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Otter Creek Imperial IPA December 6, 2011
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Had a nice orangy/copper color to it with a slight haze. Had a white head to it with excellent lacing that sticks around for the entire drink. The smell you can smell some hops, slight floral/citrus aroma but it is very feint, not strong in the slightest bit. I was a little dissapointed with the taste. You could taste some hops to it, but it was severely overpowered by the alcohol. Mouthfeel was ok, but again the alcohol bite was prevalent. It was pretthy drinkable though. Overall I was actually a little dissapointed with this. I tend to really like Imperial IPA's especially in the summer, but I wasn't really a big fan of this one, dispite really likeing Otter Creek. I'm willing to give it another shot though. Maybe I'll pick up a bottle and let it age a bit, might be better that way. But in the meantime, not a huge fan, it was just ok. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 08-05-2009 05:31:29

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Otter Creek Oktoberfest December 6, 2011
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Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. It comes out a light orange amber color. At first it seemed like there was a lot of carbonation but it didn't produce much of a head to it. It was white in color, but then it produced better than average lacing. The smell comes out as a toasted malt and grain, not much else to it, but it was pretty good. I liked the taste, it really goes after the bitter taste buds on the tongue. Much like the smell, it has a toasted malty and grainy taste, followed by a slightly metallic finish. Mouthfleel is interesting, it's on the lighter side yet kind of creamy which I didn't expect, and leaves a slightly dry finish. I find this a pretty drinkable beer. I don't quite get the whole Oktoberfest as a red/amber ale though, there's a few breweries that do this, I just don't quite get it. I like Oktoberfest styles a lot, this was pretty good but certainly not the best. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-26-2009 21:11:43

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A good Russian Imperial Stout. Had it with dinner tonight, my wife made meatloaf, it went really well with the meal. Great appearance, dark brown almost black with a foamy head that didn't last but was very dark too. The smell was great as well. It has a nice chocolaty aroma. Like most stouts you really should drink it slightly below room temperature, anything too cold really compromises the flavor. Mouth feel was pretty average, smooth, not very complex so I expected a little more from it in that department. It was pretty drinkable, one of the 1pt 6oz bottles that lasted me through dessert (bread pudding) which it also went well with. I sipped it throughout the whole meal and even had a little left over. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-22-2009 01:01:16

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Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter December 6, 2011
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Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass. It pours a very dark brown, lighter brown highlights when held up to the light. There is a tan frothy head that produces some decent lacing. The smell is good, has toasted and burned malt smell that's sweet accompanied by some hops. The taste is very good too. Again it has the toasted malts, btut it also has a taste of bittersweet chocolate or coco, followed by a dry hop finish that's a little bitter and dry. The mouthfleel is pretty, good, the balance is a little interesting starts kind of heavy and finishes light. It's a pretty drinkable porter. I'd certainly get more. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-14-2009 01:36:05

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Out of Bounds Stout December 6, 2011
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Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. One of the best looking beers of this style I've seen in quite some time. Close to black in color until held up to the light it's clearly a dark brown. It has an insanely frothy head to it with tons of different sized bubbles that is tan in color. This beer produces a hearty amount of lacing. It is around the entire glass and on a funny note there is a portion of it that actually looks like a world map on my glass, I'm sure the bulb portion helps with it, but it is a very good looking beer. The smell is pretty decent, smells to me mostly of semisweet chocolate as opposed to the more common bittersweet chocolate. The smell follows with some coffee and some what smells of a pine dry hop, where the bitterness comes in. The taste is good, but it has an earthy aftertaste that isn't too pleasant. However, the initial taste is good. It starts off with the malts, and they are pretty heavy. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate now. Then it's followed by the hops. So you get the hop teamed up with that previously mentioned earthy taste. I had to ponder for a minute on how I would rate the mouthfeel. I'm generally not a huge fan of the mouthfeel of the Irish Dry stout except for on certain days, however I found this to be better than most I've tried. It seemed much lighter bodied than most Irish Dry stouts, but it still manages to leave that classic dry feeling in your mouth. It's as if they achieved the same results but went a different route. With all that's going on here, it's still a pretty drinkable beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-08-2009 23:53:19

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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale December 8, 2011
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Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, 12 oz. bottle. This beer treads a very fine line between amber and brown in my opinion, especially when held up to the light When you do so it has nothing to hide with excellent clarity. In the initial pour there is a light off-white creamy colored head that slowly fades throughout the session, small amounts of lace slowly tread and trickle back to the liquid after each sip. The smell is good, like most in this style it's well malted, slight hints of toffee, hops make themselves known but don't exactly jump out at you, some slight herbal tea aromas as well. Tastes better than it smells. Again well malted possibly some chocolate malts here. I think there are certainly some blended malts here, both roasted and smoked, possibly peat but as strong as it tends to be. Like English Browns the malts outweigh the hops but hops are present and provide a good combination of all the flavors, burps up nice too. The mouthfeel is good, slightly lighter than I expected, but still good. I find some of this style to be a little buttery at times but this one is mostly clean, well certainly finishes that way. Drinkablility is good. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-09-2010 23:42:56

