Trillium Dialed In

Trillium Dialed In is an 8.5 ABV ADIIPA brewed with Sauvignon Blanc juice and Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy and Columbus hops.  The appearance is hazy orange and the nose big fresh guava and mango hop.   Dialed In has all those wonderful New England farmhouse juicy hop IPA attributes with the addition of that wine juice.  This provides a nice added characteristic that’s quite present on the nose, back end and lingering aftertaste.  Quite delicious, glad I got to try this.  Thanks, Larry.

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Bissell Brothers Angels with Filthy Souls

Bissell Brothers (Portland, ME) Angels with Filthy Souls is a 9.3 ABV American Porter.  The appearance is very dark brown with a sweet maple, chocolate and coffee malt nose.  The flavor follows, sweet maple, those roasty chocolate and coffee malts, some lactose sweetness and finishing with a big bitter (Amarillo) hop presence.  Mouthfeel is moderate but nicely layered.  I really enjoyed this and look forward to seeing what else comes out of the brewery.  And what a great movie reference.  Thanks, Larry.

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Sixpoint 5 Beans

Sixpoint 5 Beans is a 10 ABV Baltic Porter and pours virtually black.  The nose and palate are strongly coffee with some roasty malts and chocolate notes throughout.  The mouthfeel is smooth with a welcome booziness, which is warming and pleasant but not at all obtrusive for being 10%.  Sixpoint is a solid brewery and this offering certainly didn’t disappoint, very recommended.

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Clown Shoes The Barista

The Barista from Clown Shoes is an 8.5 ABV American Brown Ale with a very dark pour.  The nose and palate are dominated by coffee and rich lactose sweetness.  Mouthfeel is silky smooth and quite drinkable, only enhancing as it warms.  The oats lend to a deeper, smoother feel.  8.5 ABV isn’t that high anymore but you really don’t get any unwanted booziness.  Barista is a delicious one from Clown Shoes, easily recommendable for a dessert or breakfast beer.

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Colbitzer Heidebrauerei Schwarzbier

Colbitzer Heidebrauerei Schwarzbier is 5 ABV and pours very dark chestnut.  The flavor is your typical schwarzbier, light roasty malts, some spice, finishing with a light bitter hop.  Mouthfeel, carbonation and texture are all true to style as well, light to moderate and nicely drinkable.  It’s unremarkable but if this is the kind of thing you like you will not be disappointed.  This is a German beer and is brewed according to the German purity law.

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Baltika #7

Baltika #7 is a 5.4 ABV Dortmunder from Russia.  The appearance is frothy yellow and the nose malty and grassy.  The flavor is mostly Euro lager, with those cereal grains, bit of skunk, and a quick bite of earthy hop on the finish.  Mouthfeel is crisp with a lighter body and mostly drinkable.  Clearly the attraction here is the 1L liter can, which is amazing, I can’t turn that down.

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Robinsons Family Brewers Iron Maiden Trooper

Robinsons Family Brewers (England) Iron Maiden Trooper is a 4.7 ABV ESB.  The appearance is darkish orange and the nose grainy malt.  The flavor follows, sweet grainy malts, doughy yeast, and finishing with a mild earthy hop.  Mouthfeel and carbonation are light and crisp. Obviously this one is all about the labeling and tribute, as the beer itself is strictly in average territory.  It’s a must try nonetheless.

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Rogue 8 Hop IPA

Rogue 8 Hop (A)IPA is 8.88 ABV and 66 IBU, hops include Rogue Farms Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Independent, Freedom, Rebel, Yaquina & Alluvial, the pour is coppery. The nose and palate are sweet malt and earthy hop but edges towards the malt sweetness in the balance, ironic enough given this massive hop package.  Mouthfeel is moderate and a bit creamy and oddly boozy.  It does have a nice complexity but I wanted the hop presence to outdo the malts.  I’ll try anything from Rogue.

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Shipyard Chocolate Milk Stout

Shipyard Chocolate Milk Stout is 5.4 ABV and pours not quite black in appearance.  The nose is sweet cocoa and lactose rich, which follows into the palate, chocolate malts, some vanilla, finishing with a cocoa bitterness.  Light notes of tart orchard fruit are present throughout.  Mouthfeel is moderate and has a little bit of creaminess.  It’s not bad for what it is even if I kind of want it to be a more hardy stout and less a sweet milk stout.  Decent, no need to find it again.

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Three Heads Too Kind

Three Heads Too Kind is an 8.5 ABV 87 IBU ADIIPA.  Appearance orange amber and the nose pine hop forward.  The flavor is your standard malt and hop balance, with a very piney, dirt hop profile.  It actually edges a bit too sweet the more I drink it.  Mouthfeel is moderate but has a general creaminess.  It’s a decent if unremarkable ADIIPA, glad to finish the six pack but certainly won’t seek out again.

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