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Review: Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout

Drink Date: 11/25/2010
Review Date: 11/25/2010
Grade: B+ (3.85 out of 5)

First beer of my Thanksgiving trip to PA. On tap at Flying Pig Saloon in Malvern. Waiting on my Bell’s box from Michigan. Also this is my first Terrapin and their naming is pretty awesome.

The appearance is dark brown/black with a tan head that dissipates into decent lacing. Looks appetizing for sure. The nose doesn’t hit you over the head – malts and chocolate and that’s about it. Taste is a chocolate stout through and through, and for a sweet stout it’s still got a little bite in the middle. Finish is easy like milk, helping the medium body go down smooth.

Can’t say this is a favorite, can’t say I don’t like it. It’s good, well-built, and won’t do you wrong.

Just won’t blow your mind either. Mooo!

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Review: Surly Coffee Bender

Drink Date: 11/20/2010
Review Date: 11/20/2010
Grade: A- (4.20 out of 5)
Beerface: No

As you may notice, a lot of these reviews are past dated. I’ve been reviewing beers constantly but haven’t forwarded them to my blog. Hence the gap. Of course, for the two readers of my blog, I’ve already explained that.

So no big deal.

Surly Coffee Bender came in a badass pint can. And after a few hours of playing football in the park and about an hour or two of recovery from pretending to be young, I felt like a Coffee Bender might be nice.

Appearance is dark brown, almost black, with great head and lacing throughout. Not much to say about the legs, but it’s low alcohol. The smell is pure coffee, with some malt thrown in. Lovely aroma. I could wake up to this.

Taste is just like the smell. Coffee, with some chocolate and vanilla thrown in. Malty like a good brown ale. Maybe just a hint of water sets it back. The mouth feels full, good carbonation on a medium body, and it’s highly drinkable. I could write papers with this one.

If only it made me younger and not sore from football. Then it’d really be a beer.

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Review: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Drink Date: 11/19/2010
Review Date: 11/19/2010
Grade: A- (4.25 out of 5)

So I’ve had a remarkably long hiatus from posting on here. I wish all of my 2.5 readers a Happy 2011. Also, I’m backlogged by about 50 reviews, so I’ll be saving a lot of future posts as drafts.

On with the beer…

As dark as a doppelbock gets, and with great head and lacing, this Ayinger creation is pretty damn smooth. The smell is what really blows me away. It’s burnt malts, sweet, but then there’s some sort of tang I can’t place. Almost sour.. or funky. It’s distinct. Taste is great too – the sweetness continues with some nice hop notes in the middle. It fills the mouth – the bubbles take care of that more than the body.

With the low abv and the nicely complex taste, this one is a redrinker if you’re into it. To be honest, I’m not that much. It’s a little off for me.

I could see someone drinking a whole pack to figure out the taste. But I only bought one. So I’ll just content myself with looking at the nice little animals on the front of the bottle.

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Review: Pivzavod Baltika Zhiguljovskoje

Drink Date: 11/15/2010
Review Date: 11/15/2010
Grade: C- (2.65 out of 5)

Thanks to my friend Dan for this obscure one!

Well. This one doesn’t taste great, but it appealed to my senses in its low abv state and my high abvc(consumed) state at the time. So we popped it.

It’s actually got a nice head with good lacing, it’s clear, but a bit murky for being such a light lager. Smell is very basic, there’s not much to it, in fact. Taste is also very easy. Ultimately, it’s got some hops, a little bitterness, and not much else. Sawdust finish. Very light.

It’s drinkable, and with a light to medium body, I suppose it could be consumed in mass. But I’m not sure if I would want to…

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Review: Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek, 2007 – Mind = Blown

Drink Date: 11/12/2010
Review Date: 11/12/2010
Grade: A (4.35 out of 5)
Beerface: No 🙂

I’m drinking the 2007 vintage on tap at Blind Tiger Ale House a d enjoying like mad.

Appearance is like a muddy dark cherry mixed with other fruits, so is the nose – with tons of added funk. Really red. Knows what it is. The taste is tart up front, funky in the finish, and ripe in the middle with sweets – mostly cherry.

It’s a light body with a medium feel because of some solid carbonation. I want to drink this instead of finishing leftover Halloween candy and just enjoy the complex concoction. Too bad I couldn’t score a growler. Win again for Cantillon and Blind Tiger aging awesome beers.

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Review: Morland Old Speckled Hen

Drink Date: 11/10/2010
Review Date: 11/10/2010
Grade: B- (3.35 out of 5)

Had on tap at Spring Lounge this evening with my boy Alex. I’ve had much fonder memories of it. American Craft has apparently ruined my appreciation for English beers with great head.

It’s a transparent amber red, has little to no carbonation, but has a foamy head on top that stays for a while and eventually recedes to thin lacing. Smell is caramel, some malts, hint of hops, but not much overall.

It tastes very smooth, about the same as the nose. Mouthfeel is good, but the lack of carbonation really hurts. Still, it’s non-offensive. And that makes it drinkable, if a bit overly boring.

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Review: Dogfish Head Raison D’etre

Drink Date: 8/27/2010
Review Date: 11/9/2010
Grade: B- (3.5 out of 5)

Had this on tap at the brewery back at the end of August on my Dogfish trip. Reviewing it from notes.

I actually wasn’t a huge fan of this one. As much as I loved the trip, this was a bit underwhelming. Overly sweet nose is what you notice. Figgy maybe. Sweet. That smell sits on top of the amber beer, which is good because there’s not much head. It’s a dark ale that runs smooth through the mouth, but you do notice the alcohol. The mouth does sustain nicely as it goes down though, as there’s plenty of carbonation. Overall it was a great first taster, but nothing I’d come back to.

Unless presented with a Miller Lite sans vortex.

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