Category Archives: 5 – Excellent (must buy)

Prairie Birthday Bomb!

Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales
Country: USA
ABV: 13%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Krebs Brewing Co., Krebs, Oklahoma

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chili peppers.

My rating: 5
My rating: 4.52
My rating: 4.5

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 15117, meaning it was bottled on 31st May 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly and left sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Roasty malt, coffee, cocoa, chocolate and vanilla with hints of chili and cinnamon.
Taste: Cocoa, chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel, vanilla and chili spice heat.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Very nice, smooth and just so easy to drink. I enjoyed this more than Bomb! as the flavours seemed to mesh together even better.


Equilibrium mc²

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Photon . Squared . DIPA

Brewer Description: (from website) mc² is Photon’s big brother. We literally took Photon’s hopping rate and squared it. This DIPA is our tribute to the amazing relationship that energy and mass are balanced, proportional to the speed of a photon squared. It pours a hazy tangerine color, releasing bright tropical notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot. mc² tastes like succulent mango juice loaded with chewy hop resins. It’s very drinkable for 8.0%; be careful, this one can sneak up on you.

My rating: 5
My rating: 4.5
My rating: 4.4

Intro: A 1 pint can, with no canned on or best before date. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a two finger fluffy pillowy white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Every time I give it a swirl, it gives me a blast of this wonderful fresh mango juice aroma. As it settles, hints of grapefruit, mandarin peel and pine appear.
Taste: Tropical and citrusy fruits with mango, papaya, melon, grapefruit and citrus rind juiciness at the beginning followed by a nice light lingering bitterness and spice on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Taste doesn’t quite live up to the stunning aromas that I experienced, but nonetheless, its juicy, refreshing and easy to drink.

Mikkeller SpontanCherryFrederiksdal BA Chardonnay Wine

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 8.2%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Aged in Chardonnay wine barrels.

My rating: 5
My rating: 4.5
My rating: 4.4

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 21st August 2022. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A dark ruby purple colour with a one finger pink-purple (like beetroot) colour head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart cherry, raspberry, almonds, marzipan and funk.
Taste: Sweet tart cherry, almond, marzipan, oak, hints of vanilla and a lightly sour finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very nice and balanced kriek with great sweet, sour and marzipan flavours. I can just keep drinking this.

New England Fuzzy Baby Ducks

Brewery: New England Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 6.2%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 60 IBUs. Hops – Citra

Brewer Description: (from can) Our third single hop beer brewed with 100% citra hops. Big citrus aromas with a delicate dry malt presence, juicy resinous orangey hop flavor makes this beer a treat for lovers of hoppy beer.

My rating: 5
My rating: 4.71
My rating: 4.5

Intro: A 12 fl oz can with no canned on or best before date on it. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a nice two finger white head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Orange, mandarin, citrus rind, ripe mango, pineapple and grapefruit.
Taste: Very nice juicy tropical and citrus fruits. Orange rind, mango, pineapple and pine with some nice sweet malt to balance. Bitterness is mild and restrained.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Wow, just wow. This was just an amazing brew by NEBCo. A really really good IPA that is just up there with the best of them. I would love to drink this everyday. A must buy beer in my book.

Bottle Logic Stealth Mode

Brewery: Bottle Logic Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 5%
Style: German Berliner Weisse
Other Notes: Tart Wheat Ale w/ blueberries

Brewer Description: (from can release description) The Invisible Man is on assignment and ready to strike in ‘Stealth Mode,’ a Tart Wheat Ale featuring hundreds of pounds of blueberries! Kettle-soured for a terrifying acidity, this sinister combination of our classic Berliner Weisse style and tart seasonal fruit makes for a scene-stealing explosion of flavor. This beer was brewed in imaginative collaboration with Keymaster Games and is the third of several Campy Creatures we’re bringing to life in themed can releases!

My rating: 5
My rating: 4.6
My rating: 4.5

Intro: On tap at Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim. A 14 oz pour into a Bottle Logic goblet glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark purplish red colour with a minimal purple head and no lacing.
Aroma: Blueberry candy, lactose and yoghurt.
Taste: Lightly tart and sour, blueberry, lactose, tangy. A great combination.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very refreshing blueberry flavours. Nice, tart, and easy to drink.