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This is barely disguised bourbon; I guess without the strongly sweet flavors in the Maple Mackinac Fudge this one is more naked. It does have a light pleasant roasted coffee flavor and a bit of fizz but make no mistake, this one is all about the booze.
Dry and hoppy but also nicely balanced with a kind of similarly dry hibiscus/pomegranate character. I appreciated the unusual florality and tang of this beer, and the can art is just incredible.
So I love Earl Grey and was super excited for this, but I’m really not feeling it here. The base beer overwhelms the subtlety of the teas and they end up turning into a weirdly herbal, perfumey and bitter aftertaste.
Reminds me a lot of the beers I had in London, roasty, just a little more dank (smell & flavor!) than I usually like. Assertively dry and bitter. Would love to try this on cask pour.
Normally this would be way too sweet for me but at least this beer came in advertising exactly what it was. This tastes like maple fudge, high, sweet, pretty darn alcoholic. Not thick, which comes from its KBS heritage and which I think helps in this case. Nice dessert beer.
Bottle at Home
Initially concerned that the Candy Cane flavoring would be a gimmick, and have an overwhelming amount of artificial flavoring. However, they seemed to have been able to achieve a subtle hint of peppermint but remain predominately a traditional milk stout.
Can at Home
This is very nice, and I appreciate it came in a small bottle. Caramel, vanilla, hint of raisin and slightly tart from the port. Very smooth. Just a bit tacky in the throat, which is the only thing holding it from perfection, but maybe with age it'll get better.
Bottle at Home
Much drier than I expected, which is really great. Like an Granny Smith or other tart apple pie... Nice to have another unsweet cider here. Only complaint is a kind of faint, soapy aftertaste.
The cinnamon and chili are immediately present in the nose. So much so that I expected it to overpower the palate, but surprisingly, it balanced it really well with the cocoa. Very good. Just short of perfection. Also happy birthday Mike. Thanks for the beer!
Bottle at Home
The original is best here, I guess! Just dry enough to balance out the juice of the apple; only lightly tart so that nothing lingers unpleasantly.
A believable watermelon juice flavor, not fake watermelon candy, which is nice. That said it kind of flattens out an already sweet cider to end up with something rather one-note.
Weird, but I liked it. Lemon is more of an essence; doesn’t add sourness but clearly identifiable. Dill is strongly present in scent and flavor, and it combines a bit with the sweetness to give an unusual but appealing flavor.
Interesting clove / plum flavor. Hint of smoke? Plum is quite clear and pleasant. I know this is supposed to be honey forward, but I did find myself wishing it were less sweet. A little flat.
Weak-ish blackberry flavor. Sage is unidentifiable if it’s there; somewhat sweeter than seems appropriate given the weakness of the other flavors.
Comparatively intense fruit flavor in this one; tart apricot. Sweet and sour, hint of something spicy on the lips? Not exactly fizzy, but it tingles nicely in a way the other flavors do not.
Strong smell of molasses, coffee, and cocoa. Strong fizzy forward. Acidic clean body. Was worried that it'd be too sweet but so far this is like a toasty pecan pie, sorta.
Tons of sediment, almost unpleasant-looking, but flavor wise this is pretty good. Juicy, mango is clearly at the front of the flavor. No tartness or bitterness, and the overall feeling here is plesasantly sweet. Light finish.
Can at Home
The basic flavors are good, but it's maybe a little too simple-sweet. These same flavors with some more complexity would be pretty killer, though.
Can at Home
Strong coffee like the breakfast stout with a little bit of maple sweetness and chocholate.
Bottle at Home
Starts off with a weird herbal taste, but gets better.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
The first swig of this is super weird, the fenugreek gives it a bitter, Chinese herbal medicine like quality. There's a really nice brown ale behind it and as your palate gets adjusted it ends up being quite pleasant. However, "it burned my taste buds until it was fine" is not really a ringing endorsement for a beer.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Draft at Quigley's Irish Pub
Thick, syrupy, Almond Joy-type coconut stout, although it smells sweeter than it tastes, thankfully. Caramel and not much overt hazelnut; maybe in the overall smooth finish. Just a hint of smoke/roast but not as over the top as the usual Evil Twin stout story.
