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Hoppin' Frog D.O.R.I.S.

Hoppin’ Frog D.O.R.I.S.

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The Destroyer!  This might be the stout to end all stouts?  The big, nay, huge brother of BORIS clocks in with a hefty alcohol content and hopping.  In fact, this beer is first wort hopped (hops added to mash) and dry hopped (hops added during fermentation) for maximum domination. DORIS is extreme, yet approachable as […] ... [Read more]

Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S.

Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S.

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Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout.  Known as “The Crusher,” BORIS has racked up some awards at GABF taking gold in both 2008 and 2011.  I’ve been waiting to open up this bottle that has been cellaring in my basement for just over a year. Pouring like dirty motor oil it was thick, black, viscous and […] ... [Read more]

Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S 2009

Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. 2009

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2009 Vintage:  Taking the original BORIS as a base, this beer undergoes some aging in Heaven Hill Whiskey barrels for some time.  The cap on my bottle was green indicating it was batch 3 in 2009 (Gold – Batch 1-2 in 2009; Black – Batch 4 in 2010; Red – Batch 5 in 2011).  I’ve […] ... [Read more]

Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. #100

Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. #100

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100 batches of a quality stout.  Congrats to Hoppin’ Frog and Brewmaster Fred Karm.  Wanting to do something slightly different in order to celebrate this batch Fred mixed up the grain bill.  Using English Pale Ale malt, this beer is going to have a different flavor than than of the original BORIS.  This is due […] ... [Read more]

Great Lakes The Doppelrock

Great Lakes The Doppelrock

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Taylor: Malt. Here is a substance complementary to mankind. It makes beer sweet. It gives yeast something to munch on. It represents an endowment of rich flavors and hues. While almost all beer requires malt of some kind, few styles rely on it as heavily as the Doppelbock (or double bock). Doppelbock is a German-originated […] ... [Read more]

Great Lakes Nosferatu

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A+. I wanted you to know right up front what I thought of this beer. If I could give it ++ I would. But I digress. I sampled this brew at a beer festival. I jotted myself a note “got to get this”. That was months ago so when I picked up a four pack […] ... [Read more]

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

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Great Lakes Brewing Company is solely responsible for my love of malty beer. I don’t know about the rest of you, but in my opinion Great Lakes gets its malts right: fresh, true-to-style, and absolutely consistent. Their Eliot Ness Vienna Lager is one of my all-time favorites. Enter another classic, historic beer bursting with malts […] ... [Read more]

Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA

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I’m back. While I’ve had several beers in the last three weeks since the birth of my beautiful baby girl, I haven’t had a spare minute to sit in front of the blank canvas of my computer screen and thoughtfully jot my impressions of a fine brewery creation. Coincidentally, between that last sentence and this, […] ... [Read more]

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald

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Noel: Coffee lovers rejoice…this beer’s for you. Although it’s not really hailed as a coffee flavored beer, Edmund Fitzgerald is a porter, and that’s about all you really need to know. The more porters I have, the more I realize that dark, roasted bitterness is really the epitome of the style. And this brew is […] ... [Read more]

Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale

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Michael: I’m not much of an environmentalist. I’m not saying that the glass bottle I just emptied isn’t going in the recycling bin. I’m not saying I throw candy bar wrappers out my car window or burn tires in my backyard. I’m just saying I’m not very, well, fanatical. However, if the Fox River spontaneously […] ... [Read more]