Samuel Adams

SAMUEL ADAMS

Samuel Adams is brewed by the Boston Beer Company.  The Boston Beer Company, Inc. is a publicly-traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol, SAM. The company was founded in 1984 by Jim Koch, Harry M. Rubin, and Lorenzo Lamadrid in Boston, Massachusetts.  The beer that put them on the map is Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Today, they are arguably the largest American owned brewery in the nation.

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ALPINE SPRING: 87 Points

Easy Drinking

The Spring Lager has an IBU of 19 and 186 Calories. Even though this is a Spring beer, it is available in the Winter months between January and March.

Brewer’s Description: “Crisp and slightly sweet with bright citrus and spicy hop notes.”

My Description: This is an easy drinking beer and the tastes fit the season appropriately, however there is nothing special about it to make me crave it in the off-season. It has a bright white head that is bubbly and retains nicely producing some great lacing. The aroma smells fresh with hints of spice, hops, citrus, and zest. The beer is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level. Up front you will taste some citrus and malt with a slight honey hint that leads into an aftertaste that is slightly dry and sweet. There will be a minor lemon flavor throughout the whole drinking experience which adds a nice touch. Overall, it is a good beer but not memorable. Best served around 42°F and pairs nicely with white fish, grilled shrimp, or salads.

ABV: 5.5% Color: Hazy Yellow Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

BLACK & BREW: 80 Points

Coffee in Beer Form

This coffee stout has 208 Calories per 12 oz. bottle and an IBU of 24. It is available seasonally between November and January in the Winter Classics Variety Pack.

Brewer’s Description: “For the authentic coffee flavor, we use 1.5 pounds of Sumatran coffee beans per barrel, added late in the brewing process to provide the most flavor possible. This brew finishes with underlying roasty notes of chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit from our select blend of malts.”

My Description: This coffee stout is better than average but the coffee flavor isn’t the best I’ve tasted in a beer. It starts off with a head that is light tan in color and does not hold at all. I poured this carelessly and got hardly any head which is slightly disappointing for a coffee stout. The lacing was pretty good though, it was thin but it did glue on. At first whiff, a huge coffee scent takes over your nose that is later accompanied by some dark fruit notes if you smell it long enough. The body is expected, full and strong. This beer has a prominent coffee taste throughout. The aftertaste is all coffee as well but you will pick up on some dark fruit notes that taste like plums or figs. You will pick up on some alcohol notes only minimally and the finish is medium, not dry or wet. This beer is pretty good and if you are a coffee fan you should enjoy it. It is best served around 47°F and pairs nicely with dark chocolate, BBQ chicken, or lamb chops.

ABV: 5.8% Color: Black Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

BOSTON LAGER: 89 Points

Great Everyday Beer

This lager is Samuel Adams’ signature beer. It is available year-round on draft, in 12 oz. six packs, and in variety packs.

Brewer’s Description:  “Samuel Adams Boston Lager® is an excellent example of the fundamentals of a great beer, offering a full, rich flavor that is both balanced and complex. The sole use of two-row barley not only imparts a full, smooth body but also gives the beer a wide spectrum of malt flavor ranging from slightly sweet to roasted.”

My Description: This is a great everyday beer that you can enjoy in any season. It has a head that fades quick but leaves a little layer of foam the rest of the way producing some really nice lacing at the top of the glass. The beer has a malty aroma that is accompanied by some caramel and spice notes that excite your taste buds. When you start drinking the beer, you will notice on the front of your tongue the flavors of malt and caramel that are mild but present. The beer finishes slightly dry with an aftertaste that is hopped with minor notes of grain. This beer is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with steaks, baked potatoes, or pizza.

ABV: 4.9%  Color: Copper  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 4/10

CHERRY CHOCOLATE BOCK: 89 Points

The cherry blends cleanly

The cherry blends cleanly

This Fruit Bock is randomly released in the Winter variety pack in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This special release is brewed just for the holidays. For a new approach to a classic favorite, we added cherries to our traditional Chocolate Bock for a sweet, slightly tart note. Aged on a bed of dark cocoa nibs, the malty, chocolaty, and dark fruit flavors create a rich, complex beer perfect for winter. Cheers.”

My Description: The cherry addition to this seasonal bock adds a pleasant and tasty flavor that blends cleanly with the rest of beer. It begins with a decent, beige colored head that fades to a film and holds for a while leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is malty with a pronounced cherry aroma and hidden chocolate notes that smell great. Cherry Chocolate Bock is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is somewhat rich with malty undertones and dark chocolate with cherries that taste real, not artificial, and don’t overpower the other flavors. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and smooth. This makes for a nice Christmas beer that is memorable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, blue cheese, or grilled lamb.

ABV: 5.8%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

CHOCOLATE BOCK: 90 Points

Chocolate Done Right

This bock has 237 Calories per 12 oz. bottle and has an IBU of 11. It is available seasonally between November and January in the Winter Classics Variety Pack.

Brewer’s Description: “Distinct aroma of chocolate, toffee and malt. Tastes slightly sweet, full bodied with a finish of fine chocolate.”

My Description: Samuel Adams did a nice job with this because not only is the beer itself well made, but you can really tell that the chocolate is of high quality. The head is nice and foamy with a beige color; it fades fast but leaves enough to the very last drop. The lacing is also pretty good too which is nice to see. The aroma is just as you guessed, all chocolate with minor notes of cacao. The aroma is enchanting and gets you excited about drinking. At first sip you will pick up on the chocolate flavor. However, the chocolate was subtle enough not to overpower the beer which was also sweet and malty. As the beer warmed up, cacao started making itself apparent which was a satisfying welcome. You will also pick up on some alcohol notes from time to time. The finish left your mouth feeling moist and clean, a nice touch. This beer is best served around 42°F and pairs nicely with braised short ribs, BBQ chicken, or french silk pie.