Bottle at Home
Reallly tasty, orange-citrus fruitiness and some juicy hop flavor. Just a touch of resin but otherwise not bitter at all.
Can at Home
Starts smooth and very tasty for a new vintage of BBIS, surprisingly so, but kind of loses its lustre through the course of a glass. The alcohol is very pokey and is quite dominant over time. Might need some aging.
Still delicious, and maybe a touch smoother on draft.
Fragrant, and fruity, almost juicy, without any of the offensive edges of a more profound IPA. Very crowd-pleasing. In bigger news, this place has very good loco moco, maybe a new local favorite.
Light wood-smoke, not overwhelming, with a caramel/malty Vienna lager character about it. I'd love to compare it to other Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbiers but it's been a very long while since I've tried one.
Can at Home
Cereal/malty, just a hint of esters, brackish finish, not too boozy (which can be a danger with Maibocks). This was pretty much what I was looking for.
Held up well in the recapped bottle, even after four days.
Bottle at Home
Draft at At Luna Blu in Tiburon, CA
The Cherry was just on the edge of cough syrup but was nicely countered with some dark chocolate bitterness. It’s still fairly sweet so probably best delivered in a desert context and in small quantities.
Bottle at Home
Cola-like, lightly-sweet, nutmeg-forward. Sticks a little in the throat, but overall not a bad pumpkin ale at all. Also: super cheap.
Bottle at Home
Purchased at SF Ferry Terminal Farmers Market
Can at Home
Delicious, as usual. I wish I'd taken more notes at the time, though.
Far too malty for my taste. Not what I typically go for in an IPA.
Can at Home
Picked this one up at the farmers market at the Ferry Building
Can at Home
Espresso chocolate smell. Sweet burbony body omg so good.
Toffee, malt, hints of raisin. Sticks in the throat a bit, but overall quite tasty.
Can at Home
More cereal funk than I expected. Lightly bitter, background pine. Slightly brackish on the tongue, but finishes clean.
Delicious, caramel, sweet, lightly fruity. I liked this a lot better than what I remember of the Brew 3000, but the difference may be because it was on draft.
Bought at the SF Ferry Building farmers market.
Can at Home
Lightly sweet, juicy, very, very pleasant cider.
Bottle at Home
This was simply delicious work some home made pizza.
Can at Home
The CO2 gives this a bite that makes it work very well.
Chocolate milk sweet, fairly strong. Pretty one note, except the can art, which was distressing enough that it probably affected my enjoyment.
Can at Home
Way too sweet, notes of cherry and wood. Syrupy. I couldn't finish it.
A very weird beer, medium-sour with a biscuity-mellow finish that tastes a bit rooty or medicinal. I couldn't tell if that was the base sour or if it had to do with the nitro finish. Pretty good, though!
Nitro Draft at Malt & Vine, Redmond
This beer is almost savory, roasted, a little too thick in the Evil Twin fashion. I thought I tasted barrel but it's not in the description. Not bad, but didn't love it.
I think this beer might have been skunked, or it certainly skirted the edge. I think there was a pretty good, flavorful Kolsch here, once.
A light, piney IPA with a kind of acrid sweetness, like marshmallow layered on top of bitter grass. Kind of a retro east coast IPA flavor from the days before haze took over. Finishes clean, but the bitterness kind of lingers behind the scenes.
Has the aspect of a sour, sparkly merlot more than a beer - grape, tannins, caramel, prune, wood. Refreshing, it was not.
Better than my memory of it (eight years old!) but I've gotta tell you, the pickings at Suncadia are very, very slim.
Tasty. Dry, bitter like dark chocolate. Maybe hints of caramel, but there's no sweetness here.
Harsh, sort of body odor flavored. I don't really like it
Apparently I had this seven years ago. The beer is the same, but the world has changed.
Can at Home
Sweet and kind of fruity. I'm not sure why this is considered an IPA, but I like it.
Can at Home
Much lighter in body than expected but with a Pilsner-like bitterness. Chocolate and coconut add a light sweetness but this is a nice change - it tastes like a beer rather than a dessert.
A well balanced blonde, lightly fruity with assertive Pilsner notes to counter. Uric and noticeably bitter. I liked it.
