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Schlafly Coffee Stout

12 oz single. Amazed at how light the pout on this is. No hint of any kind of blackness from a typical stout, rather the body is akin to a red or amber ale and lacks depth in the look. Head is minimal. Actually looks like cold tea. Nose has a strong coffee aroma and the tastes reflect that. However, not much depth at all, and definitely quite light - even watery. Mouthfeel is correspondingly weak and disappointing especially considering this is supposed to be (apparently) an oatmeal version...

Atwater Cherry Stout

12 oz single. Really not sure what's going on with this. A dark brown body with a decent enough head, but it fades pretty quickly to leave very little lace. Poor retention. Nose gives a little malty chocolate. The tastes are odd. The cherry obviously manifests itself, but to be honest it is simply a sour, "beer gone off" type taste. It's odd. I can't really work out if the beer is rancid, or if the cherry notes are indeed supposed to taste that way! Difficult to distinguish between the...

Sweetwater Sch’Wheat

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. After a few seconds of settling down, the pour gives a very suspiciously clear, macro-esque body and a head that fades badly. Despite the description on the label, the beer looks as though it has been filtered and in that respect it's horribly disappointing. It's difficult to see how this beer creates much of a "wheat" effect at ALL. From the clarity of the look, to the lack of head and the largely watery body, the beer looks and drinks much more...

Wild Frog Wheat Ale

22 oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. A surprisingly dark pour that takes on a honey-orange color. Head is really disappointing considering the style, in fact one of the worst I ever recall seeing for a Hefe. Virtually zero head or retention. The darker than usual color I can cope with, the lack of head is a no-no for the style. Pretty good pineapple, banana and clove in the nose and tastes with for me, the emphasis on a candied pineapple sweetness. It tends to build and get a bit...

Avery Anniversary Ale – Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)

The usual Avery presentation with gold foil on the neck. Glad to see the Avery Anniversary series come back to Atlanta after the very strange omission of sixteen after we've had the others. Pour is at first glance a solid black, but closer inspection reveals a browner appearance that first thought. Head is good, but fades quickly and little or no lace is left. Lots of licorice notes and quite a bitter twang in the finish. This comes after a more gentle start that showcases some simple, sweet...

Terrapin The Iron Tankard

Impressive presentation, but also an impressive price (between $13 and $16), but when you consider the beer is being sold as a vehicle to make money for what they consider a good cause, it makes it slightly more palatable. Slightly. Hand numbered bottle 4480/4884. 22 oz bottle, boxed with a gold foiled neck. Cloudy, hazed mid-amber pour that creates little or no head with poor retention. Just about zero lace. OK, I guess when you consider the ABV and the style. Nose gives a sugary, malty,...

John John Juniper

Picked up the latest of the John John series to make it to Atlanta at Green's on Ponce. 22 oz bottle. Not really excited by the first one in the series, but this one seems to offer more potential for me. Color is an attractive, slightly hazed, golden body with a fine, wispy head. Not much retention or lace but a good color. Nose offers little other than some sweet malts and perhaps a touch of alcohol. Tastes are what I would call refined. A very tasty, noticeable light, citrus and herbal twang...

Pipe Organ Pale Ale

12 oz bottle as part of my Secret Bunny package from PittBeerGirl - thanks Sara. Pour gives are very surprisingly dark, copper pour with a really poor head and no lace or retention. Nose seems somewhat neutral but certainly no offensive. Light sweetness. This is a bit of an odd beer. The beer is a very neutral, frankly fairly tasteless affair and very bland. However, the finish and aftertaste is EXTRAORDINARILY bitter and metallic, in a nasty lingering way too. Very unpleasant. Not good and...

Southampton Keller Pils

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a slightly clouded, lemon colored body with a rocky, if not dense head, sitting on top. Not much retention or lace. Nose gives a nice grassy, hoppy note. Tastes are really quite bitter up front (and in the finish), but in between there is a lovely balance and beautiful, creamy mouthfeel. Rounded with some sweet notes in the middle. Lingering bite at the end. Slightly metallic ending as well. VERY tasty and highly drinkable with a good,...

Baltic Thunder

22 oz bottle that I bought way back when it came to GA for the first time. The bottle has a white, dot-matrixed date that says, Best Before Dec 31 08. Deliberately held on to this for aging purposes. Pour is a classic, dark brown, black, ruby red combo. The head is good to start, but fades badly to leave little retention and no lace. The nose is AMAZING. An extraordinary, beautiful, slightly oxidized Madeira fruit, alcohol and boozy, liquor note. Lots of sherry notes. Taste replicate the...

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8

12 oz bottle into the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Body is a ugly, clouded, Dubbel-like affair with very little discernible head, retention or lace. Nose has quite a lot of sweet peat, and then this is followed-up a LOT in the taste. Unfortunately the combination of light smoke (good), peat (also good) with an overwhelming sweetness gives a syrupy, difficult to drink cough medicine effect. The alcohol is also prominent and the combination gets way too much very quickly. Even with this level...

Beerlao Dark

Single from Camp Creek Beverage, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour gives a mid-brown body with a good degree of clarity and an impressive, high, white head. Not a great deal of lace but decent to look at. Nose and tastes give that typical, sweet, malty slightly watery feel that also has a note of cocoa powder about it. Alcohol is well-hidden. Maybe some light apples amongst the malts and light flavors? Some acid like bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste lingers a touch and is a wee bit astringent to...

Tiny

750 mL corked & caged affair from Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a jet black pour with a khaki colored, fine-bubbled head that forms with a pretty good definition. Nose and tastes definitely have some decent dark fruits, a touch of alcohol and plenty of Belgian yeast notes which are pleasing to me. It IS true that the beer treads a fine line between a traditional Belgian Dark and a Stout (with the stout winning more often than not), but there is sufficient Belgian character to...

Bush Blonde

750 mL corked & caged bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Opens with an alarming, large pop with lots of gun smoke. The pour into the Duvel tulip yields a darker than expected, orange colored body with a pretty good head and some really nice lace. This is a confusing beer since it also has the word "Tripel" on the label (along with Blonde). It's really quite a sweet beer than lacks any kind of white pepper notes or spice. The beer is really quite bland in many respects and lacks even...

Big Red Ale

12 oz single, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Very good color on the pour with a lovely, dark red/mahogany color and a nice head that has a toffee colored hue. Not much retention or lace. Carbonation produces some streaming bubbles. Nose has a bunch of quite seriously sweet malts. The tastes highlight and showcase the malts even more than the nose would suggest. The beer is really quite sweet and lacks much of a typical dry finish that is often associated with the style. As the beer warms and as I...

India Pale Ale

12 oz single, from PittBeerGirl as part of my secret bunny 2010. Nice, authentic orange body with a good head initially but it fades pretty quickly. Not much lace either. Light hops in the nose that are replicated with more force in the tastes. Quite sweet, so lots of malts must back up the hop profile. The alcohol is very well hidden and would not have guessed this was 7.00%. The finish also has some residual sugar. The malt base, the relatively low alcohol taste and the sweetness, certainly...

Red Brick Brown Ale

12 oz single. What? I've never reviewed this? Seems unlikely, but here we go. Pour is quite a light, orange color that one would perhaps associate more with an IPA rather than a brown. Head is decent, but retention is not great. Lace is present, but fairly wispy and not especially sticky. Large caramel malts with also a (apparently odd) bourbon note! WTF? Anyway, in the taste the beer gets back to being "normal" with extra malt caramel and some rounded sweetness. A little touch of smoke for me...

Skinny Dip

12 oz single, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Clear, honey golden pour with a decent frothy head. Nose has some acidic malts, but not much else. Tastes are very neutral to me. High level of carbonation gives a mineral like, sodium hydrogencarbonate taste as if I was drinking an antacid. The mineral base and large carbonation does give a lively mouthfeel which I like. Finish leaves a touch of bitterness and more of the lingering dissolved salts. Very odd beer for me and I can't get past the odd,...

LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison

12 oz single as part of the Longshot sixer. Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Crystal clear, lemon-yellow color. Head is good initially but fades quickly with poor retention but conversely leaves some nice, sticky lace. Mild, earthy funk in the nose but it's pretty light, simple and not big at all. Tastes are where there is a touch more lemon citrus than the nose would suggest. Nice creamy balance is in the mouth and the beer comes together well. Some nice round malts. There is an...

Tripel Perfection

The usual, 750 mL presentation with cork & cage from Ommegang. Purchased from Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Decent pop on opening with some gunsmoke. Body is quite a dark orange considering the style. Head is decent, but fades to a collar and some spotty surface note with no lace on standing. A high level of Belgian yest in the nose. More yeast are the initial tastes. Plenty of alcohol and it warms slightly. Also the requisite white pepper but the alcohol comes back (along with the...

Elevator Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale

12 oz bottle from my recent Columbus, OH trip. Nice color on the pour, but the beer lacks life. The red highlights and general bright body and clarity are encouraging, but then the lack of carbonation, head, lace and retention let the beer down. Some light malts in the nose and not much else. The beer delivers a decent malt punch and a little too much dry character that I really don't want in the style. The beer fades quite quickly and is easily forgotten. Decent malt tastes for the style with...

Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a golden color with a frothy, light head that although not especially well-retained it does produce some significant lace. Nose and tastes create a feel of a Pils without the true Saaz-like kick in the back end. Some light, white pepper that for a second seems like we have a Belgian Pale note, but it fades and the bitterness does not figure. Relatively light and easy drinking, but a beer that ultimately seems fairly pedestrian. Grassy notes...

Golden Fleece Maibock

I love a good bock and was delighted to get this as part of my Easter Bunny package from PittBeerGirl - thanks! 12 oz single. Pretty much a quintessential American example of the style for me. Nice golden color with a decent head and some good retention and lace. In addition we get a nice golden color (important for the style), and a decent alcohol warmth that does not get in the way of drinkability. Now of course, the beer does creep up on you come the end of the bottle so the alcohol is...

Harpoon Single Hop ESB (100 Barrel Series #31)

OK, it's not brewed in England and it's NOT a cask offering, and I could still be happy if it was taken down another 0.5% on the ABV, BUT, on the face of it this at least has the potential to help me out in my desperate and generally futile search for high quality ESB's in the USA. Let's see. Nice authentic color in the body with a deep, orange/amber hue. Head size is especially disappointing to me and the retention and lace should also be better for a beer of this ABV. Nose reveals little,...

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

12 oz bottle. Not quite sure why this did not/has not made it to GA, perhaps it HAS but I've not been looking for it. Was it in the Canis Major mixed pack? Anyway... Hazy, orange body with low to mid-carbonation and a little head and some retention. Not much lace at all. Nose offers some light hop character, a bit of sweetness and perhaps a touch of Belgian yeast. Tastes are reminiscent of the nose, but crank some of the aspects up quite a lot. The sweetness comes first, followed by the yeast...

