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21st Amendment Back in Black December 5, 2011
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12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. I couldn't believe the head one this beer. It's a cross between off-white and light brown in color, it's like a volcano and it produces excellent lacing. I would have rated the appearance higher except it really wasn't that dark. It's more like a cola colored brown except you can tell it's looks thicker. The smell is pretty good, very earthy though. Pine hops with maybe some very slight citrus zest to it. A few hints of caramel and chocolate burned malts and a slight smokiness to it. The taste is a very slight step up. The earthy flavor is maintained. Again with the pine hops, citrus slightly stronger in the taste than smell. Malts are slightly tasted providing balance to the beer. Smokiness towards the end possibly some pete. The mouthfeel is very good. Well balanced, and certainly full bodied. This is the best part of the beer in my opinion. What these beers are supposed to consist of. A full well balanced flavor that maintains strong aspects of both the hop and malts. This beer equally has very good drinkability. Could easily be a year round beer for all occasions.

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422 Pale Wheat Ale December 11, 2011
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Got a "Pack of Pales" 12 pack and figured my wife would love the 422's. I had no interest because I've never been a fan of this style, however she wasn't drinking them, it's a warm day that I have off so I figured I'd give it a try, glad I did. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, comes out yellow in color, light sort of on par with a pilsner, goes towards gold a little. You can tell it's not filtered so it's hazy, but still has a little clarity to it. White head with a little bit of lacing to it, goes away pretty quick and just leaves a ring around the sides. The smell is good regardless of style. Well blended hops, malt, and wheat/barley. When you crack it open, it's initially pretty hoppy, but mellows out after a few sips and the yeast is a dominant feature of the nose. The taste is pretty good, like most of this style, not aggressive by any means. Sweet/malty to start, with complements of wheat/barley and hops, slight citrus. Pretty well balanced flavor, not a whole lot stands out. Considering I generally don't like the overall mouthfeel of this style, I need to say I'm pretty impressed with 422. Light bodied and refreshing, good carbonation level. Finishes clean, not too bitter. Very drinkable beer, great for the summer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-26-2010 19:58:04

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Abita Turbodog December 6, 2011
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Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brown close to black color with a tan frothy head with some nice lacing to the glass. You can see the dark brown on the edges when held up to the light. Smells of chocolate aroma and roasted malts similar to a porter, but not very strong. Taste again much similar to the smell, slight smokey taste at the end with the slightest hint of hops. I found the mouthfeel to be quite pleasant on this beer, very crisp and refreshing for such a dark colored brew. The drinkability is outstanding in this beer. All in all a very good beer. The waitress told me it was a porter when she brought it and a good one at that. I was surprised to find that it's really an English Brown Ale. I enjoyed it overall. It looks and tastes very similar to a porter, but certainly has the drinkability and mouthfeel of an ale. Could be quite the neutral crowd-pleaser at a gathering of picky beer drinkers. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-29-2009 17:27:31

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Allagash Tripel December 6, 2011
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Had it on tap at the Union Brewhouse for Allagash night. Poured a hazy lemony yellow color with absolutely no clarity at all. A small head to it that fades very quickly, far less than average lacing. Smell is very sweet. Aroma of I would guess tropical fruits and smells quite sweet. Taste is pretty good, but a I find many tripels to be too sweet for my taste and this is no exception, has the slightest of slight alcohol taste to it and you really have to look for it which is impressive for being 9%. Mouthfeel is good, no carbonation bite at all, very refreshing to the pallet. Drinkability is above average, but again the sweetness is a bit much for me. I think fans of Tripels would certainly enjoy this thoroughly. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 08-28-2009 02:58:01

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Amber Waves Ale December 6, 2011
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Got it on tap at Capitol City Brewing, got a sampler then got this one by itself. Had a small head with only a little bit of lacing and head. Poured a dark reddish sort of dirty-blond color. It wasn't quite as clear as I expected. It smelled good, the hops stood out. I was very pleasantly surprised at the taste, surprisingly hoppy, in a good way. Mouthfeel was good and it was very drinkable. We got wings and burger, it went excellent with them. A very good Amber Ale in my opinion. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 07-27-2009 05:23:08

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Anchor Christmas Ale 2009 December 6, 2011
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It pours very dark, brown in color with some slight deep amber red highlights. Not very clear, but in my opinion more clarity to it than when it's on tap. Has an tan/cream colored head that was enormous when you pour it with several different sized bubbles. The froth goes away after about 15 minutes or so (I let this sit after one sip I had in the bottle because I thought it was better a little warmer). I still think this is one of the best winter warmers I've ever smelled before, I think it might smell a little bit better than on tap, but only slightly. It's pretty strong on sweet toasted malts. There was also a strong sweet aroma that smelled like molasses. Still subtle scents of holiday spices including but not limited to cinnamon and nutmeg. The not much of a hop smell. The taste is good, not as good as the smell. The taste included all of the previous mentioned smells, but the combined tastes bring about a gingerbread type flavor. The hop is more present in the flavor rather than the smell. The mouthfeel is good, very smooth with a dry bitter finish from the hop, and a very drinkable beer for any occasion. I think I might have liked this a little bit more from the bottle than on tap, mainly because the temperature regulation is a little easier. A great winter warmer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-27-2009 06:20:44

