The Beer Junction

4511 California Ave SW

Seattle, WA, United States of America

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I just didn’t really like something about this… it’s hard to place but almost reminiscent of old laundry… a dank mustiness that did not appeal.
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Tart, clean, pretty good but absolutely tasted nothing like lychee.
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Yeah this is nice. The coconut is not too overwhelming, it’s quite drinkable. Not too heavy.
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I’m surprised I’m giving this such a low rating but it just seems over the top after the Georgetown. Not integrated in its strength yet.
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You know there’s this weird subtle under taste here that doesn’t sit well with me. Otherwise it’s fine.
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Light, creamy porter with fruity liquor overtones - cherry, caramel, slightly vegetal. The lightness really helps here.
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This is a very nice wheat beer. Crisp.
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Creamy opening, almost smoky, dries out to a bit of a metallic sourness that I didn’t find very pleasurable.
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Brackish opening, lightly grassy and bitter but finishes with a lightly sweet, buttery cereal finish. Kind of like an Italian/German hybrid.
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Sweet, very much like a rosé, but with a citrus-ness that makes the flavor unusual. Still, not very interesting overall.
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Medium tart, clean dark berry flavors. Tasty but very simple after the heavy stouts.
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Probably only in a flight like this would this beer seem light and uncomplicated, but it did that and nicely. Caramel with sweet, light helles notes. I think I could tell it was slightly on the stronger side but after a series of 9+ ABV beers who can even tell?
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Definitely the strongest of the bunch. Strong booze, thick, complex stouty flavors and a general overtone of cherry and wood. That said, this didn't punch me in the face, it was overall still very nice and managed to be the least sweet of the bunch.
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Compared to the Parabola, this is lighter, cleaner, more clearly and brightly bourbon. Clean finish. Maple is very subtle and blends into the caramel of the bourbon, which may be why... I think this is finally a maple stout that I really can say I unequivocally loved.
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So, I realized recently I haven't liked any maple stouts, and this one edges toward the same faults, but - it's just barely not too sweet, and underneath it's still Parabola, dark and complex and a bit dry, balancing it out. That said, the maple still floats a little separately, and while it's still great, it's maybe my least favorite Parabola so far.
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Breakside Grandpappy (unknown release)
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Bubblegummy and perfumey. Sour. Grape-like fruit quality.
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Smells like a scotch, tastes like a scotch, with a touch of sourness.
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Smells slightly peppery. Super strong: 50% of the flavor is rubbing alcohol, and molassesy candi sugar and a bit of pepper as well. Too much.
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Very sour, like unsweetened cranberry juice, and the carbonation was totally flat, so the flavor was intensified. Very slight malt finish.
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Super tart, sustained from start to finish. Sour stays on the lips. Subtle chocolate slips through on the finish.
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Logsdon Cerasus (unknown release)
Smells very nice, floral fruit. Clean, dry cherry flavor. Not syrupy, but not much malt presence either.
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Slightly tart, very fruity, like a black cherry soda. High levels of funk in this beer, which ends with a malty character poking through the finish. Slightly syrupy.
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Dry Irish Stout flavor. Roasty with some slight sourness. Lactic, smooth pumpkin quality. Pretty good!
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Clean, tart, sharp opening. Some fruit, with a sweet, wheaty finish.
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Really like the vanilla flavors. Might be a little bit sweet.
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The coconut flavor is really nice!
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Nice coffee flavors but a little bit bland after the others I just had.
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A little too sweet, strong cinamon flavors. Some coconut as well?
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Avery Tweak (2013)
A little too sweet.
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The flavors are too strong. Too much peppermint and cinnamon. 2015 Release.
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Good sweet with nice coffee flavors. I'm also getting lyche flavors.
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Good bourbon and coffee flavors. Very well balanced.
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The flavor was... um, curly, is the best word I can come up with. Sweet coffee and vanilla that, well, curls into wood smoke.
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Sweet, bourbon, cinnamon, smooth, creamy. Adjectives.
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Reminds me of Maui's Imperial CoCoNut Porter, thick, umami. Lots of toasted coconut, which is always a win. Sweet, but with a bit of sourness on the finish. Delicious, like all of the Speedways I've tried so far.
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Boozy, with a caramelized sugar finish. Same sourness on the finish as the Hawaiian Speedway. I preferred the other beer, but this was also delicious.
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Tastes like a latte, with dessert-like sweetness. Smooth, with just a hint of cinnamon. The overall impression is like a molasses caramel cookie.
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Smooth caramel. Much better than the Christmas Bomb!.
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Oaty and creamy. The finish is a bit savory. I don't know if it was intended, but fits with the "spaghetti" in the name.