Slightly tart stout. Maple/burnt sugar, vanilla, slightly fruity with hints of blackberry. Much lighter than you’d expect from the description.
Tasty at first, citrus IPA on the slightly sweet, clear, juicy side. By the end of the tall it though I was just tasting booze and I just chose to stop drinking it. Which is never a great sign.
Fruity, estery Belgian pale, slightly tart, strongly reminiscent of apricot. Finishes with caramel and wine/grape notes. Definitely wears its high ABV on its sleeve, but quite pleasant.
Growler at Home
I was trepidacious about this upon reading the label, but I’m pleased to report that the flavors are subtle. Almost too subtle. Like several sips in, the pepper finally starts accumulating enough to register. Otherwise, I have to admit I don’t really get the peanut here, even though it’s the third ingredient listed behind water and barley. Hmmm.
Can at Home Again, Home Again
Mild coriander-flavored saison, with a fair amount of bitterness that sneaks up on you after a while. The server said this was modeled after Boulevard's Tank 7.
Mellow, slightly vinous Belgian; not spicy, or tart but with the plum / prune hints you sometimes get in Belgian darks. No real funk, very pleasant.
Puckeringly tart, clear red wine notes in the fragrance. Not identifiably cherry-like in my mind, the sourness kind of overwhelms everything else. Not bad but a bit of a chore to get through the whole bottle.
Bottle at Home
Yes, I can taste the peaches. It also says something about Mango on the can. But really all of this is overshadowed by the fact that it is an IPA... with all that bitterness and general non-goodness.
Can at Home
Sits somewhere between rounded strawberry and lemon-pine. Bright, clear flavor with maybe just a little too much alcohol poking through. Finishes clean if slightly bitter, but always seems to be almost at the edge of crossing over into something less pleasant.
There's a syrupy quality to this beer that seems pleasant at first but becomes highly disturbing. Take the malt from a normal Vienna lager and dial it up past 11 until you're at 18 or so and you might be in the ballpark.
An unusual flavor, dark roasted sesame with a bit of funk. Like the other beers here there's a bit of sourness on the end and a somewhat oily texture, but it finishes clean. Not bad.
The best of the flight. Sour cherry / grapefruit flavor but not bracingly tart. Cloudy funk on the finish; a pleasant cereal that builds up without any sweet overtones.
Like the Rye Pale, this is quite dry. Not resinous at all and the hops are not as assertive as you'd expect from a DIPA, but there is a rooty bitterness and just a hint of skunk. Bit of an oily sheen.
Pastry fragrance. Dry, mellow, spicy. A bitter, slightly sour finish. I like the aftertaste, which had an unusual "curl" to it, can't really describe it better.
Honestly it just tastes like any other IPA to me... which is to say, not something I’d go out of my way for. I read the label just now and it claims “notes of lemon and mango.” But uh, no, I don’t think so.
Can at Home
So if I’d wanted lime in my beer, I’d cut one up and squeeze it in myself. And not have started with an IPA. So... yeah.
Can at Home
First impression was a bit of a shock because I didn’t read the label, but after a few more sips, it started to really come together. I mean, this is pretty much eating a Mounds bar in liquid, alcoholic form. They should add some almonds to it and make it even better. Also, this is totally silly but I like the *feel* of the matte finish on the can. Yeah, I said that. It matters.
Can at Home
Very nice on a warm summer day. Good grainy flavor but smooth as you’d expect from a lager.
Can at Home
Fresh hop smell and clean peppy taste. Just enough cereal flavor to carry things along.
Found cans at Humble Pie and couldn't pass up a new local coconut beer. After trying one, it's a cereal-y porter. Coconut maybe somewhere? I mean, not bad, but maybe I was expecting more? Maybe I drink too many IPAs so porters are boring?
Mellow, caramel, a touch of barrel or smoke. Finishes yeast-bitter and grassy. A little too bitter for me to love but it’s not boring.
Very fresh, piney, hoppy but balanced, but just a touch overwhelming on the alcohol flavor.
Bottle at Home
Firestone Walker Sour Opal (Batch No. 3, Bottled 05/08/17)
Bottle at Home
Bottle at Home
Good over vanilla ice cream...
Bottle at Home
Generic, light, lager with hints of apple and a sweet but clean finish. Good for a ballgame though.
