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A profound stout. Starts thick and malty, a combination that very often turns to overwhelming sweetness (see: Skookum). This one, though, turns a bit bitter, almost savory. A very nice way to finish. Yum!
Bottle
Don't smell or taste bergamot, which is most disappointing. Honey-like sweetness, some bready, tripel-like Belgian body. Pleasant but forgettable. And not Earl Grey! For that, try Breakside.
Bottle
This had turned, I think. Smelled like a scotch ale, but tasted like sour celery.
Bottle
A middling quad with a little more clove than I loved. But not bad.
Bottle
They keep making these POG beers, and very few of them taste anything like POG. This continues the trend. The fruit flavors are oily and bitter, and the whole thing ends in a foamy, pithy mess.
Can
Absolutely delicious. Very dry brett bitterness, a vinous, fruity grape middle and clean cereal to finish. This was like a better, much cleaner Pour les Oiseaux, which was a beer I used to love very much.
Draft
A hoppy, malty, amber barleywine. I mean, it was beer, and it wasn't bad, but it also wasn't exactly the most memorable thing. And it was priced like it should be memorable.
Bottle
The utter flatness of the beer is strange at first, but it passes by quickly. Very solid stout, and omg, this tastes like a Manhattan. Sweet and lightly woody, fruit and caramel. This'll knock you out quick, but you'll have a great time while it happens.
Bottle
This was a lot better than it sounded, but it wasn't great. A lot of resin in this IPA, smoothed out quite a bit with what does seem very much like marshmallow. The sweetness is both weird and appealing, and I can't tell which side wins.
Can
At first I thought this was the best one, although with some more distance between the beers the tequila is a little wooly here. Wooly in a good way for sure! But some moods might prefer the straightforwardness of the Scotch version.
Bottle
Directly after the brandy version this was a bit dry and a lot bitter, but with more separation this really grew on me. I think this may have been the best one in the end.
Bottle
Fruity, sweet and very smooth. Really, really tasty. It may not have ended up at the top of the flight, but there's no way to really fault this beer.
Bottle
A strong banana lager. That's basically my takeaway here. Untappd called this a maibock, which does seem appropriate. Beeradvocate says German Pilsner, which... well, this would be a bad one. Another generic beer from the Costco Advent Calendar box.
Can
Southern Tier Pumking (unknown release)
Always good. Maybe a little funkier than I remember?
Bottle
Excellent, mild, creamy milk stout with very light coffee and pronounced coconut flavors. Mildly sweet, not too thick. None of the metallic aftertaste that Belching Beaver's other stouts can have. This was delicious.
Bottle
Very sour, puckeringly so. Tons of peach, with a kind of coconut aftertaste, which may have been an interaction with the floral flavors, but nothing tasted floral outright. A little too sour for me to love.
Bottle
Unrelentingly sour, with the most intense peach flavor. A lot to deal with.
Can
Sour enough that I think this bottle has turned. If it hasn't, it's unpleasant.
Bottle
Sour. I didn't much like the original Brunch Weasel, but I'm absolutely sure I like this one less.
Bottle
A concentrated hop juice IPA, plenty of resin and a lot of pine. Relatively smooth finish for such an intense beer, which puts it a step above most hop bombs. Thanks to Nate for bringing this!
Growler
A little less overtly enjoyable than I remember; maybe because the growler wasn't fresh? It was still good though.
Growler
A great palate cleanser after the stout. Better than I remember, clearly hoppy but also sweet and cereal, finishing cleanly and without overt bitterness.
Bottle
Pours dark and thick, super umami and tacky-sour. The comment was made that this tastes like Vegemite. The residue in the throat lasts much longer than is reasonably necessary. At any rate, it wasn't pleasant.
Bottle
Rich wood smoke combined with a light, sweet wheat beer with more than a little unusual florality (as in flower, not hop). The overall effect is both pungent and light, like a chrysanthemum tea. I really found this compelling.
Bottle
Disgusting, I thought. Very sweet lemonade and cold coffee. That combo wouldn't work for me, even before bringing beer into the equation.
Can
If the peasant king was like a Squirt, this was like an Orangina. Bitter citron. Definitely a double IPA in terms of intensity. Pretty good, though!
Can
Flavor is in the same ballpark as the Peasant King, although less intense in every way.
Can
Very New England. Thick, juicy, opaque, like a beer version of a Squirt.