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Peak Organic Pale Ale December 8, 2011
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Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out pretty nice looking, a pale golden color with good clarity. A foamy white head appears with many small bubbles, good lacing to it and it sticks around for the entire drink. The smell is ok at best. Malts actually dominate the smell in my opinion and it almost smells a bit like a macro in disguise, not much of a hop presence in the smell. The taste is a slight step up. Again well malted but has a slight hoppy aftertaste. Nothing aggressive in the taste, pretty basic, some slight caramel/toffee flavors from the malts and then the hops mosey on in. The mouthfeel is pretty good too, medium bodied. A bit buttery before the bitter finish. The taste and mouthfeel make it seem more like an English Pale and than an American Pale Ale. Still an ok brew, I'd drink it again, but it won't be a regular. Good if you're trying to go organic. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-09-2010 01:02:37

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Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The beer pours out jet black, literally no light can go through. The head is quite unique, it's a creamy brown/orange/amber color. I expected it to be darker, but I was very intrigued by the slight orange color in it. Has some decent lacing that sticks around until it warms up. The aroma good, but doesn't smell that much like beer, more like a dessert liquor. Mostly coffee and chocolate when its a little colder but as it warms up it tastes like a dessert liquor or some type of "Irish Coffee." Still smells very good though. The taste is very good. For a 9.5 ABV, there isn't much detection in the taste. Here's where you start to realize it's a beer again. The strongest portion is the bittersweet from the coffee and chocolate, but the malts are very noticeable as well. Hops are a little more difficult to detect, but as it warms up they make themselves known. The Mouthfeel is perfect. It's it's smooth yet finishes clean, certainly a full bodied beer. The beer is very drinkable, dangerous for a beer of this alcohol content. 2nd beer I've had from this brewery 2 for 2! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-24-2010 03:33:34

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Phin & Matt's December 8, 2011
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Had this one several times, the first time I've had it, I absolutely loved it. However I've had it a couple of other times since and haven't been as impressed. To only be fare I waited to review this when I was really in the mood for a nice Pale Ale Poured this one into a Sam Adams Perfect pint. Golden orange in color with a creamy white head that fades away about half way through and some pretty good lacing to it. The smell is good, mainly citrus hops, with some floral and herbal aromas as well, some slight pale malts. The taste is on par with the smell. Some toasted pale malts. I really like the taste too. Caramel and toasted pale malts. Citrus hops dominate the rest of the flavor, it's very well balanced. The mouthfeel is very good, lighter in body and a good carbonation feel. A little complex because it feels prett clean, but as it warms a bit there is almost a buttery tone to it which makes it seem like a more hopped English Pale Ale, in my opinion. Very drinkable, could easily be had year round. A solid well-done brew balanced brew. If they were a bit cheaper and more excessable in my area, could easily be a stand by. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-02-2010 23:52:52

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Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale December 6, 2011
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Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Poured a golden orange color with a cream colored head. It had average lacing and a slight haze to it, but mostly clear. The smell was very good. A lot of pumpkin beers tend to just smell like beer with pumpkin pie spices, particularly nutmeg and cinnamon, this was a little different. It did have a sweet aroma to it, but you could actually smell pumpkin to it with some malts. Very nice, I really liked it. The taste is much like the smell, it has a very bold taste. Again you could taste the pumpkin, almost natural followed by some sweet hints of pumpkin pie spices. I would have given the taste a much higher rating but it had an earthy aftertaste that I wasn't very fond of. I found both the mouthfeel and drinkablility to be good. My wife and I split a 22.oz bomber after dinner and enjoyed it. A solid brew by Southern Tier. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-02-2009 05:59:36

