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VERY brief impressions on beers I've been lucky enough to encounter
Icelandic Toasted Porter
Coffee Porter (Einstök Olgerđ, Akureyri Iceland )
Good
Pretty thin mouthfeel but a fair amount of toffee, dark chocolate and coffee flavors.

Icelandic Toasted Porter

Coffee Porter
(Einstök Olgerđ, Akureyri Iceland )

Good

Pretty thin mouthfeel but a fair amount of toffee, dark chocolate and coffee flavors.

Yeti
Imperial Stout (Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver CO)
Very Good
This is from 2010. I think I like it fresher but it’s still surprisingly good.

Yeti

Imperial Stout
(Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver CO)

Very Good

This is from 2010. I think I like it fresher but it’s still surprisingly good.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
Vegetable Beer (Saint Louis Brewery, St. Louis, MO)
Fair (at best)
Very much like pumpkin pie in the aroma. It has a full mouthfeel but (at least mine) also has this weird almost sour twang to it which is getting in the way for me. In some aspects, the basic flavor profile reminds me of Southern Tier’s Pumking but there is a serious off-flavor in this. The bottle date is 10/7/2013. It might have gone south so my rating is only for this specific version of the beer which smells great but tastes rather unpleasant.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Vegetable Beer
(Saint Louis Brewery, St. Louis, MO)

Fair (at best)

Very much like pumpkin pie in the aroma. It has a full mouthfeel but (at least mine) also has this weird almost sour twang to it which is getting in the way for me. In some aspects, the basic flavor profile reminds me of Southern Tier’s Pumking but there is a serious off-flavor in this. The bottle date is 10/7/2013. It might have gone south so my rating is only for this specific version of the beer which smells great but tastes rather unpleasant.

The Beast (2007)
American Strong Ale (Avery Brewing Co., Boulder CO)
no rating
Sadly…this now tastes like cherry cough syrup rather than the super complex flavors I remember from having it fresh. Largely a drain pour.

The Beast (2007)

American Strong Ale
(Avery Brewing Co., Boulder CO)

no rating

Sadly…this now tastes like cherry cough syrup rather than the super complex flavors I remember from having it fresh. Largely a drain pour.

Coffee Porter
Coffee Porter (Smog City Brewing, Torrance CA)
Excellent
So good! I can’t think of a better coffee porter that Ive had made in Los Angeles County.

Coffee Porter

Coffee Porter
(Smog City Brewing, Torrance CA)

Excellent

So good! I can’t think of a better coffee porter that Ive had made in Los Angeles County.

Stickee Monkee
American Quad (Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles CA)
Very Good
Perhaps this is a tad sweeter than the beers I typically gravitate towards but it’s still full of that amazing Firestone barrel character.

Stickee Monkee

American Quad
(Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles CA)

Very Good

Perhaps this is a tad sweeter than the beers I typically gravitate towards but it’s still full of that amazing Firestone barrel character.

Blazing World

Amber Ale
(Modern Times Beer, San Diego CA)

Very Good

If it wasn’t for the slightly over-sweet nature of the amber style in general I would rate this beer as excellent! It’s the most enjoyable amber I’ve ever had. Seriously! Hopped to hell with Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic, and Simcoe but with a lot of bready malts to attempt a balance. But wow oh wow, it’s very hop forward. 85 IBU’s…85! Do try this.

Available year-round.

The Maharaja
DIPA (Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO)Very Good This has been kicking around for awhile so it’s easy to forget it. A pretty serious Double IPA. Lots of everything. Seasonal. 10.5% abv.

The Maharaja

DIPA
(Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO)

Very Good

This has been kicking around for awhile so it’s easy to forget it. A pretty serious Double IPA. Lots of everything. Seasonal. 10.5% abv.

Hottenroth

Berliner Weisse
(The Bruery, Placentia CA)

Very Good

An extremely tart wheat beer. It’s sour without any sweetness at all. A perfect beer for summer.

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Hottenroth (with raspberry syrup)

The same beer but with raspberry syrup
When the syrup is added it almost starts coming close to *wine cooler* sweetness territory. I prefer to drink it straight, as originally intended.

Hottenroth (with woodruff syrup)

The same beer but with woodruff syrup which imparts a green hue and tastes EXACTLY like the marshmallows in Lucky Charms cereal. Exactly like them!

El Steinber
Dark Lager (Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)
Fair to Good
A pleasant enough Schwarzbier, not terribly memorable though.

El Steinber

Dark Lager
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)

Fair to Good

A pleasant enough Schwarzbier, not terribly memorable though.

Brother David Abbey Style Ale
Dubbel (Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville, CA)Good
No head to speak of really. A rich cloudy brown appearance with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Flavor was dark fruits (cherries, plums) also bananas and pears. Caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Malty with some hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with an alcohol bite. A bit too sweet for me. I found it hard to drink the second half of this. Not my favorite Anderson Valley and far from my favorite dubbel .
Respectable enough, but not really that memorable.

Brother David Abbey Style Ale

Dubbel
(Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville, CA)

Good

No head to speak of really. A rich cloudy brown appearance with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Flavor was dark fruits (cherries, plums) also bananas and pears. Caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Malty with some hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with an alcohol bite. A bit too sweet for me. I found it hard to drink the second half of this. Not my favorite Anderson Valley and far from my favorite dubbel .

Respectable enough, but not really that memorable.

Summer Solstice
Cream Ale (Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)
Fair
Outside of this having a pleasantly creamy mouthfeel, I don’t this tastes very good at all.

Summer Solstice

Cream Ale
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)

Fair

Outside of this having a pleasantly creamy mouthfeel, I don’t this tastes very good at all.

Boont Amber Ale
American Amber  (Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)
Good
This is pretty much one of the standard bearers for the style. Not a style that particularly excites me but you could do a lot worse than drinking this one. Moderate and balanced in all areas. Easy to drink while still being flavorful.

Boont Amber Ale

American Amber
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville CA)

Good

This is pretty much one of the standard bearers for the style. Not a style that particularly excites me but you could do a lot worse than drinking this one. Moderate and balanced in all areas. Easy to drink while still being flavorful.

The Pumpkin Beer portion of tomorrow’s tasting. I’m sure there are a few good ones in there

The Pumpkin Beer portion of tomorrow’s tasting. I’m sure there are a few good ones in there

Joe’s Premium American Pilsner
Pilsner (Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO)
Fair
I don’t really want to say this is a bad beer as it’s not. It’s just average, (perhaps that’s the intent)…to make a beer you simply don’t reflect upon when one drinks it but merely quenches thirst.
However, as far as these kind of “lawnmower” styles go, I’d sooner grab for a Prima Pils or Dale’s Pale Ale than this “average” Joe.

Joe’s Premium American Pilsner

Pilsner
(Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO)

Fair

I don’t really want to say this is a bad beer as it’s not. It’s just average, (perhaps that’s the intent)…to make a beer you simply don’t reflect upon when one drinks it but merely quenches thirst.

However, as far as these kind of “lawnmower” styles go, I’d sooner grab for a Prima Pils or Dale’s Pale Ale than this “average” Joe.