ABV: 5.8% Color: Black Sweetness: 5.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

COLD SNAP: 85 Points

Lots of flavors

Lots of flavors

This Witbier is released seasonally in the Spring in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Stirring from the haze of winter, this refreshing unfiltered White Ale awakens its smooth wheat with the bright snap of spring spices.  From the subtle sweetness of orange peel and plum to the peppery bite of fresh ground coriander, the blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way.”

My Description: There is a wide range of flavors in this ale, but it seems to lack a sufficient malt backbone to hold up these flavors. This beer is crisp and refreshing but it would better satisfy with more wheat malt notes. It pours a good sized, white colored head with a notable retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and welcoming with notes of plum, apricots and other fruits, some wheat malt, and a touch of spice. Cold Snap is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. A plethora of flavors shine through with orange peel dominating the flavor profile. This is accompanied by notes of lemon grass, coriander, some pepper spice, plums, and a touch of malt. There is very little bitterness in this beer and overall this Witbier can be sessionable. There is nothing too special about this ale but I could go for a couple of them every Spring. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with sushi, scrambled eggs, or a Phili cheesesteak.

ABV: 5.3%  Color: Hazy Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

DOUBLE AGENT IPL: 95 Points

Simply Delicious

Simply Delicious

This Lager is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Brewing innovation is about asking “what if?”. What if we gave an IPA a new identity and used some of our favorite West Coast hops, with their grapefruit, piney, & tropical fruit character, in a lager? The result is this boldly hoppy & and flavorful brew with the crisp smoothness of a lager. Cheers!”

My Description: This beer is addicting. As soon as I finished the bottle I immediately wished that I had purchased a six pack. It has a large, off-white colored head with a beautiful retention level and a great amount of lacing. The aroma is intense with notes of pine hops accompanied by a minor hint of citrus hops and clean bread notes. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is very tasty and refreshing. There are notes of malt, bread, pine hops, and citrus hops. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and lingers slightly. The texture is smooth and crisp making this an easy choice for a session beer. This is a must buy. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with German pretzels, juicy burgers, or Thai noodles.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Light Bronze  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 5/10

ESCAPE ROUTE: 90 Points

Refreshing and Smooth

Easy Drinking

This Kölsch is released seasonally beginning in January in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Escaping from winter’s darkness, this hazy golden, unfiltered Kölsch style creates a fresh start.  Our take on the classic hybrid style from Cologne German combines the subtle fruit notes of an ale with the smooth crispness of a lager for a bright, refreshing brew to help escape those lingering cold days.”

My Description: This is a great example of a German Kölsch; the body is somewhat creamy and smooth, the flavors are subtle and satisfying, and overall this beer is refreshing and crisp. It pours a large and dense, white colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of pale malts and minor hints of light fruits and citrus zest. Escape Route is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is enjoyable with notes of pale malts, subtle fruit hints, and a touch of floral notes. The aftertaste minimally bitter and brings great balance. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with veggie burritos, fried clams, or mushroom burgers.

ABV: 5%  Color: Dark Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

HARVEST PUMPKIN ALE: 93 Points

Refreshing and Crisp

This pumpkin ale debuted in 2010 and is available in the Harvest Collection Variety Pack between September and October. It has 199 Calories, a SRM of 33, and the IBU is 14.

Brewer’s Description: “A perennial favorite at our brewery Halloween party, Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is brewed with over 11 pounds of real pumpkin per barrel, adding a full body and sweetness to this dark reddish amber brew. Deep roasted malts, including a smoked malt, lend a distinct roasted character while traditional pumpkin pie spices give the beer a subtle spice note.”

My Description: This is a really nice take on a pumpkin ale that is both refreshing and delicious. The head on this beer is light beige in color and is very thin with minimal lacing that goes away after a few minutes. The aroma is real nice on this beer with subtle notes of nutmeg, other autumn spices, and some roasted malt. The aroma is well done and makes you really want to start drinking. This is a medium bodied beer that is nicely balanced. It’s crisp, smooth, and sweet once it hits your tongue, but the aftertaste is where this beer shines. You pick up strong notes of spices and malt that really work well together. A delicious taste of pumpkin pie lingers in your throat for a few seconds making you want to go back for more. This is best served between 38°F and 45°F. If you enjoy pumpkin ales then you need to try this. Enjoy with a creamy pasta, butternut squash, or a burger.

ABV: 5.7% Color: Red Sweetness: 5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

HARVEST SAISON: 86 Points

For the masses

For The Masses

This Belgian Style Saison is available in the Autumn Variety pack in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “With every autumn comes the hope of a bountiful harvest and this distinctive take on a traditional saison delivers with a crop of barley, oats, rye, and wheat, a malty aroma and golden amber hue. The crisp taste of this Belgian style brew is a perfect match for a brisk fall day.”

My Description: This is more of a cautionary brew by Samuel Adams, in the sense that they spiced it up while leaving out the funk to please more of a general beer drinking audience. I love the true Saison style with lots of barnyard notes and dominating hay and hop flavors, this beer doesn’t really have those characteristics. However, on its own it is still a pleasure to drink and the flavor profile is satisfying. It begins with a good sized, white colored head that fades to a film that holds most of the way leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is dominated with yeast spice notes along with bananas and hints of noble hops. Harvest Saison is light/medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors follow the nose nicely with spice notes dominating as well along with hints of hay and some minor citrus notes. I can also pickup on the spice notes that come from the rye grain as well, very nice. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with some lingering pepper notes. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with kale salad, grilled asparagus, or sautéed shrimp.

ABV: 6%  Color: Hazy Golden/Orange  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

HOLIDAY PORTER: 85 Points

Porter

This porter has 212 Calories per 12 oz. bottle and has an IBU of 40. It is available seasonally between November and January in the Winter Classics Variety Pack.

Brewer’s Description: “Deep, rich and roasty malt balanced with traditional English ale hops and a touch of German Noble hops.”