Wheat Wine Ale

22 oz bottle from Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. I've been pretty pleased with a number of the recent Fort Collins offerings, and it is my suspicion that they don't quite get the respect that they deserve. Beautiful, bright copper colored body with some wispy head that fades quickly. Not surprising given the ABV. Little or no lace. Color is attractive. Malty alcohol in the nose, not much else. Medium carbonation greets the mouth. The tastes are alcohol based with malty intentions but...

February 27th, 1832 Mild Ale

22 oz presentation. Massive thanks go out to Gregg for the opportunity to try this one. The pour into the Terrapin snifter and gives quite a still body with a light, copper color with obviously no head or lace. Ultimately it looks like a brandy in the glass. The nose has some alcohol but there is a feeling that the light solvent effect is mainly in the nostrils rather than the taste. A little acidic apple in the nose as it warms. The taste is extraordinary in as much as the alcohol is...

1000 IBU

375 mL bottle, corked (synthetic) & caged. Green glass, thick dimpled champagne-style bottom. Green's on Buford, around $10 for the bottle (I think). Pour gives a murky brown color with a LOT of yeast floaties. Drab and dull in the mid-brown color. Quite unattractive, especially with the cascading floaties and the dirty dishwater appearance. Looks like a nasty, home-brewed, unfiltered Dubbel. Smell is surprisingly non-hop based. Quite neutral without much hint of the tastes to come. Some...

Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale

12 oz single. Had this a couple of times before, just getting around to reviewing it now. Color is a beautiful garnet pour with a real, red appearance and plenty of mahogany highlights. Body is great, BUT unfortunately the head is poor and consequently there is little retention or lace. That's a shame. Malt based is an understatement of course, but the beer also imparts a little hop bite in the finish and some alcohol presence. Finish has a touch more alcohol mixed in with the warm malts and...

Gemini (Imperial IPA)

22 oz bottle with a stick on label rather than the usual ST, screen printed presentation. Thanks to the wife for bringing this back from SC just a few days before ST hit GA - typical. Pour is an obvious orange color, but the two things that strike me as particularly prevalent are the light cloudiness and the fact that the beer seems quite thin in appearance. Nose and tastes are typical for the style with a combination of grapefruit, syrupy alcohol and sweet sugary notes. This is not any easy...

Brown Angel

Massive thanks go out to Gregg for the opportunity to try this. Delighted to have the chance, and also humbled by his generosity. 22 oz bottle - silly label that does no favors for craft beer. (I agree with the Bros. comments in the mag about this). Pour is an attractive, deep chestnut brown with some red highlights. Head is a mocha color with some decent retention and a little wispy lace. Nose has the expected (but unwanted), fresh green hop note. Not much to say other than I don't want it,...

Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale)

The wife was kind enough to cart this back from Hilton Head, SC for me, just a few days before ST hit GA - typical! 22 oz bottle in the usual screen printed ST style. Pour is a beautiful, golden clear body with a smashing white head that gives some nice sticky lace - decent retention considering the ABV of the beer. Looks nice, especially the depth of color. Nose is plenty of sweet alcohol (and not much else) and this is exactly how the taste manifests itself. This is not a subtle beer, but...

Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock

Very happy to see GB bottle their beers now, as I have always felt that they are generally under-rated and get a bad rap when in fact they make some half decent beer. Not stellar, but decent, especially in one or two, specific, German style areas. Blonde Bock six pack from my local Publix supermarket, $8.99. Pour is a golden body with a nice head that forms quickly. Sadly the head is poorly retained and there is a little lace. Sweet malt nose with some alcohol and some pale malts. The tastes...

Karnival Kolsch

12 oz single, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Lovely, beautifully carbonated, golden yellow pour with a pillow-like, fluffy head that gives some nice lace. The beer is very lively and adds a certain anticipation of the taste. Looks great. Light citrus nose but this all but disappears when the true nature of the style cuts in quickly with some severe bitterness. Clean though, so the marriage is a good one. Finishes crisp and somewhat dry but has a lingering malt "effect" at the far back end....

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6

12 oz single. Well, if nothing else, true to style. The beer gives a rather unattractive, murky brown body similar to a Dubbel in appearance with little or no head, retention or lace. The head situation is to be expected given the ABV, but the body is somewhat drab and uninspiring. The brew exhibits all of the classic American Barleywine characteristics along with the way that one normally expects them to change over time. Plenty of slightly faded, hop forward aggression with little malt...

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Single Malt Ale

Simplicity on the pour with a nice, orange body hat sits underneath the white head. Some lace, but not much to speak of and the head fades rather quickly. Nose has plenty of grain character but the threat of extra hop presence also wafts into the nostrils. The tastes confirm that exact combo with the hops taking too forward a role for me (at least in terms of the style). Finis is interesting since it imparts a fairly significant dry, cracker like ending that I wasn't expecting and again seems...

Funky E Star

Green's, Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA, USA. 750 mL, plastic (don't like that) corked, caged and foiled. VERY difficult to get the cork out - annoying. Getting the cork out produces a weak pop - disappointing. Disappointingly dark pour, with an amber hue. Head is also weak and leaves watery lace. No retention. Nose yields a little funk but a confusing, and unexpected sweet caramel note. The sweetness increases dramatically over time and the tiny funk recedes as the beer warms. The tastes are also...

Devotion Ale

750 mL corked & caged bottle courtesy of ClownShoesDreams - thanks Gregg. Small pop on opening, not huge, but nevertheless there is some carbonation - always a slight concern with Lost Abbey. Pour is as expected with a dense, slightly off-white head that has pillow-like character and a hazy, orange/golden body. Solid looking. Nose and tastes combine in a rather unusual way to bring the best of Belgium with that typical, slightly over-hopped American influence. Tangy orange, light yeasty...

Steenbrugge Wit

750 mL, corked, caged and foil affair. Hop City, GA, USA. Nice pop on opening, a little gun smoke. Pour yields a standard, yellowish body with a wispy, light head. The head lacks some depth and the body seems a little on the thin side. I anticipated this a bit, and though that the second pour and/or agitation of some sediment might change things but alas, nothing. Very disappointing in terms of depth of body in the look, taste and mouthfeel. All of the classic ingredients for a good Wit are...

Quadzilla (Cherry Quad)

Many thanks to PittBeerGirl for the chance to try this one as part of Secret Bunny 2010 - thanks Sara. 750 mL capped bottle with white foil on the neck, not gold as in the BA db picture. Pour is a surprisingly light, cloudy, orange color that is reminiscent of tea. I was expecting a dark, black cheery color which would fit with the advertised fruit and the quad categorization. Not much head and little or no retention. Nose gives some fruity notes, but they are not strong and definitely not...

Wooden Nickel 5th Anniversary Saison

1.0 L swing-top bottle. Thanks to PittBeerGirl for the chance to try this one. Impressive presentation. Pour yields a hazed orange body with wispy head. Darker than expected. Retention and lace are not huge, but are sufficient. Nose has an acidic, citrus twang with a touch of mild funk and an organic feel. Light carbonation dances on the tongue to give a lively presence. Acidity is quite large but in keeping with the style. A bright, lemon and soap taste combines to give a heavier feel than...

Hoppy Feet (Black I.P.A.)

OK, big props to Gregg for taking the time and the trouble to hook me up. I truly appreciate the gesture. Firstly, the style or name "Black IPA" is ludicrous and I am glad that American Brewers Association agrees with me and calls this type of beer, "American-Style India Black Ale"! Anyway, back to this particular ASIBA! Pour is a dark, dark chestnut (bordering on black) brown body with a lovely, creamy, thick mocha head. A few orange/red highlights at the extremities which are enhanced by the...

Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)

VERY excited to try any new Ommegang beer and the fact that this is pitched in the way it is (as a somewhat potential "single" or "simple" Belgian Ale) makes me even more interested. 750 mL, corked & caged, packaged on 01/19/10, Best By 01/2011. Color on the pour into the Duvel tulip is a little darker and more orange than I was expecting. Head is not well retained and fades to a thin film on the beer and some scant lace. A little disappointed in the color, I wanted something lighter. Nose...

Primátor Maibock

$2.99 for the 500 mL bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. The pour is a truly gorgeous golden color with good clarity and nice carbonation. Head is OK with some lace and a little retention. Color is really great. Nose reveals very little other than lots of rich, deep malt. Tastes reflect the nose but bring some dry character and a little alcohol. The dry character is quite a surprise by it merges well with the malts and produces quit a bit of depth. There seems to be some fruity notes...

Saison – Brett

750 mL corked & caged bottle courtesy of PittBeerGirl as part of Secret Bunny 2010. Batch number 2009-1, bottle 00220 out of 11925. I loosened the cage on the bottle, turned around to get a glass of water and 30 seconds later the cork flew out and hit the kitchen ceiling. Good level of carbonation! Beer gives a light orange, mid-butterscotch pour. HUGE head that sat there like an ice-cream. Super looking. Nose is true to the description of a Saison with Brett, but quite mild. Tastes reflect...

30th Anniversary – Fritz And Ken’s Ale

$9.99 Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA. Impressive pop from the unusually shaped bottle that is corked & caged. Some gunsmoke. Presentation is classy, including the label. Pour is definitely intense-black with a large head at first but it fades away. Not much lace and a thin film is left on the surface. A little disappointing in the head department, but given the ABV not all that surprising. Having said that, I've seen similar strength stouts with much better retention and lace. A...

Wilco Tango Foxtrot

22 oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. (Potentially) excellent value for money as usual from Lagunitas, the usual presentation. Pour is a very nice red-brown with nice clarity in the body. Off-white head that produces some sticky lace; retention not great. The nose has a surprising level of green hop presence. Really quite strong. Tastes are a little mixed where the hops fade from their aroma level but still hang around, and then the malt bill kicks in. It still remains quite "organic"...

Porterhouse Red

11.2 oz (330 mL) single from Hop City at $3.99. Pull tab cap - not very often you see those. Great color and clarity on the pour, but let down by a disappointing head with poor retention and lace. The color is VERY red, and my guess is that this really is an Irish Red rather than an English Pale (as currently categorized in the BA database)...anyway... Nose has some simple malts and the tastes are also very malt based with a dry finish. Hop profile is unsurprisingly low and the beer drink...

Moa Original

It's been in Georgia for a few weeks now so I decided to take the plunge with one of the three Moa beers available here. All in 750's, all corked and caged and all $7.99. Reliably informed that these beers are bottle conditioned with champagne yeast. Opening the bottle backs that up with a BIG, impressive pop. Pour also suggests massive carbonation with an ice-cream, fine bubbled head on top of a murky, orange body. Looks good. The head IS impressive but fades surprisingly quickly to give a...

Terrapin Capt’n Krunkles Black IPA

22 oz from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Gold foil on the neck as the remainder of the Side Project series, but reflects Depth Charge rather than the 1-9 side project label. Pour is great looking, Inky black with a resplendent head that is thick and big with great retention and lace. The look is by far the best part of this beer - by a mile! Nose is a hop based one but is light and reminds me of an anesthetic - think a visit to the dentist. The tastes are nasty bitterness upon nasty bitterness....

