Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown

12 oz bottle, usual stubbie presentation from Tyranena, thanks go out to Kevin for a chance to crack this one. Fairly innocuous looking, mid-brown pour with some creamy head but not much lace. Nose and taste reveal quite a lot of the bourbon character, in fact a bit more than I was expecting. I'm not a huge fan of bourbon aged beers, but an American Brown Ale does at least seem like a sensible place to put such a thing, and this works fairly well. The bourbon notes are not exactly strong, but...

Stone Tepee Pale Ale

12 oz bottle, usual stubbie presentation from Tyranena, thanks go out to Kevin for a chance to crack this one. Honey orange color on the pour with a pleasing white head. The beer is capped with a frothy layer of thick bubbles and the head provides some nice, inviting lace. Nose seems very weak and has me worried. It seems as though this beer has potential to be extremely light on flavor if the nose ids anything to go by. I need not have worried. The tastes provide a really quite aggressive,...

Chief BlackHawk Porter

12 oz bottle, usual stubbie presentation from Tyranena, thanks go out to Kevin for a chance to crack this one. Surprisingly black pour with little or no brown elements that one often sees with porters. Head and lace are frankly both a little disappointing even if they are a nice mocha color. The nose reveals a touch of coffee but not any bitterness or hop character to speak of. I like my porters, mild, smooth and creamy and although Blackhawk hits to some degree on each of these attributes,...

Headless Man Amber Alt

12 oz stubbie as per the usual Tyranena presentation. Many thanks go out to Kevin for the chance to try this beer. Murky brown pour that lacks clarity but does produce a nice head and some significant, sticky lace. Nose and tastes are very yeasty (as one would expect) and the German tasting malts come through really strong. The persistent yeast and malt tastes re the backbone of this beer and are the fundamental aspects that one would expect in the style. Plenty of toffee and caramel notes as...

Three Beaches Honey Blonde

12 oz bottle, typical Tyranena presentation. Bottom line is that this is not a very good beer. The appearance is odd. It has a macro feel about it in as much as it comes with a huge number of small bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass. It looks highly carbonated, but the beer seems largely lifeless and there is no head or any retention. There is a darker color than a typical macro would give which I suppose is from the honey element. The nose and taste do deliver a little sweetness from...

Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter

12 oz stubbie as pictured. Poured into the Terrapin snifter, the beer is perhaps not as viscous as I was expecting. Head is a light mocha color but very fine and light. Nose has dry, baking chocolate (or cocoa/Cadbury's drinking chocolate) with some light fruit infused. The fruit seems like a cross between cherry and raspberry, but to be honest it is more on the raspberry side of things to my nose. Tastes are light but at the same time have some decent presence. There are plenty of slightly...

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter

12 oz stubbie twist top from unclejedi as part of the Good, Bad and Ugly BIF from sometime ago. Pours with deep brownish/black with some nice ruby red highlights. Head is mocha and very well formed. Fairly short-lived, but there is a little lace and some spotty residue and collar left on the surface. The nose has quite reserved for a barrel aged beer. I like that fact. I think that the Whiskey as opposed to the Bourbon barrels help in that regard. Overall the beer is very light, smooth, well...

Devil Over A Barrel – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter

12oz bottle. Thanks go out to Unclejedi for the bottle as part of the Good, Bad & Ugly BIF. Poured into the Terrapin 22oz snifter in three separate portions. No discernable head after a few moments following the agressive pour. A little spotty lace. Nose is MASSIVE - full on coffee. Didn't really get an enormous amount of Bourbon. The coffee seemed to overwhelm everything. A touch acidic and quite thin, even for a Porter. Coffee dominates. Very drinkable considering the size and emphasis of...

Bitter Woman India Pale Ale

Thanks go out to flyingbison. More of a golden pour than an orange one, this beer gives a small, light and frothy head rather than one with any density. Some nice lacing. Definitely a West Coast feel about this very bitter IPA. It's in the American IPA tradition, with very strong accents on the metallic, grapefruit bitterness which is quite dry. Not a great deal of balance here which is fine as long as you are in the mood for a back of the tongue, bitter experience. This is not overly bitter...