My Description: This porter is a nice addition to the Winter Classics pack. It has a nice and foamy head that is light tan in color, it also lasts a good amount of time too providing some really nice lacing that glues on. The aroma has a mild roasted malt scent that is accompanied by some very minor chocolate notes. This beer has a high carbonation level and is medium bodied and slightly dry. The front part of your tongue will notice the roasted malt flavor that is not too powerful but prominent enough to give you that traditional porter taste. You will also notice some chocolate and alcohol notes as well. The aftertaste has a mild bitter presence that lingers for a few seconds; the hop selection really delivers a delicious hop flavor. It is best served around 45°F – 50°F and pairs nicely with steak, chili, or grilled salmon.

ABV: 5.8% Color: Black Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

HOPPY RED: 90 Points

Nicely Balanced

Nicely Balanced

This American Red Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Amber, smooth, and resinous, this ale was inspired by our exploration of Australian hops.  We discovered that their rugged, spicy and piney character brightened a back-bone of roasted caramel malts, creating a beer with surprising depth and smoothness.”

My Description: This is definitely not a hop bomb but it does provide a slightly complex hop profile that will satisfy a hop lover. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head that lasts for a while leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of toasted malt, piney hops, and a hint of roasted onions. Hoppy Red is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is nicely balanced; notes of herbal hops mingle cleanly with notes of toasted malt. Piney hop undertones and a faint note of hop spice add character. The aftertaste is moderately low in bitterness with lingering caramel malt notes. This is a welcoming beer on that cool Autumn night that is refreshing, easy drinking, and flavorful. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with baked squash, grilled sausage, or baked ham.

ABV: 5.7%  Color: Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 4/10

IMPERIAL WHITE: 70 Points

Imperial Series

This is an imperial version of a classic witbier (white beer).  This was first brewed in 2009 and can be found year-round in 12 oz. bottles. Calories are 321, SRM is 17,  and the IBU’s are 15.

Brewer’s Description:  “This is not just a more intense version of Samuel Adams® White Ale. Samuel Adams Imperial White is a new recipe that stands on its own. In fact, it is more of a wine substitute than just another refreshing witbier. This is a beer that should be sipped and savored and you’ll be amazed at the flavors you’ll discover as the beer warms and opens up. As the beer warms and opens up, you start to get complex flavors of dry fruits, exotic spices, and floral blossoms.”

My Description:  The color of this beer is hazy caramel. I was expecting a white beer but instead got a darker amber colored beer. Witbiers are called so because the beer looks cloudy due to the unfiltered wheat and suspended yeast.  Already I’m turned off because I don’t even know what to expect now. The head is very thin with almost no lacing, which is average for a beer over 10% ABV.  The aroma is buttery and pungent with minor orange and yeast notes.  This is definitely a full bodied beer that delivers different tastes as the beer transitions through different temperatures. As is tradition with witbiers, coriander and orange notes should be expected and they make themselves known in this beer but only minimally.  Overall, the beer has a very sweet taste and a malty aftertaste. I don’t know what “exotic spices” they put in here because I just can’t get past how sweet this beer is.  I have drank many witbiers and this just doesn’t seem to fit the style. Even though it is this high in alcohol and they used more malts and wheat than traditional witbiers, this is not an acceptable perspective on this style. I drank this between  40° F and 50°F and there were different flavors that developed like orange, floral, and coriander but the strong sweet taste just never went away. This beer is not horrible but I can’t understand how this is called a witbier. Why, just because it has notes of orange and coriander.  You can find this beer for around $10 for a four pack but I suggest finding a liquor store who sells them individually because you may not want to drink four.

ABV: 10.3%  Color:  Hazy Caramel/Amber  Sweetness:  8/10  Bitterness: 1/10

IRISH RED: 79 Points

Stick to Jameson

Stick to Jameson

This Irish Style Amber Ale is generally available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “As comforting as an evening in an Irish pub, this red ale brings together a roasted malt sweetness with an earthy hoppiness for an incredible balance and full flavor.”

My Description: Irish Red has the right ingredients but nothing about this beer is memorable or special. It pours a decent, light beige colored head that fades to a thin film that holds for several minutes leaving behind some lacing. The aroma has deep caramel notes accompanied by hints of light fruit and some nuttiness. Irish Red is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile consists of a thick caramel malt backbone along with some roasted notes, earthy hops, and light fruit hints enter as the beer warms. Unfortunately, these flavors don’t seem to hold up for too long and fade rather quickly leaving this beer somewhat bland. The bitter aftertaste is kind of sharp and the hops do not taste very fresh. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with mac and cheese, chicken wings, or grilled lobster.

ABV: 5.8%  Color: Brownish/Red  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 3/10

JUNIPER IPA: 85 Points

The Juniper is interesting

The Juniper is interesting

This American IPA is available in the Winter Collection pack in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “For this special release, we wanted to brew a flavorful winter IPA that captured the aroma of the season.  This brought us to juniper berries, which add a slightly sweet, piney character.  Complemented by citrus notes from American hops, this balanced IPA will brighten the holidays.”

My Description: Even though this beer is crisp and the Juniper addition is satisfying, I feel that the IPA portion could have tasted better. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind an abundant amount of lacing. The aroma has a nice citrus hop presence accompanied by notes of caramel malt and a touch of pine. Juniper IPA is roughly medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. There is a tasty blend of pine and citrus hops with a touch of sweetness. A noticeable malt backbone and a minimal herbal presence add welcoming flavor notes. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and lingers minimally. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with burgers, veggie pizzas, or gourmet cheeses.