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Anchor Porter December 6, 2011
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Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This beer is one of the best looking porters I've had. Deep, dark brown in color with slight lighter brown highlights. This beer produces a darker than average tan head that is very big. It goes away pretty quickly but leaves generous amounts of lacing. While pouring it, it almost has the classic stout nitro effect to it where you can really see the bubbles rising. I was a little dissapointed with the smell, but it's still better than average. You can detect there is a lot to the smell, but it's just not very strong. A bit of a smokey smell, burned malts, and hints of some chocolate and coffee followed by some hops at the end. The taste took a huge jump. Still has quite a bit going on like the smell, but much, much stronger. Very malty, roasted with coffee and chocolate and has a nice hop afteratste. Wonderfully balanced and put together. The mouthfeel is good, it has a good bitter finish from the hop, and the carbonation is perfect, very drinkable. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-30-2009 19:49:00

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Aphrodite December 7, 2011
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Aphrodisiaque Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out black, completely opaque, with a tan head that produces some pretty decent lacing. The smell is very good. Smells like a "dessert" stout, but it's not too overbearing like some tend to be. Heavy on the malts and it has aromas of coffee, chocoalate and a touch of vanilla. The taste is good, much like the smell but a little more vanilla. THe one main difference is that you can actually taste the hops a little which leaves a slightly bitter afteratste. The flavor is dominated by a both sweet and bitter-sweet chocolate and vanilla, it eventually leads to a coffee flavor. The mouthfeel and drinkability are very good. It's full bodied and has huge flavor, but it actually drinks like an ale. First beer I've ever had from this brewery, looking forward to more! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-05-2010 03:50:27

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Atwater Vanilla Java Porter December 5, 2011
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So after quite a bit of debate, I've decided that I like this beer, but it's not one I will be drinking regularly. It pours kind of a hazy brown color with a small almost root beer creamy looking head with some lacing. It has a VERY strong aroma of vanilla and if you try hard you can smell some roasted malts, but the vanilla is so overwhelming it's a bit tough. It tastes very, very good, but it's so sweet that it would be very tough to drink more than one. Like most porters it does have the smokey flavor at the as an aftertaste, which is relieves the sweetness a little. Because it's so sweet, it really effects the mouth feel and drink ability. It's more of a "dessert" type beer. Drink it if you wanted something sweet after a meal. I'd actually recommend anyone to try this beer, but I don't know anyone who would be able to drink it on a regular basis. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 07-01-2009 03:10:20

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Avery India Pale Ale December 6, 2011
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Had it on tap about a year ago and really enjoyed it, but decided to review this one from the bottle. Poured into a standard pint glass, comes out a very light amber color. Has some decent clarity with a very slight haze. White head that went away fairly quickly, with a little lacing to the glass. Smell is very good, smell of hops, strong citrus, and a slight floral aroma as well. Taste is very good much like the smell, hops and citrus, mostly a grapefruit. Mouthfeel is good and clean with a slight bite from the citrus. Drinkability is good as well. A very solid IPA, I got it at a bar but would definitely get some for the house. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-10-2009 16:58:53

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen December 6, 2011
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Poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. It comes out a yellow/amber color, slightly lighter than I expected. This beer has perfect clarity to it with an off white frothy head with many different sized bubbles. The head dissipates fairly quickly, and I thought there was some lacing but most of it just kind of crawls very slowly to the bottom of the glass. The smell is good, not very strong. Smell of roasted, or more like toasted malts. It has a kind of clean smell if that makes sense. The taste is good. The taste is mostly comprised of caramelized roasted malts. It certainly one of the sweetest tasting Oktoberfest style beers I've ever had. Almost like a toasted sweet breaddy taste or grain. The beer really comes out with a clean crisp taste to it. The mouthfeel was pretty good, left a little bit of a dry feeling, but very light bodied. It's an incredibly drinkable beer. I think this would be more of an early fall or even late summer beer. It would be an excellent beer for a hot day. Not something I'd recommend for the later fall season considering how light it is. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-14-2009 04:32:40

