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  • Roebling Imperial Robust Porter

    Roebling Imperial Robust Porter     Rivertown Brewing Co., Cincinnati, OH Porter brewed with vanilla beans, cold pressed espresso, & raw cane sugars. 7.8% ABV, 35 IBU   Named for John A. Roebling, the designer of the Roebling suspension bridge which connects Cincinnati to Cov...
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  • BPA - Belgian-style Pale Ale

    Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY; 6.2% ABV Aroma of Belgian funkiness, spices, floral-citric hops. Delightful golden-honey appearance, hazy, with generous amounts of bubbles rising into a dense, thick cream-coloured head. Starts with subtle fruitiness, then an explosion of flavour follows on the p...
  • Raspberry Tart

    New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, WI Wisconsin ale brewed with raspberries Appearance is a deep, raspberry-pink-red hue topped with a pale pinkish head of very fine foam. Amazing aroma of raspberry danish – sweetish and fruity. Very fine carbonation tingles the tongue. Medium body and a smooth,...
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  • Raftman

    Unibroue, Chambly, Quebec, Canada 5.5% ABV, beer brewed from lightly smoked whisky malt Clear, bright pale amber hue with a creamy, pale beige head. Aroma is that Unibroue house yeast, with notes of clove, coriander, and faint vanilla & banana. Very spritzy on the tongue – generous, fine carb...
  • Old No. 38 Stout

    North Coast, Fort Bragg, CA 5.5% ABV, 53 IBUs Opaque black appearance with garnet highlights and a thin head the colour of espresso crema. Aroma combines roasty note with molasses. Smooth, rich texture but with a medium body. Carbonation has a brief tingle but is lighter overall. Assertive flavour...
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  • 2 Turtle Doves

    The Bruery, Placentia, CA (Famille Rue); Belgian-style dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs & toasted pecans, unfiltered, bottle-conditioned, 12% ABV I was fortunate enough to cross paths with a sample of this brew at Dorothy Lane Market in Centerville, OH before the holidays, and ended up buy...
  • Ayinger Weizen-Bock

    7.1% ABV, Brauerei Aying, Aying, Germany A new brew from one of my favourite producers of wheat beer! It’s a helles bock, evidenced by the glowing honey-golden hue with full haze as expected for a weizen. The head started out an inch and a half tall and fell to a solid 1/8" layer of dense white foa...
  • Old Rasputin XII twelfth anniversary

    North Coast, Fort Bragg, CA; 11.2% ABV, Russian imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels, 16.9 oz corked bottle ($21) Served cool, not cold. The cork really popped loudly – my anticipation building even higher than it already is. I pour gently into a snifter. Old Rasputin XII wears an impenetrable bl...
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  • Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale

    Lagunitas, Petaluma, CA; 8.74% ABV, 72.51 IBU Pours a bright orange-honey-amber, clear, with a good finger’s width of thick beige foam that falls to a solid cap. Aroma is citric hops with a definite tangerine note, floral & grassy components, and underlying hint of butterscotch. Hops jump out i...
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  • Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (2006)

    Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY; 9.8% ABV, Quadrupel, 98% ale, 2% ale with cherries added (kriek lambic) Poured into a snifter, the beer is a cloudy deep reddish-amber with a dense head of very tightly knit creamy-beige foam. Intriguing aroma with dark molasses-like malt, alcohol, and dark pit f...
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