of malts with just enough hops to make you notice at the end. 6% ABV. Very nice marzen!

Grade: B

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Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth

Fat Heads Spooky Tooth

Fat Heads Spooky Tooth

High expectations for Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth. A style I really enjoy and a brewery I am eagerly trying more from.

Pours darker than a lot of pumpkin beers. More brown than orange. Amazing aroma. Loads of warm spices and some pumpkin, too. The complexity is evident from the first sip. Using 8 malts and 7 spices and other flavorings, the balance is phenomenal. All the familiar pumpkin pie spices plus, guess what, pumpkin (which is lacking in many other pumpkin beers). Completely hidden 9% ABV.

Top tier pumpkin beer. No doubt about it!

Grade: A

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Ohio Breweries at Great American Beer Fest

Here’s a look at how Ohio will be represented at the Great American Beer Fest.

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Rivertown Brewing Roebling Porter

Rivertown RoeblingI’ve been thinking, you could put nearly any porter or stout in a glass and they’d be indistinguishable, except maybe for the head. But if you can tell a beer just by its head, then you are quite a bigger beer nerd than I!

Anyway, I digress. Here is Rivertown Brewery’s Roebling Porter. Pours like every other porter. Roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and chocolate in the aroma. Carbonation gives a bit of bite, Flavor isn’t quite as big as the aroma sets up, but it’s well balanced and has a wonderful finish. Charred oak lasts forever.

Nice, but not amazing

 

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Maumee Bay Total Eclipse

Maumee Bay Total Eclipse

Maumee Bay Total Eclipse

I’ve decided to go big for my first beer from Maumee Bay Brewing Company with their Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout.

Black as night with a creamy beige head. As it should, coffee dominates the aroma. Quite a bit of chocolate, as well. Whoa…one sip in and I am hooked. Texture as smooth as silk with just the right amount of coffee. It’s there, but the chocolate, oats, and even vanilla come through. Hops add a pungent, welcome bitterness at the end. The 9.1% ABV is both surprising and sneaky. Only noticable as a pleasing warmth.

Wow is this good!

Grade: A

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Indigo Imp Jester

 

Indigo Imp Jester

Indigo Imp Jester

Indigo Imp Jester was my payment for helping some friends move house. Gosh, was it worth it! Also my first beer from Indigo Imp.

Jester is a Belgian Pale Ale. Rocky, frothy head atop a beautiful creamy orange body. Aroma of sweet citrus and clove. Starts a touch sweet, then the malt backbone, and of course all the complexity of a Belgian yeast including banana, clove, and orange. Finishes just a touch dry. Unyielding effervescence.

I like this one quite a bit. Really lets the yeast and its complexity shine. Not great reviews elsewhere, but I have no idea why. Looks good, smells good, feels good, tastes better.

Grade: B

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