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Got it on tap, poured into a Standard Pint glass. Looks pretty good. Poured and close to a black color, extremely dark brown with dark amber highlights. There is a small tan colored head that goes away pretty quickly and there hardly any lacing to it, just a couple of random specks left on the glass. The aroma is pretty good. Smells of sweetroasted, toasted malts, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Slightly smokey with a very slight aroma of maybe dry hops. The taste is a little of a step up from the smell. Has similar features, but the hops stand out a bit more in the taste than the smell. The smokeyness is a little harder to distinguish in the flavor, but tastes and feels very well balanced overall. It's full bodied but the mouthfeel is very good, very smooth, a very drinkable porter. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-08-2009 22:32:27

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bashah December 11, 2011
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A bottle from batch# 298 that was poured into a Sam Adams perfect Pint Glass. Kind of funny, the "best by" date is listed as Christmas Day 25/12/2010, it'd be quite a good Christmas Present. The pour out itself is good, not quite what I expected, but good. Comes out black, very dark even when held up to the light. Deep/dark mahogany brown highlights to it, from what's actually visual it's looks to be filtered. A small light colored tan head that produces a little bit of lacing to it. The smell is outstanding. It's pretty well aged so far but still hoppy, didn't mellow out much, it's pretty cool. Not a specific hop smell stands out in my opinion, more like a combination of several kinds. Smells like a mix between a black and well hopped stout. Still pretty well malted too some roasted and even burned malts to it. The taste is equally as excellent, it's got a lot going on, I'm a big fan. Has some sweetness to it, you can tell there's a combination of a lot of malts as well as a lot of hops. Malts add a bit of sweetness to it, but there's a little more bitterness. Burned and roasted coffee beans, probably some chocolate and other roasted mats. Some good citrus hops, some pine too, a pinch of a grapefruit flavor to it. Very complex and out right strong, it just attacks your tastebuds. The mouthfeel is great too. Certainly full bodied, smooth, creamy, and has a clean finish, slightly bitter. Good carbonation level and no bit from the alcohol. Speaking of which, it hides the 8.6% very well. Drinkablility is wonderful, it can be a slow sipper if you desire, but it tends to go pretty quick. Overall a truly wonderful and versatile beer. Smells much liked a well hopped IPA, looks like a stout or porter, has creaminess of a red ale and a finish of a nice pale ale or IPA. Its Malty and hoppy, it's great. Hats off to Stone and BrewDog for another great collaboration. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-09-2010 03:18:33

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Berkshire Oktoberfest Lager December 6, 2011
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Pours an orange/copper color with an off-white/cream colored head that was pretty thick. The foam stays for awhile with some lacing on the glass. Aroma of grain and roasted malt and actually followed by a bit of sweetness. It was extremely tasty. Tastes of toasted, caramelized malts and grain that tasted a bit creamy as well, followed by a very slight bitterness, very good. Mouthfeel was very good, again creamy and smooth, very drinkable. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 08-23-2009 01:00:04

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Black Jack Porter December 6, 2011
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Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This beer looked like it was going to be great during the pour, but got closer to pretty average the more time went on. At first it had a huge creamy head on it that looked like it was going to have decent lacing to it but it went away fairly quickly and just left a little bit of lace at the top of the class. Its a hearty mahogany color that has lighter brown highlights to it. Only after it's been out of the fridge for Id say atleast 45 minutes does the smell start to get better than average and even work it's way to good. Initially you can't pick up a whole lot, just sort of a dry pine hop. But as it warms up you can also pick up that it smells well malted with aromas of cocoa and even a feint hint of coffee. Once it warms up it actually smells pretty well blended. The taste is a slight step down. Has the initial taste of the roasted malts chocolate and coffee but it doesn't blend well with the hops at all. On top of that the coffee taste to it is similar to coffee that's been on the burner a little too long. Mouthfeel is ok, I would have to say pretty average for this style and that's probably being a bit generous, complex and finishes with I would say an awkward bitterness. Due to all of the flavors not meshing well together, it's not very drinkable overall. I was a little dissapointed. Only the 2nd beer I've had from this brewery and the first I've reviewed. I've had the milk stout several times and really enjoyed it, I'm hoping maybe I just a bad bottle, but no indications on it seems that it was out of code. I may try it again in the future if I have the opportunity. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-06-2010 06:36:56