ABV: 5.8%  Color: Copper  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

MAPLE PECAN PORTER: 88 Points

Nice mix of flavors

Nice mix of flavors

This Porter is released seasonally in variety packs around Spring in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Samuel Adams is bringing you Maple Pecan Porter. A nutty syrupy porter that just reeks of New England.
Sweet New England maple syrup and a distinct pecan note define this balanced porter. The roasted character of our blend of malts complements the maple sweetness with hints of coffee and chocolate. Reddish-black in color, this full-bodied brew has a sweet and slightly nutty finish”

My Description: It pours a good sized, light tan colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with apparent pecan notes accompanied by coffee, maple syrup, and a hint of roasted malts. Maple Pecan Porter is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is pretty good but it lacks some depth. There are notes of roasted malt, coffee, some nuttiness, and a maple sweetness but they are subtle. It could be that that is Samuel Adams goal but I just feel like it would satisfy more if the flavors were a little more intense. Either way it is still a good beverage and well worth a try. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and slightly metallic. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked pork tenderloin, pumpkin pie, or banana bread.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

OCTOBERFEST: 85 Points

Octoberfest

This is Sam Adams version of the Oktoberfest style. First brewed in 1989 and is available between August and October. The Calories are 187, SRM is 20, and the IBU is 15. Available in 12 oz bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Samuel Adams Octoberfest pays homage to the Bavarian tradition by using generous portions of five varieties of malted barley to create a rich, toffee sweetness that is the signature flavor of this popular style of Samuel Adams.”

My Description: This is a nice Oktoberfest style beer that is smooth and enjoyable. The poor head retention and sub-par lacing brings this beer down a few points but everything else is pretty good. It has a nice scent that smells clean and refreshing. You will notice that this beer is very smooth, crisp, and easy drinking. It has a medium body with minor sweetness but an overall balanced taste with a lightly malted aftertaste. These are the proper characteristics of an Oktoberfest style Märzen and I recommend this beer for anyone interested in trying it out. Of course, this will taste well with sausages and pretzels. It goes for around $8-%10 a six pack.

ABV: 5.3% Color: Deep Amber Sweetness: 5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

OLD FEZZIWIG ALE: 90 Points

Fezziwig: “A Christmas Carol”

This Christmas Ale has 213 Calories per 12 oz. bottle and an IBU of 25. It is available seasonally between November and January in the Winter Classics Variety Pack.

Brewer’s Description: “The rich taste hits the palate with a depth of malt character ranging from sweet toffee and caramel notes to dark, roasty chocolate notes. Then the spices come in full force. Cinnamon, ginger and orange peel dance on the tongue bringing with them the celebratory spirit of the season.”

My Description: This is a fantastic Christmas Ale that I really enjoyed drinking while watching the snow fall. It has a bright white head that resembles snow flakes, however it does fade a little too quickly for my liking. Not a great head retention but it does give you some minor lacing. The ale has a mild sweet aroma that is accompanied by hints of chocolate malt, ginger, cinnamon, and other spices. The aroma is engaging and feels just right for the season. This is a medium-full bodied beer that is carbonated at a great level. In the front of your mouth you will taste the malty sweetness that leads into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter and dry. The aftertaste is savory with notes of ginger. The chocolate malt taste makes its appearance after the beer warms up a bit as well as a very minor cinnamon note. The beer is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with stuffing, pumpkin pie, or honey baked ham.

ABV: 5.9% Color: Brownish/Mahogany Sweetness: 5.5/10 Bitter: 3.5/10

PORCH ROCKER: 87 Points

Great Summer Beer

This Helles Style Beer is released seasonally between May and July in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our bright and citrusy Radler is a Helles beer with a fresh-squeezed lemon taste, effervescent sweetness, and slightly tart, refreshing finish. A light malt character and hint of hops balance out this satisfying summer brew.”

My Description: What makes this beer stand out is the level of quality used when adding that lemon flavor and how refreshing it is to drink. The higher carbonation level and the lemon addition really satisfy on that warm sunny day. It has a good sized, bright white colored head that retains nicely producing a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is powerful with a strong lemon zest scent accompanied by a touch of hops and grains. The beer is slightly lighter in body with a semi-dry finish and a smooth texture. The lemon flavor here tastes like freshly-squeezed lemons and not that B.S. stuff I’ve tasted in other lemon beers, it really does taste great. It is only slightly sweet with a touch of tart and an added taste of pale malts. The aftertaste will continue with the lemonade theme and the hop bitterness is barely noticeable. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with summer favorites like salads, grilled fish, or coconut shrimp.

ABV: 4.5% Color: Straw/Yellow Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

REBEL IPA: 87 Points

Are you a rebel?

Are you a rebel?

This West Coast IPA is released seasonally in the Winter in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Rebel IPA is brewed with 5 varieties of West coast hops: cascade, simcoe, centennial, chinook, & amarillo. It’s everything we love about West coast style IPA’s. Big citrus & grapefruit flavors with subtle pine notes for a flavorful refreshing brew.”

My Description: This is a tasty IPA but to compare it to the strong and potent West Coast styles is a bit bold; the hop flavors and aroma in the Samuel Adams version just don’t shine enough. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a nice retention level and it leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is hop forward with notes of citrus and woodsy hops with a touch of malt, but the hops just aren’t as aromatic as they should be for West Coast. Rebel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The hop flavors are clean and range from grapefruit notes to woodsy notes. A minor malt backbone presents itself along with some pine hop undertones. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and the alcohol is completely hidden. This drinks more like an average IPA than anything special. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Thai noodles, blue cheese burgers, or spicy chicken wings.

ABV: 6.5%  Color: Light Copper  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 5/10

SUMMER ALE: 84 Points

Refreshing Summer brew

Refreshing Summer brew

This American Wheat Ale is released seasonally in the Summer months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Crisp and tangy with refreshing lemon peel and a hint of pepper from rare Grains of Paradise.  Golden, hazy, & thirst quenching, this American wheat ale balances bright citrus, Noble hops & spice for a lively brew that’s perfect on any summer day.”

