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Black Note Stout 2023

Black Note Stout
2023

Packaged 10/31/2023. I've never been a fan of barreled aged beers period, even from the very beginning. I remember tasting some of the earliest BCBS which I guess was around 2002 and thinking, "Why would I want a beer to taste like bourbon?" Nothing has changed for me since then, and of course a gazillon such beers have come and gone since too. As such, to me, Black Note is really an irrelevance. However, anytime that I can talk about a beer from a position of knowledge - meaning I've tried it...

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12oz bottle, thanks go out to Kevin for the chance to try this. A mid-amber, cloudy pour with a thin head that produces some attractive if somewhat thin lace. The lace is a little watery, but is quite intricate. Bready, malt based combo of nose and tastes lead one into a fairly authentic Vienna lager taste. Pretty light in the mouth which may seem like a good thing, but to be honest it feels a bit thin and watery. More bread and sweetness in the back end and finish. Carbonation is pretty...

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Bell’s Christmas Ale

11oz pour @ Taco Mac, East West Connector, Austell, GA, USA. Firstly, $6.25 for the pour! Was once discussed here (long since gone). Pour is an amber color with some nice clarity, good head and some nice lace. Looks tidy in the glass. Nose gives a few notes of toffee and caramel and the tastes reflect that. The beer has a few nutty elements and is obviously and definitely malt based, but as for being a Scotch Ale I just don't get it! If you are looking for some of those classic notes, then I...

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The Oracle

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. 9901 dot-matrixed at the bottom of the rear label. Typical of the style, there is a clouded, hazy orange body with a very sticky collection of head and lace at the top of the glass. Carbonation is pretty high for the type of beer we are dealing with here. The nose is very strong, with a nice, citrusy based hop smell. However, this is NOT a West Coast, resiny aroma, it's a little gentler than that, The tastes reflect a lot of sugary, sweet light...

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La Dame De Peronne

22oz bottle from DrDogBeer as part of Secret Santa 2009. Thanks Tom. Pour gives a chestnut brown color with a vivid, lively look. Good clarity and some decent head, lace and retention. The beer looks inviting. This brew is all about a complicated array of malts with some hop presence in the finish. There are a lot of competing sweet malts jostling for attention, and in the end I feel it gets a bit muddled. Too complicated in the malt department. The other dominating feature is the earthy,...

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Bud Light Golden Wheat

Exciting times as I ran into this, the latest marketing ploy from AB at the Irish Bred Pub in Douglasville, GA, USA! Pour reveals a "dead" looking beer with less than an sixteenth of an inch of white head on top of a cloudy, butterscotch colored body. Partly due to the poor pour, but nevertheless even with agitation this beer fails to produce much life at all. Disappointing. Aroma is essentially of nothing. Again the circumstances don't help much (served FROZEN), but even on warming we get...

Bell’s Hopslam Ale

Bell’s Hopslam Ale

Original notes 02/17/2008 (Pictured Jan 2021) Thanks to brickstoredave (via Robert AKA Georgiabeer) for the opportunity to crack one of these on a quiet Friday afternoon at The Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. 12 oz single. Pour is a fairly typical, mid-orange affair with a surprisingly good head and lace for the (apparently) large ABV (more of that later). Typically cloudy appearance for the style. Nose conjures up a west coast assault on the taste buds, and we're not disappointed when it comes...

Bell’s Oberon Ale

Bell’s Oberon Ale

Notes added 06/20 Can, pictured. It’s funny how perspective on any given beer changes over time, with experience, and with changing circumstances. Oberon is a beer that’s been on my own radar for going towards two decades, and honestly not one that I ever think much about, but always enjoy when it is placed in front of me. The ability of this beer to hit a very particular spot in terms of drinking pleasure is quite pronounced, and as such it always pleases. Whether that’s the thirst-quenching...

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Michelob Ultra

An appearance, smell and mouthfeel on a par with hundreds of other macro adjuncts, but a taste that almost defies description (mildly acidic water was the closest I came), gives this product the lowest drinkability I can ever recall. Beer? No it ain't. This is one "beer" that I will actually seriously consider turning down in preference for something non-alcoholic. I don't recall that EVER happening before. What concerns me about this "product" is the way that it has been clearly created to...