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Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial American Stout

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial American Stout

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There is a lot that goes into this brew.  Holy Water, lactose (milk sugar), smoked malts (ash and hickory wood), and burnt grains.  The brew day was definately interesting as the brewers did their best to ward off evil vampires.  Not joke, I wrote down ‘chocolate milk’ as one of the taste of this beer […] ... [Read more]

Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 3rd Edition

Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 3rd Edition

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Holy Sweetness.  This beer is almost too sweet and totally not what you would expect.  I had it in my mind this would be something akin to Avery’s Mephistopheles  but I was way off.  While this beer boasts a huge abv, it is surprisingly hidden by the massive sugar additions.  This small 8.5 oz bottle is […] ... [Read more]

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

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I sampled this beer back in 2008 just a few months into my craft beer journey.  It was tough to enjoy let alone taste.  The extremely high alcohol content made it hard to identify anything else.  Fast forward a few years to now.  This beer is not overwhelming at all.  Actually, it is almost the […] ... [Read more]

Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half

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Once again Founders puts forth a phenomenal brew!  Like many of their limited bottle releases, this beer was an experiment in their tap under the name Kaiser’s Curmudgeon.  This beer bares a great name and stellar label.  The Ol’ Mudge (as I like to call him) sits poised ready to dig into a stack of flapjacks with […] ... [Read more]

Clown Shoes Brown Angel Double Brown Ale

Clown Shoes Brown Angel Double Brown Ale

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My second go at the Clown Shoes brand finds me sipping on a very comfortable and cozy Brown Ale.  The 2012 winter here in Chicago has been rather mild, so the extreme stouts have not been my go to.  Instead, I’ve been looking for brown ales, cascadian dark ales, and black lagers to give me […] ... [Read more]

5 Rabbit 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier

5 Rabbit 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier

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What looks like a standard Wit, turns out to have a great deal of flare.  When poured, this beer possesses a fluffy egg-shell white head atop a hazy straw-golden liquid.  There is a good deal off yeast at the bottom so make sure you swirl the bottle well before finishing the pour.  It will provide […] ... [Read more]

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine 2010

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine 2010

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What Yeti is to Great Divide Stouts, Bigfoot is to Sierra Nevada Barleywine.  They are both brewed with the same goal in mind: big, bold, flavorful.  And the team at Sierra Nevada has done just that.  If you like the flavor of the Pale Ale and Celebration Ale (it’s closest in hop quality to the […] ... [Read more]

Founders All Day IPA

Founders All Day IPA

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I knew this beer was hitting stores near me the second week in February 2012 and I still had a hard time finding it.  I was not able to get to the store the day is arrived and two days later I ended up visiting 4 different locations in search for Founder’s latest addition to […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast Stout

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Breakfast Stout

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Aging this beer for over a year I would put forth the argument that one should not do so for more than six months.  Oh sure, it is aged in Bourbon barrels, but after all the abv is not “imperial” strength.  If I had aged this any longer I could see it turning soy sauce. […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

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Am I in Bamberg, Germany?  This beer smelled like the beech wood smoked classics from Aecht Schlenkerla.  The smokey aroma rose from the bottle and glass with ease.  Interestingly, the woody notes brought this variation close to that of a Bourbon barrel aged beer.  However, it lacked the alcohol sting and carried a lighter wood […] ... [Read more]