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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]

Dundee Kölsch-Style Ale

Dundee Kölsch-Style Ale

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A good Kölsch is grassy, crisp, smooth, and has a light wheat texture.  This beer has all those descriptions, but lacks a little quality.  You see, not every brewery can make a great Kölsch.  They may try, but only a few succeed (i.e., the breweries in the town of Köln, Germany).  Dundee has a pleasant sipping […] ... [Read more]

Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine

Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine

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Wow.  Olde School is one huge beer.  Read the beer facts to the right and you’ll see why.  One of the reasons DFH was able to get the abv so high was though the addition of pureed dates and figs during the brewing process.  Sam put an old cellar man’s trick of hanging dates and […] ... [Read more]

Lucky Bucket Lager

Lucky Bucket Lager

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Prohibition is a scary word to us beer lovers. A time where just stopping by a brewpub or your favorite bar wasn’t an option. Well Prohibition didn’t just impact people’s abilities to consume the alcohol present in most beers, it also influenced the styles themselves. Lucky Bucket has created a pre-Prohibition style lager, one brewed […] ... [Read more]

Ale Asylum Mercy Grand Cru

Ale Asylum Mercy Grand Cru

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What drew me to this beer was the label.  It reminded me of that beast Balrog in Lord of the Rings giving me the impression that this beer might be pretty menacing.  Come to find out the only thing that was beastly about this beer was the abv clocking in at 9.5%.  The flavor was a little one […] ... [Read more]

Capital U.S. Pale Ale

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I haven’t thought about beer in a while. Now, its not quite as tragic as it sounds, I’ve drank beer recently, I just haven’t sat down and really thought about what I was tasting. Today, amidst Chicago’s 5th biggest snow storm on record, I thought it would be a good time to, well, think about […] ... [Read more]

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Creek Ale

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The last of four Chatoe GYO brews, John Maier adds a little twist by adding a sour ale to the mix. Using an additional Belgian yeast strain and introducing cherries in the brewing process the old Flemish style ales of old come to mind. When examining its appearance I found a cloudy blend of reds, […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

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We’re having a late dinner tonight, it got pushed back so the fresh, goodness-stuffed basil ravioli in the fridge will just have to wait another hour. With a bit of time to kill, a brew felt right. And tonight, I decided I would have dessert before dinner. So Chocolate Bock it is. I didn’t know […] ... [Read more]

Ommegang Cup O Kyndnes

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Spotting another limited edition Ommegang brew on my way to the checkout line caused quite a problem as I had two bottles under each arm and both hands full (tip: use a cart of baskets). Having Scottish roots and a curiosity for Belgian beers I opened up this plaid laden bottle. Pouring a reddish/brown hue, […] ... [Read more]

Lazy Magnolia Indian Summer Spiced Ale

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I love Brett Favre so when I saw that Lazy Magnolia is brewed in Kiln, MS (Brett’s home town) I was even more curious about the great name “Lazy Magnolia”. This light amber colored spiced ale starts with little fragrance and a mouth “sting” that wakes you up. Advertised as a spiced ale I found […] ... [Read more]