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    New one from Rogue up tonight. This one is Kulture Clash.



    Kulture Clash is an explosive collision with Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha, a fearless fermenter and world-class Oregon brand. By combining the unique tangy flavors of a custom-brewed kombucha from Brew Dr. with a Rogue blonde ale specifically brewed to complement it, we’ve created a flavorful, invigorating balance of blonde and bold that both kombucha and beer drinkers will enjoy.
    Poured a darker gold into a Tulip with a large white head. Has a mildly sour smell with some citrus, yeast, and ginger. Flavor is definitely spicy ginger, citrus, biscuity malts, and I suppose what kombucha tea tastes like (I've never had it). Medium bodied with a respectable 6.9% ABV. A very nice brew for a very warm evening!

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    Having some Ballast Point Victory At Sea - High West Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter tonight!



    A 12 percent ABV imperial porter brewed with coffee beans sourced from Caffe Calabria, vanilla and peanut butter before being aged in barrels that previously held High West bourbon and rye. The porter has been aged in various brands of barrels and released in bottles over the years, including Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel-Aged Victory At Sea (12.2 percent ABV), Heaven Hills Bourbon Barrel-Aged Victory At Sea (12.2 percent ABV) and Rum & Rye Barrel-Aged Victory At Sea (12.4 percent ABV), among others.
    Poured ink black into a Snifter with a sizable, lasting light brown head. Allowed to warm a bit. Has a very nice smell of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and boozy bourbon. Taste is delicious! All of the smells are there in the flavor with a very noticeable alcohol taste and a very light bitterness on the backend. Has a decently heavy body to accompany the robust 12% ABV. Definitely deserving of it's RateBeer score! Good stuff and was surprisingly inexpensive for what it is at $14/4 pack.

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    Time for review #2! Another local brew, this time a new release from Rhinegeist - Brittlebrain Belgian Style Golden Ale.



    Pith helmets on, we dig for the holy ale. Soon it emerges, golden sun in its eyes, roaring for liquid relief. Brittlebrain is an effervescent Belgian Style Golden Ale with notes of fruit and light spice, brewed with Cincinnati Museum Center in celebration of the power of dinosaur.
    Poured a dark and dirty golden into a Tulip glass with a big, persistent white head. Smells of Belgian spices and tart citrus. A somewhat weak scent overall though. Flavor is yeasty with Belgian spice and some citrus bitterness. The body is surprisingly heavy for the style. Has a healthy 8.6% ABV. Tasty brew!

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    Reviewing an anniversary brew from Bell's tonight, their Cherry Stout 30th Anniversary Reserve!



    American Stout Brewed With Cherries
    Shelf Life - Unlimited

    When a beer reaches a milestone like this, a special batch is required. Brewed with even more cherries than the original that inspired it, this version celebrates 30 years of a Bell’s classic.

    This version was brewed in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of our Cherry Stout, another specialty beer that was first brewed in 1988 as a nod to a local homebrew club in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It has grown to be one of the most anticipated beers we brew at the brewery every year.

    We brewed a version of Cherry Stout in 2001 using oak chips and cherry pits. This time around, we decided to brew with whole cherries and oak chips.
    Poured pitch black into a Snifter with no head except a dark tan topping. Allowed to warm slightly. Smells of roasted malts, oak, sweet cocoa, and tart cherry. All of the smells are in the flavor in a perfect blend and very rich. Medium heavy bodied with a nice 9% ABV. Great anniversary brew from Bell's!

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    Reviewing a Clown Shoes brew tonight. Gargoyle Love Song 2018.



    Gargoyles gone wild? Those bastards were meant to protect the city. Instead, they started to tear Chicago apart. Fortunately, Crasher fired up his jet packs and flew in to sing them a love song. For this, the 2018 version, we barrel aged Undead Party Crasher in high-end bourbon barrels and added large quantities of vanilla beans.
    Poured ink black into a Snifter with a moderate sized brown head. Allowed to warm a bit. Smells of bourbon, a little sweet chocolate and caramel, and roasted malt. Tastes of sweet cocoa, oak, caramel, and a bit of bourbon. Body is medium heavy and the ABV comes in at 10.5%. Typical great tasting Clown Shoes brew!

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    Sipping on one of the bigger ABV beers I've had in some time... Having some Evil Twin/Lervig Big Ass Money Stout 3.



    Story on the brew: http://beersonwindowsills.com/evil-t...money-stout-3/

    It is brewed with frozen pizza and Norwegian money.