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Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
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So, I find myself having to try these, but I'm beginning to think that bourbon tends to accentuate only the parts of IPAs that I hate - the kind of bubblegummy sweetness, and pithy, sharp bitter finishes. And this seems like a big, bitter IPA to start with. Any hope of a balancing cereal body or subtle fragrance are obliterated by the booze.
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Smells rather hoppy but the taste runs a bit more towards the syrupy end.
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Coriander-heavy saison on its own, but holds up to food very well.
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Telegraph Reserve Wheat Ale (unknown release)
A medium-dry sour, with a very clean, lemon-esque tartness and a wheaty-funky malt sweetness to finish. I say lemon-esque because it's reminiscent of lemon without actually tasting like lemon. I just don't have a better way of describing it.
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Smooth bourbon on the nose, hitting all the right notes. Flavor actually veers a tiny bit toward the fruity side, making me wonder if there were any wine barrels involved. Smooth, with only a hint of maybe too much caramel sticking out.
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A very clean, bright coffee flavor in a medium-thick porter. Thin out Sump by several factors and you might get this. Smooth finish, with no trace of burn or sourness. I liked this one a lot.
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Slightly watery, stewed plum comes to mind. The rest of the beer around it seemed pretty nice, but that mental image was one I couldn't shake.
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About what I'd expect for a wit from Stone. Lots of white pepper and yeast and a prickly hop finish. These aren't bad flavors at all, but it is a little one-note and overwhelming.
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The hop profile here seems much more west coast than Machine House's typical English bent. Citrus, lots of pith on the finish. Plenty of dankness, but no real earthiness, and the malt is only kind of faintly present. With these flavors, the near-total flatness was off-putting as well.
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You. Guys. This beer is pretty much exactly as advertised - a jammy, mild stout with creamy peanut flavor, exactly the right sweetness & thickness of mouthfeel. I can't say the last few run-ins I've had with Fort George have been great, but this is a winner. It was a little off-puttingly cloudy in appearance, but that's the only negative I can think of.
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So, the first taste I had of this, bumming off of Jet, was really good, like a light sour slash lambic. But when I got one of my own, I found almost no sour, and instead some of that off-caramel that I get from barrel aged beers. So I'm left somewhat unsure.
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Sour but not pucker sour. Just complex and balanced enough to make it work for me... Oh yeah and the next great drinking game will be pronouncing the name of this brewery while drunk..,
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My favorite of the night wasn't a Belgian at all! This was pungent with a cereal sweetness. Like wet grass on the side of a muddy trail after a spring rain, but in a good way. Hints of vegetal honey. Perfect on cask.
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I just like milk stouts and this one is pretty representative of the category but I was promised rye and that I find missing so...
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It's like a particularly harsh IPA that someone mixed a lot of pepper into. I really can't recommend it.
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A little musty as how I'd expect beer from monks... I have to be in the right mood but this works for me
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Lighter and more fruity than I'd expect from a quadruple. Fruit is harder to pin down this time. Plum like, and rereading my last log, I could believe the raisin.
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Just enough fruit sweetness to balance out the slight sourness. It works for me.
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Much drier and somewhat more muddled than the quad. It's nice, but lacks the purity of that beer, and maybe screams a little "cave" while it's at it.
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Round, light and full of plummy fruit flavor. Doesn't have the depth of flavor I associate with quads, but this is really, really drinkable.
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Sweeter than most milk stouts I've tried, almost overly so -- I don't know if that is from being on nitro. Combined with a whole lot of roast, this recalls campfire s'mores, but the pungent umami of the sweetness interfered with my enjoyment somewhat.
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Wow. This smells like old cigarette ash. In the mouth is has a somewhat full body with hints of artificial cherry liquor, that fades into the ash, which lingers for quite a while.
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What Eden said. Basically I'm disappointed because I thought the cherry would be tart and it's just not there.
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Smells promising, but has an aftertaste like bad candy.
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Lots of white pepper and spicy dry hops. Bitterness builds up. Interesting.
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Smells like it has a good gueuze-like tang, but the flavor is almost timid in response - veering quickly away from tartness before it even happens. The finishing flavor is strong on banana esters and some cereal. I liked this, but it could have been so much better with a real sour attack.
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Overtones of chocolate and cherry without overt fruitiness or tartness.
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Sort of a weak, nothing beer with a thin thread of sour bitterness running through it. It doesn't actively offend me, but it leaves me thinking why am I bothering to drink this.
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Probably my favorite non stout/dark/porter whatever beer so far. The nose was slightly sweet and floral, and the smooth way it goes down is sublime. Maybe the only shortcoming is the finish doesn't linger long.
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This is very much on the tart end of sours. Heavy, near-apricot taste.
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Very pleasant maple flavors nicely complemented by nuts flavors. Taste kind of reminds me of wafer cookies :/. (Noooooooo, I forgot to take a photo!!!)
