mcnealc31's Beer Universe Profile

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  • Favorite Beers:
  • Favorite Beer Type:
    American Porter
  • Favorite Beer:
    Chimay Blue
  • Ratings Submitted:
  • Reviews Contributed:
    205
  • Added:
    55 Beers, 0 Bars, 2 Breweries
  • Beers Owed:
    1
  • Beers Owed to Others:
    does not owe any beers.
  • Group Name:
    Ohio Beer Lovers
Recent Beer Universe Reviews
  • Nov 30, 2013

    Chocolate Sombrero
    3.8
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    Color is as you'd expect, dark brown with maybe a hint of ruby around the edges. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of chile. Light and smooth mouthfeel. Chocolate really comes through, followed by vanilla. There is a hint of heat, but not much. Bit of char in there, too.

    I like this quite a bit. Nice texture, good flavor, good balance. Wouldn't mind a bit more chile heat. Not a trace of heat from the 9% ABV!
  • Nov 17, 2013

    Monk's Café Sour Brown
    3.6
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3/5
    The color is attractive. As close to brown as red can get. However, the giant chunks of sediment are a bit off-putting. Aggressive carbonation tingles on the the tongue. This is, indeed, sour, but not unpleasantly so. A touch of caramel and even a fruity finish. But sour is by far the dominating note.

    I feel like this is going to be a hit or miss. You'll love it or hate it, depending on your individual feelings toward sourness.
  • Nov 1, 2013

    Westmalle Dubbel
    4.8
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    • 5/5
    The aroma caught me the second I popped the cap. Rich, malty, inviting. Surprisingly carbonation leading into a creamy texture. Butterscotch, bread, and a little bit of yeasty funk. Spicy hops linger in a slightly bitter finish.

    Outstanding. Go get it!
  • Sep 23, 2013

    Jester
    3.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    Rocky, frothy head atop a beautiful creamy orange body. Aroma of sweet citrus and clove. Starts a touch sweet, then the malt backbone, and of course all the complexity of a Belgian yeast including banana, clove, and orange. Finishes just a touch dry. Unyielding effervescence. I like this one quite a bit. Really lets the yeast and its complexity shine. Not great reviews elsewhere, but I have no idea why. Looks good, smells good, feels good, tastes better.
  • Sep 23, 2013

    Lake Erie Monster
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 3/5
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
    Pours lighter than you would expect a DIPA to be, but don’t let that fool you, this monster packs quite the bite. One whiff and you’ll know. Sweet honey and malt and first, then a huge hit from the hops. Sweet citrus, some pine, and lingering grapefruit. Bit of heat at the end with 9.1% ABV. Considering there are only two malts: Harrington 2-Row and Caramel 30, and two hops: Simcoe and Willamette, Monster has amazing complexity. One of my favorite IPAs. It’s a shame it’s a seasonal
  • Aug 23, 2013

    Two Brothers Monarch White
    3.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3.5/5
    • 3/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 4/5
    Very pale yellow color. Cloudy, as it should be. Delightful aroma of lemon, orange, and coriander. Flavor is not quite as citrusy as the aroma. If I didn't know better, I'd swear there is some smoke going on here. It's a little different than most witbiers. More focus on the wheat and oats than it is the coriander and orange peel. Those are there, but subtle.

    I like it. Good balance, good taste, enough twist on the style to make it unique.
  • Jul 25, 2013

    Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison
    4.4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 5/5
    • 4.5/5
    Pale, hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head that nearly overran my glass. Aroma is both fruity and earthy. Very crisp on the tongue. Almost to the point of being sharp. Honey, ginger, orange, coriander, with earthy malt and hops. Finishes on the dry side. Just a little bit of funk from yeast at the end. That last sip was almost like an apple wine.

    Amazing flavor, complexity, and balance. Wonderful
  • May 16, 2013

    Anchor Porter
    4.8
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    Color is black, as it should be, with a very fluffy beige head. The aroma is an inviting mix of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Sweet malt comes through first in the flavor, with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Dry, oak finish.

    Smooth texture, phenomenal balance and flavor, and at only 5.6% ABV, it's not heavy handed. It's beautifully crafted brews like this that make me love porters so much!