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Zardnaar

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You can often guess a craft beer is going to be meh just based on the label.

One I had recently. Triple chocolate milk stout. Yes stouts can be a bit creamy but that's just a bad idea imho.
 

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Cadence

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Still doing pumpkins. Dogfish Punkin Ale. 7% ABV. A Crisp ale (unlike the wateriness of the Shipyard). Spice and a slightly metalic(?) taste around the edges - but the spice isn't entirely identifiable. So it's fine... just not particularly pumkiny.

New ranking:
1) Elysian Night Owl
2) Southern Tier Pumking
3) Elysian Great Pumpkin
4) Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
5) Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale
6) Elysian Punuccino
X) Elysian Dark O' The Moon
 

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Zardnaar

Legend
Still doing pumpkins. Dogfish Punkin Ale. 7% ABV. A Crisp ale (unlike the wateriness of the Shipyard). Spice and a slightly metalic(?) taste around the edges - but the spice isn't entirely identifiable. So it's fine... just not particularly pumkiny.

New ranking:
1) Elysian Night Owl
2) Southern Tier Pumking
3) Elysian Great Pumpkin
4) Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
5) Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale
6) Elysian Punuccino
X) Elysian Dark O' The Moon

Nice. I had a beer free week. Enjoying Krombacher it's just a Euro macro lager.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Going out as we are back to level 1.

Monteith's dark.

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Don't really crave dark beers but everything else on the menu wasn't great.

Edit: better than expected, getting towards the bottom and enjoying it.
 
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Zardnaar

Legend
Wife cares. Going to super market "want some beer"?

Sure why not.

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Asked what I wanted. Indicated beer on left. Got beer on right.

Can't complain really thought that counts. Still better than our crap beer.
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
Don't really crave dark beers but everything else on the menu wasn't great.

Edit: better than expected, getting towards the bottom and enjoying it.

Darks are usually in my go-to range (stout, porter, dunkel, dunkel-weiss)...

When in doubt default to a pilsner. I didn't like the one they had here but they've replaced it with a new on and it's tasty.

... Pilsner's are fine, but I'd get a Hefe first.

Asked what I wanted. Indicated beer on left. Got beer on right.

Can't complain really thought that counts. Still better than our crap beer.

Ouch!
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
Continuing the pumpkins (one more after this?).

Southern Tier Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout. 8.6% ABV. The smooth texture isn't nearly as overdone as the (non-pumpkin) Untitled Art Imperials, and is almost spot on. The pumpkin/spice flavor. Easily the best on the list so far.

New pumpkin ranking:
1) Southern Tier Warlock
2) Elysian Night Owl
3) Southern Tier Pumking
4) Elysian Great Pumpkin
5) Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
6) Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale
7) Elysian Punkuccino
X) Elysian Dark O' The Moon
 

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Zaukrie

New Publisher
Still doing pumpkins. Dogfish Punkin Ale. 7% ABV. A Crisp ale (unlike the wateriness of the Shipyard). Spice and a slightly metalic(?) taste around the edges - but the spice isn't entirely identifiable. So it's fine... just not particularly pumkiny.

New ranking:
1) Elysian Night Owl
2) Southern Tier Pumking
3) Elysian Great Pumpkin
4) Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
5) Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale
6) Elysian Punuccino
X) Elysian Dark O' The Moon

They seem to be varying year to year......but Pumking is good this year? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm
 



Zardnaar

Legend
Former craft beer got bought out by one of the bigger ones.

Still tastes good and one of the first back in 1993. Options were very limited back then.

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One of three local breweries in my city.

Bit more hoppy than most Pilsners, not as hoppy as an IPA.

Good beer though.
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale. 10% ABV. The first drink definitely makes it clear its bourbon barrel aged, a style I'm not usually a fan of. The pumpkin is definitely secondary. I haven't had many bourbon barrel ones, but this might be my favorite of them and maybe I'd rate it higher if I was more used to them. I'm kind of curious what folks like that style think.

Anyway, this is the last of the pumpkins for the year (although there are a few I might go back and compare to see if I agree with my original rankings):

New ranking (with Beer Advocate scores in parentheses):
1) Southern Tier Warlock (90/4.03)
2) Elysian Night Owl (89/3.97)
3) Southern Tier Pumking (92/4.13)
4) Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale (84/3.73)
5) Elysian Great Pumpkin (92/4.15)
6) Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (88/3.95)
7) Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale (70/3.03)
8) Elysian Punkuccino (92/4.17)
X) Elysian Dark O' The Moon (88/3.96)
 

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Cadence

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Supporter
Brauhaus Riegele Augustus Weizen Doppelbock, Fruchtig & Stark. 8% ABV. Brewery goes back to 1386 in Augsburg, Germany. Not usually a fan of Doppelbocks, but this was pretty good. Not up with the better hefe-weizens or dunkel-weizens for me, but I can see some folks loving it. (89/4.08 on Beer Advocate).

Had the camera in the wrong mode, so the head went down quite a bit before I took it!
 

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Cadence

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Highland Brewing Seasonal Clawhammer Octoberfest Marzen Lager. 5% ABV. I apparently need to try more Octoberfest. I have no idea how to describe the flavor, but it was very drinkable. I'm kind of surprised Beer Advocate was only an 82 (Good)/3.64.
 

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Zardnaar

Legend
Highland Brewing Seasonal Clawhammer Octoberfest Marzen Lager. 5% ABV. I apparently need to try more Octoberfest. I have no idea how to describe the flavor, but it was very drinkable. I'm kind of surprised Beer Advocate was only an 82 (Good)/3.64.

Beer advocates useful but it's very subjective and heavily skewed towards craft beers by microbreweries.

Some of the best I've had recently is craft beer by macro breweries or relatively normal beer made by craft breweries.

I don't mind an IPA but alot just go with more hops and a milk chocolate stout isn't that great lol.
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Short beer review
On Fleek from Stillwater Artisanal

Great imperial stout. Great brewery. Dark, intense, malty goodness.
(I tweet these out whenever I have a beer, well, I just started)
 


Zaukrie

New Publisher
Short beer review
Meet Your Maker from Monkless
Love this brewery. This beer tastes great. It is a Belgian dark ale. But way too effervescent. Maybe it was this bottle, but way too many bubbles.
 

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