Foolproof Raincloud Robust Porter

Foolproof Brewing Raincloud  Robust Porter is 6.5 ABV and pours close to pitch black.  The nose is roasty chocolate and cocoa malts which leads into the taste, well within range for a standard American porter.  Mouthfeel and texture are creamy and smooth but quaffable enough.  Your standard American Porter, but not much of a standout.  Beer of the month club choice.

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Brasserie Lefèbvre Abbaye De Floreffe

Brasserie Lefèbvre Abbaye De Floreffe is a 7.5 ABV Tripel.  The appearance is golden with a soapy head and the nose funky yeast and spice.  The flavor basically follows, yeasty, funky, spicy, some candi fruit notes, finishing kind of sharp.  Overall mouthfeel is kind of light and the carbonation bubbly.  A streak of warming alcohol is present.  It’s fine, your standard middling imported tripel with the only down note a less than pleasant aftertaste that lingers on the palate.

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Evil Twin Soft Dookie

Evil Twin Soft Dookie is a 10.4 ABV ADI Stout.  Appearance is black and the nose rich and sweet.  The flavor profile is sweet chocolate malts and very thickly rich with a bitter finish and notes of vanilla throughout.  This is a big and creamy stout and you definitely get every inch of that 10.4 ABV in the alcohol presence, yet it remains drinkable.  Evil Twin has some big bold beers that masterfully skirt the line of getting out of hand.  It’s good for a one and done but easily recommendable.

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Great Divide Claymore

Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale is 7.7 ABV and pours dark amber.  The nose is sweet smoky fruit and caramel malt leading into the taste.  Overall mouthfeel is moderate and smooth and well carbonated and the alcohol pleasantly warming.  Claymore is a solid domestic Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy even if I’d still prefer some others.  Great Divide is a top notch brewery and one I wish I could find more of on the east coast.

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Great Divide Titan IPA

Great Divide Titan (A)IPA is 7.1 ABV and 65 IBU.  Appearance is amber and the nose pine hop.  The flavor is the expected sweet malt and fresh pine hop with a big creamy mouthfeel.  Titan’s depth of flavor is staggering, eking out every inch of the relatively low ABV and IBU.  This isn’t a transitional beer, this isn’t a sessionable beer, this is a big, hoppy, boozy can meant for hopheads and beer geeks.  Truly memorable and a must have.

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Belhaven Scottish Oat Stout

Belhaven Scottish Oat Stout is 7 ABV, BA calls it a Russian and RB a Sweet.  Seems a bit light for a Russian so I’d go with sweet.  Appearance is deep crimson and the nose sweet dark fruit.  The flavor follows, very sweet dark fruit malts finishing with a warming alcohol and a light touch of bitterness.  The mouthfeel is smooth but a touch watery, and the alcohol only enhancing as it warms.  Overall it’s a decent import but a bit underwhelming.

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Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream

Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream is a 5.4 ABV Pumpkin Beer and is named for the infamous stock sound that’s become a bit of a movie in joke.  Appearance is dark orange and the nose pumpkin pie.  The flavor is your basic pumpkin beer, sweet and spicy, and reminiscent of pie.  Carbonation and mouthfeel are moderate.  Almost went a whole season without reviewing a new pumpkin beer but here we are.  Not bad but doesn’t reach the height of some of the other mainstays.

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Renegade Redacted

Renegade Redacted is a 60 IBU 7 ABV AIPA.  The appearance is orange amber and the nose fresh juicy hop.  The flavor is nicely balanced sweet malt and citrus pine hop, with some spice throughout.  Mouthfeel is creamy and well rounded.  Hard to say anymore about a decent if not by the numbers AIPA but it was quite good, towards the top of the bunch of them I picked up from Colorado.  Definitely a recommended one if it’s local to you.  Good simple can design.

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Southern Tier Krampus

Southern Tier Krampus is a 9 ABV Imperial Helles or according to BA and RB an Imperial Pils.  The appearance is bright amber and the nose spicy caramel and citrusy hop.  The flavor follows, sweet and spicy caramel malt and light citrusy hop.  Mouthfeel is smooth and luxuriant yet still lagerish.  Somewhat accidentally had this aging in a fridge for nigh on a year, suitable for the high ABV but perhaps not lagers in general.  This probably lead to enhanced sweet boozy malts and tamped down hops.  Interesting one, would like to try one fresh now.

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Upslope IPA

Upslope (CO) (A)IPA  is 7.2 ABV and 65 IBU.  Appearance is darkish amber and the nose fresh bitter hop.  The flavor basically follows, very nicely balanced IPA with a slight boozy malt dominance and fruity notes throughout.  Finish is bitter and delicious.  Mouthfeel is moderate and creamy and nicely boozy.  Given the plethora of big IPA’s coming out of the Colorado micro scene this manages to standout.  Good one.

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