My Description: I enjoyed this beer enough to drink it every season. It has a good sized, white colored head that fades quickly to a film but holds the whole way leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is light and welcoming with notes of coriander, lemon/citrus, and some light malt notes. It is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The beer is smooth and nicely balanced. Upfront, there are malt notes accompanied by hints of citrus and pepper spice. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter with some herb notes. The flavors were good but nothing special. This summer seasonal is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled white fish, coconut shrimp, or a light salad.

ABV: 5.3%  Color: Hazy Gold  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

WHITE CHRISTMAS: 82 Points

A hint of Christmas Spice

This Christmas Ale is released seasonally in November in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “As crisp as the first snowfall of the year, this unfiltered white ale is blended with holiday spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel. The familiar citrus and wheat characters of the ale are complemented by the warmth of the spices for a festive brew that’s perfect for the season.”

My Description: This is a Christmas beer that won’t necessarily warm you up like others, but it does give you some of that Christmas spice that you wouldn’t necessarily see in a witbier. It has a good sized, white colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is mainly dominated by wheat notes accompanied by a touch of spice and hint of orange peel. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. Just like the aroma, wheat malt dominates the palate but spice notes like cinnamon and nutmeg are apparent. The aftertaste has a slight hint of orange zest but the bitterness is hidden along with the alcohol. It is a worth-while beer during the holidays when you’re not in the mood for the norm. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with light salads, cheesecake, or grilled salmon.

ABV: 5.8% Color: Hazy Yellow Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

WHITEWATER IPA: 87 Points

This water is too bitter

This Wheat IPA has an IBU of 60 and 197 Calories. It was first released in February, 2012 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: ” Crisp with a citrusy hop punch balanced by the subtle sweetness of apricots.”

My Description: This hybrid of a beer is a great idea that got me excited about popping the top. It was a good beer with many great qualities, I just felt that the flavors didn’t complement each other well enough to satisfy my taste buds. It starts off with an amazing big and fluffy off-white head that lasts forever and produces some great lacing. The aroma has a huge citrus hop base that smells fresh and welcoming with hints of apricots and pine. The beer is light/medium in body with a good carbonation level. Up front you will taste some light fruits like apricots and some lemon. There will also be the taste of wheat malt with a hint of spice. Then the beer transitions into an aftertaste that is moderately high in bitterness which completely drains out all the other flavors. I love IPA’s but I was hoping the apricot and spices would shine through more, instead they were completely knocked out by the strong grapefruit hop presence. The hops tasted great but overall the flavors of the beer did not work in harmony, the bitterness level should be decreased slightly. It is best served around 42°F and pairs nicely with jerk chicken, jambalaya, or a burger.

ABV: 5.8%  Color: Hazy Gold  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 6/10

WINTER LAGER: 83 Points

Winter Lager

This dark wheat bock has an IBU of 22 and 193 Calories per 12 oz. bottle. It is available seasonally between the months of November and January. You can find it on draft, in 12 oz. six packs, or in variety packs.

Brewer’s Description: “Robust, malty, and spicy with a slight sweetness to the mild-palate.  Noble hops complete the beer with a floral and citrus note that compliments the spices.”  “The cinnamon, ginger, and hint of citrus from the orange peel blend with the roasty sweetness of the malts to deliver a warming, spicy flavor. On the palate Samuel Adams Winter Lager is rich and full bodied, robust and warming, a wonderful way to enjoy the cold evenings that come with the season.”

My Description: Winter beers are called so because they are designed to keep you warm on cold nights with a higher ABV that is achieved by adding more malts. This is Samuel Adams take on a winter beer and it’s pretty good. It has a head that isn’t the foamiest and it does fade fast but it at least leaves some lacing.  The aroma is warming and nice with notes of spices, ginger, and a touch of orange.  The aroma is my favorite part of the beer, it reminds me of Christmas. The beer itself wasn’t that amazing though. It is medium bodied, robust, and smooth but the flavors were too bland for my liking. I picked up on some sweet notes on the front of my tongue with a minor hint of spices that led into a finish that was slightly bitter and warming but nothing really stood out. I wasn’t expected huge amounts of esters but it was advertised like I would experience all these spices and flavors.  However, it still is a good beer that is worth trying out. It is best served around 45°F to get the most out of the flavors. Enjoy it with cherry pie, baked ham, or Thai food.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Dark Copper  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

CINDER BOCK: 89 Points

mmmmm, smokey

This Rauchbier is part of their “Batch No. 1” Series and is available in limited quantities in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The distinctive campfire smokiness of a rauchbier lingers and begins to reveal the rich and velvety malt smoothness of a double bock with notes of toffee and caramel.”

My Description: This is an intriguing hybrid of Rauchbier and Bock that tastes good when you’re in the mood for something different. It has a good sized, light beige colored head with a good retention level and great lacing. The aroma is malty and sweet with a touch of alcohol that really sets the tone of the beer. It is a full bodied beer with a creamy texture and a lower carbonation level. Considering that the alcohol is slightly noticed in the taste, the beer is smooth with a nice malt flavor upfront that leads into an aftertaste that is slightly smokey. You will also pick up on some toffee and caramel notes that add to the enjoyment of the beer. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with bratwursts, baked turkey, or shish kabob.

ABV: 9.4% Color: Mahogany Sweetness: 4/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

DOUBLE BOCK: 95 Points

Exceptional

Exceptional

This Doppelbock has an IBU of 25 and is a limited release in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Intense and warming, this indulgent lager is brewed with over a half-pound of malt in each bottle, almost enough for a loaf of bread.  Brewed by monks since the 13th century, double bocks are one of the original “big beers”.  The bold malts create a deep mahogany color, rich caramel sweetness and smooth body that’s balanced by the subtle citrus of German Noble hops.”

My Description: Not too many American Dopplebocks are as good as their German counterparts, however, this beer definitely is. It has a large, beige colored head with a really nice retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with deep malt notes, dark fruits like raisins and cherries, and a pleasing bread-like scent. It is roughly full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The texture is very smooth and will coat your mouth. The alcohol is beautifully hidden in this Bock behind a sweet malt body that dominates the flavor profile. There are also flavor notes of caramel, raisins, other dark fruits, and a hint of earthiness. The aftertaste is only minimally bitter bringing an overall great harmony of flavors in this Bock. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with rich desserts, grilled lamb chops, or a NY strip.