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Breakfast Stout December 6, 2011
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Had this about 3 weeks ago at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth but decided not to review it then, I had been waiting a long time to try it, I was a few beers in so I finally found it at Atlas Liquors in Quincy and decided to pick up a 4 pack. I'm liking it, I may have to pick up another 4 pack pretty soon. Poured it into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass (after much debate as I do with many stouts). I've never seen a beer with this look before, incredibly impressive. It pours out completely jet black with a small dark brown head that is really more like a ring around the edges. When held up to the light there is still nothing but black the whole way around, it doesn't even get lighter on the edges, very impressive. There really isn't much lacing to it. The lace slides down the side back to the liquid, there are a couple of small patches that stay on the glass, but you can count them all on one hand. The smell is so complex but amazing. You can smell dark bittersweet chocolate, espresso and coffee. It's all pretty potent and even after all that you can smell hops. Yes, this is a well hopped brew which I found pretty intriguing. ***I had to let this beer warm up a bit, when it was cold it really compromises the taste and smell, I'd recommend only leaving it in the fridge for about a half and hour than drinking it, or maybe don't even put it in the fridge at all. When drinking it too cold it taste and smells a little more like a cheap coffee ingredient which I don't believe is the case.*** The taste was just as complex as the smell. You can taste the oatmeal, both bitter and sweet chocolate as well as espresso and coffee. All that is followed by some what tastes like dry hops which again goes after the bitter taste buds on the tongue. There also tastes like there area roasted and burned malts. The balance among all the flavors and tastes is quite incredible. The mouthfeel is obviously very full bodied, it's such a thick beer it's like drinking a thick hot chocolate when it's not so hot. This beer is incredibly drinkable, I could sip on it all day. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-15-2009 04:41:20

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Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This beer is good looking beer. Black in color, hence the name, with some dark brown highlights that you really have to look for. It's pretty dense looking This beer has a dark tan colored head that goes away pretty quickly and very little lacing to it. The smell is very good. Smells of bitter chocolate and coffee along with some burned malts. The hops make themselves known after the beer sits for a bit and warms up a little as well as a touch of alcohol. The taste is also very good but a little more intensified, everything is a little bit stronger, with the exception of maybe the burned malts. Starts off with the bittersweet chcolate and coffee. Once it's about room temperature it really has an excellent, well balanced flavor. The hops and alcohol balance extremely well with the chocolate and coffee and the more subtle burned malts. The mouthfeel is good, very full bodied. There's a bit of a bite from the alcohol, none from the carbonation though. Starts smooth and finishes pretty clean at the end. This beer's pretty drinkable for a beer with such a high abv. Solid Brew from a solid brewery, glad I got it again and took the time to review it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-21-2009 01:49:23

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Brooklyn Brown Ale December 5, 2011
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I've gotten some six packs of this maybe 3 or 4 times over the last couple of years and really liked it, but it didn't always seem fresh. I got to try it for the first time on tap today. Pours a dark, deep brown with a slight tint of red when held up to the light. You can see the clarity of the beer as well, which can obviously be tough with a dark beer like this. It had a decent head of froth with a little bit of lacing. It smelled great, I tend to have a tougher time smelling the hops in brown ales, but no problem with this one, had a nice hoppy smell as well as the caramel malts. It tasted nice as well, starts with the malts and a nice hoppy aftertaste. Full bodied and full of flavor. My only knock on it is that I've never found it very drinkable for an ale, it almost drinks like a porter, but it makes up for it in everything else in my opinion. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 06-29-2009 01:55:23

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Brooklyn Lager December 7, 2011
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A personal favorite that I've never taken the time to review it. One of my standby's along with Sam Adams Boston Lager, they have their similarities and differences. I love them both pretty equally. Poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass that comes out a nice golden amber color with a slight golden/white colored head. The lacing was a little disappointing, I expected a little more based on the big head, it's there but not what I expected. Excellent clarity on this one. The smell is good, generously malted, well toasted malts. Well balanced because the hops are present as well, citrusy, almost creamy if that's at all possible. Taste is quite excellent, again kind of creamy. Well toasted caramelized malts. Starts off sweet and creamy then the hops come in with a slight bite. This beer is well balanced but still like a 55ish% going in favor of the malts. A very nice tasting lager, it goes after all of your taste buds. Mouthfeel is good, doesn't finish quite as clean, but it's extremely drinkable. Could very well be the quality NY water being used for this. If it's a hot day and you're in the mood for a nice malty beer go for this, even though it's so well balanced. I could drink this year round, a solid standby. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-13-2010 01:06:20

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Bud Light December 7, 2011
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Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass (my apoligies to the Boston Beer Company). This beer is an extreme pale yellow color. It pours with a white fizzy head that goes away very quickly. Your talking extreme clarity for this beer, not very impressive. The smell isn't strong, but still pretty bad. A hay smell, maybe a little barleyesque, and that's about it. It smells like it's "skunked" not very pleasant. The taste also smells like it went bad, like it went rotten and even sour. The mouthfeel is the worst in my opinion. It has a bitter finish, but not in the good hoppy way it goes flat pretty quickly as well. The taste and mouthfeel make it not drinkable at all in my. I tried to be open minded because I'm not generally a fan of light beer, but I've had far better low alcohol beer than this. I'm glad I didn't have to buy this, it was just left over from a get together. I probably haven't had one since college, now I remember why. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-04-2010 22:25:49

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