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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
  • Dec 2, 2012

    Bell's Two-Hearted Ale
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    Interestingly, the only hops used in this are Centennial. Light orange color with a massive, rocky head. Aroma is overloaded with the Centennial hops. Surprisingly light body. Flavors of orange, grapefruit, and caramel. Super hoppy brew. Almost makes you pucker. Hops stick around for a long time in both flavor and bitterness.

    Nothing to hide here. Just a ton of Centennial hops and 7% ABV. Hop heads will love it!
  • Nov 30, 2012

    Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot
    4.4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    Pours a cloudy copper. Aroma is extremely inviting with rich malt, rum raisins, and toffee. Tons going on here. Brown sugar, banana, raisins, toffee, even a hint of bubble gum. Plenty of the requisite malt, too. Amazingly, the alcohol only shows up warmth and dryness in the finish. And at a giant 11.1% ABV, that is quite a task! I see where the name came from. It is dangerously smooth, complex, and tasty. Deceptively potent
  • Nov 25, 2012

    Atwater Vanilla Java Porter
    3.8
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 3/5
    Color is as expected for a porter. Head might be a little on the thin side. The aroma is full of chocolate, which was a little surprising given the title. Quite tasty. Chocolate dominates the flavor, as well, but the vanilla and coffee are definitely there. The body is on the light side and the carbonation is surprisingly high.

    I like it, and will very likely get it again, but I would like to see better balance. Less chocolate (can't believe I'm saying that), more vanilla and coffee.
  • Nov 24, 2012

    Weihenstephaner Vitus Weizenbock
    4.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 5/5
    • 5/5
    A huge, fluffy white head floats atop a hazy gold body. Wheat, pepper, and sour citrus in the aroma. Banana is the first flavor that comes through. Although it is a bit on the side of imitation banana candy flavor rather than real banana. After that, black pepper, wheat malt, finishing with bitter orange and coriander. The spices become more pronounced as it warms. Bit of heat from the 7.7% ABV.

    This is definitely a beer to enjoy. Loads of flavor, great balance, excellent drinkability
  • Nov 23, 2012

    El Mole Ocho
    4.3
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 3/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    Pours a bit lighter than expected. Rather than being a dark brown, it’s closer to a dark iced tea. Fluffy beige head that has not settled a nanometer since the pour. Intense aroma of bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, and chiles. Big, big flavor with the chiles becoming more prominent. The chiles give this a distinct fruitiness, but I am not getting the heat I expected (and wanted) considering how much flavor there is. Mix of bitter chocolate and coffee give the back end a full, round taste and feel. El Mole Ocho is part of New Holland’s High Gravity Series, clocking in at 9.8% ABV. There is not even a hint of alcohol heat here. Really digging on this beer. Daring flavors, velvety texture, great balance, and unique. My one complaint is that I would like more chile heat. But that’s just nitpicking
  • Nov 23, 2012

    Imperial Pumpkin Ale
    4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 3/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    Pours a cloudy deep orange. The aroma promises a spicy treat. Definitely brings the spice! Cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are the more noticeable. The touch of cardamom is rather interesting. If you try to find some pumpkin flavors, they are there, but the spices dominate. Thankfully, Weyerbacher has done an excellent job of balancing the spices among each other. The caramel malt and pumpkin eventually linger in the finish. The 8% ABV shows itself with a very pleasant warmth.

    Big fan. Easily in my 5 best pumpkin beers
  • Oct 8, 2012

    Barrel Aged Outta Kilter
    4.8
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
    • 5/5
    • 5/5
    The whiskey barrel aging is evident before the first sip with a delightful aroma. Whiskey, vanilla, smoked peat blend extremely well. Some heat from the 8.2% ABV, but I don’t think as much as the original version. Just as it should be with Scotch ales, there is little to no presence from the hops. A twinge of bitterness at the end is all that is noticeable. Incredibly smooth and really coats the mouth with a delicious layer of whiskey goodness. The barrel aging definitely adds flavor and texture, even if it does subdue some of the complexity of the non-barrel aged version. But if you like whiskey and Scotch ales in general, get it if you can!
  • Oct 8, 2012

    Mad Hatter
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    Pours a cloudy copper with a clingy beige foam. Pungent citrus hops attack from the aroma. However, the hops are a little more subdued (don't read scant) in the flavor. Decidedly bready malt offers a nice counter balance. Bitter finish leading to a lingering flavor from the Centennial hops.

    Smooth for an IPA with enough hops to please the hop heads.

    Very nice IPA, even if it isn't a bruiser.