Thanks Roy! This was a nice farmy monky-almost ale. A nice way to spend a quarantine Friday.
Bottle at Home
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Fruity with all the bitterness.
Bottle at Home
This tastes skunky, so I don't know if it's a fair review. It's a fairly clear taste underneath the nastiness at least?
Can at Home
Dry bitter IPA that nevertheless has some of the flavor notes of a juicy IPA.
Can at Home
I second this post but read in your best pretentious theater voice: “Served in a taster at a Flanders Red tasting event. The impressive front-runner, easily going toe-to-toe with Grand Cru and Charactre Rouge. Pours a gorgeous ruby-amber with a respectable head. The nose is the strong balsalmic vinegar of Duchesse, but more balanced with dark fruits and sharp acidity. The palate, similarly, hits the high notes of Duchesse (vinegar galore), but adds further nuance with cherry and other dark fruit notes (akin actually, to Alexander). Med mouthfeel. An incredible beer. Not one I had heard of before the tasting event, and one I was exceedingly excited to try. Stands up to the best of the Flanders Red scene.“
Bottle at Home
Bottle at Home
Still very good.
Bottle at Home
Can smell vanilla but don’t taste it. Quite sour and slightly musty, smooth tart cherry finish. Like it!
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Bottle at Home
Could be a little more IPA-like. Unexpectedly light and sweet. Good. I may be underrating it.
Bottle at Home
Think this is the only kolsch I’ve liked. Light, pleasant, cereal and a little funk.
Bottle at Home
Chili and peanut are the primary flavors here. Disappointed by the complete absence of Sichuan pepper as far as I can tell, but otherwise it's not too far off from the Mexican chocolate stout flavor profile. Let it warm up a little before drinking. Shows every bit of its 11% ABV.
Can at Home
Smooth and mellow. "Rich and malty," said the Wife, "with a dark roast coffee ending." I was going to say that too. Would easily buy this again.
Crystal clear, with rich cereal flavor, but quite bitter. A brackish, hard-water quality to the mouthfeel doesn't help a whole lot.
A little too sweet, more than I remember from last time, a thin, insipid kind of sweetness. Thoroughly underwhelmed.
Can at Home
Tasty. A little bitter but that’s rye for ya.
Draft at Rincon Beer Company, Rincon
It’s this or Medalla. Which means, pass the Ron del Barrilito, por favor!
Bottle at El Jibarito, San Juan
Sweet. Also I’m like 4 Ron del Barrilito 3 stars in so maybe rating system not entirely reliable.
Draft at La Taberna Lúpulo
A super-resinous hop-bomb of a hazy IPA, the kind of beer I intensely dislike, but the coconut really mellows everything out. I couldn't tell if it ever became a harmonious experience or if my brain kept switching between "yuck" and "yum" but I guess it averaged out to decent.
The oddness of this beer paired very well with a sublime bowl of Hakata ramen at Betsutenjin.
This... wasn't bitter at all? It tasted awesome. I don't know if my taste buds were burnt after two strong beers, but this just tasted light, sweet, and unexpectedly refreshing.
Pretty good, hazy grapefruit-citrus. Spicy rye on top and a somewhat bitter finish. I liked it, but it wasn't as good as the beer that came before it or the one that came after.
Pours clear, tastes of mellow caramel and bourbon. Lightly sweet and finishes clean, not a hint of bitterness. Very yummy.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Always good. Not top tier, but quite tasty. On the roasty side, with a slight build up of ash, maybe. Noticeable but not overbearing whiskey flavors. One to nurse for a while but worth the whole glass.
It's a nice, mild red. Not too bitter or brackish, but not super clear. Feels like it would appeal to the mass market.
Nice think hefe with banana notes.
Still doesn’t taste like peach.
Can at Home
Sweet and vegetal, about where you start asking the question: “how hazy is too hazy?” At least it’s not bitter.
Like drinking a spruce tree. Very bitter finish.
Quite good, wish I had my wits about me.
Ends like the Misguided Youth but the start is more bitter.
Starts the same as the summer IPA but gets resinous fast.
Light and cake-like, with agreeable raspberry flavors (I usually hate raspberry!). Cordial-like. Easy and mellow.

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