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Red Racer IPA December 6, 2011
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Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass from a can. Cool looking design on the label, has a vintage 1950's look. The beer pours a yellow/amber color with very good clarity, only the slightest haze. Has a large white foamy head with no two bubbles the same size, very good lacing to it. Hops dominate the smell on this IPA, I smelled it from the can before pouring it and citrus hops attacked my nose as it warms up I believe I can detect a piney aroma as well. The taste is maybe just under par of the smell, but still quite good. Kind of one of those flavors where I wish I could give it a "4.25." Much like the smell it is the citrus hops that stand out to me. However I feel this is a very reasonably malted IPA because the initial taste is sweet. Again as it warms up the taste of pine is detected, but it also leaves an earthy taste that brings the flavor scale down only slightly. Mouthfeel is good, feels lighter than I expected, good bitter finish from the hops. Probably the most drinkable IPA I've had in quite some time. I'm giving the drinkablility a perfect 5, but this was a change in pace of what I'm normally drinking this time of year. IPA's are my summer stand by so I'd like to get more in the summer and maybe tweek this a little now that I think about it. PS- Thanks to John from Granite Liquors on this one! Serving type: can Reviewed on: 12-01-2009 22:49:06

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Rogue American Amber Ale December 5, 2011
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I hadn't had one in about 2 years and had one again tonight and really glad I did. Had it with dinner poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. I normally advocate for drinking beer out of a glass, and this one is no exception, you're cheating yourself trying to drink this out of the bottle. Poured with a nice cream colored head with a nice dark amber color (hence the name) and very clean and clear. It has a very strong sweet caramel malt type smell. It has a nice hearty taste too it, sweet and smooth, not very hoppy, but very malty. Feels heavy for an ale or lager, but makes up for it with everything else. A very good beer, I really hope to try it on tap sometime. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-03-2009 03:26:13

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Rogue Mocha Porter December 7, 2011
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Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours out black, only when it a small amount of liquid will it be dark brown. The beer produces a huge tan head that slowly goes away, but never really quits. It's a really good looking porter, really does this glass justice. The smell is very good, and probably could be great if it didn't have such an interesting mix and so much going on. It's the hops that actually stand out the most, but at the same time it's pretty malty. It almost smells like I would say coco more than mocha and even a bit of a coffee aroma to it as well. The taste is quite good, but a bit more bitter than I expected. It has more of a chocolaty (mocha) flavor than they aroma. Again, it has a big malty taste to it as well with dark coffee. The coffee flavor could also be espresso pairing with the hops, that would explain the bitterness which ends with a bit of an earthy taste. I think that some of the ingredients could have been measured a little different and the flavor would be outstanding, but it's still very good. The mouthfeel is good, as stated earlier just the slightest bit more bitter than I would have liked. Less bitter in the beginning when it was a bit colder, finishes dry and pretty full bodied. This is one extremely drinkable beer. Any beer drinker should be able to finish a 22oz bottle without problem. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-23-2010 02:51:43

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Rogue XS Imperial Red December 11, 2011
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Saved this one for quite awhile, I love the bottle. The cap let me drink it over about a 24 hour span and it still stayed pretty fresh. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Pretty unique in color. It comes out a deep red/amber color at first. When held up to the light you can see it's even a little orange. As you hold it up to the light in the midst of the orange you can see it's quite hazy. A creamy orange head appears that doesn't provide too much lacing and leaves a ring around the glass. Slowly trickles down to the pool after each sip. If I were to describe the smell in one word, it would have to be "potent." Since I'm able to use more, I'll exercise the right. As bold and aggressive as it is, you can tell it's pretty well blended. Hoppy, both citrus and pine with toasted, caramelized and chocolate malts, really pretty compltex and strong. The alcohol slightly tickles and warms your nose as you drink it. The taste is equally as strong, and complex. Malts provide sweetness that helps tame the collaboration of flavors. Pine, citrus, with a touch of glazed dehydrated fruitiness, a little earthiness with another touch of alcohol. The beer is full bodied. Slight bite from the alcohol with a bitter finish, unfiltered. Extremely drinkable, more of a slow drinker, but the alcohol grows on you and warms you up. Be a nice beer to sip on a cold day. Yet I thoroughly enjoyed it on a nice warm summer evening too. Versatile beer good for any occasion. I will say though, I got the 750ml bottle and it was about $17. So I'd be careful, it's pretty expensive, it's biggest downfall. But a very nice beer overall. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-28-2010 00:40:43

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I'll be a bit honest, I'm not a big fan of fruit/veggie beers or wheat beers but this was a little better than I expected. It was a hot day and I for some strange reason or another was craving a refreshing wheat beer. A buddy of mine gave me a "5 pack" cause he didn't like it so I thought I'd give one a try. Poured into a Sam's Perfect pint, it gave a better look than I expected. Slightly darker than a golden pale and much more clear than I expected. There was only a slight haze to it and it had a white fizzy head that dissapeared pretty quickly. Very little lacing on the glass of this one. It smelled pretty good. You can smell undertones of wheat, but the smell of sweet berries (I'm guessing mostly blackberries) are much stronger. The first initial sip was quite pleasant, very refreshing and sweet. But the taste seems to become blander and blander with each sip. I didn't enjoy the mouthfeel, a little fizzy for my liking, and I would consider it under average for drinkability as well. Honestly though it was much more enjoyable than I though it would be. I cracked this one open expecting the worst, but it was ok overall, worth a try. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-25-2009 22:03:51

