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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]

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]

Bruery & Dogfish Head Faster Bigger Better Bolder

Bruery & Dogfish Head Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder

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An interesting collab brew that, according to the DFH website, is suppose to strike a contrast between American “bigger is better” and Japanese tradition.  In doing so this beer incorporates Kumquats, a medley of 7 spices called schichimi togarashi, and fermented with the help of sake yeast.  I didn’t know exactly what these ingredients tasted like […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Hop-15 Ale

Port Brewing Hop-15 Ale

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Created to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Pizza Port location, this beer is the brain child of hop heads.  It utilizes a medley of 15 different hops (varieties not given) that are then added in 15 minutes increments.  If that does not excite the inner hop junkie inside of you than I don’t know what […] ... [Read more]

Avery Mephostopheles Stout 2011

Avery Mephistopheles Stout 2011

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2011 Vintage:  The last in the Demon Series of Ales by Avery.  Complete damnation!  Similar to Noel’s review of The Beast, I got owned by this beer.  Coming in at an alcohol level which rivaled that of BrewDog’s intense beers, Mephistopheles packs more than a punch.  It is like a nuclear bomb on the taste […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper Imperial Stout

Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper

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With the Fall months almost behind us I thought it was time to bust out a fairly aged bottle of Santa’s Little Helper in preparation for Winter.  Last weekend I cut the lawn for the last time this year and started putting up plastic over the windows to seal help conserve heat (yes, I live in Chicago). […] ... [Read more]

Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout

Cape Ann Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout

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I’ve been to Gloucester (not pronounced how someone from the Midwest would think) and taken in it’s salt sea air.  If you didn’t know it was a fishing town one whiff of the processing factories and boats would sure clue you in.  The is also made notable in the movie The Perfect Storm as the boat […] ... [Read more]

Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus

Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus

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Brewed annually.  Lager yeast.  Its name means Santa Claus. 14% abv. These are just a few facts I picked up before opening this bottle. It has been sitting in my fridge for some time now partly due to the abv. It is not every day that I (or you) might think, “I feel like a […] ... [Read more]

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Black IPA

Stone 15th Anniversary (Escondidian Black IPA)

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Yet another bottle label that stinks of arrogance.  Hey, Stone we get it.  You are a bunch of arrogant bastards that make great beer and you hate mediocre swill.  We’ve all heard you’re platform and understand, so how about you move on and find some new material.   There, my rant is over. I must […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red Ale

Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red Ale

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Port Brewing Company is located in San Marcos, California, and is also known by its other name, The Lost Abbey. You may have had beers from both names and thought they were different … but they’re the same. Ever since I tasted Grand Teton Brewing Company’s amazing Pursuit of Hoppiness, I have been interested in […] ... [Read more]