Caramelly, grainy malt with some chocolate, vanilla, and fruity notes. Not much in the way of a hop aroma. Some low phenols; not quite smokey, not quite peaty, but you get the idea.
Dark amber color, with a moderate cream colored head. Good head retention. Clear.
Very complex flavor. Carmel and grainy malt as anticipated, hints of cocoa, vanilla, nuts, and some tannic phenols and bitterness. Moderately to moderately high sweetness. Moderately- low hop bitterness. Low hop flavor, of the earthy variety.
Moderate body with a low warmth. The beer was not astringent, but the slightly tannic nature produced a more dry, bitter finish.
Deeper/darker roasted malts than some Scotch Ales yield caramel, toffee, and cocoa notes. The mild hop and tannic bitterness contrast a pleasant sweetness. Smooth and flavorful. Scotch ales are not typically one of my favorite styles but I found myself ordering more than one of these tasty Three Floyds treats.
Saint’s Devotion pours a brilliant golden yellow color with a persistent three finger white head. The nose brings more funk than George Clinton. Under the funk notes bready/grainy malt can be found. Phenols such as pepper and brettanomyces are also very prevalent. Finally grassy hop aromatics and citrus esters such as lemons are also noted.
The initial flavors that really hit’s the pallet is grassy funk bitterness and yeast. Faint lemon and very ripe stone fruit esters, bready malt and peppery phenols are also noted. Full of barnyard funk. The finish is very clean and dry with a touch of sourness.
The mouthfeel is light with champagne like carbonation.
This beer is basically the bottled version of a spring day spent on a farm. Very enjoyable as warm weather hits however this beer won’t be for everyone.
Curious about this French artisanal stout! Pours dark black with medium beige head.
Nose provides some chocolate malts balanced by a hint of earthiness. Vanilla is present with a little bit of roasted malts. Chocolate is certainly overpowers most of the other characteristics.
Palette provides a lighter stout that is just average. Chocolate and earthiness are certainly the main drivers. You also get some bitterness from the earthy hops. A fairly plain beer with nothing all that exciting. But I can’t really complain for the price point, I certainly would not mind drinking this stout.
The finish provides a touch of sweetness. This is probably one of my shortest reviews due to the fact I am just not all that excited about Odo.
Brewed in Scotland to mimic an old style English IPA. Pours thick with a nice size head.
Nose provides a nice malty sweetness of caramel and bread. Only get a small sample of citrus and pine hops. Also get a hint of prunes but mostly sweetness from caramel malts and lemon citrus.
The palette provides a fantastic sweetness from the caramel malts. Pine and lemon citrus are certainly more noticeable providing a little bite. Also – get a decent amount of dates and yeast. Tastes fantastic and with most traditional IPA’s this beer improves as it warms to room temperature.
Finishes semi-sweet with a little bite from the hops. Smooth and filling! Lemon citrus lingers in the finish.
I really don’t rate many beers a 10 – but this is probably the best brown ale that I have tasted.
Pours brown with a lacy tan head. Nose provides a nice amount of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Hops are lighter than I would expect from Port, but give you a hint of earthiness and pine.
Palette certainly is attracted to the chocolate and coffee malts. Semi-sweet and silky smooth finish. The chocolate and coffee are just right and do not overpower. Again a hint of earthiness from the hops but nothing that significant. Also – get a little vanilla and oak as it warms.
Overall, this is a fantastic beer that is very smooth and easy to drink. I do enjoy that fact that it has a big body with a perfect amount amount of chocolate sweetness. At this price point - I would highly recommend trying this beer. Becoming my favorite beer from Port!
Interested in an American wild sour stout aged in bourbon barrels. I am not so sure whether this combination is a good idea – but we will find out.
Pours black with a medium sized brown head. The nose certainly lets you know this will be on the sweeter side of the tracks. Hint of bread and caramel malts. Sour cherries, prunes and a little grape in the nose. A touch of earthiness from the hops but nothing to get excited about.
The first impression certainly hits you in the face. The sour cherries and grapes certainly take the main stage. Bread malt but not much hops. As the sour dissipates, the bourbon characteristics pop along with a hint of prunes.
