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  • Favorite Beers:
  • Favorite Beer Type:
    American Porter
  • Favorite Beer:
    Chimay Blue
  • Ratings Submitted:
    217
  • 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
  • Apr 6, 2013

    Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    Pours a bit lighter and crisper than expected. The frothy white head doesn't stick around for long. Hops completely dominate the aroma. Yeah, a double IPA for sure. Hop oils assault the palate. Grapefruit and pine, mostly. Hint of heat from the 7.8% ABV. Rye comes through a bit in the finish. But this is all about the hops. Surprisingly, it's only 65 IBUs. Thought this would push closer to 100.

    Hop heads, get it!
  • Apr 5, 2013

    Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout
    3.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    Hints of burgundy adorn the edges, other than that, it's an all black stout. The oatmeal really is the star here. Along with flavor, it adds heft to the velvety texture.

    The mineral flavors from the English hard water are there, too, but it just adds to the character. Quick hit of hops at the end, but the roasted and smokey flavors take over in the finish.

    There's a very good reason this is a classic.
  • Apr 4, 2013

    Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout
    3.3
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    The barrel aging is evident in the aroma with strong smells of oak, vanilla, and char. The oak comes through some in the flavor, as well, but it's different than bourbon barrel aged beers. Initially, there is an interesting sweetness, but the charred wood and smoke cut through. A dry, boozey finish provided by the 6% ABV.

    It's good, but not quite great. I think for something boasting oak aging, I want more of that flavor.
  • Mar 31, 2013

    Founder's Curmudgeon
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    Pours a hazy orange that's just on this side of brown. Virtually no head. Oak, raisins, and must in the aroma. The flavor is mostly oak and molasses. Bit of punch from the 9.8% ABV. A touch of bitterness from the hops at the end. It's a sipper, but something different comes out with every sip, including maple syrup.

    Spend a lot of time enjoying this one.
  • Mar 29, 2013

    New Albanian Hoptimus IPA
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    Pours orange and surprisingly crisp and clear for an Imperial IPA. Thin layer of a white head floats atop. The aroma is all fresh, citrusy hops. The punch is not as big as expected from a 100 IBU beer, but you know it's an IPA. Loads of citrus and grassy hops give it a very fresh, summery flavor. Enough sweetness from the malt to cut through. With no bottling date, there is no way to know how old it is. The flavor is great, but I'm wondering if the hops have lost some potency. Oh, and it clocks in pushing 11% ABV.

    Even if this is a little old, it's really tasty. Lots of hops, enough malt to give it some balance, and deceptively smooth for its ABV and IBU. I'll definitely do this again!
  • Mar 21, 2013

    Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Ale
    3
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    Very clear for an ale. Aroma is mostly toasted malt and butterscotch candy. The butterscotch flavor carries through, blending with grassy hops. Very smooth. There is a hint of lemon in the finish. And that classic English hard water, as well.

    Overall, I thought this was fine. Definitely not bad, but I don't think I'll be getting a craving for it again. Just didn't have enough flavor for me.
  • Mar 19, 2013

    St. Feuillien Tripel
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    The Tripel itself pours just like you’d expect. Cloudy light orange with a fluffy and creamy white head. Inviting aroma of lemon, coriander, and yeast. Very aggressive and spicy hops come up first. A punch from the carbonation, too. This initial kick gives way to the familiar banana and yeast of a tripel. Some of the best lacing I’ve ever seen. Lingering and dry finish.

    Perhaps not the most amazing Tripel I’ve had, but it’s quite good.
  • Feb 28, 2013

    Merry Monks' Ale
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    The first thing standing out about Weyerbacher Merry Monks is the unrelenting effervescence. A myriad of micro bubbles race through the sparkling clear Tripel to reach the creamy white head. Yeast, banana, and bread dominate the aroma. After a sip, sweet grapes come to the forefront, buttered toast, followed by just enough hops to balance. Gets sweeter, dryer, and the 9.3% is more evident as it warms.

    Really enjoying this. I do get the slightest hint of skunk, but with no date, hard to tell if it’s normal. Still, this is one to enjoy.