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Avery Brewing Co. – White Rascal

In Reviewed by Powli, Witbier on March 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Reviewed by Powli

Appearance: Pale yellow with some cloudy whiteness.  Two finger head which dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing down the glass.

Smell: Sweet.  Lemony with a mix of banana, orange, and strawberry.  Smells like a typical Belgian-style Wheat.

Taste: Lemony with wheat.  Sweet banana which carries through the aftertaste where a diminished lemon taste and sweetness remain.

Mouthfeel: Feels like a typical domestic with a light to medium carbonation which falls quickly.  Very quick and light crispness.

Overall: Pretty plain, just like the picture above.  Not impressed, but not terribly disappointed.

Grade: B-

Founder’s Brewing Co. – Kentucky Breakfast Stout

In Imperial Stout, Reviewed by Powli on March 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Reviewed by Powli

Appearance: A thick oily midnight black with a roasted brown one and a half finger head.

Smell: Rich coffee beans with a bourbon and maple syrup undertone.  Dark chocolate and a light smokiness can also be detected.

Taste: A deep bourbon taste with sweet dark chocolate.  Alcohol comes out in the aftertaste, but only enhances the strong initial flavors.  Very slight roasted nuttiness and vanilla flavors emerge in the aftertaste.  Taste definitely lingers with a sweet roasted coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick with a slight stickiness which lasts well through the aftertaste.  Smooth and rich with a very low alcohol burn.

Overall: Best beer I’ve ever had.  Complesity and richness of flavors keep me discovering new things at every sip.  I go back for plenty of smells and could drink this beer forever.

Grade: A+

Firestone – Double Jack Double IPA

In Double IPA, Reviewed by Powli on March 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Reviewed by Powli

Appearance: A medium golden brown with a small head that laces lightly down the glass.

Smell: Hoppy with hints of flora and fruit.  Mango especially comes out in the smell and has a very nice sweetness to it.

Taste: Robust with sweetness and a definite perfume-esque  taste caused by the hops.  A light bitterness which disappears quickly.  Apricots and vanilla emerge soon into the drink.  There is a lasting aftertaste where hops stay strong, and a light caramel essence.  Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Zesty crispness with an mellow overall coating of the mouth.

Overall: Best IPA I’ve had. Complex flavors and terrific smells coupled with a smooth and satiating feeling.

Grade: A+

Rogue – Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

In Oatmeal Stout, Reviewed by Powli on March 21, 2011 at 1:02 am

Reviewed by Powli

Appearance:  An opaque rich dark brown with a two finger head.  Resembles a freshly poured cup of coffee sans steam.

Smell: Malty aromas with caramel and slight hints of chocolate.

Taste: Quick to come and quick to go.  Burnt chocolate and bitter coffee.  Woody characteristics with a definite smokey quality.  The chocolate lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A light/medium density with low alcohol burn.

Overall: A pretty good beer but just an okay stout.  It is a bit thinner and weak on flavor than I would desire in my stouts.

Grade: B