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
  • Feb 17, 2013

    Two Brothers Northwind Imperial Stout
    4.3
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    Pours like it should. Black with a dark brown head. In love with the aroma, charred wood, vanilla, and dark fruits. Surprisingly smooth and creamy. The flavor isn't bludgeoning, but what is there is tasty and well balanced. Deep roasted malt, burnt marshmallows, and eventually toffee.

    Not the biggest Imperial Stout out there, but quite tasty. Quaffable, to say the least.
  • Feb 2, 2013

    Southern Tier Choklat
    4.8
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    • 5/5
    Darker than expected with a tight, light brown head. As expected, however, the aroma is full of chocolate. Bitter chocolate is indeed the most pronounced flavor, but there is so much more going on. Vanilla, some coffee, and oak. Wouldn't be surprised if this were barrel aged (but not bourbon barrel aged). Long, dry, chalky finish with hints of marshmallow. The 10% ABV really warms on the way down, too.

    To recap, huge flavors, well balanced, great texture, and a heaping helping of booze. What else would you expect from Southern Tier? It's excellent.
  • Jan 25, 2013

    Below Decks
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    Pours a surprisingly crisp mahogany with ruby edges. Inviting aroma full of malt that you’d expect from a barleywine. Really interesting flavor. Rye, raisins, cedar at first. Hops take hold for a bit, then hints of currants and cherries. Lots of warmth and heat from the 10% ABV. Each sip I’m trying to find a different flavor, and it’s there.

    Take some time with this one. Savor it.
  • Jan 20, 2013

    Left Hand Wake Up Dead
    4.3
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    Pours black, of course. Sweet vanilla, charred oak, and currants in the aroma. Flavor is even more complex with bourbon, more char, and smoke added. The evidence of the barrel aging is more pronounced as it warms. I'm even getting a hint of cherry, which really works. Cocoa powder and anise in there, as well. Hops finally come in at the end to provide a bitter finish.

    A big fan of this. Huge flavors, obvious impact from the barrel aging, complex, balanced, very smooth. And the name? You'd never guess it weighs in at 10.2%
  • Dec 31, 2012

    Hinterland Luna Stout
    3.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 3/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    Coffee and bitter chocolate escape as soon as the bottle is opened. Coffee is, indeed, the dominant flavor here. Plenty of bitter chocolate to go with it, as well. The hops kick in at the back end for a little more bitterness.

    Not much else to say. Loads of coffee with enough other flavors going on to make it interesting. I'd do this again.
  • Dec 28, 2012

    Lagunitas Brown Shugga'
    4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 3/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    Pours a slightly hazy copper. Brown sugar and piney hops in the aroma. The brown sugar comes out even more after a sip. Very sweet, but the aggressive, pungent hops cut through to tame it. Big and very tasty, if not complex. Great balance between the hops and sugar, each keeping the other from overpowering. And checking in at 9.9% ABV, you'd never guess it's close to that strong while drinking it.
  • Dec 20, 2012

    Frosted Frog Christmas Ale
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 5/5
    • 3/5
    Nearly no head on this. Pours on the brown side of amber. Warm pumpkin pie spices in the aroma. Tastes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and orange peel. Enough malt that the spices don't get too wild. Body might be a little light. As it warms, the cinnamon become the most prevalent spice, but there are enough of the others to balance. Hefty booze at 8.6% ABV

    Another amazing Winter Warmer from Ohio here. Wonderful!
  • Dec 20, 2012

    New Holland The Poet
    4.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    Aroma is a pleasant mix of oatmeal and loads of bitter chocolate. Chocolate continues into the flavor and the oatmeal becomes more assertive in both the flavor and the ultra-creamy texture. It’s almost like velvet in a glass. Hops come in at the back end and linger. Phenomenal balance with sweetness from the oats and charred malt.

    Just wonderful.