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    It's going to be an all local weekend this week!

    Trying another new, local brewery by the name of Dead Low Brewing. Haven't come across any of their offerings in retail so I've got a growler of their Timberhead Roasted Chocolate Stout.



    Poured black into a Snifter with a thin brown head. Smells of roasted malt, sweet cocoa, and a little coffee. Has flavors of slightly bitter dark roast coffee, cocoa, some earthiness, and some ash. The body is on the thinner side of medium and this only clocks in at 6.3% ABV. Not the best stout I've had (which is an admittedly high bar) but decent enough I'm going to be giving more of their stuff a try.

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    Kicking off the weekend with some high test from Bell's - This One Goes to 11 Ale.



    This One Goes to 11 Ale opens with bright, juicy aromas such as tropical fruits & ripe cherries, largely derived from massive kettle & dry-hop additions of Southern Hemisphere hop varieties such as Galaxy, Motueka, and Summer. The citrus & resinous pine notes of the Pacific Northwest hop family are also well represented, making their presence known through Simcoe, Citra, and the newly released Mosaic varietal, just to name a few. A wide range of specialty malts anchor the hops to this IMPERIAL RED ALE, contrasting the assertive bitterness & juicy aromatics with a robust, toasty depth of flavor. Fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, This One Goes to 11 Ale finishes with a lingering warmth.
    This is definitely a red ale! Poured a slightly brownish red into a Shaker with a good sized red-orange head. A lot of fruit and citrus in the smell with a bit of sweet caramel malt. Lots of caramel malt up front on the flavor which is quickly followed up by moderately bitter citrus. The two balance pretty well. Slightly boozy but the alcohol is hidden pretty well for 11%. It's a tad more bitter than I usually prefer, so wouldn't be a "go-to", but not at all offensively so. As is the typical case with Bell's, they don't brew a bad beer!

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    Doing a double review tonight! Both from Rhinegeist.

    One for Skeleton Brut White and one for Skeleton Brut Red



    First up is White...

    Skeleton Brut is a unique collaboration brew made with our friends and neighbors at The Skeleton Root urban winery. A Brut Imperial IPA, this beer is full of interesting additions: the enzyme amyloglucosidase for bone-dryness, Vidal blanc grape must and yeast from a bee’s knees (seriously) sourced from Cincinnati’s Eden Park. Skeleton Brut is a limited release available in bottles and on draft.
    Poured clear, light gold into a Shaker with a smallish white head that didn't last. Smells of white wine, slight Belgian spice, and a little wheat. Definite white wine flavors with the Belgian-like spice I could smell, very slight hoppiness. The body is light and crisp with a 9% ABV. Quite tasty!

    Next up is Red...

    Skeleton Brut debuted in 2018, a unique collaboration with our neighbors at The Skeleton Root urban winery. Sporting the characteristic bone-dryness, this Brut Imperial IPA is brewed with grape must and yeast from a bee’s knees (seriously) sourced from Cincinnati’s Eden Park. This year’s release is a Brut double feature: two different beers, two different grapes. Skeleton Brut Red uses Chambourcin grapes, adding a tannic touch to this wonderfully complex brew. A limited release, available in bottles and on draft.
    Poured a brownish red into a Shaker with a minimal white head that, like the White, didn't last long. Smells of sweet and tart red grapes and some floral hops. Much like the White, has a definite flavor of a Red. Some sweet malt and light hop flavor. Heavier weight body than White but coming in at the same 9% ABV. Also quite tasty!

    In sum, both were pretty good!

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    Going local again tonight!

    Tonight is Listermann's Polar Beer 2.0 NEIPA



    NE IPA with Citra, El Dorado, Callista, and Sabro hops.

    Cincinnati Zoo researchers are working to save polar beers with science. With only 26,000 remaining in the world, polar bears are under threat due to decrease of sea ice. Despite the worldwide popularity of this iconic species, little is known about their unique physiology or how they will respond to a changing environment. Scientists at the zoo are using cutting-edge technologies to create successful breeding programs and preserve irreplaceable genetics so that they are not lost forever.

    Proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Zoo's polar bear conservation efforts.

    Did you know? Polar bears' large body size, layers of thick, hollow hair, and three to four inches of blubber provide insulation from the cold, in and out of the water.
    Poured pale, hazy, light gold into a Shaker with a fair sized white, foamy head. I've got a head/chest cold but I get citrus and tropical fruit hops. I'm just too stuffed up to get much more. More tropical and citrus fruits in the flavor with some doughy malts. Body is really thin. Only comes in at 6.4% ABV as well. I've thought most of Listermann's NEIPAs have been pretty good but this one is just "okay". At least the purchase goes to a good cause!