ABV: 9.5%  Color: Dark Mahogany  Sweetness: 4/10  Bitterness: 2/10

FAT JACK: 90 Points

Finally, something fat that I like

This Imperial Pumpkin Ale has 288 calories per 12 oz. and is a limited release in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Rich & smooth with a roasty maltiness and hints of molasses & caramel. Full and sweet from the pumpkin and warming spices that are complemented by earthy UK hops.”

My Description: Fat Jack is a great example of not only a pumpkin ale, but a strong and heavy pumpkin ale. It has a good sized, tan colored head with a good retention level and some decent lacing. The aroma is warming and not overpowering with fragrant notes of roasted malt, winter squash, and spices like ginger and cinnamon. It is full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-wet finish. This beer has a malty foundation that will coat your mouth with the right amount of caramel sweetness and roastiness. There are mellow spice notes of nutmeg and allspice accompanied by a faint but present taste of pumpkin. The alcohol is nicely hidden but you will feel it. To add to the complexity of this beer, there is also some smokiness present in the ale, which is a nice touch. This beer is smooth and creamy and can substitute a meal. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with butternut squash stew, pumpkin pie, or roasted duck.

ABV: 8.5% Color: Dark Amber Sweetness: 4.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

GRIFFIN’S BOW: 90 Points

Fruity and Bitter Barleywine

This Barleywine is part of their “Batch No. 1” Series that is available for a limited time. It is available in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “From the aroma and notes of sweet honeysuckle, pineapple, and grapefruit, to richer hints of burnt sugar, and toffee, this intriguing brew is full of complex flavors. the distinct character of toasted oak adds depth and contrasts the light fruit sweetness. This unique take on a barleywine ale surprises with its smoothness and balance of fruit, hop citrus, and warmth.”

My Description: This barleywine is complex and not typical of other barleywines but still damn good; and note that this is not for the average beer drinker. The head is off-white in color and bubbly. It lingers for a bit producing some minor lacing which is really good for a beer with this much ABV. The complexities start with the aroma; you will get notes of pineapple, citrus hops, herbs, honey, apricot, and some candy-like notes. The aroma changes as the ale warms up so just enjoy it the whole way through. This ale is strong and you will feel it, but it is also smooth and complex. This ale in the front of your mouth is sweet with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and apricot. The aftertaste is noticeably bitter with the addition of pineapples and other fruits. You will also pick up on some alcohol notes but it is only minor compared to the other flavors. This beer is full bodied but tastes like a medium bodied beer and it will coat your mouth with fruit flavors. This beer will deliver different flavors as it warms up, such as toffee, so enjoy it all. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with fish, herbed chicken, or coconut shrimp.

ABV: 11.5% Color: Light Copper Sweetness: 5/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10

HONEY QUEEN: 87 Points

A sweet queen

A sweet queen

This Braggot is brewed in small batches and available sporadically in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The harmonious blend of mead and beer, known as a Braggot, takes us back to medieval times, dating back as far as the 12th century. To capture that floral honey essence we used a combination of three unique honeys, along with the complexity of the hops, and the addition of chamomile to create this unique Braggot.  This whimsical brew has a floral and slightly tart sweetness that gives way to a much awaited honey finish.”

My Description: The addition of mead really gives this beer a smooth and delightful texture. Refreshing and clean with floral notes, this Braggot is a good one to remind you of Summer and flowers. It pours a good sized, white colored head that leaves a film behind for a while but not too much lacing. The aroma is expected, sweet with a complex honey profile. There are scent notes of clover honey, pale malts, apples, and some floral notes. Honey Queen is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. There are pale malt notes in the background and the body feels like a pale ale, however honey notes dominate the flavor profile. Orange Blossom honey can be detected quite easily along with chamomile, faint herbal notes, and a touch of clover honey. I’m not sure what alfalfa honey is so I don’t know if I’m tasting that or not, but there are other unique flavors in this beer that I can’t pinpoint. The aftertaste is minimally bitter, if at all, and leaves a lingering honey note that satisfies. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with salads, grilled shrimp, or cheese and crackers.

ABV: 7.5%  Color: Gold  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

INFINIUM: 89 Points

Celebrate

This is a collaboration between Samuel Adams and the Bavarian brewery, Weihenstephan. This beer-champagne hybrid is available for a limited time in 750 ml. bottles. This is the 2011 release.

Brewer’s Description: “Using only the four classic ingredients: malt, hops, water, and yeast, Infinium is a crisp Champagne-like beer with fine bubbles and a fruity, spicy aroma. Its light malt character is balanced by the Noble hops that impart a soft citrus and floral flavor. We recommend serving the beer at a temperature of 40°-42°F.”

My Description: This is an innovative beer that really does deserve a celebration with several friends before popping the cork because it is expensive. The cheapest I found it was for $20. Since this is the first champagne style beer I’ve tried, I just graded it like any other beer. I really enjoyed this beer but you cannot drink this regularly, hence the celebration aspect of this beer. You have to treat it like champagne; maybe a few times a year. It has a huge and bubbly champagne style head that is white in color and retains decently. The aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of citrus, hops, sugar, with a slight malty-caramel feel. It is medium bodied and highly carbonated. It has a big fruity taste with notes of green apples, pear, and apricots mixed in with some floral notes as well. It is smooth and crisp with a slightly bitter aftertaste that is dry like champagne. The alcohol is subtle and barely noticeable which is nice with level of ABV. I would only get this for a celebration because after it warms up a bit it is not that great and since this bottle is 750 ml, you need some friends to drink this quickly. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with salads, cheeses, or cheesecake.

