From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Redhook Winterhook

A touch of vanilla lurks in the piney hop background of this
darkly red brew. A toasted spiciness tends to dominate
throughout.  An energetic hop nose is followed by woody notes
in the aftertaste.  The finish provides some light chocolate
notes.  An acceptable brew.

Overall Rating - fair
Samichlaus Bier

This brew is noteworthy for more than it's high alcohol content -
14%.  It is, simply put, a strong sweet, malty, dark lager that is
reminiscent of fine brandy or port.  There is a complexity of
tastes throughout with a smooth cherry and oak backbone.  
Samichlaus is only brewed once a year on December 6 in
Eggenberg, Austria and aged 10 months before bottling.

Overall Rating -excellent
Having sampled well over 2,750 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
Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

First sip brings a spicy yeastiness
with a lemon backdrop.  The ever
present white head carries a hop
bitterness in mid-sip and nut and
apple notes appear in the finish.   A
tad too malty sweet for some but still
a highly regarded brew.

Overall rating - good
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