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Commercial Beers -- Blind Tasting Comments...
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Hacker-Pschorr Weisse Bock
A very spicy beer with loads of complexity and spicy, sherry-like flavors. This bottle seems to have been well aged. There is a touch of banana in the aroma and flavor and the taste is creamy with moderate carbonation. Reminiscent of whole wheat toast and raisins. Color is cloudy, dark golden. A very warming beer.
Celebrator Double Bock
This lager beer is malty with the definite presence of dark malt. Smooth, and warm. Very rich lager beer with a dark color. Aroma has touches of prune, plum, and raisin. A wonderful, darker version of the style.
J. W. Lees Harvest Ale 1999 (Barleywine)
J. W. Lees & Co. Brewery
Aroma is fruity with plums and alcohol. Flavor is intense with toffee and a great mouthfeel. Wow! Color is a nice amber. There is very little hop emphasis here -- the viscous malt comes through strongly -- perhaps making the beer a bit too sweet. There is a smooth warmness from the alcohol. A really delicious English barleywine.
Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale (Tripel style)
Brewery Du Bocq
Aroma has a citrus-like component and is very fruity. The appearance is golden. Flavor is of clove and apricot. A smooth, drinkable version of the style. Needs a bit more spicy character? Candi sugar is apparent in the flavor. A good example of the Tripel style.
Maudite (Belgian Strong Ale)
Chambly, Quebec, Canada
This ale is dark amber -- a bit dark for a Belgian Strong Golden Ale. Aroma is very fruity and spicy. Beer is cloudy. Flavor has a bit of clove, fruit, and alcohol. Aftertaste is somewhat dry. This is an interesting beer with lots of alcohol.
Kwak (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
Aroma is fruity and estery. Appearance is on the light end of color scale for this style. Flavor is of alcohol, caramel, fruit, and spice. It has a medium/full body with notes of butter and butterscotch. It is not a hoppy beer, but a very complex one. Very interesting and unique. May have dark candi sugar.
Highland Oatmeal Porter
Highland Brewing Company
This is a robust porter with oats. Very beautiful, dark color; and aroma is of hops and coffee. Flavor is hoppy, roasty, and tastes like burnt toast with jam. You can taste nice flavor of oats. It tastes a bit more like a Stout because of the roasted character. A rich, nice beer.
Boston Beer Company
(This was judged as an English Barleywine with maple syrup.) There is no head and no carbonation. Aroma is very strong with raisin and maple. Flavor is strong with dark chocolate, maple syrup, and licorice. Alcohol burn is intense. It tastes a bit like a dark chocolate covered cherry. There is an earthy quality behind the heavy sweetness. Tastes likes dates and plum. This big beer is out of balance with too much sweetness from the maple syrup. As it warms it tastes a bit like soy sauce.
(This beer was judged as a Dry Stout with American NW hops.) Color is jet black. Aroma is of hops, burnt malt, coffee. This is a beer with a big piney, citrusy flavor of American hops -- a very hoppy beer in aroma, bitterness, and flavor. There is a delicious coffee, malty flavor behind the hops, and a very nice medium/full body.
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