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Double Dog Double Pale Ale (Flying Dog Brewery) 4/5

Pours a murky, dark orange. I get ripe cherries, damp earth, and caramel in the aroma. What’s interesting about this beer is that the alcohol hits the chest immediately, but they’ve crafted in such a way that you won’t taste … Continue reading

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Kingpin Double Red Ale (BridgePort Brewing Co.) 3/5

(I have a cold or allergies, so my tasting and smelling abilities aren’t at their peak right now.) Barely any aroma, maybe slightly metallic and brown sugar. No head. Perfect amber color. Alcohol hits the chest quickly. You know what … Continue reading

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W’11 KGB Imperial Stout (Widmer Brothers Brewing Company) 3/5

Almost no head. Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black. Aroma presents strong coffee. Taste is the same, heavy on the coffee and some smoke, with a moderate hop finish that lingers on the tongue to balance things out. Even … Continue reading

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Skookum Creek Ale (Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.) 4/5

Not much aroma, a little sweet and caramel-like, which nicely matches the honey color. Tastes mostly of sweet malts, with a fair amount of hoppy aftertaste. Light carbonation makes it highly drinkable. Don’t drink it too fast, though: the 6.80% … Continue reading

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Fireside Chat (21st Amendment Brewery) 3/5

Aroma’s sweet, earthy, and dank. Pours a pleasing dark amber, with respectable head and lacing. Well-carbonated, with a quite malty, but balanced, flavor. The aftertaste lingers a touch too long for me, but I could be tasting the alcohol too … Continue reading

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Ellie’s Brown Ale (Avery Brewing Company) 3/5

Sweet, slightly roasty aroma with a hint of chocolate. Color’s a pleasing dark red brown. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated. Taste is roasty. Aftertaste is surprisingly bitter and crisp for the style, but not unwelcome, and has a faint wood smoke to … Continue reading

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Velvet Merlin (Firestone Walker Brewing Co.) 4/5

Aroma is a little smoke and a lot of coffee. The head’s not especially thick, but microbubbles do persist. Presents an almost impentetrable, dark red color. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy, from the added oats. Low bitterness, a malty … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale (Anderson Valley Brewing Company) 5/5

Recommended by a coworker who knows his beer, so I had to try it. There isn’t much aroma, a sweet, faint coffee. Color is a dark amber, and not much head retention. Taste reminds of a doppelbock or, perhaps, a … Continue reading

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Hibernation Ale (Great Divide Brewing Company) 4/5

Deeply sweet coffee, gingerbread, and chocolate aromatics. Little head, but that which does form is thick with micro-bubbles. Aftertaste is alcohol, with some hop bitterness. The warming effect of the alcohol in the throat and chest is immediate. I’m disappointed … Continue reading

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Believer (Ninkasi Brewing Company) 4/5

This Eugene treat pours a thick head with a damp earth aroma of cherries and caramel. Color presents as dark red, bordering on dark orange, with flavors of tart cherries, subtle woody sweetness, and grapefruit finish. It could almost be … Continue reading

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