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This is an 9.32% Belgium style Scotch Ale aged in barrels that
once held scotch. Opens with a nose of caramel, smoke, toffee,
and light alcohol. Flavors are brown sugar, raisins, peat, oak, and
light vanilla. Smooth and mellow at the finish. Many will like this
interesting beer but I found it too busy with flavors that did not
mesh. The Belgium character did not fit the Scotch style.
Overall Rating: Below Average+
|Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half
This Old Ale aged in bourbon barrels previously used for Michigan
maple syrup comes in at a big 12.7% ABV. The nose is molasses
bourbon, caramelized sugar and toasted oak. Taste brings more of
the same with a touch of vanilla sweetness. Finish is highlighted by
a lingering alcohol heat though overall the ABV is nicely hidden.
This is a well made, complex but almost too sweet brew.
Overall Rating: Good+
|Stone Tropic of Thunder
This is a rare lager from Stone made with
Citra, Mosaic, and the relatively new
Cashmere hops. ABV is a quaffable 5.8%.
Smells are citrus hops, grapefruit, orange
and lemon. Taste features cracker malt,
pineapple, mango, tangerine, pine,and
lemon peel. This could easily pass as an
India Pale Lager thanks to its hop center.
Overall Rating: Good