Style? Triple IPA

Appearance? Nice, medium depth gold.

Smell? A bouquet of sweet, citrus, and mild pine. There’s also a sort of “prickly fruit” character as well.

Body? Medium bodied. Creamy mouth feel.

Taste? For me, it’s not as promising as the nose. It has an almost “stereotypical” DIPA profile. The hop and malt balance is there, but the higher abv makes its presence known. I’ve had other beers with an equal, or higher abv that were better integrated into the profile. Because of this, I’m left a little flat on the Gobsmacked.

Overall? The “prickly fruit” character on the nose comes through in the finish, but I wish there was more going on in the middle of this brew. This is the third beer I’ve sampled from this brewery, and so far, none have wowed me. I’m not sure how far they’re distributed, but should you come across any of they’re brews, I’d suggest you try them.

Because one man’s “meh”, is another man’s “amazing!”

Style? Double IPA

ABV? 8%

Smell? A combination of hoppy citrus with a soft, sweet candied character. Quite inviting.

Body? Smooth and creamy. Very drinkable.

Taste? An approachable hop profile that’s not too citrusy. A bit bitter, but not overly so. It leads into a pretty dry finish, reminiscent of a lager. At 8%, it most certainly doesn’t drink like it. The higher abv is well hidden.

Overall? A tasty brew. It’s not the most complex, but what it has is done well. Well worth trying if you’re a fan of IPA’s. Even if you’re not, it’s done in a manner that makes the style very approachable.

In closing,
As taste is subjective, I say try what you want, and drink what you like.

Style? American Pale Ale

ABV? 6.5%

Appearance? Rich, clear amber.

Smell? Full hop presence intertwined with a sweet, maltiness.

Body? Medium/full. Incredibly smooth.

Taste? A balanced hop character juxtaposed against a full, malty body with a pleasant caramel flavor.

Overall? This is a damn solid beer. Everything is well done and balanced.
A strong contender to introduce someone to the micro-brew scene. It’s usually readily available, which makes it a great go to. If you haven’t had this beer yet, I’d highly recommend it.

Style? Milk stout with espresso added.

ABV? 6%

Appearance? Black, like your usual porter/stout. Khaki coloured head.

Smell? Combination of lightly toasted malts, faint notes of coffee, and a sugary sweetness.

Body? Medium/light. Tending towards the light side, but not thin.

Taste? Pretty light. Doesn’t offer a lot, to me. A blend of some roastiness and mild sweetness.

Overall? For me, it’s not the most challenging of stouts. I don’t feel there’s much depth of character. What’s there, is decent, and easily accessible. If you like stouts/porters, I suggest you try it and form your own opinion.

Style? Barrel aged coffee stout.

Price/volume? $10/22oz

ABV?12.9%

Appearance? Black, like ink. Mocha colored head that quickly dissapates.

Smell? A wonderful bouquet of vanilla, caramel, oak and whiskey. Incredibly inviting.

Taste? A fair amount of molasses, also some light roastiness and faint vanilla/caramel notes. The coffee is incredibly subtle on my palate, only coming through on the finish. There is a noticeable amount of “heat” coming through, due to the high abv. Additionally, there are some black licorice flavors as well.

Body/mouth feel? Pretty full, with a certain “oily” type character to it.

Overall? To me, it falls in line with a number of barrel aged stouts, with a considerable amount of overlap. As a fan of rye whiskies, especially of the Willett 4-year, I was hoping to pick up on more on the typical rye flavors. I’m not getting any of that here.

That doesn’t make it “bad”, but it doesn’t necessarily live up to my expectations. I can taste the differences between a bourbon and rye whiskey, and I would expect to be able to taste the difference between a bourbon or rye barrel aged beer. I don’t. I’m starting to believe the barrel aged aspect just adds some level of character, regardless of what the barrel previously held.

That being said, I would not discourage anyone from pursuing this beer, if it appeals to you, as taste is subjective.

In closing, I’d encourage you all to follow your palate, and not allow the experience or review of another to dissuade you from sampling a beer you’re interested in.

Bottle/can? Bottle, 550ml

Serving temp? Around 50°f

Appearance? Dark, like your typical porter/stout.

Aroma? Combo of roasted malts, similar to Guinness, but not as “sharp”. There is some dark fruit and red wine notes coming through.

Mouth feel/body? Smooth, somewhat thin. Very light carbonation. Almost feels like a beer served on nitro, after it’s “settled”.

Taste? Surprisingly light. Doesn’t quite hold up as well it does from memory. There is some roasted malt flavor coming through, and lingers in the finish.

Overall? It was nice to revisit this beer, but likely won’t buy again. While I already feel Guinness Draught is a pretty light dark beer, this is in line with that, but without a distinctive character like the Guinness.

I would not dissuade anyone from trying this beer, as is said with tone and taste, it’s completely subjective.

Style? Sour Tripel
ABV? 9.5%
Serving temp? Average fridge temp

Appearance?
About 1 inch of white head. Nice, golden colour.

Nose?
An initial smell of a lemon/lime soda like 7-up followed by the typical tart smell of a Brett brewed beer.

Mouth feel?
Nothing too out of place here. Smells like a typical, medium bodied ale to me.

Taste?
A characteristic, sharpness, typical of a sour, followed by a certain “fizzy” quality of a sparkling wine. The 9.5%abv is well hodden. There was a somewhat “apple” like flavor and finish when cold, but seems to disappear when warmed. When warmed, it’s mostly tart, fizzy and boozy.

Overall?
A decent introduction to the sour-beer catagory with enough character to let you know what a sour’s all about.

Review time!

Beer tasted? Evil Twin Brewing’s “I love you with my stout”
Style? Imperial Stout
Bottle/Can? Bottle, 12oz
Price? $5
ABV? 12%
Serving temp? From my garage, so maybe ’50s. Dark beers/Stouts seem to do better at this temp.
Poured into a glass.

Appearance? Dark, very dark. Only small amount of light getting through the top edges of the glass.

Smell? A nice sweetness of cola, with some tobacco coming through as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel? Medium-to-full bodied. Not the thickest stout I’ve ever had, but there’s enough body there to let you know it’s a Stout you’re drinking.

Taste? Combo of dark fruit/dark chocolate with some tobacco coming through as it warmed up a touch. There is some booziness in the middle, due to the abv sitting at a sizeable 12% which leads the way into a nice, dry finish that linger with flavors of toasted malts. If you’ve ever had a Guinness Extra Stout, you know what I’m talking about.

Overall?
A very enjoyable Imperial Stout. It’s got enough good things going for it that I’ll most certainly buy this beer again.

To my fellow, beer drinking brethren,
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