Baby Tree

22 oz bottle thanks to Penney who brought this one back from The Foodery in Philly, PA, USA. Mid brown body that sits nicely in the Brasserie de Abbaye des Rocs chalice with a lovely, frothy light tan head. Some lace. Nose is surprisingly neutral to me (even with warming) and gives only the slightest hints of sweet malt, a touch of alcohol and some sharp carbonation (yes, carbonation in the nose!) Taste start to reveal more of the dark fruit, BUT the taste remains quite distinctly "unsweet". A...

Michelob DunkelWeisse

12 oz single, $1.19 from Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. Glad to finally catch up with this beer. Oddly I have quite high expectations for it! Pour is a murky, unattractive iced-tea like affair with a very poor head and as a resut little retention or lace. Body is an ugly, rust color that does not invite one in. Carbonation is a little on the high side which gives the beer an off, fizzy sensation - again, not good. Initially the tastes seem OK with some yeasty malts up front and some...

400 Pound Monkey

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. My worry with all beers that start life in the USA and claim to be "English" style, is that we will get over-hopped products with alcohol that is too high and malt profiles that are insufficiently developed. This beer confirmed my reservations on two of those but did better on one. Decent copper body with good clarity and a nice white head that is well retained and leaves good lace. The appearance was the strongest suit in this beer for me. It's...

Harpoon Crystal Wheat

Filtered wheat beer in the 12 oz bottle as a single from Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. $1.19. The appearance is as expected with a decent head but little or no retention. Filtering means good clarity but somewhat lacking in character for me in its look. Lemon is very strong for me. the label suggests a "hint" but to me it somewhat overwhelms the beer and it certainly does a number on the wheat aspect of the brew. For this reason i found the beer difficult to drink and wondered why they...

Big Easy Imperial Maibock

12oz, $1.35 single from Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Honey colored body with a nice white head but it lacks much retention or lace. Nose is surprisingly sharp with a sweet and sour elements and seems quite alcoholic - a bit odd. The tastes break-in with typical-for-the-style, musty yeast notes and some light funk which is the way that the sour bitterness sometimes manifests itself. Pretty straightforward with alcohol below the advertised 7.1%.

Odd Notion (Summer 09)

$1.35 as a 12 oz single from Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour gives a lightly hazed, well carbonated golden yellow. Small head. Nose has a really nice yeasty presence - good for the style. Tastes reflect the nose and are sweet and yeast based as one would expect. A decent amount of Belgian character for me, and this could easily pass for a Belgian "single or "simple" in a cafe around Grand Place. Nice to get a simple beer that plays a role that fits the style and re-creates an...

De Ranke H.O.P. Flower Power

750 mL bottle that came from Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. In the $14-15 range. As expected, a very interesting beer. The beer pours a very nice, deep orange color with a decent head that is well formed and leaves some nice lace. Nose has a very distinct aroma that to me, is not especially hoppy. It's more of a sinus clearing white pepper effect. Tastes are very dry with a distinct pepper note and a definite soapy presence that reminds me (strangely) of a Courage Best Bitter from years...

Pere Jacques

12 oz single from Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati, OH, USA. 2009 vintage. Bottled on 10/05/09. Also has 2019 printed next to it which I first thought might be a BB date, but that would contradict the text on the label that says it will develop in the bottle for up to 5 years. Maybe a batch #. Poured into the Terrapin snifter the beer ultimately settles to take on the appearance of a cognac. Still, light copper colored body with zero hint of head or lace. Strange since it suggests a MUCH higher ABV. A...

Moloko

22 oz bottle, thanks to Micah (DogBrick) for the chance to try this beer. Jet black body with a lovely looking mocha colored head. Small, fine bubbles with nice density. Very compact and tight with a degree of orange color that seems to match the label. (Perhaps my imagination!) A super beer that captures a lovely combination of the lactose sugar and mild sweetness that come together in the way that a sweet stout should, i.e. as a welcome, refreshing antidote to the incessant onslaught of a...

Rye 75

Big thanks go out to Kevin for the chance to try this BBC beer. Impressive, champagne style presentation with a THICK, gold foil on the neck of the capped, 750 mL behemoth! Pour gives a standard, mid brown IPA-like body but some excellent, thick, frothy head and lace that lingers. Solid looking. Nose gives a very distinct rye whiff right off the bat, and this builds even more with increasing temperature. The tastes do the same, with the spiced rye building over the course of the beer as the...

Bison Organic Honey Basil

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a fairly dark orange body with a fast receding head and little retention. The nose and tastes do not benefit much from the honey, but there is a distinct herbal quality to the beer which reminds me a little of a a Cinzano Bianco or other herbed/spiced vermouth. This is not really recognizable (at least to me) as specifically being basil, but the herbal nature is unmistakable. The herb nature adds an organic, green feel to the beer and a...

Pays Du Soleil

750 ml, corked and caged, usual St. Somewhere presentation. Pretty interesting beer to say the least that pushes the boundaries of what I'm comfortable with. Pour is an usually dark color for a Saison and takes on an orangy, peach hue with significant cloudiness. Looks like sweet tea. Head is good initially but becomes spotty quite quickly and lacks much retention or lace. The nose is aggressively floral and estery with massive pear, peach and pineapple notes thrusting through the nasal...

Imperial DunkelWit

So what's going on here? More craziness from Scandinavia? We'll see. Picked this one up at Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. 500 mL bottle approx. $8-9 for the chance to try this one. Poured into the Tucher, 0.5 L Weizen glass the beer is truly exceptional. An amazing color of reddish brown which is deep and garnet in its' color, but in certain light almost looks purple - VERY distinct! Surprisingly good head, lace and retention for a beer with this ABV. The nose gives up some alcohol and a...

Firestone 10 – Anniversary Ale

Huge thanks go out to Grant for sharing this at the Brick Store. Dark mahogany pour that produced a pretty good head considering the age of the beer, the style and the ABV. One of the most distinct parts of this beer (at least visually) were the legs. The aroma is quite complex with a fairly large dose of vanilla. As Gregg pointed out, you could certainly detect a sort of old, musty hop note in the aroma too. Smooth and warming in the mouth and a mild burn on the way down. Definitely manifests...

Lindemans Faro Lambic

Thanks go out to Kevin for hooking me up here. Pour is a rich looking, brown with a decent amount of head considering the style. This is not a highly carbonated style and it has the tendency to feel a bit flat. Nose and tastes are crushingly sweet. Very pronounced sugars and candy notes dominate just about everything else that might be competing for your attention. The mouthfeel and some of the tastes (and indeed the look) remind me quite a lot of Duchesse but obviously significantly sweeter....

San Miguel Dark Lager

Single from Total Wine @ Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA. I wouldn't go as far as to say that I "like" this beer, but what I will say is that it pretty much nails the style. Now, whether or not you consider that to be a good thing is a different question, but I suppose we should offer some credit! Black pour with some significant orangy/red highlights. The color is fine bu the beer is quite badly let down by the lack of persistent head - it dies in the glass very quickly. Obviously a sweetish,...

Saison De Lente

750 mL capped bottle. Recent addition to The Bruery line-up in GA. Pour is a resplendent, butterscotch yellow with a creamy looking white head that looks dense. The nose has some light Brett that does not really manifest itself in the tastes which suits me just fine! In fact, I'm happy that it does not come into the picture too much in terms of the palate. the nose is further enhanced with some serious Belgian yest character. VERY nice. The mouthfeel is a VERY strong part of this beer. Deep...

Hop Master’s Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA

22 oz bottle courtesy of DogBrick - thanks Micah. Surprisingly golden/orange pour with good clarity - like a little like a Tripel in terms of color. Head is minimal and limited to sticky film on the surface of the beer and some creamy bubbles at the edges. Nose gives quite a lot of sweetness and a hint of medicinal hop character but not much. Tastes have some chest warming alcohol and more sweet candy notes but a lack of any great hop presence. To me this drinks more like a Tripel than...

Hippie I.P.A.

Thanks go out to Seth for the chance to try this one. Poured from the 22 oz bomber the body is a lightly hazed, light copper color. The head is light and fluffy but impressive in terms of retention and lace. Bone white. If the truth be told this is a very simple beer, but well constructed and the kind of thing that could easily be overlooked. Careful attention will find an easy drinking, well built American IPA that should garner respect. Malty and bready nose and upfront tastes are followed...

Bell’s Batch 9000

Mass hysteria broke out in Atlanta on the release of this beer with single bottle limits are general geek, pant-wetting. I was given a couple on a recent trip to Kentucky without the general, associated madness - thanks Kevin. 12 oz single. Pour is a dark brown/black Porter like affair. Little lace other than a touch of spotty character on the surface. Obviously the ABV impairs any significant head or retention. It ultimately dies to just about zero carbonation which is OK. Nose is an...

Schlafly Pale Ale

Ha, Ha - very nearly a true session beer made by an American brewer - NEARLY! Thanks go out to DogBrick for the chance to sample this 12 oz offering. Pour has a somewhat uninspired color (a hazed, light brown/orange) but better than expected head, retention and lace. Quite sticky and more in line with a higher ABV IPA. Nose and tastes are in the English style, but both are less fruity and drier than one would expect. There isn't really the depth of biscuit malt that would would normally...

Maibock

Fresh brewed beer, 22 oz bottles now reaching GA. Purchased this one at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Request to have the beer un-retired in db made 03-07-10. Pour is an exquisite looking, beautiful red garnet color with a tan colored, rich head. Looks excellent with maximum red/copper highlights catching the sun. Nose and tastes combine in the way that they should for the style with a significant yeast not amongst the deep, repeating, rich malts. Very good depth of flavor. Tastes are caramel...

R Lager

22 oz bottle from Kenny Road Market, Columbus, OH, USA. $5.49. The label on the bottle is obviously amateurish which is probably a combination of deliberate style and cost consideration. Either way it looks like it was done by a freshman art class. Pour is a little odd with a clouded butterscotch appearance that was mildly reminiscent of a Hefe or other wheat beer. Strange. Head was poorly retained though and the lace was watery. Nose was a nice combination of sweet malts and some citrus based...

Sofie

Delighted to pick this 22 oz bottle up from Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. Presentation is great with the green gold and white label adding a classy touch to the beer. The paper is a little higher quality too, with that slightly textured, cotton effect. Bottled on Oct 23, this is a 2009 vintage. Pour is a beautiful, rich, yellow golden body with a nice, bright white head. Lace and retention are very good. Smashing looking beer. Nose has light straw amongst the mild funk and barnyard notes. Some...

Founders Nemesis 2009

12 oz single in the usual Founders bottle presentation. From Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. $4.99 for the single. Murky, honey orange pour with a thin film of wispy foam on the surface of the beer. No head and no retention. Some viscous legs greet the eye too. Nose has some extremely large vanilla sugar notes - very big. Tastes have some bourbon character that builds. It's not an especially aggressive beer in terms of the depth, and to be honest it melds better than I was expecting. This is not a...

