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  • Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale

    8.7% ABV, Stone Brewing Co. Black, with a deep root beer hued highlight and warm beige head that drops to a thin layer rather quickly. Big grapefruit aroma with a subtle undertone of roast malt. On the palate, it’s grapefruity up front, developing a bitter and mildly roasty character. Fairly full b...
  • Maredsous Abbaye Tripel

    10% ABV, Duvel-Moortgat, Puurs, Belgium Pours a bright, pale orange-amber with a lush, off-white head of dense, slightly hilly foam. The aroma is enticing, with a meringue-like note including vanilla and lemon zest. Zippy texture with plenty of sparkle and effervescence makes for a lighter body. Fl...
  • Cerise - Cherry Fermented Ale

    Founders, Grand Rapids, MI; 6.5% ABV, The label indicates this is brewed with cherry puree, and it shows its presence in the hint of pale pink it gives the foam, the light aroma of tart cherries, and the more pronounced tart cherry flavour. There's a hint of almonds with brown sugar and cinnam...
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  • Acme California IPA

    North Coast Brewing Co, Fort Bragg, CA; 6.5% ABV, 55 IBUs First of all, I like the retro-style label for this beer; it's fun and light-hearted. The beer pours with a golden honey-amber hue and slight haze. Short-lived head of white foam falls to a collar and some patchy groups of bubbles. Arom...
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  • Avril

    Brasserie DuPont, 3.5% ABV, unfiltered biere de table, bottle conditioned, 750 ml corked bottle (cork dated 2008) Pale golden hue with a touch of champagne, and a light haze. Meringue-like head of thick near-white foam. Zippy aroma with lemon zest, pepper, a little clove, lactic note and hint of ho...
  • Leviathan Imperial IPA

    Harpoon Brewery, 10% ABV, 122 IBUs, hopped with Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe & Amarillo hops Pours a lovely honey-orange hue; a finger of creamy, off-white foam fades to a thin collar and patchy foam islands after a few minutes. Aroma dominated by grapefruity and piney American hops, with alcohol ev...
  • Hell Hath No Fury Ale

    Bell's Brewing Co., Kalamazoo, MI; 7.5% ABV Pours a deep brown-black, opaque, with a warm beige head that starts a half inch thick and falls to an eighth-inch thick. Aroma is fruity with some dark malt and hint of yeast. Moderately-full body and light carbonation bite make it sm...
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  • Totally Naked lager

    4.2% ABV seasonal brew from New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, WI Pale straw-gold, crystal clear appearance, with a snow-white head of foam. Large bubbles rise, with light popping audible. Clean aroma of malt & hops with some fruitiness. Appetizing. Carbonation is much finer & more fizzy than...
  • Glockenspiel Weizenbock

    Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, OH; 8.0% ABV, 20 IBU; seasonal 4-pack available May-June 2009 Pours a beautiful, bright coppery-amber with a finger of pale beige foam that drops to a sustained thin layer. The aromas of bananas, clove, and vanilla bean confirm that a Bavarian yeast strain was us...
  • Blackout Stout

    9.0% ABV Russian imperial stout from Great Lakes Brewing, Cleveland, OH; named for the power blackout of 2003.  Pours an impenetrable black with a good thumb-width of creamy-beige foam that subsides to a thin layer. Aromas of chocolate malted milk and roast coffee. Fairly full-bodied with...