Category Archives: USA

Ballast Point Tart Peach Kölsch

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 5.2%
Style: German Kölsch

Brewer Description: (from can) German-style ale with natural flavors.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.36
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can with a packaged on date of 7th August 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a two finger soapy white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, gummy peach ring candy, with a touch of lemon.
Taste: Much like the aroma, tart, sour peach gummy candy, lemon peel, lightly sweet, and a touch of wheat.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I like sour peach gummy candies, and this tastes and smells very close to that, but for some reason in liquid form, it just didn’t translate for me.

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Fort Point Manzanita

Brewery: Fort Point Beer Company
Country: USA
ABV: 6.5%
Style: German Altbier
Other Notes: 16 IBUs. Malts – Beechwood Smoked, Bohemian Pilsner, Munich and Carafa. Hops – Saphir. Smoked Altbier brewed with charred manzanita

Brewer Description: (from website) Manzanita is an imaginative take on the classic German rauchbier, combining traditional ingredients with inspiration from the Northern California wilderness. An assertive, multi-layered smoke aroma—courtesy of beechwood-smoked malts and charred manzanita branches—gives way to a light-bodied structure and a surprisingly delicate balance of flavors: nutty, herbal, sweet and savory. A beer for a campfire on a crisp fall night.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.93
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 30th November 2018, ‘manz in cans’. Poured into a Mikkeller pint glass.
Appearance: A clear amber brown colour with a one finger light beige head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Smoky, caramel malt and toffee.
Taste: Moderate sweet caramel malt, light toffee, smoky charred wood and a light lemon finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Aromas wasn’t bad, but a little weak, and taste while not complex, tasted nice with a good balance between sweetness and smoke.

Clown Shoes Exorcism At Sunset

Brewery: Clown Shoes Beer
Country: USA
ABV: 12.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A priestly Party Crasher saw an evil demon strolling by Sunset Grill in Boston, disguised as a dirty cretin sporting Crocs. He caused quite a scene when he whipped out his bible and cast away the evil spirits, but it’s what he had to do. To commemorate the occasion, we aged Undead Party Crasher (our imperial stout) in bourbon barrels for 3 months.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.4
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber, bottled on 2nd February 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a thin mocha brown head that dissipated quickly but left some nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, milk chocolate, bourbon, oak and a touch of vanilla.
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet bourbon, oak and a nice light bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: A very nice rich and balanced Imperial Stout with the right amount of bourbon notes and good light booze.

Prairie Deconstructed Bomb! Vanilla

Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales
Country: USA
ABV: 11.8%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Krebs Brewing Co., Krebs, Oklahoma

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Stout Aged on Vanilla.

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Directions continued:
Then layer on the salsa and cheese.
Next add the tomatoes, olives,
onions and cilantro.
Squeeze lime juice over the top
and sprinkle salt and pepper if desired.
Store in the refrigerator until ready
to serve. Serve with fresh tortilla chips!

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.06
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a half finger mocha brown head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and a light nuttiness.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, with roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and light coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: This was good, but perhaps the only reason I preferred the Coffee version over Vanilla was because this was slightly too sweet for my palate. In the end though, the original was better than any of the deconstructed versions.

Prairie Deconstructed Bomb! Cacao Nibs

Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales
Country: USA
ABV: 11.8%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Krebs Brewing Co., Krebs, Oklahoma

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Stout Aged on Cacao Nibs.

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Directions:
In a small bowl stir together beans,
cream cheese, and taco seasoning.
I like to microwave the cream cheese
for about twenty seconds to soften it.
Spread this onto the bottom of a dish.
Next spread on the sour cream and guacamole.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.85
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A dark dark brown to black in colour with a thin mocha brown head that disappeared almost immediately and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa and oak.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, there’s roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, hints of vanilla and a boozy lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Aroma was nice, but taste while not bad, was not as good as the Coffee or Vanilla versions. Having said that, the Original was definitely better than the Deconstructed versions.