Stoudt’s Heifer-in-Wheat

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately this had best before 11/27/09 dot-matrixed on the neck, this is one that slipped through the cracks. Murky yellow pour with not much head, lace or retention. Nose has a really fruity, very lemony clove and banana note. Tastes very bright despite being a little past the Best By date and the fruit does not manifest itself quite as strongly as it did in the aroma. We get some more light acidity and some more banana...

Samuel Adams Noble Pils

An impressive number of reviews for a beer that's only been out for a couple of months. I suppose that reflects both the distribution of Sam Adams and the relative power of BBC's advertising reach - they really are a macro, micro! I actually bought this 22 oz bomber on the road in OH. It's been here in GA for a few months now but I've only seen it here as a 12 pack, then again I've not really been looking for it. Pour is pretty much as expected with good clarity but the color is really VERY...

Imperial Russian Stout

750 mL bottle, #396 out of 400; 2009 vintage. Shared with BEERchitect on a visit to Lexington, KY. Standard, balck pour with a less than impressive mocha-like head (ABV obviously curtails this a little)) but still surprisingly poor given the fizzy nature of the beer. The carbonation seems really high at first and this leads to an annoyingly, prickly mouthfeel that subsides a bit but seems present throughout the brew for me. Nose and tastes release a LOT of burned character, and it all gets a...

Joshua Norton Imperial Stout

22 oz bomber from the October 2009 bottling, drunk in Feb 2010. Pour gives a standard black affair with medium head, retention and a little lace. Nose and tastes are quite restrained with all of the usual roast, light bitter and mild-chocolate notes but it is ALL very restrained and tempered. This is also true of the alcohol which gives a tiny bit of heat to the finish, but to describe it any other way than subtle would be wrong. If you are looking for an aggressive, hop-forward high alcohol...

Santa’s Little Helper 2009

750 mL, corked, caged and red-foiled affair. $12.99 from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Rich looking dark brown pour with a creamy, tan head. Some nice, creamy lace and a thin film forms on the surface and around the rim. A few cocoa notes and some Belgian yeast in the nose, along with a bit of hop presence. The beer doesn't deliver many (if any) typical Dark Belgian character. Outside of the look, it gives a slightly odd cocoa note (that I don't much care for) and is low on the advertised...

Hop Czar

On tap at the newly re-named place that used to be The Grange and The Angel and is now called The Marlay House. Pour is a solid looking, strong orange body with a small amount of head but excellent, sticky lace. Nose and tastes reveal plenty of fresh, citrus hop character and not much else. Decent sweetness accompanies the hop-fix and malts hold it together nicely. A good example of how the hops can be amped up without causing a palate meltdown. As balanced as a DIPA can ever hope to beer, the...

Old Knucklehead No.12 (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)

I've been waiting to try this one for a LONG time, and thanks to Tom (DrDogBeer) my 2009 Secret Santa I finally get the chance. Pour gives a lovely, deep garnet body and some head and lace that were better than I was expecting. It had some real depth in the visuals. A very surprising beer. I was waiting to be overrun with the Bourbon experience but the rush of alcohol and warming vanilla notes simply did not come. Some age on this beer may have altered it dramatically, and the beer was very...

Mighty Arrow Pale Ale

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA. Very simple, but well constructed brew. Orange, slightly chill-hazed body underneath the firm, white egg-shell head; average lace and retention. Looks solid. Very light citrus aroma with a decent malt base that comes through with some English style biscuit flavors in he flavor. Tangy, orange based hop finish, but nothing of any real consequence. Mouthefeel and drinkability seem fairly standard. Tasty and simple fare that one could drink a couple of and...

John John Dead Guy Ale

22 oz bottle from Smyrna World of Beverage. Around $8-9 for the privilege. Probably should have taken a closer look at the label here rather than just grabbing it, as I'm not a huge fan of either Dead Guy or barrel aging in general - ho hum. At first glance I wondered if this was another of those annoying Rogue habits where the beer get re-packaged and re-named. Apparently I'm in the clear. Beer seems slightly over-carbonated as I open the bottle. Creamy head sits a top of a light copper body...

Papier

A very, very interesting beer to say the least, but in the final analysis a bit too much all the way around. Nicely presented, black waxed 750 mL bottle. Seemed to be doble-dipped on the wax which made it a pain to get into. Capped underneath. Pour is a very dark brown affair with one of the most interesting head colors that i have ever seen. It was almost a fluorescent yellow/gold/orange color, and was made up of large bubbles at the edge of the beer. Very odd looking. The nose and tastes are...

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7

12 oz stubbie as per usual from SA in the DR series. Pour is a dark, dark brown essentially black with a fizzy, coffee colored head. Retention and lace not great. Nice dark estery malts and fruit in the nose. Tastes reflect some of those traits but some oxidation plus somewhat surprising mild licorice notes that one might find in a Belgian style stout. Sweetness and alcohol both present but really quite reserved. The stout notes are really quite prominent and they build. Smooth and silky in...

Shiner Fröst

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a very attractive, deep, orange gold body with a pretty good, dense well-formed head. Even some lace and pretty nice retention. Surprisingly good looking. Carbonation is constant and the nose gives some slight sweetness. The tastes are quite sweet with a nice malt base and light hop finish. More sweetness and some grains come through and the finish is satisfying. The aftertaste lingers with a touch of bitterness. Deeper and more complex...

Restoration Pale Ale

Restoration. 12 oz bottle, Taco Mac, Douglasville, GA, USA. Macro color but carbonation is strong. Head and lace decent too. Surprinsingly impressive pour especially in the bottle. Light hops in the nose with some simple malt/grain. After that all balanced malts. Smooth & simple. Some low level bittering and dryness. Mouthfeel is quite good and better than the look would suggest. Pale malts dominate in terms of tastes with a light sprinkling of hops on top. Tasty if somewhat unspectacular....

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Dirtoir Black Lager

Silly name. 22 oz bottle in the usual Rogue presentation from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Jet black pour but without asignificant head or lace. The hop nose and hop tastes are suprisingly reserved for Rogue, but at the same time too large for the style IMO. This is essentially an "Americanized" version of a Schwarzbier which, unsurprisingly, takes the hop profile way too far for me. Lingering bitterness replaces a sweet edge, and the hops also provide a biting note that detracts from the...

Founders Double Trouble

12 oz, stubbie single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA. One of the few Founder's beers currently in GA that I have not had before their recent arrival. Pour is a very surprising golden hue which s extremely attractive. Much lighter than I was expecting with a very good-looking, white, rocky head and lace. The head and retention are especially pleasing when you consider the ABV. Talking of the alcohol it's nowhere to be seen. Extraordinarily well hidden and I would have NEVER guessed this is as high...

Josephs Brau Winterfest

In a word, impressed. You never quite know what you are going to get with these cheap, 12 oz singles from TJ's but to be honest more often than not I have been really pleased with what I've found. This was no exception. Really deep, garnet copper body with some lovely light coffee-colored head. Lace and retention are not the best, but the clarity and the depth of color are both very nice. Lovely sweetness in the taste - I suspect it will be too much fro some, but if you like a sweet, malt...

Gouyasse Triple

Fantastic ice-cream-like head over the clouded yellow body with some haze. Lace, retention and general appearance of the head are second to none. Light tangerine color. Nose has some light floral notes with a touch of white pepper and a little yeast character. The tastes reflect some of the nose but refuse to deliver the sweetness or indeed the alcohol blast, that one would expect from a beer in this style. Spices are generally missing. Finish is dry and the bitterness builds to a degree. More...

Z Lager

12 oz single from Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA. Nice copper clarity in the body and some decent head and lace form in the pint glass. Looks nice. Carbonation is constant if not huge, but at the same time it is adequate. Nose has a tiny bit of smoke but this is not a large presence. The main component seems to be a solid malt base. The smoke is slightly more pronounced in the taste but it still remains fairly mild. The depth of smoke does not require food in the way that some other...

Mischief

$9.99 for the 750 mL bottle from Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA. Pour is is slightly darker than expected color with some nice looking head and lace. The beer lacks much clarity and is a darkish, honey-orange hue. (The final pour from the bottle into the Duvel tulip gets quite soup-like from the bottle conditioned sediment). Nose has a significant hop aroma, and the tastes also have quite a hop forward presence. In that respect this beer is horribly mis-categorized as a Belgian...

Home For The Holidays

22 oz offering from a brewery that I had a chance to try when I was in Boston and was impressed with. The hope here is that they will be coming to GA but this looks like a one-off special release with a larger distribution than normal. Pour is a disappointing, drab looking brown with a serious lack of carbonation or life. The nose and tastes give a slightly acidic, sweet and sour like affair which has me wondering if this beer has turned a bit. It's only a few weeks old and I do not see any...

Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Usual SN presentation. Delighted to find a new SN beer that does NOT fit squarely into the "large hopped IPA" category! Hooray. Classic pour with a high, if somewhat poorly retained head and little lace, on top of a great looking, golden body with tremendous clarity. Carbonation is perfect. Malts hold the hop bitterness together nicely. A beer that perfectly showcases the crisp, sharp, bitter metallic notes of the hops in the style. Bitterness...

Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus

Six pack brought by a guest for dinner. Well, it is what it is. Slightly disconcerting, neon-like, fluorescent yellowish/green appearance. Urine comes to mind with an absolute clarity. I was expecting a bigger nose and taste of lime but really it was quite muted. Flavors are not really offensive and with baking hot sun and circumstances that did not call for flavor, I suppose it would be possible to drink this, however I think a larger lime element might make it more palatable. As it is it's...

Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Natürtrub

500 mL bottle, $1.99 from Tower on Piedmont, Atlanta,, GA, USA. hard to believe that I have never reviewed this. Poured into the Tucher Weizen glass the beer gives the requisite cloudiness but a darker-than-usual deep golden/orange butterscotch color. Head is OK, but lacks real density, retention and much lace. Disappointing would be harsh, but not the best looking Hefe by some distance. Light banana greets the nose. Carbonation seems about right, but the beer itself lacks a bit of depth. Not...

De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins)

I've been eyeing this for months and finally pulled the trigger on the $13.99 corked and caged bottle from Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pours offers a cloudy, slightly watery looking light orange body and a decent rocky head. Some lacing but not the best I've seen. Appearance no the very best and I suspect that the beer will taste much better than it looks. Nose has light acidity but seems quite sweet. The tastes reflect this. There's a lot of fruity sweetness that comes with the mild...

Founders Centennial IPA

12 oz stubbie in the usual Founders presentation. Founders came to Georgia this week and I've had plenty before, but I've never reviewed this. Seemed like a good idea to crack on with this beer this evening. Mid orange pour with a touch of cloudiness. Head is not huge, nor is the retention great but the lace is very good with a real sticky nature. Pretty green, grassy hop aroma is the simple nose. Not massive, but clear and clean in its presence and without pretense. It is what it is. The...

DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)

2002 vintage from Cheers, Carrollton, GA, USA. $21.99 for the bottle, an excellent price considering the vintage and the general price for this beer. Just about the best bargain that one could hope for on Deus. Heavy, heavy foil over the corked & caged bottle. Lots of gun smoke on opening, but not quite the pop or the gush that I was half-expecting. poured into champagne flutes the pour resembles a typical champagne with great cascading bubbles and that typical huge bubbly head that can get a...

Bacchus

12.7 oz, mini-champagne bottle, complete with green glass and dimpled bottom. Very different to the current picture in the BA db. Thick glass with black foiled neck and neck label. Bottle has a confusing date. It literally says "Bottled On", 090414 which would suggest the 9th of April 2014, i.e about four years FROM now! I guess it must mean "Best Before" unless this beer WAS actually bottled 96 years ago!! Mid-brown pour with some good clarity and plenty of persistent, fine carbonation. A...

Nils Oscar Rökporter

500 mL bottle fro Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. I enjoy a smoked porter, especially in the winter months and if smoke s going to work in a beer at all, a porter is a great style to match up with the ashes. Lovely black body with plenty of brown/red highlights. Mocha head is high early, retention and lace are good. Solid. Nose and and tastes give some noticeable, lactose like milkiness. Smoke pushes the milk sugar away and the sweetness drops off to give a nice, authentic porter flavor. Smoke...

Peak Organic Pale Ale

12 oz single. Fairly non-descript in the final analysis. Nice orange colored pour with some excellent head, lace and retention. Head is a noticeable white with high pillowing and quite fluffy. A touch of hazy in the body. Nose and tastes are muted in terms of hops which pretty much matches the style, but the malt profile seems a little on the low side to me. A grassy, hay-like linger taste finishes the beer. Very non-offensive which may be a euphemism for "bland", but to be honest that would...

Demon Hunter

750 mL bottle, paper wrapped as in the BA database picture. Pretty impressive presentation. $15.99 from Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA. Cap has an extra plastic appendage on the underside and it comes off with some force. Pour is a very attractive, orange copper color with some excellent creamy head, with persistent, spotty coverage on the surface of the beer and some nice lace. Head characteristics (in terms of retention) are especially pleasing. Somewhat musty, light sherry...

Odd Notion (Winter 09)

12 oz single. Magic Hat certainly makes some "Odd" beer and this one certainly fits into the series - literally. Pour produces a pretty nice, pillow like head that sits on top of a not particularly attractive, murky, dirty brown body. Not much retention but at least some sticky lace. Nose gives away a sort of sweet and sour whiff. The aroma is actually how I would describe the taste of this beer too - definitely a sweet and sour affair. Some fruitiness as well and then an extra dash of...

Christmas Ale 2009

12 oz stubbie, the usual Abita and Christmas presentation. Single from Mac's, Atlanta, GA, USA. Best Before 05/01/2010 on the neck. Pour is an attractive copper body with some nice white head that shows decent retention and some sticky lace. Good clarity. Looks nice. Nice malty nose with a hint of hops. Quite dry in the finish despite the obvious malts up front. There is something distinct about Abita beers and I'm not sure if it's a particular yeast strain or hop profile but it seems to cut...

Terrapin The Dark Side Belgian Style Imperial Stout

22 oz bottle. Had this a few times in the last few weeks, time for some formal thoughts. Pour is a good looking black with a few brownish highlights. Head is initially nice and creamy but the retention and lace are both very poor even when considering the ABV. Marked down for that. A nice rich nose with some light roastiness, some chocolate and a touch of alcohol. Considering the word "Belgian" is used in the name of the beer and the label, the beer lacks much of a Belgian yeast element. The...

Brooklyn Local 2

=== Original review form 2/21/09 === 750 mL corked & caged affair, $7.99 from Tower on Piedmont, Atlanta, GA, USA. I must admit, when I saw the description that included the honey and the citrus peel I was expecting a beer that fell more into the Belgian Strong Pale category, so to see a Belgian Dark flow from the elaborate bottle was a slight shock. I love the green and gold color scheme. Pour is a rich looking, thick, tight-headed beer with a reddish Dubbel appaerance. Head has a delicious...

St-Ambroise 20th Anniversary Vintage Ale (2009)

11.5 oz bottle in the cardboard sleeve and plastic cap. Interesting beer. Firstly there is an appearance that is reminiscent of one of the classic, English Pale Ales with superb sticky, white lace and a dark, honey orange body. The head and lace are very good. Could be classic, cask Pale Ale from the look. The sticky nature of the lace reminds me a little of a West Coast DIPA but it is really quite, white. Nose has some very sweet, light malt notes with a very subtle, light undertone of...

Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale

22 oz bottle coutesy of DrDogBeer as part of Secret Santa '09. Thanks Tom. The label says that this is an American take on an English Old Ale - should be interesting. Pour is a very nice, chestnut body with some good clarity. Head, lace and retention are minimal, but largely as expected with the 8.00% ABV tag. Nose and tastes give the same, slightly odd mixture. The beer starts with plenty of malts, and a really quite distinct nutty character but as it drinks the hop character comes more to...

Laughing Skull Amber Ale

12 oz bottle, completely new and different beer from the old, Czech/Bohemian Pils affair. As is sometimes the case, an interesting turn of events lead me to pick this beer up for the first time; I grab one in a mixed sixer at Mac's and then head downtown to meet Wes at Cypress for a quick lunchtime pint. Low and behold, ABC's Chris is at the bar and he pulls a couple for me - thanks Chris, you're very kind. The story behind the new beer is that it was born out of a combo/blend that some guys...

Red Brick 15th Anniversary

22 oz bottle adorned with an impressive gold foil top. Unusual to see Atlanta Brewing putting it out there in a few different ways; bombers, foiled, bourbon-aged, anniversary offering, transparent label, special release etc. Nice clarity on the reddish-brown pour with a flimsy white head that breaks up quickly. Some watery lace and some legs when we swirl it. Nose is strong with alcoholic vanilla coming to the fore. Tastes are all vanilla bourbon dominated, but the power is restrained and not...

St. Peter’s Sorgham Beer

$3.99 for the 500 mL, old-style, St. Peter's bottle form Arbor Place, Douglasville, GA, USA. Right off the top, I think this should be categorized as an English Pale (at least in the way it drinks). WOW! A revelation. Obviously I went into this with some severe trepidation but came out amazed! The pour is a crystal clear, orangey/macro color with some limited head but surprising sticky lace. Nose is pretty neutral, but it gives away some simple malt-like notes. The tastes are AMAZING when you...

La Dame De Peronne

22 oz 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,...

Witch’s Wit

Delighted to get to try this one, courtesy of DrDogBeer (Tom) - many thanks. 750 mL bottle, usual Lost Abbey, corked & caged presentation. The opening of the beer is disappointing. A worryingly, uninspired lack of pop - oh, oh, this is Lost Abbey after all - problems?? The beer pours with a bright orange, honey colored, murky body. Head is absent and as a result, as is lace and retention. Carbonation is the problem here. The beer is flat and this (I guess) is another Lost Abbey issue. Zero...

Foreign Export Stout

WOW! Extraordinary. I wasn't expecting this. 500 mL bottle, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. I didn't bother to check the ABV or anything about this beer before I cracked it, and as a result I got quite a shock. Pour is jet black (some reddish highlights at the extremes) with a small head and not much retention or lace. There is a spotty, creamy film on the surface of the beer. The nose reveals some amazing, light sherry notes with beautiful, subtle roasted creamy bursts of depth. The flavors...

Grey Lady

22 oz bottle courtesy of Tom (DrDogBeer) as part of Secret Santa 2009. Thanks. Pour is a miserable looking, pale, insipid off-yellow cloudy (almost beige) affair that looks worryingly weak in terms of body, head, retention and lace. The nose and tastes reflect the look, and frankly remind me of old dishwater. Both aspects of the beer are horribly washed out, almost as if one (or more) ingredients had been left out! The citrus and yeast elements seem as if they have been (literally) watered...

De Dolle Extra Export Stout

11.2 oz bottle. Into the Westmalle chalic eit goes. This is at least two years old, but to be honest it's impossible to tell the real age; could be even older. Quite a lot of sediment from the dregs of the bottle and a large amount of yeasty, marmite debris around the top of the bottle and underneath the cap. Body is dark, dark brown approaching opaque. Creamy mocha head with a nice spotty film on the surface of the beer. Nose gives a slightly acidic, lactose like whiff. Mouthfeel is a little...

Carnevale

Notes added 12/12/21 Fresh bottles (Vintage 2021 printed on the back label) sourced from Craftshack. Image is from that batch. Golden pour with a white head. A LOT of apple and cider notes that create a delightful, dry effect. Almost has a touch of champagne in the overall experience. The nose catches a lot of that feel too. Drying finish. Original notes, 12/25/09 750 mL corked & caged bottle from DrDogBeer as part of my Secret Santa 2009 gift - thanks Tom. Beer opened with an encouraging...

Brute

750 mL bottle, gold foiled and corked. Adorned with gold labels. Presentation is superb. Batch E! 018. Poured this one into champagne flutes. The pour gives a golden yellow body with a champagne like carbonation which is all very attractive. The nose gives that distinct, dry yeast aroma with some hint of the sour notes to come. Having read some reviews for this I was expecting a puckeringly sour, vinegar like concoction, but this was simply not my experience. Sure there was quite a lot of sour...

Riserva

‎750 mL corked & caged bottle that opens with a small pop. A little gun smoke and some fizzy head.‎ Pour is an extraordinary, murky, strawberry colored body with a thin film of head and some residual ‎lace.‎ Massive (and I mean massive) vinegar and ethanoic acid gets straight into the nostrils with a ‎vengeance. WOW, sinus clearing and quite violent.‎ Tastes are slightly more reserved, but not quite as acidic nature of the beer overwhelms just about...

Witte Noire

750 mL , corked & caged bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is close to black with a nicely formed, solid looking head. Nose gives some significant fruit notes which are much deeper than a traditional Wit. Plenty of continued fruit in the nose and more than a touch of alcohol too. Nice bubble gum and spiced, sweet Belgian candy too. Esters present. Creamy mouthfeel (obviously from the wheat).

Flying Mouflan

22 oz bottle shared with a few at Cypress Pint & Plate, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pretty interesting beer this one, not really my cup of tea but a few extra things to report. Pour is an impressive, garnet one with nice clarity and a better head than one would expect from the style and the ABV. Even some retention and lace. Initially the nose gives away little other than the standard hop-forward alcohol that one would anticipate for the style...but.... ...as it warms it gets more interesting. I got...

Rugbrød

750 mL bottle from Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA. I approach this with some trepidation since I am not the biggest fan of rye beer in general. Pour is a very good looking, chocolate brown body with a solid, dense, well formed head with good retention and lace. Nose is medicinal, clean and semi-sweet. Not a great deal of rye in the taste, which for me is a good thing. Plenty of baker's chocolate/cocoa with some mild rye in the finish. Aftertaste gives more chocolate. Mouthfeel...

