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Adams Double Bock
Boston Beer Company - Boston, MA
Doppelbock (8.8% abv)
Aroma: Great malt aroma with Munich
malt notes and a hint of dark fruit. Melanoidin, toasty malt nose
Appearance: Dark chestnut / amber
with a good stand of foam.
Flavor: This rich lager is very
bready, toasty, and malty with caramel / toffee tones and a sweet
finish. There are no off flavors in this beer - it is clean with
lots of German malt complexity. Well made and almost chewy.
Adams Utopias 2003
Boston Beer Company - Boston, MA
Beer with maple syrup - aged in Scotch, Cognac and Port barrels (25%
Aroma: Oak, vanilla, maple syrup,
alcohol, cognac, honey, dark fruit.
Appearance: Clear with a dark gold /
amber color. No carbonation.
Flavor: Extremely complex flavors of
rum, whiskey, dark malts, maple, toffee, oak, and vanilla. This
strong beer is well balanced - no one flavor overpowers the
others. The finish is very woody. An amazing brew.
Sweetwater Brewing Company - Atlanta, GA
Imperial Stout (8% abv)
Aroma: NW American hops, coffee,
slight fruit. Very pleasant aromas that are well balanced.
Appearance: Jet black and opaque.
Flavor: Hop character balance with
dark malts is wonderful. The American hop flavor is elegant and
smooth, and the mild bitterness goes well with the dark malts and
alcohol notes. This beer has a soft, pleasing mouthfeel and no
off flavors. This is an interesting and well-crafted recipe.
Unique and creamy, yet rich and flavorful.
|Wild Dog Double
Flying Dog Brewery - Denver, CO
Imperial IPA (9% abv)
Aroma: Intense, resiny NW hop aroma
that is quite grapefruit like. Hop aroma is smooth, mellow, and
Appearance: Medium reddish with an
orange tint. Very clear with mild carbonation.
Flavor: Balance here is toward the
hops. There are fruity notes of apricot and a very strong hop
flavor that is bold and intense. There are floral, citrus
overtones from the use of American hops. A tiny hint of medicinal
character emerges as the beer warms. Overall, quite a hoppy
Chub Scotch Ale
Oskar Blues Brewery - Lyons, CO
Strong Scotch Ale (8% abv)
Aroma: Peaty, roasty, and earthy with
Appearance: Clear and dark brown with ruby
highlights and mild carbonation.
Flavor: Medium mouthfeel - lighter in body
than we expected - needs more viscosity? Coffee hints with a
touch of smoke. Malt flavors are a bit thin, and this beer would
be better with more intense malt flavor and a bit more sweetness.
New Holland Brewing Company - Holland, MI
Oak Aged Strong Ale (10% abv)
Aroma: Coffee, earthy notes with a slight
hint of cheese.
Appearance: Dark brown color.
Flavor: Winey, sour notes
predominate. There are vanilla flavors from the use of oak, but
the acetic/lactic tartness covers up most of the complexity of this
ale. Roasty notes emerge in the finish.
|Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Brewing Company - Denver, CO
Imperial Stout (9.5% abv)
Aroma: Smoky, herbal, coffee,
roasted malt character.
Appearance: Dark black with a rich
Flavor: There is a hint of
astringency here. The oak finish is pleasant, but the beer has a
charcoal-like flavor. It is a tasty brew, but could use more malt
richness to balance the oak and roasty bite. Hops are noticeable
in the bitterness as well.
Brick Winter Brew 2004
Atlanta Brewing Company - Atlanta, GA
Imperial Porter (7% abv)
Aroma: Coffee with apple, fruity,
Appearance: Dark brown with ruby
highlights and a nice tan head.
Flavor: This smooth ale has flavors of
caramel malt with some chocolate and herbal character. We wished
for more malt and dark grain complexity. Overall, a very well
made and pleasing Porter.
|Dogwood Youngblood's Imperial Porter
Dogwood Brewing Company (closed) - Atlanta, GA
Aroma: Dark fruit, alcohol,
chocolate, caramel, menthol. Most of these aromas are mild.
Appearance: Oily and viscous with
black color and thick brown foam.
Flavor: Sherry hints with lots of
dark malts - not very bitter, however. Tastes of chocolate,
alcohol, and slight fruity esters. A dry, clean finish.
Weyerbacher Brewing Company - Easton, PA
Belgian Strong Golden Ale (9% abv)
Aroma: Pears, apples, citrus, yeast,
phenols, and a hint of solvent.
Appearance: Deep gold with a bright, white
Flavor: This is a smooth beer with no hot
alcohols. There is a cidery hint that is slightly fruity and
tart. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy. A good beer for its
style, but could use more crisp, spicy, peppery character and less
Hammer Imperial Porter
Heavyweight Brewing Company - Ocean, NJ
Baltic Porter (8% abv)
Aroma: Plums, black cherries, sherry, hop
hints. There is a definite alcohol, herbal quality to the smell.
Appearance: Thick, dark foam. The
beer is very black.
Flavor: Creamy mouthfeel with complex
flavors of plum, chocolate, hops and roasted malts. There is a
medium/full body with a hint of hop bitterness. Very smooth for
Brooklyn Brewing Company - Utica, NY
Imperial Stout (8.5% abv)
Aroma: Caramelized, burnt sugars and hints
of alcohol and solvent.
Appearance: Very black and oily in
Flavor: Roasty, chalky, alcohol-like
flavors combine with chocolate, fruit, and some hop bitterness for a
tasty, well-balanced strong Stout. There seems to be some
astringent / acid notes in the flavor (almost tar-like). This is
an intense, rich, dark ale with a dry finish.