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    Tonight I'm trying a brew from Mikkeller, whom I haven't had anything from in a while. It was $4 for a 4 pint pack so figured why not!

    This is Murk and Honey NEIPA



    Poured semi-hazy, medium gold with an extremely large, foamy head. Smells of tropical fruit, malt, and a touch of honey. Interesting taste. Definite hop and malt characteristics of an NEIPA but with noticeable lactose creaminess and honey sweetness. Slightly bitter. Body is light-medium and this comes in at 6.8% ABV. Not bad at all and an interesting flavor profile for an NEIPA. A bit reminiscent of the Listermann Orange Julius but without the citrus.

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    Going local tonight with one from Rivertown. This is their Lemon Bar Berliner Weisse.

    This was marked down to $3/4 pack so my expectations are being set appropriately.



    Poured medium gold into a Shaker with a medium sized white head. Has a tart citrus smell with a little malt. Has a sweet lemon cream flavor with a slightly sour and malty finish. Light-medium bodied with a somewhat weak 4.6% ABV. This actually tastes better than I expected for the price! It does indeed taste like lemon bar pastry! Not bad at all but would benefit from more alcohol, especially if it's only sold in a 4 pack of 12oz cans.

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    Another local brew tonight. Tonight's is Listermann's 11th anniversary brew, XI Strong Ale



    11th Anniversary - Blend of three barrel-aged beers with vanilla, walnuts, and spices added.
    Poured dark black into a Snifter with a very thin tan head. Allowed to warm some. Rich scent of oaked bourbon, dark fruits, roasted malts, vanilla, some spices, and chocolate. Has a taste of oaked bourbon, nuts, vanilla, malts, and a touch of spice. Finishes with warmth. Heavy bodied with an appropriate 12.5% ABV. Damn fine brew for an anniversary celebration from a great brewery!

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    Opening up tonight's new brew!

    Seems like it's been a bit since I've had a Clown Shoes beer but picked up two new ones earlier today. Tonight's will be Hephaestus Imperial Stout



    Comes in a big, tall stovepipe can. Pours ink black into a Snifter with a great big, brown head. Rich smells of oak, roast coffee, dark chocolate, and boozy bourbon. Flavors of oak, slightly bitter dark roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and bourbon. Finishes with some warmth. Most beers try to hide the alcohol but this one seems to make a show of it! Body is quite heavy and comes in at 12.5% ABV. Once again, Clown Shoes does not disappoint! Real good stuff!

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    Going local tonight with another Braxton/Graeter's collab! This is their brand new Black Cherry Chocolate Chip White Stout



    Introducing Graeter’s Black Cherry Chocolate Chip White Stout. A decadent dessert beer crafted in perfect harmony with notes of luscious black cherries and creamy dark chocolate. An indulgent, medium-bodied white stout, delightfully reminiscent of the classic chocolate covered cherry.
    Poured a ruby red color into a Shaker with a large, pink head. Has a smell of chocolate, roast coffee, and black cherries. The flavor is a little odd... I get a black cherry, roast coffee, and a bit of cocoa. The odd comes in at this being a lot more bitter than I was expecting. Tart, I could understand, but this comes across as bitter, not even tart which would be understandable. Medium bodied and weighing in at 7.4% ABV. When you see "Graeter's" you think rich, sweet ice cream so that's what you expect in a beer with their name, not a beer with bitter notes. This needs to be a lot less bitter, a lot more sweet, and a lot more creamy flavored. Not bad but not my favorite Braxton/Graeter's collab. A little disappointing.

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    Kicking off this coronavirus weekend with another brew from local brewery, Dead Low. This is brand new from them and is their Bacho Maple Bacon Porter.

    Poured dark brown from a growler into a Shaker with a small, light brown head. Has a light scent of maple, smoke, and roasted malt. The taste is pretty spot on for the name! Flavors of sweet maple, smokey bacon, and a little bit of char. Body is light-medium and this comes in at 4.7% ABV. Pretty tasty! I like it but, feel like this would make a better heavy body stout with a bigger ABV.

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    A buddy in Loveland, CO sent me a couple local brews in exchange for sending some Clown Shoes his way. It just came in this morning so, naturally, I need to have one!

    Going to start with Peanut Butter Porter from Liquid Mechanics out of Lafayette, CO.



    Poured dark black into a Shaker with a medium-large, light brown head. Smells of peanuts. Lots of roasted peanuts. A bit of chocolate malt too. Lots of the same in the taste, which is very good! Body is medium heavy and has a nice 8.6% ABV. This brew leaves a very favorable first impression of Liquid Mechanics with me! Might be one of best peanut butter beers I've tried!

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