Big Shot

22 oz bottle. Nice clarity om the pour to yield a red/bronze body. Some good, ice-cream dollop type head and some impressive lace. Solid looking. Nose is a little soapy and reveals the larger than necessary hop character that follows. Dry, cocoa notes and bakers chocolate with a dose of greenish hops that seem a bit out of place in the Brown category for me. Finishes with more dry notes. The chocolate comes back in the aftertaste. A bit "green" for me, this beer gives a bit of a fresh hop...

Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)

22 oz bottle, many thanks go out to Scott & Rich at Charleston Beer Exchange, Charleston, SC, USA for hooking me up and giving me the chance to try this one. Pour is a surprisingly dark, bronze color. Must be using some darker malts. Head is good and the lace is superb. Aggressive, Saaz based, alcoholic nose. The tastes give the same aggressive hops. The tastes are bitter with a metallic edge and a lingering finish. The malt backbone is VERY substantial and to be honest it reminds me a...

Jack D’or

Bid "UP'S" go out to Dr DogBeer as part of Secret Santa 2009 - thanks Tom. 22 oz bottle. May 2009 bottling, Batch Five. Delightful, cloudy orange pour with a super head, retention and lace. Lovely. Dry in the nose with some very light white pepper, but to be honest the nose is not this beers' strength. Tastes are those of light citrus marmalade and then some increased (compared to the nose) white pepper. Plenty of gentle herb and medicinal like hop presence and a sweeter-than-one-would expect...

X-Mas Zinnebir

330 mL bottle from Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. $3.99 for the chance to try this. Errr....Belgian Pale (as per current BA db designation), NO. Much more like a Brune. Head and lace a quite poor and the body is a chestnut, deep brown. Nose has a lot if peppery yeast. Lots of pear and pineapple in the taste (along with a few other esters) which give the impression that the beer is going to be very fruity, however the character changes right at the end and in the finish and aftertaste....

Organic Pinkus Jubilate

I've passed on this a few times but pulled the trigger last week at Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a hearty looking, mid-brown body with some nice frothy head. Lace is great. Lovely looking. Nose and tastes give a touch of acidity followed by lots of light malts and yeasty goodness. Flavorful and happily moderate with the ABV, there is plenty of German malt and yeast character here. Culminates with some nice, rounded aftertastes and a light, biscuity malt touch in the finish which...

Exit 1

Cracked this one at The Brick Store on a Friday lunchtime. Simple pour with standard black body and nice, mocha head. A very light drinking stout. Influence from the oysters? Maybe, but if there is an character at all it manifest in the light nature of the beer. Mouthfeel is approaching thin, but it doesn't seem to detract from the experience at all. Perhaps a mild salty, brine element amongst the water, but to be honest this may be just a function of the mind playing tricks on the palate...

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

Mini-champagne, green glass, dimpled bottom and gold foiled neck. Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Light, honey colored body with some nice dense head and some pretty good retention and even a touch of lace. Some spotty head on the surface. Nose is a standard, lightly sinus clearing acidity with green apples. Obviously a pretty acidic profile with a lively, highly carbonate mouthfeel which adds to the experience. Finish is fairly short, clean and shows some sodium hydrogen carbonate....

Samuel Adams Utopias

2007 Vintage. Pour is an oily looking, fairly light brown liquid which gives astonishing "legs" in the glass. That, and the searing alcoholic nose, give the game away in terms of the ABV. A touch viscous in the mouth, but what the hell were you expecting?? The nose is simple to place for me. It reminds me of a Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry. In fact, that, and the tastes which are almost identical, make this basically a sherry to me. It does have more alcohol presence than a normal fortified...

Yakima Glory

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Heard various descriptions of this, including "Black Pale Ale" (which I cannot abide) so I was interested (and anxious) to see what this looked like before anything else. The beer pours with a deep, granet, reddish hue with great clarity. Nice head and lace considering the ABV, it looks good in the glass. Semi-sweet nose with some sinus clearing, tea-like hops. Tastes are obviously hop-forward and quite dry, but there is a degree of balanced...

Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter

12 oz single, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Given that Southampton is a brewer that I have great respect for, and this is one of my favorite styles, I have to say that I was ultimately really disappointed in this. Color and pour were promising. Perhaps not the depth of head formation or retention, but acceptable. Chestnut brown. The nose was an unusual bready combination which seemed a bit out of place. It almost seemed O'fest in its character. Tastes have some more odd, lager characteristics....

Belgoo Magus

750 mL, corked and "clasped" (Corsendonk style) from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Lovely honey colored, clouded pour and a very noce initial, light, frothy head. Retention and lace aren't great, but still acceptable. Nose and tastes reveal muted alcohol, muted white pepper and muted Belgian sweetness (candy). A light spice note is there too. Yeasty finsh completes the picture. Very light, easy drinking. In a nutshell, a poor man's Duvel with similar appearance but a lot less depth. Perhaps a...

Mirror Mirror

Thanks go out to Lance for securing this bottle for me. Took me an age to get hold of it, but eventually it got here. 22 oz bottle with the black wax. Shared this one with Wes at Cypress, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a simple, reddish hue with good clarity and a surprisingly healthy, frothy and large bubbled head. Nose gives light brown sugar and some alcohol. This is a VERY smooth, restrained and rounded version of the style. Usually I'm not a huge fan of the hop-based American versions of BW's,...

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‎750 mL bottle, the second in the NJ turnpike series. Thanks go out to Steve for the chance to try this ‎one.‎ Pour is a very nice, hazed orange with great carbonation and some pretty decent head. Light and wispy ‎on top. ‎ Nose is very interesting since it sums up the whole beer rather well. The smell gets into this strange ‎no-man's-land between "greater than standard/subtle", but "not quite imperial/double". The tastes ‎are the same. It threatens...

Van Twee (w/ John Mallett)

750 mL corked & caged bottle, plastic cork (I hate those), $13.99 from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. BA pghlee at The Brick Store gave me a sneak taste of this a couple of weeks ago, now I get a chance to have a proper crack at it. Pour is almost black with about 3/4 of an inch of frothy, light head. Mocha colored. On the pour at least the beer seems quite carbonated and fizzy. Things settle down to give some nice lace and a classic, spotty, creamy surface on the beer. Nose gives the lightly,...

Baltic Porter

12 oz single at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Chestnut brown pour, mocha head and looks solid and sticky. Nose is a roasted malt combo with some light vanilla and a touch of sour lactose. Tases are solid, but perhaps the weakest part of the beer. Lacks punch for me, even though it sits squarely in the style. I'm a little confused with the relatively light feel and shallow depth. I dunno, quite nice but ultimately feels somewhat lacking in some way. Can't really put my finger on it but it leaves...

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse

750 mL capped bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a close to colorless/pale lemon until the last pour which yielded some sediment that thickened the appearance and the body considerably. A lot of things in-line with the style here from the spritzy and lively carbonation, through to the apple-like tartness and the easy of drinking. Delighted to able able to drink a serious, American craft beer in a style that demands an ABV below 5%. That in itself was a great change of pace. Some...

Trader Joe’s 2009 Vintage Ale

=== Updated Review 01/11 === About 14 months old by now. Nose seems stronger than ever (in a good way). The carbonation is still quite prickly, and I think this is probably the weakest part of the beer, but paradoxically it lends a pretty lively element to the beer, and I would rather be it that way than the other, Still fruity and rich, the value here is indisputable. Yeasty elements seems a little higher than originally. Super beer. === Original review 12/09 === Trader Joe's have been in...

Fourteen Ale

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a deeper orange color than I was expecting. Considering the ABV and the style, the head and lace are good and in that respect this looks better than I was expecting. The nose is VERY, VERY alcoholic and banana liquer-like. Bubble-gum too. The whole feel is like a cross between an Imperial Pilsner, a large Weizenbock and a fairly hot wheat beer of some description. Slick in the mouth but NOT as oily as the ABV would suggest. More huge...

2 Turtle Doves

$11.99 (I think) from Arbor Place, Douglasville, GA, USA. 750 mL bottle, capped, dimpled bottom. Pour is a very, very dark chestnut brown approaching black. Initially the head is very high but this fades to a thin, mocha, spotty impressive film. Not much lace but that's OK considering the ABV. This is a good looking beer. To be honest the carbonation seemed a touch high for the style and there was a light prickle in the mouthfeel that although not troublesome, again seemed a touch out of line...

Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat

12 oz single from Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA. Notched Mar 2010 on the label. I *think* that this is currently being included in the Sam Adams Winter 12 pack - GOD knows why - it doesn't belong there and it's a bloody liberty by BBC to put his beer in that mixer - out of order, STOP it! Marketing RULES in the USA! Pour gives a decent, hazed, honey colored body with a high white head and some really good lace in the Southampton Weizen glass. Good looker. Nose is largely neutral and...

Heavy Seas – Yule Tide

22 oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. So far I've been pretty unimpressed with the recent Heavy Seas/Clipper City bomber offerings, with the DIPA being especially poor and the Pumpkin and Marzen not really setting the house on fire either, so I approach this with a bit of trepidation. I feel a little more optimistic about Yule Tide, since I love a good Tripel and this is the kind of beer that should sit well at the elevated 10% ABV level - we'll see. Pour is a golden orange which is a...

Underlig Jul

Purchased under the US/English "Perculiar Yule" label at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour gives a solid looking, chocolate based pour with a well formed, compact off-white head. A LOT of sediment is transfered on the first pour. Settles nicely. Nose and tastes reveal what I would call a brown ale with spice. As usual the spices are difficult to pinpoint exactly, but certainly some all-spice and a touch of citrus peel/orange. Despite the obvious spice, the beer actually holds its own as a brown...

Life & Limb

$9.99 for the 24 oz bottle a la SN Harvest brews. Pour is a dark, chestnut body with some frothy lace sitting on the surface. Little lace, but as expected for the ABV. Surprisingly smooth drinking given the alcoholic content. The beer is very sweet (obviously as a function of the syrup), but also maintains a decent balance of flavors without losing the plot. Alcohol is very well hidden until the back end when it kicks in slightly. Hop profile is lowish Definitely a light, woody note and some...

Smuttynose Big A IPA (Big Beer Series)

I've been waiting to try this for many years, and after the initial influx of Smuttynose to Georgia this finally came into the seasonal rotation a few days ago. $4.99 for the bomber from Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. This beer essentially "does what it says on the can". The pour is a classic, American DIPA orange body with good clarity and plenty of thick, high, white, fluffy head. Lacing is extremely good considering the ABV. Nose and tastes give that oily, sinus clearing, hop-resin...

Witches’ Brew

750 mL corked & caged from Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA $11.99. I've passed on this a few times at the store, finally took the plunge when the stock seemed to go down to the last bottle. Van Steenberge is solid, so thought I should go ahead. Pour is very impressive. Firstly the beer pops with a healthy blast and the gunsmoke is good. The color is a deep orange with just the right amount of cloudiness. Even more impressive is the head. Bone white and fantastically sticky and...

