With the winter beers all out now I figured i should do some reviews so here they are:
Troegs Mad Elf 22oz; to be fair im not a fan of cherry in beer, I didnt like sam adams american kriek, i don't care for more than 1 sam cherry wheat, so this beer didn't really do it for me. I can see why people like it. It has a nice body, not too sweet, well balanced flavors, but i don't like the cherry. If you're into lambic style beers, its perfect for a winter beer.
Sly Fox Christmas 2013 750 ml; of all the christmas beers i had this is the best one. Not bitter, not over spiced, not TOO dark. They blended all the spices close to perfect and i loved the beer, i would definitely get it again.
Rogue Santa's Private Reserve 22oz; i know rogue is popular but this was pure garbage. The hops they use taste awful, its way to bitter, there's no wintery spices you can taste. Never again will i even think of buying this.
Terrapin/Shmaltz Reunion Ale 2013 22oz; a collaboration brew from terrapin and he'brew, its made with cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, and coffee. I love every single one of those ingredients so it should be a homerun. Ehh it was good but nothing great. You cant taste the cinnamon or vanilla so that just makes it a run of the mill oaky, chocolatey, coffee flavored dark beer. I'd give it another shot, but there are much better options.
Great Divide Fresh Hop 22oz; i've said before that i was never a big hophead, but terrapin recreation changed that. Well this beer blows any beer out of the water that prides itself on its hops. Its not outrageously priced either. You haven't had a good hoppy beer until you've had this one. It's hard to describe fresh hops besides the fact that it tastes fresh. If you see this somewhere its definitely worth a shot.
Terrapin So Fresh, & So Green Green 22oz; this beer is the same basic concept as the great divide. It's awesome also, better than recreation ale but not as good as fresh hop.
Rogue Yellow Snow IPA 64oz; it pours a golden yellow, naturally, and its actually pretty good. Nothing special as far as taste or smell, but theres nothing bad about. Not bitter, doesn't have a bad aftertaste. Give it a shot if you haven't tried it.
Blue Mountain Barrel House Long Winter's Nap 750ml; I had this one about a month and a half ago so i can't really remember the taste, but i do remember i loved it. It had a really different taste than any other winter beer. It wasn't dark at all, which is a nice change from most winter brews. The only problem is the cost, $13 a bottle is really pushing it. But if you can find it i suggest you try it.
Sam Adams Cinder Bock 22oz; yuck. They try and make a smokey beer and fail horribly. I've had magic hat's burnpile, now thats a good smoked porter. This was salty and undrinkable. Had 3 sips and poured it out. A waste of $5 or 6.
Boulder Shake 6pk; if you see this beer, buy it. Don't say ahhh idk, im not a big porter guy. It doesn't matter. This beer is awesome. What does it taste like? A chocolate shake. Well a beer chocolate shake. One of the best beers ive ever had.
Boulder Never Summer 6pk; this is a run of the mill red ale. A few seasonal spices mixed in there, not bad, not great, just ok. Theres alot better options out there,
Long Trail Brush & Barrel Series Culmination 22oz; their imperial pumpkin was the best pumpkin I had all fall, so i figured this would also be awesome. Yeah well it wasn't. It's a dark winter beer with coffee and cocoa flavors, like many other winter beers, but there's nothing wrong with that if they do it right. This was sooo bitter with such unbalanced flavors that it was tough to get the whole bottle down. Usually with these kinds of beer as it warms up it may get better. Well it didn't, it got worse. Skip this one
Avery Old Jubilation Ale 6pk; the package looks old-timey and looks like a good christmas beer. The taste is up to par, nothing to write home about but fits nicely into the winter warmer genre. All the usual christmas spices are there from hazelnut to toffee. It's tough to drink all 6 at once though, they're very filling.
Abita Andygator 6pk; this one was weird, very light in color and in taste. Its strange drinking it because you're like, "do i like this or dont i?". I don't even really know what the flavors were in there, orange, lemon, pear? No idea, it wasn't too bad though.
Maine Beer Co. Mean Old Tom 16oz; I was a little wary about ordering this because the packaging is so plain and unnoticeable, but im glad i got it. This beer is the best dark winter beer i've personally ever had. The vanilla comes through nicely, the chocolate tastes blends well. Buy this if you've never had it before. It's awesome.
Fegley's Brew Works Rude Elf Reserve 750ml; this beers recipe was not made well. There was way way too much ginger and cinnamon. Totally overpowering. I could not stomach more than half a glass.
Mamma Mia Pizza Beer 16oz; I'm sure some of yous have had it before, and it's exactly what it sounds like. I honestly didn't think it was that bad. I will say the second half of the beer was much worse than the first half since it started to get warm. It basically just tastes like chucky cheez pizza. Gas station pizza. Just frozen dough and oregano. It's something you have to try at least once, and its only $2.50 a bottle.
Dogfish Head Olde School 4pk; this beer has great ratings on any website you go to, and it really makes me scratch my head. It says to age it, maybe that will make it taste better. It's 15% and there's no hiding it. The alcohol taste is so strong and they made it so sweet with the figs that i drank half a bottle, poured the rest out and gave the other 3 bottles away. I feel violated that dogfish charges $15 for 4 of these things. Undrinkable in my opinion.
Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout 4pk; this beer was great. The cocoa they use is great, the milk part is really just the mouth feel. I could drink this every day of my life. Id recommend you try it if you find it.
Lagunitas Brown Shugga' 6pk; you can taste the actual brown sugar faintly but for the most part its just a hoppy beer above all. It grows on you the more you drink it. I might get it again next year.
Also a couple things coming out next week that im going to get in, im wondering if anyone has tried them(I know some of the stuff is coming out for the first time); Stone Smoked Vanilla Porter, Lefthand Fade To Black, Maine Beer King Titus, Brewdog Tokyo, Dogfish Head Piercing Pils, FiftyFifty Eclipse (any barrel flavor), Maine Beer Lunch, Terrapin White Chocolate Moo Hoo, Terrapin Wake N Bake, Great Divide Claymore, Boulder Killer Penguin, Great Divide Orabelle
Edited by Bartholomew Hunt, 06 December 2013 - 07:57 PM.