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale December 7, 2011
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Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Good looking beer, light amber color with excellent clarity. It has an orange creamy colored head that produces great lacing. A very good looking beer. For this style of beer, it's incredibly malted in my opinion and it really shows in the smell. It has a sweet caramelized/toffee smell followed by some earthy pine hops. Really well balanced in the smell, pretty impressive. The taste is much like the smell. Sweet initially from the caramelized malts has a toffee and buttery taste as well then the hops follow to provide a nice flavor. It's an incredibly well balanced ale. It's I'd say medium bodied, but I must say I'm impressed on how light it feels for how well malted it is. It has a buttery smooth feel that has a nice bitter finish from the hops. With all that's going on it's really drinkable. I'd love to have it on tap on a nice hot summer day. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-12-2010 02:50:07

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I've always found "Irish Red" ales and lagers to be a bit bland but Sam Adam's does it again, I really liked this. Had a nice malty smell and drank very smooth and had kind of a sweet aftertaste, very tasty . Brick Red is the perfect description of the color because it was a deep, dark amber/red color. I really hope this gets marketed and is in stores, it'd be one I'd pick up on occasion that's for sure. It went really well with the buffalo wings I had. Serving type: on-tap

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager December 6, 2011
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There are few things in life that I appreciate more than a fresh Sam Adams Boston Lager. I consider this my stand by and have certainly had this beer more times than I have had any other beer. I've enjoyed it for so long both on tap and bottle but never taken the time to review it and finally took the time to do it tonight. Had it poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, pours a light amber color with a decent sized head that will go away after a few minutes in the middle but sticks around on the edges with some good lacing to it as well. Oh yeah, and perfect clarity, absolutely perfectly filtered. It smells very good, very well balanced between roasted, caramelized malts and, with great hoppy floral aromas at the end. Excellent full bodied, and perfectly balanced flavor of again the malts followed by a hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good not much of a carbonation bite to it. You can really taste the sweet in the beginning and the bitter part at the end. Its full bodied, but I still find it very drinkable. Just a good overall beer. I'll put a disclaimer on this, it said drink by 11/09 and it's July right now, so you know this beer was EXTREMELY fresh. Glad I got a hold of it before anyone else. One more thing I have to add about this beer, is it's a great year round beer, great in all seasons. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-29-2009 02:18:00

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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock December 6, 2011
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Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Pours a brown/amber color that comes out about as light a brown as it can possibly be without being red when held up to the light. The head is a chocolate moose or nougat color with some lacing to it that goes away after a bit. While your drinking it I'd say it's better than average, but when finished the glass only has little splotches of lacing. The smell is good, but not quite as chocolaty as I expected. Really more of a cocoa or nestle' quick type mix, it's really not very strong. I enjoyed the taste. Again, not quite as chocolaty as I expected, but there was a chocolate taste that was present throughout. There is a coco taste present but also some bitter chocolate for the aftertaste. Also some roasted malt taste very present. I find that in many bock style beers the alcohol taste can be strong, but not in this one. I found the mouthfeel to be very good on this, it's better as it warms up, but not bad cold either. I find it very light bodied which is rare for any chocolate style beer that I've ever tried. There was absolutely no carbonation or alcohol bite to this at all. I also found this beer incredibly drinkable cold and when it warms up a bit. It was a bit pricey though so I don't know if I'll ever get it again. I'll most likely save the bottle, it's cool looking. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-15-2009 03:52:39

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout December 7, 2011
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Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. The beer wasn't nearly as dark as I expected, I've seen some quality brown ales as dark as this this before. It's dark brown and a deep chestnut brown color when held to the light. What really saved this beer was the lacing in my opinion. It has a thick bubbly head that sticks around and provides generous lacing to it. The smell is good, it has a slight coffee aroma to it but more like a flavored coffee or a coffee with cream and/or sugar added to it, as opposed just straight brewed black coffee. Pretty well malted and believe it or not a subtle hop smell. The taste is good, sweet toasted malts with a coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Slight bitter aftertaste from both hops and coffee, tastes pretty nice overall. Mouthfeel is good, but not quite as creamy as I expected for a "cream stout." Still it's not bad, decent carbonation and overall it's closer to the full bodied end than anything else, at worst a heavy medium with a slight coated bite at the end from the hop. It's incredibly drinkable, went much faster than I expected. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-17-2010 01:39:05

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