Blue Moon Grand Cru

$5.99 from Green's on Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, USA. It appears as though people are paying a LOT more for this beer around the country. It had LITERALLY been just entered into the Green's system, so perhaps it will be adjusted upward in time. I certainly wouldn't want to pay more than I did, though. Poured into the Southampton Weizen glass, the beer gives a nice head initially but to be honest it fades rather quickly and delivers very little lace. Requisite clouded butterscotch color in...

Maredsous 6 – Blonde

11.2 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA in the same stubby bottle but with the updated label (added in the last couple of years). The kind of beer that has got lost in the American UBER-beer craze, but EXACTLY the kind of beer I would drink on a regular basis in Belgium on my umpteen trips there. Basically a "single" that drinks simply and with style. Mild gusher. Honey colored poured with a spotty head and a medium amount of head and retention. Nose and tastes give some simple yeast, a...

Helios (V Saison)

22 oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. This the same beer as the now retired V-Saison and is retailing around the Atlanta area for a very reasonable $2.99 in some places. Body is a golden clear one with some nice persistent carbonation. Head is high and huge. Quite a large dose of lemony funk in the nose with a touch of soap too. Tastes are milder than the nose might suggest. Sweeter notes combine with the soapy citrus flavors to even things out a bit. Finish accentuates the soap...

Oktoberfest Lager Beer

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour gives a medium, dull-copper body but the level of carbonation and general "liveliness" is somewhat below average. Nose and tastes reveal a certain malt sweetness as expected, but at the same time fail to deliver the typical, malt-punch that I need from my O'fest. The beer drinks decidedly flat as well which is a bit of problem for me. Tasted a bit like one might expect a "rough round the edges" homebrew in the style would come out. Looking for...

Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series)

22 oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. 2009 bottling from earlier this year. Been holding on to this for a few months, tonight was the night to crack it open. Into the Terrapin snifter in a number of pours. Simple stuff on the pour; black as night, mocha head, medium in size. Simple and as expected. Nose at first gives a bready like aroma but this soon gives way to a quite aggressive, medicinal hop base against a background of a touch of solvent alcohol. This beer drinks very harshly...

Gordon Biersch Märzen

12 oz single, Taco Mac, Marietta (Dallas Highwway), Marietta, GA, USA. Pleased to see this being distributed in bottles now after enjoy the same beer in various GB locations for many years. What I've also said about the GB Marzen when drunk on the premises, is that is has a great, sweet, HIGH yeast feel to it which adds hugely to it's drinkability. This bottled version seems to lack a number of those attrivbutes, and for me REALLY strongly highlights the difference between bottled beer and a...

Fred From The Wood

12 oz bottle from a recent trade. 2008 vintage. Pour is a surprisingly light, golden orange body with creamy spotty head. Better head than I had expected considering the ABV and the style. Very lively, bright and impressive appearance for a beer of the style and with some age on it. Nose has a large sweet element amongst the very rounded, soft bourbon element. Tastes are an interesting amalgam of English and American Barleywine style. English seems to dominate for me at first with plenty of...

Bell’s Winter White Ale

12 oz single from Hop Cty, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a surprisingly ORANGE color which the requisite hazed body. Color definitely forms a distinct orange (rather than yellow color that is often the case in Wits). Head is surprisingly disappointing and poorly retained for the style. As a result lace is minimal. Normally one can expect a really decent, rocky, white cap on Wit's but this one does not deliver very well in that department. Fruity and lightly acidic nose and tastes rather than spice...

Dark Hops

New entrant to the Atlanta market that I picked up at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Didn't really fancy this much, but Kraig persuaded me and I am delighted that he did. Pour produces a MASSIVE, and I mean MASSIVE, dark, dark mocha colored head and a jet black body. Amazingly looking pour! Nose is maasive (again) hugely malty and sweet, followed by a tiny, medicinal, herbal hop finish. Much the same is experienced in the tastes. This largely feels like an English, relatively sweet stout until...

Highland Cattail Peak Wheat

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Last time I drank this it was directly from the tank, at the brewery, on a trip to Asheville, NC back in April of this year. Obviously nothing could be fresher than THAT, but I'm curious to see how this is now. Color is very much like the label with yellow (rather than gold) being the order of the day. Definitely different to a typical macro lager that would give that golden color. Some chill haze is apparent. Head is small and not particularly...

Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout

12 oz single as an extra as part of a recent trade. Pour is the requisite black ink body with some nice lace in a mocha, coffee color that is provoked by an aggressive pour. Opaque, even at the extremeties. Nose gives away plenty of really strong malts and a touch of alcohol. Alcohol is fairly well hidden and I might have said that it was more in the 7-8% range rather than 10%. Simple roasted flavors, touches of alcohol and a fairly large dose of licorice make up the body of the beer. Smooth...

Iron Horse

500 mL bottle, Hop City, Atlanta, GA $3.99. Good value I thought. Light colored, amber body with plenty of airy bubbles and head. Good retention and some nice, sticky white lace that leaves an attractive pattern. Nose is a light, floral note. Hops upfront, but in a subtle, non-assertive English manner. Tastes deliver a dryish experience with more hops than I was expecting. To be honest this drinks more like an English Pale Ale or perhaps even an English IPA rather than a Bitter. it lacks much...

Shiner Holiday Cheer

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Interesting to say the least. I didn't bother to read the label in detail before I bought this so I just assumed it would be another, spiced Christmas Ale. That's OK, since I really enjoy that type of beer, so imagine my surprise when I started to drink the beer and then read the reviews on BA. Appearance is a lovely, tawny, clear brew with a decent head that has some lace and retention. The nose and tastes reveal what I thought were initially a...

Terrapin Hopsecutioner

In the Terrapin mixed 12 pack, will be out in sixers shortly I understand. 12 oz bottle. Pour gives a very nice, mid-golden body with good clarity. Head is white, well formed and provides some lace. Nose is that of a fresh, wet hopped beer which may be as much a function of its freshness as anything else. Tastes are very simple. Initially very clean and hoppy - good, but after that it gets pretty sweet and the hops build a little. In addition there is also a slight floral note and even a bit...

Sunturnbrew

Bought this at Hop City a few months ago, time to have a crack at it now. 500 mL bottle. Quite an aggressive pour leads to a decent amount of solid, mocha head but as expected (considering the ABV) it fades quite quickly. Some spotty film on the surface of the beer after it settles down. Mid brown body with a viscous murkiness about it. The mouthfeel is very smooth. To be fair, it is a smoothness that is born out of a little, cloying sweetness, but at the same time it does go down easily....

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout

12 oz bottle from a recent trade. Wow, quite a shocking beer in many ways. Firstly the pour is really, really, really good looking. Jet black with with no light penetrating and ome incredibly colored head - literally like a deep, rich espresso. The appearance is so striking that I am almost expecting a coffee-based RIS with twice the alcohol that this thing has. Looks viscous. The next odd thing is that there really is hardly any smoke here at all. Not in the nose or the tastes. It "sort of"...

Love Stout

12 oz single from a recent trade. Pour is the requisite black with very little light penetrating any part of the pour. Head is not huge, and the lace minimal. Thin ring of mocha lace acting as a collar on the surface of the beer. Nose yields some soft, sweet malts and not too much in the way of bitterness. Tastes are definitely on the "English" side of things meaning we have a sweeter, less aggressive stout with some smooth, subtle character and even some residual sugar in the finish. Hops are...

Out Of Bounds Stout

12 oz single from Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA. Extraordinary that I have never reviewed this. Pour gives a lovely creamy head on top of dark brown body. Light brown, mahoghany highlights. Head is well retianed and produces some great lace. Good looking, perhaps the srtongest attribute of the beer. Roasted malts are really quite bitter and the mouthfeel has a medium body. Bitter and dry finish. Creamy charcoal. Stylistically very good. The bitterness here seesm to build quite...

Old Ale

New entrant to the USA picked up for $3.99 at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. 500 mL bottle. Pour has a nice, rich brown, tawny body and some excellent head, retention and lace. As expected nose and tastes reflect lots of sweet malts athough they come with ome organic, earth tones that drop it away from the pure sweetness of some heavier Old Ales. Plenty of sweet, brown ale character with easy drinking, light biscuit malts forming he majority of the tastes. The light drinking nature of this beer...

New Holland The Poet

12 oz bottle, thanks to Grant for the chance to try this one. Jet black body but the head is rather poor and somewhat white in color. Retention is not great either and of course, neither is the lace. Some spotty film on the surface of the beer. I thought that the head might be better than this ultimately produces. No mistaking this an an oatmeal version of the stout genre. Very smooth in the mouth with some residual sweetness created by the grain. Leaves a nice coating on the teeth and tongue...

Ayinger Weizenbock

Unexpected (but welcome), recent arrival at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. 500 mL bottle. Poured into the Tucher Weizen glass the beer gives a lovely golden hazed body and a huge, imperious and airy head. Just the ticket. Some lace. Nose and tastes are right on the money for the style. Bubblegum, banana, alcohol laden fruits, with a mild burn in the finish. A good dose and alcoholic bitterness jumps in at the back end. A few phenolic, medicinal notes add to the experience and there is also a...

Pullman

Delighted and surprised to get hold of this from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Obviously a new entrant to the American market, let alone the Atlanta one. 500 mL bottle that I bought along with the Old Ale and the Iron Horse Pale. Obviously a railway theme, both from the names and the shape of the Hepworth logo on the label. Good stuff. Pour is quite a surprisingly light gold in color and the carbonation seems a touch on the high side, even a little bubbly. Some nice sticky lace. Nose is a strong...

Cherry Oak Doppelbock (Brothers’ Reserve Series)

Cherry Oak Doppelbock? Not sure what to expect here, nor am I convinced that all of these elements are necessary but we'll see. Sep 09/09 on label, I guess that's the bottling date. First in the series. Boxed bottle from Hop City, Atlants, GA, USA. Pour is a murky brown, Dubbel-like body that lacks much head or lace, but does leave some spotty cream on the surface of the beer. Plenty of very sweet malts in the nose but not much else. The tastes are certainly malty but they lack much cherry...

He’Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (13)

In general I have been a huge fan of the malt-heavy beers that Shmaltz has put out in the Jewbelation, He'Brew series, so I'm delighted to have the chance to try the latest in the series. Always look forward to the annual offering, and given the GA alcohol limit we are getting close to the end of things we will see locally! 22 oz bottle that came from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is dark brown body with some red highlights. The head is initially good with a mocha colored hue, and...

La Folie

Part of the new wave of Lips of Faith releases, this one in the silk-screened, Lips of Faith series as a 22 oz bottle rather than the corked and caged affairs of years past. I bet the purists are saying, "it's just not the same". Having not tasted this until now, I can't possibly comment on that so this review is just based on what's in the glass now. A good thing I feel. For me, the temperature of this style is absolutely fundamental and crucial. Warming, as it does naturally in the glass,...

Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)

22 oz silk-screened bottle. Winter 2008 bottling. Pour is as expected with a deep, black body and some nice, frothy, mocha colored head. Not a great deal of lace but considering the ABV not an issue. Brown highlights. Nose is surprisingly muted and lacks much of any discernable coffee notes. Tastes are essentially very bitter, and not really in a good way. One might expect this to reflect some bitter coffee-grinds but that's not the bitterness I am really getting. It's a much more cigar,...

Krasny Vostok Zhigulevskoe

Always scary stuff when one reaches for an Eastern European lager. Not many high quality beers in this genre from that part of the world if the truth be known. This one came from a Russian Supermarket on the East side of Atlanta. Pour is as expected, meaning that we get a clear gold colored liquid with a white head that disappears almost immediately. Virtually no lace. Some nasty looking sediment. Nose and tastes give a curious lemony, sweetish, soapy sensation that lingers. Watery in terms of...

Lips Of Faith Biere De Mars

22 oz screened bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour gives a golden body with a frankly disappointing head. Not much retention or lace. Good clarity if nothing else. Nose gives a lot of apple acidity that is quite noticeable. It also has a fairly large whiff of manure/wet horse-blanket. Interestingly enough, most of the funk goes away in the taste. There is a touch of cider in the back end, but the beer is not a funky one at all. Some yeast also comes into the picture along with some...

Lucky U IPA

‎12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. ‎ Attractive orange color on the pour with an excellent head and some superb lace. Not perfect clarity, ‎some chill haze. Retention is pretty good.‎ Nose gives away a hoppy sweetness.‎ The tastes are, in some ways, rather extraordinary. The beer is, to all intents and purposes, not much ‎other than pure, sweetened grapefruit juice. The grapefruit taste is amazingly strong and singular in its...

Vortex II

22 oz bottle from Brusin' Ales from the Jan 2009 release (I think). Pour is a standard jet black but it provides a very fizzy tan head. Short lived head and not much retention. Nose and tastes give a LOT of sweetness and some bitterness that is characterized by some chicory. Definitely reminds me of the old Camp Coffee! The sweetness is noticeable as it rings up some lactose sweetness as well. Perhaps even feels a touch infected, as if the sweetness is just about to go sour. these competing...

Our Special Ale 2008 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

‎2008 vintage that is approx. 1 year old (I purchased my usual, 2009 sixer a couple of days ago). ‎The usual Anchor code, 8OU dot-matrixed on this baby. ‎ Nice, mocha colored head on top of the usual dark brown, garnet body. Head is maintained nicely ‎and the lace is nicely broken on the glass and firm on the surface. ‎ The nose is surprisingly muted for the OSA. Normally one gets plenty of herbal spices but after a ‎year this seems muted somewhat. ‎...

Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter

‎22 oz bottle. ‎ I'm not an enormous fan of smoked beers in general, BUT it could be argued that if you are ‎going to smoke anything, the Imperial Porter would be a great candidate. ‎ Pour is impresive. Black with a few reddish highlights and a SOLID head. The head looks like a ‎piece of bread, and is well sustained and produces some beautiful lace. ‎ Sweet, light smoke makes up the nose. ‎ The tastes obviously reflect the smoke, and we get the typical...

Hoss

‎12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. ‎ Delighted to try this as the Marzen style is one of my favorite styles. Paradoxically, rye beers are ‎some of my LEAST favorites so the the juxtaposition should be interesting if nothing else! ‎ Pour delivers exactly what I am looking for in the style, i.e. a completely crystal clear body with a ‎nice white head with some spotty film and lace. Super orange, golden body. ‎ Nose gives some edgy malts and some...

Saison Rue

Happy to have the opportunity to drink some of The Bruery hyped beers in ATL, doubt they will live up to the hype (it would probably be impossible to do that), but I'll make my own mind up. 750 mL bottle from Mac's, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour gives a slightly burned orange color with plenty of floaties and some murky character. Nose reveals a little funk which is magnified in the taste. Head, lace and retention all poor. No gusher here as others have reported, perhaps earlier carbonation issues...

Orchard White

750 mL bottle, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Having read some of the previous reviews I decided to open this over the sink and use the 500 mL Tucher Weizen glass as a precaution since I was half expecting a huge gusher and beer everywhere. As it happened, that was not necessary, however it did produce a large amount of annoying foam in the glass. "Well carbonated" I would say, but in some ways appropriate. Hazed, yellow body with great head but not fantastic retention or lace considering the...

Engine No. 5

12 oz stubbie. $1.50 from Green's, Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, USA. On their singles shelf; Adam happened to say he was "unimpresed" with this. We'll see. "Brewed in the English Style", whatever THAT means! In general, Pennichuck's entry to the Atlanta market has been really quite underwhelming. I'm a huge fan of simple beers, but simple is NOT an excuse for a lucklustre quality. WOW - this is an EXTRAORDINARY color and pour. A dark, dark, dark brown that is approaching black and reminds me...

Ommegang Adoration Ale

750 mL corked & caged bottle. Found this at Mac's, Atlanta, GA, USA. Delighted and surprised, wasn't anticipating getting hold of this. Black dot-matrixed on the neck: PKG on 08/28/09, Best by: 08/2014. Pour is a pretty bright, darkish bronze color but at the same time not quite as dark as I was expecting. Head is good and fades to give a lovely, creamy, spotty film on the surface of the brew. Classic look. Nose and tastes give plenty of layered Belgian candy, winter spices and alcohol. The...

Autumn Maple

Arrived in GA a few days ago so this is my first engagement with the much, much hyped Bruery. In many cases it's not possible for the brewery to control the hype-train, but I'm really not sure how much good all of the hysteria ultimately, actually brings. Ho hum, on to this one. label suggests a five year window for cellaring which is all well and good, but unfortunately there is no date stamp to be found on the bottle. 750 mL, slender neck on the 750 mL bottle (looks a litte like the old...

Malheur 12°

330 mL bottle as part of a recent trade - thanks Chad. Beer pours as expected with a dark brown body, very little head and no lace. The color is a bit of a dirty brown dubbel which, as usual I don't find especially attractive. Not surprising, just not especially attractive. Alcohol hits the nose with plenty of brown sugar notes as well. The alcohol does not manifest in the taste quite as strongly as the nose would suggest. Yes, it's there, but it's not hot rather it's laid back with a gentle...

Tiger Tripel

500 mL bottle, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour yields a really quite yellow, slightly chill-hazed body with some nice white head. Wispy, light lace. Color changes to a darker he when the final yeast sediment is added from the last pour of the bottle. The nose gives some fairly typical but rather restrained notes. Yes there is some subtle, peppery, alcohol infused character. Some yeastiness with light esters. Tastes are pretty authentic for the style too. Alcohol prominent BUT at the same time...

La Trappe Isid’or

750 mL corked & caged from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. A new Trappist, always a time for general excitement ... ... actually ... hold on! Pour gives a very dark orange/brown body with some high, ice-cream like head. The head is poorly retained though and the lace disappointing. I have no idea why they would want the beer to be as dark either - for me, the color is a turn-off considering the style. Nose and tastes are really quite sweet. Bubble-gum, yes, but as others have said, I get a lot...

Left Hand Oktoberfest

12 oz bottle as a single from Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA. If the truth be known, disappointed considering the usual quality of Left Hand beers and my general enjoyment of the style. In an O'fest I'm looking for a few key characteristics and this beer fell down on several of them. Firstly I want a really, bright orange hue with outsanding clarity and an observable carbonation. For me this provided none of those and in fact I would decscribe the beer as being "muddy" in its...

Heavy Seas – The Great Pumpkin

22 oz bomber from Green's, Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pumpkin beers are a strange beast as far as I am concerned, and this is no exception. Essentially pumpkin products are virtually unknown in England, and when one considers that amount of pumpkin related stuff that is shoved down your throat in the USA, the contrast is really quite stark. Also, given the disappointment that I had with Prosit and the horrible expeience of the Big DIPA (that was almost undrinkable), I'm a touch wary to say the...

William Penn Colonial Style Lager

12 oz single from Tower on Buford. Nice depth of color on the pour, but the carbonation seems a little too lively for the style which in turn produces a scant, over-bubbly head and no lace. A shame because the color looked promising. It quickly dies in the glass. The nose is pretty amazing. It has a deep, sweet malt presence that almost immediately turns into an old, slightly musty sherry note. The tase reflect that, and have me reaching for the bottle to see if there is a date on it. There...

Saison

750 mL corked and caged affair courtesy of thirdeye11 - thanks Chad. Pop on opening is encouraging with a good amount of gunsmoke. Proper carbonation in these beers is vital to their success. Pour gives a fairly standard (but good looking) appearance with some white, frothy head and some decent lace. Body is a clouded, orange marmalade hue with a little chill haze. Light pepper, low funk and some Belgian yeast in the nose. The beer is very dry indeed. Not much funk at all, and the white pepper...

Terrapin Pumpkinfest

22 oz bottle, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Side Project #8. Dark garnet pour with an minimal amount of lace and head. Very nice color and excellent depth. Nose is typical for the style with plenty of poorly defined spice but also lots of cinnamon and burned sugar notes. The beer is a touch bitter but that fits with the style and links the color to the nose to the taste. Mouthfeel seems a touch prickly on the carbonation. Plenty of malts in the taste withe ginger talkng a leading role, but the...

Allagash Fluxus 2009

Review re-written after the Oct 5th 2009 BA crash. I'm on a bit of a budget for beer at the moment (very unusual) but I didn't hesitate to drop the $12.99 ‎for the corked & caged 750 mL bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA, despite the fact that the ‎sweet potato element makes me raise my eyebrows! Pour gives a bright orange body, nicely carbonated with good clarity and some excellent, rocky, high ‎head.‎ Smell gives lots of peppery bitterness a touch of alcohol and...

Sweetwater Dank Tank Wet Dream

22oz bottle, $5.99 from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Same Dank Tank presentation, this time with a green and white color scheme (DP Red/White, BOBBB Blue/White). This beer has been described to me in many ways, the most frequent being an "Imperial Wet Hopped Amber/Red". Whilst the beer does have the hue of an Amber, AND it does have a nice, wet-hopped presence, when it comes down to it there is little malt/amber presence and the beer falls into a freshly hopped mid-range brew. I say...

Dominion Octoberfest

Different presentation than the BA db picture for the 2009 version (and perhaps even before that), $1.79 for the single from Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a rather murky, dark orange affair with a well formed, tight head that is somewhat small. Doesn't seem very lively. Looks a little ordinary. Lace and (and especially) retention are well below average. Disappointed with the lack of clarity and brightness to the beer. Nose gives up some dryish smelling malts. A little...

Tripel Abdijbier Dendermonde

11.2 oz bottle from Tower on Piedmont, Atlanta, GA, USA. Probably an older bottle but it should hold up OK. We'll see. The pour is an attractive golden body with some decent lace and retention. The carbonation is rather good. Somewhat sweet nose, but obviously in keeping with the style. The beer does have some musty notes (possibly age), but the alcohol and white pepper come through nicely. Just about what I would expect for the style. The brew flirts with some cloying sweetness, and the...