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It's booziness was a little bit overwhelming, but it's smoked flavors were quite enjoyable.
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The Bruery Sour in the Rye (unknown release)
Very powerfull sourness presenting marked fruit flavors. Strong wild yeasts tang. Still not a fan of sour, but its nice to try one from time to time.
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The surprise of the day, a very well-balanced toffee-tinged stout in the Parabola vein, although (expectedly) less complex. Very nice and doesn't stick out in any unpleasant directions.
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A malty, sweet brown, moderately thick in the mouth (uhh, did I just say that?) and smoothed out on nitro. No weird nitro flavors that I noticed. Not barrel aged, making it the lone outlier in today's group, but one of the tastier beers on the list.
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Basically a slightly thicker version of the Top Sail, complete with that weird flavor. Now, this one I know I've had before without noticing bad flavors, so I'm not sure what's up here.
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This is probably context too, but this felt thin and had a strange, almost cucumber-like chemical tinge to it that I found unpleasant.
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Basically continues an upward trend with age. Expectedly tasty.
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The Bruery Sour in the Rye (unknown release)
All the sours I've tried from The Bruery share a similar yeast profile, and this is no exception. Same smooth-entry, finishing tart bite as the Tart of Darkness, but without the plum sugar / malt finish. Not sure I detected what the rye brought, either.
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Solid, but in this crowd that makes it slightly of little note.
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Smells faintly of sour yeast; flavor is that of a slightly tart barleywine with a vegetal, strong booze flavor from the spirit barrel. I initially thought tequila before learning that Calvados is an apple brandy. Pretty good.
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This was probably context, but this didn't blow me away as it has in the past. Making it merely great instead of mind-bendingly awesome.
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A dry stout with some booze notes and a noticeable, but manageable, charcoal smoke flavor. Pretty good! I do feel like I've had this before, although there's no record of it.
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The winner of the day, this beer has a strong chocolate / mild coffee fragrance & flavor with a lush, creamy mouthfeel. Smooth barrel and bourbon finish it off. Absolutely delicious!
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The Bruery Tart of Darkness (unknown release)
This is definitely a sour first, and a stout second. Opens smooth, slightly sweet, before jumping quickly to a bite of tartness. It's faintly pruney, although I wouldn't call this a fruity beer, and it moves towards more stouty characteristics as it finishes, smooth and malty again. I wouldn't go so far as to call this roasty, however.
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The perfect expression of coffee flavore in a beer.
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Good for a smoked beer, but I don't love smoked beers. Nowhere near as medicinal as an Aecht
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This was actually better after I worked through the rest of the flight. But that's more a statement of how bad the rest of the flight was. Pseudo-sweet, slightly pumpkin. But not really good at all.
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COFFEE. bitter bad coffee.
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This tastes like a beer that someone would like. Sadly it's not me. Standard caramel-cherry almost sweeteness that I don't like.
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Musty. It tastes like it came from hundred year old monastic tradition.
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Smells like coffee, but it's just watery and a puckering bitterness.
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Like the last Beehaven, this is a sparkling Christmas spice Yankee Candle Company candle in a glass. It's sickly sweet and perfumey and absolutely kills the palate, and yet... somehow I can't hate it. This one isn't as "good" as the Lavenderberry, though.
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Uh. You know those Glade Plug ins with the potpourri scent? Drink that.
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Smooth at first, with a frothy chocolate finish, but there is a kind of overroasted flavor that builds up in both bitterness and tackiness over time.
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Scaldis Noël (unknown release)
Too sweet. Too much alcohol too. Normally this is not a bad thing but...
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Scaldis Noël (unknown release)
A scent I can only describe as ... Candied carrots? And, freakishly the taste is moreso. What the heck.
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Just too sweet for me tonight. Maybe they used Knob Creek bourbon barrels because I think that's too sweet too...
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Piney scen. Piney taste. Perhaps it should just go hang out in central New Jersey. More seriously, there is a hint of juice before the dryness takes over. Yeah, back to the Jersey Devil with you.
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I think my palate was still recovering from the Tormenta, so my impressions are muted. A woody flavor, not as malty as I'd expect from a Scotch ale, which kind of gives the closing impression of a watered-down Scotch whisky. I'll have to try it again on its own.
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This is actually most like a pumpkin infused latte. There is a hint of stout, but it is almost completely masked by the coffee
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On the nose it was very cinnamon or gingerbread which was cause for concern, but on the palate it was a proper hearty stout.
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Scaldis Noël (unknown release)
Yuck. One-note sweet and highly boozy. I've really enjoyed most strong Belgian Christmas ales I've tried, but definitely not this one.
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Well here's the thing, the first thing I thought of was pineapple juice... Yeah. Weird. But. Strangely good. Definitely very different.
