Fat Squirrel Ale

12 oz single, thanks to Kevin for the chance to try this one. Always delighted to try a New Glarus beer, and this is no exception. Pour provides a body that is quite clear and has a reddish-copper pour with a somewhat small head. Not much retention or lace. Good malty nose, but unfortunately the nose does not really translate into much depth in the taste. Quite honestly, it tastes really quite weak. This is disappointing to me because if this were a really good example of an English Brown Ale...

Totally Naked

12 oz single, many thanks go out to Kevin for the chance to try this beer. Pour is a well carbonated, totally clear light straw color with a huge, fluffy and sticky head. Lace is pretty good too. Color is a little light, but otherwise looks pretty good. Nice carbonation leads to a lively mouthfeel. Nose is a little corny and vegetal to be honest, and does not inspire much confidence. The tastes are citrusy. Some lemongrass but it is quite watery. The back-end and finish are very short, but it...

Spotted Cow

12 oz single, large thanks go out to Kevin for this one. Golden, slightly hazed body with a nicely formed tight head. Retention and lace don't add up to much but there is some froth left on the inside of the glass. Nose doesn't have much more than some simple, sweet grains. Tastes are really pleasing. Sweet malts up front with a light, but lively carbonation. Very smooth and silky in the mouth. A very "soft" beer.The finishes adds a touch of bitterness and more sweet, light fruitiness. Tiny...

Stone Soup

12 oz single, thanks go out to Kevin for the opportunity. Pour is a bright, honey orange affair with a large, but somewhat light and thinnish head. The head is not especially well retained and there is little lace, both of which seem to be a function of the high carbonation of the beer. At times the beer almost seems "fizzy" and this obviously detracts from the mouthfeel. The aroma and tastes definitely have a nice Belgian yeast character, but ultimately that's all it is - a "character" rather...

Crack’d Wheat

12 oz single, courtesy of Kevin - many thanks. Absolutely delighted to get a chance to try this beer. It promises much. The pour is a lovely, butterscotch hazed affair with a nice, rocky head. Good looking beer without doubt. The nose and tastes have plenty of clove and banana notes, but the emphasis seems to be on the clove and spice elements. Some alcohol, but also a few medicinal phenols. The phenols are where this beer starts to deviate a little from authenticity. They don't grate, but the...

Unplugged Belgian Quadruple

Lucked upon this at the Brick Stone on a Friday afternoon; thanks to Dave and some other (nameless) benefactor. 12 oz bottle. The pour was a simple, light brown with some chill haze and minimal carbonation. I'd be curious to know the ABV for a head/carbonation reference point. Nose reveals some Belgian sugar notes, a touch of yeast, a very mild funk but not much else. Impressive light touch. A mild-funk starts the taste experience which is followed by a sweet and sour combo. Very light,...

Raspberry Tart

Thanks go out to brickstoredave (and Lucy Saunders) for the chance to try this beer - something I've been waiting on for some time. 750 mL with the usual wax-dipped neck presentation. Having had the Belgian Red (cherry) I thought that I knew what to expect, and this replicated the style of the cherry and did not disappoint. Straight from the outset I enjoyed this MUCH more. A dark crimson (almost blood like pour) even with a small head. It's raspberries all the way, both in the taste and the...

Wisconsin Belgian Red

Very unusual if nothing else. 750 mL bottle with waxed dipped neck. Turbid tan, brown pour with some head and lace, but only as a result of an aggressive pour. As others have noted the aroma was special - deep cherries, and it is very natural. Not artificial and sweet, but really genuine. A lot of sweetness in the initial tastes but this quickly gives way to a sharp, cherry based tart finish. The tart finish seems to stick in the throat a bit and is quite astrigent. Mild heartburn results. The...

Black Wheat

Not my favorite style, but a pretty nice example. The bottle that I had a much more brownish color than some of the other reviwers suggested. The black color was not as prevelant as other people has observed. Nice off-white head with a little patchy lacing. Definite banana, nut, caramel and clove highlights in both the nose and the tastes, and this is reminiscent of a banana-nut muffin. A bit of a strange minty taste in the after taste too, but quite pleasing. Nice creamy mouthfeel and very...

Unplugged Apple Ale

Great head with impressive carbonation. A Russet apple color to go with the the mildly sweet apple aroma. I was expecting this to be like so many apple based alcohol products, that is, just a glorified cider where the apple flavor often tastes very false. This was definitely not like that at all. Apple malt makes up a simple nose. A real sweet and sour combination with mild apples holding the whole thing together. Great mouthfeel (exceptionally refreshing) with crisp and bright carbonation and...