Photo 13 Nov Southern Tier Brewing Co’s 2xMas Seasonal:  The label reads “Brewed in the tradition of Swedish Glogg.”  Not familiar with what that actually means (feel free to enlighten me) but I will say this one was absolutely delicious.  It had just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness.  

Southern Tier Brewing Co’s 2xMas Seasonal:  The label reads “Brewed in the tradition of Swedish Glogg.”  Not familiar with what that actually means (feel free to enlighten me) but I will say this one was absolutely delicious.  It had just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness.  

Photo 13 Nov The Brew Kettle’s Winter Warmer:  Personally, I’m a little picky about Christmas ales.  For me and and a few of my fellow beer lovers I’ve talked to, they are very hit and miss.  This one is teetering right on the fence for me.  I would have to be craving the sweetness it packs into each of these bottles. Reading the side it uses ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger, orange and lemon peel, and a “sleigh load of honey.” It was very enjoyable but for me there was definitely an unexpected sweetness. But hey, I guess the holiday season is among us, we might as well polish that sweet tooth and put our bottoms up!

The Brew Kettle’s Winter Warmer:  Personally, I’m a little picky about Christmas ales.  For me and and a few of my fellow beer lovers I’ve talked to, they are very hit and miss.  This one is teetering right on the fence for me.  I would have to be craving the sweetness it packs into each of these bottles. Reading the side it uses ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger, orange and lemon peel, and a “sleigh load of honey.” It was very enjoyable but for me there was definitely an unexpected sweetness. But hey, I guess the holiday season is among us, we might as well polish that sweet tooth and put our bottoms up!

Photo 13 Nov Sierra Nevada Brewing Co’s Narwhal: This is definitely not a stout for the faint at heart.  On the back label it reads “Narwhal imperial stout is midnight black and bold- with notes of bakers cocoa and dark roasted coffee.”  This basically told me before I opened it, it would be a kick in the mouth when it came to flavor.  This one is definitely a sipping beer but is very enjoyable.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co’s Narwhal: This is definitely not a stout for the faint at heart.  On the back label it reads “Narwhal imperial stout is midnight black and bold- with notes of bakers cocoa and dark roasted coffee.”  This basically told me before I opened it, it would be a kick in the mouth when it came to flavor.  This one is definitely a sipping beer but is very enjoyable.

Photo 13 Nov Sprecher’s Hard Root Beer: Everyone needs a fun one in the mix from time to time.  This was actually comparable to a porter, in my opinion.  It was like a creamy beer but with a bubbly root beer after taste.  I really enjoyed this one and wouldn’t mind having one again.

Sprecher’s Hard Root Beer: Everyone needs a fun one in the mix from time to time.  This was actually comparable to a porter, in my opinion.  It was like a creamy beer but with a bubbly root beer after taste.  I really enjoyed this one and wouldn’t mind having one again.

Photo 13 Nov Dark Horse Brewing Co. Scotty Karate: This is my first time trying a scotch ale and I was pretty impressed.  A pretty crisp and bold flavor, with a good kick at the end.  Nothing much to really compare it to, just a good all around beer. hopefully I’ve picked a good one as my first as always, I’m willing to try others, so throw me some ideas!

Dark Horse Brewing Co. Scotty Karate: This is my first time trying a scotch ale and I was pretty impressed.  A pretty crisp and bold flavor, with a good kick at the end.  Nothing much to really compare it to, just a good all around beer. hopefully I’ve picked a good one as my first as always, I’m willing to try others, so throw me some ideas!

Photo 13 Nov Breckenridge Brewry’s Vanilla Porter: I opened this beer thinking it was going to be very heavy and more of a sipping beer and I was very surprised.  This was actually smooth and had a great vanilla after taste.  The label reads “Ale brewed with real vanilla bean.” Not putting it down when I say it but this one was just okay for me.

Breckenridge Brewry’s Vanilla Porter: I opened this beer thinking it was going to be very heavy and more of a sipping beer and I was very surprised.  This was actually smooth and had a great vanilla after taste.  The label reads “Ale brewed with real vanilla bean.” Not putting it down when I say it but this one was just okay for me.

Photo 13 Nov Left Hand Brewing Co. Nitro Milk Stout: Still working my pallet up on the stouts and porters and this was definitely a step in the right direction.  Light on carbonation but heavy in flavor, this beer taste great weather it’s fresh out of the fridge or has set out for a little bit. Definitely recommended!

Left Hand Brewing Co. Nitro Milk Stout: Still working my pallet up on the stouts and porters and this was definitely a step in the right direction.  Light on carbonation but heavy in flavor, this beer taste great weather it’s fresh out of the fridge or has set out for a little bit. Definitely recommended!

Photo 13 Nov 1 note Paulaner Hefe-Weizen: I opened this beer, having my share of hefeweizen’s, with the thought this would be a pretty good beer.  Unfortunately I was very wrong.  This was basically a mildly hopped yellow water.  For the price they will charge in a bar for this one, you’re better off with a bud light (ouch).  This beer produced a head like a draft, which is no biggie, but it provided no flavor or aroma like beer with a thick head should.

Paulaner Hefe-Weizen: I opened this beer, having my share of hefeweizen’s, with the thought this would be a pretty good beer.  Unfortunately I was very wrong.  This was basically a mildly hopped yellow water.  For the price they will charge in a bar for this one, you’re better off with a bud light (ouch).  This beer produced a head like a draft, which is no biggie, but it provided no flavor or aroma like beer with a thick head should.

Photo 13 Nov Sierra Nevada’s “Hoptimum”: The bottom of the label reads “The ultimate whole-cone hop experience.”  That statement is no lie! This IPA is one of the hoppiest, most bitter but delicious beers I’ve had in a while.  IPA’s have been slowly growing on me and if you are new to them, this is one to hold off on for a bit.  This guy hits hard and settles heavy but if you are up for a good IPA, then it’s the one for you.

Sierra Nevada’s “Hoptimum”: The bottom of the label reads “The ultimate whole-cone hop experience.”  That statement is no lie! This IPA is one of the hoppiest, most bitter but delicious beers I’ve had in a while.  IPA’s have been slowly growing on me and if you are new to them, this is one to hold off on for a bit.  This guy hits hard and settles heavy but if you are up for a good IPA, then it’s the one for you.

Photo 13 Nov Mission Brewery’s Blonde Ale: This is my first kolsch style beer and I really did enjoy it.  One thing I can really say that makes it stick out from others, is that it’s very crisp in comparison to some of the blondes and honey blondes I have tried in the past.  This one is really light and goes down easy!

Mission Brewery’s Blonde Ale: This is my first kolsch style beer and I really did enjoy it.  One thing I can really say that makes it stick out from others, is that it’s very crisp in comparison to some of the blondes and honey blondes I have tried in the past.  This one is really light and goes down easy!


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