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Resinous scent. It originally feels like it'll be a thin grapefruit, but then it blooms with citrus and sour and a hint of sweet. I really like this.
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A bit wheaty or malty to me... I dunno. Just not terribly memorable.
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Sometimes you get a beer that is so weird that you have to love it. This smells of floral hops on top of a kind of dank sourness. The opening is a non-sweet mix of grapefruit and pineapple, hints at being mouth-puckeringly tart, and then relaxes into a malty smoothness tinged with dry hop bitterness. Definitely strange, but settles nicely.
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A kind of dry, somewhat bitter beer, with little more than a hint of sour. It starts clear but ends a little brackish
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A nicely less-sweet pumpkin ale. I didn't notice much in the way of pie spice, which was very nice (and probably explains the name). The vegetal pumpkin actually translates to a nice lagery bitter finish -- which worked very nicely for me.
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Tough to be first on a flight but I was not hugely impressed. Hard to get the port out of it.
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Dry, with strong hints of wood but only faint echoes of wine. The base red ale seems quite nice, but the flavor got drier and woodier until all I could taste was a kind of tacky bitterness.
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Yup. Still very nice, even after wrecking my palate.
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Kind of a blend of sour ale and wit, but each part seems only half-there and not well-integrated.
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This was weird. Intensely sweet, floral, downright perfumey. Hints of peach. The taste lingers forever on the palate. And yet, I just kept wanting more of it. Apparently BeeHaven carbonates all of their mead, and it kind of works. Somehow!
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The Bruery Rueuze (unknown release)
Oy, that was tart & funky.
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Strong and bourbon-sweet. In fact, this basically tasted like bourbon, on the cherry side, and maybe not so much beer. But I like bourbon.
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This may be the first Bastard family beer that I actually enjoyed. Noticeable sweet, bourbon character blends with the almost-frothy hoppiness of Arrogant Bastard in a way that actually manages to smooth the edges of both. Still intense, but drinkable and maybe even enjoyable.
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A bit of dry red in a vinous start, even though there was no mention of barreling of any kind in the literature. Still, that's what I tasted. Smooth transition to a roasted, coffee-stout finish. Due to the wine impression, I'd thought this was the Fino Countdown, but Joev assured me this was not (he'd also gotten the Fino).
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Not at all what I was expecting. I didn't taste wine qualities as such, just a weird, dank sourness and a kind of burnt yeasty taste on top of it. I honestly thought the Hercule was this one, because it tasted like my expectations. Instead, that one was pretty good, and this -- this was Not Tasty.
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Not normally the style of pale ale I enjoy, this was very much a fragrant hop flower and fruit fest lite. However, as Boneyard always seems to find a way to make happen, this was perfectly flavored and super-drinkable.
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This was really good, you guys! The description didn't say anything about brett or wine barrels, but the flavor is very much along those lines -- maybe that's the blackcurrant at work in the saison. Flavorful and sophisticated, and reminiscent of Black Raven's Pour les Oiseaux, a fave.
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Syrupy-thick, with an umami pungency and sweetness standing in for coffee.
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The barrel character here is more wine-like than bourbon, but maybe that's an artifact of mixing with the Belgian flavors in the base beer. Reminded me of Black Raven's La Petite Mort, but a bit more muted. Still, it was very good. I had to knock it down a peg after having Lompoc's Forbidden Fruit, though.
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Tart and fruity with a nice fizz, with alcohol very much on the back burner, this may just have been the best fruit soda I've ever had.
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Cream-sweet on first taste, with only a light coconut character. Overall the beer has the body and hints of unwelcome sourness of a thin porter. There are much better options in this category.
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Vinegary bottom start. Buttery sour body but sour finish.
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Rye. Smooth. Malty. Goodness.
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Smeells like oak aged maple syrup. Tastes like weird sour cereal ale.
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Really smooth, and weirdly awful.
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Medium body, some acidity and not much tackiness. Oak wood taste at the beginning.
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The description mentions notes of Worchestershire sauce, among other weird things, and it's not wrong. There's a savory tang underneath an otherwise normal, pleasant & strong imperial stout flavor, which lingers afterwards. Really strange, but I think it's appealing. Maybe?
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Buttery smooth with a fine roastiness. Pecan-like presence in middle and finish.
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Super-smooth, with hints of fruit and just a touch of tartness on the finish.
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Smells v. promising, sweet & whiskey-like. Unfortunately, it tastes watery and off-sour in a "something-terrible-happened-in-the-fermenter" way. I couldn't finish even a small pour!
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Dried fruits and malty finish.
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Almost shockingly tart, with a liqueur-y, buttery finish. It was not unlike a tart, sour cherry pie. I don't usually like sours, but -- yum!
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