Medium body with a good amount of acidity from naturally produced lactic acid. This is this the only thing that really turns me off a little (acidity does not relate well with my digestive system). Finishes sweet with sour cherries.
Overall, a unique beer that is worth trying. You will only appreciate it if you like sours that pushes the experimental limits of your palette. Good but not great!
Moderate toasty malt with molasses, chocolate, and tobacco. Also some nutty notes. Moderate raisiny esters. A small amount of earthiness.
Dark brown in color. Moderate beige head with lower head retention. Clarity is harder to judge because of the color but looks fairly clear.
Not overly sweet but a good amount of toasty, nutty malt and earthy hop. Complimentary chocolate, raisin, and brown sugar. Moderate bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Balanced.
Medium to fuller bodied, low warmth, moderate carbonation, the beer is balanced from the start through most of the finish, almost amazingly so, but the bitterness lingers a touch longer.
It almost amazes me how balanced this beer is. The flavors linger for an exceptionally long time to the point where we are approaching minutes, not seconds or even tens of seconds. The malt profile is complex and the beer is almost never out of balance. Most of the hops seem to be added for bittering, instead of aromatics, and that really lets the toasty, nutty, melanoidin rich malts shine. Great beer from Dogfish.
Red Ale’s certainly have not been my cup of tea. Recent travels to SoCal turned me on to the trend of Imperial or Double Reds. Most of them I did not appreciate, but Port certainly hit the nail on the head. Though I don’t like this style very much, I absolutely love this beer.
Pours cloudy with a very nice thick head.
The nose hits you in the face with pine and spice from the hops. I also get a hint of floral with some apple sweetness. Malts are not overpowering but gives a sense of grain and roasted malts. There is also a hint of alcohol that lets you know this will be a strong beer.
The palette provides a smooth hoppy sensation that is very refreshing. However, it also provides a nice amount creaminess that balances out the high ABV. Roasted malts are present but not that noticeable from my palette. You certainly know it is a red ale but the hops are just sensational balanced by a little apple like sweetness.
Finishes very smooth, semi-dry and creamy. Very hoppy but what else would you expect from a SoCal brewery! Only double red that I have found that I actually like – but also will seek out. Improves as it warms to room temperature!
Lactic sourness, light grain, and citrus aromas. No hop and no alcohol. Some apple esters. Malt and acidic sour aromas mingle to portend a sweet and sour combination. Pleasant.
Straw yellow with a small white head, little retention. Hazy.
Light body but flavorful. Tart sourness with light malt flavor and a pronounced citrus essence. Enough malt sweetness to keep the sourness from overpowering the flavor and provide a nice sweet and tart contrast. No hop or alcohol to speak of. Sour instead of bitter.
Light body. A slight pucker from the sourness. Drier, sour finish.
Perfect for summer, this light refreshing beer is really crisp and delicious. Perfect on its own but can also compliment sweeter dishes or syrup can be added – I prefer the tart flavor to stand alone. The first beer I have had from Round Guys; they made a great first impression.
The hop aroma is noticeable from a distance, mostly pine, with some citrus and earthiness as well. Moderate caramel and toasty malt aromas back up the hop and a low amount of pear and dark fruit esters add complexity. A slight vegetal/oniony aroma is also present.
Amber gold in color with a small ivory head, low retention, and average clarity.
The bitter flavor hits you first. Aggressively hopped with a very high bitterness and earthy and piney hops. Moderately-high malt sweetness and caramel-toasty flavors attempt to balance. Alcohol flavor is noticeable, but not overwhelming.
Moderate warmth with a mild astringency on the backend. Semi-dry, bitter finish.
Barleywines are one of my favorite styles… when not too aggressively hopped. Though on the upper end of the bitterness profile, this beer is to style, save maybe for the onion aromas. Balanced, but barely, I prefer a better harmony of malt and hop. Given that this beer was born on the West Coast, the aggressive hopping is not unusual, but the beer probably speaks more loudly to the “hop head”. I should mention that this beer from Stone was fresh and on draft. I like a little age on my barleywines and perhaps if a bottle were laid down for a year or six, I would have a different opinion. The “8″ score better reflects the young beer judged according to the style guidelines, and less my personal opinion. Put one in the cellar and forget about for a while and then give it a try.