Shrews629's Beer Universe Profile

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  • Username:
    Shrews629
  • Gender:
    Male
  • AIM:
    Shrews824
  • Location:
    Kentucky
    United States
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  • Brief Bio:
    I am eager to learn as much as I can about craft beer and craft brewing. I have been experimenting with craft beer for about 3 years. Still relatively new to the genre.



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  • Favorite Beers:
  • Favorite Beer Type:
    American Amber/Red Ale
  • Favorite Beer:
    Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale; Anchor Steam Beer; Anchor Porter
  • Ratings Submitted:
  • Reviews Contributed:
    42
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    0 Beers, 0 Bars, 0 Breweries
  • Beers Owed:
    1
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    does not owe any beers.
  • Group Name:
    craft beer enthusiasts
Recent Beer Universe Reviews
  • Nov 24, 2010

    Modelo Especial
    2.6
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 2.5/5
    • 2/5
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    Very clear, straw color. Bright, very fizzy white head that quickly disappeared. Just a few bubbles coming up from the bottom. Little to no lacing. Clean smelling corn aroma mixed with some light notes of grain. Hints of butter, but not real strong. None of the aromas really stand out. Kind of tame. In the taste, I am getting a sweet corn flavor with the grain backing it up . The taste is not bad really. I was surprised. Light mouthfeel with out any coating on the throat or tongue. Maybe a little, but not much. It is somewhat dry and refreshing and crisp. This is really pretty drinkable. It would be fine on a real hot day after some hard outdoor work. I would choose this over any American "macro". I'm glad I tried this. Not too filling and easy going.
  • Nov 24, 2010

    Bell's Kalamazoo Stout
    4.4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    Black as night with a bulbous cream colored head that hung around for ages. Looks like the top of a chocolate milk shake. Left a generous amount of lacing. I can't wait to try this!!! Only the most minute red hue at the bottom of the glass. Almost perfect. Roasted malt that had coffee mixed with a sweet mild chocolate that was most enchanting. Both aromas were very robust and inviting. Both were balanced exactly and made for easy detection. Didn't get the licorice as mentioned on the lable, but that was fine by me. The taste provided burnt coffee and toastiness. Bittersweet chocolate along with what I found to be a hint of caramel in the taste. Again, balanced exceptionally well. Didn't have the overall cream flavor that Oatmeal Stouts have, but that's Ok. Just different styles. Leaves me wanting another sop quickly. Medium/full mouthfeel with decisive dryness. Smooth with lots left on the palate after each sip. As mentioned, not quite as creamy as some others, but still head and shoulders above average. This beer could get me in trouble. Truly an outstanding beer. Well balanced and easy drinking. Could make a night or two out of this all too easy. I can see myself sitting by the fireplace with this all night long.
  • Nov 24, 2010

    Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
    3.4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3.5/5
    • 3/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3.5/5
    Clear, deep "tea" color with some light orange highlights. Slightly off white head that was not very remarkable. Not much retention either. Fair amount of roasted malt in the fragrance. A scent of toasted grain and roasted coffee bean. I can't really detect much else. There is something else, but not sure what it is. Maybe it's a faint butter? Not unpleasant and balanced well. Flavor was of the toasted grain. The coffee taste was present, but not out front. Getting an almost walnut like character in the taste. Medium mouthfeel. Left a little to be desired as far as the coating of the throat and tongue. Did a fair job though. It was a bit dry and it went down comfortably. Smooth. This brew is not bad. I didn't find anything real complicated about it. Nice session brew. Would pair well with a cool evening. If this beer were available at a social event, I would drink it without fuss.
  • Nov 24, 2010

    Guinness Extra Stout (Continental Europe)
    3.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    Proper tan/khaki colored head with a worthy dark brown to black color with the deep red highlights. The head retention was not as pronounced as i thought it would be nor did it stick around as long as I thought it might. Nice little ring left though. Dry, roasted, woody aroma. A dab of the cream or creaminess slivers through to the nose. Almost detecting a dried fruit. Like dry raisin or plum. Hints of coffee and chocolate in there also, but tend to stay in the background. Roasted or a toasted grain came to me at first with the taste. Malt character seems a bit sharp, but in a good way. Like most Stouts, the burnt coffee is an outstanding trait that helps round out the taste. Smells dryer than most in the mouthfeel. Medium to more full in the mouthfeel. Chewy and mostly smooth. A bit warming with moderate carbonation. This brew is easily likable. Easy drinking and follows the qualities of a proper Stout. Always solid and would be a smart choice when left with limited options. Are there better Stouts? Sure, but a person couldn't go wrong by selecting this one in my opinion.
  • Nov 24, 2010

    Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout
    4.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    Opaque dark brown almost black color. Luscious, tan, thick, flamboyant head. Prolific amount of lacing left behind. A new ring after each sip. Dark, ruby/red highlights visible only when held directly to the light. Roasted coffee malt that smells of cream and dry oats. A delicate sweetness comes forth from the cream. Even uncovering a chocolate milk scent. Outstanding. Dry roasted oats opening the taste. The coffee is inconspicuous at first, but really shines as the beer crosses the palate toward the throat. The silky smooth chocolate milk taste is more distinguished in the taste. Wonderful. Medium mouthfeel. Dry with a pronounced warmth after the swallow. Smooth and creamy. Precise and appropriate. An almost slippery or oily finish that I found very delectable. Wow!!! That's about all I can say. Truly an extraordinary Stout. I really don't see how Sam Smith's make such well rounded beers. The only reason I didn't score this as a perfect brew is because if I find a Stout that is better, I want to leave myself some wiggle room. Other than that. It's the best Stout I have had thus far on my short journey.
  • Nov 24, 2010

    Dundee Honey Brown Lager
    2.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 2.5/5
    • 2.5/5
    • 2.5/5
    • 2.5/5
    Very light, very clear honey gold color. Minimal head or retention. Small amount of lacing. Sparse bubbles working from the bottom of the glass. I am actually detecting some of the honey aroma. Can't tell if it's real or artificial. Either way it's not off putting. A touch of grain or grass also. Some of the adjunct lager scents are coming through but not real overpowering like a lot of "macros". Again, picking up a touch of the honey in the taste. The taste is definitely more of an artificial honey flavor. Little in the way of bitterness. A tad acidic even. A bit of the adjunct corn coming through. Medium to mostly thin mouthfeel. Doesn't leave much in the aftertaste. A bit of a carbonic bite on the tongue. Doesn't coat the throat or tongue real strongly. I wasn't overly impressed with this beer. Wasn't full enough for me. I mean I can drink it, but I'm not going out of my way to find this beer. It is better than any "macro", but I was expecting something maltier with a better mouthfeel. The fake honey flavor got to me after a minute also.
  • Nov 24, 2010

    Bell's Third Coast Old Ale
    3.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 3/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3.5/5
    Light honey color with a bright white head. Some sediment floating through the glass. Decent head with decent head retention. Mostly average in appearance. Nice little floral hop aroma at first with the smell. Some grapefruit with some spice. A bit of orange peel in there also. Well balanced and smells nice. A touch of biscuit or breadiness makes an appearance as the beer warms. The taste was of grapefruit and spice. Nice bit of hop bitterness dancing on the taste buds. Detecting a dry wheat in the background also. Medium/thin mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. Blankets the tongue and throat well. Finishes a bit dryer than I was anticipating. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. It's really pretty good. Easily drinkable and would be real nice on Spring and Summer days. I'll give this a second go round no problem.
  • Nov 24, 2010

    Sierra Nevada Stout
    4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    Very dark brown. Opaque. Small amount of ruby/red hues around the edges. Tan colored head. Decent head, but not as much as I was anticipating. Decent amount of lacing also. Roasted coffee mixed with a pleasurable chocolate note. Fair amount of smokiness. Touch of alcohol coming through on the nose also. The taste provided a roasted, smokey flavor of ground coffee and "dark" chocolate. The chocolate brings about some sweetness. Mildly bitter. Wee bit resiny, but in a good way. Medium to full mouthfeel that does an outstanding job of hanging around on the palate. Smooth and dry. Light alcohol warmth at the end. Mostly creamy, but not overdone. Pretty good American Stout. I like the bit of warmth. This beer is well above average. This beer would be nice during the cold winter months of course. I wouldn't have a bit of trouble trying this one again. Sierra Nevada just knows how to brew a solid product.