ABV: 10.3% Color: Gold/Orange Sweetness: 5.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

MERRY MISCHIEF: 92 Points

It will make you Merry

With 300 Calories and an IBU of 25, this Sweet Stout is released in limited quantities in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This rich dark gingerbread stout entices with the aromas of the holidays, hinting at the merriment and spices within.  The flavor of gingerbread comes alive beginning with the smooth sweetness and heartiness of dark roasted malts and a touch of wheat.  But it’s the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.”

My Description: This beer is what comes to mind when I think about Christmas Ales, it’s warming, it has a great combination of Christmas spices, and the overall delivery of the beer makes it enjoyable to drink. It has a huge and dense, dark beige colored head with a great amount of lacing and the retention lasts forever. The aroma starts with a nice and sweet roasted malt note accompanied by the fragrances of gingerbread, alcohol, and a touch of spice. It is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The beer is smooth and sweet with notes of roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of ginger. The alcohol is  noticeable but not intrusive. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and warming. This creamy stout is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with fried oysters, baked ham, or grilled steak.

ABV: 9%  Color: Black  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

NORSE LEGEND: 87 Points

It maybe a Norse, but not a legend

This Sahti is part of their “Batch No. 1” Series that is available for a limited time in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Deep amber in color, this rugged brew’s distinctive aroma and flavor comes from aging on a bed of juniper berries. The herbal, woodsy, and ripe citrus character of the juniper enlivens a sturdy and smooth malt backbone for a fresh and flavorful brew.”

My Description: This is a good representation of a Sahti that is pretty good but not on my list of “must rebuy”. It has a decent, light tan colored head with decent retention and sub-par lacing. The aroma is mild in power with bready notes mixed with a touch of honey and herbs. It is medium bodied and thin with a lower carbonation level and slightly dry finish. The flavors are balanced well with a slight lean on the sweeter side. You will notice some maltiness upfront with a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste accompanied by a juniper snap. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with beef stew, BBQ chicken, or roasted potatoes.

ABV: 7% Color: Brown/Red Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10

TASMAN RED: 94 Points

Delicious IPA

This Red IPA is part of their “Batch No. 1” Series that is available for a limited time. It uses Topaz and Galaxy hops from Tasmania. It is available in 22 oz. bottles for around $7 a bottle.

Brewer’s Description: “This wily red IPA gets its character from the Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes creating a bold flavor that threads throughout the taste. The hops are balanced by a core of roasty malts that give this brew body and richness with hints of toffee. this flavorful brew is rounded and smooth with a dry and citrusy hop finish.”

My Description: This beer is ridiculously good and matches the brewer’s description perfectly. I loved every aspect of this ale but you have to enjoy bitter beers to understand what I’m talking about. This has one of the best heads I’ve ever seen on a beer. It is tan in color and abundantly fluffy. The head never goes away; in fact it stays fluffy and dense the whole way through leaving bountiful laces. The aroma is enchanting; it has a gratifying hop aroma that is strong with grapefruit and pine notes accompanied by a minor toffee note. This ale is full bodied and will fill you up. It starts with a roasted malt flavor mixed with a taste of toffee in the front of your mouth. This will lead into an aftertaste that is slightly dry and strongly bitter with notes of grapefruit. You can’t really taste the alcohol but you will feel it. As the beer warms up, the flavors intensify which makes this beer great at any temperature. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with buffalo wings, pizza, or grilled salmon.

ABV: 6.75%  Color: Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 8/10

THE VIXEN:  88 Points

This Vixen is a little shy

This Chocolate Chili Bock is part of their “Batch No.1” Series that is available for a limited time.  It uses chilies from Mexico, Cocoa nibs from Ecuador, and cinnamon from southeast Asia.  Available in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The Vixen is smooth and rich with an enticing touch of sweetness and ends with a spicy heat. For this unique brew we used carefully roasted malts and dark cocoa nibs for a full bodied and slightly sweet flavor. To this roasty and chocolaty base we added an element of warmth and spice with cinnamon and chilies. Dark and alluring, this brew will keep you captivated.”

My Description: This beer has great flavors and it feels good drinking this on a cold winter night but I wish the flavors were more pronounced. It has a decent head that is bubbly and beige in color. The head doesn’t last too long though and only produces minimal lacing. This beer has a moderate chocolate aroma accompanied by a faint spice note that compliments the chocolate scent nicely. This beer is medium/full bodied, very smooth, and crisp. You will taste a semi-bitter chocolate flavor in the beginning along with some roasted malt flavors. The tip of your tongue will also pick up on some minor chili/spice notes. In the aftertaste you will pick up on more of the chili spiciness along with a minor hint of cinnamon and hops. Even though you can pick up on all these flavors nothing was overpowering. I felt that I wanted just a little more chili kick, it was almost like the chili was teasing me. Maybe that is what Sam Adams was going for.  This is still a great beer that can hold its own. Best served around 48°F and pairs nicely with short ribs, Southwest chicken, or a good cigar.

ABV: 8.5%  Color: Dark Brown/Black  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

THIRD VOYAGE: 91 Points

Strong IPA

This Imperial IPA is part of their “Batch No. 1” Series that is available for a limited time. It uses Cascade hops from England, New Zealand, and the U.S. It is available in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description:  “This unique double IPA takes the style’s origins a step further. For our take, we were inspired by the indomitable Capt. James Cook whose 3rd Voyage made him the first to navigate the treacherous route from England to New Zealand to the Pacific Northwest.  Using Cascade hops from each of these regions we created a brew that’s citrusy, earthy, and full of bold character.

My Description: This Imperial IPA is really good for the style and it is definitely strong so if you don’t like bitter beers then go drink something else because you will not enjoy this, but if you are a fan of Imperial IPA’s then pick this up.  The head is very light beige in color and is fluffy producing excellent lacing. The head retention is great and will last the whole way through. The aroma is strong with the scent of hops which are citrusy and earthy just as described. The flavor is bold with hops the whole way through. In the beginning you will pick up on the citrus hop notes that lead into an aftertaste that is more earthy and bitter. This is full bodied and you will really feel the alcohol but you won’t taste it. This beer is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with spicy foods, sharp cheddar, or burgers.

