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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Schlafly's Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout

This is a well make Russian Imperial Stout (10.5% ABV) aged
before being carbonated and bottled. The aroma offers big oak,
vanilla, and coffee/chocolate.   Taste brings light almonds,
cinnamon, dark fruit, backed by strong hints of bourbon.  
Caramel and vanilla round out the oak and coffee finish.  A bit
thin in mouthfeel for the style but a good representation of style.

Overall Rating:  Very Good+
Troegs Blizzard of Hops

This is a very solid if unspectacular American IPA at 6.4% ABV.  It
opens with a nice nose of grapefruit, cantaloupe, and honeydew.
Trast brings slightly sweet malt upfront blending with light tart/citrus
notes featuring apple, melon, and a touch of grapefruit.  The finish
is a lightly hopped fruit cake of flavors.  It's certainly not ahop bomb
"blizzard" but is nonetheless a beer worth trying.  Well made.

Overall Rating: Good+
Having sampled nearly 4,500 different beers in my
capacity as a fully certified taster I can promise
honest, thoughtful, and careful evaluations.  However,
remember that these reviews are totally subjective.  
Consider this column an informative resource only.  
The bottom line is to trust your own judgment and
keep drinking!  

Beers Reviewed
Forgotten Boardwalk IPA

The beer's full name is 1916 Shore Shiver.  
It's a well balanced East Coast IPA at 6.9%
ABV. Aroma features citrus, cut grass, and a
bit of spice.  Taste brings nectarine, peach,
light grapefruit, and malt.  A bit thin and a
touch under hopped but clean and crisp.  A
solid offering from a new brewery.

Overall Rating: Above Average+
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