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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
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  • Group Name:
    Ohio Beer Lovers
Recent Beer Universe Reviews
  • Aug 4, 2011

    Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA
    4.3
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
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    • 4/5
    I really like the light brown color with an inviting haze. Lots of citrusy hops in the nose. Starts off with a lot of sweet caramel followed by a big hop punch. The hops are there, don't worry about that, but they aren't blowing out everything else like I expected.

    This is my kind of IPA. Huge hop notes, big bitter finish, but it's got some malt to go along with it. It's not like you're drinking hop juice. The 9% ABV warms on the way down, but doesn't have much presence other than that.
  • Jul 31, 2011

    La Trappe Quadrupel
    4.8
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    • 5/5
    Pours an exquisite and hazy deep amber. Not much head, but a good amount of lacing. Smells of grapes, oak, and caramel. Then, there's the taste. Sweet malt, a nudge of bitter hops, then a familiar unctuous feel and flavor that reveals the oak aging. Full, creamy, round mouthfeel without being heavy. The 10% ABV warms on the way down, but doesn't overpower any of the magnificent flavors. Unsurprisingly, it becomes more complex and the flavors bolder as it warms.
  • Jul 29, 2011

    Buffalo Sweat
    4.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
    They've got the color right for sure with a black pour and some deep brown on the edges. Lots of roasted and smokey oatmeal in the nose. Surprisingly creamy with some delightful chocolate and strong coffee flavors. The coffee really lingers. Mouthfeel is a bit light for as dark as this is, but it's really tasty and goes down rather easily.

    Overall, I think it's great. Smooth, not too big, bold and well balanced flavors. I'm a fan!
  • Jul 28, 2011

    Great Divide Rumble Oak Aged IPA
    3.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    • 4/5
    The color from the wood aging shows through and the nose is full of hops. A hint of sweet malt followed by very pungent hops and some lingering vanilla and caramel. This is no timid beer. The hops are more prevalent than the oak for sure, but this is great for hop heads looking for a bit of a change. Quite bitter, and a nice 7.1% ABV.
  • Jul 24, 2011

    Orval Trappist Ale
    4.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 5/5
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    Orval pours a hazy orange with a magnificent head that'll take some taming. Lots of sweet orange, spice, and lemon zest in the smell.

    The taste is very unique. Lots of champagne qualities. Quite sour and a big bitter hop bite at the back end. There's quite a bit of lemon and pepper in here, too. Most of the flavor is coming from the hops and yeast, as I'm not getting much malt here. You won't find many beers with this much carbonation, either.

    Exceptionally complex and interesting. I've never had anything quite like Orval.
  • Jul 18, 2011

    New Holland Dragons Milk Oak Barrel Ale
    4.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
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    • 4.5/5
    There are few, if any, brews like New Holland Dragon's Milk. Inky black, with the smell of vanilla, oak, bourbon, and an alcohol burn. Creamy, bitey, bitter. Of all the barrel aged stouts I have had, this one brings the most powerful bourbon punch. Lots of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. The finish is like dry cedar.

    Tons of complex, full flavors, and at 10% ABV, tons of alcohol.

    An absolute gem!
  • Jul 17, 2011

    Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
    4.3
    • Aroma
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    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    Fantastic blend of a surprisingly light mouthfeel and tons of flavor for Anderson Valley Brewing Company's Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. The name is heavier than the beer! Great roasted oatmeal and dark chocolate flavor, good color, but unexpectedly light. There's a hint of spicy hops and a long, dry, roasted finish.

    Very good example of the style. You won't be overwhelmed with oats, but they're certainly there. Delightful round, balanced flavor.
  • Jul 7, 2011

    Victory Hop Wallop
    3.6
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 3/5
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5

    An IPA called Hop Wallop better bring it. Victory's IPA offers a gorgeous hazy gold color and sticky white head. Lots of citrus in the smell. Tons of fresh citrusy hops complemented by lots of piney hops. And so bitter don't be surprised if you pucker! Not much of a malt flavor here at all, but wow does that dry hop bite linger. Very subtle buttered toast, too. Interesting.

    Hop heads, enjoy! If you want a beer to slap you with hops, you've found it.