Can
Fresh tasting and intense, pithy. Undoubtedly this is a legendary beer, but it's not my ideal IPA.
Can
Light, non-descript, caramel-hop amber.
Can
It's like they took the slightly tangy yeast of an American hefe and mixed it into a sweet helles lager. Not estery or spicy, and the dry hops come across as a kind of round, lightly grape-y flavor. Very refreshing light, but bright and tasty.
Bottle
Breakside Cultivating Mass (unknown release)
Smelled like any number of blunt whiskey stouts, but this was a hugely pleasant surprise. Clear whiskey notes that immediately smooth out into a clean, vanilla-caramel finish. No tackiness, sourness, or even moderate roast. Delicious!
Bottle
A standout, a light dark lager with light, rich wood smoke melting into a smooth caramel finish. Ghost of a peaty scotch in the finish. Really, really tasty.
Bottle
Tastes a lot like an English or Scottish lager, grassy, wet-hay. Light finish. Pretty good but not especially remarkable.
Bottle
Very tart, slightly salty on the lips. Clearly recognizable as strawberry.
Bottle
Very, very hazelnutty. Only issue with this beer is that the base brown ale is very thin, would have liked more creaminess to add some backbone to the pleasant nut flavor. My memory of the Rogue puts it a couple notches above this.
Can
Okay, I liked this? Sweet-ish, light Mexican lager. But I absolutely got no hint of habanero, which, if you're gonna list it on the can, you really need to back up. Right?
Can
Smells like eggnog. Tastes like an eggnog candle. Next.
Bottle
Tastes like gingerbread. Slightly spicy, definitely smooth. I don't exactly remember what Sam Adams' similar beer tasted like, but I think I enjoyed this about as much, which was plenty.
Can
This was... definitely a double IPA.
Can
Smells deliciously of coconut, no doubt the dominant flavor. This is an unabashedly sweet beer, very dessert-like. Light coffee slightly counteracts it, but it's still very intense. This is a hair less balanced than the basically-perfect coconut B-Bomb, but it's definitely delicious.
Bottle
Smoother than the Doctor, although there is a subtle bitterness that gets stronger over time. Likewise the chili flavor, which is subtler than in other beers, but was quite warm and lingery by the end.
Can
Delicious, smooth stout with a fragrance of... sesame? That toasted, unique nutty flavor made this a delight to drink. Yummmm.
Bottle
Semi-flat from an intercontinental trip in a... plastic soda "growler?" Still, very decent flavors, a light citrus-pine-hop opening and a pilsner-like bitter finish. You can definitely see the lager side here, which is more than many IPLs can claim.
Growler
I thought the smell was a bit odd. Flavor is more chocolate than cinnamon, medium-thick, fairly smooth and milky. A bit more dry sourness than I was expecting, and a nice roasted / subtly smoky finish. Aftertaste is tacky, unfortunately -- from the lactose?
Bottle
Unpleasantly sour, like a dry export stout but with a more lasting, tacky finish. The real crime, however, is that this doesn't even pretend to taste like cookies. Or even chocolate.
Bottle
Listen, I wasn't looking forward to this and it blew my expectations out of the water. A superbly balanced, light IPA, with Bale Breaker's typically fragrant approach to hopping. The mango is not sweet or syrupy at all, just somehow a bright, fruity, realistic, essence-of-mango. I mean, drop the mic. This worked.
Can
I had a less-witty description for this and I forgot that too. Let's just say this Costco box is not filling me with "the holiday cheer," okay?
Can
I had a really witty description for this ready and sometime in the past two weeks I totally forgot it, sorry.
Can
Still a superb beer. Not profound, I think its lightness prevents that, but so, so smoooooth.
Bottle
Despite having plenty of concentrated hop juice, this worked really well. The additional flavors (mint, mango, chili) come through as a brightness and a non-alpha bitterness that round out and balance the flavors very well. No detectable spice, though.
Bottle
A very nice German pilsner, a definite step up from the previous two beers.
Bottle
Day 4. This had a really strange flavor at the front, that didn't connect to the main flavor of the beer, which was like a light Belgian pale base. The extra flavor was ... sweet hay?
Can
Day 3 of the Advent calendar. Some really nice foreflavors; a gingerbread/banana bread hybrid. Finishes pretty dry; it certainly felt like it should have been a little sweeter.