ABV: 8.0%  Color: Amber  Sweetness: 1/10  Bitterness: 8/10

UTOPIAS: 100 Points

Sip and enjoy

Sip and enjoy

First brewed in 2002, this specialty ale is released sparingly in limited quantities in 1 pint 8 fl oz.

Brewer’s Description: “Sweet fire, with a rich malt and wood complexity, Samuel Adams® Utopias® is unlike any other beverage in the world.” “Samuel Adams® Utopias® is brewed in small limited batches, each their own blend of different vintages. We brew Utopias® at a very high gravity using a wide variety of malted barley and a touch of maple syrup.  It is then aged in a blend of scotch, bourbon, port and cognac casks from the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery.”

My Description: If you ever have a chance to sample or purchase this bottle, do not hesitate. This masterpiece is truly unique and there is nothing like this in the world. It is extremely high in alcohol, there is no carbonation, and it is designed to be drank like a fine port or a glass of Scotch. How could I not give this a perfect score; it tastes amazing and completely blows your mind because it is unbelievable how someone could develop a beer like this. Once poured, it leaves behind an abundant amount of legs that trickle down slowly. The aroma is strong and potent with notes of sweet caramel, cherries, raisins, port and tawny notes, and alcohol. This beer is definitely strong and highly complex. One will taste notes of sweet tawny, cherries, oak, raisins, vanilla, maple, rum, and licorice among others. The finish is dry and lingering. The alcohol is definitely apparent and blends beautifully into the flavor profile. Once opened, this beer can be closed again like a bottle of liquor. It is best served at least at 60°F and great for night cap. Enjoy!

ABV: ~27%  Color: Brown/Ruby Notes  Sweetness: 4.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

NEW WORLD: 92 Points

A Refreshing World

A Refreshing World

This Tripel Style Ale is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewers’ Description: “This Tripel was born from the old world Belgian technique of barrel aging and the new world’s craft brewing innovation. With its pale golden color and uniquely refreshing taste, this big, flavorful, and complex brew has a subtle herbal hop character combined with the tropical fruit and spice notes of its special Belgian yeast.”

My Description: This is a refreshing and tasty beer that will go down great on those hot summer nights. It has a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level and an abundant amount of lacing. The aroma is almost wine-like in character which is pleasing. There are also scent notes of cloves and herbal hops as well as other yeast esters. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is complex and delicious. Upfront, there are light tropical fruit notes accompanied by a pepper spice and a hint of hops. The alcohol is slightly noticeable but overall, nicely hidden. The aftertaste is slightly bitter but not sharp. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with coconut shrimp, jerk chicken, or a black bean burger.

ABV: 10%  Color: Hazy Orange/Gold  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

STONY BROOK RED: 97 Points

Flemish Red

Flemish Red

This Belgian Style Farmhouse/Wild Ale is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This unique brew builds from the inspiration of Flemish reds.  It begins with an earthy sourness and hints of dark fruit but the tartness gives way to a rich maltiness and touch of toasted oak.  These flavors are rounded and deepened by the barrel aging for a layered & alluring brew.”

My Description: This is truly an excellent beer that shows it is made with great care and quality. The flavors are intense and enjoyable, the aroma is inviting, and it definitely satisfies. It has a large, beige colored head that fades quick but holds for a while leaving very little lacing. The aroma is amazing and inviting with notes of dark fruits, a malty sweetness, and a touch of barnyard funk. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors in this beer almost remind me of drinking a very earthy white wine. Upfront, there are notes of dark fruits like cherries and raisins which provide a touch of tart. There are also notes of oak and malt that add some overall complexity. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and very clean. The alcohol is nicely hidden and it is a very smooth beer. This beauty is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with spicy sushi rolls, grilled chicken salads, or a light flatbread.

ABV: 9%  Color: Reddish/Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

TETRAVIS: 94 Points

Lots of yeast spices

Lots of yeast spices

The Belgian Quad is generally available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Bold & rich, this enveloping quad builds its force and character through interlacing layers of flavor.  Its deep complexity begins with a molasses sweetness with notes of dark fruits like raisins and figs but develops further with an undercurrent of tart spice from its distinctive Belgian yeast for a truly transfixing brew…”

My Description: This quad needs to be aged some to allow more fruit notes to develop but otherwise this a great sipper to enjoy at any time. It pours a very large and fluffy, light tan colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind an abundant amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of raisins, plums, cloves, a hint of malt, and other Belgian yeast characteristics. Tetravis is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is complex and satisfying. It is more on the sweet side with notes of raisins and malt along with a touch of earthiness. Cloves and other yeast spices dominate the flavor profile helping to hide the alcohol beautifully. The aftertaste is hardly bitter and leaves a lingering spice note on your taste buds. This quad is lacking a bit of depth but otherwise very enjoyable. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with grilled pineapples, sweet sausages, or a chocolate dessert.

ABV: 10.2%  Color: Deep Mahogany  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

THIRTEENTH HOUR: 93 Points

The best hour

The best hour

This Stout is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The 13th hour is the witching hour, and a time when strange brews can occur.  With 13 ingredients, we combined the roasted chocolate and coffee flavors of a stout with the complex spicy character of a Belgian-style ale aged in oak for a deep, robust, and captivating brew.”

My Description: This is a great stout with deep and intense flavors, however it is just a tad sweeter than I would have liked it to be. It has a large, dark beige colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is warming and inviting with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, figs, and a touch of oak. It is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is complex with notes of yeast spices, figs, cherries, raisins, and roasted malts. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a note of coffee. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and this beer is very smooth. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with grilled steak, pork chops, or a brownie dessert.

ABV: 9%  Color: Black, Red Edges  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10