    Poured as thick and black as used diesel motor oil into a Snifter, no head. Has a peaty ash smell like Scotch along with some cocoa, coffee and (no surprise) alcohol. Flavor is surprisingly sweet and creamy with chocolate, coffee, oak, and only a little bit of alcohol which is surprising. Also has a slight saltiness. Body is very heavy and finishes with a bit of warmth. This brew boasts a 17.2% ABV so you can't do much more than sip it. This is really damn good and that's not just the alcohol talking.

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    Tonight's beer of choice is another Barrel House release from Southern Tier, Southern Tier Imperial Oat - Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout.



    Remember when we brewed oat? Once gone but not forgotten, we’ve recreated this cult classic. No, this isn’t just some nostalgic throwback. This horse learned a new trick: Barrel aging. As black as a moonless night, silky and full bodied, and as richly complex as the eponymous brew of old. Behold, Oat!
    Poured black as night into a Snifter with a big, dense, dark brown head. Has a scent of chocolate, malts, and very boozy bourbon. The taste is very sweet chocolate, malty, oaky, and warm alcohol bourbon. Body is very heavy and has a 12.6% ABV to go with it. Finishes warm. Most big alcohol brews try to hide the alcohol but it comes through loud and clear in this brew! Real good stuff!

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    Beer tonight while I'm watching Live PD is a new, limited release from Dogfish, Fruit-Full Fort



    A complex ale brewed with a boatload of berries.

    A twist on our beloved Fort, Fruit-Full Fort is brewed with four types of berries - Raspberry, Blackberry, Boysenberry and Elderberry! This juicy blend of dark berries creates depth and complexity reminiscent of a jammy red wine.

    Along with adding a boatload of more berries this time around, we also punched up the malt bill with Munich malt to provide a firm backbone. The result provides balance to the tart flavors of a very berry blend.

    Dark maroon in color, Fruit-Full Fort is swirling with notes of velvety cherry and berry sweetness for a full-bodied - and full-flavor - experience!

    “At Dogfish, we create food-centric beers that allow us to examine the entire culinary landscape for ingredient choices and flavors to enhance the aroma and taste of the beer,” says Calagione. “With Fruit-Full Fort, we went overboard in adding ridiculous amounts of flavorful berries which makes this beer a perfect complement for desserts like a decadent chocolatey cake or a rich velvety torte. Like World Wide Stout, Old School, 120 Minute IPA, and beers that typically clock in at over 14-15%, Fruit-Full Fort is a perfect candidate for cellaring as the flavor profiles really tend to hit their stride after aging it for a couple of years.”

    ABV: 15 - 18
    Style: Belgian-style
    Aroma: Velvety cherry and berry sweetness
    Flavor: Raspberry and blackberry, with a lingering sweetness
    Mouthfeel: Full-bodied
    Poured a dark, ruddy brown into a Snifter with a medium sized light brown head. Smells of tart berries, some molasses, and has a definite alcohol aroma. Definite flavors of sweet berries, some oakiness, and a bit of alcohol. A decidedly full body to accompany the 16.5% ABV. Very full flavored and tasty. Feels like it's got more "punch" than the regular Fort which is pretty darn good. A definite sipping brew!

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    I realized I had forgotten to post this review from last weekend. It's of this year's w00tstout from Stone.

    Previously I had written off Stone because of their pissy little "I'm Peach" beer dig but I just can't pass up w00tstout.



    This barrel-aged palate-saver has been a favorite among our fans—and us—since its inception in 2013. Pecans, wheat, flaked rye and bourbon-soaked wood provide this whopping, complex superhero version of an imperial stout with a profound complexity that makes it ideal for cellaring—if you can wait that long.

    Front and center this year is the result of Wil’s creative machinations taking the art direction duties with world-renowned fantasy artist Joe Jusko representing our gargoyle’s triumph over the evils in the world of beer. Six years into this amazing w00tstout legacy and I continue to be stunned and humbled by the response of our fans. Sure, it’s an amazingly delicious massive Russian Imperial Stout partially inspired by Kentucky Derby Pie of Drew’s home state. And speaking of Drew, we asked him to lean into two of his strengths: drinking w00tstout and chatting up a storm. So this year he’ll MC our wildly nerd-nominious celebration of beer and geekery known as HopCon/w00tstout release party held annually during San Diego’s Comic-Con. The nerd lives in all of us. Celebrate it! Now is the golden age for us lovers of awesome things. We’re here. We’re vast, and we’ve got great taste. This beer is an ode to you, Fellow Nerd.
    Allowed to warm a bit. Poured pitch black into a Shaker glass with a massive, dark brown head. Scent isn't overly pungent but smells of cocoa, roast malt, and a little coffee. Much of the smell comes across in the taste dominated mostly by cocoa. The body is nice and heavy with a robust 11.5% ABV that is hidden quite well. As in years past, w00tstout does not disappoint!

    Oh, and as usual, shut up Wesley!

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