Can
Day 2. Pours a rich amber. Caramel festbier, lightly sweet. Not much toastiness or cereal. Pretty boring Festbier.
Can
Day 1 of the Advent calendar! A golden lager with wet hay sweetness leading to a firm bitterness which balanced the opening nicely. Not crisp at all.
Can
At once richly malty, like a holiday-spiced dark banana bread, and also very yeasty-dry. This beer feels like it wants to be sweet but doesn't quite get there. Finishes tacky. I liked the flavors but it stuck in the throat.
Bottle
Had a bigger taste of this. There really isn't any detectable smoke in the flavor of this beer. It has a light touch, more like a soft German chocolate cake; lots of caramel sweetness and some smooth cocoa on top. It's not super-compelling, but it's decently tasty.
Growler
Super, super sour. Almost a savory pineapple. Dries out your mouth almost instantly, although that moment a minute after your sip where all the saliva suddenly comes back is... pretty neat.
Bottle
Mounds? Mounds. Rather less sophisticated than I would have expected from this brewery, but... Mounds.
Bottle
Yasssss... Super-smooth dark chocolate cake opening. Creamy texture, biscuity sweetness. Habanero's hard to taste at first, just a bit of fruity tingle on the front of the tongue, but builds up into a pleasant warmth after a couple ounces. Pretty darned tasty.
Bottle
Rounded orange flavor, like a Satsuma Mandarin, leading into a very front-of-tongue bitter hop-resin flavor. Finishes clean. It was ok.
Bottle
I mean... Does it even have to be good with this name? But it was. Oh, yes it was.
Bottle
Yeah, this tastes fresh all right, but also very bitter for a pale. Piney rather than fruity. Alcohol pokes through in a way I didn't quite like.
Bottle
Thick, syrupy, candy-like, like a liquid Ferrero-Rocher candy. Chocolate, nut-butter, a lot of sweetness. This wouldn't ever hit my top tier as a beer, but as a dessert, it's quite lovely.
Bottle
Really strange. Like, this is definitely an IPA, with lots of fragrance and hops, but with a very tropical turn into coconut and pineapple. Manages to stay light instead of nectary. I liked this, weird as it was.
Can
Pours rich, and thick, and this is BOURBON! above all, but what makes this beer work is that despite the BOURBON! and the clear, rich coconut flavor, this manages not to be cloyingly sweet, or even sweet as a first impression. That's a really delicate thing to accomplish. This was a really, really good beer, you guys.
Bottle
Jake brought in a beer! I really liked this. Pretty strong hop presence in the opening, with pungent pineapple notes, hints of grapefruit. Finishes with a malty cereal smoothness. It's been a while since I expored Full Sail's lineup, might be time again.
Bottle
Much less sweet than expected; a savory banana cake of a beer, super smooth finish. Just a bit of yeasty tang sticks in the throat. Very nice from this brewery, as usual.
Bottle
Sweet banana bread and a lot of yeasty tang to cut through the sweetness at the end.
Bottle
Smooth, caramel, light flavored scotch ale with a pleasant but very bourbon-forward flavor.
Bottle
What would be a light, banana-clove-white-pepper Belgian pale ale is shot in the face with a huge hit of wet-wood-smoke flavor. It's a little bit (lot bit) like drinking a doused smoke bomb.
Can
Same great Pumking flavor, but this is enhanced by the rum to give kind of an apple-cider-syrup hit of both fruit and sweet. I liked this a lot, although there is a significantly strong bitterness in the finish.
Bottle
Smell and opening flavor are a really nice green apple fruitiness; almost candy-like. Some sweet cereal in the meantime, but very shortly, hops and funk combine for a pretty musty finish. I found myself really wanting this to be brighter.
Bottle
Starts with a high roast opening and then smooths out with a sweet, cloudy honey-funk flavor. I actually thought it was too sweet, too mellow; it removed any kind of edge on the finish and I think this beer needed that.
Bottle
Yup, this is pretty much what I'd want given a beer with this name. Forward flavor of dark chocolate, with buttery, toasted coconut. Dry, lightly-roasted finish. Tastes exactly like a dark chocolate haystack or truffle. I can't say I picked up a lot of whiskey flavor though.
Bottle
The background here is an indistinct acidic fruit flavor, like a bitter tomato, maybe. Still, the main beer is a pleasantly medium-sour beer with a slightly salty aftertaste. I would have liked a little more distinct tomatillo-ness.
