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Essentially ‘Imperial Rubeaus Ale’ with four times the raspberry, this world-class framboise satisfies the senses immediately, leaving a beautifully effective tart raspberry rasp all over the tongue, nose and throat. Mouth-puckering hard candy tartness informed by lemon-drop souring, mild cider sweetness and dry cherry-pomegranate conflux, increasing sweet ‘n sour raspberry theme profusely. Faint barnyard acridity softens dry-grained spine. Tertiary red grape, plum, cranberry and balsamic vinegar crowd the raspberry soda-like finish.

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On tap at Poor Henry’s, 2015 nitro version of famous dark ale retains remarkable Guinness Stout-like nutty mocha creaminess. Mild black chocolate-informed coffee resonance gently flows into soft oats-flaked hop char, leaving peanut-shelled walnut remnant at mocha latte finish.

 

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Not far removed from Shebeen Cannoli Beer with its powder-sugared cupcake frosting and pastry-like sweetness. But its nilla wafer waft and lactose-sugared vanilla bean influence only affect the wispy cream soda finish as paltry lemon-dropped orange frontage fades fast.

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Abundant cocoa bean adjunct given chewy black chocolate malting, creamy cookie dough yeast richness and charred hop roast. Gooey anise uprising and black coffee bittering coat the tongue in the midst. At the massive chocolate-y cocoa finish, fudged brownie, chicory and cola nut illusions reside.

Brash Smoglifter Stout

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Fantastic milk stout powered by dark-roasted black chocolate creaminess and cookie dough yeast retains silken flow. Bittersweet cocoa, sweet brown chocolate, milk-sugared coffee, burnt caramel, espresso, marshmallow, molasses and vanilla undertones enrich massive mocha mantra. Wispy blackberry, black cherry and blueberry undercurrents add further complexity to capacious chocolate-cocoa finish.

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Interestingly hybridized English-styled porter given sour brettanomyces yeast to influence peat-smoked mocha frontage. Dark-roasted black chocolate and black patent malts receive crisp black-peppered hop bittering as crisp lemon rind-soured hop spritz gains intensity. Dark cocoa, black coffee and raw molasses illusions abound. Unique stuff.

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Admirable English-styled winter warmer blends Christmastime spicing with mocha nuttiness and dried fruiting. Creamy chocolate-caramel malting sweetens gingerbread-sugared nutmeg, coriander, clove and allspice seasoning as well as surging raisin, prune, black cherry, blackberry and red wine illusions. Cocoa-powdered chestnut, pecan and cola nut nuances saunter by.

Summit Winter Ale

Rating: 3.5

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Crowded, yet creative, flavor profile brings oaken-dried rye whiskey and bourbon influence to highly spiced citrus fruiting. Grapefruit-peeled navel orange, peach, apple and tangerine tang to rye-malted finish, leaving mild black peppered tobacco roast in its wake. Citric rind bittering gains strength along the way. (Picture coutesy of mybeerbuzz.com)

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Dried orange entry picks up ascending yellow grapefruit bittering and sweet tangerine tang above substantial pine lacquering for massively dry-hopped Imperial IPA. Candi-sugared malt sugaring overrun by intensely embittered citrus aftertaste.

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Well-defined rye-influenced pale ale receives subtle brown chocolate roast, reedy tea-like earthiness, dewy peat mossing and light pumpernickel-caraway tease. Cardboard-ridged dry rye pertinence advances to pale malt finish unimpeded.

Arbor Brewing Company Ryeclops

Rating: 2.5

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Murky saison brings sour-fruited expectancy and hard cider bite to delicate hop spicing, losing luster by citric-spoiled finish. Orange-oiled tartness, honeyed lemon herbage and terse lemongrass-coriander snip fit stylistic realm.

Bollywood Blonde Updated Proof

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Lightly creamed and ‘intensely hopped’ India Pale Ale goes down smooth for such a bitter seducer. Using the same citric hop profile as Maine’s Weez, its sharp yellow grapefruit peel and rind bittering lingers delicately, yet profoundly, above resinous hop oiling and subtle white-peppered juniper bite. Wispy orange-peeled tangerine, mango, pineapple, lemon and kiwi tropicalia usurped by grandiose grapefruit profile.

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