Hell’s Bock

Big thanks go out to brad007 for the chance to try this one. 22oz bomber into the Harpoon IPA glass. Slight chill haze on the light copper pour with a great looking high head and some minimal lace. Head fades quickly to leave some film on the surface. Nose is simply, malty and sweet with some reserved fruit tones in the background. Pretty much the same in the tastes with an additional twang of grapefruit and alcohol on the back end. As the beer warms it definitely gets increasingly hoppy....

Vermonster

Thanks go out to Brad007 for the chance to try this "monster". Shared with a few of the usual suspects at The Brick Store on a Friday afternoon. From the 22oz bottle into a small Wellington glass, the pour is very dark brown with a surprisingly good head for the ABV. Some lace and some nice legs as well. Essentially, this beer boils down to being an extremely hoppy, high alcohol American BW which I suppose is good since that's what it's supposed to be! However, with it comes a pretty cloying...

Mountain Holidays In Vermont Rich Creamy Bock Lager

Thanks go out to brad007 for the chance to try this one. 22oz, gold foiled bomber. 2008 vintage. Nice to see a lager getting some special treatment. Solid red brown body with an ivory head with good retention. Some sparse lace. Very clean nose, not much to report other than some balanced malts. Funny this, because I kept expecting to taste it and get some smoked malts!? I have no idea why - odd mind games. Creamy mouthfeel and a robust feeling permeates the whole beer. Simple malt and hop...

Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³

22oz bomber, $3.99. Thanks go out to YonderWanderer for this trade. First off, a cubed ESB makes no sense at all. I don't know what the brewery is trying to achieve here, but what they end up with is a pretty aggressive, relatively unbalanced, American double IPA. Pour has a typical DIPA orange/brown hue, with some chill haze. A nice head with some lace and retention. Aroma has a really raw, organic grassy resin to it. Very piney. Taste is not all that aggressive in terms of hops, BUT it is...