Bottle
Sweet and dessert-like opening, smooth caramel. Thinner in feel than you'd think given that description, and I thought the saltiness came across as unpleasantly briny. The salt makes the turn from sweet to roasty less appealing.
Bottle
Definitely a close relative of the Kristallweiss, so the differences are interesting. First, it's definitely stronger in alcohol. It's also somewhat murkier in flavor - more funk, not as bright. It is, however, still very nice. I don't know why you'd pick this over the other, though, unless you're trying to build up the courage to put on that Drindl.
Bottle
Bright, unsweet, banana-spice biscuit flavor, I don't always like banana-spice, but when I do, it's this beer.
Bottle
A light, dry lime bitterness at the start which fades into a thinnish, clean, cereal blonde ale finish. Slightly salty.
Bottle
Oddly, this tastes more like a pina colada sour (strongly pineapple; coconut impression could believably be a result of honey & diacetyls). Little to no funk. Less floral than I'd have expected. Still, this was interesting and quite tasty.
Bottle
Like dark, molassesy zucchini bread, more bready than sweet. V. slightly on the thin side but a really good, smooth, flavor. Tastes like autumn.
Bottle
Not as good as Widmer's take on the same subject, but still ok. A lightly sweet, creamy porter with a roastier-than-expected finish. Lots of caramel in the flavor but wispy or nonexistent amounts of nut and coconut flavor. No cherry at all.
Bottle
Bubblegum and grapefruit IPA. Fragrant and light, but after some of the remarkable IPAs of the past few days this one is pretty unmemorable.
Bottle
Has an herbal, thyme-mixed-with-hops flavor that is an unusual opening. It's not a bad thing, but it does mask the wasabi quite a bit. The wasabi itself come through as an barely detectable spiciness that pokes through at the end, and more in a numbing tingle of the tongue that persists after the flavor.
Can
Definitely doesn't taste as strong as advertised, and also doesn't have any characteristic Wit spice flavors. Instead, this tastes more like a sweet, creamy... I don't know, "milk blonde?" There isn't much grassiness from the tea, but more of a smooth matcha-latte Kit Kat effect. Tasty, if simplistic.
Can
Okay, first of all, this smells a little unappetizing, like dish soap. But... it tastes pretty good! A mellow, buttery honey flavor offsets the herbal, surprisingly strong bitterness of the basil very nicely. Flavor borders just a bit on that soapiness but doesn't quite cross over. Science succeeds!
Growler
A strongly caramel / date barleywine, very sweet and boozy, although it finishes more with a smooth, sugary malt than with any harshness. Very much a dessert beer. Medium-thick.
Bottle
Wet hay sweetness, slightly cloying. Have not been impressed with this brewery so far.
Bottle
Smells of clean tropical fruit; I don't know if I'd say Dragon Fruit but it's less dank than your typical passion-pineapple mix. Flavor is bright and fruity, very mild resin and good effervescence. Finish is clean and not bitter. Very, very tasty!
Can
And basically perfect, coffee edition.
Bottle
Um, basically perfect, as usual.
Bottle
So this loses some points just for being misadvertised. This does not taste at all like a Czech pilsner - it's got a lot of bright, dry hopped northwest hop flavors and the cereal is subdued. Moderate to strong bitterness. Decent for what it is, but I wanted something else.
Bottle
A quite-tart, but super-balanced, round fruitiness, somewhere between grape and apple. Not too funky, but still complex. It didn't quite taste like other sour beers, but it was definitely sour, and very, very tasty.
Bottle
Ugh, totally not my thing. Very yeasty amber; barely any "Belgian" flavor profile despite the label, but a dry, almost sour flavor and a harsh bitterness. Rare Unibroue total miss.
Bottle
The lemon tastes weirdly tacked-on, like lemon drop perfume. The beer flavor underneath pokes through in the end and is relatively pleasant, but the progression between the flavors doesn't feel natural.
Bottle
The Reserve series continues to outshadow the regular Dragon's Milk. This one is pretty much exactly as advertised, with chocolate, clear marshmallow notes and sweet-but-somehow-not-too-sweet flavor through the duration. Yum!
Bottle
Syrupy thick, like other strong Avery stouts. Strong peanut flavor - not peanut buttery, but more like straight peanut. Some described it as "gritty." I liked the peanut. The rest of the stout was maybe a bit much.
Bottle
Sweetish lager, pungent of wet hay. Makes me think of English beer more than it does German. Was okay.
Bottle
Banana - clove - white pepper saison. Yeasty bitterness on the finish. Not bad, but not the style of saison I like.
Bottle
Really good. I wish I'd taken better notes at the time. At least I know there's another bottle in the fridge.
Bottle
Smells really nice; a bit like stewed peaches. Flavor is less overt, although still peachy, a little buttery. Medium-tart but not puckering, clean finish. Only faintly salty.
Bottle
It's really kind of unforgiveable that with a setup like this I could not really taste anything umami about this beer. It certainly didn't have any of the unctuous brothy / fishy notes you'd expect from bonito. Instead, it's an okay IPA with distinct Belgian notes, on the sweet side. Huge minus points for the bait and switch.
Can
Roasted, light coffee notes. Finishes with a lactic smoothness / curl. Experience makes me bucket this in with Baltic porters or other black lagers in a general crowd.
Can
Dry, clear fruity sourness; starts fruity and ends quite tart. Not huge amounts of funk. Finish feels salty and gose-like although I'm not sure any actual salt was involved. Pretty good!
Can
Roast porter with cream and coffee notes, topped with a jammy blackberry flavor that is super-clear in the fragrance but comes in as a background flavor on top before settling into the aftertaste. Might have been a clearer flavor if it hadn't been so strongly carbonated.
Bottle
I think I liked this more than the regular Dragon's Milk by a fair margin. Not super bourbony, but otherwise the rest is as advertised, with light but clear spice and molasses flavors melding nicely with the base stout. Delicious.
Bottle
A really nice concoction; first taking an inky quad with round plum notes and good barrel character, and mixing it with kind of the best ginger beer flavor. Basically "plum" up my alley. I wish I'd saved more of the bottle for myself.
Bottle
A delicious milk stout, not too sweet, not cloying at all. Creamy and easy-drinking. Maybe one of the best straight milk stouts I've had.
Bottle
Very smooth bready doppelbock, light banana but otherwise super-mellow. The rest of the flavor is wood-smoke, very strong. I liked it but others had issues with the intensity of the smoke.
Bottle
Very strong honey and bourbon flavors in this, strongly sweet like Jack Daniel's or Wild Turkey honey liqueur. There's also a fruity sourness that muddies up the finish. From the pomegranate molasses? Not super stoked about this beer.
Bottle
Light raspberry flavor with a mildly funky sourness. Not outstanding in any direction, but pleasant and fruity.
Bottle
I guess there may be such a thing as too long in the cellar; this poured a profound black and had all the sweet umami of a Berserker, but with less creaminess and completely flat. I was able to appreciate the smooth complexity, but it wasn't exactly joyful to drink.
Bottle
Nope. This was not a good look. Everything is recognizable in component parts - the passionfruit is very realistic and the smoky-side wit could have been a good base, but the flavors don't work together at all.
Bottle
Roasty-bitter-side imperial stout. Sits in the umami side of the spectrum rather than sweet, although the bourbon is fairly present. It won't give the big names a run for their money, but it's solid.
Bottle
Dry opening, but with a very pleasant, cereal Kolsch follow through. There is a mild dry hop sheen on the very surface of the beer that gives it a more complex flavor, but it is overall, a light, summery beer.
Can
Very clean, very tart, very very mango. Not sweet or syrupy at all, but you could also be fooled into thinking this wasn't a beer. I love mangoes, so it's a no brainer that I enjoyed this.
Bottle
Smells a bit like a doctor pepper, although the flavor is definitely balanced toward the cinnamon rather than the raisin. The Commodore seems to be much less roasted in flavor than the Victory at Sea, so overall this is a much more pleasant experience to drink. Not bad at all.
Bottle
A rich, creamy, dark milk stout with a fruity character that may or may not have been illusion. It was... jammy? Like a PB&J truffle without the PB. I really liked this.
Can
An excellent, smooth bourbon stout. Light chocolate notes and mild bourbon - I'm sure this was strongly alcoholic, but it didn't taste it. Finish is slightly on the over-bitter side,
Bottle
Strong Mint flavor and decent beer.
Bottle
Very smooth, fruity brandy opening fading into a kind of chocolate-umami dryness. Finish kind of fizzles out more than I would have wanted, although it's hard to argue this isn't still a really good beer.
Growler

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